Fresh off back-to-back weekends at Coachella, Mr. Carmack‘s touring pedigree is expanding rapidly into the mainstream festival circuit, and landing the artist coveted time slots like his Sunday evening set at the Thunder Stage. As with many Carmack sets of late, no one was quite sure what to expect, but it would surely command among the highest decibel levels of the weekend.
The Hawaiian producer did not disappoint: bass, glitch hop and trap intermingled with futuristic and experimental elements, sending the audience on a breakneck journey. When Carmack dialed back for a moment to take a breath, as with his celebrated remix of Kaaris’ “Charge,” the monumental weight of the next hard hit was doubly magnified. In a genre cluttered with uninspired attempts at creating something different, Carmack’s Lightning in a Bottle set was a veritable tour de force.
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