24-year-old Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has been making a name for himself with his bedroom electro-pop and by dropping cool remixes of tracks by Beyonce, Disclosure and Lana Del Rey. He took to the Blue Stage this afternoon right after Cashmere Cat, an Oslo-based beatmaker who will be doing a FFF Nights show with Hemsworth later this evening.
In the middle of the day there wasn’t much to look at, but there was plenty to groove to. After all, this is music made for a dark, sweaty club. Hemsworth bobbed behind his laptop building a structured tracklisting that began with “Gods,” a single he released earlier this year featuring UV Boi. Initially the crowd was sparse, but it grew as the set built itself up. Portions of the set that were very laid-back R&B were almost overwhelmed by the cacophony of noise brewing from the Black Stage, but the beats eventually took over.
The majority of the songs played were from his brand new album “Alone For The First Time,” which came out earlier this week. Standout songs included “Too Long Here” and the new single “Snow In Newark,” but he did blend his own productions with tracks from QUE, Saint Pepsi and even a little Kanye West. One of my favorite tracks was his remix of Rhye’s “Open,” which absolutely opened up the mellowness of the original to make it ready for the dance floor.