by Laura Wasson
As I boarded the crowded ferry heading to Governors Island late Saturday afternoon for MATTE's second-annual Full Moon party, I began to wonder what was I getting into. Could I feasibly cover 15 acts between two stages? The answer to that query quickly turned out to be a resounding "no," but the day was a success nonetheless, and an interesting observational study of the current state of EDM.
I arrived just in time to catch The Deep's set on the smaller Neon Gold stage. The Brooklyn-based DJ collective comprises a rotating cast of friends that took turns spinning their own house-inflected beats for an hour. Even at five in the afternoon, people were dancing—if somewhat trepidatiously.
I then wandered over to the main stage for France’s Yuksek (née Pierre-Alexandre Busson). Busson, a classically trained pianist who also possesses a distinct pop sensibility, has an aesthetic that sounds like a mish-mash of two other noted Gallic bands: Justice and Phoenix (he’s worked with the latter). Eschewing the accessible and light dance-pop of his 2011 EP, the DJ stuck to more minimalist, throbbing beats with scant, repetitive lyrics thrown in for good measure. It nodded to disco, even if somewhat obliquely.