1 Hot Chocolate 'I Just Love What You're Doing To Me'
Gerd Janson, the final Warm boat party, Thursday
Easing into the festival, Mixmag forgoes most of the opening afternoon's session, but we do catch the tail end of a Balearic disco throwdown in the Olive Grove where the superbly matched Phil Mison, Sean P, Lexx and Mud play from midday to 7pm and instantly wish we'd arrived sooner. (We make up for it after departing the evening's boat by enjoying a varied set of deeper, tracky moments and joyful vocals provided by New Jersey maestro Tony Humphries on the main stage.)
Aboard the evening's boat, Warm residents Myles Mears and Ali Tillett wave a final goodbye to their party with an enthusiastic display of new house and old disco, and as their special guest is Gerd Janson it's quite a send off. Gerd wends his way through some calmer moments like Alma & Mater's 'Slippy' and a Balearic disco mix of Underworld's 'Born Slippy', then goes on to raise the roof by reviving the Patrice Rushden-sampling 'I Feel Good Things For You' by Daddy's Favourite. If played in a club this may have raised a few eyebrows but aboard this boat, with a further week of sunshine, smiles and great music ahead of the excited crowd, it's a euphoric moment.
Though less familiar to Mixmag, the groove that stood out was this 1979 effort by enduring British disco/soul band Hot Chocolate, abiding proof that the vocals of lead songwriter Errol Brown will live on despite his sad passing two years previously.
Throughout the journey Mixmag's attention is persistently drawn back to Gerd Janson's thick, multi coloured, above ankle socks which look more suitable for climbing the Alps than cruising the Adriatic. You sexy thing.