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Credit where credit’s due, Rrose has been casting a light on the roles of gender and sexual orientation in the electronic scene, long before it became a central conversation in the community. Although the use of masks or disguises by techno artists is nothing new, it is usually as a mere play on image, and rarely used as a true statement, as in the case of the transgressive and vaguely gloomy and sinister figure incarnated by Seth Horvitz. It’s statement is clear and important denial of the occasionally aired idea that "politics has no place in dancefloor," a denial that can only be applauded by those who realize that the roots of dance music are in fact, and to a large extent, political. The figure of Rrose and what it conveys become even more impressive because of the dizzying techno he brings to the floor, a psychedelic hurricane loaded with sound particles that shatter brains as if they were made of crystal, a vortex that makes us liquid substance sucked into a sinkhole of galactic dimensions. A deluge of sensations bathing the Lux dancefloor awaits us.
In an electronic scene so beset by normalization and gentrification, it fills us with hope to realize that there are ideas which have lost nothing of what made them special in the first place. The emblematic Berlin events Herrensauna, characterized as a safe space for positive and affirmative self-expression, are such an exemplary case and CEM, one of it’s resident DJs and most prominent figures, it’s admirable ambassador. In fact it was just over a year ago that CEM brought us a glimpse of what these parties are, and their purity and sense of freedom remain unchanged. That’s what happens when music is seen not only as a tool for dancing, but as an echo of deep beliefs, the materialization in sound of a way of life. Whoever heard it then, captured this unequivocally, at the expense of the energy and fury of this Austrian’s "total techno", as we called it then. CEM is therefore a DJ whose listening is increasingly necessary, a fundamental voice for those who, like us, do not give up or stop believing in the idea of celebration as an act of resistance.