We got turnt for HARD Summer at its new location at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area this past weekend. Although it did rain, no weather could keep us from embracing the heaps of talent in its lineup. Here are some of our favorite artists and tracks dropped over the weekend at Hard Summer.
Trippy Turtle – Trippy’s Theme [Mad Decent]
Trippy Turtle (pictured below) and the Fofofadi crew have been blowing up all year. He was no doubt the talk of the festival for his many fans that turned out, with all the ladies swooning over his sexy jersey club beats. It was also incredible to hear his Lido remixes of Latch by Disclosure and Faded by ZHU on a festival sound system.
Cashmere Cat – Rice Rain [LuckyMe]
Throughout the entire duration of this track, and frankly ever since my ears were initially graced with Cashmere Cat, all I could think was, “Holy sh**, where does he even come up with these sounds?!” The level of detailed, unique production in this track is truly groundbreaking, and I have to say, those beautiful raindrop effects sounded even better live. Major “meows” go out to Cashmere Cat; thank you for daring to be different.
Skrillex feat. Diplo, G-Dragon and CL- Dirty Vibe [OWSLA/Big Beat]
There was tremendous excitement building up to the Jack U performance by Skrillex and Diplo (pictured below). The hype definitely added to the energy of the crowd, and their curtain-dropping intro with a new track featuring AlunaGeorge made for quite an entrance (watch at bottom of article). They dropped some filthy new tracks, and had everyone losing their minds to their nasty collab Dirty Vibe.
Flosstradamus feat. Travis Porter – Drop Top [Ultra]
Flosstradamus (pictured below) dropped some serious bombs on HARD Summer’s mainstage, including Mosh Pit, a new Party Favor and Meaux Green remix of Drop Top, and Hard House by GTA and Juyen Sebulba. The #HDYNATION began to get real rowdy with these tracks. Some mosh pits ignited, and a few ratchets lost their minds in the process.
NERO – Satisfy [MTA]
NERO has been a HARD favorite for years, and their glorious return this year with Satisfy was fully welcomed. The group (pictured below) delivered a riveting set with live vocals and new versions of our favorite NERO tracks. They took us on a journey all across the dance music spectrum, including drum & bass.
Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low [Columbia]
Turn Down For What? Definitely not the weather because even as the rain began to pour, the army of DJ Snake fans refused to leave the outdoor HARDER stage. As always, the Parisian king of pounding beats dealt a beastly set that had ratchets twerking to Get Low and threw the rest of us into rage mode. Like a military general, DJ Snake (pictured below) had strict command over his audience, and had us all flying off our feet.
Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige – F For You [Island]
It’s no doubt that HARD Summer lost their minds for Disclosure! There was a tremendous roar of excitement when they came on; the duo has such a passionate following and an incredible stage presence. The highlight of Disclosure’s set was definitely when the duo invited lively diva Mary J. Blige (pictured below) onstage to sing F For You.
Henry Krinkle – Stay (Justin Martin Remix) [Ultra]
Justin Martin (pictured below) is definitely our go-to DJ for fat basslines. He made the booties clap with his signature style of bass house. The dancefloor was alive, and there was mad love in the air for dirtybird. He melted our hearts and closed his set with his soothing remix of Stay by Henry Krinkle.
Alex Metric – Heart Weighs A Ton [OWSLA/Big Beat]
On day 1 of HARD Fest, I walked in not knowing at all what to expect, and Alex Metric was the first act I caught at the Purple Tent. Although I’ve followed his music for a long while, I’ve never been able to see him spin live, and I have to say, I was completely blown away with not only his high-quality track choices (especially his own productions), but also with the beaming sense of energy and raw talent for what he was doing. In particular, his latest release Heart Weighs a Ton definitely got every foot on the dancefloor moving and the positive vibes flowing throughout the entire audience. If I wasn’t a fan before, I’m definitely a super fan now.
The M Machine – Superflat [OWSLA]
The M Machine was spinning and singing Tiny Anthem live right as I walked into the Purple Tent on Saturday night, and the closer I got to the front of the stage, the more I became overwhelmed with a sense of euphoria and utter admiration for this group. Not only did their vocals sound flawless live, but I was completely blown away by the perfect balance of feel-good melodic elements and hard-hitting dance beats, i.e. Superflat, throughout their entire set. Respect.
Yasmin Damoui contributed to this article.