DJ-Mixes often do little more but keeping up a certain mood. To establish a mood like this, masterful Sven Väth only needs a couple of moments. But this is it not enough for the inimitable DJ fromFrankfurt am Main. Väth wants to introduce us to an entire world of electronic sounds. The music is an end to itself, yet at the same time, it is more: Väth employs it to express his passion for the whole scene, to tell about the adventures he has experienced traveling, about his love for his friends, his children, his girlfriend and particularly to his fans all around the world. Väth tunes into the Sound of the 18th Season on a gentle note. Just a touch of a vocal and a fluttering riff display a sense adventure. Willow arouses our curiosity for the night, the people, the laughs and for electronic music. A little later, the groove becomes more insistent and Eduardo de la Calle from Madrid has the crowd gather around his pulsating bassline and crackling hi-hats. With sparing chords, the Spaniard reaches us as sensitive, emotional beings. With the daring sing-a-long of Basti Grub, Väth shows his playful side and another, deep, scratchy voice flashes a profound humor which is superseded by the nonchalance and coolness of Eddie Fowlkes and singer Na Dee. With Fort Romeau, processed voices spread a trippy, unreal vibe and give us an inkling of what is to be expected in the second part of the set. Moments later, Väth blends a new, very special bassline into the mix, which has been composed by no other than ever full of joie de vivre Chez Damier. Ricardo Villalobos's casual, eye-opening grooves appear to be the ideal counterbalance to Damier´s unbounded bassline. Damier and Villalobos whisper and laugh, repeating the word "Conspiracy" over and over again. Väth senses a hidden relation between Villalobos and John Tejada, whose improbable, space-grabbing synthesizer sounds can be felt all the way from the soles of our feet to our scalp. With DJ Slyngshot, the mix becomes more physical and raw. But Väth does not abandon the subtlety of the first part of the mix. With Paul, he immerses himself deeper into the iridescent, psychedelic dynamics of the music. With his unique blend of joy and serenity, Isolée manages to express the magic of electronic dance music in just one perfect track. The spacey, retrofuturistic sounds of Kink set a first high point and with Adam Port & Stereo MC's, Väth gives us a short breather before taking off to the second part of the mix with one of the mind-blowing hits of 2017. "Avalon" by &Me puts a hymnic vocal and unbridled tribal percussions on top of a floating housegroove creating an unimagined, spiritual depth. Patrice Baeumel absorbs this pathos and creates asonic vastness which has us connect to the sublime beauty of the universe. With Fideles, Väthresolves this tension in loose synth-sounds. The ghostly "On the Way" by Gaiser with its uncannyvoices feels like a message from another, surreal world. With the crazy, tempestuous synths ofAubrey, Väth gives us an impression of the bold endgame of the 18th season, of the state we will be inas we leave the party. Only moments later, he already pushes us a step further with a wonderfullyimmediate Chicago-House-Stomper from Slam. "Clap your hands just a little bit louder", the singerkeeps repeating, full of passion. With Electric Rescue, Väth grants us sense of safety and relief. Butjust for a moment. Väth tunes into the finale with ROD's "Hor". For a moment, madness erupts out ofraw energy on the dancefloor. With Secret Cinema & Egbert, Väth is lingering for a moment to reacha new climax in the unlikely mix of sirens and shouts of Peder Mannerfelt & Hodge, which is toppedby Rico Puestel with carnevalesque turbulence. Väth plays Barnts If she says she is a healer, she isa healer, one of the truly magical numbers of the year. Barnt manages to fuse the mysterious, theremote and the immediate into one sound. Then it´s already time to say good bye. But with Väth theend is not the end. Inigo Kennedy's groping, longing sounds suggest a new beginning and with theincredible strings of Paul Nazca we are already in the next chapter of Sven Väth's fabulous journey. Väth's 18th season on Ibiza was one of the most beautiful in years. With Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer,Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin, the most amazing artists techno and house have to offerappeared each for a couple of nights. The lucky ones who already partied with Cocoon know that thebedsprings have to wait for long hours as the afterparties are legendary. This year, things went totallyoverboard at this seaons´s closing party at KM5. So you might already feel a yearning for season 19.Until that happens, you might meet Sven at one of the fascinating places he will turn into mad housesduring winter and spring.