The immortal spinner certainly knows how to keep picking his headline partners. Pete Tong follows last year’s Felix da Housecat hook-up to show that there are many ways to approach the Miami experience, compared to the virtually non-stop fireworks of CR2. He keeps on with his recent compilation demeanour of responsibly laying down his sound and letting the other headliner (in theory) go to town on the crowd. Opening with an inauspicious reintroduction of Goldfrapp’s “Strict Machine,” unfussy funkiness on an ever steady footing dominates, with Anonym, Marc Fanciulli and a Marc Romboy, Rodriguez Jr and Deetron three-way building up the sparkplugs. It’s a solid set low on jump-out moments but higher on persistence, with Tong in the poolside pacesetter role looking to make good time before passing the baton.
Groove Armada’s is a mixed but less conservative bag, with original house flashbacks (Fingers Inc., rubbing off on NY Stomp) to 303 fast-forwards (Cle, Lazy Ants & Rob Threezy), simple but hard-hitting house geometry (Djedjotronic), and reinstating Stacey Pullen from All Gone 2011. Their chart-troubling persona is different from when in the mix, in a not-giving-up-the-day-job kinda way, but Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have more life than their forerunner as the funk (Shenonda’s “Finally”) and thunder filters through more freely, ramming home the advantage set up for them.
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