Day two of Seasons Festival took me to the Caribbean and back. Bikinis, small pieces of clothing, Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses seemed to be the outfit of choice for the sun-deprived Vancouverites. All the good sounds that trick you into feeling like it’s summer were courtesy of the amazing headliners Thomas Jack, Duke Dumont and Odesza. These DJs not only showcased their tropical flare, but also dropped some of their more bass-y tracks, proving they are true artists with a wide range of sounds.
First up was the golden haired Aussie Thomas Jack. I swear his music sounds exactly like he looks. His fresh messy locks are as breezy as his tracks, and his smile is as catchy as his tunes. The uplifting tropical house sounds with a female vocal are not only popular amongst the youngest in the crowd, but really anyone with ears. He incorporated several tracks from fellow tropical house DJs in his set, some of my personal favorites being “Seve” by Tez Cadey and “Games Continued” by Bakermat and Goldfish. If that didn’t get people grooving, his last song sure did the trick. He finished off with his own spin on “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant, which is an all-time anthem that got everyone in a dancing mood.
Up next was the Englishman Duke Dumont. Although there is nothing more tropical than his hit song “I Got U”, whose video is literally a guy teleported to an exotic location with turquoise waters and fruity drinks, his set had much more to offer. Of course, that and other hit songs such as “Ocean Drive” and “My Love” were key crowd-pleasers, but his more eclectic deep house style was a stunner, too. It was with his remix of “Raider” by Raumakustik that marked his transition to a deeper sound that sampled from other tracks such as “Real Talk” an original by Anna Lunoe and Touch Sensitive showcasing his different styles.
Closing day two and the whole of Seasons Festival, was Seattle duo Odesza. They have been on a steep rise ever since their debut album Summer’s Gone in 2012 and their 2014 album In Return─ these guys have found their sound and are selling out every concert in their tour. Their live set made every one of their pieces come alive, giving more umph to every sound and benefiting from the songs’ slow melodic build. Their remix of “Faded” by Zhu was entrancing and their “Something About You” remix by Hayden James was one of the highlights. At Odesza’s request, everyone held up a lighter or a phone light for this remix and the image was mirrored in the screens behind the artists as a cascade of lights. This made the song come alive and differentiate itself from the original with much softer vocals and a slower tempo with a delicate piano melody. These guys are extremely talented and I got to see first-hand why every one of their shows sell out.
Overall, day two of Seasons Festival delivered good vibes and great music. The headliners chosen had different, but similar styles that complimented each other and made the whole night flow from one paradise to another. Thank you Seasons, I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store next year.