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Ibiza Openings: 'Pacha Sundays' Proves Ambitious With Solomun +1

“Ibiza’s changed more in the last five years than it has in the last 15.” So said Pete Tong in an interview in March, citing the island’s delayed reaction to international competition from the likes of the US and Croatia. It was an ongoing theme of ‘Tong’s industry conference IMS this year too, and no where was the White Isle’s wave of changes more obvious than the IMS afterparty and launch of 'Pacha Sundays’, which this year shaked both the dancefloor and the island's clubbing community with the announcement of Solomun as the weekly resident. Simply titled Solomun + 1, teaming a byword for glamorous clubbing with an artist who is now generally considered a case study of how to widely showcase an underground sound without becoming overexposed was always going to be an ambitious move. The opening night certainly wasn’t shy of the theme either, Solomun drafting in techno heavyweight DJ Koze as his +1 act.

So how does Pacha look with pounding tech-house? VIBE arrived at 1:45AM to a full venue and a hybrid crowd. On the steps, at the bars, were the Island’s kick-drum clique: hats, vests, shorts and serious looks, unsure what to make of the sea of floodlit purple that coated Pacha’s usual suspects: the Europeans, the synthetically sexy and the serious spenders. There was almost a pause, a change in air pressure as the gigantic German took to the decks, but within seconds of the first seamless switchover, the dancefloor was charged: hands in the air, tech-heads high fiving transexuals, bankers fist pumping to basslines and cap-wearers exchanging hot looks with VIP models. It’s hard to tell who was more turned on by this weird temporary marriage: the regular or the barbarian horde visitors but all were entranced nonetheless, punctuated by lasers and green light emitted from the 40-foot Solomun sign balanced above the modified DJ booth.

The shaking up of traditional stereotypes between glamorous and gritty venues and lineups has beamed in across a number of venues this year: the extension and fattening up of Ushuaia’s line-ups and opening hours, the back-to-roots approach of this year’s Sankeys being other examples, however Pacha, the traditional elite stronghold, taking on Solomun as a weekly resident is surely the most ambitious. And at 6am, with the dancefloor still rammed and VIPs spilling into the DJ booth, head nodding to Solomun and DJ Koze as snares disappear and the back-to-back set begins, it’s obvious there’s a hunger for this. Hold tight, Ibiza.

Words and Photo: Ally Byers

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Tee Grizzley Commemorates Aunt Who Was Fatally Shot In Detroit

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), Tee Grizzley’s aunt, Jobina “JB” Brown, was fatally shot in Detroit, Michigan. Brown and the rapper, who she managed, were riding in a Chrysler together at the time of the attack. Two other men were also in the car, ages 25 and 34, when their vehicle came to a stop and bullets from an unknown direction began.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Brown, 41, was pronounced dead. Recently, Grizzley took to Instagram to commemorate his aunt. “Since I was 12 we been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me????” he wrote. “Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Brown’s death as a homicide, The Detroit News reports. An investigation by Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit is currently underway as the search for the suspect continues.

 

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Since I was 12 We been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me???? Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much 💔

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Jeezy Test Drives Job As Meteorologist On The Weather Channel

In promotion of his latest studio album, TM104: Legend Of The Snowman, the Atlanta native took to The Weather Channel in his hometown to give viewers the prognosis for the week. Since climate change is ramping up day by day, Jeezy didn’t hesitate when he saw the forecast predicted a chance of snow everyday.

The weather man recently debuted the aforementioned album to fanfare. In recent interviews, he mentioned this is his last album with Def Jam and rounds out his Thug Motivation series which began in 2005.

TM104 features CeeLo Green, Queen Naija, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Rick Ross and more. “All the records that I did, even the ones that didn’t make the album, they were all true to me,” he said to Billboard. “It’s what true thug motivation means. Just like everything that I’ve done, I put my heart into it like it was my first album. Like it was my first ad-lib. Like it was my first rodeo.”

Is it supposed to snow in Atlanta tonight? That's what Meteorologist @Jeezy says… ⛄ pic.twitter.com/UyrqV76DLO

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 23, 2019

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Florida Gunman Convicted Of Manslaughter In Fatal Parking Lot Shooting

A Florida jury convicted a white gunman of killing an unarmed black father during an argument over a parking space. Jurors deliberated for more than six hours before finding Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

McGlockton, 28, was gunned down in front of his 5-year-old son in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station. The father of three was coming to his girlfriend’s defense after she was confronted by Drejka for parking in a handicap space while McGlockton ran into the store. Drejka, who alleged self-defense, claimed that he opened fire after McGlockton took “one step” towards him and shoved him. Drejka attempted to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to justify the fatal shooting, and saw no fault in his actions.

“I followed the law the way I thought the law was supposed to be followed. I cleared every hurdle that the law had to put in front of me,” he told a local news station last year.

Prosecutors argued that Drejka provoked the confrontation and video surveillance confirmed that McGlockton was backing away from Drejka. The state’s self-defense argument doesn’t apply if the shooter caused the altercation.

Drejka, who faces up to 30 years in prison, had no reaction to the verdict, CBS News reports. He remains held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 10.

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