Electric Daisy Carnival

Sound judgment: Get to know these EDC DJs before the Speedway’s massive dance party

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      Juliet Fox

      Londoner-via-Melbourne Juliet Fox is one of the most promising DJs/producers going at the moment, thanks to her penchant for sleek house and techno inspired by the formidable (and formative) Detroit and Chicago underground scenes. (Friday, 7 p.m., Stage 7)

      Hear: “Can’t Sleep”

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      Trollphace

      Trollphace has the Skrillex seal of approval, which makes perfect sense: The producer/DJ (whose self-proclaimed tagline is “1 dude, 1 beard, 1 bong”) has a similarly earthquaking approach to dubstep that emphasizes shuddering bass and Godzilla-caliber beats. (Friday, 9 p.m., Bass Pod, with Getter)

      Hear: “Make It Bounce”

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      Bixel Boys

      Since forming in 2013, the LA duo of Ian MacPherson and Robert May has spawned the #FREELIFE movement (and T-shirt craze) while honing a refreshingly uncategorizable, malleable sound that splices hip-hop and rock into deep house and moody ’90s electro. (Friday, 9:35 p.m., Cosmic Meadow)

      Hear: “Empire”

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      Armanni Reign

      Armanni Reign makes other multi-hyphenates sound like slackers. The producer/MC’s tenures in the drum ’n’ bass underground and Philly battle-rap circuit helped him develop a unique, velocity-laden sound that bounces between everything from hard trap to dubstep. (Friday, 1:15 a.m., Bass Pod, with Andy C)

      Hear: “Lights Out”

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      Jon Rundell

      There’s nothing flashy or trendy about the approach of veteran DJ Jon Rundell, a long-time Carl Cox collaborator who’s been making the festival and club rounds since the mid-’90s. That’s a good thing: Rundell’s classic house/techno sound is a welcome oasis of purely ecstatic dance music. (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Neon Garden)

      Hear: “Dirty Disco”

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      Wuki

      Wuki (the moniker of Denver-based producer/ex-Innerpartysystem member Kris Barman) takes his cues from the old-school. As new song “Lip Pop” and his Owsla-released Framework EP underscore, his breaks-heavy electro swerves funky, frantic and booty(tech)licious. (Saturday, midnight, Stage 7)

      Hear: “Lip Pop”

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      Hotel Garuda

      Although now based Stateside, the two principal members of tropical house duo Hotel Garuda originally met in Indonesia. Accordingly, the pair brings laid-back, uber-chill island flair to DJ sets and sultry remixes of songs by Lana Del Rey, Banks and Corona. (Saturday, 3:30 a.m., Stage 7)

      Hear: Banks’ “Beggin for Thread” (Gryffin & Hotel Garuda Remix)

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      Ilan Bluestone

      The up-and-coming London-based producer is fast buddies with Above & Beyond (he’s remixed several of their songs and recorded for their label, Anjunabeats) and counts Swedish House Mafia as an influence. Like the former, however, his sweet spot is emotionally rich progressive house and trance. (Sunday, 7:25 p.m., Circuit Grounds)

      Hear: “Sinai”

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      Catz 'N Dogz

      The Polish house duo Catz ‘N Dogz, which is gearing up to release studio album Basic Colour Theory, specializes in soulful house with hints of ’90s Euro-techno, Teutonic electro flair and Basement Jaxx-esque, cut-and-paste sonic clashes. (Sunday, 8 p.m., Neon Garden)

      Hear: “I Can Do Anything”

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      Pan-Pot

      The Berlin duo is a throwback to the days when IDM, not EDM, was the predominant electronic buzzword. As heard on last year’s Conductor EP, the pair’s perforated compositions embrace both techno’s taut minimalism and house music’s surging drama. (Sunday, 9 p.m., Neon Garden)

      Hear: “Conductor”

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      Alison Wonderland

      Australian producer/DJ Alison Wonderland is a classically trained cellist, although her orchestral days are a far cry from her current musical endeavors, which involve everything from collaborating with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne to pop-leaning electro steeped in modern house. (Sunday, 9:25 p.m., Cosmic Meadow)

      Hear: “I Want U”

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      Freedom Fighters

      Shahaf Efrat (the man behind the Tel Aviv, Israel-based act Freedom Fighters) is a master when it comes to crafting ominous, insistent psytrance bursting with disorienting, surround-sound effects and dark, dark beats. (Sunday, 4:30 a.m., Wasteland)

      Hear: “Hybrid”

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