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Review: Tribal Sessions opens at Sankeys Ibiza

Tribal Sessions transports us to another dimension.

Last night, extraterrestrials went in search of a new landing and found it at the opening of alien avatar-themed Sankeys Sabados presents Tribal Sessions. The party is now in its third season, and as Ibiza's longest summer residency ever, anticipation was high.

The place was rammed top to bottom and with three stripes worth of warrior face paint adorning my cheeks with a Tribal trademark, it was time to get right in amongst it. Kicking the Basement pace into gear was Jozef K b2b Manu Gonzalez, who got the jungle heated with some deep house ammo from the likes of Tim Baresko's 'Marilyn Munro'. A dynamo duo behind the decks, they gathered a swarming pack and then left it to garage godfather, Matt Jam Lamont, to jump into the firing line for the Basement's mid slot. Midnight City's 'Just Like That' (Get Twisted Dub Mix) brought in some glittering house power, while recently released tech house slammers from Nathan Barato's mix of 'Rendezvous', by Filthy Rich, and Cuartero's, 'Elevator', added a punchier edge for what was now an industrious crowd that showed no signs of fatigue. Over in Spektrum, Kellie Allen was on good form with a served up portion of chunky tech house with a flair that proved exactly why she stormed in as the first winner of the Sankeys Sabados competition.

Back through to the centre squad in the Basement, it was Josh Butler taking the pleasurecraft through to closing. Thrust into a tunnel and spun out to the sounds of techno and house, our aural desires were quenched with the throttle of 'Nephilim' by Sound Process and the funkin' punch of Wehbba's 'Psyche'. A big moment for the whistles was the dismantling drop of 'Dancing' (Ghogh edit), by Eats Everything feat Tiga and Audion, which was blasted from close to every corner of Ibiza last season and may just find itself being in an orbital rotation in 2016.

An onslaught of banging beats is a trigger to lose yourself to the creature inside and I might not have leaped out like a blue-skinned, sapient humanoid, but I was in transdimensional space territory. Job's a good un'.


WORDS | Aimee Lawrence PHOTOGRAPHY | David Holderbach

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