In Review: Unusual Suspects x Do Not Sleep Opening 2017

Words by: Paul Darren
Posted: 20/6/17 10

Week four of the 2017 season treated the island to a special Ibiza collaboration.

Two weeks before officially launching, Do Not Sleep joined forces with Unusual Suspects to bolster proceedings and produce a heavyweight Thursday night of music. This Sankeys shake up was destined to draw the crowds and it did not disappoint. 

Unusual Suspects embarked on their first Ibiza residency in the summer of 2016 at their current home, Sankeys. Incognito it is not, with Unusual Suspects presenting themselves as an 'in your face' haven of musical independence, providing heavy house and minimal belters by the bucketload.

After an impressive novice season, the Unusual Suspects brand has evolved to unrecognisable heights and will host parties on 21 consecutive Thursdays throughout the duration of the season. After a wildly successful launch back in 2015 at Vista, followed by a season on Space’s notorious terrace, Do Not Sleep enters the 2017 fold as one of Sankeys' main players.

East End Dubs got affairs underway for Unusual Suspects setting the vibe for the basement adequately for the crowd. Tobi Neumann dropping Kink’s 'Beats' won the stand out track of the evening, excelling on the VOID sound system with its low-end shuddering beneath your feet, maximising the minimal but sub heavy bass line.

In addition to the underground tunes, the basement’s distinctive decor differentiated Unusual Suspects from the normal Sankeys settings and added to the mood of the event superbly. Do Not sleep resided in ‘The Lab’ where a mammoth 4hr B2B 5-deck, 2-vinyl extravaganza was orchestrated impeccably by label kingpin Darius Syrossian, with more than a little help from Sankeys regular, Detlef. The first track of any notoriety was Archie Hamilton’s electrifying number, 'Cirrus', which set the tone for the vinyl masterclass that was about to unfold. 

The Lab would provide numerous successful musical experiments - Detlef brought his own track 'Swag On' to be tested on the Sankeys faithful, resulting in another positive outcome. Like its namesake, this number oozed slickness and facilitated a memorable fiesta.

Adding to the melting pot, Syrossian infused the Lab with Cuartero’s remix of his own track, ‘Hans Trippy’ producing another memorable moment in the Lab.

The surprise of the evening came from the humble Terrace where the lucky few were treated to a fantastic remix by Richey Profond of club classic ‘Gypsy Woman’. 


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