Bringing in Southern California’s pageant season since 2015, CRSSD Festival has turn out to be a staple amongst four-on-the-floor followers from the area, and with good purpose, too. While traits equivalent to the venue and structure have remained largely the similar, in its sixth 12 months, CRSSD has additionally advanced.
Taking place at San Diego’s Waterfront Park the weekend of March 7-8, the most up-to-date iteration of CRSSD noticed slight however highly effective upgrades to sound and stage design, with rigorously positioned set occasions permitting attendees to take pleasure in the full scope of the lineup.
In complete, 15,000 dance followers flocked to CRSSD every day. Some had been first-timers; others had been eleventh-timers. But all loved the tough work from occasion promoters FNGRS CRSSD, who as soon as once more demonstrated why their occasion is a significant contender on the nationwide dance scene.
Here are the 10 finest musical moments of CRSDD Spring 2020.
This San Diego native has attended all 11 CRSSDs, with this version being her eighth time taking part in. Needless to say, Lee K has a particular relationship with this pageant, and that relationship confirmed by with each techno drop she conjured throughout her set. Dark beats when the solar’s out is all the time an attention-grabbing mixture, however she mixed them expertly, setting off day one in correct style.
Matthew Dear’s reside set is all the time a sight to behold. And the phrase “sight” is vital right here, as a result of as he crafts new sounds from modular synthesizers, his physique morphs and contorts in methods akin to Hendrix mid guitar solo.
A brand new commonplace amongst home and techno festivals that goes towards the tradition’s founding ideas is the prevalence of 60-minute DJ units. Ask any veteran selector, they usually’ll say that an hour is inadequate to offer a real impression of their fashion.
Yet by this confinement, an hour-long set may exhibit a DJ’s ability. If a DJ can nonetheless take listeners on a journey, information them by a number of genres, and inject their musical identification all inside an hour, then that DJ is really gifted.
Los Angeles-based DJ Sacha Robotti achieved all these feats. Robotti entered the SoCal zeitgeist beneath the Dirtybird umbrella, and he paid homage by beginning his set with “Waddaday” from Claude VonStroke’s newest album earlier than pivoting to his personal Robosonic-style techno after which to engrossing acid home.
2manydjs x Brodinski
This was the finest set of the weekend, and never simply because of the titanic monitor alternatives. Since its inception, CRSSD has all the time thrown in particular back-to-backs, bringing collectively artists who both share deep chemistry or seasoned historical past. This was such a back-to-back, and what these two acts shared was the latter.
The Dewaele Brothers had been long-standing mentors to Brodinski as soon as he began making a reputation for himself in his native France and past. Brodinski has cited them as two of his earliest inspirations, and collectively, the trio delivered on that fashion in full drive, bouncing from Chemical Brothers edits of “Hey Boy, Hey Girl” to Green Velvet classics equivalent to “Lazer Beams” to Brodinski originals together with “Hector” with seamless precision.
I Hate Models
Coming off an prolonged warehouse set in L.A. the night time earlier than, I Hate Models adjusted his output for the time and area he was supplied at CRSSD. An actual DJ gained’t deal with a 75-minute set on an outside stage like a four-hour set in a darkish, sweaty room, nor will they sacrifice any of their ardour in the event that they’re in a special setting or have much less time to play. Throughout the set, it was thus solely masterfully curated high-tempo techno rocking the audio system.
Gesaffelstein has performed CRSSD in the previous, however solely as a DJ. This time he returned together with his full reside present, mirrored masks and all. While his 2019 LP, Hyperion, had some additional pop affect through vocals from artists equivalent to The Weeknd, his reside efficiency was nothing however the grueling, engrossing beats contained inside his debut album Aleph and his latest EP Novo Sonic Sound System. It was a premier method to shut out day one.
Charlotte De Witte
Whenever an artist rises by the ranks with the velocity and efficiency of Charlotte De Witte, one is all the time left questioning if that ascension relies on pure expertise or fairly another facet of their profile. In De Witte’s case, it’s undeniably her expertise. Hers is a form of capacity that revives the ardour of a jaded techno veteran and turns a skeptic right into a fan. To see an artist at the starting of their profession draw from the total oeuvre of techno historical past proves De Witte will stand the check of time.
Just a month earlier than the pageant, CRSSD made the deflating announcement that Soulwax wouldn’t be capable of carry out attributable to manufacturing delays. Luckily, the brothers had been nonetheless capable of make the journey, and even luckier, they’ve a reside present separate from their DJ set that stuffed the open slot. Pairing animated visuals of album art work with their monitor alternatives, the brothers as soon as once more dazzled the crowd with their range.
Overlapping with Carl Cox at any occasion is a tall order, but in addition a possibility for an artist to show themselves. Prospa did simply that. While Cox’s set was full of our bodies, Prospa’s dance ground was fluid and open, giving everybody an opportunity to bop their hardest. The Leeds-based duo has been round for simply three years, however their infectious break-beat fashion landed them a primary slot at CRSSD, and the set they performed gave them license to return for the subsequent occasion.
Justin Jay adopted Prospa whereas Cox was nonetheless going, so he inherited the similar vitality for his closing set and subsequently took it to a different stage, launching into hard-hitting tech home set towards his personal rap edits. Those who’ve noticed Jay’s profession have seen it broaden into totally different areas of music equivalent to his reside band undertaking and his label Fantastic Voyage, however he broke into the scene DJing through home. As he closed out CRSSD, his ardour for the style was palpable.