Four tracks you need to know from EDC Las Vegas Day Two
As Sin City revs up for the third and final day of the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, we are taking a minute to reflect on the greatest hits of day two. With 75 artists on the bill on Sauturday evening, it’s not a surprise there were almost too many moments to store in the festival memory box, but for those of you who were not able to be raving under the desert sky, we’ll try our best to set the scene for you.
Tiësto – Lethal Industry (Original Mix)
With a major middle finger to detractors and skeptics, Tiësto took advantage of his primetime Kinetic Field set to prove he’s still in touch with his roots. Although there were definitely hints of the Tiësto of 2013 sprinkled throughout the set, he dedicated most of his 90 minutes to the sound that made him famous. He played the first remix that got him attention (for Delerium’s “Silence”) and megahits from his trance days like “Love Comes Again” — reminding an older generation of a different time in dance music and maybe even exposing his younger fans to a ravey festival sound that worked perfectly in Kinetic Field’s surreal environment. He weaved in “Lethal Industry,” with its immediately identifiable uber-synthed out riff, throughout the hour or so he dedicated to the “old” Tiësto.
Daft Punk – Get Lucky (Mat Zo ID drum and bass remix)
Mat Zo showed up to his Circuit Grounds set on Saturday ready to make up for lost time. Last year when the Zo man was scheduled to play at the same stage, he was caught in traffic so long that he missed his own EDC set. Not only did he make a cheeky remark about the Will.i.am “Rebound” controversy, but he also did great justice to Daft Punk’s single of the century — taking his own background in drum and bass production and combining it for a powerful festival remix of the robots’ baby.
Laurent Garnier feat. The LBS Crew – Jacques in the Box
Carl Cox repped a more recent release from veteran peer Laurent Garnier in his Carl Cox & Friends tent at Neon Garden early in the morning. “Jacques in the Box” was perfect for the pre-dawn crowd, and as Cox is wont to do, he took the track (originally under 5 minutes) and extended it over the course of a twelve minute time frame.
Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf
“Big Bad Wolf” might not be a song I’d listen to in headphones, but when A-Trak took it to Cosmic Meadow, it made sense. With the howling and growling bass lines and giant cartoon images of A-Trak, there’s no way the entire crowd just couldn’t join in. The power of the festival transformed a well-known track into a newly defined favorite.