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Robert Lamart is back at Moog, and he's doing it up right. He's got 10 years as a resident at Florida 135, and a music CV that can boast having spent time with a great variety of musical genres: pop, techno-pop, sinister rock ... and even indie. He's been doing his own thing for a while now, and has become a recognised and renowned DJ in his own right.
It's a night of pounding sounds in Poble Espanyol. One of the stars of this new festival dedicated to hardtek and raggatek is France's NeuroKontrol, a true expert in the field, one of the pioneers of this sound, and founder of the label AstroFonik. Also from France comes Metrik, a hardtek producer who'll have you jumping till you can't feel your legs.
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The Líbido party merges for one night with The Monkey Bar, one of the most active promoters in Barcelona. To celebrate, the Apolo is bringing in a veritable celebrity in the world of electronica, one of the bastions of house, Rick Wilhite. Known as 'The Godson of Detroit', Wilhite is a member of 3 Chairs along with Moodymann, Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman. The session line-up will be rounded out by Pau Roca, Dadame, Alfonso and DJ Fra.
Brit band Cheatahs present the album they made with the Wichita label after a couple of EPs that confirmed their status as one of the most promising groups on the British scene. Echoes of The Jesus & Mary Chain, Link Wray and My Bloody Valentine mix with pop tunes full of feedback.
Dubfire makes up half of Deep Dish, known for having made it in the same league as Richie Hawtin's label. Of the pair of Iranians in Deep Dish, Dubfire was the one who decided to use Berlin techno-minimal sounds, something that hadlots of progressive house fans give him a miss. A bad move on their part: when he's at the decks it's all explosions, and he's become one of the most illustrious of electronica defectors. Tonight he celebrates his birthday at Ker Club with a four-hour session.
The legendary Bugged Out parties are about to turn 20. They started with the first shows of Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Green Velvet, among others, and they've spent two decades shaking up the global club scene with top artists. The regular session at Razzmatazz has featured the likes of Azari & III, Luke Slater, Fake Blood and Heidi, and more. Tonight The Loft welcomes Lee Curtiss, one of the newest talents of deep house, and a regular with labels such as Visionquest and Get Physical.
With 'Just davant nostre' ('Before our eyes'), the MACBA delves into the goings-on in the Mediterranean area of north Africa and the Middle East, and the emergence of new forms of civil society in the context of the Arab world. The project centres on the Rif mountains, where there has been an experience exchange between artists and the people of the Maghreb. This experience has led to changes in artistic processes in relation to their context, and to the reflection on the notion of authorship, the conditions of creating a work of art, and its registration within the institution of the museum and within history.