Live At Cocoon Ibiza
Even after more than 30 years of living the lifestyle of electronic dance music, techno is still sometimes looking for a matching form and sound language to transfer the special thrill of a live event to a club night adequately. So, Sven Väth and his crew were even more excited about the live set of Eric Estornell aka Maetrik at Cocoon's Closing Party at Amnesia/Ibiza in 2011. For the finish of a season that once again explored the limits of party culture, Maetrik celebrated an extraordinary energetic state of emergency for more than one hour. The resulting live CD reflects that matchless mixture of pumping deep house, energetic soul and adrenaline-enriched noise that Maetrik presented already on such renowned labels as Treibstoff, Dumb-Unit and Audiomatique, and which is, with timeless tracks like "Snorkel" and "Crush On Me," also an important part of Cocoon's current label portfolio. The Texan that lives in Valencia, Spain delivers a brilliant performance with ten tracks or remixes (among them Silicone Soul and Popof), including four unreleased tracks. Estornell's distinctive style stamps the night with his hallucinogenic vocals and deep hypnotic beats, illuminating the club with an energy that is literally everywhere. Thanks to the preacher vocals in "The Poem," a longing, subsonic pulse in the "Jazzersize" remix of the soul anthem "3am," the reduced, pumping funk of "The Pressure" or the programmatic, Maetrik-style definition "Particle House" with his breathless house mantra, the limits of time and space are overridden effectively, before the final "Crush On Me" -- one of the best club tracks in 2011 -- provides the set with a conclusive climax.