There are all kinds of exciting things blossoming down in Playa d’en Bossa this season. As always, booming house music can be heard erupting from all over the bay, but it’s no longer the iconic electro house of Bora Bora ruling the show in this up-and-coming neck of the woods. 2012 marks a year of evolution for the Balearic beat, no longer confined by strict genres and stereotypes, the Ibiza music scene is transforming to appeal to a much wider audience, broadening it’s horizons and breaking away from it’s traditional electro house and super club routes to make way for a fresher soundtrack to the island.
The path to revitalise the island’s soundtrack is slowly being revealed and Sankeys is leading the way. With this season’s line up embracing a deep and slightly darker tempo than usual for the White Isle, Diynamic Tuesdays at Sankeys is the main kick and driving force behind the deep house movement, which is steadily taking the island by storm.
Since its opening last year, Sankeys has been home to some serious names in the underground music scene, introducing the island to sub genres of it’s own famous house, inviting our ears to impressive goose bump worthy beats that are an entirely new experience for some. You wouldn’t initially expect this from the discreet venue, tucked away at the back of town, away from the usual hub of action where partygoers neck shots and cocktails in the endless rows of bars. As an Ibizan institution, It’s certainly no super club in terms of size, but here it’s not about electrifying light displays, scantily clad go-go girls, crowds of thousands of people, most of whom are so overwhelmed by the vastness of the whole experience they won’t even know who’s playing, or even where the DJ is. This isn’t the case at Sankeys, which embodies a totally different vibe. At Sankeys it’s all about the music. People will come from far and wide this season to catch their favourite deep house masters in action. Walking down the stairs into the main (and only) room feels more like stepping into a very well equipped house party. In the midst of the minimalist intimate environment, everyone was magnetically drawn to the deep sounds bubbling from the DJ booth where Uner and Dj Phono set the bar high and the tone deep for the evening to come.
So Sankeys might be small and cosy, but there’s little room for complaints in terms of the venue serving its purpose. The main LED light display behind the DJ booth smoothly alternated between the DJ names and hypnotic kaleidoscope patterns. There was a token smoke machine which always adds a nice touch to the dancing vibe, but with the rumblings of the incredible sound system bouncing off every available surface, there wasn’t the need for extra visual stimulants. The minimalism of the environment only exaggerated the sound and experience of the music, in a good way. The booth was rammed throughout the evening, again giving everything the feel of a private house party. The DJs and their entourage were all clearly having a good time as well as making sure everything ran smoothly. Needles to say it did. Squeezing your way to the front, you could feel the bass thundering through your feet and up your whole body, literally shaking your bones. Even for deep house newsies, the sudden urge to dance was irresistible.
Dynamic, Solomun’s highly successful house label collaborated with Sankeys for summer 2012 after Solomun played at their opening and closing parties in it’s first season last year. Together they are setting out on a mission as the ultimate fusion of label and venue, with the shared aim of merging these two brands together to freshen up the Ibiza music scene by taking it underground. Hamburg’s house star David August has also jumped on board as a resident, and at the fresh age of 21, the addition of this youthful bundle of energy to the team can only mean good things. The turn out last night is living proof that Sankeys Diynamic neon Tuesday’s is well on the way to fulfilling it’s vision.
The neon aspect of the night remained a mystery to those who hadn’t done their deep house homework until Solomun came on, his face suitably covered with neon war paint, illuminated with the help of some UVB lights. This mesmerising yet creepily fascinating neon grin was our host for the next few hours. By this time Sankeys staff were sweeping through the crowd with neon face paints to get everyone involved in the party. Fluorescent yellow pillow cases across Ibiza will have lead to some confusion in the morning, but undoubtedly a sign of a good night. Solomun sped up the pace by adding some funky twists to his mix, keeping the hardcore fans on their toes and the general public hooked. He tidily merged some familiar and unheard-of beats, yet still keeping everything smooth as he directed his set though various twists and melancholic turns.
When David August’s name illuminated the LED screen, there were some very excited faces in the house. There’s something truly fascinating about witnessing someone as young as David August reveal exceptional talent that the majority of their contemporaries could only ever dream of. Although he looks kind of tiny behind the booth, he sure can make a lot of noise. His energy is just non-stop and his speed relentless, the crowd mirroring his enthusiasm, only pausing occasionally to crack their necks to relieve any dancing injuries. August knows how to spice things up, and added plenty of flavour to his set to avoid things getting repetitive (it can be an issue with deep house), leaving everyone hungry for more.
The masses of Air Max trainers and flat caps suggested a predominantly English crowd, but many had come a long way to get a glimpse of their idols Solomun and August in action. Some even admitted that this was their second visit to Diynamic neon, and that they won’t be looking much further for their deep fixes on the island this season. It’s very easy to get hooked. Once you’ve experienced deep house in the flesh, it’s difficult to keep away from the lure of the deep. Sankeys isn’t the only one aboard this journey of exploration to fulfil our musical needs. Paradise at DC10 hosted by Jamie Jones and his Hot Creations crew every Thursday shares a similar tone, widening the scope even further for underground music fans. Solomun and David August will be accompanied by some very impressive acts this season, with regular guests Kollektiv Turmstrasse, H.o.s.h and Stimming as well as introducing us to some fresh new talent. Given the success of it’s first two weeks, Diynamic Tuesday’s can only continue to grow, with the White Isle’s music scene growing and changing alongside it, asserting once again that there really is something for everyone to love in Ibiza.
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