17 Sep Gallery: Day Two at Oasis Feat. Amine K, Modeselektor and Nicolas Jaar
NYC tastemaker Matt Medved opened the festival at around 70 bpm with a bottom-heavy poolside flex, whipping the daytime pool crowd into shape before handing the controls over to Oasis’ resident and local legend Amine K, who went b2b with his close friend Alex Niggemann. Their eclectic, tech-rooted set was rhythmic and hypnotizing, and a victory lap for the Marrakech scene that has been growing in recent years and now must truly be on the map.
Parisian selectors Ivan Smagghe and Chole went back to back for a couple of hours of power in the Arena, and their chemistry set a high standard for an itinerary of music streamed live by Resident Advisor all night long. Pantha du Prince was the head’s choice of the night, playing a funky weirdo house and tech.
Unfortunately Maceo Plex missed his connecting flight and had to cancel, but the mercurial Nicolas Jaar stepped in with rousing, inventive selections that exceeded the high expectations he sets upon himself. It wasn’t house, it wasn’t techno, it was some uncategorizable post-world groove that had superlatives like “best ever” floating around the dancefloor.
The unenviable task of following up Nicolas Jaar fell upon Modeselektor, who took up the mantle with aplomb by dropping some heavy, acerbic techno. Pumped full of originals and remixes, the German duo’s set was boisterous, hard, and uncompromising, and the duo were quick to note their surprise at the energy of the Marrakesh crowd.
DJ Shed went hard. Through breaks, techno, and heavy experimentalism, he pushed the aggression to the edge and over time and time again. Call Super‘s set was one of the most buzzed of the night, with the London-native closing it out with some deft breaks and splashes of UK funky. The closing set on the Arena stage was DJ Stingray, who hulked out an aggressive, vinyl-heavy soulful Detroit vibes and kept us going until the sun peaked over the Atlas Mountains.
As always, the languid daytime vibes at The Source were immaculately flanked by heavy, no-nonsense night raving, and these were some of our favorite shots from Saturday.