The premiere destination for breaking tracks and launching careers, the Miami WMC has seen its fair share of anthems throughout the years.
We look back at some of the classics from yesteryear: tracks that were premiered at Miami and went on to become summer-long anthems, tracks that garnered worldwide commercial success and tracks that we still love to this day.
Black Magic – ‘Freedom (Make It Funky)’ (1996)
Lil Louis may have achieved international recognition with the spectacularly successful ‘French Kiss’, but ‘Freedom’, featuring the alluring vocal talents of Barbara Tucker, was the highlight of Miami 1996, delighting lovers of soulful house. The track was a staple in any set throughout the rest of the year and has quite rightly become a true US vocal classic.
Double99 – ‘RIPgroove’ (1997)
The definitive speed garage track, ‘RIPgroove’ was one of the biggest tunes of its time. The track influenced much of the scene and work produced after it and went on to become a huge UK dance chart hit the following year when the speed garage genre was at its peak. ‘RIPgroove’ still regularly makes appearances on old school and 2step garage compilations – a Miami classic whose legend persists.
Stardust – ‘Music Sound Better With You’ (1998)
The one and only track ever produced by the collaboration of Alan Braxe, Benjamin Diamond and Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, copies of ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ were distributed at WMC 1998, proving instantly successful. Demand for the track became so high after its WMC debut that the independent label Rolled could not keep up and tens of thousands of bootlegs surfaced. Virgin later published the song on CD format and it soon became a summer anthem, reaching #2 in the UK charts and #1 in the Billboard hot dance chart, with constant radio play and huge support in Ibiza. This was the first Miami anthem to go on to huge commercial success.
Pete Heller – ‘Big Love’ (1999)
Shimmering and satisfying, Pete Heller’s ‘Big Love’ signalled a positive direction for house music in 1999 – celebratory and fresh. Its success with the WMC 1999 crowd translated well to the public, as ‘Big Love’ hit #1 in the US dance chart, #12 in the UK singles chart and Billboard named it the #1 dance song of 1999.
Spiller – ‘Groovejet’ (2000)
The fairytale that both new and seasoned producers aspire to, ‘Groovejet’ was a monumental success. Landing at WMC 1999 as a few burnt promo CDs, Spiller’s instrumental disco-infused house tune ‘Groovejet’ saw great success, eventually being signed to EMI’s Positiva label. But it was WMC 2000 where the track really took off – it was simply unavoidable that year, being played in every hotel, bar and club. Added to that, Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s vocal helped the track hit the #1 spot in the UK charts.
Fans of trivia will also be interested to know that ‘Groovejet’ was the first song ever played on an iPod in August 2001.
Shapeshifters – ‘Lola’s Theme’ (2004)
Having already taken the underground scene by storm, Shapeshifters’ ‘Lola’s Theme’ was easily one of the biggest tracks of WMC 2004. The explosive support the track received carried it all the way to the top of the UK singles chart, making Shapeshifters one of the hottest house acts in the UK.
Mark Knight & Funkagenda – ‘Man With The Red Face’ (2008)
Of course, this list would not be complete without a nod to one of our own seminal releases. Mark Knight & Funkagenda’s update on Laurent Garnier’s original was an instant smash, from its premiere at one of Beatport’s infamous pool parties at WMC and throughout the Ibiza season and beyond. The overwhelming response from the public and support from the likes of Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Zane Lowe and more, meant that it became the fastest selling record on Beatport in 2008. The track struck a chord with clubbers and set a tone for the conference; its enduring appeal has solidified its legendary status.
Tensnake – ‘Coma Cat’ (2010)
Tensnake’s ‘Coma Cat’ was a revelation at WMC 2010 – the out and out anthem for the conference featured in sets from the biggest DJs across all genres from nu-disco to dubstep and saw strong support into and throughout the Ibiza season. The joyous track was a breakthrough for Tensnake, making him one of dance music’s most exciting new producers.
Pirupa – ‘Party Non Stop’ (2012)
The soundtrack to WMC 2012 was undoubtedly Pirupa’s unstoppable ‘Party Non Stop’. Pirupa became the name on everyone’s lips as his awesome anthem took the conference by storm, as well as the ensuing Ibiza season. Still a firm fan favourite, the track can still be heard in peak time sets and after hours raves to this day.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reminiscing from Miami WMCs past or that you’ve discovered some great new tunes.
Let us know: what are your Miami classics?
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