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No event celebrates dance music’s excess and success like the Miami Winter Music Conference. Having outgrown its four-day flesh-pressed networking roots, the last two weeks of March sees the Florida hotspot don the crown as Party Central. A clubland Mecca for fans and industry players alike, it’s home to all manner of attractions during the fortnight including Ultra Fest, Spring Break, honeys, hunks and a whole host of pop-up parties held everywhere from poolsides to pool clubs.
Thousands of shindigs, all vying for your attention: each one a showcase for labels, artists and DJs to show what they have in store for the rest of the year… And get inspired by what their peers are rocking, too.
A mainstay at the annual sun-soaked session since their first outing to the US east coast in 1998, Ram Records know the Miami experience intimately. Back then Miami was a different beast; the sole preserve of house and trance, drum & bass had to shout loudly to grab the dancers. These days Miami welcomes all shades of bass music, and D&B is the hottest ticket in both South Beach and Downtown.
Reflecting the changing attitude of the WMC and the wider world of electronic music, Ram Records have curated a compilation of their biggest Miami moments. Spanning from as early as 1999 and rolling right through to the future, each of these cuts have proved to be a bona fide banger in both peaktime sunshine and primetime nightlife.
14 years of Ram releases spread across a 14-strong selection. Press play and be whisked back through Miami’s D&B history. Timeless blasts from drum & bass past include… Ed Rush & Optical’s ever-mean percussion-heavy rub of Ram Trilogy’s ‘Mindscan’, Concord Dawn’s switch-flipping vocal bash-attack ‘Fly Away’, Sub Focus’s career-shaping ‘Airplane’ and MIST’s subtle jazz motifs on ‘Evolution’
These heritage bangers rub shoulders with more recent Ram releases with the likes of Culture Shock’s ‘I Remember’, Loadstar’s ‘Passenger’, Delta Heavy’s ‘Get By’, Mind Vortex’s ‘Now It’s Time’ and Calyx & TeeBee’s ‘Pure Gold’ bridging the gap between Miami’s past and present. There’s even time for an exclusive as Toronto’s man-of-the-moment Rene LaVice maintains the heat from his debut album ‘Insidious’ with a shimmering, rolling newbie ‘Query’.
Throw in other key moments such as Andy C’s remix of Major Lazers ‘Get Free’, Wilkinson’s ‘Need To Know’ and Hamilton’s ‘Deep In My Heart’ and you haven’t just got a potted history of Miami’s biggest D&B anthems… You’ve got a unique Ram Records selection that celebrates
dance music’s success and excess to perfection. Whether you’re heading out to Miami or not this year, this is essential. Finishing off the package is Ram Trilogy – Evolution (MIST Remix) available for the first time digitally.
1. Major Lazer ft Amber Coffman – Get Free (Andy C Remix)
2. Sub Focus - Airplane
3. Culture Shock – I Remember
4. Wilkinson – Need To Know
5. Loadstar - Passenger
6. Rene LaVice – Vice Cream
7. Delta Heavy – Get By (174 Remix)
8. Concord Dawn – Fly Away
9. Ram Trilogy – Mindscan (Ed Rush & Optical Remix)
10. Mind Vortex – Now It’s Time
11. Calyx & TeeBee – Pure Gold (Feat Kemo)
12. Rene LaVice – Query (exclusive!)
13. Loadstar – Black & White (Hamilton Remix)
14. Hamilton – Deep In My Heart )
15. Ram Trilogy – Evolution (MIST Remix)
Release/catalogue number: RAMMLPD5
Release date: Mar 13, 2013