Basement Jaxx, Moloko and Rolando are among the acts featured on a new compilation of buzz tracks from the 15th annual Winter Music Conference held in March in Miami Beach, Fla.
Azuli Presents Miami 2000, due May 22 in the UK (it will only be available in the U.S. as an import), includes 18 tracks mixed by house veteran Lenny Fontana, including the next Jaxx single, "Bingo Bango" (RealAudio excerpt).
The conference is the annual gathering for dance-music industry professionals from all over the world and features five nights of club performances, panel discussions and lots of schmoozing. In recent years, it has become the premier showcase for new DJs and electronic-music artists.
"Where normally compilations tackle music that is already on general release, Miami 2000 tries to predict hits from material that has not yet been released," said Paulette Constable, who helped produce the record for Azuli Records.
Azuli's picks seem to be on target, as "Bingo Bango," Moloko's "The Time Is Now" and Madison Ave.'s "Don't Call Me Baby," all included on the compilation, are now climbing UK charts.
Other tracks, such as Romain and Danny Krivit's "Philly Groove" and the Soul Providers' "Rise," may be relatively unknown now but are destined to be hits, Constable said.
"We do not underestimate the intelligence of the average music buyer," Constable said. "The musical vibe of Miami has never been explored before."
Although various dance-music magazines and labels have compiled promotional Winter Music Conference CDs in past years, Constable predicts a flood of commercial compilations before and after next year's gathering.
"Since this was the first year that the WMC got blanket coverage on UK TV, we expect the conference next year to be covered by a deluge of similar compilations," she said.
Azuli Presents Miami 2000 also features Detroit DJ Rolando's 1999 techno hit "Jaguar" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Stop Playin'" by conference performer and house vocalist Barbara Tucker.