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Feb 12
2014

Dive Into The Deep 11

Welcome to a brand new installment of Dive Into The Deep, where great music needs no introduction. Let's jump in, shall we?

Adriatique - Rolling Stone (Original Mix) [Culprit]
We showcased the A-side of this release, Midnight Walking, in last week's post, but it's hard to ignore the stuttering effectiveness of Rolling Stone. Big-room and moody, it's just what fans of deep house and tech are clamoring for these days. The Swiss duo's stock has been rising going into 2014 with a pair of shimmering sets at BPM, added renown through the Cityfox parties, and a slew of excellent releases, and this one on Cuplrit keeps them moving forward (like a...).
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Soulphiction - When Radio Was Boss (Jackmate Remix) [Pampa]
Jackmate turns in a bouncing Beatport-only remix of his own track as Soulphiction on the perpetually silly Pampa Records, but just because this one's all-digital doesn't mean it's short on old-school vibes. Warm strings and low-slung basslines keep this one churning, with a radio shoutout that most recently recalls Four Tet's latest pirate-infused album.
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Boddika & Joy Orbison - In Here (Original Mix) [Sunklofaw]
This one falls a bit outside of the traditional house/techno spectrum, but if anyone knows how to throw down a cracking dance set, it's Boddika and Joy Orbison. The treat here is the sparsity that allows a thunderous succession of kicks to work their magic, with some clever vocal work that keeps In Here sounding like desolation.
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Anthony Collins - Panther Lies (Original Mix) [Natural History]
Deep house through and through, the Scissor & Thread mainstay's output on his own Natural History label is as soulful as they come. This one off Exhibit F is simple and chunky, sure to keep a floor moving in the day, at night, or at the afterparty. Like this one? Make sure to check out the entire Exhibit series on Natural History--they're all gems. Panther Lies is out Feb. 24.

Art Department - BPM001 [BPM]
If you were at The BPM Festival this past January, then you know. Art Department inaugurates the festival's compilation series with a collection of jams that stormed the beaches of Playa Del Carmen, from Innervisions bombs such as Ten Walls' Requiem to tunes off their own No.19 label, like Eric Volta's spacey Love Your Illusion. The mix is a long player that isn't too far off from their current sets, and it'll put you right back in the mood to be dancing 'til dawn on a tropical beach.
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Adriatique - Rolling Stone (Original Mix) [Culprit]
Soulphiction - When Radio Was Boss (Jackmate Remix) [Pampa]
Boddika & Joy Orbison - In Here (Original Mix) [Sunklofaw]
Anthony Collins - Panther Lies (Original Mix) [Natural History]
Art Department - BPM001 [BPM]
Feb 03
2014

BPM Through The Eyes Of The Artists

The BPM Festival may be almost a month in the past, but the beats and warmth of Playa Del Carmen are still fresh in the minds of LessThan3. We could wax poetic all day about how BPM beats the pants off of most of the world's music gatherings, but we'd rather let the artists tell you. We asked eleven BPM 2014 performers what they love about the festival, and everything from the food to the family vibes came up. Check the quotes below, and get excited for Jan. 2015.


Adriatique @ Culprit
Fusion Beach Club
Jan. 6, 2014

"As it was our first [BPM], we had loads of expectations and heard plenty of good things in advance. We can say it's even better than what we heard. The place, the vibe, the people, the food, seeing friends from all over the globe, hanging out with your crew, hearing other great artists--the list goes on."
Photo: PEARCEY PROPER for TheBPMFestival.com


Benoit & Sergio @ This Is The End
Coco Maya Beach Club
Jan. 12, 2014

"Immersing yourself in what you love to do with people you love to do it with at the beginning of each year sets a pretty strong precedent."
Photo: Danilo Lewis for TheBPMFestival.com


Bob Moses @ All Day I Dream
Mamita's Beach Club
Jan. 11, 2014

"It's the perfect blend of relaxing and partying, and of course the great food."
Photo: Danilo Lewis for TheBPMFestival.com


Cassy @ Wisdom Of The Glove
Coco Maya Beach Club
Jan. 4, 2014

"It doesn't feel like a festival; it feels more like an intense music and party holiday."
Photo: Danilo Lewis for TheBPMFestival.com


ENDO @ Bedrock Showcase
Mamita's Beach Club
Jan. 3, 2014

"This year was not only the best BPM Festival, but possibly the best week-long festival I've ever been to. I was there from the first record until the last, and all of the madness in between and every day was amazing. The DJs were all on their A-game playing great sets. It was great catching up with all my dear friends and artists from around the world, and Playa is always such a great vibe."
Photo: PEARCEY PROPER for TheBPMFestival.com


Nick Curly @ Nick Curly Presents TRUST
Tabu
Jan. 8, 2014

"Book your flight and get your ass down here in January! Cool festival in a magical place with the biggest lineup you could have."
Photo: Anthony Djuren for TheBPMFestival.com


Nicole Moudaber @ In The Mood
Lost Avenue
Jan. 9, 2014

"Had a blast this year! My night party In The Mood with Chris Liebing was off the hook--the club was rammed till the end. I can't wait to do it all over again next year!"
Photo: Danilo Lewis for TheBPMFestival.com


Roger Sanchez @ BPM Presents Roger Sanchez & More
Kool Beach Club
Jan. 4, 2014

"This festival is totally dedicated to underground music and the hospitality of Mexico makes it a great experience."
Photo: Danilo Lewis for TheBPMFestival.com


Camea @ Bpitch Control
Coco Maya Beach Club
Jan. 3, 2014

"BPM might be one of the most amazing festivals I have ever been to. You can tell the staff really loves what they do because they are all so nice and organized, and it's unbelievable how many artists come down and share music with each other. It's so amazing to be in such a beautiful location just hanging with everyone on the beach and hopping around to all of these parties. I wish it would last a month and not just a week!"
Photo: PEARCEY PROPER for TheBPMFestival.com


Carlo Lio @ Union
Lost Avenue
Jan. 8, 2014

"Nobody goes to BPM just to play. Its like a festival and vacation all rolled into one with a million of your closest friends. This is very rare."
Photo: PEARCEY PROPER for TheBPMFestival.com


Three @ Listed Productions
Mamita's
Jan. 9, 2014

"The location. The time of year. Nearly everything is a simple walk from wherever you're standing. I see it as an industry holiday for us after the normal holiday madness has ended. Just so laid back yet with excellent parties which are mostly outdoors on the beach! And then Tulum is just a short jaunt away and you can really vacation properly there if you choose."
Photo: Doug Van Sant for TheBPMFestival.com
Jan 19
2014

The 5 Best Parties At BPM

Take thousands of beautiful people, the world's best DJs, a healthy dose of sunshine, and some of the best sound systems around, throw them all together in the Mexican paradise of Playa Del Carmen, and you've got the spectacular BPM Festival. Ten days of a magical seventh edition flew by even quicker than the last as friendships between music lovers were built, life-affirming memories were created, and the masses danced and grooved from morning to night to morning to night to... you get the picture. We've compiled a few highlights from North America's best festival, so that whether you were there or not, you can be involved in the joy that we experienced.

Culprit - 1/6



Fusion Beach Club was a welcome addition to the collection of venues that the festival's day parties took place at, and the Culprit showcase took full advantage of the beach bar's intimate space. A killer lineup that included sets from Climbers, label-heads Droog, and a crazy fun b2b between jozif and Matt Tolfrey, was topped off with an incredible showing by Adriatique. A night party wasn't even necessary after the refreshing vibes of this one.

Diynamic - 1/9



Although Blue Parrot could get a bit hectic at times, braving the packed crowds was a necessity at the German label's event. Stimming turned in a majestic live set that consisted fully of his own productions, Adriatique impressed once again, and David August's live piano work brought the house down. The music was special at this one, and it was impossible not to dance if you were by the front. Check the Diynamic party out at be-at.tv.

Circoloco Day Party - 1/10



Montezuma unfortunately got the better of my body for a brief bit early in the week, taking me out of commission for Circoloco's nighttime shindig and Tale Of Us' set at the Life & Death showcase, but the Circoloco day party at Mamita's more than made up for it. A cracking b2b between Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom gave way to the booming sounds of Tale Of Us, and the world's second-ranked DJs did not disappoint (though only Karm made it to this one) with plenty of new material and a few crowd-pleasers towards the end. This may have been the most energetic party all week, with Seth Troxler bringing it to a close in his signature cheeky style, switching between genres at will and whipping the crowd into a frenzy on the heels of some rare and eye-opening cuts.

Innervisions - 1/10



Innervisions... at Blue Venado... it's difficult to even put this one into words. If you were there, chances are you're in agreement that this was the best party of your life. Âme's beautiful live set was the perfect transition into a true journey (more experience than set) by #1-ranked Dixon, and as the sun rose over the stunning beach, a double rainbow appeared to force us all to question reality. Seriously, that's how good this party was, and it wasn't even over! The entire lineup (Michael Gracioppo, Marcus Worgull, Mano Le Tough, Âme, Dixon, David August) proceeded to go b2b2b2b2b2b for another three hours and change around 9 a.m., showering us with easily the best music that the entire festival had to offer, each track getting better than the last.

All Day I Dream Closing - 1/11



Innervisions was so good that it was impossible to stop partying, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot to keep it going than the second All Day I Dream fiesta at Mamita's. Christian Loffler and Bob Moses turned in some super blissed out live sets before Lee Burridge took the reins for an immaculate display of track selection and mixing skill under the clouds. Or was it on the clouds? Who knows, all that matters is this party was truly a dream.

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All in all, this was an extremely successful seventh BPM. Festival Director Vito Tomasicchio explained that BPM "started with 70 DJs, and seven years later we're at over 300," and it's truly no wonder why. The whole experience is run perfectly, with Director of Operations and Finance Alessandra Axelsson eager to relay that "seeing 40-50k people having the time of their lives makes all the work worth it." And of course, it couldn't be in a better location. After you go once, every successive BPM becomes a necessary pilgrimage, and we can't wait to get down at the beginning of next year already!

A few other sets and memories that deserve mention:

Art Department @ No. 19 / Claude VonStroke @ dirtybird / Frank & Tony @ Scissor & Thread / Three b2b Bill Patrick b2b Konrad Black @ Listed / Seafood and tequila at Las Brisas / The organizers of the festival and everyone involved in running BPM so smoothly

Photos by Marjana Jaidi/Cultivora, The BPM Festival
Adriatique - Midnight Walking (Original Mix) [Culprit]
HVOB - Lion (Stimming Remix) [Stil Vor Talent]
Tale Of Us - Another Earth (Original Mix) [Minus]
Marcus Worgull & Peter Pardeike - Lenoix (Original Mix) [Innervisions]
Maher Daniel, Jon Charnis - Lonely Stars In Open Skies (Luca Bacchetti Endless Remix) [All Day I Dream]