Remix kings MSTRKRFT hit the Blue Stage Sunday just after sunset. The Toronto house DJs, despite no new album since 2009, are at Fun Fun Fun Fest as made producers who can grandfather onto the latter chunk of bills off reputations. Well-earned, early 2000s reputations for captivating dance tracks.
Whereas similar acts like Simian Mobile Disco are known to perform with a setup that takes you under the hood–wires, big synthesizers–a MSTRKRFT show here meant two men twisting nobs on the same mixer, with a MacBook. No props or costumes, just two bearded Canadian men, Jesse Keeler (of Death From Above 1979) and producer Al-P, mixing down gravity. There were blue, green, and red lights; there were strobe effects.
It was an affable crowd–some dude actually apologized for walking past me for a closer view. Warm R&B samples lifted spirits as a patron in a genie turban closed his eyes and appeared to pray next to me.
For attendees waiting out Future Islands this was weekend reflection music: Who was the best act of my festival? Should I stick around for Lauryn Hill? How many times did I swipe for $10 food and beverage? Did I leave the cat enough food for the whole day? Did I remember to put the comp day I’m taking tomorrow on the staff Google Calendar? Should I just leave these perfectly fine black Nike sneakers here in the grass and lead a more examined life that begins by walking home barefoot? (Someone next to me answered “absolutely” to that one.)
And then, maybe as a fist bump to the dynamic stylings of what RZA last night called the “Fun Festival,” the duo closed by playing some Slayer.