Saturday on the Red Bull Studio Live Stage at Rocking the Daisies kicked off with the eclectic electronica and tech of Richard Marshall, followed by the low-slung, head-nod live Dub of 7ft. Soundsystem, rounded off by the roots-stepping sonics of Indidginus who played along to his own production on his didgeridoo. Take a listen to his track “Hold Your Vision” featuring Slewdada, produced and recorded at the Red Bull Studio:
Next up the crowd were treated to the up-beat downtempo of Mr. Sakitumi and The Grrrl whose live bass, drum-machine, sampler and VJ sets are always a pleasure to watch and jam to. Richard the Third and Jakobsnake followed with the Kwaito inspired future-bass music they’ve been pushing to set the vibe up for Blush n Bass who delivered an Indie-Electro set for the sun-drenched afternoon audience. Yesterday’s Pupil brought back the live electronica with an infectious Electro-rocking performance topped off by Tommy Gun’s expert Indie-dance beats complimented by Danielsun’s everlasting energised dance moves.
After experiencing an unscheduled detour, The Ruffest almost sped onto the dance-floor, two cars deep, bringing an entourage of friends and managers that have become part of the Red Bull Studio family. The group launched into an all-out Kwaito fest for the now swelling evening audience. Silo, Max and Vuyi gel perfectly and rile the crowd up in a 30-minute blitz of synchronized movements and tongue-in-cheek lyrical prowess. Audiophile021 relieved them of their duty with his seamless blend of high energy, grinding Dubstep, exactly what the crowd had been baying for. Next up, Drum 'n' Bass stalwarts Hyphen & SFR laid down a potent mix of high speed African influenced Kuduro House and Drum ' n' Bass anthems which had people singing along and thrashing around at warp speed.
Afterwards the lights dimmed and the audience were bombarded with a hundred odd inflatable toys, glow sticks and blow-up dolls, a signal of the incoming onslaught of P.H.Fat. Their show was polished and perfectly rehearsed, complete with a spectacular visual show that almost slotted the missing puzzle piece into an already flawless performance. Mike and Disco flanked Narch in a triangle of Rap that has become one of the biggest musical forces in S.A. today. Take a listen to this interview with the boys for our "A Discussion With..." Series recorded as a lead up to the Daisies.
On the topic of big South African musical forces, Sibot took over from P.H.fat delivering a set of hard-knock, hip-hop inspired electronica played out live on an assortment of synths and samplers. Si's new show was revealed on the Red Bull Studio Live Stage at Oppikoppi and he continues to gobsmack audiences whenever and wherever he plays.
And then it was time for some straight up Techno. Local godfathers of the scene, Killer Robot showed off their pedigree and musical might with a jacking set of dark, brooding 4/4s and spine-tingling synths filling the dancefloor with thousands of revellers, setting the stage for the weekend's highlight, Dance music pioneer Kevin Saunderson who wasted now time in slamming out a hands-in-the air, sonic journey into the sounds of Techno, from modern-day slammers to down-right classics, including his own remix of his "Good Life" by Inner City (the project he started with Paris Grey in the early 90s) , undoubtedly one of the biggest dance-music tracks of all time. But don't take our word for it, you can listen to the entire set, recorded in two parts for Red Bull Music Academy Radio below!
He was followed by the feminine fours to the floors of local Techno queen Anthea who kept the dancefloor heaving and set in place for a full night of energised dancing. The night was closed off by a set of meteoric, mind-frying music from the trio "Digital Rockit" masked by LED hoodies and powered by their three laptops running Ableton in synch. To call their sound techno, house or anything other than "slamming, crowd-riling, good music" wouldn't be fitting. Lets just say they played one of the best sets of the fest.
Keep an eye out for the Day 3 roundup where we will be bringing you more audio goodness to download and listen to.