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Let’s face the facts: You wouldn’t be going to Electric Forest if you weren’t all about music you can get lost in. We feel that. But, with four days full of artists to jam with, where do you even start? Well, you’re obviously going to have your favorites sprinkled in there, but a lot of those will probably be later in the day or scattered throughout the time slots. Basically, you’re going to have some “down time.” We don’t want to see you standing around or wandering aimlessly in hopes of finding tasty beats, though. So, in no particular order, behold! This is our essential list of every underrated act you need to check out during Weekend One of Electric Forest. You’re welcome.

11. Tauk – Saturday – 5:15 – 6:30 P.M. – Sherwood Court

Sure to give you something to Tauk about (we hate ourselves for that one), this quartet of amazingness deserves much more coverage than they already get. Laying down some dirty funk and looking good while they do it, it will be no time before you’re vibing on some music you may not be familiar with yet but is sure to find its way on to one of your new playlists. Just because you may not be familiar with them yet, here, let us help get you started with one of our favorites. Enjoy.

10. Minnesota – Sunday – 7:30 – 8:45 P.M. – Jubilee

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We’ve been jamming to Minnesota for years now and we’re ecstatic to finally get the opportunity to see him live. Known for his smooth flows and thought-provoking sound, he’ll provide the perfect sound if you’re looking to kick back and get lost in the music for awhile in between jamming to others. He’ll most likely be getting some local love, and it will be well-deserved. We definitely expect you to add this guy to your relaxation playlist after getting acquainted.

9. Corrupt – Thursday – 7:45 – 9:00 P.M. – Forest Stage

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So, you’re a fan of Deep House? We see you. The Forest Stage is sure to become the scene for some shenanigans on the first night thanks to Corrupt and his collection of solid beats. You can expect quite a bit of variety and unpredictability from his set and who doesn’t want to get the first night of Electric Forest off to the best start possible? He may not be the first name you think of, but he’s sure to turn the forest into a nightclub in seconds. Get yourself prepared by listening to “ROAR” below!

8. Fakear – Friday – 5:15 – 6:15 P.M. – Sherwood Court

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Looking for your French connection? Allow us to introduce you to Fakear. Innovative, unique, and certainly memorable, he’s one who you may have heard of before, but his live experience is even better than you would imagine. Incredibly popular across the pond, we consider him “underrated” if only for the fact that his sound is only just now making an impact in America. Pulling influence from sounds across the globe, you just don’t know what to expect from his sets, but that’s the best part. You’ll find yourself completely enthralled in the sound one minute and jumping around like a fool the next. One thing’s for sure: You’re going to be impressed.

7. Jai Wolf – Friday – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M. – Sherwood Court

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Alright, to be fair, “Indian Summer” has given Jai Wolf some much-deserved attention, but this dude is so much more than just a one-hitter. Sure, we love getting down and vibing to the light, airy sounds of his most popular song, but we still call him underrated because there’s so much more discover. Case and point: “The World is Ours.” Continuing on a similar course of sound, this is our personal favorite from him. It puts you in this inexplicable trance at times, but we dig it, and we’re sure you will too.

6. Ekali – Saturday – 6:30 – 7:45 P.M. – Tripolee

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Known for his killer remixes and setting the mood for everything from babymaking to just chilling out under the stars, it’s hard not to like Ekali. Whether you’re looking to get the night started or winding down, he has a little bit of everything and his set is likely to showcase his diverse set of tunes. He has quite the discography of songs that we dig, so it’s hard to pick a place to start, but we’ll just go with this.

5. Cofresi – Saturday – 8:15 – 9:30 P.M. – The Hangar

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If you’re looking for something unique, look no further than the originality that comes from the mind of Cofresi. A relative newcomer to the scene compared to others, he’s only just now starting to make some waves. Combining drumming with his skills as a DJ, he’s known to lay it down some tasty Trap remixes along with his originals during his set. We think the hangar is going to be the ideal setup for his sound and this will be our first time seeing him, too! We’ll see you there!

4. Autograf – Sunday – 6:45 – 8:00 P.M. – Sherwood Court

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One of the more well-known of the names on our underrated list, you’ve most likely heard one of their songs before, even if you didn’t know it at the time. They’re always recruiting some top-notch vocalists for their tunes, and one of their most recent releases, “Simple,” showcases this in the best way possible. We find it hard to refrain from spontaneously dancing every time we hear them come up in our playlists, and we think you’re going to feel it too.

3. The Hip Abduction – Sunday – 7:30 – 8:45 P.M. – The Observatory

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Clearly among the most unique of names from the lineup this year, they should be catching attention for more than that alone. Blending a melodic sound that blends horns, synth vibes, and tropical sounds, you’re going to want to crack open a cold one and bob your head to this epic group. We’re pretty much positive that it’s impossible to have a bad time when they’re playing. Come out and test this theory with us. Let the good times roll.

2. ASADI – Sunday – 4:15 – 5:30 P.M. – Tripolee

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Another one of those guys that deserves way, way much more credit, ASADI has a way of doing things on his own terms, and we dig it. We’re convinced that he can turn pretty much any background noise into an incredible song, and we’re never exactly sure what to expect next, but we’re definitely sure that we’re going to like it. Watch him test this theory in the video below. One could say that things are about to get magical.

1. Carmada – Sunday – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M. – Tripolee

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Speaking of folks who have their own way of doing things, meet Carmada. This dynamic duo isn’t afraid to step outside of the box to make big things happen. It’s obviously working, as they’ve developed quite the following over the past two years. Their most popular hit, “Maybe,” showcases everything that we love about their sound. It’s dirty, heavy, and has some drops that don’t sound cliche in the slightest. See what we mean in the video below. Damn.

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Know of any other underrated artists coming to Electric Forest that everyone should check out? Let us know in the comments below!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…

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