What better to do on the final day of another successful WMC, than to check out the Anjunabeats label party at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach? The relaxed, chill vibes of Matt Lange, Boom Jinx, Mat Zo, Jaytech, Ilan Bluestone, Norin and Rad, Jerome Isma-Ae, Audien, and special guests Arty and Seven Lions proved to be the perfect way to end the week.
It was quite a tough decision between this one and Armin’s ASOT 650 lineup at Ultra, but for me, a more relaxing pool party just seemed to make more sense, and this would be the only chance to see much of the Anjunabeats lineup.
The Raleigh Hotel is a beautiful spot on Collins Ave, among the other stellar South Beach resorts. The stage was set up in the back, past the pool area, and it was a truly beautiful SoBe day with the sun shining, and fans arriving early for Matt Lange’s set.
I didn’t pick up too much of Matt’s set, but he did play an awesome chill version of Above and Beyond’s “Good for Me” and it was definitely a laid back, beach vibe sort of set from Matt. I’ve always had a ton of respect for Matt, as he is one of the true scholars of electronic music as well as the technology behind the music. Definitely hope he makes his way to the NE USA soon.
Boom Jinx was up next, and the Norwegian veteran of trance started picking things up from the get go. A few notable tracks were the new Michael Cassette remix of “Raise Your Weapon,” the Tritonal bomb “Now or Never,” and of course what Boom Jinx set would be complete without “When You Loved Me” by Boom Jinx w. Maor Levi ft. Ashley Tomberlin. I’ve played that track off the Anjunabeats Vol. 10 Album dozens of times, and it was amazing to hear it live.
It was probably at about this point that I noticed more fans showing up in their Anjunawear. One dude had an awesome colorful 3D Anjunabeats Logo that I had to get a picture with. Others were wearing some rad Mat Zo apparel and there were definitely some big Arty fans among the crowd as well.
Brit superstar Mat Zo came to the decks after Boom, and boy did he destroy the place… wow!! He dropped a sweet version of Chemical Brothers “Hey Boy Hey Girl,” “I Wish” by Funkin Matt, and his classics “Rebound” w/ Arty and “Superman.” It was a super high energy set that really got the crowd jumping all over the place! I feel like Mat is a very versatile artist and DJ who clearly does a great job of reading the crowd. It was definitely just the right point in time to kick things off and he did it splendidly.
Next up was long time Anjunabeats producer Jaytech from Australia. Jaytech kept the vibe hot, but maybe chilled off a little from Mat’s off the wall energy. Tracks included his remix of Super 8 and Tab’s “Your Secret’s Safe,” Suspect 44’s “Amazing” and one of my personal favorites of the party “Stranger” Jaytech ft. Steve Smith. It has such a sexy groove. I think that’s what I’d say most about Jaytech’s set, it definitely had more of that sexiness feel to it throughout, and I loved that the different Anjunabeats artists each brought their own flavor.
Ilan Bluestone was up next and I think was one of the most eagerly anticipated artists on the line up. I can’t remember ever seeing him on a lineup. Admittedly, although I’m not too familiar with his tracks, I did catch “Spheres” and “Sinai” and totally loved his trancey vibe. I got the impression that most of his set was his own productions, and the crowd truly loved him. I’m positive this isn’t the last we are seeing of this stellar UK producer.
Unfortunately, at this point, after 5 days of non-stop action, and a plane to catch, I had to say my farewells. Would’ve loved to have caught Norin and Rad, Jerome Isma-Ae, Arty, and Seven Lions though and heard they were absolutely tremendous. That said, kudos to the Anjunabeats team and Raleigh Hotel for a beautiful day of trance beats in SoBe.
Till next time I bid you peace, love, and trance.
Review by Stuart Fleishman
Photography by SOS Adame Photography
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.