The first ever US installment of the Tomorrow franchise, TomorrowWorld, has been lauded as a raging success. An ideal location just outside of Atlanta, minimal reports of drug related complications, a flipping sweet stage set up and over 140,000 punters with a shared sense of PLUR has guaranteed that this festival is going to return to the US, and fingers crossed for everyone else, maybe even further global expansion.
Hopefully you were lucky enough to catch the live stream that beamed out across the world between September 27-29, but, if not, no fear! TomorrowWorld has gradually been uploading sets onto a dedicate Soundcloud page that can be accessed here.
Whilst the aforementioned positives can be drawn from the event, a great deal of the sets that have been uploaded are relatively underwhelming. Listening to festival sets can be quite a demanding affair – the somewhat unimaginative track selection that those shirt deprived, glow stick clad, fist gyrating, roid munching, festy heads demand makes it difficult to distinguish between acts when listened to on bulk. But hey, this is what a majority of the people paid to see, so we get it and will try not to judge (…too hard).
Conversely, I have endeavored to select five sets that are worthy of your attention. Notably, there are a whole heap of acts that I tried to get my hands on, but just couldn’t find – including Dirtybird duo Justin Martin and Claude Von Stroke – so hopefully they turn up soon, as this list may not be an entirely accurate reflection of the best from the weekend. Also, a number of the sets didn’t get the full upload, just like a measly 15 or 20 minutes. So if you’re like us and were hanging out for full sets courtesy of DJ Snake and Dillon Francis, unrucky!
Unfortunately there is only a youtube recording of this set so far, and the sound and video is far from perfect, but my word, is it special! We may not know who is controlling those decks behind that mask, but we know that he’s pretty darn good at it. The set seamlessly manoeuvres through an array of heaving originals from the ƱZ ŤɌ∆Ҏ ᶊῌῗ† collection, splices in some more commercial monster remixes of Buraka Som Sistema, Missy Elliot, Notorious B.I.G, and wraps it up nicely with DJ Snake’s almighty remix of AlunaGeorge’s ‘You Know You Like It’. It’s tight from start to finish and will surely leave you aghast.
It sort of seems token to claim that Diplo had one of the better sets of the festival, as the element of surprise in tracklisting isn’t necessarily one of the Major Lazer head honcho’s specialties. But the fact of the matter is he sure knows how to make the crowd have a bloody ripper time. He’s the ultimate party starter and pleases everyone with his uncanny ability to effortlessly shift between genres. If you listen to his BBC Radio 1 Diplo and Friends shows regularly than you know what you’re going to get; yet it never disappoints and doesn’t get boring. The highlight is definitely the closer – Outkast’s ‘B.O.B’.
Opinion may be divided on the megastar, but his sets certainly stand out as the bench mark for that Dutch big house sound that so many try to emulate. His productions are that much richer and melodically layered than his counterparts. An Afrojack set comprehensively satisfies that primal urge in all of us to launch one’s fist in the air and get lost in the enormity of the sound system. There’s some pretty cringe tracks in there – including the world exclusive of a new track that he drops about 23 minutes in (is it featuring Will.I.Am) – but on the whole it’s pretty tight. The big fella might not be our biggest fans, but there’s still a whole heap we can find to like in his performances.
Dude, it’s A-Trak!
Again, sincere apologies for the ordinary quality, but you get the idea. This youngster has been on fire both as Clockwork and RL Grime respectively over the last couple of years and this set takes his legend to new heights. His Boiler Room sets have been epic, but this is next level. It features all the bonafide trap classics doing the rounds – including his own monster takes on ‘Mercy’ and ‘Satisfaction’, with a little Cashmere Cat, Chief Keef and ‘Crow Machine’ thrown in for good measure – and fits of crunkin’ and twerkin’ are assured. Good times. You’d be pretty foolish to miss him and ƱZ at Stereosonic if you plan on attending.