Earthdance, the global meditation is upon us. Beyond world-class decor, delicious food trucks and a whole array of fantastical earthly delights that attendees can look forward to, it’s this year’s local [Cape Town] lineup that is the most impressive feature. Looking forward to the weekend’s festivities, we’ve listed the top five sets we’re most excited about this year below, in no particular order. Check it out and click here to view the full lineup times.
Nanoplex is the live project from two of the pioneers of the UK progressive techno sound, Ben Coda & DJ Ipcress. Ben Coda needs little introduction, his tech-prog sound crosses boundaries – tough beats and rolling basslines contrast with soaring melodies, fusing his love of the tougher sounds of techno and tech house with classic, progressive house. With a busy international schedule, Coda is taking his sound to the masses.
DJ Ipcress has risen from the underground dance scene in the UK and over the last 5 years has taken his dark-edged techno sound across Europe and the world. Fusing techno and house, with a deep minimal groove, a partnership with Ben Coda was always going to produce a slick future techno sound.
Israeli-born,Dima Gafner has been making music for over a decade. He started off in the well-known DJ duo NitroDrop. Along with his partner at the time, Gil Daganthe pair released loads of music and traveled the world playing parties and festivals. Before that CoExist worked as a solo performer under the stage I-Drop, which was his initial debut in the Psytrance world. With a strong focus for crafting his own, unique sound design and production, CoExist was created, his trademark digital sound print
PORTAL is the progressive psychedelic trance project of Daniel Portal from Cape Town, South Africa. With a unique style designed to get the crowd grooving with his driving basslines and deeper melodic highs, his new age sound delivers the fresh cutting edge groove of modern progressive psytrance. It’s his distinct audio edge that has since seen his sound conquer all corners of the globe but has all made him on of south Africa’s most celebrated trance DJ/Producers.
Swiss-born producer/DJ Khainz has been putting his unique stamp on dance music for nearly 20 years. Every weekend, Khainz takes his distinctive tech-house groove to dance floors across the globe. During the week he can be found in the studio, adding to his ever-growing list of releases. A prolific producer, he has released two albums, Module8 and Simple As That, and more than 150 tracks via labels like Yoshitoshi, Katermukke or Great Stuff Recordings. Everything he does reflects his passion for electronic music and respect for the craft. “Technology changes constantly, who knows what it will be in five years,” he says. “What matters is the music. That doesn’t change.”
Outsiders is the exciting project of two significant producers based in sunny Israel – Haim Lev & Guy Malka.
The Outsiders musical brand is quickly evolving and growing, with their releases being backed and supported by an impressive number of international artists and industry movers. Outsiders have also released a plenty of successful original releases and collaborations/remix tracks from the likes of Tristan, Laughing Buddha, Avalon, Electric Universe, Rinkadink, Burn In Noise and more.
Catch our top five and more this weekend at Earthdance Cape Town where we’ll #GivePeaceADance. For everything you need to know about this weekend’s gathering check out our ED 2018 festival guide, join the event wall and if you haven’t already, book your ticket right here.