Posted Jul 4th, 2014 (9:02 pm) by Staff
Electric Forest: Day 4
Image by Jennica Abrams

I awoke startled by the sound of rain and the wind whipping our tent. Our rain cover is terrible and was slapping rain drops onto my face and our air mattresses. I then noticed one of our side poles had caved in, total chaos erupting. Luckily, this was a quick rain storm fueled by some fierce winds and passed after 15 minutes or so. Not the best way to start your morning, but with it being day four at a music festival, it's lucky to not have happened sooner. The last day is always so bittersweet. You want to go home because you're so sunburnt and over camping, but you know this is the most fun you'll have all year and you don't want to leave. All festival goers have been there.

To kick off Sunday, we began with young producer Trippy Turtle. Wearing a green jacket with a turtleshell back and eyes on the hood, he breezed through melodic trap with RnB vocals and some bass thumpers. Highlights included a mashup of Destiny's Child “Lose My Breath” with Daniel Bedingfield's “Gotta Get Thru This”, and a unique remix of Spice Girls hit “Wannabe.” Young talent was shining this year at the Forest with the likes of Lindsay Lowend on Day Two and Trippy Turtle and the elusive Cashmere Cat performing later in the evening. As he finished, the crowd was left screaming “One more song!”

One of our most-anticipated sets of the weekend was Australian DJ duo What So Not, consisting of producers Emoh Instead & Flume. Touring alone lately, Emoh hit the stage, hair dyed blue this week, opening with major banger of the summer, his collaboration with RL Grime titled “Tell Me.” Easing into the popular chill trap remix by Branchez, “High You Are”, his set was included an eclectic mix of bass, dubstep, trap, and hip hop. Finishing his set with his own hit “Jaguar”, he had the crowd roaring along to the song. Up next was Seven Lions, who impressed with his mix of dubstep, trap, his remix of Florence & the Machine's “Cosmic Love” and even some psy-trance tracks, the first we had heard sampled all weekend.

Taking the stage next to much excitement from the crowd was Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat. The sun had finally set at 10 p.m., and people of the Forest were ready to party for one last night. His set included original material off his Wedding Bells EP and hit tracks “Mirror Maru”. Also, of course his very popular and widely used remix of Miguel's “Do You Like Drugs.” Lasers bounced around the crowd slowly and a cool breeze swept across us, making for a beautiful performance.

Following next on the same stage for some stark contrast to turn it all the way up was Miami based producers GTA. I danced in the front for their set, and there was so much bass the back of my throat was shaking. I had to take a few steps back. Opening with their new track out now with Juyen Sebulba titled “Hard House”, the crowd went nuts, totems dancing up and down and storms of glow sticks descending down on the ravers. They played trapped-out remixes of Rich Boy's “Throw Some D's” and Vengaboys' “We Like to Party.” Snails & Antiserum's new collaboration “Wild” drew the biggest “Oh damn!” moment from the ravers, and GTA's own track “The Crowd” had everyone getting crazy. At basically every drop, I was left with a sour face in awe of the mix they had just pulled off. Their set was hands-down one of the top three for this year.

To close out the festival quite appropriately was electronic pioneer, singer-songwriter, and now DJ Moby. I grew up listening to Moby in the '90s, and luckily this would be my second time seeing him DJ. He turned the Tripolee stage into a massive rave with such quick, exquisite ease. Opening by sampling his hit “Natural Blues,” he picked up the speed and bass with some fast-paced electro and in-your-face big-room sounds. He is truly a legend mixing house, trance, tech house, deep house, and his own hits all so perfectly. I felt blessed to be seeing him again, especially this time at Electric Forest. Dancing in the wind, it began to pick up speed and we soon saw lightning in the distance. The lightning seemed to strike at times just as Moby would drop a new track, pounding bass to go along with the exquisite lasers and now lightning show. We inched toward the festival exit to finish out his set and made it back to camp watching lightning all around us.

Just like that, another year of the best festival I've ever been to was over. We made it back to camp, rain beginning to drizzle as we decided to pack up the tent and everything else. We got lucky and packed everything just in the knick of time as the skies broke loose and a torrential downpour began. Forced to spend the final night of the festival trapped in our car we turned on some music and made the best of it, reminiscing about another successful Electric Forest.

Words by Zak Littrell & Photography by Jennica Abrams

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