In the scheme of electronic music, there is a litany of artists who deeply enrapture fans with their solo careers, but take on an entirely different musical identity when performing with their musical partner in crime. John Digweed and Sasha, Claude and Green Velvet, and deadmau5 with Eric Prydz all come to mind when pondering this notion.
Chief among these symbiotic partnerships is the French dynamic duo of Gesaffelstein and Brodinski. Though the two producers have yet to produce a single together (apart from collaborations for other artists like Kanye West), Gesaffelstein and Brodinski were once inextricable from each other’s identities and inseparable behind the decks.
Last weekend, Barcelon’s legendary Sónar Festival held its 18th installation. Four years prior, the event hosted what has become the seminal performance from the hallowed pair. Broadcast live as an Essential Mix, Gesaffelstein and Brodinski’s Sónar set delves into some of the darkest, most virulent techno of the day, but also contains vivacious tech house cuts that demonstrate the evolution that both artists have undergone.
Transpiring a year before the release of Gesaffelstein’s Aleph, and lacking the presence of any hip hop — now a core feature of Brodinski’s releases and sets — the prodigious performers’ most well known collaborative set indicates how well the two artists complement each other. Moreover, the general flow, track selection, and sensibility of Gesaffelstein and Brodinski’s Sonar performance is concrete evidence of the divergent evolutionary processes of both artists in the time since.
While both Brodinski and Gesaffelstein have gone on to do bigger and (perhaps) better things since, for an hour in 2012, one Spanish crowd was fortunate enough to witness the transient majesty of what would become one of the greatest Essential Mixes of the past decade.
00:00] 01. Marc Houle – Triple E
[03:52] 02. Green Velvet – Preacher Man (2012 Remix)
[07:22] 03. Light Year – Reversion
[10:39] 04. Brian Sanhaji & Drumcell – Split [CLR]
[14:54] 05. Gesaffelstein – Control Movement
[18:24] 06. Congorock – Ivory (NT89 Remix)
[22:09] 07. Worthy & Eats Everything – Tric Trac
[24:39] 08. Duke Dumont – Thunder Clap
[27:01] 09. I:Cube – Transpiration
[30:45] 10. Agoria – Sleepless (Gesaffelstein remix) / Crackboy – Something for your mind
[34:43] 11. Pirupa – Party Non Stop
[35:42] 12. Gesaffelstein – Variations
[38:55] 13. Kill Frenzy – Booty Clap
[42:34] 14. Brodinski feat. Louisahhh!!! – Nobody Rules The Street
[45:31] 15. Rob Threezy – Let’s Go Ravers
[47:52] 16. ID – ID
[51:11] 17. The Hacker – Shockwave (Gesaffelstein Remix)
[54:16] 18. Zodiac Cartel – On My Mind (Vakkuum Remix)
[56:44] 19. Plastikman – Spastik
[58:42] 20. Brodinski feat. Louisahhh!!! – Let The Beat Control Your Body
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