Last Sunday, another edition of the Brunch Electronik Lisbon began, the third time that the concept of joining nature, conviviality and electronic music had Tapada da Ajuda as its headquarters.
Soon to open another season, the brunchers could enjoy a great diversity of styles within the techno, starting with Sininho, passing by “Mr. Neopop” Gusta-vo and ending with the German “dinosaur” Paul Kalkbrenner. With some delay in the opening of the festival ground, it was Sininho who animated the guests in the first hours. Getting influences from ambient and underground, her set was a perfect warm-up for what followed, combining dry and powerful beats with obscure melodies, always at a brisk pace and very danceable.
A Portuguese techno lord, Gusta-vo, followed her. Famous for his versatility, he opted for a softer record, ideal for the time of day he played at, the sunset. From up’s and downs full of harmony, through penetrating vocals and melodies to remember the old eurotrance, always to the rhythm of his typical tech house, have made his performance unanimously brilliant.
Finally, with an hour late due to problems with the flight and the material needed for the set, Paul Kalkbrenner presented the audience with an improvised set in which he chose to spend most of his most famous tracks, such as “Sky and Sand”, “Aaron”or “Feed Your Hand”, as well as his remix of “Te Quiero” by Stromae. A performance that, although short (about an hour), corresponded to (high) expectations. Kalkbrenner was just like himself: a style marked by the predominance of vocals, melodies that went through piano sonorities, violins and even trumpets, in a kind of ‘chill techno’ (his performance in the sunset would be perfect) that sometimes approached of the tropical house, in keeping with the setting of nature and freedom of the Brunch. Also noteworthy is the lighting work which, with a minimalist style, perfectly matched the spirit of the festival.
In conclusion, the feedback from this first Brunch of 2018, regarding music, was largely positive. However, with regard to the organization, the criticism was unanimous: delay in the queues for food and drinks, poor lighting in the entrances on the way to the grounds and a somewhat low volume of sound. To improve. For next week, we’ll have one of the biggest headliners of the season, the Belgian Amelie Lens: owner of a single stage energy, it is expected a powerful and intense performance in its record near acid techno in which baselines predominate and snares of great strength, as well as an imposing bass. In addition to Lens, there will also be the Belgian Farrago and the Portuguese Tiago Fragateiro and Sonja ready to once again make the music speak above everything else. Until then.