You’re in for a real treat at Found Festival this year, now get acquainted with some of the day’s unmissable sets.
The festival’s fourth edition lands for one day in south London’s Brockwell Park, June 11, with a line-up that boasts some of the best in house and techno. It’s a powerful array of dance luminaries and burgeoning talent, with six stages that feature Ron Trent, Kerri Chandler, Midland and Leon Vynehall, among countless others. Hyponik will also be presenting a stage in association with the Feelings family, that’ll host the likes of Maurice Fulton, Pender Street Steppers and Daniel Wang.
Before you head down to Found, plan your day accordingly with our pick of 5 sets you really should be checking out. Legends and up-and-comers are all on the cards, now get a taste of the best in grassroots club music.
1. Mood II Swing – Feelings in association with Hyponik
New York duo Mood II Swing, aka Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone, established themselves as some of the finest house producers in the business throughout the ’90s. Schooled by Louie Vega, Springsteen and Ciafone quickly transformed themselves from R&B and hip-hop producers to dance music pioneers. Their unique swing and tougher take on early US garage led them to become some of the decade’s most in-demand and successful remixers, reworking the likes of Ultra Nate and Barbara Tucker to chart success. The duo’s DJ sets include their classic productions and remixes, and are essential listening for a new generation of dance music lovers. Their set at Found will prove to be something special.
2. Theo Parrish – Secretsundaze in association with Clash
The Detroit maven and Sound Signature boss has showcased an impressive live show in recent years, but his DJ sets still have the power to unite people under the gospel of the dance floor. A sheer master behind the decks (no wonder, considering he came up studying Chicago legends like Larry Heard and Lil’ Louis) Parrish weaves through a multitude of styles, manipulating tracks in ways you’d never imagine. House, techno, funk, disco, jazz, whatever he may draw for, there’s one constant thread – the power of sound to move mind, body and soul.
3. Kassem Mosse (Live) – Find Me In The Dark in association with Fact
Leipzig’s Kassem Mosse has been responsible for some of the most compelling house and techno constructions available since his arrival back in 2006. Choosing to largely remain in the shadows, Mosse’s loose approach has meant he’s remained unburdened by the confines of musical pigeonholes, with his work released by labels like The Trilogy Tapes, Workshop and Nonplus. His expansive live set operates on the subtle use of space and texture, and promises to blur the lines between myriad forms of dance music on the day.
4. Derrick May – Found in association with i-D Mix
Commonly referred to as “the Miles Davis of techno”, Derrick May, alongside childhood friends Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, is hailed as one of the originators of the Detroit techno sound. Whether it be the production work under his own name, Mayday or Rhythm is Rhythm, masterpieces such as ‘Strings Of Life’ and ‘It Is What It Is’ have stood the test of time and ensured his status as a true “Innovator” will always remain. Rarely one to plan or play his own music in his DJ sets, May thrives off the challenge to capture the audience’s energy and take them on a musical journey, and ahead of his set at Found, we can bet his performance will incorporate all of the above.
5. Kasra V – Feelings in association with Hyponik
A musical aficionado, Tehran born DJ and producer Kasra V has emerged as one of London’s most exciting and unpredictable selectors of late. His regular NTS slot, The Paradise Show, explores the far-flung reaches of Balearic, Chicago house, blissed-out disco and aural gems from the Middle East. Kasra also curates on 22tracks, showcasing laid-back club jams and whatever else is taking off on dance floors. You never know quite what to expect from his eclectic taste, so his Saturday afternoon set will be a perfect warm-up before a night of rapturous movement.
Found Festival comes to Brockwell Park, London on June 11. More info and tickets here.