Even the nights themselves would agree that Fuse and Next Wave are not the biggest promotions in Ibiza, but this Tuesday evening it certainly seemed so. Taking over Sankeys, already a club that has proven itself to be one of the biggest hitters in 2014, the two truly underground promotions hooked up to bring a decidedly minimal night of techno to the club.
Headlining are Raresh and none other than DJ superstar Ricardo Villalobos, but as we rock up to the club new Fuse resident Julian Perez is on. The club itself has also had a few touch ups through winter. Already the place claims to have the loudest soundsystem on the island, and an array of mesmerising LED lights and stark strobes sure do make for a no nonsense atmosphere across both rooms. The minimal design also adds to that and this year there is also hazard tape all round the place in a nice nod to the Hacienda, which was the early bar setter on the Manchester scene that eventually gave rise to Sankeys.
Back to Perez, who has released a fair few deliciously deep, dubby and dancey tech house 12”s in recent months. His set is similarly stripped back to bare essentials and it warms the crowd through perfectly. They are a fine mix of girls and boys, mainly from the UK but also with a healthy spread of other Europeans and even those from further afield all dancing together as one to Perez’s beats.
After him and in the Lab comes Raresh, still one of the most revered DJs and producers to have come out of the fertile Romanian scene. His set is a truly complex warren of intricate rhythms, feathery light percussive shimmies and hypnotic drums that enthral and captivate audiences from start to finish.
Be the time Villalobos comes on the place is packed, the lights have been cut to a minimum and the mood is ripe for minimal. That’s what Ricardo serves up, always with plenty of bodily emphasis on his every mix, filter sweep and bass kill. The tunes range from typically unknown and erudite selections to more recognisable techno fair from the likes of Floorplan, and along the way there are more than a few curveballs.
All in all then, tonight was another fine night at Sankeys and one that proves its not only the likes of Pacha and Amnesia who can do sell out parties in great style.
Words: David Goodchild