[Event Review] CRSSD Festival – San Diego, 3/14-15


As festival season is upon us, many festival go-ers are itching to go to Coachella, especially when talking about the perfect California weather. Goldenvoice, hosts of Coachella, and FNGRS CRSSD have teamed up to create CRSSD Festival, a solution for those who can’t make it to the more high-profile festivals but still want to get a taste of the all-around chill California vibe. With that said, CRSSD festival was the perfect portrayal of sunny San Diego and what it represents.

The first ever CRSSD fest took place in the Waterfront Park from March 14 and 15, and featured a lineup with big names like Chromeo, Odesza, Flight Facilities and Empire of the Sun. While these unique electronic acts headlined the main stage a.k.a “Ocean View Live”, what stuck out the most to us was “The Palms” stage, which was decorated to fit a more laid-back and tropical vibe. Ranging from nu-disco to tropical house, the stage features some of the frontrunners of the dance scene, including names like Bakermat, Thomas Jack, Bixel Boys, Giraffage and Kaytranada. The middle stage, which was named “City Steps”, featured some heavyhitting house acts that span from future bass to G-House, notably Amtrac, Tensnake, James Murphy and Simian Mobile Disco.


’MNEK – Wrote A Song About You (Kaytranada Edition)’
’Giraffage – Hello’

Being that it was a debut festival, CRSSD fest did a phenomenal job of planning and set up. With KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley hosting the festival and filling in between sets with the crowd’s favorite music, there was never a dull moment at the park. Unlike some other major festivals, the Waterfront Park was the perfect size venue for CRSSD fest. The three stages were all easily reachable from one end to another, without overshadowing each other.

Now onto the stars of the show. The best acts on Saturday were undoubtedly Kaytranada and Giraffage. With back to back sets at “The Palms” stage, the two talented artists brought the house down with their immensely high energy performances. From the future bounce mastermind to the quirky creative genius, the two spun tune after tune that got the crowd going nuts. Empire of the Sun also put out an epic performance with their signature glamorous set up with stage dancers. There was no better way to close out the night after a long day of sweating and dancing. Continue reading

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The #FREELIFE pioneers are on a tear with their latest releases, and their recent switch up in sound cranks up the energy big time with an edit of Elliphant‘s “Never Been In Love.” The Bixel Boys take a break from their typical house groove for a rock infused, trap influenced tune that could probably incite a riot at just about any moment. The bone crushing bass is balanced out by Elliphant’s powerful vocal maintained throughout, and the track melds together into the Boys’ most unique release to date. They went out on a limb to try out something new, and, even though we’re big fans of their work so far, we certainly hope to hear more deviations from their norm in the near future!

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[Event Preview] CRSSD Festival – San Diego 3/14-3/15

Spring is around the corner, which means that it’s almost festival season! As one of our first stops, TMN is going to the CRSSD festival in San Diego. Taken place at the Waterfront Park on March 14 and 15, CRSSD fest features some of the frontrunners and up-and-comers in today’s electronic music. Powerhouses including Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Odesza, Flight Facilities are headlining the festival at the “Ocean View Live” stage, while deeper acts like Kaytranada, Thomas Jack, Bakermat and Bixel Boys will try to win the crowd at “The Palms” stage.

The three-stage set up will definitely give a refreshing feel to all festival-goers. Thousands will gather at Waterfront Park and dance their pants off while overseeing the beautiful city of San Diego. With its popularity rising at such a high rate, CRSSD festival is representing sunny San Diego by stepping its game up. We are very excited to be able to witness the very first debut of the festival, as there will be many more in the future.

Make sure to check out this playlist we put together in advance to the festival. If you’re a fan of electronic dance music, and want to have a good time with laid back vibes all around, go to CRSSD festival and we promise you will not be disappointed!

’Slow Magic – Still Life’
’Something New (Amtrac Remix)’
’Drive Me Crazy (featuring Vic Mensa)’
’ODESZA – White Lies (feat. Jenni Potts)’
’Bakermat – Teach Me (Original Mix)’
’Gabriel Rios – Gold (Thomas Jack Remix)’
’All You’re Waiting For (Feat. Nancy Whang)’
’Theophilus London Feat. Jesse Boykins III – Tribe (Bixel Boys Remix)’
’Flight Facilities – Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Lido Remix)’
’George Maple – Talk Talk’
’Goldroom – Embrace’


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LA’s finest Bixel Boys are no strangers to experimenting with new sounds suitable to their tracks. Remixing Le Youth‘s “Real”, the producer duo spices up an already epic tune by giving it the disco treatment. The track has a rather mellow buildup mixed together with piano cadences, showcasing the softer side of their caliber. The beat drop is what defines the track, consisting of a hardhitting bass that’s incorporated into a series of bold synth. All of these things give the track a disco vibe that resembles the sound of Anna Lunoe, and you just could not help but dance your pants off.

Bixel Boys are definitely coming up as the frontrunner of this new wave of dance music. The power of #FREELIFE is as real as it gets. Stay tuned for more dope material coming your way!

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The Bixel Boys are redefining electronic music in more than one way. The LA-based duo impress us once again with their latest offering, a banger of a remix to Theophilus London‘s “Tribe”. Starting off with a bouncy house beat, the tune matches Theo’s melodic flow. The hard-hitting bass line catches the listener’s attention before the electro elements and an epic drop take over. This tune is the epitome of creativity within electronic music. You never know what to expect with this talented group of musicians.

Make sure to grab a free download of this track on their Facebook page and stay tuned for more dope remixes!

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After coming off hot from a sensational performances at EDC Las Vegas, HARD Summer, and most recently, Splash House, the Bixel Boys seem to be an unstoppable force in todays dance music world. The dynamic duo are starting to take the underground house music and bring it out onto the surface for all of us to groove to. “From their more tropical “Love Like This” to the heavier club riser “Black December”, the duo’s production diversity and unique voice stand far above the rest in their class.”

Today we are pleased to present you ninjas with the Bixel Boys’ latest remix of Golden Features’, “Tell Me” which features the lovely vocals from Nicole Millar. From beginning to end, this remix makes you want to hop into a time machine and go back to your favorite festival moments where we did not have a single care in the world. The Bixel Boys stepped their production game up with this project and transformed the original poolside tune into a festival anthem set to tear apart every mainstage for the rest of the year. Without straying too far from the original melody or aggressive vibe, the boys added their signature percussion, some industrial samples, and a well-balanced vocal from Nicole Millar to cohesively bring this song to an entirely new level. Only 4 more days until Friday, so might as well let Bixel Boys help ease you through the rest of your week with a bitchin’ remix to get you on your feet.

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