Personifying the perfect definition of the typical atmosphere one receives at DC10 Ibiza down to a tee, Circoloco is one of the most iconic and popular clubbing experiences the international circuit has to offer. Fronted by an ethos for sharing a deep passion for underground hedonism, Circoloco is considered the only place acceptable to lose yourself in the music on Monday nights.
Famous for its exclusivity, strong beliefs in social equality and its dedication to providing the very best in unconfined high quality sounds of the underground electronic music scene, DC10 Ibiza accommodates Circoloco’s incantation exquisitely. Ever since their humble starts to Balearic life back in 1999, both have remained consistent in their Monday night principles – underground intimacy in its purist form minus any extra flounce.
With Circoloco making a milestone toast devoting its summer to a year which sees the brand “Coming Of Age”, the long-awaited date had finally arrived to celebrate this titanic techno fiesta’s 18th anniversary and help fist-pump it firmly into its first dancing steps of becoming an adult.
In tradition Circoloco style, line-ups weren’t revealed until just days before gates opened and in traditional Circoloco style, they delivered once again. With surprise bookings such as Disclosure in recent weeks, we didn’t quite know what to expect but when all was revealed, DC10 Ibiza had opted to stay true to its most regular selectors which, considering it was their 18th birthday, only seemed fitting.
Making our way through a crowded Garden, we entered arguably the most clustered yet most musically rewarding room on the White Isle – the Terrace. First up was Durban-born Black Coffee as he invited us through the remaining half-an-hour of his dynamic and exciting lens. Reserved and studiously academic in his mannerisms yet inventive and imaginative on the turnstiles, the 2015 DJ Awards Breakthrough DJ of the year re-interpreted inconceivable musical possibilities. Adapting and arranging various works, he designed new leashes of life at every given opportunity.
Taking over the Terrace controls from the South African saint was none other than Innervisions boss, Dixon. Having witnessed his limitless capabilities at the likes of Time Warp and Awakenings already this summer, my expectations for this Berlin favourite were pretty high. Sparking a combustible atmosphere taking techno fanatics on a journey, Dixon started off low and slow gradually unfolding the flow before working towards an eventual peak. With such timeless, mind-blowing inclusions as his remix of Todd Terje’s “Snooze 4 Love”, the German was breathtaking throughout.
In search of a change of scenery, we decided to embrace the back-to-back beauty of Ellen Allien and Steve Rachmad. Having never witnessed either in action before, I was quite keen to see what both had to offer. B-Pitch Control chief, Ellen Allien, proved her persistence by entering new aural worlds, which, combined with the rousing strings and powerful grooves of Netherlands native, Steve Rachmad, confirmed the tasteful synergy between the two. I was particularly impressed with their gradual exploration into Rachmad’s very own production, “Sabre Song”.
Back over in the beloved Terrace, DC10 Ibiza enthusiasts flooded through the entrances filling it to the brim. Following a constant struggle to get to the front, we eventually got down and dirty with the best of them – after all, it was The Martinez Brothers and Dyed Soundorom going back-to-back.
Born in the Bronx, Chris and Steve Martinez proved their headline label worthiness with immediate impact as their awe-inspiring energy combined with one-third of the Apollonia cake’s deep and groovy approach ensured the atmosphere reached at an all-time peak for the night.
With beats characterised by a quizzical, psychedelic feel further complimented by stretching loops, The Martinez Brothers along with French wizard, Dyed Soundorom, demonstrated their power and control over the stature of the dance floor with such doses of musical intoxication as Einzelkind’s remix of Bartolomeo’s “L’Azdora” and “Wormhole” by wAFF. In fact, the synergy between the two acts was flourishing that much, even former number one DJ in the world for two years in a row, Hardwell, opted to show his face in the DC10 Ibiza Terrace much to the surprise of everyone in attendance. They then sent the Circoloco massive into tech house overdrive by featuring The Martinez Brothers summer hit collaboration with Miss Kittin, “Stuff In The Trunk”.
As the music eventually concluded, relentless beats were replaced by a standing ovation and continued applause – Happy 18th anniversary Circoloco and may there be many more.
Photo Credit By: Tasya Menaker