- Published on Monday, 21 October 2013 16:24
There are some experiences in life that once experienced, we know we’ll try our hardest to recreate again and again, whenever possible......
Picture by Marc Sethi
I’m sure I speak for most who’ve been lucky enough to attend, that venturing to one of the many music festivals dotted along the Adriatic coast is definitely one of these experiences. For me, there is something justifiably addictive about the following scene (if you can picture it): a writhing, sweaty mass of beautifully tanned bodies, thousands of pairs of feet gently stomping from side to side on a grand stage of pebbles, necks and shoulders glazed by the Croatian sun, limbs pulsating to the vibrations of looming sound systems, and smiling faces as far as the eye can see. It is an image that will burn the back of my retinas throughout the winter months, basically until I’m back on that beach and can witness it once again. The beautiful thing about Croatian festivals? There’s no need for dance workshops, thousands of metres of bunting, or towering Block 9-esque installations. People survive happily on three basic things: music, sun, and some inhibition removers (if you catch my drift). It’s just perfect.
Picture by Marc Sethi
Dimensions Festival has all of these features in abundance, and for the second year in the row it is proving to be one of the most, if not THE most, perfect settings for experiencing them. I have tried with all my might to write a balanced account of the various pros and cons of my four days at Dimensions, to outline as objectively as one can, the musical highlights and the organisational successes. But, truthfully, all I want to write is just how utterly magical the whole festival was, how my expectations from its first year were not only met but exceeded, and how I will definitely be returning next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.
In my opinion, there are three key reasons behind the beauty of Dimensions Festival: the insanely picturesque Istrian location (beach front during the day and abandoned 19th century fort at night), the fun-loving, not too posey, and musically-educated crowd, and the superbly-curated lineup. It’s these elements that informed the countless moments, on all four days, where I would stand and look out in amazement and think how lucky I was to be in such a beautiful setting, listening to such mind-blowingly good music, and surrounded by such beautiful people. I remember vividly walking out on to the beach party on the very first day and leaping with excitement, seeing the sprawls of happy people dancing and swimming, hearing chilled lo-fi soundwaves travel over the water, and exclaiming to my friends “ISN’T IT JUST BEAUTIFUL?!”. We all knew from the start that we had made the right decision to return to Pula this year, but throughout the weekend it we were continuously astonished at just how much fun we were having.
Photo by Dan Medhurst Photography
Photo by Dan Medhurst Photography
Despite relatively large success after their debut event last summer, the organizers still pulled out the stops this year making clear efforts to place Dimensions as one of the best electronic events in Croatia. Noticeably more thought was put into the production on many of the stages especially the Beach Party and the addition of The Clearing stage was, I think, relatively successful in limiting some of the human traffic in the main part of the arena. Obviously, one of the biggest additions to the fesival was the Opening Ceremony party on the Wednesday night, that invited some massive headliners down to party in, undoubtedly, one of the best concert venues I’ve ever been to: The Pula Arena, a Roman amphitheatre in the centre of town. The only remaining amphitheatre of its kind with four remaining walls, this Colloseum-esque construction is naturally acoustic and was consequently an incredible arena in which to see the likes of Portico Quartet, Mount Kimbie, and, of course, Bonobo with a full live band. It was pretty cool, to say the least.
Photo by Dan Medhurst Photography
But the real musical treats came over the following four days; so many in fact, that I couldn’t even possibly outline them without going into full blown essay-mode. From the educating Giles Peterson to the sublimely soulful Eglo Records showcase, the sun-kissed beach party led by Romare to The Analogue Cops’ brain-melting techno fest in the Moat, the predictably life-affirming hours of disco and old school cuts from 3 Chairs to the out-of-nowhere set from Moxie that blasted her Deviation colleagues completely out of the water – the variation and the quality was consistently astounding (if you can imagine such an oxymoron!) Plus, we need to take a moment to give praise to the brains and brawn behind The Outside the Fort arena, whoever they may be, for providing the most intense and crisp sound on site and for basically being THE SPOT four nights in a row - never stop what you’re doing, team, you da bestest!
Photo by Marc Sethi
Photo by Marc Sethi
Interestingly, many of this year’s acts were invited to return from their performances last year, resulting in a strong sense of continuity and progression, a feeling that some labels and collectives have deservedly become part of the Dimensions fabric. Having spent almost six hours watching the Eglo family feed their delicious soup of soul, disco, and hip hop to the Outside the Fort Stage, and then again for another three hours on the Eglo Records boat party – the team headed up by Alexander Nut definitely felt like a little slice of home at the festival. There was something beautifully cyclical about returning to the same site at the same time a year later, watching some of the same artists embodying the Dimensions’ musical ethos. Certainly, it was an extraordinary moment when, once again, I was handed a glass of straight liquor by the one and only Kenny G (Moodymann) on Sunday night, just as he had handed me one in exactly the same place the year before. I was even standing in the same place with my front right speaker crew, the exact same friends who I had stood next to last year, who were photographed in the exact same place by the same photographer. It was a kind of serendipitous perfection that blew my poor little mind, as I stood lapping up the beautiful, light rain that came and blessed us on the Monday morning, and continues to do so as I sit at my laptop watching this evil, miserable rain pour down my window back home in the UK.
Photo by Dan Medhurst Photography
All I can say is that I hope with all my heart in 49 weeks I will be standing in that exact same spot, having danced for hours on end, drinking the sweet nectar given to me by Moodymann himself just as the sun starts to slowly rise on Dimensions Festival 2014...because I know that at that moment I will be blissfully happy.
By Becky Young
- Published on Friday, 27 September 2013 13:15
It takes a brave promoter to stage a festival in the middle of September, in northWales. So it was looking for Festival No.6, entering its second year, in the same place over the same weekend as its 2012 debut (which was drenched by downpours). And despite coming at the wrong end of a summer that has stretched long and hot over three months, spirits would once again take a soaking.
But before the weather proved so divisive, there was magic and there was fun, both waiting to be gorged upon by anyone game enough to buy a ticket. Staging the event in Portmeirion is, essentially, an inspired piece of casting – in fact, it's arguably the crowd-pulling headliner of the whole weekend. The fairytale Italian-inspired village, realised in vivid colour, clinging to a cliff, overlooking a beautiful estuary, ensures the whole festival drips Disney before first beat has even been amplified. Quite rightly, Portmeirion provides the backdrop for some of the weekend's most bewtiching moments: the returning Brythoniaid male voice choir, who this year took on cover versions from headliners Chic and Manic Street Preachers besides hymns and Men of Harlech (a town appropriately just the other side of the facing hill) amid the same sort of whoops and cheers usually heard down the front of the main stage; Saturday's electric-coloured carnival procession; Andrew Weatherall's sundown set, that saw a man strip to his underpants to tackle the estuary waters to retrieve a glittery ball marooned on a sandbar – much to the crowds appreciation; and of course, the hidden woodland raves where Lowlife and Audio Farm, among others, hosted tiny parties among the trees – a bit like The Hobbit, at a free party
Picture by Sandy Sharples
Picture by Sandy Sharples
Outside of the village of Portmeirion, and it was always hard to leave, the main field site was dotted with stages – when it wasn't a mud bath, highlights included My Bloody Valentine impressively showcasing MVB in a shock of lights and noise. Andy Votel, Daniel Avery and A Love From Outer Space provided serious dancefloor menace in Studio 6. Frankie Knuckles unveiled crowdpleaser after crowdpleaser while YouTube sensation Davos battled a few sound issues up in the Castle Gardens to bring back the spirit of 92 with his piano-house session. He was followed by Manchester's Justin Robertson, whose unhinged Friday-night rave attack delighted a crowd that looked like they were probably all at Most Excellent 25 years ago – and had brought along that atmosphere as reminder to anyone who wasn't.
After two wonderful days, punctuated by artist talks, impromtu mime sessions, acoustic sessions, and a fantastic neon marching band, an ominous warning greeted anyone walking back to their tent on Saturday night: campers, make sure your tent is securely pegged down. Gale force, incoming. And so it was that at 730am, 70mph winds battered the site – the main arena was shut, rumours of the festival's cancellation whipped round the site as fast as the winds that blew many a tent away. In such fierce conditions, an exodus was on the cards, with hundreds of festival goers opting, or forced, to leave. For those that stayed the sun, unpredictably, made an appearance, the winds and rain abated, and spirits took a turn for the better. Johnny Marr proved How Soon Is Now will never date; Chic, the vibesy feelgood heroes of this year's festival circuit, did the same with Le Freak; while Carl Craig proved techno can comfortably sit next to acoustic singer-songwriters and edgy bands on any line-up, to any crowd.
Picture by Sandy Sharples
Picture by Sandy Sharples
It was a triumphant return for Festival No6 – charm, inventiveness, magic and good vibes all scored high. But if it is to return successfully year upon year, a scheduling rethink might have to be on the cards, as underlined by Sunday's weather-inspired exodus. A venue and programming rethink, however, would be wholly unnecessary.
Words: Jane Fitz
- Published on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:57
As the Summer 2013 season draws to a close, and the nostalgia builds on the reflection of the mental montage of minutes, hours, nights and days, weeks and months in Ibiza, there is one date; Wednesday 2nd October that is marked in many-a-pilgrims calendar. An announcement was made this week that quelled the thirst of anticipation for an answer as to when and where this party will happen. Away from their island home at Privilege, NEXT WAVE will host their closing party at MOMA Ibiza, Playa d’en Bossa. Starting at 24:00, the Sorcerer and his Apprentices will begin to conjure up their magic in a ritual way only they know how.
Ricardo Villalobos and RPR Soundsystem (Rhadoo : Petre Inspirescu : Raresh); four names that heighten your pulse in an almost anxious excitement at what is in store. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of dancing away into the early hours guided by the sounds of these master craftsman; it can only be portrayed in such a way that they have the ability to lift you into an almost transcendent-like state through their medley of rhythmic drums and instigating basslines, leaving you no option other than to dance. No matter who is in the driving seat as you are caught in your moment; whether it be the animated and playful characters of Ricardo and Raresh, the somber tone and expression of Petre or the intense, engrossed demeanor of Rhadoo, their combination will leave you in an enchanted awe.
So if you are privileged enough to be in Ibiza next Wednesday, in Playa d’en Bossa, as the clock strikes midnight, join the NEXT WAVE faithful at one of the closings parties that will remain forever etched in the memories of all those who made it. Until next season; Wave Goodbye… for now.
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- Published on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 15:15
My first time in IBIZA
Διονύσης, or Denny as we know him, is the newest addition to the MEOKO family. Only 21 years of age and recently moved to London from his hometown in Greece four months ago, Denny has a neverending passion for all things HOUSE and TECHNO and his enthusiasm is infectious! Having studied sound engineering and music technology in Athens, and working as a radio producer and DJ for Proton Radio, Denny lives and breathes dance music and we love that!
Hence when we discovered Denny hadn't actually yet been to Ibiza, we concocted a plan to make his dreams come true. Sending him off to the big bad island (but armed with a bit of VIP access), Denny will be documenting his adventures, as he experiences some of the most iconic locations and nights in the underground music scene.
So I saved my pennies, booked the flights, bought some crazy outfits; and I even had another week's holiday at home after I came back, to recuperate. Everything seemed perfect. Destination? Ibiza! Ibiza is known internationally for being, perhaps, the ‘Clubbing Capital’ of the world and nightlife in Ibiza is something that you have to experience to truly appreciate! It's been a few weeks now since I popped my Ibiza cherry as my disappearing tan keeps reminding me, but it’s what happens in Ibiza that makes the whole experience unforgettable and that's something that will last longer than any tan! The unique cultural diversity, warm temperatures, friendly and beautiful people all contribute to creating a magical atmosphere. Every single day in Ibiza feels like the weekend anywhere else in the world (for four months of the year anyway). As soon as you drive out of Ibiza’s airport, it becomes very clear the predominant industry on this island is nightlife culture & clubbing thanks to the many billboards plastered with DJ’s faces, club branding, CD advertisements and events!
Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza Town and San Antonio are the most musically alive areas you will find on the island, with Playa d'en Bossa the main destination for the more party-focused tourists who come to the island each season. I booked my accommodation in Platj'a Den Bossa, in the heart of Playa D'en Bossa, where all the island's clubs could be reached on the disco bus which stopped just meters from where I was based. The legendary 'Space' was 10 minutes walk and 'Sankeys' just around the corner! I couldn't have found a better location to be honest! I had 8 days to explore the island's party side and I was determined to attend as many parties as possible…
The result; a total of 72 hours spent in clubs, beach bars, basements, terraces and any other location you can imagine! As long as there is a Jockey, turntables, speakers and booze there is nothing more you need to have a great time!
Wednesday: tINI & the gang @ Sirocco Beach, FUSE @ Sankeys
Photo Credit: Tasya Menaker
Playa D'en Bossa is a two-kilometer long beach; rich in sun loungers, umbrellas and watersports. But the stretch really comes alive with the abundance of impressive bars; where drinking, dancing and sunglasses meet to mix a perfect Balearic cocktail.
On the north end of this astonishing beach you will find "Sirocco Beach", the home of "tINI & the gang"! With a season-long residency, a solid line up, a free-entry beach party and a crew that kicks ass, tINI easily got me in the mood for an amazing Wednesday night to follow! The ‘gang’ meets up every Wednesday in Sirocco with incredible results; the ‘join our gang’ philosophy creates a friendly vibe where you feel comfortable enough to enjoy the party even if you’re on your own like I was! Both the crowd and dj's share the same excitement and by the time the night falls, you can experience the ‘peak’ of what tINI & the gang is all about! The party kicks off around 5pm and goes until midnight!
After tINI's beach party we rolled onto FUSE at Sankeys! Fuse is a London institution built around a strong ethos of quality music, quality sound system and no messing about with stupid gimmicks - all with a committed group of followers! Running since 2008, Fuse parties have become the stuff of legends in recent years thanks to the crew’s simple but effective policy of presenting extended sets from their core residents and friends…Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rich NxT, Rossko, tINI, and co. A couple of hours in this amazing basement were enough to witness the essence of everything FUSE does in London being transported to Ibiza. Enzo and the FUSE family play sounds and create vibes that are difficult to experience anywhere else on the island – it really is the polar opposite to the glamorous side of Ibiza clubbing that you might see on the TV or in the magazines. Down in that basement it, feeling the incredible sound system, everything was as it was supposed to be…deep, dark and intimate!
Thursday: ENTER @ Space
Photo Credit: Space Ibiza
Space Ibiza is synonymous around the world as one of the temples of electronic dance music. Unique through many of its years by offering unadulterated daytime clubbing! Space or ‘Ibiza's power clubbing’ is at its finest and gives a particular emphasis on bringing only the best international DJs across the genres. While it is the world's most awarded club armed with a sound system that will literally blow your head off, you will be crazy to be on the island and not to go there at least once! Every Thursday ENTER takes over Space and delivers an unforgettable high-octane experience of quality Techno (amongst other styles), innovative design, an inclusive atmosphere and plenty of Sake week after week. ENTER.Sake is the island’s first true Sake Bar experience - an intimate Japanese inspired room with surprise DJ sets from major guests starting each Thursday at 10pm. The party vibe was apparent as soon as I walked through the doors and it didn’t take long until I noticed Richie weaving through the early-bird crowd pouring Sake and meeting friends and fans. The transformation of Space into Richie Hawtin's visionary concept takes 11 hours every week whilst the decoration is totally changed from the previous night. This gives ENTER an almost festival-like atmosphere and was one of many highlights during my Balearic adventure.
Friday: Flying Circus @ Sankeys
Photo Credit: Tribal Mixes.com
The residency at Sankeys for Flying Circus, which is run by Luca Saporito / Audiofly, is their first on the island forming part of the club's new seven day weekly roster. Developed six years ago, Flying Circus is now a tried and tested party formula dedicated to keeping these underground fun times a simple, friendly and quality affair. Pure and deep unconstrained house and techno, was supplied to you by the clubs phenomenal Void sound system; taking over all of Sankeys 3 main spaces, Flying Circus aims to create a dynamic, immersive experience for all party goers. Simple concepts, are often the best ones: good friends + good tunes = good times ;)
Saturday: Kehakuma @ Space, Wisdom Of The Glove after party with Guy Gerber
Photo Credit: Max Lawless
Following on from the collaboration with ENTER in 2012, Kehakuma is now holding it’s own residency, with a new home on Saturdays at Space. The underground night showcases only the best in deep house & minimal sounds retaining with it the atmosphere that Kehakuma has built up over the years; a seriously good fun party! A post apocalyptic cave of hungry rhythm and creeping ghosts, Kehakuma presents itself with unflinching style! Dedicated to a boldly artistic vision of waxy ghosts and blood-red propaganda, all guests are invited to lose their minds and find their souls! The energy sparkled as the party developed with some of the most respected artists on the underground scene taking over the decks. Lot's of people say that Ibiza is not yet ready for this kind of music, given the more underground nature of the lineups in comparison to the ‘big guns’ showcased on Space’s other nights. But I would say if you like your beats deep and underground then Kehakuma won't disappoint.
After Kehakuma it was time for Guy Gerber's secret after party somewhere on the island! I don't have a clue where the location was all I can remember is a beach 100 meters away from a villa! The location was astonishing, one of the best after parties I've ever been in my life, and I’ve been to a few! About 150 people were feeling the love of Guy Gerber's music in this super amazing dark room full of black lights and Buddha decorations! Although I didn't make it to Pacha for Guy Gerber's ‘Wisdom of the Glove’ main event, at least I had a taste of what this party is all about! Wisdom of the Glove sees Pacha transform into a very bizarre dystopia, with spinning wheels, sparkling hands and disembodied eyes peering out from all corners. This is definitely one of the most creative and musically sophisticated nights Pacha has to offer.
Sunday Viva Warriors @ Sankeys
Without a doubt Viva Warriors is among the best parties Ibiza has to offer on a Sunday night! On the back of a cracking first season last year and sell out shows all over Europe, the Warriors smash the arse out of the Sankeys basement every week, led by Ibiza veteran and all-round club legend Steve Lawler. This is one of Sankeys' most successful nights, and definitely a favourite amongst island workers, with Departure (the quintessential workers party) hosting a room each Sunday. With a marketing plan inspired by 1979 cult movie 'The Warriors' and the raw identity of the night , Viva Warriors has become one of the strongest parties of the summer. The ecstatic vibe created by both dj’s and crowd was something that made me feel like I was actually in a war; a techno war where smiling faces and amazing music was the most powerful weapon to be found. As usual I stayed until the very last track! The magic moments I experienced during the last hour (where the toughest ‘warriors’ remained on the dance floor) were the ones that made Viva Warriors such a successful mind blowing party!
Monday: Cocoon @ Amnesia
By Monday I found myself contemplating the previous 5 days of unadulterated fun I’d had having hit up nearly all the parties I’d planned to; I really understood why people get so excited about Ibiza. There is nothing in the world to be compared with Ibiza's night life, the venues, the crowds, the sound systems, the quality of music, the vibe and excitement! Everything had been top notch! No bullshit stories, no drama, just mind blowing music sneaking to your ears every single day. As an Ibiza virgin I thought it couldn't get any better than that but … on Monday night I was proved wrong. An Amnesia sized 'slap' came out of nowhere to wake me up and take me to another dimension of musical experience! Even though a whole month has passed since that day…I can remember even the smallest detail because that day I was feeling 100% alive. Monday was my Ibiza highlight…
Photo Credit: White-Ibiza.com
The time was getting closer to become a Cocoonero and to pop my Amnesia cheery, excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt. Huge thanks to my beloved ‘Rebel Butterflies’ Alice and Clare who made the whole thing seem like a fairytale before it even started! Even though it was a last minute decision the girls did their magic and Jesus Sierra the press director of Amnesia happily agreed to show me around Amnesia … so you know what that means right? What happened at fabric and Fuse for my very first ‘My first time’, was about to happen at Amnesia for Cocoon. Could it get any better? I’d seen many pictures and videos but was curious to find out how Amnesia really looked, how it really sounded, how it really feels to be there I the middle of an epic party. And I was about to find out…the lineup: Sven Vath all night in the main room, with Ricardo Villalobos b2b [a:rpia:r] in the terrace. Too much.
Photo Credit: Katya Smolina
I was outside Amnesia with my mate Gary when Jesus came and picked us up from the entrance. Like the great host he was, Jesus took us inside the venue to show us around and from that moment my heart started beating like a drum! The first thing I saw as I passed the doors of the venue was the legendary terrace, which is considered to be one of the best dance floors on the globe! If that wasn't enough Ricardo was already spinning records with his Romanian mates [a:rpia:r] and the terrace was almost full of people! Having this mind blowing combination of Jockeys behind these specific decks was more than enough for me to feel like I was at a workshop and having a proper lesson of "how it should be done". When we talk about underground electronic music and what it represents, these guys really are at the very forefront of what they do and what we love!
Jesus continued to show me around the venue, giving me information about the history, the culture and everything Amnesia related! A few minutes where enough for me to understand that Amnesia was way more than just a club. There’s a private restaurant on the 1st floor with bars, where we could observe in detail what was happening on the dance floors and dj booths; that floor took the Amnesia experience on another dimension! My favourite spot, however, was the glass balcony just above Terrace's dj booth. From that balcony I had the best observation point with the jockeys, the turntables and the mixer, everything just a couple of meters under me. It was literally just a glass floor separating us, giving me a chance to really witness some masters at work…
It was about time to find out what was happening ‘behind the party’ so Jesus showed me the rest of the facilities of Amnesia (the ones that I couldn't access if Jesus wasn't there). One of these was his office, which was nothing less than what I expected. There was a proper studio in there with so much equipment and an awesome radio station with all the equipment needed to broadcast the parties in real time! It was my dream office! As we were having a really interesting conversation with Jesus about Amnesia's current season Alice and Clare from Rebel Butterly showed up. These two extremely beautiful girls conspired with MEOKO for ‘My First Time at Amnesia’ when I actually met them it felt like I knew them already! Now we were all together we had an amazing conversation about Ibiza, it's clubs, the life style, the crowd … everything that has made Ibiza what it is for so long. What Amnesia has been offering on this island and the industry since 1974 is without doubt one of the best experiences I had in my short stay.
After my outstanding tour of Amnesia it was time to leave Jesus to continue his work whilst Alice, Clare and I headed to the main room to witness Mr. Vath in action! Although it wasn't strictly allowed, the Cocooneros gave me 5 precious minutes to spend in the dj booth while Sven was playing! The feeling being next to the man himself, observing him interact with the crowd was one of a kind, priceless and unforgettable! You could see that the crowd had turned into a big mass of bodies, moving and breathing to Vath's techno sounds. After witnessing that magic connection Sven Vath and his crowd had, I was ready to head on the terrace and see what the other maestros were up to…
Photo Credit: Amnesia.es
Ricardo and [a:rpia:r] were delivering an exquisite set of deep minimalistic house and techno, an ecstatic b2b session if ever I saw one. I recognised so many dj's among the crowd…the Apollonia trio, DJ Sneak , Enzo Siragusa & Seb Zito from Fuse, Bella Sarris and Crocodile Soup were a few I saw and chatted to; sharing the same excitement with all these artists made me realise even more the greatness of Cocoon! The music coming through the massive sound system developed in such a way that I really couldn’t have asked for any more! But I was given more regardless, every single track was perfectly matched to the previous one and the result made me feel like I was listening to one track which constantly changed with new sounds coming from nowhere. That experience took me into a total sound trip where I lost the sense of time for good, and I was thrilled to realise it was 7am already! It had gotten bright on the terrace, like someone had turned the lights on, something that worried me because I was thinking the music was soon going to stop. When I saw the ceiling I noticed the enormous gaps which where especially made for the natural sunlight to invade the room. It was a real moment! I could see clearly every single person in the terrace from the dance floor to the first floor and what I could see was just incredible! The crowd was amazing and the terrace was still jam-packed; did I mention Amnesia is a 4000 capacity venue?? Amongst the chaos it felt like everything was in perfect harmony. The dedication of Cocoon's crowd is something every label or promoter could wish for, and the skill of these masters of music is something every crowd could wish to experience…a perfect balance.
Photo Credit: ibiza-spotlight.de
By now the terrace had loosened up as some of the crowd realised the time, Ricardo and the [a:rpia:r] guys however seemed intent on playing on. Alice had already gone and Clare … well I lost Clare as I lost my mate Gary, but that didn't worry meat all; I was sure they were enjoying the party wherever they were. All I was worried about was the music and the electric atmosphere, I wished it would have lasted forever! 4 hours of non-stop dancing felt like just one…I won’t ever forget that moment. That's what makes Amnesia unquestionably the best club on the island for me.
After half an hour or so it was time for the party to end, unfortunately nothing lasts forever. Heading to the exit was something I didn't want at all but there was no other choice. Cocoon's mentality is based on quotes like that "We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once" nothing more was left to be done! I want to thanks Jesus Sierra for being an amazing host and showing me around the whole of Amnesia, Alice and Clare for arranging that tour and of course my crazy MEOKO family for sending me into the wildest and craziest jungle of the summer!
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- Published on Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:34
ESHU is a small label from Nijmegen, Netherlands, run by a group of likely lads that share a passion for deep beats. The crew is composed of Jocelyn Abell, Daniël Lekatompessy, Roger Gerressen and Ivano Tetelepta. These two last names might ring a bell as they both been extremely active music wise, notably releasing some languid Techno on a thriving British label: Fear Of Flying.
For their 5th release, the ESHU team is bringing together a blend of artists, from Holland, but not only: as the EP unveils, it starts with an adventurous ambient introduction, freshly delivered from a Birmingham based producer, Anthony Felton, aka Aepiel who spoilt us last year with several releases including the intriguing LP Invisible Walls.
Passing this delicate section, you’ll be able to taste ESHU’s classic recipe: a slow Techno, halfway across Dub Techno, and some cold analogue Deep House sounds that seem to have become a Scandinavian prerogative (hello Kontra-Music!). The Israel based producer Akimonu goes first with Cadence One / Native A, a perfectly executed performance, incorporating smooth ambient textures to complex rhythms.
As the second half of the EP unrolls, time for delicacy is over: the beat gets harder and faster, the gentle pads have been replaced by a melodic void, and if you do hear a note, you’ll soon understand its only purpose is to jar you. It’s literally a come back to the very roots of Techno by Albert van Abbe and Counterpart, two Dutch artists, delivering one after another of unapologetic tracks with a nod to the violent and a taste for old underground beats.
With Elements EP, ESHU goes deeper in the ‘Nijmegen’ sound claimed, but they also leave the door open for a refined eclecticism, and will surely delight clubbers as well as the more discerning listener.
By Jonathan Cornacchia