Many years ago I met a Russian man in India. We did not have much in common, as he was into martial arts and I was young. But as we smoked weed and listened to Four Tet we bonded over how the complexity of the beats and melodies could unite two completely different individuals as us.
Like many others I just watched Sense8, the Netflix series. For those of you that have not it is about a mysterious collective consciousness binding eight seemingly completely disparate people together to gain from each others skills and abilities. Despite their different ideologies, moral standards and cultures they find ways of collaborating for a common purpose.
In the western secular and postmodern society there are few things that bind us together, and for natural reasons even less with people from Africa, Mexico and Korea. But when I watch Four Tet's live set today I get a sense of unity with people I have never met and probably never will meet.
This year saw the first ever electronic festival held in the depths of Dalhalla, an abandoned limestone quarry that was turned into a prestigious venue for high culture events. With electronic music and especially techno sneaking into the commoners rooms and headphones this was a natural step for the ever-changing genre of electronic music.
The elementary environment, with the venue clammed in between stone, water and sky, hidden from the world by deep woods and with the best line-up ever seen for a Swedish festival (by our measurements), made the ideal conditions for a otherworldly experience.
And we were brought to other worlds indeed. We were standing in Panorama Bar, Fabric, Barcelona, Argentina and of course both Detroit and Chicago. But it was Four Tet that brought us the farthest and with the most genuine interest.