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Delorean and Mas Ysa @ Johnny Brenda’s.

January 28, 2014

Delorean01Text by Andrew Brown. Images by Michael Bucher.

It was very cold this past weekend. Like, 25 degrees, a temperature-that-you’re-excited-for kind of cold. So perhaps it was fitting that the Spanish electronic pop group Delorean wound up in Philadelphia on Sunday. The band did an excellent job of thawing out the frozen masses gathered at Johnny Brenda’s with their warm brand of house-inspired grooves.

Opener Mas Ysa wowed the early arrivers with a solo electronic set. His eclectic and catchy tunes impressed the crowd, with single “Why” as a particular highlight.

As the stage was being set for Delorean, the PA blasted house classics such as “Follow Me” by Aly Us and “Around the World” by Daft Punk. This four-to-the-floor style clearly has been a major influence on the Barcelona band, and that was abundantly clear once they took the stage.

Delorean seemed to approach their set with a DJ’s mentality. They blended songs, rarely stopped playing, and even relied heavily on the use of an airhorn (which can never be a bad thing – no such thing as too much airhorn.) A highlight was the dreamy rendition of “Stay Close” off 2010’s fantastic Subiza.

Though the night air outside was bitterly cold, Delorean’s set brought the warmth of Barcelona to the crowd. The show was a welcome diversion from being frozen alive.

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