As we returned to the Jungle this year, we were delighted with the outcome that is Envision Music and Arts Festival yet again… While it may have been almost 10 degrees hotter and significantly more humid them last year, it definitely did not stop festival goers from having the best time of their lives in this year.
The people, the vibes, the art, the food, and more all contributed to making this festival one of the best in the world, but what stood out the most this year was the extremely well put together lineup that they had in store for us...
Here's a review of our top 8 favorite music acts from this year!
Digital Rust is an upcoming San Francisco based Glitch hop/mid-tempo Dj/producer thats on a very fast track to becoming something absolutely amazing...Even though he does not have much of a following at this moment, this man is paving the path to becoming one of the best DJ's in his genre...Emulating sounds much like fellow DJ's, Tipper, Bogtrotter, and Opiuo, he uses his creativity to mesh sounds together to create something completely unique and out of this world. His Envision set was absolutely flawless dropping his own original songs like Boondoggle, Squishy, and Dusk while even throwing in some fan favorites like Tipper's newest single "It's like". He is definitely someone to check out if you're interested at all in that genre!
7. Beat Fatigue
As someone we've never seen before, Beat Fatigue, was one of the most suprising favorites of the weekend...Hailing from Amsterdam, Netherlands, this guitarist/DJ/Producer is packing some serious heat...With sounds much like Gramatik/Griz/and Opiuo all squished together, Beat Fatigue threw down one of the best and funkiest sets of the weekend.
Canadian Producer/DJ, Defunk, is always known to bring the funk and throw down some of the best dance parties in North America. At Envision he lived up to all of his expectations and turned the Jungle into a massive funky/gitched out party. Playing a variety of oldschool Defunk songs, a whooole lot of new unreleased materal and some familar songs by the favorite, Opiuo. Defunk most definitely was on his A-Game for Envision weekend.
Up next is Australian Glitch-hop DJ, Spoonbill...Now before I get into anything, I want to recommend checking his music out and if ever the chance seeing him live because wow, he is literally on a different level then almost all current DJs. During Envision,Spoonbill had the chance to play one Psy-dub set at the Lapa Stage and his normal set at the Luna Stage. Both sets absolutely astonished with some of the best music heard at the festival. If you are into artists such as Opiuo, Mr.Bill, Tipper, or Shpongle, this is your go to guy.
Grouch, a heavy hitting Psy-dub/Bass/Glitchhop DJ, hailing from the mountains of New Zealand was among the top favorites. Just like Spoonbill, Grouch had two sets and definitely did not disappoint. First playing an intense Psy-Dub set at the Lapa Stage then playing his normal set later the weekend at the Luna Stage. With influences from old school dub and ethnic percussions, Grouch's sets are as unique as they are pleasing to listen to.
Random Rab sets are always something special; even more special are his unique and rare sunrise sets. These are are absolutely magical sets that everyone should experience once in their lives. As the hot sun rose over the Jungles of Costa Rica, Random Rab played us a absolutely beautiful set that brought tears to everyone's eyes followed by a massive group hug at the end of his set, a moment that fellow Envision-goers will never forget!
Clozee is an up and coming female Bass DJ from France. In the past two years she has been making more and more appearances throughout North America and the rest of the World. Fusing a mixture of organic sounds and heavy hitting bass music, Clozee is creating an entire genre of her own. Her set at Envision was nothing short of amazing as pyrotechnics went off from the Luna stage and as she turned the dance floor into a massive primal dance party.
Shpongle is always a classic favorite, as his sets rarely ever disappoint. Playing for almost 3 hours, we were blessed with a journey through Shpongle-land. Playing a mixture of old tracks and very large amount of new unheard tracks, it was something to be seen and heard. Its safe to say everyone was happily Shpongled by the end of the night.
Written By Brian Greenblatt