The summer of 2017 in Ibiza is full of the usual twists, turns, surprises. Fortunes rise and profiles dip just like anywhere else but, crucially, this is not in sync with the rest of the world. What might be true universally, simply does not always apply on the island.
So whilst your favourite artist may have conquered most of the map, it does not mean that they are a shoo-in for Ibiza's best clubs and parties, only that they may get a shot to come and play in the big league. What happens next is anyone's guess.
Below we have chosen 5 acts who are all enjoying varying kinds of success this summer. 'Breakthrough' does not just mean 'brand new'...
Can you point at any other artist who managed to conquer Ibiza at space-rocket speed in the past few years?
The South African debuted on this island in 2013, thanks to DC10 visionaries. Three years fast forward – and he is the best Deep House DJ according to DJ Awards.
One more year – and he is manning his own Saturday slot at the newest superclub of the island, Hï Ibiza. Spinning weekly till September 30, Black Coffee takes up a new challenging task: not just to showcase his own DJ skills, but to select a solid crew of like-minded artists for support. But do you have any doubts about Black Coffee’s networking skills?...
The Black MadonnaBlack seems to be the lucky colour for Ibiza 2017, isn’t it? This Chicago lady is well worth being worshipped. Preaching a fresh – why not to say quirky? – approach to house music, she marries in her mixes oldschool-ish disco with cutting-edge groovy house.
While her discography is still craving for a debut album, such hits as 'He Is The Voice I Hear' or 'We Still Believe' make the crowd religiously ecstatic. And yes, there is a certain growing cult around her. Check Circoloco line-ups regularly, as soon as they appear - TBM has already played there twice, and no doubt a handful of new gigs will follow.
Even though nominated in the 'Breakthrough' category at DJ Awards simultaneously with Black Coffee, Daniel has been somewhat under-represented in Ibiza so far.
Meanwhile, the author of 'FabricLive 66', the brilliant 'Drone Logic' album and an impressive slew of EPs on Phantasy Sound has been long ruling those dancefloors who want their sound unorthodox and with a metallic smack.
Avery is quite experimental – but on such a comfortable level that keeps you engaged and excited. Catch him on August 31 at Afterlife at Privilege and on September 12 at Mosaic by Maceo Plex at Pacha.
Rami Abousabe and Tamer Malki might be from Brooklyn, yet their music is oriental-style trippy and meditative.
Slow intriguing beats are perfect for open air venues, which was already proved by the attention the duo deserved from Beachouse or Cova Santa, for example.
Now Bedouin have started a new quest: a weekly residency of their own at HEART. Branded as Saga, this night will last till September 24, with line-ups chock-full of artists one would rarely hear in Ibiza.
Apart from that, Bedouin were selected to play for HEART Factory / A Night In Candyworld at HEART on July 11, as well as Rumors at Destino on July 30 and September 10.
Judging by his current bookings for Ibiza 2017, Bas Ibellini has very serious intentions to conquer the island.
In The Dark at Hï Ibiza have him down for July 6, August 3 and 11. Rumors at Destino feature his name in their line-up for August 12 and October 1. HYTE at Amnesia couldn’t pass Ibellini either and invited him behind the decks for September 13, with Loco Dice and Nick Curly.
Judging by these diverse bookings, we are witnessing a versatile artist with smart Ibiza ambitions. On the release front, he has appeared so far on Crosstown Rebels and Tuskegee.