With the sun about to set once and for all on another unforgettable summer on the White Isle, it’s pretty safe to say that arguably the biggest impact on Balearic nightlife was made the world’s largest super-club, Privilege Ibiza.
Fearlessly flying the flag for the iconic charm that once defined the original spirit of the island to its core, a rejuvenated Privilege Ibiza has continued to break down existing boundaries and exceed all expectations once again.
By boasting such summer inclusions as hosting Carl Cox’s only two residency nights and being the exclusive residency home of Sasha and John Digweed, it’s no secret to anyone that the San Rafael venue has been making titanic splashes in Balearic waters this year. Another credit to its paramount success in 2017 has been the brand new weekly Thursday night addition of Afterlife.
Coming complete with rebellious Techno vibrations and enviable sunrise sessions, Afterlife is a dark and mysterious entity defined by illustrious soundscapes and relentless rhythms coming to you courtesy of Italian giants, Tale Of Us.
Following an impeccable debut season at Privilege Ibiza, Afterlife treated the dance nation to a 12 hour musical marathon delivered by an unparalleled line-up of prodigious top-tier Techno talent. Featuring such names as Solomun, Dixon, Nina Kraviz, Recondite and more, this was one trip through the realm of consciousness Tale Of Us made certain of that you would never forget.
Very distinct in his style and approach, Dystopian mastermind, Rodhad, was first up in the Hall to manipulate reveller’s minds with his deep, powerful and melancholic selections. Delivering a dance floor resurgence of impressive qualities, he ignited the crowd with such inclusions as his latest collaboration with FJAAK titled ‘Offline’ and the heavy-hitting, dark take from his forthcoming LP, ‘Anxious’, called ‘Escape’. Never one to disappoint, Rodhad found the perfect balance of timeless Techno lifting the Main Room atmosphere higher and higher.
Switching things up, we ventured off into the more intimate surroundings of the Vista Club for a slice of Innervisions co-chief, Dixon. Real name Steffen Berkhahn, this RA favourite infiltrated a three-hour phenomenon of unreleased wonders which was complimented further by his technical versatility, attitude and stamina.
Intent on breathing fresh life into closing party season, Dixon provided an emphasis on rigorous selection, attention to detail and enduring quality. Maintaining the importance of authentic deliverance throughout, the flawless German struck the right balance between educating and entertaining those present. A personal highlight for us came when he inserted the heavy piano sounds of ‘Blood Flow’ by Groundbrothers.
With seizure-inducing laser shows filling the walls of the biggest clubbing structure on the planet and streams of revellers flooding into the Hall, we caught the second-half of Berg-raised Producer, Recondite. Berlin-based, this Bavarian-inspired individual rained down a wealth of his own studio productions fuelling a performance complete with rich but ambiguous melodies.
Jockeying our way through a jam-packed Hall, we then situated ourselves at the very front for what would transpire into a near-five hour fast and noisy electronic storm straight from the oven courtesy of трип temptress, Nina Kraviz.
Taking charge of the controls for the very first time in the Privilege Ibiza Main Room, Nina started her second Afterlife episode of the summer with some very fast, upbeat electro illustrating her outstanding taste in idiosyncratic sounds before progressing into more minimalistic, heavier Techno transitions.
Recognised for her uncompromising, energetic sets and her sincere connection with the audience, the spectacular Siberian delivered an astounding range of sounds delivered with that unmistakable Kraviz twist. Creating emotionally charged feelings throughout, Nina concluded her extended performance at around 11am by revisiting her Disco favourites with ‘Go BANG!!!’ by Arthur Russell – an opportunity for the final remaining ravers united as one for the final time at Privilege Ibiza this season.
Prior to this, Diynamic diamond Solomun was providing a more melodic outlook on dance floor proceedings over in the Vista Club. Finely furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows, the very best views of Dalt Vila and a sunrise of trance-inducing amplitude captivating the early morning Afterlife faithful like never before.
With an extended noon closing time granted for the grand closing, Solomun took the dance nation on a mesmerising journey defined by vigour and emotion. Igniting Ibiza scenes of old, the Bosnian-born connoisseur worked his way through such tracks as Rex The Dog’s Remix of ‘Proximo Berlin’ by Mijo and his own popular take on ‘The Age Of Love’ by Age Of Love.
As the Balearic Sun gleamed brightly through the windows of the Vista Club, the floor remained filled to the brim as Tale Of Us ascended to the decks alongside Solomun for the second time on the night. This enchanting combination produced another extraordinary closing party moment as they worked in Karmon’s Remix of ‘Last Call’ by Alex Kennon.
Breaking even more poetic and emotional boundaries, Afterlife residents Tale Of Us brought further revery and awe on multiple levels within the Vista Club soaking up a rare midday musically energised dance floor atmosphere with countless lush rhythms. They eventually brought their Afterlife residency to a close with their trademark record of choice – their very own edit of Hans Zimmer’s ‘Time’.
Unquestionably a closing date that will go down in the Ibiza history books, the Afterlife x Privilege Closing Party firmly put the world’s biggest club back on top.
Photo Credit By: Alex Caballero