IN REVIEW: Labyrinth at Pacha Ibiza

Words by: Paul Heilbron
Posted: 11/9/17 21:14

We hit Pacha on September 8th to see if Hot Since 82's party is as good as his lineups suggest.

Hot Since 82 debuted his new concept Labyrinth earlier on this season. The party was trialled last year with three successful parties under his Knee Deep label banner that lead to the Yorkshire DJ earning his own branded residency. Along with Maceo Plex's Mosaic party, Labyrinth brought in some of Pacha's more adventurous lineups this year, and both parties selections were in stark contrast to the rest of the club's mainstream bookings.

Labyrinth looks impressive on paper, but how is this  particular Pacha experiment working out? We're here tonight to find out. 

Once considered a dead night in Ibiza, Fridays on the island are no easy feat. Marco Carola's Music On and Hï Ibiza's Glitterbox are already two formidable players in this weekly slot. Now into it’s 17th week of Labyrinth’s is almost at the finish line. This week's line up draws a line between Chicago legend Derrick Carter, one of Canada's biggest DJ exports, Heidi, and Irish techno artist on the rise, Matador. It's a lineup to unite younger and older house heads and bringing yet another techno DJ into Pacha's once staunchly house and disco confines.

Unlike Solomun's popular +1 night, Labyrinth places the DJ booth back in its traditional position at the side of the room, rather than the middle of the dance-floor but the intimacy in the melting pot still transmits loud and clear onto the ravers below.  The production is not as big as in other big nights in Ibiza and the focus is on the music.

Derrick Carter get things off to a mellow start slowly putting Pacha’s sound system through its paces as he eases the night into full swing. Matador has made serious inroads in Ibiza this season with multiple standout slots on the island at parties like Resistance at Privilege and Paradise and is up next. As he presses the accelerator with tech house rhythms, Pacha is pressed into a new realm of intensity by tracks like the Matador remix of Shaded 'Gender Bender.'

He closes his set with his own track from 2016, 'Stanleys,' before making way for a four hour back to back between Heidi and Hot Since 82. The energy in the crowd bubbles over at several points during the set with tracks like Mason Maynard 'Ejaculate' providing the ignition.

Hot Since 82 drops the track of the night, the Bicep edit of Dyone of 'Only Love Can Set You Free' and brings the house down. The Yorkshireman's ascension to the top of electronic music just cant be stopped.




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