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Dekmantel Selectors is another jewel in the Dutch crew's crown

Another blinder gets added to the Croatian festival map

  • Words: Dave Turner | Photos: Desiré Van Den Berg
  • 12 September 2016
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11 Torbjorn Langborn & The Feel Life Orchestra 'Feel Life Part 1, 2 & 3'

Hunee - Beach 1, Sunday

Energy seems to come to Hunee easily. The most active behind the decks all weekend, the Korean-Dutch DJ was given four hours to soundtrack Sunday evening as the sun set. Initially meant to be playing on the bigger Beach Stage 2, things were switched up and he followed on from Rush Hour boss Antal on Beach 1. Funk, soul, samba and disco rolled through the speakers as punters eased themselves into the last full night of the festival. Whereas we might have been feeling the burn after three days of partying, Hunee showed no signs of tiredness as his diminutive figure bopped tirelessly in the DJ booth, surrounded by booth-dwellers doing their best to keep up with his hyperactive movements. We hung back, at first disappointed with the weak sound, but it was only after someone told us to move up a few steps that we found ourselves in prime audio territory. Torbjorn Longhorn & The Feel Life Orchestra's 'Feel Life Part 1, 2 & 3' goes "and you realise, you're in paradise" so when Hunee dropped this, life felt pretty fucking fantastic. Even more so with a bottle of Prosecco in hand.

12 Pépé Bradock 'Deep Burnt'

Motor City Drum Ensemble - Barbarella's, Sunday

Way before avid wax collector Diggin' Dave brought his set to an end, Danilo Plessow, known to most as Motor City Drum Ensemble, was resting behind him, eager to get on the decks. That keenness resonated with the Barbarella's crowd as fingers pointed towards the booth and "there's MCDE" was repeatedly quoted. No surprise really, as he was arguably the biggest name on the entire festival programme. Selectors really nailed making him the final night party's headliner as Barb's was the busiest it had been all weekend as MCDE settled in for few hours of smooth house and an exuberant mix of funk, soul and disco. The pinnacle had to be when the delectable pads of Pepé Bradock's 'Deep Burnt' slipped into the mix, the track's royal strings then turning the dancefloor into an arena of blissed out, swaying bodies. Nick The Record followed, but he had no chance of playing solo as MCDE confirmed earlier rumours by getting involved for a back-to-back. Daylight dawned, love songs got played and applause rattled through the club when the music stopped. Yep, it was pretty beautiful.

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