It’s the last day in September and closing party season is in full swing. Despite this however, there is only one place to be on a Sunday in Ibiza… Solomun +1.
Pulling up outside the cherries’ club just shy of 1am, I overhear a smoker flapping about impatiently in the queue outside. “Three months, I’ve waited for this…” she screams. “It’s their only Ibiza show of the summer… get me inside now!” Of course, she was eagerly referring to the boys from the blog, Bicep.
Ever since the long awaited drop of their self-titled debut album late last year, the name ‘Bicep’ has been on the cusp of the lips of just about everyone. An opportunity to be taken on a journey of ethereal proportions can sometimes be difficult find these days. However, a USB stick owned by Bicep is something to treasure. Then when you throw Solomun into the mix, on paper, you have a match made in heaven.
Nearing the end of its sixth successive summer in the party capital, Sundays with Solomun are rarely short of spectacular. 2018 alone has seen the king of melodic joined in the booth by a wealth of dance music’s elite including Sven Vath, The Black Madonna, and most recently, Tale Of Us. Clear to see, all of Solomun’s guests are headliners in their own right and are given equal time to blossom in the booth, often with the night ending with a special back-to-back.
Walking through the prestigious doors of Pacha, the new look island’s oldest venue seems no different. Beyond its doors, a warmer, more inviting feel to the club is present with the permanent switch of the DJ booth to the centre of the club between VIP and a more extensive dance floor. However, if you’ve been Solomun +1 before, this will be something you’ll be all too familiar with already.
Getting revellers into the groove from the get-go, Belfast duo Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar are in exceptional form. Warming up to an increasingly busy dance floor, Bicep indulge the audience with frequent switches between breakbeat, ambient, Italo, trance and techno. Flexing their distinct, beefy, muscular sounds throughout, the connection between the Northern Irish pair was almost telepathic, unleashing weird oddities, one after another.
Taking over the controls next was Diynamic’s main man himself, Solomun. Sparking an overwhelming presence of smart phones and flashing lights, his highly anticipated arrival doesn’t disappoint. A flick of the hips and a casual raise of an arm, the Bosnian-born German is unperturbed in his approach. Complete with groove and precision, the Pacha favourite moves from deep house to melodic to pulsating techno taking the atmosphere on the night to even dizzier heights.
Much to the delight of the dance nation, Bicep return to the booth. Despite high expectations, its a slow beginning for this highly discussed back-to-back. Taking a while to ease into proceedings, Bicep’s slower, more progressive infiltrations with Solomun’s more vigorous and emotive inserts prove quite contrasting.
Both renowned for being powerhouse tastemakers though, the atmosphere soon picks up. Blending together strains of retro revivalism along with popping percussion and crunching synths, the energy inside Pacha’s Main Room becomes infectious. The Golden Filter’s EBM-inflected synth pop number, ‘Talk Talk Talk’, proving popular with those on the floor.
Skateboard’s Remix of Wolfram’s ‘Hall of Shame’ along with the acid-tinges of ‘The Q’ by Alex Metric ignites the crowd’s excitement to ever greater levels. Digging deep into their indulgent sound palette, Bicep then worked in ‘Attitude’ by Nelly Furtardo – an atmospheric treat from 2006.
Effortless in genre fusion, the trio signal the closing stages with their inclusion of Four Tet’s Remix of ‘Opal’ by Bicep. A delicate, versatile record with an encore of dreamy chords fuels an all-hands-in-the-air moment led by a select few proudly sporting the distinct three-armed logo of Bicep inked on their arms.
One of the most revered concepts on the island, Solomun +1 goes far beyond the melodic grooves of its founding father. Illustrating eclecticism and vibrancy in abundance, the Diynamic boss can play dingy, he can play elegantly and he can make you feel relaxed in a dark basement.
Now, following his rousing chemistry in the booth with Bicep, Solomun can throw you any curveball he pleases and still makes the moment feel contemporary, relevant and most importantly, enjoyable.
Photo Credit By: Solomun +1