The Mediterranean island of Ibiza continues to generate its own dance-music sound, a blend of soft house-music beats and atmospheric Europop effects as exotic to American ears as rockabilly is to Europeans. The atmospheric techno of this two-CD set — mixed by two resident DJs at Space, a local disco — is pure Ibiza: dreamy romanticism, a magic-carpet ride of heartbeats and lovy-dovy mouthings, everything idyllic that one associates with the beach-vacation sound.
Yet the music of DJ Jonathan Ulysses and DJ Reche feels quite a bit darker, and somewhat more ponderous, than the playful and girly music that rules at Pacha, the previous Ibiza disco of choice. There’s a bluesy decadence in some of Reche’s selections — it’s hard to speak more shamelessly than the Amanda Lear–like monologuist who bottoms out in Electric Tease’s "Lick the Hardcore." And Ulysses’s set, though more tribal in texture, also delves deep, in tracks like José de Divina’s "Africanismo," Osuna’s "Me Vuelve Loca," Marco "Polo" Cecere’s "Tribal Journey," Mantira’s "Más y Más," and the Rhythm Masters’ "Ghetto (Soul Glow Remix)," into the noirish (but delicious) underside of classic funky disco.