With the aftermath of Miami still fresh in our minds, we’re here to report on the biggest tracks of Miami Music Week. The song selection represents three factors: frequency (how many times the track was played), crowd reaction, and the overall quality of the tune.
15. Swanky Tunes – Oh Yeah (Original Mix)
As played by: Norman Doray @ Starphazing
Why it was big: Russian House Mafiosi Swanky Tunes have been all over the place in 2011. So many of their productions are just spot-on, and their frequent collaborations with fellow Russians Hard Rock Sofa more often than not culminate in killer tracks. We wish that we heard this track more than we did.
14. Bart B More – Brap (Original Mix)
As played by: Boys Noize @ UMF, Boys Noize Recs @ Sunday School
Why it was big: This song cannot merely be appreciated in just a regular setting. The bass only truly works to its full potential in a huge concert atmosphere. For references check out this video of Boys Noize dropping Brap at EDC 2010. Notice how the crowd goes from relative calm to craziness at the drop at around 1:45. Brap!
13. Ferry Corsten – Punk (Sidney Samson Remix)
As played by: Sidney Samson @ UMF
Why it was big: Sidney Samson reworks this already massive track and puts a Dutch spin on it.
12. Armin Van Buuren feat. Laura V – Drowning (Avicii Remix)
As played by: Avicii @ UMF, Avicii @ Mansion
Why it was big: The original was good, but Avicii takes this song to a whole new level. This is a song for anyone with a heart.
11. Avicii – Seek Bromance (Vocal Edit)
As played by: Avicii @ UMF
Why it was big: The token tune of brotherly love, Seek Bromance incorporates a sing-songy chorus with that fancy Avicii packaging we’ve come to know and love.
10. Above & Beyond – Sun & Moon (Kim Fai Remix)
As played by: Swedish House Mafia @ Masquerade Motel
Why it was big: You won’t usually see A&B in a list like this, because most of the time their tracks are so soothing they appeal to the listener rather than to the dancer. Not so with this Kim Fai mix, who, representing Size Matters, makes it an ear-pleasing, body-shaking club banger.
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside (Benny Benassi Remix)
As played by: Norman Doray @ Starphazing
Why it was big: A favorite of Oakenfold in his live sets, this song is probably the ultimate pop/rock remix: instantly recognizable lyrics plus Benassi on remix duty equals massive track.
Update: We’ve received some comments that Doray has been playing the Jus Jack remix. You can listen to it here.
8. Junior Sanchez, Harry Romero, & Alexander Technique – Where You Are (Steve Angello Edit)
As played by: Harry Romero @ Size Matters, Jr. Sanchez @ Size Matters
Why it was big: Released late in 2010, this track avoided the booming systems of major festivals…until now. Given its time to shine, the track flaunts its differentiated drops that bounce to an irresistible beat and a smashing vocal.
7. Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty South Remix)
As played by: Dirty South @ Masquerade Motel
Why it was big: This track is a sneaky one. Some listeners brushed it off at first, citing the disappointing drop. But these are people who haven’t heard it on a loud sound system at a club or festival. It bumps.
6. Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello, Max Vangeli, & AN21 Remix)
As played by: Max Vangeli @ Size Matters, Steve Angello @ Size Matters, Avicii @ UMF
Why it was big: Receiving support from DJs across the board, the echoing omen of “what are you waiting for” builds and builds into a welcome sonata of synth stabs, all before descending into a destructively dirty drop.
5. Calvin Harris – Awooga (Original Mix)
As played by: Calvin Harris @ Masquerade Motel, Tiesto @ UMF
Why it was big: Awooga! Awooga! Calvin Harris’s long-awaited solo production leads to instantaneous fist-pumping. And if you’re not into that, subconscious head bobbing.
4. Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
As played by: Tiesto @ UMF, Bingo Players @ Juicy Beach, Steve Angello @ Size Matters, Swedish House Mafia @ Masquerade Motel
Why it was big: A solid yet simple big-room house track, almost every DJ and his/her mother played this track. It works for DJs of many genres.
3. Congorock – Babylon (Original Mix)
As played by: Steve Angello @ Size Matters
Why it was big: This by no means a new track, but every time we heard it in Miami, it was both apt and fresh. There’s something about that Congorock sound that defies aging.
2. Swedish House Mafia – Save the World (Original Mix)
As played by: Swedish House Mafia @ Masquerade Motel, Steve Angello @ Size Matters
Why it was big: Opting to go a different route than their notable hits “One”, “Leave the World Behind”, and “Miami 2 Ibiza”, SHM embraces the rock anthem in a winning way. Though it’s yet unreleased, everyone was singing along.
1. Tim Mason – The Moment (Steve Angello Edit)
As played by: Norman Doray @ Starphazing, Swedish House Mafia at Masquerade Motel, Steve Angello @ Size Matters
Why it was big: An absolute bomber track, dark horse producer Tim Mason has come up with the anthem of all anthems. Unheard of dance moves were witnessed in Miami upon exposure to this masterpiece. Size label boss Steve Angello puts a glossy touch on it all. Check Dancing Astronaut on April 6th, when we’ll have the full track posted.