The 2014 Ibiza season will go down in history as one of the best yet for the music. House music has continued its ascendance and with Richie Hawtin’s Enter and Marco Carola’s Music On Parties continuing to evolve, techno has also flourished in 2014. We are now two weeks away from the closing parties. If you are heading out there, these are the tracks that you will be moving to.
TRUS’ME ‘I WANT YOU (ALAN FITZPATRICK REMIX)’
We have been fans of Trus’me’s raw techno aesthetic for many year now. His pared down grooves and awkward style speaks to to the DIY techno purist in us. And this year’s outing on Prime Numbers beautifully subverts Ibiza’s renewed love for house music with a stripped back, dark rework of one of the genre’s most famous vocal samples.
GERD FEAT MAECORADI ‘STILL BELIEVE’
Don’t let anyone tell you that Dutch DJs only play trance or EDM. House music stalwart Gerd returned to Defected in 2014 with a record that is just made for Ibiza! The release notes call it a piano anthem, but in reality the piano intro is just part of the story, and soon makes way as the track evolves into a slick, deep and epic tech house jam.
PATRICK TOPPING ‘FORGET’
Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations imprint continued to define the sound of Ibiza in 2014. Things are tougher than they were on HC a couple of years ago, but the catchy grooves and hooks remain. Topping’s ‘Forget’ combines a carnival-style vocal with a driving bassline and epic techno sweeps. The result is one of those unique records that works just as well by the pool at Ushuaia as it does at DC10 on a Thursday night.
ALEX NIGGEMANN ‘TARKUS’
Alex Niggemann’s outing on Sasha’s Last Night on Earth label has been a mainstay in the boxes of the techno elite across the island, and in fact, the world. Muted by many as this year’s ‘Rej’, ‘Tarkus’ is eight glorious minutes of deep, emotive techno that sounds simply beautiful as the sun begins to shine through Amnesia’s roof at 6am.
DUKE DUMONT ‘WON’T LOOK BACK’
It isn’t just Ibiza that has been rocked by Duke Dumont’s latest piano anthem - but lets be honest, these kind of tracks are made for dancing on tables and waving at planes down at Bora Bora. And that is what people have done in their thousands this summer - presumably waving phones in their hands - as this was Shazam’s most searched track in Ibiza this
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