It was the ultimate way to reign in the New Year, and we’re having trouble accepting the fact that it’s over. The BPM Festival 2012 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, was a ten-day EDM extravaganza with so many impressive acts and events, it was a mission to get any sleep at all.
This year’s lineup boasted some of the biggest and most prominent names in dance music, but it’s the following five sets that really outshone the rest. Here is our countdown for the five sets we truly hope you didn’t miss at The BPM Festival 2012.
5. Steve Lawler at Kool Beach Jan. 4
Arriving only a day earlier, Steve Lawler’s set at Kool Beach Jan. 4 had my crew right in fiesta mode. It was tribal-y house-y techno deliciousness alongside the ocean – the perfect introduction to the last five days of the festival. Lawler wasn’t even set to play that party, which made it quite a pleasant surprise.
4. Wolf + Lamb b2b with Tanner Ross and Soul Clap at La Santanera Jan. 5
It’s a beautiful thing when the Wolf + Lamb family gets together for a show. There are no set times. Play what you want, and on to the next guy. Zev and Gadi of Wolf + Lamb, Eli of Soul Clap and Tanner Ross played back to back on the terrace of La Santanera at a BPM Festival anniversary party celebrating five years. They dropped track after track of dopeness. This is a video of Tanner Ross spinning Infinity Ink’s “Games”.
3. Davide Squillace at Blue Parrot Beach Club Jan. 3
The venue was jam-packed, but everybody was bouncing in unison as Davide Squillace whipped out some gems. Alongside techno talents Dubfire and Carlo Lio, Squillace played somewhat hard but kept his groove throughout the show. Blue Parrot was the perfect spot for the spectacle.
2. My Favorite Robot at Canibal Royal Jan. 5
We knew Lee Burridge would impress us, but My Favorite Robot came straight from left field. Coming in as the second best set at The BPM Festival is MFR at Canibal Royal Jan. 5. – a definite new favorite artist. The set was the sexiest of what deep house, indie dance and nu-disco have to offer at the moment. And watching the guys feed off each other was absolutely priceless. Their energy resonated throughout the venue gushing through the crowd as the sun dropped behind them. Epic. This is a video of My Favorite Robot (made up of James Teej, Jared Simms and Voytek Korab) dropping David August’s “You Got To Love Me”.
1. Lee Burridge b2b with Matthew Dekay at Mamita’s Beach Club Jan. 7
No other set at BPM caught the vibe of the festival as flawlessly as Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay at their All Day I Dream party on Jan. 7. The track selection on their part was impeccable with a set of mesmerizing ambient deep and tech house. Lee played for six hours with Matthew joining a few hours in. But the music wasn’t all. Lanterns and flowing fabric created an atmosphere that felt so right and exotic on that Saturday afternoon in the sand.