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How would Disclosure respond to cries of too commercial? We visit Wildlife to find out
One off the biggest surprises of the 2016 Ibiza season was the announcement Disclosure would play the iconic DC-10. It was a brave move for the duo to step out of their comfort zone and spin for arguably the pinnacle event for underground house and techno music.
Disclosure’s slew of chart topping singles and albums isn't the usual reason an artist is rewarded with a headline slot at DC10. But credit to the sibling duo, after passing the test wit a guest spot at the club, not only were they asked back, but they were invited to present their own party, ‘Wildlife.’
The cry of “too commercial” was heard repeatedly throughout the island when the announcement was made, and on paper, it seemed a justified one. When their lineups were announced, however, with acts like Harvey, Gideön, Groove Armada or Kevin Saunderson on board, whether underground or leaning to the mainstream it was clear Disclosure were intent on putting quality dance music to the fore.
Four dates stretching over the season have come to their climax tonight for the Wildlife closing party and we are here to witness whether they can silence their remaining doubters. What can Disclosure add to ibiza? Anything? Everything? Is there space on the saturated Island for another household name from the world of electronic music?
Joining Disclosure on the star-studded bill are none other than disco heavyweights, ‘Horse Meat Disco’, Denis Sulta and Ibiza Regulars Groove Armada, all of whom were allowed extended sets, a treat for fans usually used to the comparatively shorter 90 minute sets more frequently heard at Circoloco.
Horse Meat Disco compose a perfect opening set from 11 until 1.30 that astutely gets our collective musical taste buds tingling. Groove Armada break the slower BPM start and elevate the room to unprecedented peaks of energy when Hauswerk’s latest production ‘Let It Be’ grips the dancefloor. Shortly after Flashmob ‘Freakin Babe’ lays down another tough vocal groove.. The much loved vocal chorus of “the sound off the Groove Armada” from their hit ‘Superstylin’’ infuses the crowd and DJs even further.
Disclosure follow and curate a high paced tech house vibe that would get any dance-floor shuffling. Deepswing 'In The Music’ gets the best reaction from a set packed to the rafters with bangers. They finish with Stardusts euphoric 'Music Sounds Better With You' before Denis Sulta takes to the controls to close.
The flying Scotsman seamlessly takes the night from disco classics to high energy high BPM tech house. The crowd feels as one, the cohesion between ravers and DJ at its highest, when Love Revolution ‘Give It To Me Baby’ takes over the famous Terrace for the penultimate track of a special evening. The only thing hotter than this set was DC-10’s bouncer team and on a night where music was the answer, this party should go down as a classic 2017 DC-10 fiesta. No gaffs, no gimmicks, just a crowd fixated by the music on the same journey of euphoria.