The end of the 2016 Ibiza season was landmarked by the emotional goodbye between iconic club Space and it's favourite resident Carl Cox. But would it mean the end to the UK legend's illustrious 15 year rein as the techno titan of the white isle? The Revolution rolls on with the return of the king to Privilege this year under a new banner, Pure Carl Cox. Sadly his time on the island is limited to just two blockbuster nights at the San Rafael mega club this season but tonight the colossal space has been transformed into a techno Nirvana.
Even before the emergence of Coxy, this night was delivering all the signs of a momentous Ibiza rave. Joseph Capriati, fresh from telling Ibiza Voice last week how Carl had changed his life, warms things up for the big man with tracks like the Bart Skills' rework of Rozalla 'Everybody’s Free To Feel Good' which awakens the crowd like a triple Hierbas on the rocks. Andrew Mina 'We are Crazy' was the ideal final track to pass the baton over to the main man and Privilege’s revamped Funktion One sound system was perfectly tuned to blast out this heavy belter.
As the night progresses it's clear that Carl's powers to curate a Balearic techno vibe of pure bliss haven't waned in the slightest. The dancefloor shudders beneath our feet with the intensity of the subs as he trials Dubfire’s freshly released track 'Dust Devil.' Loco & Jam 'Endless Piano' keeps up the heat and the inevitable cry of “oh yes oh yes” adds to the sheer magic blaring from the speakers. The sun rising through Privilege’s roof just takes the energy of the room up even further and anthems such as Sasha & Emerson 'Scorchio' have transfixed his admiring audience.
It maybe a club review cliché to point out, but the only shame for a still packed out Privilege was when the night finished promptly at 6.30am. A particularly big kick in the teeth after his last marathon stint at Space the year before. For Carl Cox fans that can only mean one thing. July 18th for part two of this Pure Carl Cox double header must not be missed.