“It’s not gonna be like that,” Canadian DJ Kaytranada said a few minutes into his Friday set at Austin City Limits Music Festival. “Y’all better (expletive) move.”
No idle viewing allowed at a show by this artist, aka Louis Kevin Celestin. Kaytranada specializes in slinky grooves, ones that sound best in a loft somewhere where you might need to know someone to get in the door.
But this was ACL Fest, so while the fashion was on point most directions you looked, it was more like a slippery pile of sun-zapped bodies. The crowd, many of whom just made a bee-line from King Princess’ 4 p.m. set on the Honda stage, took direction well. Shoulders swished, hands bopped in the sky. Even a wacky inflatable tube-arm man hoisted aloft on a stick got into the act. (You know; the one from all the carwashes.) Kaytranada spun in front of an arty video display, working through his own gems (like “One Too Many”) and playlist faves (Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better,” Janet Jackson’s “If,” Chance the Rapper’s “All Night”).
Kaytranada’s DJ table lit up with words on an electronic display: “From the basement to the dance floors.” Dance floors, heat-parched park grounds, same difference.