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Primavera Sound 2018 #Saturday

The final day of Primavera Sound 2018 at the Parc del Fòrum won’t disappoint, charged as it is with unmissable concerts like the much-anticipated return to the stages of the UK’s Arctic Monkeys, led by Alex Turner, who, after releasing a second album in 2016 with his other project The Last Shadow Puppets, seems to be ready to get back to his Monkeys, who haven’t released a new album since 2013’s hit ‘AM’; back in Barcelona after killing it in Sant Jordi Club when she made her concert debut in the city back in October, it’s New Zealand pop star Lorde, with her second LP, ‘Melodrama’, one of the best albums of 2017; charismatic hip hop star A$AP Rocky comes back to the festival with his latest album set for a 2018 release; another mystery of the moment is whether Swedish pop artist Lykke Li will present her new album at Primavera Sound, as she’s had us waiting quite a while since her ‘I Never Learn’ from 2014; Baltimore duo Beach House comes along with their charming pop and a new album; Jane Birkin performs the songs of Serge Gainsbourg accompanied by a symphonic orchestra of 50 musicians; we won’t be missing one of the most interesting artists in recent years, Ariel Pink, and his fascinating style of pop; the hypnotic Grizzly Bear; and British shoegaze from Slowdive.

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Music by Bergman: A$AP Rocky 

When you reach the end of an A$AP Rocky record, you can imagine him walking unperturbed towards the camera while everything he leaves behind him explodes. Like all the best action films, the music is pure entertainment: adrenalin highs, spectacular moments, timely slow-motion or high speed tension, sentimental digressions, food for thought… A feast of ideas and sound discoveries that are only within the reach of an artist who is conscious that he is at the top of his game. This is only a partial portrait of Rakim Mayers: he is the REAL DEAL. He directs his own videos (and those of any of the A$AP Mob family), he turns each and every one of his verses into an urban poetry Faberge egg; he produces under the pseudonym Lord Flacko (or variations including Pretty Flacko) under which he collaborates with Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Tyler, The Creator and Lana del Rey; he can go from a frenetic staccato on one track and move into teasing boudoir confessions on the next. There are not many artists with the authority to afford such luxuries. Why can he? Because he can.  Because he is the man.