Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2010: Acts to Watch

    The third annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival hits Williamsburg this Saturday and will scatter a slew of scintillating acts from NYC and beyond across adjacent venues Music Hall of Williamsburg and Public Assembly in a marathon of high-energy sound that will monopolize 3 different rooms from 8 pm – 4 am.


    The densely packed roster brings together bands, DJs and producers well-known and little-known for what is pretty much looking to turn into an all-night dance party. This means a lot of overlap, and while it might prove a tight squeeze to catch all the interesting names on the list, read on for some stand-out acts to watch.


    LEMONADE – There’s something a little bit grungy, a little bit sinister about the pulsing intensity of the Brooklyn trio’s feverish, electro-tribal rhythms.  It’s what the DJ should be spinning at that sooty, sweat-soaked basement party where everyone’s dancing to forget. Witness the psychedelic banana-eating and wild, DayGlo beach dances in the video for “Big Weekend,” here:



    KID SISTER – The Chicago-based singer released Ultraviolet, an album of poppy, synth-soaked dance rap, in 2009. Tracks like “Control” and “Right Hand Hi” bring perky, dancefloor-ready beats, but you probably know her from “Pro Nails,” with Kanye West:



    TREASURE FINGERS – Atlanta-based DJ and producer Ashley Jones has officially remixed the likes of Miike Snow, Estelle and Empire of the Sun, to name a few. The uptempo, funky house sound of “What Am I Supposed To Do” makes for a solid Saturday-night groove:


    Treasure Fingers – What I Am Supposed To Do


    KINGDOM – The R&B-influenced, Brooklyn-based DJ/producer pulls together elements like Chicago house and UK hardcore for darkly thumping rave beats like his debut single “Mind Reader” [ft. Shyvonne], released this February on the Mind Reader EP from Fool’s Gold Records:



    PENGUIN PRISON – The New York-based one-man-band produces the happy kind of electropop at its most contagious. With his warm, toe-tapping jams, he pulls off sweet without being cloying. It’s flashing lights, falsetto, nu-disco fun. Here he is remixed by RAC, and remixing Marina and the Diamonds, respectively.


    Penguin Prison – Worse It Gets (RAC Mix) by Remix Artist Collective


    Marina and The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Penguin Prison remix)

    Here’s the full lineup:



    Azari & III (Live)

    Kid Sister
    Treasure Fingers
    Penguin Prison
    French Horn Rebellion

    Class Actress


    oOoOO (DJ Set)
    Cubic Zirconia

    The Knocks

    Body Language

    Dave P.

    Star Eyes



    The Glass
    Blu Jemz

    Palms Out Sounds

    Free Magic


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