Pure Un­der­ground Boat Party @ Abu Dhabi

Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING BACK - – Stu Todd

Dubai might be the big­ger dance mu­sic brother, but the Pure Un­der­ground boat party in Abu Dhabi tried to re- dress the bal­ance be­fore Christ­mas, with a 3 DJ line up in­clud­ing cap­tain Rik B, funky house con­nois­seur Jack Wood­cock and ris­ing house DJ Miss P. M.

The boat it­self was an in­ti­mate af­fair, hold­ing just un­der 100 club­bers, with Sun­stroke’s Jack kick­ing off pro­ceed­ings with the likes of Spir­itchaser and Miguel Migs. Once out to sea, he ramped things up with Demarkus Lewis’s ‘ In the Spot Tonite’ and a per­sonal favourite of mine in Johnny Cor­po­rate’s ‘ Sun­day Shout­ing ( Ro­bosonic Re­work)’.

Hand­ing over to Miss PM, the tempo was kicked up an­other notch with a peak time houser from Jor­dan Peak, with Argy on remix du­ties. This set the pace nicely as the boat docked by a se­cluded beach, with Miss PM sign­ing off her ster­ling set with an­other favourite, Chicken Lips ‘ He Not In ( Groove Ar­mada Dub)’.

By the time Rik B took to the decks, the crowd was well into their stride and Rik’s heady mix of pro­gres­sive break­downs and soar­ing buildups was per­fectly framed by the beau­ti­ful Abu Dhabi sun­set. Pryda’s ‘ Mi­rage ( Kash Trivedi Edit)’ pushed the tempo fur­ther and this was met with rau­cous cheers and the ar­rival of a very tal­ented fire per­former who teased flames in time to the mu­sic. By this point the sun had com­pletely set and pro­vided a stark con­trast to the night sky. The party con­cluded with smi­ley dancers dis­em­bark­ing: a great day, a great launch party, and a big suc­cess for Abu Dhabi’s grow­ing elec­tronic mu­sic scene.

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