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Cr2’s ‘Miami 2012’ compilation, mixed by MYNC and Nicky Romero: the Dancing Astronaut review

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Loyal attendees of Miami Music Week love to keep an ear out for the biggest and best tracks to come out of the countless pool parties and club nights. With this in mind, some of our favorite dance record labels have started doing the work for us. Cr2 Records – one of the biggest EDM imprints around – just dropped its much-hyped and highly anticipated Miami 2012 compilation with some help from MYNC and Nicky Romero. The album features back-to-back mixes from the DJs, which boast some dance floor favorites and new tracks to watch. Check out our breakdown of each mix after the jump.

Mix 1: MYNC

MYNC lent his turntable talents to a mix that covers a lot of bases in an hour: everything from the big progressive house jam “No More Serious Faces” to the Miami version version of “What Happens in Vegas.” The fat, juicy bassline of the latter track starts off the mix, and MYNC doesn’t slow down from there. The mix is sure to please every variety of Miami partygoer with its quick pace and unexpected transitions; two of the mix’s standout tracks – Nari & Milani’s “Up” and the MYNC mix of “Reckless With Your Love” – sound even better mixed in tandem.

Songs to Remember

Chuckie ft. Gregor Salto – What Happens In Vegas (Miami VIP Mix)

If this song doesn’t make you want to drop everything and party, you need to get your head checked. The Miami version will be a pool party staple this year.

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Nari & Milani vs. Maurizio Gubellini – Up

While we continue to wait for Nari & Milani to release “Atom,” which Swedish House Mafia premiered at Madison Square Garden, we’ll be more than happy with “Up.” Aggressive sax-like synths and a pounding bassline combine to make a perfect canvas for creative bootlegs.

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Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (MYNC Stadium Mix)

MYNC uses the mix to premiere his “Reckless With Your Love” remix in this mix, and we’re instantly transported to warmer weather when we hear its “Show Me Love”-inspired breakdown. Big drums and sing-a-long vocals don’t hurt either.

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Mix 2: Nicky Romero

Nicky Romero’s mix for this compilation is truly special – it’s the kind of mix you get lost in. His mixing pays homage to the smallest elements of each production with which he works, and lets each track build naturally rather than letting listeners ride the build-up/drop/breakdown roller coaster we’re all so used to. Romero picks up the energy a little after halfway in, starting with his addictive remix of “Dynamite” and moving into “Spaceman,” his own “Toulouse,” and “Epic.” Our only complaint is that Afrojack’s edit of “Sending My Love” features prominently towards the end of the mix; though we’ll no doubt hear the song and all its iterations at MMW, it’s definitely past its prime and won’t be a top track at Ultra or anywhere else in Miami.

Songs to Remember

Tara McDonald vs. Sidney Samson – Dynamite (Nicky Romero Remix)

Nicky’s “Dynamite” remix is bound for big things. It boasts some slick acid-house synths that we can’t we can’t wait to hear booming out of stadium-grade speakers. Like MYNC’s “Reckless With Your Love” remix, the track has fantastic vocals that are just soft enough to balance out its harder elements.

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Nicky Romero – Toulouse

Self-explanatory. “Toulouse” is an unrelenting groove with endless bootleg potential.

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Albin Myers – Hells Bells

We wrote about this track earlier, and Nicky must like it as much as we do: it’s got that signature Albin wobble and energy to spare.

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Nicky Romero – Se7en

Avicii-inspired name aside (maybe Nicky is hoping for “Le7els”-esque success?), “Se7en” is a consummate club banger. Nicky lifts the drums from “Toulouse” and builds a high-octane electro house track with a melody that dares you not to dance.

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