Miami is finally quieting down after two weeks of Winter Music Conference madness, but even as the throngs of furry-booted rave babes disappear from our clubs, the sunny city remains a flourishing, year-round hub for EDM’s explosive growth.
The brilliant minds at Cr2 Records recognize Miami’s dominant influence on the dance music scene, and paid tribute to the booming musical mecca with their newest Live and Direct “Miami 2013″ compilation.
Released last month as the perfect pregame soundtrack for Miami Music Week and beyond, the three-disc album features separate DJ mixes by R3hab, Nari and Milani, and Cr2 label-head Mark Brown who produces under the stage-name MYNC.
“Producers come to Miami, see the scene, and leave incredibly motivated,” R3hab said at the album’s MMW release party at The Clevelander. “When you get back you want to work harder, staying like a zombie in the studio. After Miami, I usually go into studio lock-down for three weeks.”
That motivation manifested wildly in the Dutch producer’s 11-track selection which slams listeners with pulsating, bass-rattling tracks such as W&W’s “Lift Off” and Showtek & Justin Prime’s “Cannonball.” R3hab polished off his compilation with three original tracks, namely his collaboration remix with Quintino of Tiesto’s “Chasing Summers” which peaked as the number one track on Beatport’s electro house chart.
“I’m producing that really crazy sound, maybe even too hard of a sound, like 5 o’clock in the morning raging music,” he explained while sipping a jumbo-sized strawberry daiquiri. “I think it’s going to be a really good summer for interesting, new sounds.”
And R3hab isn’t the only one celebrating new tunes; Italian duo Nari & Milani touted the electro sub-genre sweeping ranges with fluctuating tempos and dynamic synths. The 13-song arrangement oozes with Italian-influenced sounds and, of course, is anchored by “Atom,” the track that skyrocketed the duo to fame last spring.
MYNC described his mammoth 14-track collection as “a representation of my current DJ style, big-room sound with electro twist.” The British producer offered up relentless bass-lines with Alesso’s “Clash” and tantalizing chord progressions with Syne Cole’s “April,” as well as including two original tracks which embody his signature vitalizing sound.
“For me it’s always about putting out good house music, whether it’s an electro record, or techno track, or underground house record,” he explained. “I love having the opportunity to release quality music, and that’s what our label is all about.”
In addition to each curating individual discs for the compilation, the trio combined forces to collaborate on a track titled “#MIAMIBACKAGAIN.” Commemorating the 500th release on Cr2 Records, this massive single joins all three producers at the common-ground of big-room house. After Nari & Milani introduced the track’s demo, MYNC wrote it’s infectious melody, and R3hab sealed it together with a unique sample of “Back Again.” Despite having to work via Skype across three time zones, the trio created a smashing festival-friendly single that’s spreading like wildfire through the blogosphere.
Between producing the chart-topping collaborative track “#MIAMIBACKAGAIN” and composing “Miami 2013” as the label’s first Live & Direct Annual Compilation of 2013, Cr2 Records has once again set an extraordinarily high bar for the competition to reach. Backed by eight solid years of successful releases, this independent record label serves as the breath of fresh air we’ve been craving while we watch other fleeting and fickle EDM labels fade away faster than they launched.
“Cr2 has some classic tracks in their catalog which are really special, and it’s hard for an independent label to stick around for so many years,” R3hab said. “Many people start labels as a hobby and stop after a while, but Cr2 is the real deal.”