It’s been a short few months since CRSSD last took San Diego, and we could not be more excited to make our return trip back. One of the few, if not only, festivals that manages to successfully pull off two entirely different iterations in the same year, CRSSD is a festival quite like no other. Taking over scenic Waterfront Park in San Diego March 3 and 4, CRSSD will showcase some of the best electronic acts and beyond that the world has to offer, illuminated against Southern California’s perfect climate and views. In the few years since its inception, CRSSD has established itself in as a must-attend event for any fan of electronic music.
Whether it be sounds from Europe’s most exclusive underground clubs, chart-topping dance music, or new artists seamlessly infusing and breaking down genres, all of it and more is here for those willing to search it out. That is the question though – where does one begin their search? One cursory look at the lineup will reveal well-known heavy-hitters like Little Dragon, Bonobo, Empire of the Sun, and Jai Wolf, but where does one go from there? Well, that’s where we come in. We’ve taken care of the hard part and are proud to present you with five of our Ones to Catch at CRSSD’s Spring 2018 festival.
One of the most interesting aspects of CRSSD is the way in which it does not strictly adhere to its title as an electronic festival, and in doing so opens itself up so it can showcase some of the most interesting rising acts in adjacent genres. Enter German-born, Los Angeles transplant Noah McBeth, more popularly known as NoMBe is a multi-faceted singer-songwriter and producer who creates airy, minimalistic R&B. Currently in the midst of the daunting task of releasing a track a month over a period of ten months, in preparation of his debut album, They Might’ve Even Loved Me, NoMBe has steadily grown a rabid fanbase eager for the full-length release. It is plain and easy to see why. Utilizing his roots as a classically trained pianist coupled with active experimentation with pop, R&B, and dance, NoMBe’s alluring sound is a testament to the range of genres he has been exposed to up until this point, and is sure not to disappoint live.
To say that the now 19-year-old producer behind Medasin, Grant Nelson, got an early start in producing would be more than a slight understatement. Releasing his very firsts beat on Myspace at the age of twelve, the producer wouldn’t take producing as a full-force, serious effort until he was sixteen but in the matter of few years would see his producing game and credits take off. Much like us, Medasin became infatuated with Masego’s style of the playing the saxophone and was looking for what was next in the world of music, and the conclusion he came to was traphousejazz. Medasin and Masego began working on what was meant to be a single track, but what would eventually grow into the phenomenal fusion of trap and jazz that is The Pink Polo EP. So, make sure not to miss Medasin for what is sure to be the definitive traphousejazz party of the year.
Charlotte De Witte
Charlotte De Witte is easily one of Belgium’s newest and most exciting talents. The 23-year old producer readily embraces the darker aspects of techno, while still crafting emotive and spellbinding tracks that are a perfect match for any festival stage or the underground clubs where De Witte originally found her start. If there was one way to describe Charlotte De Witte’s electronic stylings, it would be as if a piece by French conceptual artist Laure Prouvost manifested itself in purely sonic form. Providing the vocals on a number of her own tracks, De Witte allows herself to emanate a feeling of losing herself in the vast spaces that her productions create, showcasing a deeper and at times more melancholic aspect of electronic music. This is electronic music that is rarely heard of – equal parts grand moments of party-inducing electronic fervor and richly sonic storytelling for those who go out in search of the deeper elements hidden throughout De Witte’s music.
Whoever claimed disco is dead may very well have been right, but chances are they had not yet heard the nu-disco stylings of the Norweigan electronic duo known as Lemaitre. Utilizing a wide array of live instrumentation and a consistent vocal lead, Lemaitre feels time and time again like a new and refreshing sound in the world of electronic music, rapidly turning the dial back and forth between retro-inspired moments and newfound sounds. Despite Lemaitre’s discernible musical ingenuity or rather perhaps because it, fans would have to wait years for the band’s first full-length album release, the aptly titled Chapter One. Boasting some of the best tracks the band had released over the years coupled with brand new bass-heavy tracks that featured a number of rising voices in the pop world, like Mark Johns and Maty Noyes, Chapter One signified what felt like a momentous occasion for the brand who had steadily and carefully built everything up until this point. Rather than a final culmination, Lemaitre fashioned the first chapter of what is bound to be a lively and lengthy career in the realm of electronic music.
Dan Griffith, the mastermind behind the DJ and producer Gryffin, immersed himself in the world of music a few short years ago, leaving behind his electronic engineering degree to produce festival-ready hits. Clearly one to hit the ground at full sprint, Gryffin provided remixes for the likes of Maroon 5, Tove Lo, and Years & Years before proving himself as an artist capable of not only breathing new life into well-known and loved hits but creating hits of his own as well. Over a series of four releases, featuring a range of artists from Australian singer Josef Salvat to the newly discovered Katie Pearlman, has demonstrated himself as an artist of crafting soaring, melodic pop hits that feel perfectly at home on the radio or any festival main stage. Perhaps the standout moment of Gryffin’s career thus far, “Feel Good,” saw Gryffin joining forces with fellow producer Illenium and pop darling Daya for an undeniable future bass banger that forever cemented Gryffin as a producer capable of tackling any electronic genre under the sun.