ENTER.Sake Takes Over Blue Marlin Ibiza

Posted on August 4, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Tamara Sini

Hot on the heels of Richie Hawtin’s exclusive ENTER.Sake pairing dinner at Coricancha a couple of evenings ago, which saw the superstar DJ showcase a selection of his finest Japanese rice wines complemented with the Nikkei gourmet restaurant’s delicious dishes, last night the master mixer and curator headed over to the world famous Blue Marlin Ibiza for part two of the stylish double event. On the menu this time? Masterfully mixed beats enjoyed in one of the White Isle’s most heady settings by the seaside and in very fashionable company indeed.

Blue Marlin Ibiza never fails to attract a stylish crowd and this celebration of sake flavours and techno beats was no different as the international jet set, movers and shakers from the music industry and electronica lovers arrived from all corners of the island to savour Richie’s carefully chosen line-up, which, of course, included a two-hour set by the Canadian techno icon himself. When we arrived in the early hours of the evening, the elegant beach club was already bustling with guests, some enjoying the restaurant’s fine Mediterranean and Asian fare in the dining space on the soft sands, while others enjoyed crisp classes of champagne and refreshing cocktails on the comfortable sofas underneath the trees.

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Hito, a Japanese electronic music artist and former ENTER. resident at the now defunct Space Ibiza, was first on the decks, which had been transformed with an archway made of knotted branches and plenty of white and pink orchid flowers to pay tribute to the Asian theme of the night. Bringing along her sophisticated selection of records – Hito is known for her love of minimal yet emotive music pressed on vinyl – she charmed the audience with her passion and skilful mixes.

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Of course, a name of such significance as Richie Hawtin’s holds draws the crowds, with more and more knowledgeable techno fans arriving to enjoy the musical journey the DJ had planned for them. Another highly respected member of the ENTER. Family at Space, Italian turntable talent Fabio Florido had the honour of taking the slot before the man himself, who was visible enjoying his protégé’s set, smiling and dancing along to his deep driving techno beats. Filling up the al fresco dance floor, the PLAYdifferently MODEL1 ambassador showed off his range of technical artistry to perfection as he delivered a hypnotic and edgy set full of tricky sound effects and expertly teased drops that set off much welcomed blasts from the ice canons into the sweltering August heat.

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By the time Mr Hawtin himself was scheduled to take to the booth, music lovers were queuing all the way into the car park to gain entrance to the beach club, which was nearing capacity when the turntable hero finally stepped behind the decks at 22.00 for two-hours of unadulterated quality music. He kicked off proceedings with a steady and deep but driving bassline before adding in distorted vocal samples and shredded sound elements for an edgy, cool and slightly dystopian vibe. Blue Marlin Ibiza’s fierce dancers added to the sultry vibe, clad in black body-con dresses with chain detailing, spiked cuffs and severe boxer braids they threw shapes on the roof of the venue silhouetted against the stream of the lights. With the pace picking up as the night progressed, entering into galloping beats with an energetic bounce, Hawtin delivered a set to let loose – and lose yourself – to, once again cementing his status as one of techno’s most influential figures.

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