Ibiza Rocks House Gets Misty

Posted on September 24, 2014

Words: Emma Bennett
Images: NicJ.

When the announcement was made that Soul Clap was to host the Misty Pool Party at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes there was quite a storm across social media channels. A friend based in the UK shared the event on Facebook along with the following status ‘check it if you are lucky enough to be on the island this Monday!’ Soul Clap has been one of the coolest names in house music for years consistently creating forward-thinking productions, releasing music on Crosstown Rebels and working with Wolf + Lamb. Their biography advises that the duo met when a Sun Ra light beam sent from Saturn collided with the P-Funk Mothership so it’s safe to say that Elyte and Cynce have a somewhat eccentric side. So choosing a venue for their pool party, thrown to celebrate the release of ‘Misty’, the Soul Clap/Robert Owens collaboration, could not have been too difficult seeing as the only place that could possibly provide the level of kookiness Soul Clap demands is Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes; the hotel that Freddie Mercury hid from the limelight in for years and where George Michael was filmed for his music video floating around the hotel swimming pool on a lilo singing about fun, sunshine and free drinks.

Soul Clap at Ibiza Rocks House
Soul Clap at Ibiza Rocks House

However it seems the weather has decided to step up to the mark and provide a suitably bonkers backdrop for the day. As Monday morning turns to Monday lunchtime ominous dark clouds are gathering over Ibiza. The calm before the storm is intense and when it finally breaks by God it is impressive. Raindrops coupled with hail stones so loud we thought the car windscreen would smash are followed by rivers that flowed at a fast down the roads. After that excitement is over in typical Ibiza fashion the dark clouds start rolling away to reveal bright blue skies and blazing sunshine.

Soul Clap at Ibiza Rocks House

Arriving at Pikes we wander through the courtyard and its rambling gardens complete with gnomes flicking us the bird and head for the pool area. Pikes never ever gets boring; bus stops, disco balls, stuffed beavers and other random taxidermy adorn the bar area whilst Tony Pike, the equally eccentric eighty year old hotelier who founded this piece of music industry history that entered Ibiza folklore, sits at the bar smiling and talking with friends. Mo’ Funk, who can usually be found at We Love or Glitterbox, is on the decks and Elyte and Cynce hang out with the crowd that is predominantly young Spanish, English and super switched on. Ibiza Sonica never misses a trick when it comes to supporting cutting edge dance music and is here to broadcast live from the party while Arthur Baker, the producer who worked with Afrika Bambatta and New Order, chills by the DJ unit and Visionquest’s Lee Curtiss drops in and plays some tunes. The party has a real mates hanging out at someone’s house feel to it but a million times better.

Soul Clap at Ibiza Rocks House
Soul Clap at Ibiza Rocks House

Soul Clap and Mo Funk is playing short back-to-back sets, two to three tracks at the most, delivering an all-vinyl journey that begins with nineties RnB, disco and house before slowly building the tempo with razor sharp edits and electro-funk grooves. This is quite simply one of the coolest shindigs of the summer. Soul Clap never fails to impress with either the duo’s expert production or tune selection; throw that into the mix with a pool party at the quirkiest venue in Ibiza and you have one hell of an event. A special mention must also be made for the Pikes staff who did an amazing job making sure everybody was kept dry and comfortable in the damp conditions. Leaving Pikes to head to Pacha for the DJ Awards tonight is hard but Soul Clap will also play at the awards much to our delight (although that news is not made public until they actually take to the decks at Pacha) and as we return home to change for the evening ahead we are happy in the knowledge that tonight is far from over but a little Misty eyed that these vibrant multi-party days might soon be a thing of the past, for a few months at least.

Soul Clap at Ibiza Rocks House
Soul Clap at Ibiza Rocks House