Kehakuma Closing Party - Space Ibiza 29-10-10

Words by: Polly Lavin
Posted: 6/10/10 18:09

Kehakuma Closing Party  - Space Ibiza 29-10-10For those uninitiated with space, life for the club, began originally as a sleepy concert hall which went onto host the after-hours  party as Alex P and Brandon Block DJ-ed and provided entertainment on its open air terrace. It was small, intimate, filled with atmosphere and the possible faith of bumping into people from varying degrees of background, rich to poor and famous to unknown to casually share conversation, a mutual love of music and a good time with. From what this writer recollects in 1997 it also charged 2000 peseta's (around €15) for entry.

Now, it is a 5000 capacity amphitheatre consisting of 3 rooms and hosting up to 17,000 people at its opening and closing weekends when the car park outside its renovated front door becomes a massive open air venue. It is the club that made Ibiza 'large' in the 2000's, replacing the mantra Privilege held in the 80's/90's and winning award after award throughout the decade, which led them to self indulgently declare "the most victorious club on the planet".

So, tonight I'm asking myself "Just what is going on at space?" Rolling up outside the venue I'm offered a free ticket on not just one but two nights in a row. I know the club is a big (pardon the pun) Space but has competition during the recession on the white isle got that tough? Perhaps not, for some clubbers the final frontier still is Space as one tells me he travelled to Charleroi to find his flight cancelled due to the air traffic strike, then went to Amsterdam and paid €160 to get a flight out.

It's a display of sheer dedication. Mecca like travelling to attend the closing parties and evidence of the cult like lengths some electronic music followers will now go to, to have the EDM culture as part of their lifestyle and be at the best or most hyped parties of the season.

Space is of course one thing though and Kehakuma quite another. Of the nights visited in Ibiza this week, it was the one most perfectly related to the underground with its music policy. The whole season has featured artists such as Jamie Jones, Francois K, Steve Bug, Johnny D, Ray Okpara, Lauhaus, Agoria, Ellen AllienIlario Alicante, Guido Schneider and Geddes. Whilst, tonight featured a mix of big names, M.A.N.D.Y. and a finely tuned Booka Shade live show with the emerging talent of Glimpse, Nick Curly and Seth Troxler/Guy Gerber B2B. However, no sign of an advertised Gavin Herlihy disappointed. Then there is the crowd, a different take to the rayban wayfarer glossed kids of Pacha or glowstick shaking trance kids at Nick CurlyCream in Amnesia, a more comfortable and eclectic mix in age and style that consisted of dread locked krusty's, skin head's, over-tanned candy pink lip-gloss wearing girls, chica's in vest top's saying 'I love Ibiza', guy's wearing striped tee's and straw hats and men dressed like housewives in paisley print dresses. Against all this backdrop a girl is carried out from the toilets by her friends and security as another pair chant "I heard you say, I heard you say MDMA, MDMA " whilst standing around an all together different take on Dennis Ferrer's 'Hey, Hey' track.

The main difficulty with the venue was that the two rooms were programmed with such good talent it meant frantically running between. I stopped at the back room once M.A.N.D.Y.'s DJ set being a little too posh sounding for my liking as Jamie Foxx's 'Extravaganza' vocal 'I had one too many drinks and ended up at the embassy' flittered over and they began waving their hands royally towards the crowd on the main floor. The bad news for M.A.N.D.Y. was that Nick Curly kicked their ass sound-wise with a funk infused warm house sound he dropped to a brimming-ly full room. Then it was back to the main room to hear Booka Shade delivering a live set tweaked to perfection with melodic and hypnotic grooves. Booka Shade live is an absolute treat and tracks such as 'Body Language', 'In White Rooms' featured as well as new farings 'LA.tely' and 'Scarmanga' from album 'More'.  

Troxler and GerberThe programming of Troxler and Gerber brought a surprise, not 2 producers I would match, yet the pairing stemmed from a friendship they have developed and a repayment of Troxler playing at Gerber's birthday a few months before. Tonight is Troxler's birthday and a massive cake emerges to celebrate. The following day Troxler worse for wear from the birthday celebrations would not appear at Ushuaia due to vomiting all day at his villa. The B2B presence of the two is a juxtaposition of sound as Troxler's tougher sound complimented the trippy lighter elements of Gerber's productions, loops made in a studio which he supposedly spends all day long in and it reminds me of the combination of sound from Sasha/Digweed of yore. As Troxler opted to be the DJ and dropped loops from tracks such as Jaydee Plastic Dreams, Gerber played solely his own repertoire, all self made productions and loops. Back in the main room relatively new west London based producer Glimpse who was booked for 13 dates this summer is doing things for techno and house that one can only dream of. Rolling bass lines, vocals that harp 'The centurion's are taking over the dance floor', the sound is dark and soulful to uplifting as an edit of Obama's 'Yes, we can' gravitates over tracks. Glimpse's live set in the opening parties was pretty dazzling putting a new twist on the house and techno sound amidst a sea of DJs and the only sound that caught my ear. He works from a similar principle to Gerber playing a body of un-named or unreleased tracks of his own with some existing releases set between. Possibly a music highlight for me was hearing Oni Ayhun OAR 003 on the Sunset Terraza, a track with its mind-bending warped-ness which was great to hear on a big system.

Pacha may have beauty but Space has edginess and an underground vibe to its music policy. It's a place where new music is being programmed and techno works in the main room. It may also be one of those venues that look strange when it's not completely rammed, proving that to fill a club of that size in Ibiza the promoters have to balance music programming with a slightly commercial edge that some elements of the Ibizan party going crowd follow over the underground sound first and foremost. Yet, the back room with its Berlin centric programming was rammed for most of the night and perhaps this club is taking risks at bringing in new music and trying to bring it to the crowd's attention. If anything it's a club that is more suited to catering to the community who follow top notch EDM programming over spectacle and carnival-esque theatrics. 

Kehakuma Closing Party  - Space Ibiza 29-10-10
Kehakuma Closing Party  - Space Ibiza 29-10-10
Kehakuma Closing Party  - Space Ibiza 29-10-10
Kehakuma Closing Party  - Space Ibiza 29-10-10
Kehakuma Closing Party  - Space Ibiza 29-10-10
Kehakuma Closing Party  - Space Ibiza 29-10-10
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