Filling the hole left in Space Ibiza’s Thursday night schedule from Enter departing, Tale Of Us this year front Afterlife. Âme, Dixon, and Rødhåd are among guests joining in during the 13-week residency, guaranteeing a range of techno talent. One of the island’s most exciting new parties, Afterlife eventually opened last week after inaugurating proceedings at Off Week in June. We boarded its first sailing in Ibiza where an odyssey through the realm of consciousness was promised.
Space was bustling at 2am, with a mix of nationalities, from techno beat chasers fresh from Awakenings festival, and Ibiza visitors attending their last opening of the season. Once we delved into the terrace Mind Against greeted us, playing in the relocated DJ booth. Opposite the usual place and notably lower down. It reinvented the room and anyone who calls this dance floor one of their favourites needs to see it like this. Mind Against took the evening on course for their label mates to follow, flooding the terrace with foggy tracks, including their own work ‘Gravity’ just released on the Afterlife label.
In homage to Tale Of Us they ended with their collaboration ‘Astral’, and then Recondite took to decks. He chronicled brooding melodies with morphed bass notes, including his production ‘Warg’ the stronger half of his latest EP for Hotflush. It was jam-packed on the floor, everyone inside dancing underneath an upside-down hanging mesh figure. Blue and yellow spotlights hit the centerpiece and the dim lighting created an intimate vibe, there were no sexy dancers but bandaged up girls with zombie eye contact lenses.
In the Discoteca, the right side was cornered off with Funktion-One speakers pulled up to make a mini dance floor titled the Chamber. Konstantin and So Pa played together, and although not many people discovered the room they still each pulled their weight with a tightly mixed set. Tale Of Us took control of the terrace at 4am, their rise has been astronomical, and they quickly transported us to their trademark style of magical bass depths and twisted synths. The duo broke out of their pigeonholed sound to deliver high-octane moments, we stomped our feet to ‘86’ by Truncate and the acid tinge on Donato Dozzy’s ‘Gol’.
Afterlife flew along past 6am, barely dropping in numbers. Space had saved their best till last and looking at the remaining line-up, it’s only going to get better.