[Festival Review] CRSSD Epic Weekend Recap


(PC: Felicia Garcia / CRSSD Fest)


San Diego’s Waterfront Park hosted its fourth CRSSD Fest this weekend, a place that’s become home to lovers of electronic music across the entire Southern Californian region. Maintaining a similar aesthetic to the previous CRSSD festivals at the park, the scene was filled with feelings of a tropical escape, an escape that differs only so slightly from that of the city the event is held in, but it’s the difference that gives patrons a feeling that they’ve left home and arrived at a new one. The lineup, as always, was stacked with legends and exciting up and comers alike. TMN had the opportunity to check out the show, and we’ve got a full run-down below.

The fest kicked off its first day with huge names like MK, Justin Martin, Miike Snow, Cashmere Cat, and Bonobo. As per usual, Dirtybird showed up in big numbers, and Justin Martin’s set and Shiba San’s set were ones to remember. There’s always something so special about the Dirtybird crowd. Knowing that all of your lives were probably touched at one point by Shiba’s track “OKAY” is a strong bond that not many other labels can achieve, and Shiba’s set was filled with all the depth and bass one would imagine. Justin Martin’s headlining set drew crowds that were worthy of his talent, and the set was an hour and a half of pure bliss. And while Justin Martin was taking everyone on a journey at one side of the festival, house music legend Marc Kinchen (aka MK) was giving everyone an education on the other side of the fest. Pioneering house music with tracks like “Always” from the 90s, MK has his finger on the pulse of house music now more than ever. We were ecstatic to see him headlining, getting all of the glory that he deserves.

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[Electronic] W I S H I W A S – I Want To Believe (Ft. Cameron Walker)

I WANT TO BELIEVE (Ft. Cameron Walker)

Following the success of “We’re Better Than This” and “Cutting Ties”, LA-based producer Wish I Was is back again with another collaboration with singer Cameron Walker, and this might just be their best work yet.

“I Want To Believe” is like The Postal Service meets EDM. A delightful piano melody starts off the tune together with Cameron’s alt-pop vocals. The chorus features a dance beat and sliced up vocal synths, providing an infectious melody perfect for a love song. A series of robotic Daft Punk-like vocals follows and shows the level of production going into the vocal work.

Wish I Was is hitting a home run with this latest release. If you dig his stuff, make sure to check out his On My Mind album released earlier this year.

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[House] TEACHERS – Ocean (Walker & Royce Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Ocean (Walker & Royce Remix)

It’s been a hot minute since we last checked in with efficacious Brooklyn house duo Walker & Royce, but today Gavin Royce & Sam Walker have returned to the hallowed grounds of TMN armed with a proper funky house remix premiere for polyrhythmic alt-pop troupe TEACHERS‘ malleable single “Ocean”. After a solid history of original releases for notable institutions like PETS, Dirtybird, and Nurvous; Walker & Royce have tacked their sound to the remix world and come up aces.

Equal parts club-funk, house and straight up funky house, the pair’s take on “Oceans” holds its listener’s attention from the jump. A structural blend of modal harmonies, house roots and prevalent groove holds together Walker & Royce’s transporting of TEACHERS to the dancefloor, and with that subtle use of Kraftwerk tipping vocoder, they’ve crafted a highly addictive remix for our Ninjas to scoot to on this fine Thursday. For our proper house heads, we have a feeling this one will hit you hook, line, and sinker; so do yourself a favor and hit that little play button above before anyone else.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/6 – 10/9


Winter weather is right around the corner, which means it’s go time. You only have a few, fleeting months left of fall, before the white stuff starts barreling down. With that in mind, we strongly encourage you to get out of the house this weekend and head down to Beta Nightclub to check out another stacked weekend of beats.

Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.

Here’s how:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY this week.

Bonobo - 10/6
’Henri Texier – ‘Les Là
Bas’ (Bonobo Remix)’
Bear Grillz - 10/7
’Bear Grillz & Etc Etc – Rozay’
Morten - 10/8
’MORTEN – Love ft. Mr. Vegas’
Bedouin - 10/9
’VIKEN ARMAN – Sireli (Bedouin Remix)’
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[House] The Chainsmokers – Closer ft. Halsey (Viceroy Remix)

The Chainsmokers
Closer ft. Halsey (Viceroy Remix)

Summer time’s favorite producer Viceroy is back with another amazing remix. We know, you don’t want to hear another damn flip of The Chainsmokers x Halsey’s “Closer.” We didn’t either. But, we did see Viceroy came out with one, and we had to let our guard down. We were not disappointed.

From the start we get hit with out of the box samples that bring us back to some of our favorite records, along with an intoxicating percussive groove. Pleasant piano chords and funky guitar riffs also contribute to the strong introduction that holds your attention without quivering. At no moment do you want to skip this one. The intro builds into the drop where Viceroy takes us on a bustling breakbeat ride that is simply magnificent. Viceroy has put out some of our favorite tracks, so it’s no surprise he swayed us on this “Closer” remix. Get it for free today!

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[Deep House] Tom Bull Feat. Natalie Wood – Escape

Tom Bull Feat Natalie Wood

Believe it or not, this isn’t the only track called “Escape” that I’ll be writing about today. This first one comes from the UK beatmaster Tom Bull. His Get Twisted Records collaboration with Natalie Wood is a strong release, but Tom is no stranger to those.

“Escape” is a melodic club jam that has Natalie Wood’s tender vocals sprinkled about. Tom’s single comes in at just under six minutes, but you know what they say: time flies when you are having fun. That’s just what this tune is; a fun escape from whatever it is you need escaping from. Not only that, for all you students out there, it’s a good one to pop on while you’re studying to keep you attentive and focused. “Escape” has the minimal style you’re looking for. If you’re not studying and looking to dance, it will have you covered all the same. Check it out now and head to iTunes for a copy.

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[Electronic] Hundred Waters – Innocent (KEFF Remix)

Hundred Waters
Innocent (KEFF Remix)

KEFF‘s first foray into production after a series of must-hear mixes comes to us in the form of a delicately crafted rendition of “Innocent” by Hundred Waters. The splendor in the gentle atmosphere surrounding the bright vocals radiates with warmth and an underlying sensation of tranquility as the song progresses, yet there’s an unsettling message buried deep within.

The premiere with NEST HQ describes a perspective of a broken trust and extreme measures taken to achieve a clean conscious, and that’s the sort of context shift and imaginative transformation of a song’s original tone KEFF is already bringing to the table. Something of this gravity is a stark and intriguing beginning to KEFF’s journey as an artist, and the capability to understand and process a serious subject into a song as striking as this truly makes a statement. There won’t be any fluff from KEFF in the future. Be sure to grab the free download of this remix here.

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