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Miami Music Week 2014 Wrap-Up & Ultra 2014 Live Sets!

John Digweed at the Pacha Ibiza pool party @ The Delano Hotel, South Beach
John Digweed at the Pacha Ibiza pool party @ The Delano Hotel, South Beach

I’m tempted to write our cliché phrase “the dust has finally settled…” in regards to Miami Music Week 2014, but I don’t think it fits here. Unlike last year, I didn’t attend the chaos that is Ultra Music Festival this year. Instead of attending one of the world’s largest Electronic music festivals, I chose to quite literally take my talents to South Beach for just a taste of the dozens of parties that flooded Miami during the last week of March, aptly called Miami Music Week (MMW) or, less commonly, Winter Music Conference (WMC). If you read my preview of MMW that contained selected parties I was hoping to attend, you have a feel for what parties I was looking forward to and the types of events taking place through the duration of last week. Although I wasn’t able to do it all, check out what I did attend and what my thoughts are.

Click through to read about my Miami Music Week and to hear sets from Ultra Music Festival 2014!

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Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 009

Good evening, groove crew. I’ll keep this one brief because just listening to the first two pieces we have for you tonight will pay homage far better than my words ever will. The first, from Still Music is an unreleased remix by Frankie Knuckles himself of Mitchbal & Larry Williams’ “Jack The House.” The second is a commemorative mix Dimitri from Paris compiled of some of his favorite music from Frankie. Mr. Knuckles will truly be missed and never forgotten.

Freebie three out of Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 009 is a remix from Nic Fanciulli of Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love as a thank you for all the support this year. Though it would have been extra special to see him go back to back with his brother Mark, I was lucky enough to catch Nic at Spybar a few months back and had a fantastic time, so I’m sure Miami Music Week was an absolute blast for the Saved Records crew.

Moving along, we take a trip to the Netherlands for a free download by Walker & Royce ft. Javi called Let Me Be from our audiophile pals at Deep House Amsterdam. Walker & Royce (Sam and Gavin) met long ago but only began producing together in 2011. Fortunately Damian Lazarus took notice to one of their earliest releases and then the “You’re Not Welcome EP” happened through Crosstown Rebels and these guys were on their way.

Up next is a blissful summertime track from Tinush titled “Sommerregen” followed swiftly by an original Booty G-House track called “Fuck U” by Volac who is signed to Amine Edge’s label CUFF. The seventh free goody out of the bag is a sweet little deep techno number by the up-and-coming Chicago duo HXH. Keep your eyes peeled for these dudes in the club and on the cloud!

Progressing into our mix box segment, we are graced with the illustrious sounds of Boston’s Don Fochi. Recorded for Beantown Boogiedown Podcast number seventy-four, the Don spews one hour and thirty-sex sexonds–I mean second sex, fuck it–of passionate deep house from Bob Moses to Beta Ghosts and more. If you’re one of our many Burlington, Vermont readers, it’d be a poor life choice not to attend DEEP SEX ft. Don Fochi & Haitian (2KDeep, Sunday Night Mass, Party Guy Records, Planet 96.7) at the one and only Half Lounge Speakeasy on Church Street.

Our next mix is from another Boston resident DJ, Will Monotone, which was recorded live at Viva Warriors Miami just a few nights ago on the twenty-sixth at The National Hotel. That whole Viva team is spectacular so after listening to this stellar recording, it’s probably safe to say it was a good time.

Fourth featured mix in OMG009 is fifty-three minutes and eight seconds of Bisharat’s live set at this weekend’s 99th edition of The Pool House at the fun and funky Primary Nightclub here in Chicago. My House Of Chi brother Bart Takuski opened up the night so it was one of those times where getting to work by 10am on the dot Monday morning wasn’t exactly the first priority. This Sunday marks the 100th edition of The Pool House, so if you’re in the area, go catch Bisharat, Jordan Bernardo, Hummingbird, and Special E.D. for free before 1am ($5 after) with password “House Of Chi!”  Cannonball!!

Fifth mix for the trail ahead is by Mike Larry, a dude who really impressed my friends and me with his techno flow on one of our annual pilgrimages to Le Beach Club, located roughly a half hour outside Montreal in a place called Pointe Calumet. If you are in Montreal this Saturday night, don’t miss Mike Larry drop his sounds on a decent system at Habitat alongside The Junkies!

The final mix out of tonight’s goodybag is a one-of-a-kind recording of Maceo Plex going back to back with Danny Daze at Miami’s Winter Music Conference just four days ago live for Deep Ellum at Trade. Enjoy the tunes, team. Talk to you again soon.

FKALWAYS

Props for the photo, Amnah.

Miami Music Week Is Upon Us!

If you’re one of the lucky ones traveling from all over the world to attend one of the biggest party weeks of the year then this post is for you. If you won’t be attending Miami Music Week or Ultra Music Festival 2014 you may want to skip to the next post – envy could ensue (especially those of you up here in Boston bracing for yet another Winter storm).

Every year Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference – whatever you want to call it – gets bigger and better. With more parties than you know what to do with, and one of the world’s largest dance music festivals taking place, it’s hard to be bored during this last week in March. For those who don’t know, there is a comprehensive list of all the events taking place this week, found on MiamiMusicWeek.com – everything from pool parties to all-night parties to club events to sunrise and sunset cruises. There is literally something for every type of dance music fan. Personally speaking, I think it’s great that more of the underground or “less mainstream” artists are getting their chance to shine at these parties.

While I can’t attend every party – or even begin to talk about all of them – I’m here to call out some of the key events I’m looking forward to, and ones that you should definitely consider attending if you haven’t made your plans yet.

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Amtrac – Don’t Know (Ft. POSSO)

We were witness to Amtrac‘s breakout year in 2013 as he turned heads and lifted feet with his up beat house grooves opening for the one and only Kaskade. Amtrac then found his way into many the country’s premiere festival lineups all while releasing free originals and remixes to his streakily growing fan base. 2014 will be more of the same for Amtrac as he is set to storm Miami this week with gigs at OWSLA‘s Good Times and a Skrillex and Friends show at the Mansion before taking the stage at Ultra Music Festival on Sunday afternoon. The fresh waves of music aren’t going anywhere either as he recently teamed up with the POSSO babes for this incredible single. “Don’t Know” leaves the indie disco side of Amtrac at home leaving the heavy house anthem to drown out the beach bound crowds this weekend.

The Chainsmoker’s Wanna See Your #selfie

In preparation for their debut at the world famous Liv Night Club in Miami the Chainsmokers tossed together an all around amazing electro house track entitled #selfie that includes all the elements necessary to light the club up. As we have come to love the Smokers over here at MMIBTY we have come to expect two things from these guys, great remixes, and massive drops. Although this song is a Chainsmokers original, their creative use of vocals in this track as a female goes on and on regarding her next Instagram post is nothing short of hilarious. With that said we are stoked to see the Smokers coming out with some original productions and this drop is something else let me tell you. So go grab a cigarette and turn this one up, with a build that starts almost immediately this track is sure to leave us all out of breath. 

The 20K for GTA Bootleg Pack

Yesterday the boys who are Miami’s GTA (Van Toth & JWLS), released a three-song bootleg pack in celebration of hitting 20,000 Twitter followers. That many Twitter followers is a pretty huge deal and it’s a sign that you’ve made a name for yourself regardless of what industry you’re in (I mean, we’ll be happy when we reach 1,000 Twitter fans – FOLLOW US!). If you’ve been keeping your ear to the ground in the dance music world you already know that GTA have produced some bangers that have been popular in many DJs’ sets, like the addicting “Hit It” (produced with Digital Lab and Henrix) as well as “Booty Bounce“.

The 20k Bootleg Pack may be lacking in quantity, but it surely packs a punch (and hey, it’s free so you can’t exactly complain). My favorite track on the collection is easily GTA’s Drop the Bass Edit of “Genie” which was originally produced by Van Toth. It’s got some great bounce to it, and most importantly it has a different sound to it – something exotic-sounding. I wasn’t particularly fond of “Back to the MegaTroll” which is a mashup of Astronomar’s “Back to the Beat” and Avicii & Nicky Romero’s “I Could Be the One (Nicktim)”. Essentially it’s the lackluster “Back to the Beat” eventually dropping into “Nicktim” and doesn’t really do it for me. GTA wrote that they made the mash to troll people in their sets. Finally we’re presented with “Fucking Got the Life” which is a mashup of GTA’s remix of “Fucking Lose It” by Breakdown and Korn’s “Got the Life”. Yes that’s right, a song by Korn made it into a dance music song. This one really has a special place in my heart, as I was a pretty big Korn fan growing up, especially of “Got the Life”.

If you like this pack, make sure to show the GTA boys some love and to help them continue growing their name!

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