We have been agonizing for the past week over how to bring you our top tracks of Winter Music Conference, and we ultimately decided that it was simply too hard to “rank” our picks and instead are leaving it up to you. We’ve gathered a list of our to
p tracks played during Miami’s WMC and Ultra Music festival — the songs that shook crowds at Ultra and caused mayhem at the various pool parties in South Beach — and have presented them for you below. While you’ll inevitably be familiar with many of the selections, we believe you’ll be even more familiar with them by the time 2012 is through. So, without further ado, we present to you the biggest tracks of Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival 2012.
Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar (Original Mix)
Whether it’s Size Records, Refune, or Axtone, the Swedish House Mafia members have an enormous eye and ear for talent. After hearing “Quasar” at SHM’s show in MSG, we were pretty sure it would be a top 5 track in Miami this year. The pounding drum lines, wobbly bass lines, and fast paced electro sounds left most of Miami breathless each time it was dropped — especially when bootlegged with “Coming Home” and “Aerodynamic.”
Feenixpawl & Ivan Gough – In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
Axwell’s sensitive touch always works on massive crowds who have nothing but love for his music. “In My Mind” sounded off as one of the more emotional tracks in Miami this year. Axwell’s remix contains the vocals and melodies that practically brought fans at Masquerade and Ultra tears of joy.
Nicky Romero – Generation 303
Alongside Tommy Trash and R3hab, Nicky Romero is one of the most improved and dominating artists of 2012. “Generation 303” was one of the first tracks played in Romero’s own tent at Ultra on the first day of the festival, and lets just say his small Korea Tent had as much energy as the massive Main Stage crowd. The various transitions of grinding acid beats made it difficult for anyone not to rage to their maximum capacity, and we’re certain that this a huge track you’ll be hearing for a while.
Steve Aoki ft. Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)
Even before stepping foot in Miami, we were pretty sure that Tommy Trash’s music would dominate the music conference — but we weren’t sure exactly which track would do it. Trash’s remix to “Ladi Dadi” possesses everything Tommy Trash is famous for: pulverizing bass lines, inspirational melodies, and complex electro synths. When Tommy dropped his own masterpiece during his set at Ultra, it became obvious that the crowd was waiting all along for “Ladi Dadi” to be played.
Qulinez – Troll (Original Mix)
Steve Angello deserves a lot of praise for signing so many gems, including “Troll” by Qulinez on Size records. Played by Cazette, Sander van Doorn, and many other artists during Miami Music Week, the progressive build up and hard bass lines of “Troll” were a huge surprise following it’s gentle build up.
Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic (Original Mix)
If a track is called “epic” you know we’re going to have high expectations, but Sandro Silva and Quintino have a monster on their hands in this incredible big room track. We heard it in many sets at UMF throughout the weekend, and Tiesto even bootlegged it with Knife Party’s “Internet Friends” after giving its creators a shoutout at the Main Stage. This track is huge — there’s no doubt about it.
Bingo Players – Rattle (Original Mix)
2012 has been a huge year of releases for the Bingo Players. “Rattle” is definitely one of their biggest releases up to date, and was a great crowd energizer during countless Ultra sets — it just kept showing up everywhere, and we couldn’t do MMW justice without including it in our list of tracks you need to know.
Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound (Original Mix)
When Swedish House Mafia drops a new track around the start of festival season, it’s usually a safe assumption that you’ll be hearing it all over the place pretty much immediately. (Think “One” and “Miami 2 Ibiza” if you need past examples.) At 2:48 the track just takes such a motivational and powerful twist it’s almost intoxicating to listen to. We couldn’t get enough of “Greyhound” in Miami because the song is just that good when played live, and you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing it.
Nari and Milani – Atom (Original Mix)
In addition to “Troll,” Steve Angello also scores another spot on our list for signing “Atom” to his record label, SIZE; Nari and Milani are absolute geniuses for producing what is arguably one of the biggest anthem tracks of 2012. Played by SHM at MSG and previewed on Pete Tong’s radio takeover by SHM a few weeks ago, “Atom” has been a long awaited release that many fans got to enjoy in Miami. Look for its official release in just over a week!
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Various mixes)
We half-joked on Twitter that “Somebody That I Used To Know” would become the new “Rolling In The Deep,” but when an acapella gets played by Tiesto, SHM, and countless other huge names in the span of one weekend, it’s bound to attract some attention. While the jury’s still out on exactly which mix is the best, much of the DA staff is eagerly awaiting Tiesto’s version to drop officially. We couldn’t talk about music during Miami Music Week without giving this track a shoutout — even if we, like most others, don’t quite know all the lyrics yet.
Notice that we forgot to put numbers on this list? That’s not by accident. We’re leaving the rankings up to you and we want to know what you guys deem to be the biggest track of MMW! Vote on the interactive list below:
Danny Golpanian and Jacob Schulman contributed to this report