Daft Punk didn’t perform with Major Lazer and Dirtybird Records last night
Well, at least probably not.
Your typical Jamaican sound clash was flipped completely upside with the help of Red Bull, the Dirtybird Records crew, Major Lazer, and as it appears, Daft Punk. Initially it seemed as though the world-famous androids might have made an ultra-rare appearance alongside some of dance music’s heaviest hitters as Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash rolled into San Francisco last night, however the over-eager theory has been debunked.
Red Bull’s latest sonic project, Culture Clash, poses two squads in a head-to-head showdown where each collective has the chance to showcase their finest new material, boast the heaviest sound, drop their freshest tracks and exclusive edits, and when it’s all said and done, a winner is crowned. San Francisco is undoubtedly Dirtybird territory, as Claude Vonstroke‘s Bay Area-bred label was pinned as overarching favorites against the opposing collective of nu-cumbia curators Tormenta Tropical, Dub Mission and seasoned DJs Triple Threat.
Claude and company made a real stand bringing out rap star Too $hort, but upped the ante bringing out dance hall heroes Major Lazer to aid in their stage-commanding performance. Things really got chaotic when the world’s most famous robots stepped out to lend support to the Dirtybird crew. In the end though, it turns out the helmet-clad impersonators are most likely a Bay Area-based cover duo aptly named One More Time.
As if the music-packed San Francisco shakedown couldn’t bring anymore unsuspected surprises, the Dirtybird cohort, along with a deep cast of supporting acts and superstar cameos did not take home the top prize of the night. Culture Clash champions of the evening went to the underdog opposition, depsite the ultra-famous roster boosted by Dirtybird Records. While we wish the sequinned-studded superstars actually made an out-of the blue appearance, which would have been totally in line with their atypical approach that marks their world-dominating comeback last year, unfortunately it seems as though dance music’s favorite androids will continue to remain dance music’s favorite elusive enigmas too.
In any case, Dirtybird records fell at Red Bull Music Academy’s San Francisco Culture Clash last night, but with Major Lazer, Too $hort, and Daft Punk impersonators rocking the same stage, you can bet that the show was definitely one of a kind.