You didn't think we were done, did you? Electric Zoo is an East Coast institution that's taking place over Labor Day weekend, and each day features a new crop of talented DJs. We can't just tell you who to see on Day 1 and neglect the other two days, right? With a lineup so diverse, we've sorted out another batch of sure shot DJs and acts that will have you thanking rave gawd that festivals like this are happening right now. Here are our picks for Electric Zoo 2013, Day 2.
Congorock is another in the long line of Italian house masters. With his own tribal sounds and elephant-sized bass, Congorock doesn't know the meaning of the word soft: His shit is hard. Each one of his tracks, most notably "Babylon," brings a sound unlike any other DJ out there. In a time when a lot of DJs will play "sets" with a mixture of the Beatport Top 20 tracks, Congorock might even know that chart exists. Congorock does his own damn thing, and we love him for it.
While many will decry the main stage DJs as frauds for the alleged pre-recorded mixes and unwillingness to play a tune outside of the Beatport Top 10, Hardwell is one DJ who keeps it real. The Revealed Recordings leader has crushed crowds from Miami to Belgium, and he's had some of the biggest tracks the last few years. Hardwell reads crowds, takes chances, and still delivers a crowd-pleasing set. Go Hardwell or Go Home.
Noisia is one of those special groups that is truly at home when they are defying genres and melding their own sound. Originally seen as a drum & bass trio, the Dutch producers have transformed into a heavyweight freeform group capable of producing anything and everything under the sun. Hip-hop with KRS-One, blistering drum & bass with Amon Tobin, or earth-shattering Katy Perry dubstep remixes, Noisia won't let a genre stop them from doing what they want. What does that mean for EZOO? It means you can expect Noisia to truly step up their game for the Big Apple.
Oliver is name you might not know, but you should. Their Fool's Gold-released Mechanical EP still gets serious rotation around the world as their unique back-to-the-future, acid-infused disco sounds comes right on time. They've been tabbed to support Zedd on his fall Moment Of Clarity tour, they're Destructo's production partners, and they recently closed out the first day of the Underground tent at HARD Summer. You probably won't be fist-pumping here at all, but don't be a fool and miss this just because you're too scared to bust a move.
Brodinski vs. Gesaffelstein
These two guys are key cogs in what is one of the hottest brands in all of dance music: Bromance. Their unique brand of mind-melting, system-shaking french techno has been sending dancefloors into frenzies and they've got a deal with OWSLA to set up Bromance US with their national tour following up after. But don't go to this set expecting just French techno as the two have been known to mix it up with a healthy dose of hip-hop (they had their hand in a few Yeezus tracks and you know about that PURPLE RIDE?), trap, house music, and pretty much anything under the sun. One thing you can expect when it's over, to be in a full bromance.
The word prodigy gets thrown around quite a lot, but Madeon is one of the few that actually deserves it. Having been lucky enough to witness a few Madeon sets, we androids are ready for Madeon to really show New York what he's made of. He killed Governor's Island back in June and that was just a warm up for his main stage set. With "Technicolor" hitting the charts and his Ellie Goulding collab on the airwaves, Madeon is sure to attract eyeballs from all angles. We expect Madeon to rock his blazer with the utmost pride and style. Madeon has got a career trajectory right now that has him ending up a legend, don't you want to be part of history?
Alex Ridha might be more known to new ravers as "the other guy in Dog Blood" but anyone who thinks that is fooling themselves. A maestro in his own right, Boys Noize has been destroying dancefloors for almost a decade with his intense German techno. He's won numerous awards, he's produced for Snoop Dogg, and he puts on one of the best shows you'll ever see in your life. Whether or not he's on CDJs or doing his live show, Boys Noize is not to be missed. You want some true rave music? Boys Noize is your man.
ClekClekBoom Recodings and Dirtybird Records stalwart French Fries might be the one DJ i'm singularly most excited for. This 22-year-old Frenchmen melds southern hip-hop and Chicago ghettotech with tech house and infuses baltimore club with garage in a way that just epitomizes COOL. Fries' mixed the first ClekClekBoom Recordings compilation, Paris Club Music Vol. 1, earlier this year and has projects with Snoop Dogg coming up. The French might be more known for their house and techno, but don't count their bass offerings out because French Fries is leading a new wave.
Big bird Claude is no doubt a DAD favorite and anytime he's in town, you know these androids will be putting our hands up for Detroit. Puns aside, VonStroke has no doubt endeared himself and the dirtybird brand as one of the most genuine, fun-loving parties in the world. Vonstroke routinely drops an assortment of ass-shaking, booty-blasting, funky rhythms ranging across anumber of styles. Whether it's the dirtybird special funk-driven tech house or some of that down-low booty shakin' Miami bass, that greasy Chicago ghettotech, or some of that extra extra deep house, Claude knows how to start a party and keep it going. If you or anyone ever doubts what skills a DJ needs or is even capable of doing, take them to the Sunday School Groove and educate them here. Oh and he's got his Urban Animal album coming up....match made in heaven!!!!!
Mat Zo is no doubt one of the brightest and best up and coming producers. To even say he's an up and coming producer feels like a disservice as he's already given us a number of massive, scene-impacting tracks including his genre-defying collaborations with Arty and his 2013 anthem with Porter Robinson, "Easy." We were wowed by his stellar EDC Chicago set and with his forthcoming album even closer, we're expecting Mat to unleash a healthy dose of IDs and tracks from the release. He may have made his Mat Zo name on his unique trance and house blend, but don't forget about his drum & bass days, either. If there's one thing you can draw from all of this, it's that Mat Zo is a one of a kind talent and the sky is the limit. Make sure to catch Mat at the Hilltop Arena before he's on the main stage in a few years.