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.....Saturday, the last day of the festival, early in the afternoon...finally Venice is up on stage, one of my favourite at all! Native of Viterbo, moved to Rome for study, Benjamin is a real musician, and an absolutely lovely person. He participated at the last edition of "Red Bull Music Academy". Often compared to cosmic sounds, we are actually talking about an omnivore in terms of music. His latest EP "Animals, Stars and Other Creatures Psychedelic" perfectly blends evolved electronics, surf interludes, pure psychedelic, 90's british and tribal rhythms. During the concert he involves unknown technologies to me, he plays acoustic and electric guitar, he dances without never remove his sunglasses. A relic at the neck, motivated by his adoration for Alejandro Jodorowsky, visionary director, writer and screenwriter.
Coming from the underground scene of New York, familiar to contexts like the CBGB's Gallery and the Baby Jupiter, the "No Surrender", aka Eddie Steeples (also actor in "My Name is Earl"), Gnomad and Sherapim blend hip -hop, Afro-Punk, electro, soul, synth-pop and indie-rock, offering a pleasant interlude. For the new album "Medicine Babies" the group has recorded with Tunde Adebimpe, lead singer from "TV on the Radio", Radioclit (Santigold, MIA, Bonde Do Role) and Freq Nasty. During their live at the Village, they call on stage professionals and photographers, using until the last second. A fine discovery!
Well, now, what can I say about Gilles Peterson? That the Japaneses are crazy about him? That he mixed jazz, samba, soul, boogie and funk for an hour and forty minutes of genuine entertainment? Or that he is a truly friendly artist, quite denied in dance? Grown up in south London, DJ Gilles, along with other distinguished colleagues, founded the legendary label "Acid Jazz", promoters of names like Jamiroquai and Mother Earth. In addition, and besides producing reference compilations also for the Blue Note, Gilles founded the "Talkin Loud", another important label. His works are dozens, combining styles from all around the world. Don't miss his program for the BBC "Worldwide Underground".
The final DJ set at "Sonar de dia" comes from Tiger & Woods, Roman duo that already created a considerable scene. The audience is happier than ever, dancing more than ever.
Their work is a trademark of contemporary reworking of boogie, funk, house and collapsed. "Editainment" is the mysterious label that produces Larry and David. If you see this name somewhere, be sure that dancing will not be an option!
Let's now talk about the evenings...
The first party in the city is that one from "Life and Death", a label founded by Italian Manfredi Romano (DJ Tennis) and Greg Oreck (Thugfucker). The situation at the ZT Hotel, Villa Olimpica, is quite frantic, there is a huge fun desire, and the daylight lasts up to 10 pm.
A drop at the OMM hotel is my following step; Dj Ralf, aka Antonio Ferrari, is still resident dj at Cocorico (famous club in Riccione), and he has been involved with such phenomena events as "Les Folies de Pigalle", "Breakfast At Tiffany's", or the latest "Made in Italy Ibiza". With a smile on his face, he does brilliantly his job. Unfortunately, I do not hold back until the end ...
Sonar de Noche reveals itself quite different from the day, definitely more cheap and trash. Spaces are larger, the turnout more numerous, but the music proposals much far from my tastes, with a pleasant exception. But lets proceed by order.
I can enjoy a bit of the Underworld' exhibition, surprised to see how such a large amount of people know by heart all their pieces.
After them, Mary Anne Hoobs, british dj, music journalist and radio host for the BBC (which has just left). Festival abituè, she is considered a feminine dubstep icon. In 13-years of career she amassed more than 700 worldwide live! WOW.
Paul Kalkbrenner is the last I hear, but, honestly, I don't remain very impressed by his "cinematic sound", as defined by Ellen Allien, big fan and friend of this German DJ.
I want to spend my last lines for the performance that I enjoyed the most: Janelle Monàe!
A real show, of those who had not seen for time, with a great band, fantastic dancers and a real choral experience! We know that Janelle is particularly linked to the talent of Michael Jackson: she performed "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5, singing exactly like a baby Michael.
The first 8 minutes live involved soul, funk and Prince' sounds, thrilling the audience. In addition to a fantastic voice, the girl has a unique charisma, dancing and moving on stage as if it was his place ... and indeed it is!
Venice after his concert
Cècile at OMM