Concerts

III Points 2014, Day Three: Mac DeMarco, Jamie Jones and Hot Natured, Tiga, Com Truise

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Entering the festival grounds, we were immediately faced with a Mad Max-style shantytown, complete with stacked, staticky TVs, stray airplane parts, and a defaced school bus converted into a hangout zone. The atmosphere of the fest has grown leaps and bounds since last year's more humble beginnings, and overall the production quality has been pushed way, way up, making for a more immersive experience.

Of course, this is a music festival, and the production value ain't much if you haven't got acts. Luckily, there were all-stars present from all across the electronic spectrum and beyond, from big, tent-filling acts like Flying Lotus and Mac DeMarco to more niche selections like Hercules & Love Affair or Kaytranada. Acts big and small made use of a more-than-ample sound system to shake asses and nod heads.

We swooped in around 8 p.m. to catch New York native Com Truise manning the decks, pumping retro-future bass through the Mainframe stage to a backdrop of pastel-hued galactic imagery. Heavy on tension and drama, Com Truise's set weaved through percolating synth lines and drums that stuttered and slapped like an old-school DeLorean tricked out with a hyperdrive.

An intoxicating mix of '80s nostalgia and forward-thinking dynamics, the man is a force behind the booth and an artist with a singular vision to grow over the years. If one complaint could be leveraged, the material could use a little more space to breathe before the next bludgeoning drum hit, and the tempos could wander more frequently out of the midrange. Still, highly recommended.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day Two: Jamie XX, Metronomy, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker

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