Bas Ibellini drops his essential tracks ahead of Moga Festival

If we followed Bas Ibellini around the world over the past few years, our memories might be stained with sweaty heaving crowds, beaches in Ibiza, dancefloors in New York, after-parties in London, and festivals in Mexico. In recent years, he has had the opportunity to perform at venerable night clubs including Fabric, DC10, Fuse Brussels and Output New York; alongside invitations to appear at key festivals including Sunwaves Romania and BPM in Mexico.

A deep-rooted love for music, passed down from a musical family, has placed Bas in a fortunate position. Years of hard work, from pushing himself to become an expert turntablist as a youngster to putting on his own ‘Peculiar’ parties in East London, have laid the foundations for his growing success. When Bas isn’t touring or in the studio, organising the perfect party for friends and booking world class acts is his passion. Previous guests have been Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber, The Mole, Herodot to name a few.

On the production tip, Bas has taken a considered though enthusiastic tact, spending days on end toiling away in the studio. Learning the craft inside out, he prefers to take his time to release music. Over the last three years he has released on Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers’ Tuskegee imprint, and Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels label.

We asked Bas to name us some of his essential tracks he is enjoying at the moment ahead of Moga Festival in Morocco

“I’ve been collecting records for about 18 years. When I go to a different city the first thing I look up are the local record stores. I love seeing the vinyl culture and it generally says a lot about a cities music and arts scene.”

Here are some tracks that I’m enjoying at the moment:

Pox & Pol (Ricardo Villalobos and Argenis Brito) – El Malekon

Straight up music for the hips . A tool that can keep the dance floor steady for a while. ToiToi consistent with putting out quality forward music.

DOG With The Groove Of Lights – G-Spot (Silverlining Dub)

A solid house tool that I enjoy layering in my sets. It has an old 90’s H-Foundation vibe to it. Straight up driving house that fits the way I play outdoors.

Colonel Abrams – Victim Of Loving You (Gloo Factory Mix)

Bomb house classic that been very obviously sampled. This version does it for me though.

Afriqua – Aleph [R&S Records]

Smooth and beautifully produced from Afriqua’s R&S album. I wouldn’t expect much less.

Moodymann – Don’t you want my love

A Night switcher or something I’d layer on some groove beats. I’ve still been meaning to hear Moodymann start to finish. I’ve only caught the end of his set at Sonar a few years ago playing a Jimi Hendrix track. That’s pretty Balls deep

Jail Break – Mentality..

Chicago influenced UK Acid house from the late 80’s. It still sounds so fresh with plenty of textures to keep you occupied.

Paul St. Hilaire & Rhauder – Skank (Cobblestone Jazz Reconstruction) [Sushitech / SUSH047]

I haven’t seen much from Cobblestone Jazz lately apart from Mathew Jonson dissecting a Roland SH101 like it was lego. I still only understand half the lyrics of this song; my Rastafarian lingo is poor.

Fingers Inc – Distant Planet (Club Mix)

This just makes me want to time travel back to Paradise Garage and eat fruit in the green room.

Beach House – Lover Of Mine (Rojid Edit)

You hear my cry, lover of mine
No tear in the eye or fear in my mind
Romantic Indie Minimal. RIM – A new genre?

The Golden Filter – Talk Talk Talk (4GN3S)

I’ve always loved the industrial electro sound. 80’s inspired all rounder, even the video effects take me back to VH1 in the early 90’s.

Hope you enjoy my crate of tunes which represent my current dance floor taste.

Moga Festival 2018 is set for October 12th, 13th and 14th and once again returns to the beautiful Essaouira in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and also the filming location of “The Red City” from the Game of Thrones TV series.

It is there that you are invited to experience a unique mix of culture and music in a breathtaking setting by the sea, all with a world class soundtrack that features latest additions like Habibi Funk, Gescu, Guy Gerber, Salome, Sepp, Lunar Disco and Bas Ibellini on top of the likes of already announced names Acid Pauli, Agoria, Maher Daniel, Nitin, Nico Stojan, Jan Blomqvist and plenty of others.

For three days, fans of tasteful electronic sounds and followers of underground electronic culture will soak up the unique atmosphere of the ancient city of Mogador in the aptly named Essaouira. The setting is a blissful one by the sea, with grand old architecture, hot sun and local cuisines, culture and colour, all making it a one-of-a-kind experience.

The events will all take place in cultural and historical venues across the city and for its 2018 edition, Moga Festival will again present the avant-garde of the international scene and Moroccan scenes, for afternoons and evenings of magical concerts. The Sofitel Mogador Essaouira will be the central and main venue of the Moga Festival, however in addition to the official programme at the Sofitel, other hotspots will also be offered to festival-goers such as Ocean Vagabond, Taros Café, Beach & Friends, MegaLoft by Othmanchic and many other places.

These latest additions include Habibi Funk from Jakarta Records who are known for mixing Arabic funk, jazz and other organic sounds from the 1970s and 1980s, Bas Ibellini, a London based artist signed to Tuskegee and Crosstown Rebels and founder of the Peculiar party, plus Rumors Ibiza party founder and emotional house and techno artist Guy Gerber, and cult Romanian minimalists Sepp and Gescu, amongst a wealth of other stars from an array of worldly genres.

About the author

For the last 20+ years, Damion has been an international touring DJ, promoter, touring agent, label owner, magazine editor and producer. He is currently the Group Editor and Managing Director of Decoded Magazine. Hear more at