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Electric Zoo Friday Preview: Cyril Hahn @ Sunday School Grove

Since the first Zoo in 2009, the north side of Randall's Island park has remained cordoned off into its own little section of heady underground audio paradise. But despite the welcomed expansion of the festival over subsequent years, the stage still holds onto its notoriety as one of the premiere East Coast venues for al fresco Tech and Deep House listening. Vancouver-based Cyril Hahn will be ushering in the fifth anniversary Grove celebrations early on Friday afternoon. The Swiss-born artist first found renown for his atmospheric House sound just over a year ago for his remixes of Destiny's Child and Mariah Carey, which netted support across the British airwaves with the help of everyone from Diplo to Annie Mac.

The prestige that followed after just three years within the realms of electronic served indispensable as a stepping stone towards a respected career as a fusion-centered solo producer, which came in the form of a recent record deal with PMR records (home to the Disclosure brothers) for this coming fall. As a DJ, Hahn's sound is equally synthesized, self-described as "a weird mix of different influences and phases in my life. The noise from my hardcore/punk phase when I was a teenager, the drones and excessive use of reverb from my post-rock/ambient phase and my more recent liking towards R&B."

Cyril's style shows an affinity for delicately binding stirringly deep R&B vocal lines and floating piano sections, a huge contrast to the darker Tech sound that will have the Grove fogged each night as dusk comes over the East River. If there's a crowd that's ready marinate in funky Electro pop and Deep House, it's the people of the Sunday School Grove. See you there early at 1:50 PM!

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By Anne Chang

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