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Last year, LA’s Eagle Rock Music Festival festival earned my respect by hosting a Low End Theory stage that brought out a huge crowd and a wicked lineup. This time around, the festival presented by the Center for the Arts of Eagle Rock changed it up a bit and brought over Stones Throw Records to host their own stage. Also notably present at Eagle Rock was Santa Monica’s popular DubLab web radio station.
Stones Throw Records drew quite a bit of love from the crowd by booking local favorites like J-Rocc, Dam-Funk, and of course their leader Peanut Butter Wolf. The label also premiered The Gaslamp Killer as a surprise special guest at six in the afternoon (pictured above left of Jon Wayne). GLK wasted no time in taking full advantage of the opportunity to test out his experimental new album, Breakthrough, on the streets of Los Angeles. The prolific beatmaker left quite an impression by making sure there was never a dull or predictable moment in his sunset mix.
Over at the DubLab stage, Daedelus opened up for the famous hip hop group, The Pharcyde, with a surprising DJ set. In addition to some of his latest beat scene tunes like Impulse with GLK and his version of 773 Love by Jeremih, the Victorian era transplant also dropped a few smashing trap tunes like Masta Blasta (The Rebirth) by Dillon Francis and An-Ten-Nae’s version of Freak Like Me by Santigold. A pleasant surprise indeed–it really underlined just how pervasive the trap phenomenon has become in LA.