So here we are, the ‘difficult second stint’ for Chew The Fat! with our latest We Love… Sundays showcase at Space Ibiza. Last month was an incredible show with Disclosure, Dusky, Huxley, A1 Bassline and Jem Haynes, but this month we’ve brought a line up of real class and finesse, touching on the more musical and intelligent side of electronica.
Opening the Discoteca was Irish producer Max Cooper who we’ve been big fans of since the release of his EPs on Sasha‘s Last Night On Earth and his celebrated experimental instrumentation on Traum Schallplatten, which earned him a Top 5 placing in Beatport’s top artists of 2012 poll and the title ‘future hero’ from Mixmag.
What really struck us with Max was his real natural ability to read the (at first) hesitant crowd, shifting seamlessly between down-tempo groove and uplifting electronica. His awesome studio mixes we’ve had on repeat for the whole summer really do translate into awe inspiring live sets. We’ve also a real soft spot for DJs who can flip the script and bring a room right down to the bareness of a single chord string, no kick drum, no white noise, and catching the attention of everyone in the room; then be able to build upon that curiosity with a complex, but rhythmic live breakdown (lasting longer than your average 2 minute breather) up to an enchanting, but equally as ruinous drop.
Definitely check out Max’s set from Awakenings Festival if you’re keen to hear one of his recent live sets.
Filling the peak time slot for us was all round gentleman Kaveh Soroush, one half of Pleasurekraft, flying in from Washington D.C. for the night. Pleasurekraft have had a meteoric rise to the top over the past three years, with the release of their seminal anthem Tarantula and follow up single Carny really propelling them to future greatness with Umek‘s fantastic label 1605 Music Theory.
Switching up to some lovely playful techno and returning to some Ibiza vibes we all know and love for a We Love Sunday, Kaveh transitioned from Max beautifully with a sharp and spirited performance, including a big favourite of ours, their remix of Cajmere’s charming You’re The One and their most recent release out on their own imprint Kraftek, a Garage-tinged monster titled, The Most Dangerous Game that literally sent the Discoteca for six!
NonPlus Records boss Boddika was next up, a set that we and the We Love crew have been looking forward to all summer, and boy did he not disappoint. Skipping through his forthcoming new Swamp81 material (one of which you should check out below) which is part of a double 12″ out later this summer; as well as notable cuts from his esteemed Think & Change compilation from earlier this year.
Boddika certainly knows his craft when it comes to obscure techno, delighting all with touches of Levon Vincent and Karenn (Blawan and Pariah’s new project) we noticed, really engaging and melodious from start to finish. Very different to the sort of set you’d expect from him back in London or Bristol, but that was certainly what made it all the more enthralling to shock out to.
All that was left was for our boys Foamo and A1 Bassline to take the keen and remaining troops still left in the Discoteca on a journey through some of the most exciting new sounds coming out of the UK at the moment. A splattering of Laszlo Dancehall remedies from Christian and some forthcoming Black Butter medicine from Kye was exactly what the doctor ordered.
It was a tall ask matching the heights of last month’s takeover with Disclosure, but when you’ve got the likes of Boddika and Pleasurekraft in the building, then you know you’re in for a good one!
A special mention also goes to Jackmaster for a truly spectacular debut on the Space Terraza. Moving from (for us) this year’s two Ibiza summer anthems with Finder by Ninetoes and Paul Woolford’s Untitled into a medley of classics including Armand Van Helden’s You Don’t Know Me and the old school Anthem by N-Joi; then finishing off with Dimitri From Paris’ extended edit of Prince’s I Wanna Be Your Lover. We definitely saw some tears during the last fifteen minutes of that set.
Next month, we’ll be back at Space with our third showcase of the summer, featuring truly the one and only Fatboy Slim and legendary Belgian duo 2ManyDJs; as well as Chew The Fat! residents Foamo, A1 Bassline and Leon Vynehall. There’s also an Ibiza debut for up and coming new producer Digital Genetic Pasta who we’ll be introducing to you ears very soon, so keep an eye out on the website over the next couple of weeks !