if you’ve ever seen ibiza uncovered but not actually visited the island, chances are your perceptions are slightly misled.
the antics of the young brits who descend on san antonio each year probably would seem tame in comparison to what’s occuring in benidorm, lanzarote and tenerife. but no one made a series about those places, to my knowledge.
sure, those who visited up until 1994 may be disheartened by the transformation but san antonio apart, the place does retain a balearic vibe. you can still get those funny little spanish crisps in lots of different shapes. the staple vodka limon has not been usurped by designer cocktails and red bull.
the change was evident in 1996 – the soundtrack to las salinas beach was oasis, totally at odds with the club scene but representative of what was happening back in the uk. you struggled to find cheap club entry so you spent some nights in those all night bars in the west end where if you buy four san miguels you get a free bottle of teichenne schnapps. which lets face it was too much freedom for brits used to stingy measures and archaic licensing laws, and could have been directly responsible for the mayhem displayed in ibiza uncovered…
whatever happens with the image though, the music stayed true to itself. 1996 saw the armand van helden invasion that inadvertently kickstarted the speed garage scene back home.
junior vasquez – if madonna calls
josh wink – higher state of consciousness
love tribe – stand up – alcatraz remix
cj bolland – sugar is sweeter – armand van helden mix
tori amos – professional widow – armand van helden
stretch and vern – i’m alive
lisa marie experience – keep on jumpin’
todd terry – jumpin’ – rhythm master remix
full intention – america
ken doh – i need a lover tonight
planet soul – set u free
mighty dub kats – magic carpet ride – son of wilmot original
rozzo – into your heart
wildchild – renegade master
cool jack – just come – sharp blasted dub
natural born grooves – forerunner
mory kante – yeke yeke – hardfloor mix
hysteric ego – want love
faithless – insomnia
dj scot project – u
mary kiani – 100% – tall paul mix
amen uk – passion