Compilation Review: ‘CR2 Live & Direct presents Miami 2012’ (CR2)

★★★☆☆

“Party in the city where the heat is on…” Amidst an array of pre-WMC compilations comes the CR2 crew asking just how much sunshine you can handle. Overflowing with euphoric riffs, Miami 2012 reaches the point where so much treble-heavy ecstasy becomes a cause for sunstroke to kick in. MYNC plunge straight in and don’t stop for 60 minutes of synthesized highs and dirty bits: spokesmen for substance and originality are shoved aside by Chuckie, Inpetto, Stevie Mink and Nilson on a one-way ticket to the land of the Dolphins. The fact there are so many gigantic breakdowns means that if you’re one for holiday memories, being beaten over the head with these tactics might leave you in a post-break daze.

Nicky Romero allows for a catching of breath and funkily announces his arrival, then balances the seesaw with trance dogfights (Sandro Silva & Quintino’s “Epic”) and hard house thuds (Romero roughing up Sidney Samson). But following the dizzying effect of the opening act, there are still enormous whooshes of energy that you can set your watch to, with the addition of piano skyscrapers from Daddy’s Groove playing their part in the riff-heavy ride. Forget slow build-ups, both sets are bursting to tell ravers what’s coming next.
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