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Governor’s Island was calm upon arrival, aside from the beats of course. Ibiza United Black & White, New York’s festival transplant from the White Isle, was underway. Derrick Carter doing his thing on the main stage, Bryan G. holding down the locals tent. Soon the idyllic beach would transform into a mass of black-clad dancers, feet flying faster than the chilling wind.
When Butch (pictured below) took to the stage the tent was packed. An upcoming LP on Cecille, future releases on Visionquest and Hot Creations, a crate of euphoric house; this was, by consensus, the most anticipated set of the day. Butch did not disappoint, interspersing hits like Rawhide with some of the bassiest tech house around. He finished with James Holden’s epic remix of The Sky Was Pink against a backdrop of the setting sun–a seriously incredible moment.
After a big day-to-night tech house set from Antonio Piacquadio, Carl Craig stepped up to the decks. The Detroit legend seamlessly navigated his way through a blistering set of techno and house as the temperatures dropped and the dancing picked up. With the large Hot Creations banner waving off to one side of the tent, the stage was set for label boss Jamie Jones. He immediately launched into his signature trippy deep house; devoted fans loved the progressive sound, though many not used to it seemed a bit alienated. The crowd unfortunately thinned during his set, but those of us who stayed were treated to basslines from outer space, a ketamine disco topped off with Hot Natured’s upcoming Benediction.