Funkagenda and Magda
After a blowout weekend celebrating its ten-year anniversary, Club Space this Saturday presents a serious bill of out-of-town stars that should keep the lines at the door as long as ever. In the main room is London-based favorite Funkagenda, which hits Miami in just one of a handful of U.S. dates on an extensive global tour. A star of the Toolroom Knights stable, the producer has a sound that dovetails with that of his label. He specializes in upbeat, driving main-room beats that flirt a little with tribal, a little with electro, a little with techy-sounds, but always come back to a solid, steady thump. It's ironic that one of Funkagenda's biggest hits is a track called "Nobody Listens to Techno."
The bands are playing in Space's upstairs techno loft. Headlining here is the great, single-named Magda, the female arm of the holy trinity of minimal techno (completed, of course, by Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos). Born in Poland, she earned her techno chops in Detroit, and now helps rule the global scene — and Hawtin-founded MINUS Records — from Berlin. Her signature sound is, of course, stripped-down, but steeped in enough of the Detroit funky, disco-ey swing to keep a dance floor pulsing.
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