The DFA Records love affair with Miami continues. And what has seemingly become the label's home-away-from-home venue, Bardot, is once again opening its Midtown doors to welcome former Six Finger Satellite guitarist and DFA fan favorite Juan MacLean.
This Saturday marks MacLean's returns to the intimate Miami lounge where he appeared alongside labelmates Nancy Wang and Holy Ghost! just five months ago.
In December 2011 during Basel week, DFA Records celebrated its tenth anniversary at Bardot with a Nancy Wang DJ set and Holy Ghost! live performance. But MacLean, who kept "popping in and out of the booth" during Wang's set, took the helm shortly after 1:30 a.m. and hijacked the party.
Throughout the evening, the accomplished DJ unloaded a stream of bass-heavy dance jams, dropping tracks that reminded us of DFA boss James Murphy's collaborative set with LCD Soundsystem bandmate Pat Mahoney just two days prior.
On April 7 at Bardot, however, MacLean will be the lone DFA representative, a task we're certain he's comfortable with.
"DJing can get a little bit lonely," he told Crossfade in 2009. "But at the same time, one of the things I love about DJing is that I'm the only one there, sort of on the line. If things go badly, it's my problem. But if things go well, I can take the credit for it."
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