What happened when thee Väth dropped in at Pacha

A little over two months ago we witnessed the formation of a newfound friendship between Sven Väth and Solomun at Cocoon. It was a visit which had them going back-to-back at the end of Solomun’s first appearance for the club and night, bear hugging throughout whilst they seemed to one-up each other with every track choice. To say the least, it was the perfect preface to the next chapter.

Solomun’s simple yet winning +1 formula, where he invites one DJ to join him behind the decks, last night had enlisted Sven Väth to play. The first time in two decades that Papa Sven had a go at making the Pacha floor move was a night we’ve had marked on the calendar long before they started their respective residencies this season. Therefore, disregarding any cool kid attempt of arriving late we informed Pacha that we were ready before either got in the booth.


The full Ibiza Spotlight crew was out for this one and we were on power save mode until the real show kicked off. By the time Solomun stepped foot into view just before 2am the floor was already heaving. Easing us into the evening, he laid on low-slung grooves and skipping beats, causing hip swinging passages.

There were several points where the floor was most certainly alive, his remix of ‘Clap Your Hands’ igniting a big reaction. People passed him tokens of their affections, including a high five, vinyl record and metal ladle – the latter quickly snatched away, never making it to hoped destination. The smooth sailing can be epitomised by one of his last tunes, ‘Moving Day’ from David August.

Record box situated, Sven then instantly brought us harder hitting rhythms. Proceeding with J Dilla beats on Leon Vynehall – ‘It’s Just’, before some retro material and pure club bangers, continuously switching the mood.

Beaming out to the crowd, he played known favourites of his; Lil’ Louis ‘French Kiss’ followed by the Shaken-Up Version of ‘Silent Shout’, with a no-fuss precision in where and when to drop the needle on the bombs, they were unleashed in their rightful way.


The meeting point in the B2B left no tiring on the dancefloor thanks to full throttle tech and driven forces like Superpitcher Mix of ‘The Difference It Makes’ and contagious ‘Let’s Prance’. Sven dipped out in the last half hour; no issue for Solomun who swayed away and, compared to his earlier set, had taken heavier pointers from Sven, incorporating Pryda’s ‘Armed’.

When you combine a legend of decades with one of more recent years, musical miracles can happen, and the sea below lapped it up all the way till 8am.


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