Ibiza has become renowned for club nights featuring a full line-up of music that rarely strays from the tech house palette. To fans of this sound, the beats are hypnotic, and to the genre's detractors “it's just really fucking boring”. Well, those are the words of Maceo Plex, who is trying to introduce Ibiza to DJs you wouldn’t normally see playing its club circuit, and music you wouldn't normally hear on the White Isle.
This year, the Texas-born, Barcelona-based DJ has enlisted the likes of Moodymann, Young Marco, Palms Trax, Ben Klock and Jon Hopkins. Not exactly artists that fit the stereotypical Ibiza mould. But he doesn’t want them to bend their music style for the VIPs either. His night at Pacha, Mosaic, is about these DJs playing something new to Ibiza and in the process rediscovering the island’s roots.
With our heads a little heavy from a Cocoon session the night before, we traipse the short distance from the Pacha hotel to the legendary club for an opening night consisting of Joy Orbison, Italian trio Agents Of Time and of course Maceo himself all manning the Main Room. With that line-up, the second year of Mosaic was always going to start with a bang.
Already a regular in Ibiza, Maceo Plex would have had many, many suitors eyeing him up for a residency. But he chose Pacha because the club is happy to take a chance on some leftfield (by Ibiza’s standards) artists and the team behind the operation is clearly happy to show that off.
Pacha is of course its glitzy self during Mosaic opening. The multi-tiered VIP area flows like a grouping of rock pools throughout the night, dancers in their LED cages wear outfits that resemble a gothic carnivale and huge silver orbs hang from the ceiling. The stage is set and the quality didn’t let up.
Here are 10 tracks that sum up the night.