Written By: Devin Carrillo


Anastasia Velicescu


In lieu of their current relevancy, RUFUS aka RUFUS DU SOL – an Australian deep house live band taking North America by storm, was the perfect start to the beachy techno oasis that was the August 2016 edition of Splash House. Fresh from performing at KCRW’s Twilight Concert series at the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday, August 11, the trio from down under took a trip to the Desert and crafted up an epic late-night set to kick off round two of Splash House 2016 in Palm Springs the next day.



Late Friday night, the Palm Springs Air Museum was a mad house of bright colored rompers, bucket hats and floral print shirts. The smell of pineapple and rum filled the desert air as the RUFUS trio set stage for an hour and half of melodic deep-tech sounds. Their lead singer, Tyrone Lindqvist blessed the crowd with his soulful voice as keyboard player, Jon George and drummer, James Hunt fired up the Splash House crowd with epic remixes of originals, “Tonight” and “Take Me.”


The RUFUS DU SOL kick-off party was just a start. Bright and early the following day, the vintage-inspired Riviera Resort and Spa in downtown Palm Springs was packed with Holy Shippers, Coachella veterans and old-school tech heads. The halls of the Riviera looked like the DoLaB stage at Coachella and Holy Ship had a baby. Highlights from the Rivera pool on Saturday came from Dom Dolla fleshing out a funky spin on yet another RUFUS song, “Like an Animal.” Have a listen here:



Over at the Saguaro, just a 5-minute shuttle ride from the Riviera filled with boozy beards and the occasional passed out hipster was highlight of the night - Aeroplane who brought a more tropical vibe to the Splash House crowd.  Although Alex Metric could not show up for the duo’s back-to-back performance as Metroplane, the Belgian DJ set off the decks with a proper disco-house set. Highlights from Aeroplane’s performance was hit single, “Flush” and his brand-new release on Spinnin’, “Sambal” featuring Purple Disco Machine. Scope it out:



Yet again at the Saguaro for a proper closing on the final day of Splash House, SNBRN graced the stage for a bangin’ deep house performance. Alongside San Diego local SNBRN, was vocalist Kaleena Zanders who graced the mic with a roaring rendition of Swedish House Mafia’s “Leave the World Behind.” The symphonic duo closed out their set with their original hit single, “California.” Watch the duo murder the stage at the Spring CRSSD Festival here:



(Psst.. and catch Rufus Du Sol in a city near year during their upcoming tour. You won’t be disappointed. Dates below.)