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MATTHEW DEAR, PAT MAHONEY, LEE FOSS, SOUL CLAP and many more, as part of the WKD BEACH PARTY at Sugar Beach, Saturday, August 25. Rating: NNNN
There's been a lot of talk this summer about the huge numbers of young fans coming out to festival gigs by the new generation of young dance music performers like Skrillex, but the resurgence in popularity of electronic music is also being seen in other demogra-phics. There's a growing crossover between audiences who are part of the younger brostep crowd and the established house and techno scenes, which is making talent-stacked all-day events like Saturday's WKD Beach Party increasingly commonplace.
This mix might mean a few more kids with tacky Jersey Shore-inspired haircuts dancing to LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney's DJ set of obscure disco and soulful house, but the best parties have always drawn diverse crowds of people who wouldn't ordinarily hang out together.
Musically, all the acts dropped some great tunes, but headliner Matthew Dear made the biggest impression. While his albums are increasingly straight-up synth pop, as a DJ he's still got the ability to turn in a stripped-down, raw techno set that walks the line between experimental and sexy.