Best Boat Party: Last Night on Earth Sunset Cruise
Once upon a time, the Sasha & Digweed WMC boat party was the stuff of legends but as it's well-known, they professionally parted ways some years back. Although, Sasha has continued the tradition with his yearly Last Night On Earth Sunset Cruises which have been exponentially gaining a whole lot of steam. So much so, that this year's tickets were only offered through a private Facebook page.
So myself along with a few select friends and about 150 other Sasha die-hards luckily found our way onto this very exclusive six-hour cruise and whimsically danced on top of it's idyllic roof-top, dance-floor for a whole six hours as it cruised up and down Biscayne Bay with the gorgeous Miami skyline serving as it's backdrop.
Berlin's VONDA7 kicked off the proceedings around 3PM and highlighted her set with her fantastic, upcoming Last Night On Earth tune, "Together" out this coming Friday. Sweden's La Fleur followed and unleashed one of the week's anthem's. The much deeper rendition of KDA's "Hate" courtesy of Maya Jane Coles. The torch was then passed onto none other than Alan Fitzpatrick who took it up about five notches with one banger after another including the recently released We Are The Brave title tune, "Colour of a Dream."
At long last, the journey on the sea was near it's end and the Last Night On Earth head-honcho took his position and led things out of the night and into the sunset. The tunes were ethereal and very fitting for the festivities as he rolled out the likes of Objekt's 2017 genre-defyer "Needle and Thread" and Four Tet's very new and magnificent remix of Bicep's "Opal." It may have not have been the last night on earth but it definitely made my first night in Miami one to remember.
Best Beach/Pool Party: All Day I Dream of Southern Beaches
Historically speaking, Lee Burridge has kept his gatherings out of areas that don't generally embrace the ethos of his party series but he took a chance this year. The Miami Music Week edition of All I Dream staked their place on the beach-facing sand of South Beach's very exclusive 1 Hotel. A bit too swanky for some people's tastes but all in all a very scenic setting with a very chill vibe that featured sets from Lost Desert, Oona Dahl, Gorje & Izhevski, Yokoo, and of course Lee Burridge.
Very early in the day sets came from Lost Desert and Oona Dahl but I was right on time for a pre-sunset session courtesy of Moscow's Gorje & Izhevski. The party's captain was then passed the baton for a chime-heavy set that caused us all to close our eyes to his ethereal sound. Label-favorite, Yokoo took control next for a rousing two hour set that closed with the penultimate sing-a-long dance classic, "Black Water." It was one of the most endearing moments of all of Miami Music Week.
Best Marathon Party: Crosstown Rebels present Get Lost
Trying to summarize or even review one of the best 24 hour parties on the planet isn't only daunting, it's practically impossible to do without actually staying the course for the entire event like I did a couple of years ago at it's former location in Little Haiti.
Read about it here: How I Spent A Whole 24 Hours at Get Lost
Here are few snaps of some of this year's highlight sets:
Photographer Credit - Khris Cowley for Here & Now
Best Club Party: Saturday at Space featuring Maceo Plex, DJ Tennis, and Kölsch
Managing to make it on time to catch Maceo Plex at the one and only Space Miami required a direct Uber ride from Get Lost. A seemingly difficult chore considering most people's concerns with cleanliness and rest. Two basic needs that I myself could not be bothered with. My two goals were Space and Maceo Plex.
My 6AM entrance into SPACE led me directly to the Terrace where The Black Madonna was playing a packed house. The disco tunes weren't a good fit for the Maceo revelers and crowd response was unfortunately lacking. I then went down a flight of stairs to hopefully catch the tail end of a KOMPAKT showcase in the main room where I happily peered across the room only to be met with the vision of a very tall gentlemen with a brimmed hat manning the decks. It was none other than Kölsch closing the showcase with big choon after choon.
Some more hunting, discovering, and exploring took me back upstairs to the Loft where Bunker New York was showcasing and Derek Plaslaiko was assaulting the dance-floor with a mix of brutal electro and menacing techno from the likes of Harvey McKay's "Black Dolphin."
Minutes later I began to realize that I was losing track of time so I steered myself in the direction of the Terrace and Maceo Plex had already entranced the daylight-filled room with his melodic brilliance.
Over the course of about five hours, ten Coronas, and a whole lot of debauchery on the sun-soaked terrace, Maceo Plex dug deep into his arsenal and unloaded one classic underground tune after another including a couple of thrilling early '90s dance tracks which originally found their fame on an early Keoki mixtape back in '93. Van Basten's "Magnetic King" being one of those classics along with the acid-breakbeat of Mike Ink's "Paroles." Some touches of Danny Tenaglia made their way into his set as well including his tribal-classic, "Bottom Heavy" and Tomas Krome's "The Real Jazz" which featured on the Global Underground Athens mix courtesy of DT himself.
So apart from all the definitive classics and unreleased Maceo IDs that filled the five hour span, there was very little room left for the master of Ellum to fit in any of his known material aside from 2017's "5th Dimensional Groove" and his absolutely anthemic remix of WhoMadeWho's "Heads Above." A defining moment at the club which essentially captured the pinnacle of the morning.
Shortly thereafter, Maceo Plex handed over the controls to DJ Tennis who effectively took it down a few notches. The Life & Death boss effectively did so by opting for a much deeper set of techno that drew the Space revelers into the late afternoon but as the hours waned and the crowd thinned, it became apparent that Saturday night was long gone and Sunday night shenanigans were just around the corner.