Pete Tong is set to debut his critically-acclaimed Ibiza Classics show at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl this November. The indelible occasion marks Tong’s US debut with The Heritage Orchestra, overseen by director Chris Wheeler and conductor Jules Buckley.
In celebration of the occasion, Tong has decided that Ibiza Classics will be released as a full-length album on December 1.
Ibiza Classics is set to follow up his 2016 No. 1 album Classic House, the UK’s bestselling debut record in 2016, which has sold more than 270,000 copies to date. On Ibiza Classics, Tong combines the euphoria of touring his last work, alongside the decades of immersion in dance music culture, and lessons from his newfound peers Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra.
Ibiza Classics was recorded at producer Mark Ralph’s studio in west London and programmer Dennis White’s studio in Putney.
“They were like the Creative Control Centres of the thing,” says Tong of the two.
“Last time it was performance first, record second, but this time I started the project from a programming and arrangement perspective with Mark and Dennis. Then we had the Heritage Orchestra’s band going into the studio and playing on top of what we did and adding in the live elements.” For the final recording steps, Buckley arranged the tracks for the wider, 65-piece Heritage Orchestra, over just five days in London’s Air Studios.
Considering Tong’s propensity on this record for the marrying of dance music enthusiasm and its incessantly detail-oriented recording process, the record’s shaping up to be one of his most exhilarating works to date. “It feels appropriate to be celebrating the legacy of dance music,” he says. “This is the soundtrack to so many people’s lives.”
1. Clubbed To Death
2. Galvanize feat. Reggie Snow
3. Body Language feat. Raye
4. Killer feat. Seal
5. Sing It Back feat. Becky Hill
6. You Don’t Know Me feat. Craig David
7. Medley: Running / Finally feat. Jessie Ware
8. Unfinished Sympathy feat. Samm Henshaw
9. Medley: Rej / The Man With The Red Face / Yeke Yeke
10. La Ritournelle feat. Will Heard
11. Promised Land feat. Disciples
13. Out Of Space feat. Assassin
15. You Got The Love feat. Candi Staton
Ibiza Classics is officially out December 1 and available to pre-order here.