We’ve been to our fair share of parties during our time on the White Isle. Many have been unforgettable, some pretty average whilst others, to put it bluntly, have been quite crap. The real secret to success for any Ibiza concept it being able to tell a gripping story. Not many come as enticingly beautiful as SAGA at Heart.
Hosted by Brooklyn-based duo, Bedouin, this sensory audio-visual concept was first introduced to the party capital last summer. Influential representatives of the desert sound movement, this infectious platform was a stand-out night on a hugely oversaturated Ibiza calendar.
Whilst it remains underexposed to many, SAGA provided Ibiza fanatics with a real insight into what clubbers have learnt to love and cherish at such festivals at Burning Man and Further Future. Spellbinding, authentic and innovative, it has since evolved into one of the island’s most dynamic musical experiences about today.
Picking up where they left off last year, 2018 has been quite the roller-coaster ride for the Bedouin boys in relation to their avant-garde residency. Keeping a firm focus on precise programming and unfolding energy levels, they have maintained an intricate connection with their audience with a wealth of illustrious bookings including the likes of Black Coffee, DJ Koze and Lee Burridge just to name a few.
This week however, it was the turn of Jamie Jones. World renowned DJ and producer, Hot Creations label chief, founder and curator of the globally popular Paradise and one of Ibiza’s most in-demand names, Jamie’s acclaimed list of accolades goes on and on. No wonder the queue on Sunday was snaking around the corner of Heart until as late as 4am!
Once inside, the scramble for the best spot on the dance floor was underway. Jam-packed with mature hedonists looking to channel their sensory appetites, the guidance of this alluring Balearic chamber provided them with a creative reality unlike any other.
A pleasure dome for fun and free-spiritedness, this thriving spot in Ibiza Town was alive and kicking from the very get-go. Fresh off the back of another surreal edition of Burning Man, Jamie’s arrival at Heart couldn’t have proven more timely. A pioneer of the more warmer, melodic side to techno, the DC10 favourite pushed the boundaries with an enticing fusion of his trademark upbeat, tropical grooves along with plenty of free-flowing tribal beats.
A genial gatekeeper of all things underground, Jamie unleashed a wave of wonderfully weird dance-floor ready rhythms much to the delight of those stood before him. A personal highlight for us came in the form of his latest release with David Berrie, ‘Future Society’ – an encore of thumping drum pads which unites a growling baseline with impeccable high hats and ingenious synths.
Taking over the controls from the Paradise boss were SAGA hosts, Bedouin. Individually comprised of nomads Rami Abousabe and Tamer Malki, Bedouin provided the crowd with an idiosyncratic spell of melodies and genre-bending rhythms giving them an insight into their eclectic, sonic vision.
Pulling a range of diverse influences from their Middle Eastern heritage and Western upbringing, the duo’s musical and artistic taste scaled through the likes of their recent remixes of ‘Feedback Loop’ by Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons as well as CANU, NU & Alejandro Costelli’s ‘Mariposa’.
Bedouin were in fine form as they worked in their melancholic number, ‘Straight To The Heart’. Hypnotic and haunting, this replicated feels of an intimate gathering in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, despite not being able to make this year’s burner.
All in all, under Bedouin and Heart’s creative direction, SAGA offers Sundays in Ibiza a delicate, emotive musical odyssey which has been welcomed with open hearts and open minds making it one of the island’s most romancing adventures in recent memory.
Photo Credit By: Kasero Photography