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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival – Kastle

Unable to attend the full weekend of music, I made sure to catch the final night of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. After last year’s performances, which included the likes of Nicolas Jaar and Baths, I knew this event was not to be missed. Let it be known that to this day, Nicolas Jaar was one of the best live DJ performances I’ve ever seen.

That said, I was expecting a lot from the festival this year.

BEMF is structured in what I like to call a “new school” festival sort of way — you’ve got a concentrated area of Brooklyn with multiple venues and multiple nights of shows. At any given point, five different artists can be performing all over Williamsburg, at the same time. It’s exciting and hectic, jumping from place to place. But it’s mostly exciting. I was thrilled to know that both Kastle and Star Slinger would be performing on the same night, but I was disappointed to learn that Star Slinger wouldn’t be performing until 2am. Unfortunately, on a Sunday, I was unable to swing it. But I stayed for the entirety of Kastle’s performance, and was thoroughly impressed by his energy and excitement. I observed the crowd, which was more of a club scene for a Sunday night than a show, and immediately noticed how humbled Kastle was to be playing at such a venue (Output, in Williamsburg for those who haven’t heard/said it already, has a phenomenal soundsystem.)

He played an eclectic collection of his housier tracks, which was fitting for the time of night and the sort of crowd, but he closed out his performance with this track — a chopped up remix of Drake’s, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” which got everyone feeling sexy and amped up for the acts to follow. I’ve kind of loved this song for a while now, having heard it a couple of months ago when it was still summery in my head and outside. It’s sexy like the original but with that added element of trap mystery. It’s a little dirtier, a little sexier, a little less safe. Add it to your Friday playlists immediately, because you’ll be playing it all weekend. You might even accidentally find yourself mouthing the words, to the beat of the remix itself, on the street.

Not like that’s ever happened to me while accidentally making eye contact with strangers. Nope. Not me.

Enjoy!

Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (Kastle Remix)

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Rudimental – Not Giving In feat. John Newman & Alex Clare

On November 6th, 2013, Rudimental came to Brooklyn. They brought with them beautiful crop topped women, suave men, horns, guitars, voice changing microphones and plenty of bouncing energy. For some reason, I’d chosen to describe Rudimental to others who had asked, as a drum ‘n’ bass group from the UK. I knew they had some soul in them, especially after hearing Baby. But I wasn’t expecting a performance that would touch on almost every genre, finding ways of transitioning between disco, drum ‘n’ bass, pop, and even some reggae. With the edition of Thomas Michael Jules as a charming and beautifully talented male vocalist, Rudimental delivered a groundbreaking performance, complete with class and showmanship.

At any given point during the performance, band members could be found dancing and smiling at each other on stage. This wasn’t part of the performance, it was merely the way they seemed to be around one another. I looked around and saw the behavior of the band members, mirrored in the audience. It was an audience of friends — people came to see this band with best friends and walked away feeling like they’d just been to a newly ranked “best show ever.”

I personally went through waves of happiness with their performance. While thoroughly entertained throughout, the accessibility of their music kept me on my toes. The crowd was surprisingly foreign and not younger than myself, which was a nice change of pace for a semi-electronic show. I couldn’t help but feel at certain parts of the night that I was witnessing British culture at its best, in Williamsburg.

My favorite song, Not Giving In, was performed beautifully which then reminded me of how much I love the music video. The build-ups are predictably awesome, but the duality of soulful male vocals and patiently timed drops makes for a flawless joy ride. It’s a timeless song about the strength to prevail, to conquer that which tries to knock you down. The video matches this subject matter beautifully, but the song itself is an anthem for the little guy who wants to succeed. I’ve always loved this song because it’s classically anthemic and makes me feel like I can do anything. Like putting on boxing gloves and kicking the rest of 2013’s ass.

This time, I’m gonna be stronger I’m not giving in.

Rudimental is on tour, so don’t miss an opportunity to see these guys live.

Rudimental – Not Giving In feat. John Newman & Alex Clare

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Gotye – Thanks For Your Time

I think at this point in time, you guys are fully aware of my love for all things Gotye. What a groovy guy. I saw him perform live for the second time last week in Brooklyn, and I was just as blown away, if not more, than the first time I saw him at Terminal 5. As I’ve raved about the live performance before, I won’t get into specifics all over again. Though there were a couple of minor details that I noticed, that are definitely worth mentioning. First, the bass player. I have no idea where Gotye found him, but the man can do great things to a bass guitar. Whenever a new funky bass-line was introduced to us, it felt like our hand was being held through the song. I think I actually said that exact thing at one point during the show.

Besides Gotye’s angelic voice and success at dealing with shitty on stage technical problems (during State of the Art in particular, it seemed like the band was having a lot of trouble with a number of sounds), the video projections could not have been more fitting. The video for this song in particular had me in total awe, so I’ve included it in this post for your viewing pleasure.

I guess you could say I’ve been obsessed with this song ever since I woke up singing it this week. Coincidentally, it was the same morning I woke up sobbing from a nightmare I had, but I took it as a positive sign. It was the strangest sensation ever, to be totally immersed in a dream, very real in feeling, and then to wake up doing exactly what I had been doing in the dream. Simultaneously, this song was playing in my head. It was all too strange and I can only blame the full moon. Although a nightmare can sometimes shake up your entire day, as it tends to do with me, this song offered a lot of happiness and funk to what could have been a terrible day.

Enjoy!

Gotye – Thanks For Your Time