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Tuesday
Jan152013

Juicy Beach 2013 Miami Phase One Lineup Announced

One of the premiere Winter Music Conference events going on in Miami this year just announced their stellar lineup. WMC is all about the booze, sun rays, and heavenly House beats, and I'm here to tell you you're going to have plenty of that this year. The event will be held Thursday, March 21 at the world famous Nikki beach to the soundtrack of an all-star House lineup including:

Robbie Rivera, Bob Sinclair, Cosmic Gate, Moguai, Manufactured Superstars, Nari & Milani, Stefano Noferini, Manuel De La Mare, Federico Scavo


And this is just Phase 1! Since '05 Rivera and his wife Monica have been behind the scenes bringing us the best beach party Miami has to offer, attracting over 5000 partiers at each 17-hour event. And it gets even better for you aspiring DJs out there. Robbie is offering you a chance to play at the renowned event, just submit your remix of "Makes Me Field Good" along with a 15 minute mix incorporating it here. Stems for the track are available here. Submissions are open until 2/10 and the winner will be announced on 2/26. And to top it off you can support the Lounge by buying your tickets directly through us! 

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By Edward Fancher

Sunday
Apr082012

Review: Justice at Ultra Music Festival

After waiting 5 years since the release of their debut album † (Cross), I finally got to see Justice LIVE at Ultra Music Festival in Miami this March.

Headlining the festival Saturday night behind Avicii, Justice brought much excitement to the main stage area with their elaborate set of sound equipment resembling a church altar, with a giant, glowing cross in the middle. 

 

The crowd went wild as the French duo unleashed their heavy electric beats on the crowd, opening with perhaps the most well known track off of Cross, "Genesis." The majority of their set consisted of other popular tracks from Cross. 

Justice owned the crowd with their hit disco track "D.A.N.C.E." The sea of people stuck to "the B.E.A.T." as they moved to the sound of "Do the D.A.N.C.E." Other obvious crowd favorites were "DVNO," which they did a hard live mix of, "Stress," and "Phantom Pt. 2," the Daft Punk-like house track.

I must to admit I was not the biggest fan of Justice's second release, Audio, Video, Disco. I consistently felt when listening to the album that the two had abandoned their hard and heavy roots in favor of less-inspired soft, electro melodies. Although the various tracks that the two played from the new album were not at the level of those off their previous release, some tracks were definitely noteworthy.

"Helix," the song that was featured in the Ultra Music Festival 2012 Phase 1 Lineup Announcement video, was a definite crowd favorite with its rock-inspired melodies. "Audio, Video, Disco," the title track off their newest release was also a highlight.

I will, however, note that compared to many other performers, Justice didn't seem to go over quite as well with the massive main stage crowd. Perhaps because their hits were released more than 5 years ago many younger festival attendees failed to recognize their sound. Nevertheless, Justice was undeniably one of the highlights of Ultra Music Festival for me this year, and they are sure to be a crowd pleaser at Coachella this month in California. Their skills in both production and live mixing impressed me greatly and it was great to finally see this epic group on tour. 

Review By Edward Fancher

Sunday
Apr082012

Review: Pretty Lights at Ultra Music Festival

I made my way over to the Live Stage insearch of glitch-hop star Derek Smith, or Pretty Lights as he is popularly known. The Colorado-based artist has reached a new height of popularity this year after his track "Finally Moving" (a track he didn't play at this set) was sampled by Avicii in his hit house anthem, Levels. Smith opened the set and got the crowd going with the insanely dirty "Hot Like Sauce."

The setup at the live stage was far from ideal; Pretty Lights really should have played main stage, as the Live Stage was mostly seating only, leaving it very crowded in the standing area. Nevertheless, the entire Live Stage arena lost control when Smith unleashed his sensual, bass-heavy beats on the Miami crowd. Smith owned the audience, impressing me with a great set filled with many songs I hadn't heard before.

Smith really killed it in the visuals department (that is why he's called "Pretty Lights"), incorporating fast-paced visual sequences and laser shows that outdid any visuals I saw at the main stage all weekend. Smith closed out his hour set with his powerful "I Know the Truth," the song that has become a YouTube sensation for its crazy bass drops and soulful lyrics after its popularity at Bonnaroo 2011.

The crowd went crazy when Smith grabbed the mic telling the Live Stage "I know you know what's up because you're over here, and not over there," referring to the main stage, which by that time was packed with fans of the massively popular progressive-house king Tiesto (someone I could skip seeing). "Make some fucking noise!!!" he continued as the track started to play, "I'm too blind, to see the light" echoing through the amphitheater.   

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Review by Edward Fancher