Already renowned for melodic club fuel of the highest caliber, Australian duo Those Usual Suspects are back in the driving seat with forthcoming Phazing Records single “Blaze.” As the soundtrack to the duos belated Miami after movie, Phazing label boss Dirty South takes a break from the ceaseless touring of his Speed of Light album to don the single a sneaky edit of firm yet melodic stamina from start to finish. Though it’s only a two minute clip, the follow-up to “Burn Forever” and last year’s landmark vocal collaboration “Walking Alone” looks to turn a few heads throughout the summer festival season. Stay tuned for an official release date. (more…)
Here at Dancing Astronaut, we realize that despite all our recent coverage of Miami Music Week, there was no possible way to encapsulate everything awesome about the festival. The moments are too fleeting, too numerous, and too personal to each individual. Thus, we are giving you, our readers, the ultimate chance to share your story. Click after the break to read the rules and enter.
In place of our normal weekly Editors’ Selections, we decided we’d share with you our staff’s greatest memories of Miami Music Week 2013. We were on the ground at Ultra both weekends, all over pool decks, rooftops, yachts, buses, clubs, and cabanas — trying to soak in as many experiences (and DJ sets) as we possibly could. Everyone had that magic moment, that one thing they’ll be able to recall twenty years down the line. Read on to relive with us.
Yacht parties and Miami Music Week were made for each other and on Wednesday, dead center of the conference, the crystal blue water, 80 degree weather and smooth trance came together to create a five hour voyage defined by the sounds of Cosmic Gate and friends. Aboard the Musette, three floors of music delighted attendees with airy progressions that matched the clear blue skies. Fans lounged on day beds, sipping cocktails, as Miami’s skyline created the perfect backdrop for what would be a relaxing and beautifully delivered trance-capade from Claus and Stefan. Despite a minor hiccup with a generator, the day could not have embodied the Miami Music Week vibe any better as the trance gods performed an intimate set to the small group of attendees aboard the Musette. Hop past the break for five tracks that defined the day.
With the success of Solomun‘s Diynamic Neon Nights parties at Sankeys in Ibiza last summer, it was only appropriate the king of the White Isle would replicate his tribal gathering during music’s holy week in Miami. Even though I’ve been lucky enough to cross the Atlantic to Ibiza, this would mark my first opportunity to catch him in action. Solomun tops my list of impressionable DJs, and from the very beginning of the evening it was clear Diynamic’s fiesta would only strengthen this resolve.
Let’s start with the setting — Nikki Beach had to quickly transform from the EDM-friendly Spinnin Records pool party earlier in the day to accomodate the label’s modest taste. Whether intentional or not, the white walls and large columns quite literally provided a generous canvas for the evening’s decorations. Imperfect neon tape spelled out declarative phrases like “Don’t Talk Dance” and “DIY” while cool European women weaved through the crowd, applying neon face paint to dancers as they pleased. These days in the US, neon is usually associated with YOLO trucker hats and omnipresent American Apparel onesies but Diynamic has reclaimed the glow for their own purposes.
With the first weekend of Ultra Music Festival at a close, we count down some of its best moments. From Major Lazer stripping the crowd of their shirts to Zedd bearing some skin, there was no shortage of entertainment.
Ultra Music Festival will be streaming all six days live from the UMFTV YouTube channel, but if you lack the screening power to watch the festivities, Sirius XM will have you covered. Such streaming power would exceed the already established electronic stations, so Sirius XM is launching UMF Radio, previously an Electric Area segment, as its own channel dedicated to the non-stop musical mayhem of Miami Music Week. In its limited run, the station will kick off broadcast on March 15th before closing shop on March 22nd. Tune in for live sets from the biggest pool parties and artist interviews from the Sirius XM lounge; UMF Radio won’t let you miss a Miami moment.
Heading down to Miami but still not sure what to do? Well, Dancing Astronaut and Wavefront presents want to send you and a friend to Sasha’s Never Say Never party on March 23rd at the SLS Hotel. Featuring the legendary Sasha as well as, Adam Beyer, Guy Gerber, Lee Curtiss, Dusky, Thugfucker and Dino G, the Never Say Never party is poised to be one of the premiere pool parties of the weekend for those of you seeking refuge from the mainstream.
By weekend two, you’re probably looking for any excuse to hit the snooze button. The week of pool parties and late nights at Mansion are starting to catch up, but the festival isn’t stopping for anyone and there is no shortage of exciting acts during the early hours. Yesterday we filled you in on why exactly you should wipe your eyes and hop out of bed early for Ultra Weekend One, and now we present the same for Weekend Two.
Still looking for a place to crash in Miami? Not content with the overpacked hotel room you and twenty friends booked to save some money? Then look no further than the Avicii hotel, Avicii’s answer to your Miami housing problems. The cassette-headed duo, Cazzette, is giving away a 3-night stay at the hotel for you and up to three friends from March 23rd to the 25th. The package also includes an Avicii gift bag full of limited edition swag from the iconic Swede.
Hop below the break to enter the contest, it’s much more comfortable than sleeping on the floor in a tiny hotel room in Downtown Miami. (more…)