Ultra Music Festival, and all of the events at WMC, can certainly take a lot out of someone. Honestly last year was my first Ultra and I only made it to one after party (Kaskade at Liv) and this year I didn’t enter the festival with much more of an expectation. With so many amazing names on the Ultra lineup, it seemed more important to get some sleep…wake up, and see as many people at the festival as possible than stay out all night and ruin a perfectly good day at Ultra itself. However, for anyone who knows me, Boys Noize is in my opinion, the #1 DJ, Producer, and Record Label owner in the world, and sadly, he decided to keep himself off of this years festival lineup. Thus, my after party decision was a simple one…see Boys Noize in Miami. Luckily I had the opportunity to do just that…TWICE! On Thursday night Isobe and I went over to Grand Central (kind of like the Webster Hall of Miami) to check out Hard Miami Night 2. And after phenomenal sets by Brodinski and Busy P came time for the main attraction, BOYS NOIZE! In a short 1 hour time slot Alex played 100% new material. Well…95%. As far as released tracks we only heard Lemonade and Milc (Handbreakes). Everything else from the XTC intro to “Secret BNR” was dropped and teased and on Saturday night I asked Alex for confirmation that he played the majority of his new album…and he indeed confirmed just that.
Saturday was the real show, a full on night dedicated to Boys Noize Records, at Mamushka’s a bar in downtown Miami with an impressively big backyard space. When we arrived we found out that Bart B Moore would be opening the show, followed by a long B2B set from Strip Steve and Djedjotronic (two of our BNR favorites) along a set from Housemeister, a short surprise guest set from Annie Mac, a full live performance from Spank Rock…and of course the master himself taking on the late night time slot Mr. Boys Noize. This party really encapsulates why music conferences such as WMC are the most important thing to the house music industry. It brings everyone together in ways like you couldn’t imagine. And I’m not just talking about fans, over the course of that night Dillon Francis, Destructo, Benga, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Justice, Tommie Sunshine and many more came out to party, hit the decks to drop a track, and mainly just came out to have a good time. Overall this was one of the best parties I’ve ever been too and honestly probably holds some of my favorite Miami moments of all time.
I would give you some tracks to listen to and download but most of what I heard was unreleased, or simply a rehash of our favorite BNR tracks so what I will say is this, download the Miami Noize 2012 album…do it NOW!