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12 tracks that prove Dekmantel is a haven for quality house and techno

The third edition of Dekmantel proves the Dutch festival keeps getting better and better

  • Funster with additional text by Seb Wheeler
  • 5 August 2015
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2 Sheryl Lee Ralph 'In The Evening'

Played by Hunee on Friday afternoon: It felt like Hunee really channelled the energy of the festival site on Friday afternoon. With people fresh and ready to party, it felt like one DJ had to come through with something colourful and exciting. Hunee stepped up to the Boiler Room and unleashed a power-hour of disco, house, acid and phreaked-out jams that sounded perfect in the sun as well as acted as the tonic that got us in the mood to dance for hours on end. He also played on the Saturday with Floating Points and Antal at Selectors, one of several DJs who played two sets across the weekend. This was a welcome move from festival curators, as it gave the crowd more opportunity to see artists and also fostered an inclusive atmosphere: with DJs playing a couple times, it seemed like they actually wanted to be there and get involved. Indeed, Villalobos watched Model 500, Nina Kraviz watched I-F and Legowelt watched the man Hunee.

3 DJ Pierre 'Box Energy'

Played by Robert Hood/Floorplan on Friday afternoon and night: After Ricardo and Zip, we were faced with a pretty upsetting dilemma. We had two choices; a large helping of euphoria-drenched techno from Robert Hood or a sunshine-fuelled trip to the woods with Roy Ayers at The Lab. Much deliberation later, we decided that we needed something with a bit of spank, therefore it was straight to the UFO tent for a sermon with Hood.

The UFO stage (this year featuring a subtle yet fresh redesign) is the go-to destination for wall-shaking techno at Dekmantel and in '14 we witnessed Rodhad rip the roof right off. This year it was Hood who delivered a set of the fiercest proportions (and perhaps even the set of the festival). The Detroit hero masterfully intertwined face-melting 130bpm bangers: his mixing was seamless, his tracks were high-octane and the energy in the tent wasn't just the best of the weekend, it was one of the most electric atmospheres we've ever seen at any festival. Roars of glee, happiness and shock at the pace and delivery came at every build and after each drop.

Hood played 'Box Energy' to killer effect during his Friday afternoon set and also dropped it later as Floorplan, in the Boiler Room area. Mark Broom's 'Dubplate' Edit of Floorplan's 'Never Grow Old' was also another spine-tingling moments.

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