DETUND label showcase was awesome. Kero and Richard killed it. My most enjoyed sets this year. Was great seeing gaslamp and flylo, though flylo sounded quiet and kept talking about being too f*cked up.
Rich's Control party was one for the history books: Most mellow party of his Ever. We felt like we were sleepwalking. Music was for the most part very tame, standard, not strange, people were pretty damn mellow, whole place was just... Mellow! strange. Totally agree with Picky. It was too odd not to notice.
As far as techno (or should I say tech-house?) goes at the festival, has it all gone to mush??? It still just sounds like warmed over tech-house, and increasingly more generic all around. How many times can you here the same keyboard stabs, a vocal "ohh" "Ohhhh", and some washed out delayed high hats? I mean, it's really creepy how ultra normal all that "techno" was sounding, with some notable exceptions (few). Made me think of just how much yesterdays rule breaking becomes tomorrows rules. Techno used to be groundbreaking, experimental, forward thinking in nature, grabbing whatever means of technology were in our grasp, and shaking them to the core for new ideas and sounds, and they were new, and intense...in the late 80's and 90's! I still hear great new techno records from time to time, that still contain that 4/4 beat, that are still doing new things, exploring ideas, presenting interesting sounds, melodies, questioning our reality through sound. I just don't particularly hear that much of it in the festival circuit. I guess that it should be obvious that festivals don't exactly lean in this direction, but they Could
, a little bit more, and if you could get away with it anywhere it would be here.
well, that's my two. Still had fun, but too much of the stuff I heard simply caters to allowing wasted party goers to sway in the breeze, and not much more. It has it's place. I guess its place is a festival
Also, the redbull stage does have some great innovative acts, but it also has a ton of generic dubstep/electro house/high energy gabber step (?
) going on, but those kids are YOUNG, so their responding so strong to the cheese as well as the meat is somewhat more excusable.