The Sound Of Glitterbox 2015
Those who made it to Booom to experience Glitterbox for themselves last year will know that the focus of the party is its music. Glitterbox’s aim was – and continues to be – to offer party-goers something a little different from what can be found elsewhere on the island: a hemisphere of house and disco that can be enjoyed by Ibiza veterans and newcomers alike.
There are some records that embody the music-first policy of Glitterbox more than most, so with that in mind, here’s our rundown of 10 records that sum up what you can expect to hear at the weekly residency: The Sound of Glitterbox.
Soul Clap feat. Robert Owens – Misty
The carefree, G-Funk influenced music that Soul Clap produce seemingly for the fun of it perfectly epitomises the ethos of Glitterbox, and pairing their warm beats with Owen’s silky vocal is a match made in house heaven. ‘Misty’ sounds like it’s been around for ever, and is a record that will stand the test of time for decades to come.
Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
Phillip Sherburne – writing for SPIN – probably summed up ‘Inspector Norse’ best when he said that when listening to the record, you are instantly transported to “some magical, moonlit beach party where phosphorescent microbes twinkle in the surf like the spangles of a disco ball”. A neon-flecked, feel-good anthem with a bonkers breakdown that everyone knows (even if they don’t know they know): if you’re tired of ‘Inspector Norse’ you’re tired of life.
Ultra Nate – New Kind of Medicine
One of several Glitterbox performers whose heritage cannot be disputed, Ultra Nate has released several definitive records over the course of her incredible career. Integral in the success of Strictly Rhythm in the mid-late 90s, Ultra’s voice became synonymous with the label with the success of records like ‘Free’, ‘Found A Cure’ and ‘A New Kind Of Medicine’. A consummate performer with an incredible catalogue of music at her disposal, catch her at Glitterbox later this summer.
Julio Bashmore - Rhythm Of Auld
Described by Resident Advisor as “one of his best tracks of recent times” on its release last year, Julio Bashmore’s ‘Rhythm Of Auld’ captured the hearts and minds of many. On it, Bashmore takes influence from the symphonic ’70s disco anthems that form the backbone of a Glitterbox soundtrack, deconstructing and rebuilding until he’s left with a track that oozes heritage while still packing one hell of a dancefloor punch.
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
Proof that quality will always stand out from the crowd, Gregory Porter’s deeply soulful ‘Liquid Spirit’ remixed to tremendous effect by the unbelievably consistent Claptone. Deep and woozy, the Claptone sound regularly pairs feel good vibes with acute melancholia, imbuing each groove with a (usually) Rhodes-laced funk and myriad earthy elements. Already one of the year’s most essential house tracks, a summer in Ibiza looks set to further enhance its potency.
Chemise – She Can't Love You
Founded in early 1979 by Italian club pioneer and radio DJ Sergio Cossa (who was also an author and producer), Emergency Records was an independent US label which was instrumental in the popularisation of the late 70s and early 80s Italian disco sound. Ultimately, it was a sound that cannibalised itself by chasing ever more accessible hooks and melodies – as Dimitri From Paris told us last year. ‘She Can’t Love You’ however, is one of many records that can hold its head up proudly to this day, treading the tricky to navigate line between popularity and credibility. Recently and sympathetically edited by Purple Disco Machine, who joins the Glitterbox ranks for three events of the course of the summer.
Breakbot - Baby I'm Yours
It was the influence of his elder brothers that informed the musical direction of Thibaut Berland aka Breakbot, who exposed him to the soul, funk and pop of Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder and many more, all of whose impact is apparent in ‘Baby I’m Yours’. Describing himself as “a dude in a basement looking for melodies”, to say he nailed this one is quite the understatement.
Lucy Pearl - Don't Mess With My Man (Mood II Swing Main Mix)
A masterclass in how to deliver a proper groove, ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’ harnesses everything that was good about R&B in the early noughties. Leaving the instantly recognisable bassline pretty much intact, Mood II Swing’s deftly crafted remix scatters a few shuffling hats into the mix and lets the insatiable groove do its thing.
Rufus feat. Chaka Khan – Do You Love What You Feel
Released in late 1979 from the Quincy Jones produced album Masterjam, ‘Do You Love What You Feel’ originally spent three weeks at the top of the Hot Soul Singles chart. That Mistajam eventually went gold was due at least in part to this funk-laden disco gem, one of the last that Khan recorded with Rufus before going solo. Pure disco fire.
Hercules & Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same?
Arguably the definitive Glitterbox record, ‘Do You Feel The Same?’ marries the finest elements from house and disco, creating an explosive, upbeat and timeless anthem. After being a key party of the success of Glitterbox at Booom in 2014, Hercules & Love Affair’s Andy Butler described the residency as “a beautiful foray into creating a party focused on connecting the dots between genre and generations”. If the 2014 shows are anything to go by, their live performances at Space this year will be something special.
Glitterbox is at Space Ibiza every Friday from 12 June - 25 September – full line-up details here