Ultra 2017 Galantis Recap – Favorite Set at Ultra!
Before hitting the complete Ultra recap post, I’d like to go ahead and write about one of my personal favorite acts of the entire 3 day festival, Galantis. The Swedish electronic dance music production, songwriting and DJ duo consisting of Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw were perfect for the 5:40 slot. We’ll say the duo closed the last day of Ultra to give their slot more significance to the event. We were there with our Sea Fox mask, next to a sea of Galantis fans doing the same thing.
Galantis’ spot felt like the end of the day set, so much so, that we had to take a break after dancing hard to so many recognizable hits and remixed anticipation builds. Even though the sun wasn’t completely out, the duo’s energy made it shine.
I won’t go over everything they played, but I’ll talk about some of my favorite highlights from the 50 minute set. You can find their entire tracklist of the set, here, thanks to LiveTracklist.com.
Their set started off without a hitch, really hitting the hard electro-house with the MOTi remix of their popular single, No Money. They thanked everyone that came out, then proceeded to kill it.
About 2 and a half minutes in, they played one of my favorite Don Diablo songs, Cutting Shapes, below. Thought it was too good of a song not to put up 🙂
After this, they really started going with the heavy style electro house, playing Quintino’s remix of Rich Boy, that they slowed down to trap after 8 bars on the drop – AHHHHH we loved that tempo slow down accent. It gave a good change of pace early on to the uptempo harder style electro house. From this, they continued with the electro house bangers…
About 8 minutes in, we’re getting a bit more melodic electro-house, starting with Dada Life’s One Last Night on Earth, Alesso’s I Wanna Know, and their popular song with Hook N Sling, Love On Me. We loved this melodic threesome right here.
The Hits continued! Right after this threesome, they put Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody over the beginning of Madison Mars’ Theme O and switching it to Tom & Jame vs. Holl & Rush – Move On Me for the drop. This was certainly another favorite of mine because it’s what Ultra was all about! The best of the best artists combining songs from all over to make new songs and new experiences.
Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is a festival favorite, as everyone was singing along to the melody. Imaging everyone screaming “DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA,” at the tops of their voices. It’s quite bonding.
After this, they got a bit heavy with Diplo, AutoErotique, & Quintino before getting into one of my favorite Galantis tracks, Peanut Butter Jelly. The music video is super entertaining as well 🙂
At this point, the crew has gone from hard, to melodic, to hard to groovy with the disco-house vibe on Peanut Butter Jelly. We’re having a ball! NEXT! Things got epic from here…and by epic, I mean Galantis ventured into the trap realm.
They went to Jaydon Lewis’ remix of Twenty One Pilots’ Ride, which everyone was singing along to, then heRobust’s remix of D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli, then THEIR BRAND NEW REMIX OF ED SHEERAN’S SHAPE OF YOU! Ahhhh this was another threesome for the books.
At this point, we were halfway in and sweaty. They slowed things down, and gave us a break with a bit of a build up from Armin Van Buuren‘s Ping Pong, then back in the heavy electro house!
They played Gold Dust about 30 minutes in – it was another moment 🙂 Below is a video of them performing the popular hit at Ultra Korea.
Coming up next, was another great threesome…
- DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You (Zedd Remix)
- w/ DJ Snake & Yellow Claw ft. Elliphant – Good Day
- Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
Kungs song is perfect for taking a bit of a break from the heavy stuff, but still fiending that melodic structure, and we GOT that from the horns on this one. Check the video out below because we love it so much 🙂
The next memorable moment is when they mixed Mark Villa – No Mercy with w/ Runaway (U & I). They looped the Think I Can Fly with the drop from No Mercy. The vocals looping gave the entire composition a trance-like ambiance that we had not heard from the rest of their set. It only added to the eclectic variety of genres they played. This one also proved that Galantis came in ready. They crafted all these buildups, acapella overlaps, and drop changes really showing their professionalism in the creative field.
The last 10 minutes of their set was all Galantis, which we wanted and expected.
- Galantis – Firebird THEN Galantis – No Money, which we took a video of below.
They looped this into the Dillon Francis remix soon after this.
Then they brought out Sea Fox for their final three songs.
- Galantis – You
- Galantis – Runaway (U & I)
- Game, Set, Match
Melodic, dancy, and pure bliss. We were honored to have witnessed such a well-crafted set with so much variety and creativity. Go to their store as well, they’ve got some cool stuff that’s worth buying 😉