Compilation Review: ‘Shlomi Aber Live from Sankey’s Ibiza’ (Be As One)

Shlomi Aber Live from Sankey's Ibiza


After a lot of dusky jabbing and skipping round in circles, Shlomi Aber’s Sankey’s campaign brings deep house that progressively lands more punches. Guiding you with block coverage of bass that bobs and weaves above skippy percussion and sub-techno deals (Macromism’s “Cavalier”), the Israeli’s Ibiza soak is heavy enough to take it out of the chatty, by-the-bar sphere of insignificance, despite there being a lot of bluster behind the scenes without much interaction going on up top. Away from the spinner’s own “Foolish Games,” which still doesn’t really have an Ibizan vocal to embrace despite trying to do a Dennis Ferrer, and an odd Sly Stallone monologue appearing on Fideles’ “Stop the Basement,” it’s a unspeaking set for overcrowded, low ceilinged affairs. All the while, Shlomi taking his time doesn’t want the involvement of slow coach socialisers, and your flip-flops best not fail you.

Overlong as the build up feels, Aber reaches a great pounding climax with Marco Faraone trying to shoo away impending sunrise turning Chicago days into Detroit nights. You’ll still have enjoyed his looking out from the top end of the thermostat, despite a middle period you may find sapping from an already pretty fan-seeking foundation. Yaya’s “Dawara” puts the mix into a tribal twist, enlivened by Chester Code & Frankie Howland’s “Mountain Dance” riding a big dipper and garage scholar Luca Agnelli twitching his way funkily into the final straight.

File under: Alci, Bimas, Francisco Allendes

Matt Oliver

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