There are worse things to wake up to; the sight of palm trees, and super yachts on the aqua blue horizon from our hotel room could be a shot from CSI Miami. All’s needed is some filthy room service to help shake this hangover before we head downtown to the hip, arts district of Wynwood, where Faceless Recordings have Miami’s black vests, beards and hippy glasses out in full force.
Returning to The Social Lubricant — a cool urban refuge plastered with murals — after having a blast this time last year with Climbers, this time the line-up is even better. Simon Baker, Inxec, Nitin, Kate Simko, Chaim, Maher Daniel, Atnarko, Silky and Corey Baker are today’s techno/house glitterati, guiding a warm, friendly crew of chic clubbers through a demure day-long journey into the electronic cosmos. An experimental live set from male and female duo Joyson, soon to drop an LP on the imprint, has the relaxed daytime rabble absorbed before Silky kicks off the steady grooves with a b2b set alongside Corey Baker.
Some meaty scran and a bottle of vino next door at The Butcher’s Shop is exactly what we need, before Inxec gets cerebral with an expertly mixed set of infectious tech-house beats.
As night falls, the vibe only gets more intense with each DJ. A melodic but metronomic vinyl set from Maher Daniel joins Chaim’s deep-set funk and Kate Simko steps it up with some chunky house and US garage. Simon Baker drops Eli Escobar’s recent remix of Kim Ann Foxman before Nitin takes things darker without losing the floor or letting energy levels drop. In the absense of mooted "special guest" Jonny White, the pair team up for a tag-team set to take us to closing.
A cursory glance at the watch, we realise we’ve been stomping pretty much non-stop for almost 10 hours and the family vibe is cosy. An Uber is on the way and we’re in no mood to call it a night so we’re dropped off at Club Space to catch Paco Osuna laying down robust techno in a tropically decorated back room for Elrow (apart from one staff member who accidently ends up at a trap night at Therapy next door). Meanwhile Marcus Schulz is unleashing a climactic trance set in the main room.
As hyped as the vibe is, a $58 bar bill for three drinks and the fact our legs are like led, we decide to head back for a much needed kip…
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