Review: Ibiza Spotlight at DJ Mag Sessions Pt. 2
World renowned DJ Mag recently took over Egg London once again for an entire weekend of their much celebrated 'Sessions' series. With the likes of Kerri Chandler, Omar S, Fur Coat and Sven Weisemann all appearing two carefully cur
"It was clear that all the February DJ Mag sessions had been crafted to appeal to purveyors of high-quality, classic house, but it was The Egg's Saturday listing that caught my eye. Running until an impressive 10am, the night was headed by the elusive Detroit legend and FXHE Records boss Omar S, alongside label mate Luke Hess. I was particularly excited to see Sven Weisemann’s name on the line-up; the Berlin-based deep house DJ has acquired something of a cult following, largely thanks to his sublime free mixes on Soundcloud. He rarely plays the UK, so after having seen him tear apart Rex Club in Paris last year I jumped at the chance to see him in my hometown.
We arrived at the perfect time to catch Sven Weisemann, playing 1am – 3am. An unassuming, bespectacled presence, it was a joy to watch him playing from close-up. A classically trained musician and composer, Sven played the decks like a particularly complex classical instrument – this was certainly no “press play” set. Equally refreshing was his infectious sense of enthusiasm; a million miles away from the unsmiling Berlin deep house stereotype, Sven’s “air piano/air violin” dance moves are quite unlike anything I’ve seen before…
Omar S arrived behind the decks for a flawless changeover at 3am, in his trademark bucket hat and FXHE t-shirt. Flying the flag for classic US house, Kerri Chandler & Jerome Sydenham’s 36 Degrees was a great start to his set…
After our tech-house interlude, we returned to catch Omar S transitioning smoothly from upbeat house grooves to 1993 Berlin techno banger Domina by Maurizio. However, the real climax of the night was when the all-time 1994 classic God Made Me Phunky by MD X Press & Mike Dunn sent the dance floor into a full 6 minutes of all-out mad dancing towards the end of the set. Stepping up at 5am was Luke Hess, who smoothly transitioned things into a suitably more soulful, late-night territory.
This was a fantastic night – its been a long time since I’ve been so enthralled by a DJ that I truly lost myself in the music, but both Sven Weisemann and Omar S achieved just that."
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Next DJ Mag event:
DJ Mag Sessions: Easter Special
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Lineup: Art Department, DJ Mag Allstars