Last Resort is anything but a last resort– oh, the irony. This year’s edition– brought to us by the guys at Embrace, Liason Artists and Miami’s own, SAFE– offers a lineup that appeals to me in so many different ways. Internationally renowned artists, up-and-coming talents, deep, techno, house and sounds you can’t label. And most importantly to me, acts I have seen and love, as well as acts that have intrigued me in the past year that I have yet to see.
Before we dive into our most anticipated acts, remember tickets to the event are selling out. Head over to Resident Advisor to secure your spot on the dance floor for the March 24th dance party at Villa 221.
4. George Fitzgerald– George doesn’t fit the description for your average DJ today. I just recently read him answer, “I’m not going to bullshit you. It was done on Ableton. Too many people lie about that…”, when asked how he went about his RA podcast. A slight glimpse at how the London bases DJ operates– off kilter, if I may. His sets– of which I have yet to see in person (hence his spot on the list)– put together shades of garage, techno, bass and deep house into a potluck of genuinely interesting music.
3. Kate Simko– Someone we became very familiar with at Treehouse in 2012. Her residency at Chicago’s Smart Bar has helped her international spotlight, but her nights in Miami with LINK and Miami Rebels secured her place on our list today. Getting her start early on with some guys you might know, Matthew Dear and Ryan Elliot, Kate is guaranteed to bring a quirky take on house that always keeps the dance floor in motion.
2. Dusky– Another act on the list taking inspiration from multiple platforms of house music. Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman– or Dusky– bring something special to the booth. Proof is in there non-stop WMC schedule this year. However, we’ll hold back excitement for a couple of days to catch them here at Last Resort. Their house roots shine through in the contemporarily driven sounds they play– colorful deep house laced with classic four-on-the-floor house patterns.
1. Dixon– I began this piece almost two weeks ago when the initial announcement was made. Additions to the lineup were promised and I decided to stall as long as possible to make sure I didn’t leave out anything special. And as my patience was running out– boom– a Miami-exclusive Dixon appearance. While the German artist has been an underground flagship for years, I ran into a set of his unexpectedly two summers ago and was blown away. The Innervision co-head recently made a lot of noise at The BPM Festival where he snagged the top spot in our “sets we hope you didn’t miss at BPM“. Look for this performance to top more lists early in April.