Sankeys have set up shop in Ibiza and with them they've brought along the events we are all so familiar with from their home in Manchester. Tonight’s resident night was Kaluki, who have joined forces with Krankbrother. The lineup consists of usual Kaluki suspects such as DJ T and Heidi, along with Anja Schneider, Matt Tolfrey and Sebo K and more.
We arrived at the usual time of midnight and as usual entry was quick and smooth. To our disappointment we were greeted by a note at the entrance apologising for the absence of Heidi, whose flight had been cancelled; a great shame as she always puts on a good show. We quickly got over this however as Tolfrey had already manned the decks in The Basement and he was off to a good start.
Matt Tolfrey served up a selection of tech and deep house through the powerful speaker system, the bass pulsating through the bodies already scattered across the dance floor, while Leftroom records pal Laura Jones who had come along for the party showed her support in the DJ booth. Playing for a good couple of hours, Tolfrey constructed a decent warm up for the next man DJ T.
DJ T, a man known for his varied selection of absolute tunes, began his set tonight no different from the usual; big tunes, groovy basslines and an emphasis on connecting with the crowd through interaction and care. He was loving it, really getting the crowd going whilst mixing impeccably with well-known hits like Franck Rodger’s remix of ‘After All’ and Nina Kraviz’ bass laden ‘Ghetto Kraviz’, which sounded amazing on the Sankeys system. The Basement was full now and the crowd wasn’t holding back. As DJ T dropped more and more crowd pleasers like the Round Table Knights remix of ‘Burning’ by MK and a brilliant remix of Kiki’s classic ‘Good Voodoo’, the atmosphere of the room rocketed. It must have been a pleasure for Anja Schneider to take over from such a powerful set.
Headphones and hands at the ready, and a crowd reeling from the last set and ready for more, Anja Schneider continued to raise the bar. She took a slightly different approach, keeping well known tunes away from the floor and showcasing a range of unheard-of deep, techy delights that mixed together to create a masterpiece. By far the best set of the night, the consistently full room were thriving in the sensations that Schneider created. There wasn’t a single moment throughout that the Mobilee Records boss didn’t keep the crowd fully entertained, right up until the end when to our delight she dropped Tony Lionni’s euphoric deep house production ‘Found A Place’.
She finished to a room full of hands in the air, all reaching and grasping for the invisible sound waves; well done Anja Schneider!
Next on was Sebo K. His tune selection seemed much harder, more of a stomping techno sound. We didn’t stay for long - sorry Sebo, but Schneider had worn us out.
The night had been another success. Although we hadn’t left The Basement all night (Wildkats had been headlining in Spektrum and The Box had been closed) we’d had another royally good time in Sankeys and will continue to go back. The line-ups for the rest of the season are consistently banging, hosted regularly by the successful Sankeys resident parties from back home; definitely one to check out when you’re on your holidays.
Words: Jack Law
Photo: Gemma Parker
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Originally published: 6th Jun 2012