When Mass Appeal first previewed the talent for the 5th annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, your ears were treated to their mastery of DJing through a couple of compilations featuring their work. Fast forward a week later, we’re proud to deliver the visuals from the stage, to the spectators on-hand. Read our recap of and check out pictures from the two-day event below.
Last weekend was a blur of loud beats. Bear with us as we recall two days of the best series of dance parties that has ever swept Brooklyn’s Electronic Music Festival. We compiled a strict itinerary of overlapping showcases to attend featuring our notorious favorites as well as a few never before seen. In 48 hours, within a 10 block radius, shit got real heavy, real quick!
MESS KID & MYKKI BLANCO
We started our night watching Mess Kid at Cameo. He never fails to turn a naked dance floor into a varsity pep rally. During his extended dub of “My Beat Will Control You,” we had a chat with Harlem siren, Mykki Blanco. Blanco adamantly confessed his awareness of the current state of viral media and how quickly you can lose fans attention if you’re not consistently producing. “No breaks are allowed unless you’re Rihanna,” who’s never not working it seems. “I’m already working on my second album,” squealed Blanco and then rushed the stage to perform. He blessed us, especially since his debut mixtape dropped that day.
Mykki Blanco & JSH
Across the street, our Midwest homie, MORRI$ was into the second hour of his set. The audience, a room full of lively zombies. Behind him was a large trippy moving image of an abstract color splatter that synced to his aggressive Trap Rap-turned-Grime selections. He dropped LE1F’s “&Gomorrah” as well as Helix’s Drum Track, and both went hard!
Returning to Cameo, Brenmar turned out the venue’s capacity with nothing but the best of everything that is dance friendly. He wisped through his set as usual like a Nascar champion. Maybe that’s a good thing, giving us time to find a wet $20 bill on the sticky floor all while helping a young lady find her cellphone. Thank you and you’re welcome!
FATIMA AL QADIRI, NGUZUNGUZU & KINGDOM
Moving along to a momentary disappointment, we missed Fatima Al Qadiri’s rare set while slow poking to Glasslands. Following her, Kingdom was pure excellence. He gracefully poured out the darkest upbeat music him and his Fade To Mind crew know best. We recall him playing an anonymous remix of SWV’s “Rain” and a B-More or Jersey Club rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Pyramids” that left us in awe by his closing. NGUZUNGUZU followed up with their similarly bleek and hazy tracks that are way too exclusive to mention here (because we guzzled shots and forgot). Glasslands was bumpin’ filled with familiar faces. L-Vis 1990 of Night Slugs was hanging out, MikeQ of course, Jubilee, and J-Cush of Lit City were spotted.
Ready to call it quits, the next stop was to see UK headliner, Gold Panda at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The venue was crowded as fuck. We didn’t get up close to the stage for the 30 minutes we spent there, but it was worth it. The duration of our time at MHOW was dedicated to a deep euphoric trance that our favorite Gold Panda instrumental, “Marriage” could only induce. All in a day’s work on the first date of the BEMF.
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Heron Preston and Ruth Gruca