When discussing the subject of the old Ibiza flame, you imagine an island defined by its antiquated hippie mentality, making it a safe haven for meticulous objectors and distressed negligible descendants.
You think of the aspects that mattered the most on the White Isle – the music, the energy and dancing until the early hours in the morning. You picture people venturing out at night to forget about and temporarily escape their problems in exchange for indulging in the unknown far away from blueprint routine. This was exactly how Amnesia became Ibiza’s most authentic discotheque around.
A tough pill to swallow for many Ibiza regulars, Cocoon’s departure and the island’s leanings towards a more commercialised caricature meant change was once again in the air. Embracing the need for change, the iconic San Rafael venue introduced the party capital to Pyramid, its new in-house addition primarily focused on returning to the island’s original party vibes.
Tasked with an arduous void to fill, Pyramid’s inaugural Ibiza residency hasn’t always been a straight-forward ride. Just like many brand new concepts first season here, much of 2018 has been trial and error for Pyramid. Despite this, it’s impressive plethora of techno heavyweights, including the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Maceo Plex and Charlotte de Witte, has unquestionably fuelled its awakening desire to dance.
This attitude has remained consistent throughout Pyramid’s debut year and was reflected within the buoyant atmosphere that was evolving within Amnesia’s walls. Rolling up at 2am, a snake-long queue to enter was overspilling into the car park, but with good reason… the Club Room was literally buzzing. Following her notable outing last month, Helena Hauff’s Amnesia return was one that came accompanied with heavy anticipation.
Bringing a wealth of acid house energy and industrial harshness straight from the docks of Hamburg, Helena’s ascension to the controls was welcomed with open arms. Pragmatic and composed in her approach, the German assassin’s accurately unleashed one techno bomb after the next. Advancing through the gears, she indulged the crowd with the likes of ‘Qualm’ and ‘Fag Butts in The Fire Bucket’ giving them a real insight into her new album on Ninja Tunes.
Meanwhile, over in the Terrace, dance floor movements appeared to be business as usual. Two alluring dancers were engrossed a graceful, expressive dance within the frame of a tipi on the podium surrounded by dazzling laser beams. New arrivals struggled to manoeuvre through an ocean of chaotic fist-pumps. Much of this rowdiness however, was caused by the more subtle and linear bursts of minimal supplied by Raresh.
If you are a Raresh loyalist, the odds are that your preference lies with seeing him play within a club environment, the Terrace being the pinnacle. Naturally inclined to experimenting with a range of filters, fader tricks and infrequent big breakdowns, the Romanian native had the Terrace heaving from wall-to-wall. Defined by charming simplicity, Raresh proved enchanting with his track selections, but equally frustrating at the same time, after all, safeguarding track ID’s is the norm for Romanians.
Next up taking over the Terrace spotlight was Amnesia favourite, Ricardo Villalobos. Renowned for being one of the most intriguing characters on the scene, his set mirrored this to a tee. Constantly striving to better himself, the Chilean tastemaker continued the tone set by Raresh before him: playing music that everybody loves, but music that nobody knows. A vibrant fusion of gritty, percussion-led bangers along with his exotic South American flair provided an appeal that resonated with all.
Elsewhere, трип boss Nina Kraviz was dictating the closing scenes within the Main Room. Greeted by an overwhelming presence of cameras and flashing lights, the Siberian was in scintillating form once again. Finely furnished with her emotionally-charged, fearless take on techno, Nina remained as obstinate as ever with such inclusions as her Alice Was Here Remix of Special Request’s ‘Curtain Twitcher’ and Surgeon’s 1997 Tresor number, ‘Return’, as she continued to steer the Club Room into a deeper understanding of dance music’s heritage.
Mysterious and mystic, Nina’s performance evolved into an intense, primal exercise rejecting all distinctive structures. Articulate and confident in her body language, she remains unfazed by expectations keeping things fast-paced throughout with her relentless rework of Mount Kimbie’s ‘Blue Train Lines’.
Setting out arguably its most serious marker to date, Pyramid’s superlative balance of uncompromising, idiosyncratic techno alongside the deeper, dubbier strains of the groove-driven minimal realm ensured Amnesia’s newest fixture was showing its true potential.
Photo Credit By: Alberto Acocer