The music of Further Future was the obvious highlight of the whole experience – the foundation that kept the party going.
While the music was mostly electronic and Tech/House based, there were still engaging offerings from across the spectrum, diversifying the sounds for those who love all music, and offering something for those who steer away from the electronic range.
The highlight performance of the weekend for me was DJ Tennis’ set inside Void Village, the only covered stage. The stage was a Trippy den for house and tech, with magical lanterns hanging above that set the mood. Once inside you were transported to a warm Saharan den. Tennis transported the crowd even further, peaking with his remix of “Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead. The crowd was mostly over 30, as for the entire festival, but a larger majority were much older, going harder than me. The tent became one of the most popular because of its shelter from the elements, and held probably the most prolific set of the weekend for many – Dixon’s 6+ hour sunrise set, which eventually moved to the Robot Heart bus once the weather cleared up. Dixon truly is one of the masters of our time, taking the entire crowd on a journey. I saw the first few hours, went to sleep, woke up and heard him still playing. Dixon parties harder than all of us.
Another lengthy and equally as incredible sunrise set was Lee Burridge’s the following morning on the robot heart stage. I have to be honest and say for some reason I wasn’t expecting that much out of it, since I’ve mostly heard more relaxing sets from him, but I was completely wrong. Lee Burridge rode the time of day perfectly, playing dark and pulsating eccentric tracks while the moon was still out, then brightened his track selection along with the sky. I would have stayed for the entire performance but I had to go sleep after three hours or so because my back was in excruciating pain from dancing too much. Just before Lee, Kimball Collins played an astounding set as well, dropping a breath taking vocal remix of Trentemoller’s “Moan” that is maybe my favorite song of all time now. &ME deserves honorable mention for his set on the bus as well.
Over at the mainstage, live performances took more of a precedence than the DJ set oriented others. Live instrumentation from groups such as the captivating Pharcyde, a rap group from LA, and Easy All Stars, a reggae group who played many of their awesome covers of Radiohead and Pink Floyd. However, other live acts completely blew my mind, like Grammy Nominated Caribou with their finale performance of “Sun” as the rain poured down on the crowd, a truly magical moment.
Another mind bending performance came from legendary group Leftfield for their second performance in America in the past 15 years, playing some of the most amazing genre bending music, bringing in an incredible live singer, Ofei, for “Levitate For You”, captivating the entire crowd. I came in not knowing a single song of theirs, but left a huge fan. Probably the most technically genius set from the mainstage was delivered by the prolific Nicolas Jaar, who mixed songs from every side of the spectrum, redefining what a “electronic dance set” could be. The man is seriously a legendary DJ and producer. Four Tet blended his deservedly lengthy tracks across a multidimensional and effervescent set accompanied by transporting video stage content. HVOB also brought a fantastic genre bending set to the mainstage.
I saw some of my favorite sets ever this weekend, filled with the best technical mixing from master DJs and producers alike, pushing the limits of an electronic music festival to new heights. The talent here, although somewhat niche, completely blows away the talent of any other festival I’ve been to. My hats off to you Further Future for truly delivering, but also slightly angry for them ruining all my expectations of other lineups.