Gargantuan is terms of name value and extraordinary in terms of atmosphere, The Final Chapter of Carl Cox’s residency at Space Ibiza had undoubtedly exceeded all expectations thus far. Expectations were very high as well, after all, it was the final year of Carl Cox’s residency and Space Ibiza was closing its famous gates once and for all after almost three decades of clubbing dominance.
When scanning through 15 weeks of diverse underground dance music billings consisting of heavyweight names, rising stars and legends of the game, decision making on what dates to attend have never been easy this year, especially with the likes of Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz and Fatboy Slim yet to appear. However, a line-up that included Italian favourite, Joseph Capriati, was one that simply couldn’t be resisted.
With the summer gradually approaching its peak, the world’s most famous clubbing fortress was getting busier and busier every single week, especially with it being Coxy’s final residential season at Space Ibiza and week number six was no exception.
From top to bottom, the artists advertised for the Discoteca were of an elite degree with few coming more top draw than Danish native, Rune Reilly Kolsch. Globally recognised as just Kolsch, he set the tone for the evening’s proceedings perfectly by leading us on a melodic, emotion-induced curse. Half-Irish and Half-German, the journey in which Kolsch took the crowd on was both vibrant and picturesque.
Continuing to explore the musical spectrum in its entirety, Rune accelerated through the gears in the Discoteca as he worked in the dreamy and craft acidic house collaboration from Tinman, Jozef K & Winter Son titled “Fates Unknown”. Engulfing the clubbing nation in a bubble of hypnotism, Kolsch engaged in a symphony of sound unique to that of any other in the techno portal. Elegant, emotive and beat-laden in percussion, this ANTS favourite remained mesmerising until the very conclusion of his set as he captured the imagination of the dance floor with his remix of “Back” by Harry Romero featuring Robert Owens.
In amongst all of the above occurring, we had found time to venture into the Covered Terrace to check out Liverpool’s lass of the moment, Lauren Lo Sung. Defined by her minimal dub techno sound, the very face of LOLiFE displayed flair and determination for her Space Ibiza debut performance. Scaling the dance floor with her solid bass-lines and smooth harmonic snatches, Lauren delivered her sound in the most impeccable way possible. With the inclusion of the intertwinement of Chicago and Detroit house intricacies complimented by warm textures and complex layers of sound, her grooves and breaks enlightened the Terrace emotionally as well as physically.
Back on over in the Discoteca, one of the most principle names in all of techno music was leading the charge having taken over the reins from opening act, Kolsch. The Caserta-born Italian extraordinaire that is Joseph Capriati began his set with a BPM of no faster than 122. Minimal yet igniting, Capriati ensured his sound connected with the soul and the people of the White Isle as Eder Alvarez’s “Lost In Time” blared out of the Main Room speakers accompanied by unrivalled vibrations.
Inspired, energized and settling into a positive rhythm, Capriati showcased his passion and conviction immensely – which also rubbed off on a jam-packed Discoteca too. Versatile and insightful behind decks, this Italian weapon ushered in his remix of “Terra” by Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann before channelling in the Rafa Barrios remix of Arkose George Vala’s “Puttanesca”.
Complimented by a seizure-inducing light display and a crowd applauding in appreciation, the atmosphere was tailored perfectly by Capriati for the arrival of Space Ibiza’s favourite residential son. “Oh yes! Oh yes!” The King of Ibiza was finally here and the scramble to capture a video of Carl Cox taking to the decks became arguably one of the most difficult tasks of the night. With arms and cameras aloft and electricity flowing through the vein of every single reveller present in the Discoteca at that time, this dance music pioneer arrived with a ticking techno explosion and an encore of ice cannons, much to the delight of the dance floor.
With only nine dates remaining on his residential Ibiza calendar following tonight, Carl Cox made the most of every second with the crowd available to him as he ascended the atmosphere to new heights with such insertions in his set as Deetron’s “Photon” and “Delirious” by Mark Fanciulli.
Capturing the minds and souls of every single body in sight, the Intec Digital co-head-honcho opened up the heavens from above unleashing a revelation of techno wizardry throughout with the latter stages of his set including popular tracks like the Desos remix of “Groove With It” by Steve Froggatt and Thomas Angstrom’s “Detoned”.
Departing the legendary Space Ibiza just prior to 6am, we parted ways with this champion of techno feeling exhilarated, educated and most importantly, entranced in the sounds produced at his very fingertips. In conclusion, the moral of the story we are trying to get across to you is you must experience a Carl Cox night at Space Ibiza before the end of his residency in September, after all, there are only nine Tuesdays left.
Photo Credit By: Nel/G Photography