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A PLAYLIST FOR PARADISE

By Dan Slessor     2 Dec 2016

Enjoy a preview of EDM’s best and brightest before they wow the crowds at the 'Your Paradise' Fiji music festival

Returning to the idyllic Fijian island of Malolo Lailai for a third year, Your Paradise offers a truly unique festival experience for the discerning EDM fan. Hosting a brace of luminaries drawn from the many genres that come under the EDM banner, sets from these artists are sure to stand out as highlights across the seven days of the thrilling event.

 

‘The Reason’—Skrillex

The dark overlord of dubstep needs little introduction, and his set is sure to be one of the highlights of Your Paradise, and likely attended by everyone in the vicinity.

Having been churning out his inimitable twisted tunes since the late 2000s, Skrillex helped bring EDM into the mainstream, breaking down perceptions and misconceptions—and selling a whole lot of records in the process.

While his catalog is almost overburdened with classic cuts, with ‘Leaving’ he dropped something truly sublime, and created the perfect accompaniment for a night spent dancing to the setting sun.

 

 

‘Radioactive’—Anna Lunoe

Australian DJ Anna Lunoe has done a lot in comparatively little time.

Since relocating to Los Angeles and dropping her debut EP in 2012, she has taken the EDM world by storm—releasing a string of rousing tracks; delivering highlight sets at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Ultra Music Festival and TomorrowWorld; becoming the first solo female DJ to perform on the main stage of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and landing her own weekly radio show on Beats 1.

With ‘Radioactive’ she has delivered a sublime slice of electronic nirvana graced with a truly seductive vocal.

 

‘My Toy’—Breakbot

Also an award-winning animator, Breakbot—aka France’s Thibaut Berland—is a man of many talents. But it won’t be cartoons exciting attendees of Your Paradise.

After winning over his native country he has since dominated speakers and headphones pretty much anywhere you might find people wanting to lose their minds to house music.

Perhaps best known for his remixes of tracks by such luminaries as Chromeo, Röyksopp and Digitalism, his originals are equally thrilling. And this nugget of old-school, funkified disco pop evokes classic Michael Jackson in the best imaginable way.

 

 

‘Passing Through’—Akouo

You can try to put Akouo’s music in a box but really you’re wasting your time, because the Tasmanian DJ refuses to stick to a single genre, and it is this that makes his output so exhilarating.

With toes dipped in various styles from around the world it’s never a dull moment when he’s behind the console, and it’s no surprise that his Mesa EP shot to the top of the iTunes Electronic Chart.

One exposure to the gorgeous, sleepy lope of ‘Passing Through’ and you’ll want to hear more, as soon as humanly possible.

 

 

‘Magic’—Cut Snake

When the two members of Cut Snake—who hail from Australia’s Gold Coast—can tear themselves away from their surfboards, they plow their energies into creating the unique sounds that have earned them a devout following.

Well known for their online antics and enjoying more than a few beers, when they’re confronted with a dance floor no sane person will bet against them moving every single body in their vicinity.

The inherent playfulness of ‘Magic’ is exceeded only by the divine grooves effortlessly dispensed, and resistance truly is futile.

 

 

‘Girls’—Hannah Wants

What does Hannah want? To be an award-winning DJ, obviously, which is exactly what she is, and she has certainly proven that she’s got what it takes to stand toe-to-toe with those who have been immersed in EDM far longer than she has.

Having previously played professional soccer in her native UK, Wants is a self-proclaimed ‘child of the garage generation,’ though she doesn’t limit herself to that particular style, and this track—a collaboration with Chris Lorenzo—is equal parts throbbing groove and sassy playfulness.

 

 

‘Don’t Go’—Justin Martin

Dealing in house, techno and hyphy, as well as being a co-founder of San Francisco’s legendary Dirtybird crew, Justin Martin could well be considered one of the kings of Californian EDM.

Preferring his music to work its way under your skin rather than hitting you over the head with it—and not averse to throwing together some unexpected flavors—you can bet that his set will be one of the highlights of Your Paradise, and ‘Don’t Go’ will have no problem getting sunburned bodies moving.

 

 

‘Ferry Elevator’—Surfdisco

As legend has it, Surfdisco was born for the purpose of ruling a single party in Rome—and six years later his straight-up bass house is reverberating around the world.

Having relocated to Sydney, Surfdisco has been fighting—and winning—a campaign of attrition, and with each and every show he’s turning heads and turning on ears.

‘Ferry Elevator’ is as good a demonstration of his prowess as you’re likely to encounter, exploding like a bomb every time the party is pumping.

 

 

‘Okay’—Shiba San

On Shiba San’s Facebook page the Paris-based DJ lists his interests as music no less than 92 times, so you can be sure there will be nothing but passion when he’s behind the console.

Though he is one of EDM’s more enigmatic characters (that he comes from a hip-hop background while driven by the future of house is well known), he has apparently found his niche in ‘bass heavy ghetto funk.’

The cool grooves and hypnotic sway of ‘Okay’ make this abundantly clear, resulting in six irresistible minutes of the finest in summery sounds.

 

 

‘RA’—Slumberjack

Borneo-bred Morgan Then and Australia native Fletcher Ehlers hail from vastly different musical backgrounds, but put the two producer/DJs together and the result is the exhilarating—and breathtakingly original—sound of Slumberjack.

Having had a landmark year in 2016 as they ventured triumphantly into new territory, namely Music Matters and the Ultra Music Festival, they’ll be riding that high all the way to Your Paradise.

Combining elements of world music and a plethora of electronic styles, ‘RA’ is a fine introduction to their stellar talents.

 

 

‘Half Of It’—YesYou

With strong flavors of pop and even indie rock insinuating into YesYou’s music, they will definitely stand out from the crowd when the DJing legions descend on Malolo Lailai Island.

Working with acts as disparate as Jinja Safari and DZ Deathrays, it’s fair to say they’re one of the most adaptable units in electronic music right now—and they’ve yet to put a foot wrong.

If the insanely catchy and uplifting ‘Half Of It’ does not splash smiles across the faces of everyone even vaguely in its vicinity there’s a very good chance you’re dancing with the dead.

 

‘Afterhours’—TroyBoi (Feat. Diplo And Nina Sky)

Having caused a stir in his native London before starting to infiltrate ears in far-flung places, TroyBoi is a quite ridiculously versatile artist who draws from a vast range of influences to create something that deflects any and all attempts at categorization.

‘Soundclash,’ his collaboration with Chicago EDM masters Flosstradamus, has rightfully stood out as one of the finest anthems unleashed in the clubs, and you get the distinct feeling he’s only just getting started.

With a little help from Diplo and Nina Sky, ‘After Hours’ is equal parts haunting atmosphere and gritty bass.

 

Dan Slessor
Dan Slessor

Dan Slessor is an international music journalist based in Brighton, UK who writes for Kerrang!, Alternative Press, Outburn and various US record labels.

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