MIAMI — As Miami Music Week wrapped up, MTV News went back to where it all began, heading again to the Fontainebleau on Sunday for another massive record-label showcase.
Swedish House Mafia stalwart Steve Angello , joined by the brigade of ferocious all-stars that make up his Size Records, took over the same stage that deadmau5 and his Mau5trap crew owned just a day before.
But while the Mau5trap set inspired fans through experimental sonic patterns, Size came with one mission in mind: To lay down banger after banger, many of them Beatport.com-charting hits produced by members of the Size team. The third edition of the always highly anticipated Size Records party featured proven beatsmiths — some EDM vets, some newcomers. Indeed, Angello presided over a staggering lineup that included Max Vangeli, AN21, Junior Sanchez, Third Party, Tim Mason, Qulinez and Wayne & Woods.
Size newbies Wayne & Woods kicked off the night. The duo were followed by Qulinez, who delivered an impressive set highlighted by their smoldering bomb “Troll.” Tim Mason pleased the crowd by covering hit singles “The Moment” and “Anima”; Third Party took over from him with a strong set that featured their 2011 smash “Duel” and their newest single, “Feel.”
Feeling a bit of hometown nostalgia, MTV News was excited to see the return of legendary New York house icon Junior Sanchez to the Size closing party. The Brobot boss kept the hands in the air for virtually his entire set, playing recent anthems like Otto Knows’ “Million Voices” and the Dirty South/ Those Usual Suspects collabo “Walking Alone.” Junior also drew smiles from the crowd with his unique blend of Jay-Z and Kanye’s “N—as in Paris” and Swedish producer Avicii’s “Levels,” a mash that was appropriately titled “N—as in Sweden.”
Coming on last (but certainly not least) on the long list of talented openers were Max Vangeli and AN21, who were greeted with the energy one might expect for two of Size’s original signees. Showing no signs of nerves, the pair put on a set fit to introduce their label’s frontman. They doled out heavy party tracks like Dada Life’s “Kick out the Epic Mother—-er”.
Sir Steve finally hit the decks, and partygoers at the Fontainebleau bum-rushed the stage, eager to rock out with the Size boss. And Angello obliged, unleashing track after track by tapping his SHM arsenal and much more. Fans danced in fits to Swedish House Mafia’s “Greyhound”; Michael Calfan’s “Resurrection” fused with Coldplay’s “Paradise”; and Nari & Milani “Atom,” among other hits. Angello just smiled, seemingly well aware of the euphoric chaos he was creating.
Unfortunately, Angello was forced to cut his set short at around 11:30 p.m. Still, what fans will probably remember is that the Size guys came correct this year, laying down the perfect ending to Miami Music Week.
Miami Music Week is a wrap, but stick with MTV News as we continue to roll out the latest EDM news and behind-the scenes interviews with your favorite dance music stars!