Labor Day weekend doesn't exactly lack festival options, but for hardcore dance-music fans, there's really only one place to be: New York's Electric Zoo Festival. The three-day shindig has a lockdown on some of the biggest names in EDM: Avicii, Above & Beyond, David Guetta, Tiesto, Hardwell, Zedd, Sebastian Ingrosso, Diplo and many of their DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll peers. There are so many main-stage acts, in fact, that the festival boasts two main stages. The Hilltop Arena, meanwhile, boasts a solid roster of heavy-hitters: Fedde Le Grand, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Sub Focus, Boys Noize, Datsik, Baauer and even Moderat. The Riverside Stage -- featuring rotating label showcases from Boys Noize's Boysnoize, Skrillex's OWSLA, A-Trak's Fool's Gold and Steve Aoki's Dim Mak -- gives attendees their fill of electro house, trap and whatever the heck Skream is playing these days.
But it wouldn't be New York without some kind of underground presence, and that's where the Sunday School Grove comes in. Friday and Saturday's lineups are all over the place in the best way, with Danny Tenaglia, Dixon, Bondax, Cassy, Four Tet, Joy Orbison, Scuba, John Digweed, Laurent Garnier, Azari & III, Claude VonStroke, French Fries, Justin Martin, Eats Everything and Green Velvet representing the past, present and future of house and techno. On Sunday, Adam Beyer's Drumcode label takes over the Grove for an extended foray into techno and tech house.
Since there's no convenient way to sum up the whole scope of Electric Zoo in one playlist, we've focused on the highlights from the side stages. Get a taste of the festival's deeper, darker side with this mix featuring Moderat, Bondax, RL Grime, UZ, Brodinski, Joy Orbison, Nicole Moudaber, Gesaffelstein, John Digweed and more.