We roamed across all of Miami during the Winter Music Conference, with our ears to the ground.
Our mission: we wanted to find the special records, the songs that everyone desperately tries to ID while sunburned and hungover. These are those tracks, heard everywhere from Ultra Music Festival to the most intimate of after-hours.
Tale of Us 'Another Earth'
A mesmerising tune that will soon be coming out on Richie Hawtin's Minus, the new track from these Italian aficionados is a minimal but melodic masterpiece. Hearing a track like this is special in that it as just as effective in a massive club at peak hours as it is at a pool party while the sun is beating down. Carmine and Matteo of Tale of Us perhaps made best use of this weapon at their Life & Death pop up party.
Jamie Jones 'Road To The Studio' (Fly Mix)
This track does not necessarily have the quintessential Miami vibe, however it was played all over South Beach. The first release from Jamie Jones' spinoff label of Hot Creations, HOTTRAX, this tune found its way onto multiple sets. Built for the depths of a Hot Natured set, the relentless vocal and chugging bass made for a certified WMC hit.
Danny Daze 'The Calm'
Danny Daze has really been on a tear since joining forces with Maceo Plex as Jupiter Jazz. He saw his track supported in multiple deep house sets this conference, and for good reason. Championed by Maceo himself at the legendary Last Resort party on Sunday at Ice Palace, this creepy yet effective song was truly everywhere. Look out for this song to make an appearance on Danny Daze's essential mix on Radio 1 this summer.
Ali Love feat. Kali 'Emperor' (Maceo Plex Last Disco Rework)
It wouldn't be Winter Music Conference without a Maceo Plex record rinsed by everyone. Released this month on Damian Lazarus' legendary Crosstown Rebels imprint, this is one powerful track. Disco synth stabs and great vocals made this the unofficial anthem of the Get Lost party on Saturday of WMC. Not just another Maceo hit, 'Emperor' will be heard in sets from big artists long after the Miami afterglow wears off.
FCL- 'It's You' (San Soda's Panorama Bar Acca Version)
Arguably the most powerful tune of all, yet it lacks a kick drum. This song epitomizes the power of a simple vocal within a DJ set. A way to build and release tension, this version of the track started out as a private DJ tool for FCL, and evolved into a phenomena. The perfect uplifting vibe for Miami, this song transcended genres and was played by all types of DJ's over the course of the conference.