One of electronic music’s juggernaut brands, RESISTANCE returned with an opening party to remember.
Since taking the White Isle by storm in 2017, RESISTANCE have truly asserted themselves as the undisputed dons when it comes to techno in the Mediterranean. Filling the huge void left by Carl Cox’s Space Ibiza residency, RESISTANCE has since been flying the flag for that dark, bludgeoning four-by-four kick drum so many of us thirst for every summer, and beyond expectations may I add. Stepping into globally iconic clubbing realm of Privilege was never going to be an easy task, especially when its the largest super-club in the world, but RESISTANCE have quite literally smashed the ball out the park.
Whilst hosting a considerably shorter summer residency than many of its Ibiza counterparts, the globetrotting techno giants have continued to fill the San Rafael mecca to the brim on a weekly basis, constantly exceeding all expectations. And the foundation of most of the immediate success the party has soaked up has been its unrivalled ability to persuade some of the underground’s most talented and worshipped to help punctuate the brand’s authoritative stamp on the Balearic clubbing scene.
Fusing together the enviable heavyweight names present within the ULTRA Worldwide stable alongside spectacular state-of-the-art production value, 2019 appears to be RESISTANCE’s most exciting year to date and the opening celebration proved testament to this very statement. As expected, roadblock at the gates of Privilege was the order of the evening, and rightly so, after all, how often do you get to taste three all-star back-to-backs in the same night? With such respected tastemakers as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Joseph Capriati advertised throughout the season, the order of the evening was also no doubt the agenda for the summer.
Here are five stand-out performances from RESISTANCE’s opening ceremony.
A man who has really come into his own as of late, Patrice Baumel inclusion on the RESISTANCE bill is unquestionably well-deserved. On opening duties in the Main Room, the German has come a long, long way since cutting his teeth as a resident of the now defunct Trouw club. Shaped by gratitude and positive growth, the Amsterdam-based artist set the tone for the night ahead. A wealth of melancholic abundance ascended upon the dance floor to which Baumel infused with a sense of adventure and infectiousness connecting early arrivals outside the peak-time context. His inclusions of Jichael Mackson’s Remix of Minilogue’s ‘Ahck’ and Ame’s Main Mix of ‘Timbuktu’ by Jerome Sydenham and Dennis Ferrer ensured the Main Room filled up at a warming pace.
Layo & Bushwacka!
A first of two exclusive Ibiza appearances this year, Layo & Bushwacka!’s set in the Terrace was certainly one not to be missed. Comprised of Layo Paskin and Matthew Benjamin, this long-admired duo reeled in a mixture of clubbers from generations past and present. Arriving with an inclusive and open-minded approach, Layo & Bushwacka! served up a sonic palette of unique and unshakeable rhythms progressing through the likes of electro, house and breakbeat. One of the world’s foremost DJ pairings, they took the crowd on an enduring and engaging epic journey defined by several facets of their ever-evolving sound rubber-stamped with a seal of class.
Hot Since 82
A new resident for 2019, the acquisition of Hot Since 82 to Privilege on Tuesday nights was a brazen statement of intent from the RESISTANCE camp. Leaving behind his Pacha residency for something more exclusive, Daley Padley was pretty much no-holds barred on his debut outing in the Vista Club. Immune to musical trends that have circled him during his elevated journey, a big contributor to his success has been his trailblazing mannerisms when behind the decks. Immersing those within the Vista into an unadulterated portal of hedonism, HS82 was in demand and in command. Treating revellers to a taste of his long-awaited ‘8-track’ album, Daley’s insertion of ‘You Are The Light’ proved to be a highlight with the vocals conveying an androgynous timbre truly capturing the spirit present within the Terrace.
Charlotte de Witte B2B Eats Everything
A hotly anticipated combination of the night was the closing fixture of the Vista Club – Charlotte de Witte back-to-back with Eats Everything. Both committing to exclusive Terrace residencies with the RESISTANCE crew, the fusion of the acidic Belgian alongside the Edible chief delivered on all accounts. An intriguing B2B on paper, the pairing charmed techno heads with a natural ease, composure and expertise. Equipped with bass-laden bombs and uncompromising, headstrong techno, powerful selections including Maxime Dangles’ ‘Our Own Choices’ and ‘Pivot’ by Perc were among those which resonated most.
Adam Beyer B2B Maceo Plex
Two of techno’s most respected generals, Adam Beyer and Maceo Plex, were the night’s main event. With both being synonymous with dark, brooding dance music of the highest calibre, expectations for this one were unsurprisingly high, and unsurprisingly, were exceeded. Oscillating between richly melodic and strikingly bare compositions, all chains were off as the head-honchos of Drumcode and Ellum went to work. Unleashing a plethora of idiosyncratic weapons, such selections as Beyer’s own remix of Monolink’s ‘Black Day’ and Mad Ben’s ‘Enjoy Yourself’ were both remarkable and captivating. The stand-out however was Maceo Plex’s latest outing on Afterlife, ‘Lonely Tribe’ – a festival-ready hit of epic proportions which was always going to be an Ibiza classic.
Roll on Week and Carl Cox’s birthday!