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6 Acts to Get Excited About For Epizode 3

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Epizode is back for a third instalment in Vietnam’s blissful island of Phu Quoc, from December 28th 2018 till January 8th 2019.

It has established itself as a place to hear the best names in house, minimal and techno in a stunning setting. There are beach parties with stunning sunsets, parties in jungle clearings and art installations all dotted around the site.

This year, the likes of Nina Kraviz, [A:RPIA:R], Guti, Goldie, Dubfire, Sonja Moonear, Ricardo Villalobos, Ion Ludwig, Michael Mayer, Pan-Pot, Petre Inspirescu, Rhadoo, Steve Lawler and more are all lined-up.

Here we look at six of the ones we’re most excited about.

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Craig Richards

Wherever he plays, whatever time, setting and DJ booth, the man is a must see. The longtime fabric resident can play freaky late-night afterparty sets, darker techno or even sun-kissed dub on the beach. He does it with alarming skill and storytelling ability and often draws on the cuts he releases on his own The Nothing Special label. Essential.

Peggy Gou

She’s had an unbelievable year that has seen her play just about more gigs than there have been days. The Ninja Tune artist also released a couple of big, characterful tunes and grew her fanbase to huge proportions. In the booth, she drops disco, acid, house and techno with a sense of fun and playfulness that always gets big reactions.

DJ Stingray

Detroit’s badman DJ Stingray famously started out as tour DJ for Drexcyia. Now fully famous in his own right, he has a blistering style that mixes up high impact house, techno and electro into frenzied aural assaults. He’s a real tour de force who will blow you away, guaranteed.

Thomas Melchior

This German master of minimalism crafts sounds and sets as meticulously as anyone. He strips things right back to the bare bones but makes a huge impact and always sucks you into his warm, atmospheric, static-laced grooves. They’re infectious and so are his DJ selections. Prepare to get deep.

Maayan Nidam

Few people make loops as absorbing as Maayan Nidam. She has released EPs and albums on the finest label of the day, and as a DJ gets a bit more energetic with a timeless take on house. She is another non-flashy but fantastic DJ who just makes you want to dance all night long.

Binh

One of the new school cults of deep diggers, this man plays records you didn’t even know existed. His spaced out style fuses techno, house and tech with breakfast and a sci-fi futurism. He makes similar sounds in the studio and is someone who can make records into instant classics cause of the way he plays them and when. Do not miss.

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