Where did the Ibiza 2015 season disappear to? Hard to believe we are now into October and another Balearic summer on the magical white island of Ibiza has just passed us by. Its also the time of the year that we compile the nominations for the DannyKayIbiza Awards which are now into their fourth season. Exciting times ahead for the blog as we launch a new look website, so make sure to check back in and have a look next week. From a musical point of view, Ibiza 2015 was not as strong as other seasons. No real standout track emerged and as readers of my blog will know, our track of the year award is given to the one which best reflects the island and its personality. I’m also disappointed with the amount of old tunes and classics that were worked into Ibiza sets this year, a sign to me that DJ’s are either too lazy to find new material, or its just not out there. I would tend to favour the latter. House music has been making a comeback, which is always welcome as the real Ibiza vibe reflects best on House music. The tech sound, in all its sub genres, was the star performer once again, thanks to a strong showing at DC10, Amnesia and numerous villa parties across the island. EDM was strong once again, thanks in the main to Ushuaia and Pacha, who both had good seasons. We will talk further about the clubs in an upcoming blog, but for now below are my nominations for Best Ibiza Track Summer 2015. The award winners will be announced on October 12.
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
We pinpointed this track as one to watch at the start of the season, and with House music popular this year, it was no surprise to see the Claptone remix of Gregory Porters, Liquid Spirit, make its presence felt all over the island this summer, A strong performer from the streets of the West End right up to the VIP tables at Pacha.
Format B – Chunky
Another ode to the resurgence of House was Format B’s, Chunky, which grew in popularity as the season progressed, even receiving airtime at DC10, not bad for a vocal house track. Its basey, old skool and upbeat tempo, made it a favorite right across the island and became a summer anthem with its catchy “Keep heap fun till the beak of dawn” hook.
Frankey and Sandrino – Acamar
This unique and idiocentric track, was always going to find a home in Ibiza. It is the track that came closest to creating something different on the island this season and for that reason alone, it deserves to be nominated for Track Of The Summer 2015. Almost haunting, its tells a story and brings you on a journey – a difficult task for some producers today.
Hauswerks and Doorly – Swamp Donkey
This track arrived just in time to be included in the Ibiza honours list for summer 2015. It belongs to the all conquering Hot Creations stable of Jamie Jones and contains the work of well know island resident Doorly, thus its samba sound and nod to Walking With Elephants feel. Its co collaborator is Leeds producer, Hauswerks, who my Ibiza agents on the ground tell me, is one to watch out for.
Eric Prydz – Opus ( Four Tet Remix)
After the debut of the classy Conjour Baleria at the Amnesia Closing party in 2013, Maceo Plex does it again by unleashing the Four Tet Remix of Eric Prydz’s, Opus, on an unsuspecting Amnesia crowd to very mixed reactions. It nevertheless is a classy remix, refreshing, euphoric and empowering, harking back to a time when music was all about love. Read more here but for now have a listen and expand your mind…….