By Adam Stewart
Axwell's takeover of Fountainebleu's LIV Nightclub on Thursday evening (March 24) was without question one of Miami Music Week's most massive shows. Wednesday night (March 23), that same venue played host to would be superheros and villains as Laidback Luke presented the Miami permutation of his renowned "Super You & Me" party. But just 24 hours later, LIV had been transformed into a sea of buttoned-down shirts and dresses that could give a man a serious case of whiplash.
With the likes of Tiësto, David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso present to party (as well as Adrian Lux, David Tort, Tinie Tempah and Cedric Gervias on the lineup), the energy in the club was simply electric. With what can only be described giant psychedelic sea urchins hanging from the rafters complimented by the magnificent in house lighting design and state-of-the-art sound system, Axwell's night was certainly one to remember.
His two-plus hour set was garnished with vintage material like "Feel the Vibe" (which he mixed with Daft Punk's "Around the World") as well as more recent crowd-pleasers "Sweet Disposition," "Teenage Crime" and "Nothing But Love."
But there was one track in particular that we had our ears on high alert for, his latest monster, “Heart Is King”. MTV News sat down with Axwell earlier in the day, he spoke very highly of his latest progressive instrumental bomb, which contains a classical-inspired (as in Mozart) melody. When the string-laden, anthem dropped, the enthused crowd went simply mental.
He had other tricks, too. As one of the true masters of mash-up type bootlegs, Axwell kept the posh crowd guessing as he dropped Carl Louis and Martin Daniel's "The Message" with the a cappella of Dirty South's "Open Your Heart," and a superb pairing of Laidback Luke's "My G*O*D (Guns On Demo)" with Nachang Nancy's vocals on Prok & Fitch's "Walk With Me."
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