- Mon, 2010-08-09 10:37
Going anywhere exotic for the first time is exciting. That moment you emerge from the arrivals hall into the equatorial heat of Thailand, or the glacial cold of St Petersburg is undisputedly thrilling. Yet nothing, nowhere, can come close to arriving in Ibiza for the first time.
From the view across the bay as you descend from the plane, to the gorgeous club ticket touts in the arrival hall, to the open windowed cab ride past the massive Amnesia billboards on the road into town... Nothing prepares you for the sense of sheer undiluted EXPECTATION that rides tandem with any (not just the first) trip to Ibiza.
In this case though, we at Augmented Ibiza thought we’d focus on that first time magic, that incredulous wonder that accompanies any first trip to the white island. All of the DJ’s we work with at Augmented Ibiza have stories that surround that first heady journey into the sun-kissed unknown, and all of those tales are soundtracked by records that in some cases changed their lives. Because, above and beneath the magnificent beaches, incredible seafood and sunsets, there pulses a beat that forever soundtracks the rustic beauty of an island that no-one ever wants to leave.
Artist: Hot Chip Track: One Life Stand (Carl Craig Pop Remix) Released: 2010 Label: Parlaphone
One thing many established producer will say is that it's not easy to remix a good track. Hot Chip have crafted a quirky slice of electro sleaze which is great in its own right...but step up Carl Craig, with his remix machine he could turn almost any track into gold.
Over the past couple of years the Detroit legend has stamped his unique style on the Junior Boys, LCD Soundsystem and Theo Parrish- all with equally amazing effect. His remix of One life Stand is a massive hit across Ibiza this year, defying genres and getting regular play across the board at the likes of We Love Sundays and Ibiza Rocks.
The acid tinged track samples Hot Chip’s drums but completely flips them out in true Paperclip People fashion. The bassline growls throughout, building and building, keeping you waiting until the blissful vocal drops at the 6 minute mark. Although it clocks in at over 10 minutes, Carl manages to keep it interesting throughout whilst focusing the energy firmly on the dancefloor.
Artist: Leftfield Album: Leftism Released: 1995 Label: Hard Hands
So, to the album. So many memories of this record...From the haunting opening that suggested a chill out classic, slowly building into the club dub of track two, Release The Pressure, before dropping back down to the blissed out chords of Melt, this was a classic album before you got to the third track!
Nothing can quite compare to the first time you heard Song For Life in a club, though it took some work to drop it into a set with it’s ever so slow intro, but boy was it worth it…
And we haven’t even mentioned Johnny Lydon. Long before every record producer took to resuscitating their favourite front men from days gone by, Leftfield got there first. Just like this album really – the first dance album that truly shone, and it wasn’t just a club record...but still, what a club record!
If you don’t know it, you should...
Augmented Ibiza Playlist
1: Carly Simon - Why
2: Yellow - The Race
3: Fat Freddy's Drop - Hope
4: Cocteau Twins - Fifty Fifty Clown
5: Gary Newman - Cars
6: Bang The Party - Bang Bang You're Mine
7: Dr Alban - It's My Life
8: St. Germain - Rose Rouge (Taksu Remix - Rhadoo Edit)
9: Sally Shapiro - By Your Side (Tensnake Mix)
10: De'Lacy - Hideaway (Deep Dish Remix)
11: Gregor Tresher - Full Range Madness
12: Lil' Louis - French Kiss
13: Metro Area - Miura
14: Shinedoe aka Innersphere - Phunk
15: Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand van Helden Mix)
16: DJ Rolando - Jaguar
17: X-Press 2 - Muzik Xpress
18: The Age of Love - Age of Love (Jam & Spoon Mix)
19: Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey
20: Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer