m Simmons & Sam Neill
Discoteca annual Issue 2 December 2015
ll aboard the second issue of Fre$h Vibes when 2015 draws to a close, with New Year plans somewhere on the scale between nil and sorted, no worries. Unavoidable mini assessments of the year are taking place. Is it me or does each year seem better than the last? Once again, the dance scene has thrived, and the industry is worth more as each year passes. Newcomers were welcomed both booth and floor side, and tracks have become instant favourites. Career paths have been cemented, and cremated in Ten Walls’ case, not forgetting motherfucking CRAIG DAVID comeback. I spent 2015 clocking in more hours on the dancefloor, going straight from graduation 2 Ibiza in June. Three months of enjoying incredible, diverse sets, embracing the beauty of the island, while attempting to eat healthily. Many a time I would find myself gawping at the ongoings inside clubs, awe-inspired by musical twists and turns, trying to pinpoint what is so damn enthralling about it all. I’ll resume the latter another time and let this mag do the talking for now. Inside is a roundup of the year, plenty o content on Ibiza and various other ponderings. Here’s to good times and dancing in 2016! Emma
CONTENTS 5 ROUNDUP 6 2015 Top picks A WILDLIFE 14 IT’S Festival debut in Brighton OF BOILER ROOM 16 5FiveYEARS highlights to celebrate SKIN ORGASMS 17 Musical goosebumps explained WEIRD DJ LOCATIONS 18 When the club gets boring.. WHAT’S BEEN GWANIN’ News
22 How not to get your party closed Solomun + Sven Väth 24 Blossoming at Pacha SUNDAY SOCIAL 26 Audiojack kick starts a party LOCO THROWS HIS OWN DICE 28 His mighty return to Amnesia IBIZA CLOSINGS road to the final marathon 30 The CLOSING WEEKEND 32 Amnesia – Space – DC10 IBIZA 2015
OPINION: SHAZAM 35 Friend or foe? FABRIC 16 REVIEW 36 Expect the unexpected MUSIC REVIEWS 38 Cop these TECHNO HEROES 39 Fresh vibes favs
WHAT YOU MISSED WHILE YOU WERE CRYING OVER YOUR COMEDOWN
CARL COX ANNOUNCES END OF IBIZA RESIDENCY
TECHNO MUSEUM IN BERLIN Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann is to open a museum in Berlin, documenting the rise of techno in the city coinciding with the fallout from the Cold War. It’s planned to open by autumn as the club marks its 25th anniversary.
Carl Cox will call it a day in 2016, deciding his Music Is Revolution residency at Space is complete after 16 years, also as the owners of the club is due to change hands. Each and every Tuesday the Discoteca is bursting at the seams, filled with clubbing tourists to clued up techno fans who’ll all be sad to see him go.
W LAUNCHES STREAMING SERVICE We Transfer is expanding their horizons to bring a music-streaming feature. Soundcloud has recently lost users due to deleted mixes, and could lose more to the already popular file transfer site. Musicians will be able to customise the track page to help them market their music.
PAINTINGS OF GRIME MCs GO ON SHOW Tate Britain in early December put on display portrait paintings of grime stars as British noblemen. The artwork by Reuben Dangoor features Skepta on a horse, a crowned Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy and Wiley.
STILL WAITING ON ALL NIGHT TUBES
Earth to Boris! Where is our night time tube service you promised would be with us in September. Us Londoners don’t ask for much. We just want a safe haven from night buses that either never come or stink of burger sauce.
DJ SNEAK CAN’T STOP PIPING UP When he’s not twitter beefing with people he’s played on the same bill as, DJ Sneak’s philosophies on dance music have the habit of igniting debate. This time he was disputing that DJs who haven’t touched vinyl aren’t the real deal, discrediting USB claspers. Although we can see his point, we’d like good vibes only in 2016 pls Sneak.
2 015 Who came out trumps, when their key release came out, what tunes captured our hearts, where the best set was heard, and why look forward to next year...
The tracks In a year dominated by bouncy tech house, here are the top ten tunes that held their own with distinctive ingredients, devastating dancefloors and evoking crowds to cry out for more. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Vermillion (&ME Remix)
Storming project from Damian got the &Me seeing to. It was love at first drop.
Howling – ‘Signs’ (Rødhåd Remix)
Careful listening is rewarded with a minuscule changeup to catastrophic effect.
Frankey & Sandrino – Acamar INNERVISIONS
Home listening doesn’t always do it justice, but when those keys hit in a mix…
dubspeeka – Outland 1
Impeccable arrangement, moody techno still encompassing groove.
Jamie XX – Gosh (Tale Of Us Remix) UNRELEASED
First hearing this dancefloor refit in DC10 dropped my jaw to the ground. Ta Âme.
DJ Koze – XTC PAMPA
Intriguing spoken passage with cosmic pads and tinkers following. Instant classic.
Adesse Versions – Pride NUMBERS
All about those powerful chords matched with a whopping vocal. Fully-fledged tune.
Monkey Safari – Walls (Guy Gerber’s Office Sex Remix) HOMMAGE
Israeli weaves fluttering beats into the vocal, at almost 10 minutes long it fails to tire.
Bicep – Just AUS MUSIC
When this dropped we all bathed in a breath of fresh air with the faint whiff of breaks.
Sven Väth – Ritual Of Life (Adam Port 108 Mix) COCOON RECORDINGS
Remix of 1993 track encapsulates Cocoon and is worth every inch of the clear vinyl it’s pressed on.
RUNNER-UPS 2015 wouldn’t be the same without Michel Cleis & Klement Bonelli – ‘Marvinello’ Aphrohead – ‘Let’s Prance’ (Radio Slave & Thomas Gandey Last Communication Remix) Kollektiv Turmstrasse – ‘Sorry I’m Late’
given a new lease of life
Fatima Yamaha – ‘What’s A Girl To Do’ was shown plenty of love from UK DJs, and rightfully so.
If Ibiza was a church, Oxia – ‘Domino’ has been top of the hymn list each and every rave day since 2006.
Ben Klock induced dance mania with DJ Deeon – ‘Freak Like Me’, as did Marco Carola with a garage edit.
Album MOVERS& SHAKERS
Apart from debut material from Floating Points, Levon Vincent, Jamie XX, and Helena Hauff - who else helped keep the art form alive this year in LP land.
NOCTURNAL SUNSHINE Nocturnal Sunshine
Maya takes it dubby under her alias with this self-titled LP. Included is only previous work as Nocturnal Sunshine, Can’t Hide the Way I Feel from 2010. The rest retains this timeframe, a middle ground between dubstep, and the tech house route she’s taken in recent years. Intergalactic is the standout with plenty of wall-shaking bass.
Felix Da Housecat resurrects his nineties techno moniker Aphrohead for this LP. Apart from previous 12-inches Grown Man Cryy and Let’s Prance, it’s all look forwarded to new material. Rough and ready album, each track hitting a spot. By the time Elevator and Medusa come along it’s a true force to be reckoned with and you must succum to dancing.
Debut from London man is telling of someone who is not afraid to layout his influences crystal clear, projecting them into contemporary dance music, fusing disco and jazz to commemorate the past. Club edit of Rainbow is a good intro, while Roots makes use of a Malcom X sample and Afro beats. Each listening is rewarded with crisp production and assured funky grooves.
KENDRICK LAMAR To P i m p A B u t t e r f l y
Release day of this one was Kendrick day. When one of the greatest rapper’s of recent times is back with their unmistakable killa flow, it’s bound to be a big one. He returns with a more politically conscious tale to tell, tackling race issues, while instrumentalists help out on the jazzy tones. How Much a Dollar Cost named President Obama’s favorite song of 2015.
The artists Rather than pick and choose between the already established top dogs who held their reign, this part focuses on breakthrough names who are well on their way to smash 2016 a new one. First up, the
Metodi Histrov Still reeling from the massive reaction to his 2013 gifting ‘The Ish’ and last year’s ‘Step Outside’, not forgetting his releases on Toolroom, Suara, Be One and Gruuv, Metodi Histrov continued his winning streak on production credits this year. The Bulgarian likes to surprise with his blazing take on house with some techno to boot. Remix work passed his way includes Josh Butler’s huge ‘The Essence Of House’, while his mark on Danny Serrano’s ‘Paradise’ is particularly deep and dangerous. Next up he has ‘Pretty Twist’ out Jan 4th.
Luca Donzelli 24 hours after hearing it, the stabbing keys on Luca Donzelli’s remix of ‘Remember the Days’ haunted me with their deliciousness. I couldn’t, and didn’t want to get it out of my brain – a sure sign of a master at work. Luca says he knew producing was more than a hobby when he witnessed fellow Italian Marco Carola drop his track ‘Bottle of Truth’ at Amnesia’s Closing in 2011. He’s also garnered attention from Mar-T, releasing on his label and collaborating alongside him this year. The pair produced ‘Paseando Por Encants’ and remixed Popof’s ‘Going Back’ for Hot Creations. The first (translation: walking in the streets of Encants) made in Barcelona, in honor of a flea market in the city. Luca’s partnership with a director of Amnesia, earning him a spot at the club’s closing party this year.
ANNA Expect nothing less than sexy and rhythmic techno from DJ ANNA. Introduced to dance music by her club owner father she was hooked from an early age. Her productions skills have been widely supported worldwide with releases on labels headed by Pleasurekraft, Tiga and Yousef respectively. Unsurprisingly the Brazilian has been called up for remix duties, with the likes of Nervo and Gorgon City asking for her take, introducing her driven signature touch to the masses. Look out for ANNA’s forthcoming release ‘Odd Concept’ on Solomun’s Diynamic imprint.
Key tracks from those at the top of their game
HOUSE Kydus – Transatlantic
When: May 11th | Circus Continually promising material from Kydus. Buildup on this rolling machine caught many 2015 ravers.
TECHNO Gregor Tresher – Goliath When: Jan 26th | Bedrock Monstrous techno bomb for John Digweed’s label, detonating not once, not twice, but three times.
TECH HOUSE Tiger Stripes – Brrr
When: July 6th | Truesoul Those chunky, nifty drums with that vocal which should be annoying, was dropped left, right and center.
Electro Jack Ü – Where Are Ü Now When: Feb 27th | OWSLA No one could deny how catchy the creation, double act Diplo and Skrillex made with the Biebs was.
Fav set of 2015
CARL CRAIG AUG 17 @ AMNESIA, IBIZA
BRINGING THAT BOOMIN’ BASS
uring his second appearance for Cocoon, Carl Craig mustered up the most whistles and cheers in breaks from a kick drum assault I had ever experienced. The set had me glued to the floor and drew me close to the booth. For the first time in a while I couldn’t bare to miss a beat.
DJs that have long been on people’s radars, such as Motor City Drum Ensemble, Helena Hauff and Rødhåd have had standout years, upping their appearances on promoter’s hit lists. The following three featured are predicted to do the same.
Bella Sarris A
ustralian DJ Bella Sarris has been rising in the ranks for a good few years, and is more than prepared to take on 2016 headfirst with her twist on house and techno, first stops Canada and South America. Her
breakout story started as part of the ENTER PR team, Richie Hawtin then enlisting on Bella to help soundtrack the evenings at Space Ibiza in 2013. Quite the promotion, and she’s been a resident ever since. This summer she was also a frequent face at tINI & The Gang bringing dubbed out selections to the sand, cut tighter than the waistband to your jeans post-xmas dinner.
Locked Groove Jasper James J
asper’s path may have been laid out for him, being brought up by his DJ dad Harri, the long-running resident at legendary nightclub Sub Club in Glasgow. His father’s ties leading Jasper to be the youngest to play at the venue, them even going B2B on occasion. 2015 was made a big one for Jasper when he was instated as the first resident for Saturday nights at London’s brand new nightclub, Phonox. The Brixton spot owned by the same people who brought us XOYO and The Nest. On the opening party, he was joined by Disclosure and fellow Glaswegian pal Jackmaster.
his guy has proved his name this year. Yes, it’s true, he has the groove on lock behind the decks. Ranging from swooping melodies to thumping techno, which certainly goes bump in the night, Locked Groove has it covered. He’s also been letting himself known in the production world, a frequent face on Hotflush, with recent releases on Life & Death and his own label named after himself. You can catch the Belgian playing at BPM in January, and he’ll be joining Scuba for his 12 Weeks of Techno residency at XOYO on March 16th.
NAO Here’s what you need to know about neo soul artist NAO. Just named in the longlist of the BBC Sound of 2016 poll, her first release was EP So Good in 2014, the title track a collaboration with Jai Paul’s equally elusive brother A.K. Paul. That was followed up with February this year, ‘Inhale Exhale’ the pure fire highlight off that. Her rich vocals were also in abundance with her additions to Mura Masa’s production ‘Firefly’. All landing her collab work with none other than Disclosure.
During ‘Go Slow’, from Tei Shi’s second EP, the Argentinian, Brooklyn based singer whispers for us to ‘go slow’. Her urges apparently so she can hear the phone box scream. Whatever that means – you’ll find pop meets experimental vibes with this singer. Top marks for ‘Best On’ too gal.
Sam Bayliss Ibram
LA’s finest R&B output, Kelela certainly raised her profile this year. ‘A Message’ came out in the first half of 2015, with stripped back bass thanks to production from Arca and her own dreamy harmonies. The dreadlocked musician followed up with more pop orientated ‘Rewind’, equally heady with despair and pining, earning her a places on many end of year lists.
It’s a WILD LIFE Disclosure and Rudimental’s inaugural festival goes off with a bang
are disappointing, but this wasn’t an issue here. The two options for finishing off the first night was from two masters of their craft Hannah Wants or Adam Beyer. For day two, the previous night had taken it out on the crowd who laid around come Sunday afternoon. It was up to Seth
Troxler and Jackmaster to get those sitting at the WHP stage to their feet, not a big ask for two well-established DJs. They took it in turns, spinning funky disco beats with the odd vocal led number, getting the 2pm sunshine fueled vibes spot on. Doorly’s ‘96’ a sure winner.
Lapsley was over at the main stage with two microphones, one pitched down. Ruff Squad piano keys incorporated before she performed her final tune, ‘Station’. Ben UFO then got my mark of approval back at WHP, playing out Adesse Versions – ‘Pride’.
Photos by Liam Simmons & Sam Neill
acked by two of the UK’s biggest electronic artists plus tremendous support acts, WILD LIFE festival was sure to cause a roadblock in Brighton. It was a windswept afternoon as thousands of partygoers made their way to the small airport grounds just outside of town on the first weekend in June. My arrival marked with hearing Four Tet’s ‘KHLHI’ in the distance. First stop, The Warehouse Project stage for the last of Midland and Bicep going B2B, followed by George Fitzgerald and Joy Orbison doing the same. A trip into the Big Top for Oneman x My Nu Leng made for a devilishly mixed-up bass house storm. Back outside, Dusky manned the WHP stage, stimulating many with ‘Love Taking Over’. Sometimes sound systems at dance music festivals
Midafternoon shutdown It was then a case of flitting from Friend Within to Novelist, before two successions of weekend highlights. The first being Skepta and JME perform all the BBK big ones, everyone shouting the bars back to them. Wiley even joined them onstage for ‘Too Many Men’, JME then taking to a segway to deliver ‘Man Don’t Care’ from his album Integrity. Then the second and ultimate weekend highlight, Jamie XX. He mixed up Joe’s ‘Thinkin
courtsey of JME & Skepta
About’ along with cuts from his debut LP, including the full sample on ‘Loud Places’. He’d been given a sunset slot to soundtrack the warm sky slowly darkening outside the tent. Smoke was ejected towards the end and lit by multicolored spotlights, mimicking his album artwork and title In Colour. Perfectly followed with the selection of his 2011 Rework Part 3 of Radiohead – ‘Bloom’, a festival fitting choice. Disclosure headlined the main stage to close the festival, going through their discography
at ease, as magnetic as ever. Teasing material from their latest album, bringing Kwabs, Nao and Lion Babe out to sing. As newborn festivals go, WILD LIFE was certainly impressive. Across site, there was a definite attention to detail on production design with various creatures and mesmerising graphic design on screens. The atmosphere was top notch too with friendly staff and security. Disclosure, Rudimental and all involved are hereby encouraged to return next year for an even wilder time.
ince first show in 2010, Boiler Room has paved the way for music broadcasting to move from radio to online. Initally live streaming sets from the confines of a room in Dalston, the concept has been brought all over the globe in 50 cities, from New York, Berlin to Tokyo. Whether at a lavish location or festival, the components remain the same: DJ, decks, speakers, camera, and guests. Creating its own brand of banging sets, exclusive g-list, rowdiness, pouting non-dancers, and oddity plain to see. To celebrate here are five highlights.
Pan-Pot's storming mix-up Kicking off with one of the latest wowzers. This hour from Pan-Pot is one of their finest. Track selections are mixed and played with to stir the most energy inside the packed out Berlin club, Watergate, with crazy good multicoloured lights running above. This party is worthy of revisits.
Disclosure B2B Skream Maybe it was the hype surrounding Disclosure at the time, or the fire Loefah & Jackmaster had just ejected, something was clearly in the air that night. When these three take to the decks, the hotel room is in full-swing debauchery. Five mins into a pillow fight, Skream has a coughing fit and grabs the mic to inform us: "I'm allergic to feathers, you cunts.â€? BR gold.
Thom Yorke only one to enjoy set This BR session from 2011 has dangerously low crowd dancing levels. Most remain rather composed, with minor bopping to some riddims dropped. 'What am I doing here?' is not quite the kind of chin-stroking he'd hoped for.
Carl Cox in Ibiza One spot should naturally go to the most viewed, going down in Coxy's spiritual home of Ibiza, with the crowd behind dosed up on vitamin D, moving to tunes from one of the most genuine characters in the game. It doesn't get much better than this.
90's Boiler Room Solomun Lastly, we move to arguably the best thing to come out of BR in 2015: the parody 90's Boiler Room channel. Original clips are dubbed over with 90's cheese to a hilarious result. This clip involves possibly one of the best reactions from a DJ of his own doing. Solomun joining the dancing posse behind to the warmest of receptions.
Skin Orgasms Musical g oosebumps explained You added it to your YouTube favs, you shared it on Facebook, you even bought the vinyl at the extortionate going rate on Discogs… But the true mark that a track has slam-dunk connected to you and is a game changer? Goosebumps.
tanding your hairs on end, arising them on your arm or the back of your neck, the tingling reaction to musical goodness is a sure physical sign a song has effected you. Whether it’s an introduced instrument, a change in form or long awaited climatic point that leaves you in awe. Music activates the reward pathway in your brain, inviting dopamine to flood the striatum, a part of your
brain, nestled between the lobes. Rewind the track and you’ll probably get another hit at the exact same point. Research carried out shows that the dopamine is released in the anticipation for what happens next, as your brain tries to predict it, but goosebumps can be just as powerful when we know fully well. When a tune strikes a chord, chances are you’ll sure know about it.
Weird DJ locations WHERE’S THE PARTY? …WAIT, WHERE?!
Dimly lit rooms, dripping with sweat, lasers, lighting systems, the lot. Do you know what? We’re bored of it. Here are some alternative spaces that have been successfully turned into rave spaces, each bringing unique logistic nightmares and stories for the grandkids. Just as acid house flourished in unkempt and open spaces round the M25 circuit, and in disused gyms named Shoom in Southwark inspired by what they had seen at Amnesia, novelty locations continue to be sought after.
The Asylum, Newsham Park
onvined in Liverpool’s Newsham Park lays the boarded up old hospital. This year it welcomed Marco Carola and Maribou State amongst others to DJ within the walls built in the 1800s. For Halloween the Cocoon family headed down, given there are frequent ghost hunts there it likely makes for a spooky rave up.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
einemusik hosted a showcase at the Stattbad in Berlin during February. Nic Fanciulli, Re.You and Catz â€™N Dogz amongst guests joining Adam Port and &Me in either the boiler room or swimming pool for a B2B as picked by the DJs. The building has been out of use as a swimming facility since the turn of the millennium. Sadly, the venue closed a few months after this event due to fire safety issues.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
o launch his mix CD Fries with That? Eats Everything decided to host a Boiler Room set at his favourite chip shop in his hometown Bristol. Instead of hot fat splutters, hot musical sparks were flying as Eats cooked up a percussive storm.
IBIZA The 2015 season was full of highs and lows. Away from the musical peaks and tumbles; artists, promoters, residents and guests experienced trials and tribulations. All before theyâ€™re blessed with some of that island bliss expelled at regular intervals. Following is a retrospective on the party closures that went down, features on Audiojack starting their own party after meeting on island a decade ago, and Loco Dice returning after a year hiatus. Plus reviews taking us up to the final weekend on Ibizaâ€™s summer clubbing calender.
Lessons from 2015: This season saw a marked rise in outdoor parties thrown subsequently closed by authorities. Before you freak out that Ibiza will never be the same again, let’s see what we can do to nurture the outdoor party scene.
aving brought her party to various spots in Ibiza for five years, tINI wanted everyone to be in her gang at No Name this year, choosing the modest beach shack, camouflaged in the sand, as the location. Five weeks in her parties were cut short, as was Andrea Oliva’s event at Beachouse next door. tINI set up decks on the following Wednesday, attempting to make it more discreet, police again suspending events forcing tINI to discontinue things. Carl Craig had also brought Detroit Love to No Name on one occasion, the rest cancelled shortly after. All over island beach parties are inviting
HOW TO NOT GET YOUR PARTY SHUTDOWN
you in for free, but investigating unlicensed activities has been on the agenda of town councils this summer. Navigated by a complaint, they smelt good spirits mixed with happily chubby wallets, arriving to burst the bubble. Guy Gerber’s Rumors party was the most recent casualty, music turned off for an hour one Sunday, the penultimate also cancelled. It wasn’t just beach parties that provoked opposition from the authorities, and further outdoor spaces were crossed off the ‘approved’ list. Not forgetting the new curfew on bars and clubs for 2016 (although it was previously 30 mins earlier for clubs, thus adding on time). Armchair commentators have been quick to herald this summer’s party closures as the end of Ibiza as we know it and a disgrace on the part of a party-pooper government, but, as usual it’s a more complex affair and requires change on both sides.
Respect noise complaints
Luciano and Solomun had to stop several events at Destino. The resort, in the middle of an area that’s been just residential for some time, increased its number of festivities in 2015. Outdoor settings are bound to get noise complaints, just as the superclubs did in the past, forcing them to cover their terraces. In any residential area, it pays to remember you weren’t there first and, to the uninitiated, techno can sound like a jackhammer with depression, so locals aren’t always going to be sympathetic to your fiesta needs.
Dalt Vila suddenly exploded as the place to be, going from hosting a few select events over the year, to several huge, tourist aimed dance music events in the space of a month, in addition to the classical, jazz and reggae events for the locals. Around the same time, techno took over the port with two huge free parties on the main boardwalk, also coinciding were the beach bar bashes over on the sands of Bossa. It was just too many, too fast, and resulted in a knee-jerk reaction from residents and government.
Don’t leave evidence behind
You know that sound of smashing glass over a DJ set? Comforting huh. If you’re old enough to party, you’re old enough to tidy up after yourselves. Rubbish left behind is bound to attract negative attention. An illegal party in Sa Talaia learnt this lesson towards the end of summer, abandoning 600 kilos of waste, earning themselves a hefty fine. Beach parties should especially be listening to preserve ocean and aquatic life.
Measure your crowd
Know what your venue can handle and keep numbers in check so you’re not spilling out beyond your borders. tINI demonstrated a successful relocation to a more spacious venue, Lips, to enjoy the rest of the season. Preparing for an increase in guests in the lead up to a big name booking can make all the difference in avoiding a fine or closure.
Get a license on that
In light of the closures at No Name and Beachouse, it’s apparent licensing as beach bars or restaurants didn’t allow for holding parties, especially on the scale that the sandy fiestas were often ending up as. Though anyone who’s lived in Spain will know that navigating required paperwork is a horrendous undertaking, covering your back on paper is ideal.
Keep it low-key
This is Ibiza, where at any point of any given day there is a group of people partying; from small get together to full-blown chaos, it’s happening, right now. Secret, non-authorised parties happen all the time in Ibiza, successfully escaping closure and even notice by the police. Keeping it as hush hush as possible will let the party prevail, so promoters should resist the urge to plaster their super bohemian secret party across every corner of the social-media-sphere, and encourage attendees to do the same.
When news of closures hit, accusations were thrown at superclubs for calling, and generally being in cahoots with the police. No doubt people having fun dancing to headliner DJs in close proximity to the clubs without paying a door fee was not music to club owners’ ears, but they weren’t the only islanders in upset. We need to find the balance between different interests, to all encourage kinship and ensure the longevity of the island as a mecca for clubbing of all kinds and a world heritage site.
Solomun + Sven
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THEE VÄTH DROPPED IN AT PACHA
A little over two months ago we witnessed the formation of a newfound friendship between Sven Väth and Solomun at Cocoon. Photos by Tasya Menaker
t was a visit which had them going back-to-back at the end of Solomun’s first appearance for the club and night, bear hugging throughout whilst they seemed to one-up each other with every track choice. To say the least, it was the perfect preface to the next chapter. Solomun’s simple yet winning +1 formula, where he invites one DJ to join him behind the decks, last night had enlisted Sven Väth to play.
The first time in two decades that Papa Sven had a go at making the Pacha floor move, was a night we’ve had marked on the calendar long before they started their respective residencies this season. Therefore, disregarding any cool kid attempt of arriving late we informed Pacha that we were ready before either got in the booth. By the time Solomun stepped foot into view just before 2am the floor was already heaving. Easing us into the evening, he laid on lowslung grooves and skipping beats, causing hip swinging passages. There were several points where the floor was most certainly alive, his remix of ‘Clap Your Hands’ igniting a big reaction. People passed him
tokens of their affections, including a high five, vinyl record and metal ladle – the latter quickly snatched away, never making it to hoped destination. The smooth sailing can be epitomised by one of his last tunes, ‘Moving Day’ from David August. Record box situated, Sven then instantly brought us harder hitting rhythms. Proceeding with J Dilla beats on Leon Vynehall - ‘It’s Just’, before some retro material and pure club bangers, continuously switching the mood. Beaming out to the crowd, he played known favourites of his; Lil’ Louis ‘French Kiss’ followed by Shaken-Up Version of ‘Silent Shout’, with a no-fuss precision in where and when to drop the needle on the bombs, they were unleashed in their rightful way. The meeting point in the B2B left no tiring on the dancefloor thanks to full throttle tech and driven forces like Superpitcher Mix of ‘The Difference It Makes’ and contagious ‘Let’s Prance’. Sven dipped out in the last half hour; no issue for Solomun who swayed away and, compared to his earlier set, had taken heavier pointers from Sven, incorporating Pryda’s ‘Armed’. When you combine a legend of decades with one of more recent years, musical miracles can happen, and the sea below lapped it up all the way till 8am.
Audiojack SUNDAY SOCIAL
udiojack threw their first free parties on island this summer titled Sunday Social. Having met on island over a decade ago as budding DJs, this new venture of Jamie and Rich’s at the same time they celebrate five years of their label Gruuv. All to offer an alternative to the excessive clubbing cost in Ibiza. Audiojack explains: “GOING BACK A THOUSAND YEARS AGO THIS WAS AN ISLAND OF PIRATES AND ROGUES, SO THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE THAT ELEMENT OF PIRATE AND ROGUE CLUBS CHARGING HIGH PRICES... BUT IT’S ALSO BEEN AN ISLAND OF FREE LOVE AND FREESPIRITED LIVING.”
Fortnightly Sunday Social’s promoted via a facebook event and minimal black posters asking to ‘Dig A Little Deeper’ dotted about on island. Not digging from your pocket, but for new places to spend your evenings while the duo have a dig in their crates. Timing felt right, in the middle of their second summer living in Ibiza. “We’re settled in now, we know people, and feel comfortable on the island. It all pointed towards one thing, people wanted to go somewhere to hang out, and not get ripped off. And they can leave – as a music fan, paying €60 for a night out is such a commitment. If you don’t like the music it seems a waste.” Chosen spot Veto Social Club seemed a good fit, already never charging for entrance, “their ethos and our ethos are already aligned.” Boasting outdoor seating, and a dimly lit dance floor lined with stone bricks, and refreshments are relatively priced. Drink prices usually multiply by a 100% when you step foot
in a club in Ibiza, Audiojack wanted to have something people wouldn’t worry will cost a fortune, mentioning the ludicrousy of workers nursing a bottle of water the whole night and Pacha charging half for drinks in wintertime. High costs apparently as businesses try to make enough money to sustain in wintertime plus export cost. The latter something Jamie rejects: “To charge €12 for a bottle of water... even if you shipped it from Mars, it wouldn’t cost that.” Although they’ve kept a low gigging profile since being based here, not wanting to “jump on everything that comes up,” the two plan to continue the parties throughout the year. “This is an island of two opposites, we’re just as excited to be doing this in the winter.” A desire for a house party vibe possibly inspired by after parties from their hometown. “600 people in, two days after a Saturday night. That was kind of the Leeds thing,” Jamie recalls.
Sunday Social’s bills to be kept under wraps until you glance at a set list inside. “WE’VE GOT SOME DJ FRIENDS WHO MAY OR MAY NOT COME DOWN. IT SHOULDN’T BE ABOUT HEADLINERS. THEIR NAME WILL SELL A PARTY BECAUSE OF WHATEVER REPUTATION THEY’VE BUILT THEMSELVES. THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR BETTER MUSIC FROM THEM.”
For instance, students could spend all day mixing and have more time to look for records, as Richard points out. “Whereas we run a record label, make music and tour at weekends, so that limits the amount of time you’ve got to find new music, and also to go out and experience events.”
Several DJ slots were up for grabs to anyone with a pair of headphones, and suitable style, done in an attempt to build a sense of community. “You get a segregation in a lot of clubs where the DJ and their friends are there, and the clubbers are there.” They remember what it’s like as an aspiring DJ, each coming to the island with a bag of records in 2002. “We found it near impossible to get a gig anywhere.” Jamie says when they finished the first event, “the vibe in here was perfect.” As promised it was a little chaotic, a couple of people supposed to play not turning up. “That’s Ibiza though, people end up having a good time wherever they are.” Unfazed, the two
ended up playing for six hours. Longer sets welcomed with open arms, Richard saying at the end of 5 years of Gruuv in Berlin last night he thought he could have done another two hours. “One of the longest gigs we did where I disbelieved it had finished was one of the Carl Cox gigs last year. We played for 5-6 hours and by
The pair in Ibiza during 2002
the time we finished it felt like we played for just an hour.” Sundays work well to finish off a weekend of gigs, “that’s the right time to do this party, be a bit jaded and hang out with some friends.” With little sleep in-between flying back from Berlin they seemed to be coping
well. Possibly from the buzz of a landmark point in time. Richard earlier on had reflected on it all. “Thinking back to us 10-12 years ago when we were the kids in Ibiza who couldn’t get any gigs. If you had told me what we had lined up this weekend, Friday night with B.Traits on Radio 1, flying from our house in Ibiza to do our label night in Berlin, coming back after to do our own night in Ibiza. That’s the stuff dreams are made of.”
THROWS HIS OWN The return to Ibiza
s Loco Dice any good?” queried a girl to her boyfriend, sat next to me on the bus to Ibiza Town as we drove past a HYTE poster stating ‘Loco Dice is back’. A question I had posed as well, before finding out for myself during one of his terrace sessions for the new party on island in Amnesia. During which a group had brought out a sheet marker penned with ‘NO LOCO NO PARTY’. Someone had a word and shortly after they were draping it on the balcony upstairs.
In answer to the question, Loco Dice is not just good, he’s flipping fantastic. His mixing had me a little dumbfounded, and during the set I couldn’t help but worm myself to the front to get a look inside the booth. His red illuminated setup consisted of two turntables, and a mixer used to loop grinding tech beats, with the odd Italian vocal or breakbeat section. Although he abandoned mixing hip-hop over a decade ago, to then draw crowds at Circoloco and Cocoon, his turntablist roots are still there to be heard. The Tunisian-born German is a bit of an enigma. Following the last tune he seals the deal with a quick clap, acknowledging the blatant appreciation, barely cracking a smile, before turning to the packed out booth behind him. This guy’s got attitude. In case you didn’t work that out through
the gritty selections he throws down (also cap worn backwards). His loco title was apparently given to him while he was causing mischief in Ibiza. He spent summers on the terrace as a raver and DJ in his DC10 days, going on to fuel Cocoon Mondays along with Marco Carola. After a stint of Used + Abused parties in 2013, he took a break from the partying lifestyle in Ibiza, playing just one date last summer. Having originally booked him for the opening, HYTE then made him a biweekly resident, along with Maceo Plex, PanPot and Mar T. HYTE didn’t make the numbers week in, week out due to fierce competition from Jamie Jones’ Paradise party, and the atmosphere inside never quite measured up to Cocoon or Music On nights in Amnesia. Those shortfalls are minor when you see dedicated followers of the brand who have entrusted HYTE in various other clubbing cities.
Any doubt in HYTE’s party throwing capabilities were thrown out the window when they hosted one of the biggest B2B sessions of the season, between Loco and Maceo Plex in late August. During which Loco once again sent out Armand’s Mission To Mars Mix of Faithless - ‘Insomnia’ The closing was rammed, with one of the biggest lines for Amnesia’s lista all season, thanks to no rivalry from DC10 and a firstrate line-up. It goes without saying that Loco was the biggest crowd puller for HYTE, and as long as they reinstate him next year they shall up their worth on island. But who knows what will happen, as he’s proved previously, LOCO throws his own DICE.
Five steps to the final hurdle
losings commenced when the first few parties called it a season in late August, and ended in the first weekend of October where superclubs Ushuaïa, Amnesia, Space and DC10 closed, followed by Sankeys, Destino and Underground. It felt as if we headed towards the last weekend of closing parties in lightening speed. Not somewhere we arrived at by chance though. Carefully considered decisions of which party to attend and not, planned disco naps, refueling and countless meeting points has brought us here.
Axwell Λ Ingrosso @ Ushuaïa 26th August
Starting at the initiator of the closing party dominos that have tumbled down ever since. Ushuaïa kicked it all off with ex-Sweedish House Mafia twosome ending their third year of residency with glowing sunshine, star confetti, and sentiments getting us all emotional about this whole end of season thing (wipes tear).
Life and Death @ DC-10 28th August
Tale Of Us slayed Friday evenings at DC-10 four times in the summer as they brought their imprint over, along with bird cages and heavy strobing. Line-up consisting of quality over quantity, previous guests including Recondite, Rødhad and Mano le Tough, it was all over before we knew it. Ibiza skies opened amidst the final one, and rain found its way inside to coincide with the music, also flooding out the car park, escape was futile.
Cocoon @ Amnesia
Cox Music Is Revolution 3 Carl @ Space
Ever again proving itself as one of the island’s most successful nights was Carl Cox’s Music Is Revolution. Having no trouble in filling out the Discoteca all season long. Its closing party had Loco Dice, DJ Sneak, Monika Kruse and tINI billed for the final phase. Carl Cox gave top-shelf energy as always, before Loco Dice rejoined the booth and they went B2B well into the morning.
4 Music On closing after party @ Cova Santa 26th September
The music was left off for an entire hour between everyone scurrying from Amnesia, and heading down to Cova Santa, to end another successful season for Carola and co. Stacey Pullen played in the gorgeous mountain setting until Marco took over and rolled on through, bumping his playing time to well over a dozen hours. Ending on Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Indeep before moving to play downstairs.
Saying farewell to good pal Cocoon was the sure sign clubbing is nearly done for the season. Ilario Alicante and Henrik Schwarz proved their worth, as they warmed up for the headliner in the two rooms. Adam Beyer pierced holes into the Main Room while Sven went on a gentler yet firm ride through his summer bombs, such as Alden Tyrell’s remix of Geeman – Go Bang.
This was it. The weekend clubbers anticipate all year long. Where DJs and ravers go for it as if their lives depend on it to see off the summer. Amnesia. Space. DC10. Count me in.
Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex and The Martinez Brothers helped see off Amnesia for the true beginning of the end.
owing out on the Saturday was Amnesia. It closed its doors with a line-up to match its magnitude, with each act allocated one-and-a-half hours to show off their skills. One of the names turning their hands to terrace action was Tale Of Us, with their borderline orchestral take on electronic. Bringing a recurring theme of slow-burning strings and thunderous brassy tones, finishing with new collab with Mind Against, ‘Astral’. Mar-T followed and had the honours of bringing in the daylight, a time slot he has finally perfected to an art, as Melanie Ribbe and Reboot went B2B to close the main room dishing out ‘I Wanna Go Bang’, one of this season’s favourites. The Martinez Brothers then took it away in the terrace, where they stole the show. I’d spotted one of the siblings up on the balcony during the penultimate party three days prior, peering down to the floor in the hands of Loco Dice. Now he watched the floor with closer inspection while the other brother beamed throughout. Charismatic as ever, they observed us as they played around with the mixer, discerning how to ensure the right parts
popped off as the terrace deserved. The boys demonstrated a knack to party-fuelling, maintaining the energy with Bas Ibellini’s ‘That’s Right’, ample claps on Alden Tyrell’s remix of ‘Invader’, before hooking us in with ‘India In Me’ by Cobblestone Jazz. Maceo Plex proceeded to slap us right in the face with upfront tech, peppered with ethereal breaks, the return of the kick drum something we all knew about. Wild scenes were on the swarmed floor, inflatable bodies diving from the balcony while Maceo’s 808 Dub of Odd Parents - ‘Learn To Fly’ resonates its way into the picture. This slot is no small measure, the energy inside is incredible so mighty moments are what you have to provide, along came tracks from his forthcoming album, including ‘Solar Detriot’. Maceo closed his set with a sit down that’s not getting lived down (or should I say lifted up) in a while. During Four Tet’s remix of ‘Opus’ it was started, but it proved a little premature for the extent of the build-up, baffled faces rising while some remained hovering. Confusing for some, hilarious for many, Plex included.
IBIZA Martinez bros on fire
The night-turned-day unfolded ahead of us in record speed. Now it was time for Joseph Capriati to take centre stage and make his long-awaited return to the terrace. When the decks changed hands inside the institution built around the desire to dance, there was a distinct ‘this is it’ feeling, and bubbling anticipation for what was coming, with good things foretold by anyone who has witnessed Capriati smash it out during Music On. He stepped on the gas with bouncy tech house, like Gorillaz sampled Astin, Waveshape track ‘Westwood’. Constantly dropping us back in with triple kick drums, we stomped our way with Amnesia right to the end. Adjusting his style to the set, Capriati incorporated classic cuts like Pete Heller’s ‘Big Love’, feeding us euphoria, before throwing in a tangent with David Gtronic’s mix of Villalobos’ ‘Easy Lee’. Amnesia couldn’t get the permit to allow the club to roll through all afternoon for this year’s closing party, due to Music On, Cocoon and Hyte all ending way past 6am in the last week. Pushing their luck with every track, at the 1:40pm mark when an outro wasn’t met with an incoming track, I looked up to see Capriati lift the headphones off his head and proceed to clap in thanks. ‘Is it really over?’ was a thought I’d had all evening and now one shared with many. Standing around in disbelief, this ending was a hard one to swallow, the battle over closing times depriving us of a mega climatic ending point or final tune to replay in the weeks to come. Cutting our losses and refiguring the day’s plans under the baking sun, the scene on departure could only be from Amnesia:
crashing glass heard from inside as I cornered VIP, a sports car stalling in the car park mid-exit, with groups piling in for a picture in front of the bus. The much-loved haunt with its ridiculous sights and sets will be missed until summer comes back around. fter a last trip to Sunrise Bar postAmnesia for a couple of shandies it was back at home base for a nap. Given the damage my body had taken from clubbing for three months, my stamina and spine insisted on pit stops. Eventually entering Space as Eats Everything surprise visited for Elrow on the sunset terrace dropping ‘Dancing (Again!)’ At 6am Carl Cox B2B Nic Fanciulli commenced on the terrace. All the while, Ben Klock went for it in the main room, which was for once spacious as everyone crammed in the terrace to clock in some of the best clubbing hours of the summer. Nic and Carl in a sailor hat and tshirt which read vibes, jumped from the biggest ones this summer to clubland classics, ‘Acamar’ and ‘You Don’t Even Know Me’ in there somewhere. Saved Records head honcho took over for the final hour or so and was on sure fine form. There was a couple of technical hitches that greeted themselves with screeching and my feet took that as their escape excuse. Adios Space.
DC10’s leading party Circoloco had the job of closing the season for them. Over 30 names were invited down to play their part, with the spacious garden third spot sounding out till 4am. Vibes were set to be scorching. In its 17 years, Circoloco has positioned itself as an island favourite, making household names in the process, gaining the hidden-away venue international attention. On this date the queue wrapped around the building for the duration.
Going loco during our last chance clown around at DC-10 this summer.
etting there ASAP was in a lot of our hopes and dreams for the last Monday Dreamin, but the weekend had had other ideas. Not to mention cabs to hail down in October are few and far between, made even trickier when you’re clinging onto a beer. Anywho, the bill was like a shopping list with all these different points of interest that needed ticking off. When the place is more rammo than ram, moving round takes near military planning to navigate; here’s a comprehensive detailing on my attempts, with extended journeying in-between. Under an explosion of fairy lights in the garden, key residents Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann went on their annual closing back-to-back. If they had drawn blood in this versus they would of discovered they’re cut from the same cloth, both dispensing complimentary deep grooves. Supporting fresh releases at the end with floorfiller ‘In The Club’ by Genghis Clan. Meanwhile, Dixon was finalising his Ibiza campaign in the terrace, stringing together drawn-out vocal lines and melodies with subtle basslines for an intimate gathering. Something we’ve come to expect from this dude. Playing the Lalou edit of ‘Too Much Information’ he then familiarised us all with Radio Slave’s remix of ‘Marvinello’, nice one. Near standstill greeted you in the garden at the beginning of The Martinez Brothers, Jamie Jones and
Seth Troxler’s set, which took skills and patience to worm through. Despite the massive crowd between myself and the decks, you could hear it pretty well thanks to some speakers up back. With a firm grip on percussion, the three names were doing what they do best, feeding a heady night with snippets of inciting rhythms and sassy vocals, retaining their individual
qualities. Juicing the last bits of life out of us with bumpy rollers. DC10 being so busy during opening or closing is something we’ve learnt to expect, especially as everyone knows each DJ will bring their A game by design it’s going to be a sweatbox. When comrades leave you to relocate the bar, you’re fairly sure that’s the last you’ll see of them now all year. Still, people were in the party mood, some kitted out in fancy dress. Shout out to the teletubbies. There was notably more space to be made use of during Ben UFO and Jackmaster’s B2B in the main room. No stranger to sharing a slot together, they each had their own moments. Jack threw us Aphrohead - ‘Grown Man Cry’, while Ben stepped up with KiNK’s Mix of DJ Dozia’s ‘Pop Culture’. Quickly going through a succession of tracks, jumping across styles, they should consider changing their occupation titles to tune jugglers. A slice of tribal urged me to stay in their clutches, but I’d already set my sights on Apollonia who were in the midst of
a two-and-a-half hour set in the terrace. Locking any stragglers in as soon as they passed the threshold, they struck us all with a clean-cut mix expelling a free-flowing movement through those grey areas of deep and tech house. In the main room it was then Nina Kraviz’ turn, clocking up eight visits for the clown face this summer, using elbow grease to weave futuristic techno and acid. Turning our attention back to the
garden, the princes of DC finished their B2B2B by dropping house record, Kings Of Tomorrow ‘Finally’. And finally, it was time for the crush. As the floodgates opened I managed to slip off to the main room, where all eyes were on the now sole member of Art Department. By this point in the evening, week, month, season you’re keeping an ear out for something different, mainly weird, to distract you from your sore feet. More than capable, he enticed us by running
robotic spoken word on ‘Moonraker’ over some 303 patterns. A train of people passed through towards the terrace, joined in time for a blissedout moment courtesy of Apollonia signing off with ‘The Sun Can’t Compare’. Having paired up at the opening, Kerri Chandler vs Black Coffee made a return. Entrusted to go into the corners of their collections to surface some gems and bring them anew, ‘Careless Whisper’ even getting the treatment. Syncopating to perfection, they kept arms in the air as the new day seeped into the red space. To close out the main room, Seth jumped back on the decks following Damian, and 2015 was officially seen off. Grin and bear the DC10 madness at closings and you may just catch some of the best sets of your summer.
SHAZAM Friend N
ow, I go to a DJ set to generally prance around like an idiot and forget about any stress that’s been building up. I embrace every backbeat and shuffling hi-hat like it’s my long lost friend who I thought I’d never see again. Getting taken by the rhythms is my main goal, regardless if I know the song or not. However, something that has forever plagued me since I first set foot in the rave – and I’m sure I’m not alone in this – is the annoying itch I get when I hear something I know, but can’t name it. It might be a little loop they’ve used, so the track is barely recognisable, so I have to play it in my head and try to remember what comes next. It’s as if I’m Shazam and if the music encyclopedia in my head doesn’t name the tune as soon as possible impending doom will prevail, AKA mentally kicking myself. Sometimes I’ll video a whole ten seconds or so of the mix and play it back and realise how unidentifiable it is. This problem, as well as the obvious wanting to
know what a song we’ve not heard before is, is seemingly solved by music identifying app Shazam. At first I was rather cynical to the app, not believing it could possibly know every song released but as I came to use it myself I did find it heroic at times. And of course rather useless during other times, such as when it matches the most random tracks that couldn’t be more further away from the truth, or when the track is unreleased or vinyl only, and Shazam is therefore never going to return any results for me. Although it has aided me hunt down tunes, saving me from searching the web, I can’t help feeling that it spoils some of what makes dance music so special. Part of the magic comes from discovery as an audience. Immersing in the moment fully is ruined when you’re clasping to unlock your iPhone. However important it may seem to hunt down a certain tune, let’s vow to put our enjoyment first in 2016, not allowing a ‘no matches’ spoil our experience. You could always attempt tweeting the DJ after with your ID??? queries...
T fabric’s 16th birthday Nick Ensing
here was a collective breathholding last November when fabric’s license was in fear of being revoked. ‘Surely not’ was the general consensus, but there’s always a niggle that things may not turn in favour of club culture. One year on and pressure deflated, it’s business as usual and time to congratulate the London institution on another year of operation. Kurupt FM hosted the Friday night with a guest appearance from Craig David [he’s back!]. The mammoth weekend continuing with a 30hour run of non-stop tunes and nonsense from Saturday night till Monday morning. Marcel Dettmann headlined the Saturday night in Room 2, and the cavernous space was probably in need of repair, after the Dettmann likely smashed it to pieces. Due to delays I’d missed Ricardo Villalobos’ late morning till afternoon set, arriving in time for the threesome up next. Apollonia’s rise is down to the stylistic, impeccable touch each member provides. This evening they were leading us right where we needed to go. It’s never about what’s coming next with them, but the continuum.
Warm yellow spotlights drew our attention from the booth to the stage at the back, where Paranoid London had set-up shop for a live show. Sequencing acid house on drum machnes, they executed tracks from their self-titled album with a particular flair in hi-hats. Distinct sounds of London made me feel at home, not to mention the MC who joined onstage with a cowboy hat on. The definite reassurance I was clubbing in London came from hearing someone shout out ‘oi oi!’ though. Prosumer was then up behind the decks, utilising the built-in rotary mixer to a tee. Churning out the bangers in a fine force, with some flashes of house too; it isn’t a birthday party without some diva vocals. When ‘Down In The Dungeon’ bounced through the room there was a shared moment of flipping out.
One of the best things about fabric is the central position of the Room 1 booth, there’s no doubt the DJ is feeling the vibe and locking eyes with some exhilarated faces. The lighting guy was on fine form all evening, translating the patterns of the music into that of lights. A bit later than expected Ricardo began to bring it for the Sunday AM, but when I peeked into the booth there was just Craig Richards in sight, holding the thought. Others also curious, one little birdy told me he was too drunk while another claimed he was sitting on the floor trying to sort through vinyl’s. Oh, Ricardo. Luckily, resident Craig knew a thing or two about moving Fabric’s dancefloor, earlier having gone B2B with Jamie Jones in Room 3. Ricardo is probably the only DJ who could get away with such antics, he is unpredictable, a true character, and it’s why he’s loved so dearly. When he was in sight people would hold a flashing camera up, and he’d either turn his head or kiss to the camera. Deck duties just with him, a guitarladen track got to a point where people didn’t know what to do with it, the dancefloor almost reaching standstill. Having thrown a couple of hints to it, hedropped in ‘Blue Monday’. The turnaround in energy was incredible. He jumped between tracks and put in loops to fuck with
us. I’d rather a DJ takes risks and test a crowd then play linear with safe tracks. Not long after that moment of redemption came the Special Request VIP of ‘Hackney Parrot’, and that was more or less it from him. Later someone asked me where Ricardo was, and told me he and his pal had touched down just earlier
today all to see him. Regardless, Craig had some tricks up his sleeve, at one point I am mostly certain he was mixing in the weighty emotive chords on Ricardo’s ‘Dexter’. Dyed Soundorom later stepped up to join him in closing out the weekend. Expect the unexpected when attending Fabric’s birthday.
R ELEASES Various artists The sound of the 16th season
Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra Too Much Information (Laolu Edit) Innervisions Having circulated in Dixon and Âme’s sets all summer, this edit of ‘Too Much Information’ finally surfaced. Released on Innervisions, both label bosses have called the final release for 2015 their “favourite track of the year”. No biggie. Everyone initially thought this was Âme’s doing but it was announced late November that Laolu was the actual culprit. His edit features on the A-side, while another remix sits on the reverse. Nigerian-born Swiss producer sticks with the Afrobeat Orchestra’s chants for the main lead, overlaid some miraculous percussion and woodwind. Incoming guitar riffs are increasingly imminent and when all the components merge it’s a groove-laden juncture. This shall be getting countless spins well into the New Year.
In Ibiza, one of main musical highlights of the week prematurely takes place on a Monday. The yearly compilation once again tops off the season in Ibiza for Cocoon. Bottling up laser drenched peak time stompers like Heartthrob’s ‘Never Wanted One’. As well as weird and wonderful sunshine rayed mornings reimagined on Jacek Sienkiewicz - ‘Drifting’. The mix is not Sven at his best as the quintessential element is the tracks.
Enzo Siragusa/Alexkid Evolutions EP Fuse Two track offering from Fuse seals the deal on another year in London and Ibiza. First up is label boss Enzo finally lifting the lid on ‘Desire’. Haivng packed it into Fuse parties during the latter half of the year. Skipping percussion ascends with a beastly straight to the point B line. Alexkid proceeds with equally swift tech beats on ‘Wear Your Cape’, making for a bare bones dance floor mover.
HOUSE EVERY WEEKEND Na mate, all about techno every weekend. Wouldn’t say no on a weekday either.
For those searching for artists who can save/reap their soul next weekend, look no further...
Chameleon Makam tried his hand at UK Funky on ‘What Ya Doin’ in 2013, before some bass house with ‘loleatta’. In March, ‘A Night at Trouw’ stole every techno heart, a tribute to the Amsterdam club closed, which he’d resided at.
Knights Their armour shines and they have an inventory of dangerous weaponry and bombtastic tunage. Thanks to the discography they’ve built, their sets this summer were explosive, especially during the ENTER closing.
Performer The least lethal of the lot. KiNK exudes style and grace. Translated via drum machines, synthesisers and decks in live shows all year round. Remaking his melodic stand-out track ‘Cloud Generator’ again & again.
Grand Producer You can rely on this guy to produce the results. Classically trained musician dropped ‘Singularity’ on Life and Death, also featured on his third album Powers Of Ten. DJs everywhere just couldn’t get enough.
Slayer It’s no secret that Rødhåd won over countless hearts and minds to the moody yet groovy sounds this year. His hypnotic sets are telling of an imminent Dystopian future where the drums are thrashing.
firstname.lastname@example.org Written and designed by Emma Gillett mmglltt.co.uk Published in London December 2015