VIDEO | NIGHTMARES ON WAX, WAX DA JAM @AURA

In the age of digital, where laptops and dj controllers are a big part of the Ibiza scene, it’s refreshing to come across nights like Nightmares on Wax’s ‘Wax Da Jam’ night at Aura. The night has a really soulful and relaxed vibe going on, with the Nightmares on Wax crew joined by guest djs and live performers to create a really fresh and unique sound.

It has been running at Aura for a while now, and we were lucky enough to be invited down to film one of their nights earlier in the summer…

Ashley Beedle was guesting on the decks when we went down to film, and DJ Ease and Negghead have managed to secure the services of some really big names so far, with Roots Manuva, Massive Attack, Bonobo and DJ Shadow all having come down to play live.

Look out for Maxi from Faithless, as he chats with Ease before letting himself loose to the bongo beats of Shovell the Drum Warrior. We also managed to grab a quick interview with up-and-coming singer Chantae Vetrice, as she told us about how much she was loving her first time at the Jam!

For loads more Ibiza video content, check out our YouTube channel!

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MUSIC | AUGMENTED INSIDER COLIN PETERS’ PLAYLIST

We asked Augmented Ibiza Insider Colin Peters to share his favourite tracks of the Summer with us – just click to start the playlist and it will automatically play through all the videos!

You can find loads more video content, with interviews, tips from Insiders and live performances from the summer, over on the Augmented Ibiza YouTube channel.

Here is a tracklisting of Colin’s choices, with a little bit of explanation from Colin about each track:

1. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Original and The Knocks remix)
Being as Sundays at Space are like a festival I had to put this festival anthem at No.1, great both as the original and the remix by The Knocks who make it more dancefloor friendly.

2. Friendly Fires – Live These Days Tonight
Wonderful return from a band that perfectly straddle dance and indie music, this euphoric song reminds me of raves 20 years ago, this image is reinforced by the rave footage on the video.

3. Carte Blanche ft Alexis Taylor – With You
A reminder of what a wonderful musician DJ Mehdi was.

4. Peter & The Magician – Twist
Italo nu-disconess at it’s finest.

5. Digitalism – Blitz
Digitalism + Blitz = Boom!

6. Metronomy – The Bay (Erol Alkan mix)
Erol taking a masterpiece to new heights.

7. Hercules & Love Affair – Painted Eyes (Moonlight Matters mix)
Hercules hits the discotheque hard.

8. Lykke Li- I Follow Rivers (The Magician remix)
Singalong piano magic from The Magician.

9. Plump DJs – Hump Rock
Break beat badboy using Billy Squier – The Big Beat to great effect.

10. Friendly Fires – Hurting
Second entry from The Fires, but their album really was that good. An emotional torch burner that gives me goose bumps.

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GUIDE | RESTAURANTS WORTH A DIVE

With such a wide range of food choice in Ibiza, there is always a restaurant to suit the occasion: whether you want to get away from the crowds and sample some remote local cuisine, or enjoy some tapas as you get ready for the night out. Here is a selection of a few of our favourites eateries on the island.

Aura

Uber Bar…
A fresh new revamp this summer for this restaurant slash bar sees Aura expand via a luscious jasmine-filled terrace. Perfect for sipping delicious cocktails along with that tasty tapas. DJs spin inside all through the night keeping the party going and the bodies grooving. The uber ‘it bar’ on the island, it’s slick with stylish interiors, plus a lush garden designed by a world-renowned landscaper… Aura is nothing short of sensational.

Balafia

Hard to Beat Meat…
It is one of the least known areas of the island but this family-run restaurant is one of its best kept secrets. The food is homely and simple but bursting with quality. Specialising in meat, it’s cooked on an open fire using olive and almond wood, giving the dishes a unique flavour. Hard to find but worth it once you’ve had a bite.

Las Dos Lunas

Lost in Las Dos…
Beautiful, fragrant, whimsical gardens and a superbly placed location mean that this is a favourite stop off for many a low key celeb or DJ on their way to one of the big clubs. Reminiscent of an enchanted Spanish underworld, Las Dos Lunas is ultra discrete and hosts many a famous face without most people blinking an eye or taking notice. Its privacy and loyalty to its clientele is known, and the rich and famous keep rolling in to Las when in town. Look out for the white cow that lives on the roof. A Coxy favourite. Photo by Ana Lui, via White Ibiza

 

 

 

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DAMON MARTIN (DISCO BLOODBATH) TOP 5 TRACKS OF SUMMER

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INTERVIEW | NICOLE MOUDABER

The other day we caught up with rising star Nicole Moudaber, to reflect on her summer in Ibiza; talking about her collaborations with Carl Cox and Danny Tenaglia, her favourite spots on the island, and her take on the Ibiza scene this season.

– Hi Nicole, tell us a little bit about how your summer has been?

Summer has been amazing actually. I had two major parties in Ibiza. One with Carl Cox at Space for his Revolution party – celebrating the 10th anniversary – this summer was my third consecutive year with Carl, and it was incredible.
And I also went back to my roots a little bit in being a promoter, when I organised a party with Danny Tenaglia at Ushuaia Beach Hotel in Ibiza, and that was, amazing. I invited Danny to play, and the concept was a Classic House set, and he delivered an amazing set. He did his entire set classic and all edits as well, so you will not find these records anywhere, they are all his own edits. It was really great for Danny to take the time to do all those edits especially for the party.

– Ushuaia is proving to be a great venue in Ibiza this year, how did you find it?

Well it is a great venue and we actually enhanced it with our lighting ideas. I got this amazing water projector machine, projecting a thin layer of water from the pool – it was 8 metres by 5 metres, and we projected stuff on it. It just looked so real. And coupled with the lighting Ushuaia have, it was just really euphoric.

– And  some great music as well…

Yeah, it was amazing, I got to play the records I don’t get to play in the clubs that I normally play, because they want what I mainly represent which is mainly Techno, but I got the opportunity to play lots of Deep House and House records with vocals during that hour by the pool, so I loved that.

– How did the party at Ushuaia come into being? Have you known Danny for a long time?

Well I have known him for years, and I used to hang out and listen to his 12 hour sets everywhere – from Miami to New York! So from that perspective I knew him then, but we cemented a closer relationship when he played a gig in Beirut 2 years ago, and I opened for him, and from then we became closer. And that led to a track that we are doing together, it’s still in progress. Then one thing led to another and I asked him about doing a classics set at this amazing venue, and that was last year actually, and I worked on it, and that’s how things rolled.

– I guess it’s pretty special because he doesn’t make many appearances in Ibiza?

He doesn’t make many appearances anywhere unless the gig is right, you know, he doesn’t like to travel, that’s his problem. I guess he has done it for so many years now, he doesn’t want to move unless it is right, and he has the leisure to select the gigs he wants which is great.

– Were there any stand out records from that night that really got the crowd going?

I have the entire set posted up on my Soundcloud , but I did get a lot of questions about one particular track that I played, and that was the Tracey Thorn record called ‘Why Does The Wind’, and it was an Andre Lodemann remix, and it’s really cool.

– What other records have you been enjoying playing out this summer?

Well to be honest, I have all my records that are not out yet, and I have been playing them, and the response has been incredible, especially my new remix that’s not out yet, of Carl Cox’s new single, coming out on INTEC, and that has been destroying the floors everywhere, and that’s going to come out end of the month.

– So it’s been a good chance for you to test the water with the new stuff?

I always test them, you know, and it sounds unique because no one has them yet, so it’s pretty cool.

– We have noticed a lot of musical variety in Ibiza this summer, with a real range of nights around. What is your perspective on this, and what direction do you see Ibiza going in the future?

Funny enough, I thought Ibiza this summer actually went a bit commercial, with nights like Swedish House Mafia, which has been pretty amazing on the island, I mean these guys were packing it, which shows you the level of the people on the island. Not really your discerning crowd I wouldn’t of thought, unless you go to niche parties like DC 10 or Cocoon, but those people were smashing it everywhere, getting acts like Usher, and I thought that was a bit too commercial from what we are used to. Nonetheless, all the cool parties were still happening, you know, you have a bit of everything for everyone, which I think is really cool.

– Do you have any favourite spots on the island? Places that you like to go back to every year?

Oh yeah, there are amazing places to visit. There is a really cool spot called Amante, and that is in Cala Llonga, and that is an amazing spot in the island, a restaurant run by David Piccioni, who used to run Azuli records and he has done this place up and it’s lovely, and especially if you want to go to the full moon, I mean it is perfect to watch that. And the food is great! And of course Formentara is amazing if you can take the boat out, it’s 30 minutes from Ibiza, and it’s just the Caribbean over there, white sand, turquoise water, you could spend the whole day there and I just love it. It’s my favourite spot.

– That’s the thing with Ibiza, it has so much to offer as well as the big clubs. There is something for everyone there?

Yeah, you select the big club maybe once or twice a week, but what are you going to do the rest of the week? You can go to Sands, have the best Sushi and the best burger actually. And it’s such a cool atmosphere, you’ve got people like Nightmares on Wax playing Funk and that sort of vibe. My favourite restaurant as well is a French restaurant called Pastis in town, and it’s the best French Nouvelle Cuisine that you can ever taste. It’s amazing.

– With the summer in Ibiza drawing to a close now, what do you have planned for the rest of the year?

Well I made sure I had all my mixes done before the Summer! So I won’t be in the studio again till October time. I have just come back from a North American and Canadian tour, so it’s been busy. I am just taking it easy at the minute.

 

 

 

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GUIDE | SHOPPING

From fashion boutiques to British food stores, there is a shop in Ibiza that can sort you out. Here’s a look at some of the best places on the island with the swag to fulfil all your shopping needs.

reVOLVER

Fashion Heaven…
The ultimate destination for fashion lovers, reVOLVER is an ultra chic
boutique. Famous for its selection of accessories, it also offers an eclectic
mix of clothes, with each item selected individually by the store’s owners. This
place feels rustic yet modern, quirky yet cool, and is well worth a visit (or
two).

Thomas Green’s

The Best of British…
This supermarket sells all kinds of British food (and more) and decent
prices. Perfect if you feel a bit homesick, are in need of the perfect cup of
tea, or just want a copy of your usual newspaper. They are even open to
requests.

Oleh Oleh

Great for Browsing…
This long-established boutique sells both fashion and household goods, from
jewelery to candles to mirrors, all with an Ibizan stamp on it.

Es Cana

Hippy Market…
Barter with the locals and bag yourself a bargain at Es Cana hippy market. With a great selection of handmade jewellery and clothes, it’s a must for any island goer.

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VIDEO | DAY IN THE LIFE (PART 1)

We at Augmented Ibiza are releasing a series of films looking at how the original capital of dance & party island is changing & growing up. For a bit of light relief we thought it would be fun to run around the island solely guided by the app, and see what happens!

In this first film we are led by the guide functions of the app – Insider tips from the likes of Carl Cox, Sasha, Axwell, Daisy Heartbreaker & more… editor picks from our island team, and finding our increasingly hazy way round by the what’s nearby guide!!!
Taking in the beach delights of Salinas, drinks @ Sa Trincha & Jockey Club, quickly followed by some frolicking and grooving down @ Playa D’en Bossa the day got off to a heady start.

Next up was Sasha & Jamie Jones @ Ushuaia which really got the evening kicked off in proper Ibizan style. It was difficult to leave, in fact i think we stayed to the end, before we rolled the augmented dice & headed off to the delights of ibiza town…

As always we had a warm welcome from Nick, Bev & the team @ The Rock Bar. A few too many of their vodka limons before things got properly messy..
See what happens next and where the augmented reality & live social updates led us in part 2!!
Film is soundtracked by an exclusive airing of Joey Negro’s remix of Ben Westbeech’s “Something for the Weekend”.

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GUIDE | BUDGET

Enjoy the Ibiza lifestlye without the Ibiza pricetag? Whether you are after some tasty cheap eats or keen to connect with the natural wonders of the Island, here is a selection of the best things to do in Ibiza that won’t break the bank.

Las SalinasHippest Hangout…
The original Ibiza hippie beach, part of the Sal Nature Reserve. From right
to left the beach bar offerings get more laid back and dwindle as the beach
becomes more remote and private (if you enjoy a more low-key skinny dip far from the crowds). Sa Trincha is well worth the walk if you’re feeling up for a bit of exploration, and aren’t suffering too much from the previous night’s
activities.

Café Sidney Contemporary Crew…
Overlooking the luxury cruisers and yachts and with a wonderfully extensive
menu catering to laptop-laden power-peeps with a few oddballs thrown into the mix – resulting in a refreshingly bizarre balance. Great for long healthy
breakfasts and friendly people at any time of the day. Try the fillet steak
drenched in a wine sauce, the great array of salads (delicious coupled with a
glass of wine), and of course a satisfying view of the port and old town.

El PirataMidnight Slice…
Some of the best pizza on the island, perfect to pop in for a delicious late
night snack. The restaurant is open nice and late and the cocktails are rather
tasty too.

Thai’d UpTimeless Tucker…
Great Thai restaurant with an unexpected, albeit bizarre, Ibizan charm to it.
The Red Beef Curry is particularly good and the prices are very reasonable.
Friendly and elegant and perfect to enjoy whilst sipping a chilled Asian
beer.

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GUIDE | PRE-CLUB

Looking for somewhere to start the night off? There are an abundance of stunning venues where you can relax, take it all in, and get warmed up before the main event. Here is our pick of a few of the best…

Cafe MamboThe Midas Touch…
This once derelict house in the middle of the San Antonio strip is now one of
the best bars to be found in ibiza. Facing a sunset that is completely surreal
while listening to classic beats just can’t be surpassed. An example of fusion
between old and new, Mambo has put San Antonio on the map as a place where good music lives and where people flock for more.

Locura

Late Night Legends…
We Love DJ David Phillips and his partners in crime Dusi and Jeremy for
having built this innocuous little hole in the wall into a legendary late night
destination. A little outside terrace and even tinier inside – the tardis-like
nature of this bar means it’s impossible not to leave with new and rather
intimate friends.

Rock Bar

Lowdown Limon…
Owners Nick and Bev, and bar stalwarts Kev and Kyle make sure this bar has
one of the friendliest welcomes in the port. Hang out, get the lowdown on the
action and meet some of the interesting characters the island is famous for. All
for the reasonable price of a vodka limon.

 

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INTERVIEW | GUY WILLIAMS

We caught up with Guy Williams the other day ahead of his final Black Rabbit night of the season at We Love Space, to find out a little more about what he has been up to this summer in Ibiza.

– How has your summer been? Fill us in on what has been going
on?

It’s fair to say it’s been a pretty crazy summer, backwards and forwards to Ibiza for both our Black Rabbit residency at We Love Space and mine and Thomas Gandey’s 4 date residency with Paradise 45 at Aura, as well as some other gigs along the way! Summer was kicked off with the Snowbombing festival in Austria, where both the Paradise 45 and Black Rabbit parties rocked hard and other festivals included Lovebox and
Secret Garden Party (my fave).

– The final Black Rabbit night at Space is coming up on Sunday
4th September. You will be joined by DRW and Maxxi Soundsystem for
this one. It’s the last one of the summer, are you expecting a special night?

Yes for sure, we have a large crew, both visiting the island and those
that are resident here that are coming down, as well as it being one of my best friend’s birthdays! So good music, a great crowd and some giddy antics are to be expected.

– How have the other Black Rabbit nights at Space been going
this summer? Any particular highlights for you?

They have been going really well, I’d say that after doing four nights last year people know we are there now and we tend to be the place that a lot of the workers and other dj’s end up at.

– The last of your Paradise 45 parties at Aura is coming up on
Thursday with Faze Action and Maxxi Soundsystem joining you and Thomas Gandey. It is the last Paradise 45 of the summer, are you excited about it and what can we expect?

It certainly is the last one, cant believe it’s come round already! With a line up like that of course you can expect it to be rocking and if its anything like the last party with Justin Robertson then your in for a real treat!

– What was the idea behind Paradise 45 when you and Thomas Gandey started it up?

Myself and Thomas Gandey had been talking for some time about producing music together and we have been loving a lot of the ‘nu-disco/future disco’ that has been released recently. We came up with the name as we have taken a lot of our influences from the heady days of disco at Paradise garage in New York and early Manchester clubbing influences from the Hacienda and Paradise factory. And of course, 45 is the abbreviation for a 7” single!

– Thomas Gandey was telling us about the parties you have done
in London at Dalston Superstore  –  from trashy East London to cocktails at Aura, is there a different feel to the parties in Ibiza? How has the idea translated on the island?

Well to be honest, it has worked well because its all about the music, and the soundtrack of deep house, future disco, italo, 80’s and classic US house works well in both environments. We are actually re-launching in London after a summer break at a great venue called East Bloc on City Road, Old Street near Shoreditch, last Friday of the month starting Friday 28th October so keep your eyes peeled for more info.

– Are there any island secrets you can fill us in on?

The fish shack is great for, yes you guessed it, great fish, but they do other things as well and they are kind of hidden over the rocks by Sa Punta at the end of Talamanca beach. I am heading there this week for sure!

– And finally, what are your plans for the rest of the year?

Focusing on the new Paradise 45 monthly in London as mentioned above, and working on more Paradise 45 productions and remixes with Thomas Gandey and finishing mine and Dan Williams’ new EP as The Shack, signed to Faze Action recordings to follow up our debut, ‘Touch It EP’ out now!

Thanks to Guy for giving us that update about his summer, and click here to check out The Shack’s debut ‘Touch It EP,  Guy’s new collaborative project with Dan Williams.

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