[Event Review] Grooving Through Wonderland

Looking at the NOS Event Center from the outside, you’d never think that Insomniac would be able to transform the traditional fairgrounds into the Alice & Wonderland themed massive event that it is.

It was somewhere between walking into the Queen’s Domain Stage for the first time, with royal banners draped down from a regal dome and the stained-glass windows of a virtual castle dance on the huge Main Stage LED screens; Between fairytale teapot art cars that stood comically 15ft high just outside with their caretakers fresh out of mind-bending tea party with the mad hatter himself; and between watching every rendition of Wonderland’s vibrant characters stream into the venue all around me that I realized I had already I had already tripped and fallen deep into the Rabbit Hole.

The event was outstanding, even through a chilly rain the first day. If anything the stages had even more memorable crowds with everyone dancing and staying in cover to keep warm and dry.

The Mad Hatter’s Castle was the favorite music stage this year, featuring outrageous sets from the likes of R3HAB, Electric Mantis, Black Tiger Sex Machine, & Australian artist Just A Gent. Christofi dropped an awesome, intimate set early on Day 2 at the Queens Domain that went off too. Personal best set of the weekend? Valentino Khan.

With VIP experiences being hit or miss, I was excited to see what this years looked like. The Gypsy Shrine was there in all their glitter & jewels making people fabulous and there was a massive recreated mad hatter tea party table for photo ops. What truly stood out as I explored the space was an explosion of what was referred to as “wellness technology”.

A massive spinning bed that rotated 13 times per minute to balance the body’s equilibrium. Light therapy masks. Vibrating beds known as SoundLounges. Virtual Reality Experiences. Live Art. An Augmented Reality wall. The list goes on, but I was blown away.

The Courtiers were brought in by Insomniac to curate the space known as ‘The Quantum Lounge’ and they partnered with a company in the emerging cryptocurrency space called Swarm Fund to do it. The Virtual Reality was using the game Sound Self, where the object is to fill objects with your voice. Using tones, fractal patterns actually respond to the user’s voice to create intricate, hypnotic patterns. It was a trip watching how people interacted with the game, with one girl singing into the game creating incredible patterns.

After my experience there, I moved onto the SoundLounge. I was given headphones and laid down on a futuristic black bed, choosing a 5 minute audio track called “Abundance” that had been designed by a doctor to facilitate relaxation in the body. Almost instantly after I was placed in the lounge and the track started, I could feel a massive bass wave pulse through the my body and drop all tension away. It was way beyond my expectations, with one guest sitting up saying it was one of the best festival experiences they’d ever had.

I spent more time here engaged than any other VIP space I can remember. The live art was truly outstanding and left plenty of room to lounge around on light-up, fiberglass pods that were essentially art installations and seating at the same time. The Quantum Lounge was a perfect recharge and entertainment experience that every VIP experience could look to for inspiration. Truly the last piece of the puzzle to bring me fully into Wonderland and send me back onto the festival dance floor feeling my best.

All in all Beyond Wonderland was an awesome event, and a perfect introductory experience for me – showcasing how far they’ve come in the event’s 8yr run. With an amazing lineup, art installations, stages, and an outrageous VIP I left remembering why I come to these events. To connect with myself and the other amazing humans that call this otherworldly combination of music and immersive art home.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 291)

We’re going hard this weekend, that’s all there is to it. We’ve got the festival flu – infected with the inescapable urge to get our party on and it just happens to be Friday. As we do every week, we’ve gathered a collection of free downloads to aid in your festivities. Whether you’re getting out in the sun or hunkering down in the oncoming storms in various areas, we’ve got you covered with just the right tracks. From the pre-game to the party to the after party, we’ve got it all. Records from Madnap, MEMBA x Mothica, LMBO, Birthdayy Partyy, TWO OWLS and more will serve you well. We close things out with Sam F’s Walmart Yodel kid remix because we kind of have to include it, as well as benny mayne’s acoustic version of “bounce’ to bring everything to a peaceful close. Enjoy the weekend, stay safe!

’Kill Paris – Red Lights ft. Dotter (Madnap Remix)’
’MEMBA & Mothica – Chasing Light’
’Emmit Fenn – Lost in Space (Restless Modern Remix)’
’LMBO – Dysphoria’
’Shaun Frank – Addicted Feat. Violet Days (Midnight Kids Remix)’
’Birthdayy Partyy X BigSammyZ – Bad Bitches (Original Mix)’
’Pixel Terror & Vice City – Horizon (ft. Matt Kahn)’
’IYFFE – Stalker( Original Mix)’
’GHOST VOICES (TWO OWLS x TASCIONE REMIX)’
’AFK X CARBIN FT. CODY RAY – BOSS(KAWT N KANDY REMIX)’
’Sam F – i e i e o (ft yodeling walmart kid)’
’benny mayne – bounce (acoustic)’
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[Electronic] Spotovsky – The Weekend EP

The Black Marble Collective has graced us with a stunning EP straight out of left field. If you’re not ready to get weird, then you’ll need to prepare. The Weekend EP by Spotovsky and company is not your average electronic project.

Hailing from Saint Petersburg, Spotovsky came through with a cerebral set of originals accompanied by a host of remixes that share those same abstract sentiments. Together it makes for a sonic journey unlike anything we’ve experienced this year. It definitely fits the bill for burner events or even the main attraction itself, Burning Man. Have a listen for yourself and let your spirit free. The Weekend is currently available on Bandcamp.

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[Breakbeat] P!NK – Get The Party Started (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)

P!NK
Get The Party Started (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)

Everyone knows P!NK. Everyone knows her hit single “Get The Party Started” from 2001. It didn’t need an update, but it got the perfect one from the new duo Birthdayy Partyy. After releasing their debut original just two weeks ago, the twins are back with this remix.

They come in with their guns blazing with bass and boisterous breaks. This is a remix done right, and released right. Aside from the free download that’s available, the song is up on Apple Music because of the groundbreaking company Dubset that clears (most) unofficial remixes. Upon hearing it you come to the conclusion it should be taken in as an official one. Check it out and see for yourself.

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[Electronic] Culprate – Unity Project, Pt. 3

Culprate has been flexing hard with his latest string of EPs that he’s dubbed the Unity Project. Two were released and now the third is here with another batch of collaborators including Protostar, Aether and many more. As with the other two EPs, this carries a conceptual vibe throughout for a cohesive release from start to finish.

Coming in at six tracks it is equal in length as the other two releases. With it Culprate and friends bring an ethereal landscape to life with various tones and textures that piece together for what may be the best part of this series yet. They really did something different with this one and we’re loving it in the dojo. Looking to support the project and grab a copy for yourself? Head over to Bandcamp to do so!

’Culprate & Quok – Aqueous’
’Culprate & Keota Ft. Sophie Meiers – Mechanic Heartbeat’
’Culprate & Protostar – Duality’
’Culprate & Bloom – Aurora’
’Culprate & Frequent – Drifting’
’Culprate & Aether – Flora’
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 277)

Friday is finally here. Christmas is just a few days away and you’re likely going to be traveling or partying it up before you have to spend time with your family. For any and all of those occasions we’ve got you covered with music – and don’t worry there’s no holiday jams in this. Fresh free downloads in this week’s volume come to us from Mozado, Kaizen, Ryden, BROHUG, Kedzie and many more. All twelve of these treats should satisfy your aural palate for the weekend. We’ll be back next week with another batch, but for now – Merry Christmas!

’BOiCE, Feline – Soaking Lovers’
’Mozado – Home For The Night ft. Rosé’
’Kaizen –
Sanctuary’

’Another One Bites the Dust (I am Sid Remix)’
’Ryden – Shining (ft. Rapta)’
’Tchami – World To Me (KOOS Remix)’
’Be BROHUG’
’Kedzie & Superwet – Venom (Original Mix)’
’Doctor P – Tetris (Casey Jones X Bassly Flipped It)’
’MY BAD – Trouble (feat. Delaney Kai)’
’Kelela – Frontline (Heritage Bootleg)’
’Hajj – Pay Homage Remix’
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[Bass] Fox Stevenson – For Fox Sake EP

Fox Stevenson has long been regarded as one bass music’s best. Instead of riding his success out with minimal effort the producer has continued to expand on his impressive catalog with even more great records. His latest is the EP, For Fox Sake, that came out on Disciple. With three originals and a D&B mix of one of the songs, this EP has all the great Fox signatures and a whole lot more.

For Fox Sake may be our favorite release of his to date. Things fire up quickly with “The Heat” and from there it’s tough to not just stick it on repeat. However, once you move to “Miss You” you things get even heavier. The motif continues with “Gunshot Sonata” that builds upon the last track’s weight. Lastly, we’re left with a drum & bass remix of “Miss You” that acts as a nice change of pace for the project. Overall this one is top notch. You’ll want to grab a copy of it for yourself.

’Fox Stevenson – The Heat’
’Fox Stevenson – Miss You’
’Fox Stevenson & Scamp – Gunshot Sonata’
’Fox Stevenson – Miss You (D&B Mix)’
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