In the Mix: The Sound of the 17th Season


In the summer 2016, Sven Väth invited the global electronic music community to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza for the 17th time. Soft, friendly chords and bird chirps from Swedish producer Harald Björk woo the listener to the dancefloor. Väth weaves Ripperton´s upright beats into the track, using reverberations of a graceful melody. Melting the rhythms of reggae and house together, Rhauder absorbs this very special mood of composed ease with a unique groove, featuring the attentive voice of Paul St. Hilaire. After Love Over Entropy's "Sea", Kamran Sadeghi's fascinating synth hooks develop space-grabbing shapes. Alex & Digby translates this colossal sonic drama into a humorous, imaginative orchestra of rustling and chirping sounds. Väth pushes the firm bassline of Traumer into the track, positioning the set firmly to the dancefloor. With the luscious house groove of Omar S, Väth reaches a magical Zen moment. With John FM´s vocal, a charming love song lightens the set up. Eddie Fowlkes translates this sense of longing into a rich fusion jazz, developing a strange poetry. Christopher Rau (C-Rau) contrasts this appreciation for elegance with a determined bass drum. Finally, Väth plays a track of his own, "Electrica Salsa". Remixer Roman Flügel uses futuristic, crystal-clear sounds, simultaneously revealing the modernity of the track. The final track of disc one is by Pantha Du Prince. Levon Vincent does not even need a bass drum for an electrifying piece of house music. With a pulsating bassline and an over-the-top organ solo, Redshape manages to be even more thrilling. Hot City Orchestra and André Galluzzi suspend this tension with an atmospheric techno track. Adam Port merges the diverging energies into a single, pulsating synth pattern. Damian Lazarus and Kölsch release this straightforward flow with soulful melodies. Margot condenses Kölsch's exuberance into a deep euphoria - wobbling synths mutate into Danny Daze's sawing acid track. Kölsch's remix uses a grumbling, doggish synth pattern to anchor all the multifaceted sounds of "Robot". With a gloomy, huge techno track featuring Mr. V, Slam exhibits another level of seriousness. Robert Hood (Floorplan) picks up this tension between techno and soul and pushes it even further. With Bart Skills, Väth reaches his finale. The very special Johannes Heil has siren-like winds flashing up abruptly. Väth immerses himself into the pure, rhythm-driven energy with Emmanuel's heavy, resonant synth tracks. Väth finishes this amazing set with the labyrinthine, trippy synthesizers of Konstantin Sibold's "Mutter".