Dancing Astronaut at EDC NY: Six sets we won’t miss
When EDC NY’s lineup was initially released, there was an outcry that the lineup didn’t stack up to its Las Vegas cousin. What it may lack in big names (although there are still quite a few) it more than makes up for by providing an experience that is curated for diversity. Bass music is heavily represented this year with Figure and others finding refuge in the Basspod, a hardstyle closing set by Headhunterz is destined to be one of the most talked about experiences of the festival; second only to Saturday’s grand finale – a Carl Cox and Loco Dice b2b set. For something experimental, Art Department’s Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow will be curating a strangely emotive dance experience before The Bloody Beetroots Live unleash a wall of distortion to close the Circuit Grounds. Steve Angello steps up to the plate with a newfound creative freedom, following the launch of his new label and Essential Mix while Maceo Plex, who emerged out of the shadows as a ghost producer to powerful deep house presence, converts a new army of faithfuls. There is no lack of big room presence either, with Eric Prydz, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Thomas Gold and more bringing the the mainstage action EDC is known for.
Steve Angello – After the curtain closed on Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello released an Essential Mix, started a new tech-centric label, and collaborated with Jacques Lu Cont – each move making a firm statement that he was moving forward creatively, leaving the juggernaut he helped create behind him. Expect his embrace of the more primal side of dance music to come through in his set. You’ll hear his big room classics no doubt but we’re excited to see what Steve does without the Mafia by his side – he’s already proven he has more than one trick under his backwards baseball cap.
Headhunterz – Hardstyle is here to stay. It crept up on us, sneaking its way into big room commercial productions with the help of Showtek. It’s a sound that has spawned an entire new breed of festival anthems and now one of its biggest names is headlining the Circuit Grounds on Day 1. If you want your first night to end with the most speed-freaked experience of the day close out with Headhunterz. If you’ve never been to a hardstyle set you owe it to yourself to check it out.
The Bloody Beetroots Live – The Bloody Beetroots Live show isn’t the type of thing you can swing by a Manhattan club to experience 52 weekends out of the year, it’s dark and foreboding and frantically aggressive – wall of screaming punk rock electronica. Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo does more than just spin a simple set, he creates a dark rock opera of industrial techno, grime and heavy electro, twisting samples and heavy distortion into a hulking greyscale symphony.
Maceo Plex – Maceo’s busy year included a slew of releases in the form of originals and remixes, and a newly formed duo with Danny Daze on Jupiter Jazz. He is fresh off the heels of a DJ-Kicks compilation, which shed light on his next-level production abilities and knack to rework classic tunes into music appropriate for 2013. His DJ skills match that of his production chops, so look out for Maceo to bring his groovy deep house to the underground pastures of Neon Garden.
Art Department – Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow of Art Department are the dynamic duo behind the emotionally driven and experimental sounding deep house. They released Social Experiment 003 this year to rave reviews, and supported a relentless touring schedule to coincide. Behind the decks, these two are capable of creating electronic music magic. Their style of play is particularly crafty – it’ll feel like they’re telling a story with their music. See their set from start to finish if you’re in the mood to embark on a musical journey composed of eerie vocals and sultry grooves.
Carl Cox b2b Loco Dice – As you can probably tell by now, some of us will be spending most of our time at EDC’s Neon Garden. To close out the festival, two techno heroes will unite their DJing for a glorious back-to-back session. These type of occasions are rare — you’ll get to see two pioneers of the genre feed of each other’s energy for a peak-hour closing set. Expect to see some of the best techno the electronic music world has to offer from two guys that have been paving the way for years.