The Redlight at Sankeys Ibiza with Todd Terry review
We sent Jo Waddington to Sankeys to lap up all the bass house that The Redlight had to offer. Find out what she thought of Todd Terry, Matt Jam Lamont and Chris Lorenzo here.
Date published: 9th Aug 2016
Back for its second year on the White Isle, The Redlight has continued to bring the best UK garage and US house talent with a strong and varied line-up selection for each week. This particular night we picked to attend was the first of legendary DJ/Producer Todd Terry’s Monday night residency.
The line-up was so strong that we got down to the club early and headed to The Lab first to check out Matt Jam Lamont’s opening set. Matt has been an intrinsic part of the UK dance scene and has become an invaluable resident for The Redlight, showcasing the house, garage, breaks, dubs and D&B music policy with flair. ‘Feed Em To The Lions’ in particular had The Lab bouncing.
Across in The Basement it was time for one of the most celebrated figures in electronic, Todd Terry, to take to the decks. With over two decades of dancefloor domination under his belt, his residency at the Ibiza club has been highly anticipated and wow, he didn’t disappoint.
He threw in classics such as Crystal Waters' ‘Gypsy Woman’, The Bucketheads' ‘The Bomb’, Inner City's ‘Good Life’ and Blue Boy's ‘Remember Me’. The atmosphere was electric and whilst he incorporated many contemporary tracks into his sets, it was the old school classics which ignited energy and nostalgia and transformed the confines of the rave cave as the room went into meltdown.
In between Todd Terry’s set we headed back into The Lab to catch some of Low Steppa’s set. Opening with a mix of ‘Seven Nation Army’ and mixing into Elio Riso ‘Breaking Minds’ served as a winning combo and the whole room erupted before he dropped his collab with Martin Ikin ‘About Time’, keeping things dirty and bassy.
It was back into the Basement for the end of Todd Terry’s set and a highlight by far was when he snuck Daft Punk ‘Around The World’ into his set, the huge reaction was matched when he played ‘At Night’ by Shakedown.
Defected's leading lady Sam Divine followed Todd Terry and made her take-over from the house music legend look effortless. Her set included releases from the label along with tracks from her D-Vine Sounds imprint, most notably an absolute anthem of a remix by Carnao of Jean Jacques ‘2 People’. Unsurprisingly the room went crazy when she played her remix of Sweet Female Attitude's ‘Flowers’ which is always one of those loved-up moments in a club.
Before it was time to call it a night we witnessed Chris Lorenzo deliver an unbelievable set in the Lab. You usually find that toward the end of the night, the crowds disperse and the majority of the remaining revellers have gravitated towards the main room, however the Lab was packed to the brim as the bass don dropped tracks like his collaboration with AC Slater ‘Flacid’ and a crazy mix of ‘Wile Out’.
It is easy to see why The Redlight is one of the most successful nights at Sankeys Ibiza. There is no showy production, it’s a night which reflects the ethos of being 'all about the music'. Just pure house and garage vibes all night long – just how it should be!