Miami Music Week is upon us again, and I’m happy to be arriving Wednesday March 27 and then leaving in the morning of Sunday March 31. I’ll miss the closing festivities at the various clubs – I’m not going to Ultra – but there will be lots to keep me busy, along with the beach and the sunshine!
As a predecessor to the events, in Part 1 of my Weekend Dance Music Roundup, I’m featuring 10 new dance music releases, in no particular order, some of whom are by performers you may see at MMW.
- One of the biggest recent highlights for me is Cedric Gervais vs Just Kiddin’s “Good Things” (featuring Kyan) in both its regular and Disco Edit. “Good Things” has everything going for it – gorgeous pop elements for those who still listen to radio with a bass house drop at the minute mark that shakes things up, as the song progresses into a pop/house anthem. I’m hoping for big things for this song!
Cedric Gervais performs at Ultra Music Festival on Saturday March 30.
- Strong in the melodic pop/dance department is US-based, Switzerland-born Gil Glaze with two recent releases. Both “How We Do” (above) and “Young Forever” (below, featuring vocalist Annabel Turner) make smooth transitions from pop to potential club bangers with memorable celebratory feel good vibes. Either of these songs could be a big ticket for Gil, who has been known more for remixes and festival appearances than his own originals.
- I’ve been absolutely loving the most recent records by Nashville’s Mokita, whose songs like the more pop-oriented “London” (#10 on my chart) will find permanent places on your playlists. “Kiss And Tell” is a more high energy, urgent plea to an absent lover that will provoke big reactions on the dance floor, with some quieter moments to allow for some on-scene romance if it’s in the cards. “Kiss And Tell” is one beautiful record and I’m glad Armada is digressing from its usual harder core dance flavours to bring this to us.
- What can one say about the groundbreaking Grammy-winning legends that are The Chemical Brothers? They had me sold back 23 years ago with the off-centre, clever electronics of “Setting Sun”. They return with the entertaining “We’ve Got To Try” which prominently samples a 70’s R&B song called “I’ve Got To Find Away” by The Hallelujah Chorus. Another standout song for big moments at clubs and festivals. Oh and there’s a Daft Punk-inspired video that features a new EDM mascot 😛
- Rising US producer Habstrakt has a fine new diverse release called “All Night”. Surprisingly European in flavour, “All Night” has plenty of big bounce and classic house elements in which you can easily get lost.
Habstrakt plays Ultra Music Festival on Friday March 29, as well as three other events, including Ghastly Presents Ritual on Wednesday March 27 at The Hangar.
- Newly minted with the Astralwerks label, long time fave remixers from Vancouver, Young Bombs, have released their first original single, the uplifting “Starry Eyes”. It’s entirely different from anything else out there and will stand out and grab your ears from any direction. “Starry Eyes” is as much about the engaging female vocal chorus as it is about the swirling electronics that provide the dizzying backdrop. Put those cell phones and lighters in the air and light up the skies until sundown. Well done Tristan and Martin! Check out the humorous lyric video above.
Young Bombs performs at the Ultra Music Festival on Sunday March 31.
- Still relatively new to the music scene is Miami-based, France-born Egzod (aka Carlos Carvalho Martins, using a variation of the French word ‘exode’, meaning ‘exodus’) shifts gears slightly towards pop with “Better With You”. Fans of Egzod’s more progressive stylings won’t be disappointed as the producer keeps his synths and mix well to the left, but the uncredited female vocal here is a worthy attraction and the melody is strong.
Egzod plays Centro Wynwood on Tuesday March 26.
- After having three Billboard dance club play chart #1’s in the 90’s which includes the classic “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)”, Zambia-born UK-based singer Rozalla rebooted her career in 2015 with the Top 5 “If You Say It Again” and the equally worthy collaboration with House Of Virus, “The Shadows Of The Moon”. It all continues with “Turn On The Light”, especially in its zesty Mr. Root Oh So Chic 12″ remix, which could enliven any house music set. Current dance music continues to embrace its much-loved veterans and when a record is so strong like “Turn On The Light” then it’s worthy of much attention.
- One of the most popular producer/DJ’s worldwide is Belgium’s Lost Frequencies, aka Felix De Laet. Arriving just in time to bring the heat to MMW is “Recognise” featuring the positively stellar voice of Flynn. You’ll be singing the chorus to this one long after the song’s over. There’s a vibrant, percussive backdrop to “Recognise” that accentuates the tropical vibes along with some delightful acoustic guitar riffing.
Lost Frequencies plays the Ultra Music Festival on Sunday March 31.