Set against the stunning backdrop of the North African desert just half an hour outside of the city of Marrakech, Morroco’s Oasis Festival invite attendees to “dance somewhere different”.
A recent addition to the international festival circuit, Oasis Festival has quickly sprung as one of the most anticipated events in the dance calendar, combining local culture with some of the finest acts in underground electronic music to make for an intimate getaway like no other.
Previous parties have seen heavyweights like Richie Hawtin, Ellen Allien and Jeff Mills take to the dunes of Morocco, but the festival’s 2018 edition is arguably their most exciting to date.
With Carl Cox, Mr G, Larry Heard, Peggy Gou, Virgil Abloh, Octo Octa, and DJ Deetron just a few of the names appearing over the weekend, we’ve handpicked 5 acts you don’t want to miss out on.
1. Actress B2B Mount Kimbie (DJ Set)
Continuing on their B2B DJ tour that began earlier this year, here are two acts that have boldly channeled their own paths within the realms of electronic music. Both Mount Kimbie and Actress have been prolific as of late, with the London duo continuing to progress into the world of leftfield UK pop and the mysterious Darren Cunningham trading blows with The London Contemporary Orchestra. Each exploring the atmospheres between electronic and acoustic sounds via their own daring visions, a B2B DJ set will be sure to come full of uncompromising dance music and surprise left-turns.
Originally from the south of France, rRoxymore now resides in Berlin and has certainly embedded herself firmly into the more experimental lanes of house and techno. With a diverse career that has seen her soundtrack art installations, play percussion in a rock band and release club-geared music on labels like Cómeme, Huntleys & Palmers and Macro, it’s no wonder her DJ performances come so diverse and far-reaching, a signature style she’ll surely bring with her to Marrakech.
3. Mr. G (Live)
A vital figure in UK house and techno since his days as one half of The Advent with Cisco Ferreira in the 1990s, the 56 year old is a master of frequency – renowned for pushing club systems to their limits with his weapon of choice, the Akai MPC sequencer. He’s an artist who’s stayed true to himself through the scene’s highs and lows, and continued to produce vast amounts of quality dance music through the years, whether that be via his own Phoenix G imprint, or labels like Defected and Rekids. His fierce dance energy and live beat reconstructions make his performances a truly unique demonstration of the power of club music.
4. Jessy Lanza (DJ set)
Canadian producer, performer and singer Jessy Lanza debuted in 2013 via Hyperdub full length Pull My Hair Back. Her crisp production and peculiar pop textures make her of modern R&B’s most intriguing figures, and, now with a second LP under her belt, the Hyperdub staple’s catchy melodies and individual stance in alternative pop music means she’s regularly requested to perform across the globe. Her DJ set in Oasis Festival promises to be one of the weekend’s more bizarre dance ventures.
5. Avalon Emerson
Hailing from the deserts of Arizona but now based in Berlin, producer, DJ and once software engineer Avalon Emerson has quickly become one of techno’s leading figures. With releases on Spectral Sound, Shtum, Spring Theory and more recently Nic Tasker’s London label Whities, Emerson’s DJ sets and productions offers a timeless narrative that reflects a passion for the sound design of new wave, the futurism of techno, the soul of American house and the exuberance of rave. You’d be foolish to miss her performance at Marrakech’s Fellah Hotel.
Oasis Festival takes place September 14-16 at the Fellah Hotel in Marrakech.
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