Having laid down the Techno gauntlet at the iconic clubbing structure of Amnesia Ibiza for the past three seasons, HYTE has now well and truly established itself as one of the leading underground concepts the island has to offer.
That, paired with the success of its collaborative efforts with London-born Sunday morning after-hours party, FUSE, has made Wednesday nights in San Rafael simply bucket list material for any dance music enthusiast visiting the Balearic Islands in 2017.
Having got blitzed with FUSE on New Year’s Day over at Mangle E8, it only seemed fitting to start our night off with Enzo and his crew for their third of four exclusive Amnesia Ibiza Main Room showcases.
Upon entry to the more intimate, darker surroundings of the Club Room, we wasted little time in getting involved with the driving techy-basslines and minimal blends being supplied by each individual FUSE artist. First to step up to the plate was VBX resident, Ferro.
Coming equipped with a sound caked in a vintage dust, almost as if it’s experienced a hibernating maturity, Ferro reeled in early arrivals with his organic, warm and inviting percussions. Based in Amsterdam, Ferro displayed pure enthusiasm and unquestionable devotion to those stood before him. Heavily inspired by spiritual experiences and meditation, the opening performance from Ferro was nothing short of bliss.
Taking charge of deck duty following the Shelter regular was none other than FUSE head-honcho, Enzo Siragusa. Mastermind behind this now worldwide operation, Enzo followed suit with an effortless demonstration of drive and determination.
Armed with a very expensive vinyl record collection, the Londoner illustrated his healthy music obsession by working in his latest collaboration with Seb Zito on Rawax, ‘Shades of Riddm’. Precise in his approach and meticulous in terms of attention to detail, Enzo exercised heavy bass licks and crisp percussion as he worked his way through tonnes of new, unreleased material.
Switching things up, we headed over to the more extended offerings of the Terrace for our first taste of HYTE this season. In a move which has now become tradition on Wednesday nights at Amnesia Ibiza, HYTE had moved the location of the decks to the opposite end of the Terrace near the entrance. Therefore, as we walked into the room, we immediately felt the insane, piercing Techno vibrations on display.
Recognised as the driving force behind CLR and Spinclub Recordings, German veteran Chris Liebing was on hand commanding the dance floor to devastating effect. Both relentless and captivating behind the decks, this Techno heavyweight unleashed super-sized, turbo-charged techno-rollers, such as his remix of AD/D’s ‘Method’, providing revellers with a huge contrast as to what was occurring over in the Main Room.
Closing out Terrace proceedings in immense style were Second State generals, Pan-Pot. Creating scenes of almost cinematic scintillation, Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix were in control from the offset. Complimented throughout by a seizure-inducing laser display, Pan-Pot illustrated exactly why they are at the top of their very game, both sonically and conceptually, as they delivered an uncompromised, timeless take on Techno.
By working in a perfect balance of heavy, peak-time club stormers alongside deeper, more intricate atmospherics, Pan-Pot delighted those still remaining on the dance floor with the likes of ‘Substance’ by DJ Skull and The Movers’ ‘Waves of Live’. Unconstrained by any boundaries, this German duo functioned through their own idiosyncratic language as they emotionally touched the writhing crowds of the Terrace.
Finishing the night off an a high, we concluded our latest Amnesia Ibiza escapade over in the Club Room by catching some back-to-back brilliance courtesy of FUSE mainstays, Archie Hamilton and Rossko. Both avid record collectors and dedicated to the dance floor, Archie and Rossko are two of the most sought-after crate diggers the London scene has had to offer in recent memory.
Equipped with taste-making ears for sheer quality, this exciting combination offered the dance floor a wealth of in-depth knowledge and an original FUSE sound fusing together elements of cutting-edge House and Techno with forgotten gems of the past. Finely furnished with rolling bass lines, slick percussion and skippy hats, Archie Hamilton’s ‘Something Else’ united the Main Room as one.
Following a truly enjoyable night of Techno lashings and punchy bass lines, it was safe to say that the HYTE x FUSE combo delivered the goods once again. One more reason why everyone should look forward to their king-size collaborations at ADE next month…
Photo Credit By: Pablo Bustos