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Goldenvoice and FNGRS CRSSD's collaborative venture, CRSSD Festival, continued on Sunday, Oct. 11. With weekend passes sold out, thousands descended upon San Diego's Waterfront Park for the second day of the festival.
Day 2 featured headliners Nicolas Jaar, Kygo and TV on the Radio, alongside some of house and techno's finest like Ben Klock, Maya Jane Coles and DJ Tennis. Billboard takes you through the highlights of CRSSD Day 2.
3:20 p.m.: It may be the hottest point of the day, but Jacques Greene doesn't seem to mind. The Montreal house music maven isn't holding back in the afternoon heat, unleashing Daniel Bortz's sinister "Steady Note" on The Palms stage.
4:15 p.m. Over on the main stage, AlunaGeorge are showcasing their steady run of crossover hits. Their new collaboration with Zhu, "Automatic," has fans dancing in the water fountains while others take a moment to relax by reclining on the grass. A few minutes later, Disclosure's "White Noise," to which AlunaGeorge lends vocals, ignites the crowd.
4:48 p.m.: Despite the unrelenting heat, Claptone is in full character. Dressed in all black with a top hat, white gloves, and his signature gold mask, the Berlin producer conceals his identity while treating the City Steps stage to his scrupulous brand of house music. His remix of Gregory Porter's "Liquid Spirit" -- an Ibiza favorite for 2015 -- has the crowd in festive spirits.
6:05 p.m.: With DJ Tennis on deck, the evening takes a mystical turn. The sun dips behind the pirate-like ships of the bay, the clouds inherent a purple hue, and the waters on the horizon have all but crystallized in the fading light. The Italian underground icon provides a bewitching soundtrack to the spectacle.
6:42 p.m. With the sun freshly set, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, or TEED for short, is keeping things interesting on The Palms stage by mixing everything from garage to techno over his hour long performance.
7:09 p.m. Traversing the park is a breeze compared to the March edition of CRSSD. Much like Zhu did the day before, Kygo attracts a sizeable audience to the main stage. Since signing to Sony last summer, the Norwegian producer has leveraged his music on a global scale. With LED palm trees blinking on the visualizer, Kygo performs his remix of Seinabo Sey's "Younger."
7:25 p.m. Walking back to the City Steps stage after Kygo is like entering another world. Playful melodies and pop-friendly beats are swapped for brooding house music at the hands of Ireland's Mano Le Tough. Five minutes later, Berghain resident Ben Klock takes control.
8 p.m.: Bringing the pulverizing sound of Berlin techno to CRSSD for a rare stateside appearance, Ben Klock is a clear standout of the evening. For a DJ used to performing marathon eight-hour sets on a weekly basis, an hour seems almost criminal. Klock isn't deterred by the restriction however. Rather, he uses the condensed format to his advantage, quickly ramping up the set to near-riotous energy levels.
8:33 p.m.: Without a word on the mic, Maya Jane Coles seamlessly steps into the fray. The UK producer provides a vocal respite from the techno onslaught. Slowly building back the groove, MJC inspires a much needed second wind for my ailing lower back.
9:42 p.m.: "When you realize we don't have all the answers but we know everything." There's fifteen minutes left of the festival, and Nicolas Jaar is teasing out reverb-coated slam poetry. Four minutes later, he's laying down breaks. Before that, it was funky midtempo. It's this kind of fearless experimentation that one comes to cherish about the young Chilean musician. His closing set from The Palms stage provides a daring finale to the weekend.