Thursday: As you walk the steady incline up to the festival site, chatter sparks from all directions from your fellow festival-goers as you reach the first gate to pass through. Swallowed by the atmosphere, you briefly snap out of your daze and remind yourself that you're surrounded by your friends equally happy to be reunited together.
Todd Terje is on in 20 minutes at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage. Inhaling from my cigarette I look up and see a small stage to my left but more impressively, the Parc Del Forum at large. It's a beautiful structure which dominates the immediate skyline, towering over the site and its weekend habitants with the Mediterranean ocean stretching out behind it. You're at Primavera Sound - and trust me when I say that it's one of the best festivals you can experience on this side of the Atlantic.
We enter the Sound System Stage and I immediately notice that the speakers are ridiculously crisp. With Terje about to start, we queue up for some incredibly boozy mojitos and caipirinhas and head over to the tent which is already packed at 4pm. He is warmly welcomed onto the stage by a happy-go-lucky crowd as he punches into his much loved disco-revivalism, fiddles with classics and modern tracks alike as well as throwing in a couple of his much beloved hits.
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Pantha Du Prince, aka German producer Hendrik Weber has established himself as a pro in minimal techno over the last decade or so. Across his three albums 'Diamond Daze', 'The Bliss' and 2010's 'Black Noise', Weber has delivered beats heavy, laid back, complete electronic music which tends to have a duality of being both relaxing and muscular, the way the beats, thick in tone, will counter the calm way in which they're executed as well as dreamy, hazy sounds. Pantha Du Prince is back with his first solo effort in six years, 'The Triad', but is it worth the wait?
'You What? Euphoria!' establishes what much of 'The Triad' is about, displaying that detailed layering is perhaps Pantha Du Prince's biggest strength. Through stacking various aspects on top of each other, he's able to fit many emotions into a song and take you to different places. However, it never feels like a mess, only tight knit due to how well all the elements work together. This track in particular features firm clicking beats, sparkly keys and this reoccurring sharp, buzzing sound which swings back and forth like a pendulum, all of which makes for a vibrant atmosphere.
'Frau Im Mond, Sterne Laufen' builds up with light, tapping beats that feel as organic as wood being patted on and there's colourful textures which have a strong presence, but don't hog the limelight. The sparkly aspects come and go, but when they arrive back in, they feel like these little sparks of joy rising within you.
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