That is the Insomniac Wide Awake art car, built by the guys who do things like EDC and such. They have another car, they brought it last year, but it looks like it might have been absent this year (it's a giant flowermobile). This thing is designed awesomely, and despite the impression one might get from hearing "Guys who do EDC build a rave car and bring it to the dust," the dudes driving it are amazingly friendly and, by all accounts, love giving rides to anyone and everyone, no matter what their body type or attractiveness-level is.
This is a totally personal opinion/story - I find it funny that the car seemed to try to park near other giant art car parties, because it never seemed to have a big crowd. Later on in the week I saw it parked directly next to one of the bigger art cars out there, facing the opposite direction, playing different music. I just don't get the point of that... why drive up to another art car throwing a party and try to throw one less than fifty feet away? It did that for one or two nights before giving up and just hooking up with another large car on Saturday(?) night... which, again, I found kind of funny, because their sound was nowhere near as good as the main car, so there weren't many people near the Wide Awake car... and then it tried to throw it's own party, again, sunday evening after the temple burn, maybe twenty feet away, facing nearly the same direction, from the other car... Caused a weird sound. Hell, you can even see in the background, the Robot Heart is somewhere very closeby given the giant floating emblem in the background. Why park that close to another giant party barge?!
I just don't get the motivation behind parking your giant party barge directly next to another party barge. Nothing against the party barges, sparkleponies or not, I know it's a crazy amount of work and money to get these big sound cars out there and have them survive for the week... some guy working the Robot Heart one day (I found their camp on accident) gave me a quick tour as to how much maintenance these big busses need every day to survive out there (A LOT!), it's crazy... but... why go through all that work just to park next to someone else and have shitty sound on both ends? Unless there's a deep playa sound policy I am unaware of, where big art car parties must be confined to certain areas on each night to prevent massive amounts of MOOP from building up? One rumor I heard - The Robot Heart shut down somewhat early one day due to MOOP issues from attendees, and someone got on the microphone to complain about it before the Heart drove off... Who knows.
Personally, I really love the deep playa art car parties... I might stop in for a little bit and pass on, but there's just something so mysterious about riding along in the deep desert and hearing random noises and sounds... and then finding a big light that appears to be very loud... and then coming across a gigantic party smack dab in the middle of nowhere on the moon.... and then you ride off and find a parking meter in the middle of nowhere.
But, I digress. This is a big rambling post. The Wide Awake car mostly stuck to Electro House/Breakbeats, and later in the week seemed to take on a much more tech house/deep house sound. Electro House is the zappier/harder/faster stuff, in general, and the tech/deep stuff is slower, more repetitive, but not as predictable, if that makes sense. Breakbeats don't have a constant BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 4/4 beat, and if it's not Dubstep, it's probably Breakbeats, speaking generally. If you're looking for more, I'd recommend just perusing soundcloud or something for mixes tagged as tech/deep.
edit: In my biased opinion, look up the Robot Heart soundcloud. They record the majority of their sets at incredible quality, and the stuff played on their bus managed to always be... fantastic, in my book. And they always land in the deep/tech category! It will be slower beats per minute (BPM) than that video, though.
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