Serbia’s exalted castle-bound music event, EXIT Festival, bolstered its diverse reputation with the release of phase two of its 2020 lineup. Now added to the already impressive roster are the open-format stalwart, DJ Snake, the indie-dance collective Metronomy, and NYC’s prodigious young rapper Sheck Wes, among a series of other impressive acts.
These varied inclusions join previously announced heavy-hitters like Fatboy Slim, Tyga, Boris Brejcha, ARTBAT and more to celebrated EXIT’s 20-year anniversary.
For two decades this festival has enthralled the worldwide music community. Beyond its extensive lineup that spans more than 40 music areas, EXIT takes place in Serbia’s Petrovaradin Fortress, a historic castle that sits right on the Danube River flowing through the nation’s capital of Novi Sad.
This new phase only brings the lineup to one-third of its full grandeur, so expect more announcements coming between now and July 9 when the festival opens its gates.
The immersive two-day festival will have four curated stages, taking place in Rawhide Western Town & Event Center—Arizona’s massive 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. The venue is home to other Relentless Beats festivals including CRUSH Arizona, Decadence, Phoenix Lights, and many others.
DJ Snake has released an absolutely stacked hip-hop posse cut, “Enzo,” featuring Offset from Migos, 21 Savage, Sheck Wes, and Gucci Mane. The French beatsmith continues his international production streak, closely following his a loaded Latin lineup of Cardi B, Ozuna, and Selena Gomez on the chart-topping “Taki Taki,” with a star-studded cast of rap’s current wavemakers.
“Enzo,” is fueled by Wes’ hyped vocals on the hook contrasted with lazy, swinging synths and heavy percussion action. Every one of the track’s verses carries heavy automotive themes, driven by each individual rapper’s signature flow.
Snake recently told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 the track started two years ago, before “Mo Bamba” blew up. He revealed a music video is coming soon that promises to be every bit as dripped out as the single. Snake also revealed that he has an album coming out this summer, though he managed to keep pretty tight-lipped with the details. Fire up “Enzo” below.
Crankdat continues his fan-favorite remix work with Sheck Wes’ viral sensation “Mo Bamba,” shortly after re-cranking three tracks from Travis Scott‘s wildly popular Astroworld album. On the “Mo Bamba” rework, pitched-down bells sit atop menacing bass, that create a haunting contrast right from the start. Sheck Wes’ vocals maintain the energy that the original cut is known for, dropping into screeching synths and a spooky melody above a bed of grumbling sub bass. Then, a second drop is introduced with angry, pitched-down synthwork.
The Cleveland, Ohio-native producer dedicated 2018 to really honing in on his sound, slightly leaning away from his heavy-hitting remixes, and towards building his catalog of original works. Some of Crankdat’s more popular remixes include re-cranks of San Holo’s “Lights,” Blackbear’s “IDFC,” Zeds Dead’s “Ratchet,” and Jaden Smith’s “Icon.”