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EDC 2012: House Music Beef With DJ Sneak Plays Out in Steve Angello's DJ Set

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Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 6:07 AM
click to enlarge Steve Angello at EDC 2012. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • Steve Angello at EDC 2012.

In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia.

Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music.

On Friday, in front of a huge crowd at Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Angello seemed to respond:

The L.A.-based DJ, whose sound is decidedly melodic and trancey compared to Sneak's thick, funky, bass-line-driven music, played a track that sampled this phrase: "DJ on two turntables."

During the Twitter spat the Swedish spinner was accused of playing the same sets on different occasions -- essentially just pressing "play." That didn't seem to be the case last night on the "Cosmic Meadow" stage.

click to enlarge DJ SNEAK / FACEBOOK
  • DJ Sneak / Facebook

Sneak, of course, is of the school that believes house comes from the American inner city, a product of Latino and African American grooves that you can hear in diva samples and Latin percussion. What he was saying, essentially, was that we don't need three guys from Sweden who stand around CD players to teach us about house music.

There's no right or wrong here, however: Angello's vision of dance music echoes the early days of rave-house, which featured pulsing pianos and hand-raising build-ups. That's legit. In fact, Angello's breakout hit was a redux of just one of those songs, Robin S' "Show Me Love."

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