While Miami is most notorious for the madness that occurs every March for WMC and Ultra Music Festival, thousands of art and music lovers from across the world converge in the beginning of December for Art Basel. We kicked things off in style last night at our weekly Slap & Tickle party at the beloved Electric Pickle with LA’s Rick Rude, and are gearing up for a massive evening tomorrow night at one of Miami’s newest venues, The Garage. The rising UK duo Bondax will be preforming an exclusive Art Basel set alongside Body High label boss Samo Sound Boy. The best part about this event is that its FREE, as long as you head over to the Slap & Tickle page and send us your names before 6pm tomorrow. To get you in the mood, check out the latest Slap & Tickle promo mix.
Only just a year old, and the Amadeus imprint has quickly risen above the fray in the ever evolving world of underground dance music. The Canadian powerhouse duo Prince Club teamed up with LA resident Steve Huerta on a wonderful two track EP called Can’t Let Go. The title track has a very clear sound design, with reverbed vocals floating around precise percussion and a thick, growling bassline before finally giving way to a euphoric breakdown. It’s a top track, and has been getting the nod from Catz N Dogz, Waze & Odyssey, as well as finding a place in my latest Kurtz & Bomber promo mix. You can pick up a free download over at XLR8R.
In 2011, Hot Creations label boss Jamie Jones was the undisputed king of the rising deep house field, and here at the tail end of 2012, fellow label mate Lee Foss is hot on his heels with a superb Essential Mix and one hell of a fiery EP.
Miami is in for a magical treat on Halloween night. Heralded as the DJ’s DJ, the dance floor maestro, and the mixtape assassin, The Magician has quickly taken the title of the godfather of good times. His acclaimed Magic Tape mix series grew from an audience of select bloggers and fans who were aware of his departure from Aeroplane, to a massive international group of listeners just wanting to bask in the glory of his tropical aura. Tickets for this Magical Edition of Slap & Tickle at Bardot are still available for $20. For more information about the event, click here.
This past WMC, we had Yuksek slated to play at two of our parties. We were devastated to learn that the Frenchman had to cancel all his WMC dates to illness, so we’re elated to announce that he will finally be performing on the red carpet at Bardot this Thursday in Miami. Supporting Yuksek will be UK bliss-pop sensation Chad Valley, who is set to release his debut album ‘Young Hunger’ on October 30th. Pre-sale tickets for the event are $12. For more information, click here.
Slap & Tickle resident DJ Santiago Caballero delivers an extremely tasty first installment of his Sanduguera mix series. Clearly inspired by the late nights that we’ve spent manning the decks together at Miami’s infamous Electric Pickle, his mix delivers a dollop of deep basslines and wondrous house tunes. For those of you in Miami this Halloween, you can catch Santi warming up for The Magician on October 31st at Bardot. Click here for more info.
Duke Dumont is back in a big way with the second installment of his For Club Play Only series. He released the first EP in May on Turbo Recordings, and is following it up with two massive tracks called ‘No Money Blues’ and ‘The Giver’. You can pick both up on September 17th.
Never before has there been such a focus on ATL branded ‘trap’ music, which is great for the undisputed king of A-town Daniel Disaster (Heroes x Villians) because he’s being doing this long before it caught fire on the blogosphere. In February, he debuted his new VAVLT BOYZ project, which fuses everything from UK Funky to Gucci Mane. On the third installment of the mixtape series, VALVT resident DJ Respire takes the reigns and produces a bass heavy landscape that’s equally as lucid as it is dark.
After a heavy weekend of bashing my ears to death, they were absolutely delighted to hear this Flight Facilities mix of Miike Snow. A minute and a half in and I already got a sense that this was going to be a summer favorite of a mine in the same way I would get excited to hear a new Cut Copy track. Now almost half way through 2012, I probably wouldn’t be surprised to see it end up on a few charts at the end of the year.
A massive 12 song compilation dropped today compliments of Moda Black. The roster of artists appearing in the package is a dream-team of rising stars like Disclosure, Eats Everything, Nick Monaco, and Kill Frenzy. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite out of the bunch, as the tunes vary from the deep house camp over to the peak-time warehouse vibe. Expect to hear a fair bit of this compilation this summer, especially since Moda Black’s label heads are none other than BBC1′s Jaymo & Andy George. Pick up a copy on iTunes or Amazon. Check out previews after the jump.