FYF Fest is this weekend jn Los Angeles. The little-festival-that-could has grown over the past ten years from out of an Echo Park basement and into a major musical destination, one that presents a distinctly LA perspective on cool. And although many attendees will still be clinging to the tried-and-true hipster clichés of standing around looking bored while skinny white dudes fumble away at power chords in front of them, us dance-o-philes have a lot to look forward to in terms of the beats and untz of dance, or at least dance-adjacent styles. Here are our essential selections for the weekend:
Hold up, though. If you're reading this and need us to tell you that Flying Lotus or Jamie XX are good, you're basic. They are disqualified from this list based on the pre-existing condition of being very famous and/or awesome already.
The mysterious Spanish disco warrior John Talabot floored critics with his 2012 debut Fin. It's difficult to pin down his sound - It's definitively house-based, but constantly wanders down experimental tangents and into dark, artsy, and poppy corners. His DJ sets are slightly more traditional than his productions, but it'll be one of the rare opportunities all weekend to actually straight up groove to a beat for a whole set.
Daniel Avery makes dystopian house jams and has a flair for atmosphere that may just pull you in and never release you. His album Drone Logic toes the lines between house and techno - He's prone to the occasional warm melody and groove, but sooner rather than later, you'll be back in some staccato techno machination. When a guy with a fresh Essential Mix and Fabric residency shows up the Coliseum looking to play, it's probably best to take a listen.
Well, this should be interesting. Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick has cemented his swirly, sadboy pop sound since he triumphantly emerged from his bedroom a few years ago. He's always seemed a scotch discontent with being pigeonholed, though, and his freshly announced project Les Sins will make an appearance at FYF, ostensibly as a release for dancier and/or weirder tuneage. There's an air of mystery to the performance, ang tracks like "Bother" only add to the intrigue.
Marcel Everett is another one of those child genius beatmakers with an equal love for anime and Jersey Club. On one hand, his tunes all feature some form of abstraction, but his love for pop samples and a general cheekiness bring his tunes out of the shroudy mist of beat music.
Let's be real here, it wouldn't be a hipster dance party without disco and mustaches, and Todd Terje brings both in spades. The vaguely reclusive Norwegian's aptly titled It's Album Time is an unabashed leisure-suited disco opus with all the sincere pop earnesty you'd expect from our Scandinavian friends, and he's known to spend half his live show bashing away at a synth.
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