Introduced as the fresh incarnation of Thursday nights at the island’s newest clubbing mecca of Hï Ibiza, In The Dark arrived at this state-of-the-art venue with the core objective of continuing the island’s legacy as the party capital of the world.
Forging the beginning of a new White Isle discovery, In The Dark steps up to the dance nation plate courtesy of The Night League delving into the underground realms of both House and Techno.
Featuring five of dance music’s leading underground personalities, In The Dark’s residency roster has united together some of the industry’s most respected names including Joris Voorn, Kolsch, Luciano, Nic Fanciulli and Steve Lawler.
Taking a week out from their regular dose of underground sonic soundwaves, In The Dark gifted Ibiza fanatics with a one-off special of all-night-long excellence, 100% JC, from Italian extraordinaire, Joseph Capriati, and a trio of French finesse, Apollonia.
On a night which saw the most advanced visual and sound technologies utilised to create a truly evolutionary nightclub experience, the eighth edition of In The Dark was an essential for any dance music enthusiast.
Beginning proceedings over in the darker depths of the Club, we started the night off with the combustible trio of Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky. Identified as three of France’s hottest underground exports, Apollonia created a very immersive and feel-good connection with the crowd from the offset as they worked in ‘Ascending’ by Christian Gerlach. Such a selection took revellers on a deep and hypnotic journey with focus placed upon a twisted dubbed chord.
Coming finely furnished with a lower ceiling and a more compact feel, the multi-directional sound systems of the Club played to Apollonia’s advantage as they felt right at home educating those stood before them with a history lesson in House and Techno through their warm, sexy and groovy rolling beats.
Switching up our surroundings, we ventured into the visual mayhem created over in the Theatre (formerly known as the Discoteca) with Naples native, Joseph Capriati. Aesthetically-pleasing in every way, shape and form, the Theatre formulated an atmosphere of remarkable proportions as Capriati delivered his slick brand of emotive Techno with precision, flair and infectious energy.
Equipped with limitless kinetic lights and constantly morphing screens hanging from the ceiling, the Theatre provided the foundations for a Capriati masterpiece as he blared out Mat.Joe’s ‘When You Hear That Sound’ – an eclectic peak-time offering taking many of us back to our favourite Ibiza moments.
Ascending his way through the gears, the REDIMENSIONS chief then worked in Alvaro Am’s ‘Dominator Bell’. This powerful inclusion showcased the Italian’s tendency for infectious low-end bass as he continued to explore the more introspective and delicate corners of Techno.
Overwhelmed with mind-blowing options in both rooms, we returned to the more intimate environment of the Club to groove along some more with Apollonia. Exercising their eyes and taste of high quality music, the Music On regulars took the atmosphere within the room to the next level as they worked in Brett Johnson’s ‘You + Me = We’.
Proving to be flawless on all accounts, this exceptional trifecta of French heavyweights had all fists pumping and all hips swinging for the remainder of the night’s duration.
Closing out our inaugural In The Dark experience on a high, we made our way back over to the Theatre for a second serving of one of Italy’s finest. Having been taken to the paradise portal and back when hearing this on previous occasions at Kappa Futur and Pure Carl Cox, Capriati ignited his loyal fanbase once again with Andrea Oliva’s Remix of Thick Dick’s 2001 classic, ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ – another warming moment beneficiary to the next generation of House heads.
Sketching out the ultimate illustration of exactly why he is one of the most in-demand commodities the party capital has to offer today, the closing of Capriati’s set was greeted by a seemingly never-ending shower of applause and cheers from a crowd stood in complete appreciation.
On a night where Ibiza’s newest clubbing acquisition was still in the midst of writing it’s opening chapter, the latest paragraph of In The Dark underlined exactly why Hï Ibiza will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Photo Credit By: Hï Ibiza