It’s been almost two months since the last HEX Barcelona took place so we were really looking forward to this new edition. One of Barcelona‘s flagship techno nights was back in its home, INPUT. This time Ostgut Ton member and Berghain resident Marcel Dettmannwere waiting behind the doors of the techno church in Poble Espanyol.
Warming up the night was, the face of INPUT, Hitch. With plenty of space still on the dancefloor, the resident DJ proved, yet again, his ability to adapt to any time slot or atmosphere, as any resident should be able to do.
The bpms grew inline with the size of the crowd. Things started to get harder was when one half of HEX, PØLI stepped up to the decks. Steady and constant, he set the perfect atmosphere to prepare us for what was to come. A special mention to the moment when he dropped Paula Temple‘s ‘Gegen’, the crowd roared to this beast of a tune.
2:45 AM. After a well deserved round of applause, the master of ceremony of the night walked into the booth. With a bittersweet performance a couple of months ago closing DGTL Barcelona, we were expecting great things from him. Offering his signature calm figure behind the decks, the German maestro kicked off his set with a relatively ‘slower’ sound, but soon things started to get tougher.
The smoke from Marcel’s lit cigarettes and the smoke machines, together with HEX’s trademark red lights and white flashes served as a perfect background to the demonic sound the MDR owner was spinning. Concentrated on the 4 CDJs and the mixer, it was a set we definitely will not forget in a long time. A tight mixing with an apparent effortlessness only a few like him can afford, the Berghain sound invaded the room and transported us to (probably) the world’s most respected club.
A perfect mixture of the Berlin techno sound, dub techno and even some minimal, the public enjoyed every single bit of his set, with memorable moments like when this EBM gem was dropped. Pure and utter madness.
The hypnotic and raw sounds gave way to the last two more ‘housey’ tracks that served perfectly as a closing to his set before the the other half of HEX Barcelona took over the spaceship. By far the ‘hardest’ set of the night, Lorenzotook no prisoners in a closing set that showed us the raw part of techno and industrial, making us dance until the very last moment of the night where he went up to 135bpms to end another unforgettable party under the cross. Brain melting beats and visceral sounds that took our last energies.
We did not want it to end but that was it, unfortunately it always feels too short. Great things come in small packages they say, so we suppose this is why HEX leaves us wanting more and more after every edition. It’s the only way to ensure quality events. We really look forward to the next one with its bigger format at Razzmatazz in December!