For the past few years, Trillectro has managed to keep its block party vibe intact despite showcasing major drawsÂ like Goldroom, Migos, Gent & Jawns, The Jane Doze, and Schoolboy Q. The festival, which is now in its fourth year, intends to take the event to the next level as it premieres at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 29 with a line-up boasting appearances by Chance the Rapper, RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, Chris McClenney, Ayes Cold and more. Whether you’re on the lawn or in the pit, these are the tracks that are gonna slay the crowd – and we expect to hear every single one.
1. JMSN, “Alone”Â
By way of The Weeknd, JMSN‘s “Alone” is an electronic, downtempo slammer disguised as R&B which combines sultry falsetto with ambient production that calls to mind artists like Panda Bear and James Blake. It’s sex with a drum machine, and with the heat of the lawn and the pit in the pavilion, it’s going to be an invitation for those in attendance to feel themselves.
2. Benny Benassi, “Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)”Â
This is a crowdpleasing, fist pumping, bro-dawg magnum opus that is just screaming for an insane hands-in-the-air moment. A trill rework of one of dance music’sÂ most memorable tracks, this remix takes the familiarity of the original and flips it into a Machiavellian ground plan for optimum levels of catharsis with each drop. This is an electrifying track – and one that RL Grime knows exactly when to play to its maximum, heat seeking potential.
3. Chris McClenney, “Best You Got”
Chris McClenney is one of the most interesting choices to go see at this year’s Trillectro festivities. With a dynamic range as a producer, he’s swung through house to down-tempo smoothness to hip-hop influenced beats. So whether he’s channeling Kaytranada, Jamie XX, or D.C.’s indie dance vibes, McClenney’s set is going to be a perfect soundtrack to a sunny afternoon on the lawn. This track, “Best You Got,” is arguably the most straightforward house he’s ever gotten, but it gushes positive energy and will make hips swirl like bubbles in a tub.
4. Cashmere Cat, “Mirror Maru”
This is the song that put Cashmere Cat on the map. After features on Grand Theft Auto V, support from Hudson Mohawke, the 2012 EP catapulted the Norwegian tastemaker and DJ to public consciousness here in the U.S. where his stylish take on futuristic hip-hop and bass genres lit up the blogosphere and college party crowd. It’s a no brainer that this track will get its time to shine at the Pavilion, it’s just a matter of when the Cat decides to share his catnip.
5. Masego x Medasin, “Sunday Vibes”
Experimental is definitely the right word to describe Masego. As an artist who has dabbled in future bass, hip-hop, and other genres that blend together on the electronica spectrum, the young producer never seems to run out of steam or eclectic, joyful ideas. “Sunday Vibes,” a track recently released on the EPÂ Pink Polo with collaborator Medasin, is the kind of cookout vibe that lays a foundation for good times and memory making. Featuring a sax pattern that takes cues from OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson,” this track – if played – will absolutely stun and shock and put the crowd in a state of starry-eyed awe.
Trillectro Music Festival will be on Saturday, August 29 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Please visit https://www.trillectro.comÂ for more details including a full line-up, tickets, and more. ALSO: if you want 20% off on your Trillectro ticket, use the promo code “blisspop” when you’re checking out (because we just love you so damn much).