Friday nights at Sankeys Ibiza are the place to be this season ever since Abode took over the residency to kick-start the weekends at the Playa d’en Bossa venue.
The London brand has been making waves over here, bringing solid line-ups week in, week out and this time round they also announced the launch of Abode Records too. Secondcity, Oliver Dollar and Alexis Raphael were on hand to soundtrack our rave, alongside the strong team of uber talented Abode resident DJs Jimmy Switch, Taylor, Ellie Cocks and Lindsey Matthews.
As always it’s a quick entry system to get into the club. There’s no messing around and before we know it we're in amongst the thick of it - the club is bouncing and it's not even 1am. First up we catch some of Alexis Raphael in the Basement, we were treated to a diverse set from the Hot Creations favourite as he fluttered between house and tech. It was great to hear his recent single ‘Wickedness’ being played to the Sankeys crowd who were on incredible form.
Next up was Oliver Dollar. The Berlin based DJ and producer had a deep, dark and dirty set lined up as he shifted through the gears to deliver a fresh set of high octane cuts. It wouldn’t be an Oliver Dollar set without him dropping his collaboration with Jimi Jules ‘Pushing On’, a track which is still doing the rounds on the island two years after its release.
Over in Spektrum we witnessed a blinding set from rising talent Ellie Cocks. This year has been a big one for Ellie, having seen her make her Amnesia debut the month previous it was great to watch her in Sankeys' more intimate environment with a proper underground vibe. Her set included some incredible tracks including the Nick Beringer remix of ‘Hanstag’ and ‘Get To This’ by James Dexter sounded huge.
We made our way back to the Basement just in time for Secondcity. He was the hot ticket for tonight’s event and the Basement went into meltdown as soon as he took to the stage. He started as he meant to go on, ratcheting up the intensity for a suspenseful performance that had the crowd locked in from start to finish.
His set included his own productions like ‘I Wanna Feel’ and ‘Say it’ whilst dropping in some phenomenal remixes like ‘1998’ by Rhythm & Soul and a huge response from the D’Julz remix of Phil Weeks’ ‘Mind Games’. In the booth he pulls no punches and gives us a tantalising glimpse into his impressive collection.
Inevitably, with so much choice on offer, clashes are somewhat inevitable and though we only manage to catch glimpses of Max Chapman and Lindsey Matthews, both seem to be rising to the occasion.
Forward-thinking, diverse and consistently delivering some of the best line-ups and new talents on the island, Abode is most definitely a welcome addition to the Ibiza calendar, and we only see it getting bigger and more impressive each year.