Nightlife Review: Ghostly International 10 Year Anniversary Party, December 5

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​Ghostly International 10 Year Anniversary Party
White Room, Miami
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Better than: Any record label party this side of WMC.

Despite the unfavorable weather most of Saturday, things cleared up enough for Miami to enjoy partying al fresco at what was surely the greatest White Room turnout all year. Ghostly International apparently has that much pull, bringing together as it did a wide cross section of fans. By midnight things were looking promising as Toronto-based electro-pop producer Solvent got through his opening set. Despite being Canadian, no other artist from the Michigan-based Ghostly roster playing that night sounded as Detroit as Solvent. There's something about his stark analog basslines, grainy vocoder, and 808 breakbeats that seem to perfectly embody the cold spartan Detroit techno aesthetic.

Michna, on the other hand, was a completely different beast, given his eclectic and upbeat blend of sounds. The Brooklyn-based DJ kicked up the momentum quite a few notches with a set that cruised the gamut between jacked-up old school electro and some of the sickest dancefloor industrial numbers I have heard on a club soundsystem. Making ample use of the frequencies with melodic synth-driven vocal bangers, he sustained a relentless beat and had the entire main floor at White Room grooving in fervor.

Of course the highlights of the night were Ghostly mainstay Audion, a.k.a. Mathew Dear, and M.A.N.D.Y. of Get Physical fame. Audion got a bit weird on Saturday, with lots of abrasive acid techno beats interjected with extended breakdowns. These were filled with machine-like abstract white noise that made the dancefloor, at times, sound as though it were inside a steel mill. The expertly crafted sound engineering by Ultra Music Festival's Terry McNeil made for a mind-blowing aural experience.

M.A.N.D.Y. changed the tone considerably as the pair took to the decks around 2 a.m., kicking off a set of funky body-jacking techno and tech-house. By that time White Room was packed wall to wall with bodies, all entranced by the sheer physical power of the bass and those Bassmaxx vibrations upon the early dawn air. It was a night of fantastic mind-bending sounds and surely the musical highlight of Art Basel this year.         

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias:
 Ghostly's reputation precedes them and I'm a sucker for hype. (Well, depends whose hype.)

Random Detail: I've been to White Room on more than a few occasions, but had never registered the existence of the chill-out room. Often overlooked, this is a nice little dark place for doing dark deeds.

By the Way: M.A.N.D.Y. reprised Saturday night's fun for a select few the following day at a SAFE "secret location" party (later revealed to be Boteco on 79th St.). By alll accounts the duo rocked it once more. 


Of course the highlights of the night were Ghostly mainstay Audion, a.k.a. Mathew Dear, and M.A.N.D.Y. of Get Physical fame. Audion got a bit weird on Saturday, with lots of abrasive acid techno beats interjected with extended breakdowns. These were filled with machine-like abstract white noise that made the dancefloor, at times, sound as though it were inside a steel mill. 

M.A.N.D.Y. changed the tone considerably as the pair took to the decks around 2 a.m., kicking off a set of funky body-jacking techno and tech-house. By that time White Room was packed wall to wall with bodies, all entranced by the sheer physical power of the bass and those Dynacord vibrations upon the early dawn air. It was a night of fantastic mind-bending sounds and surely the musical highlight of Art Basel this year.         

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias:
 Ghostly's reputation precedes them and I'm a sucker for hype. (Well, depends whose hype.)

Random Detail: I've been to White Room on more than a few occasions, but had never registered the existence of the chill-out room. Often overlooked, this is a nice little dark place for doing dark deeds.

By the Way: M.A.N.D.Y. reprised Saturday night's fun for a select few the following day at a SAFE "secret location" party (later revealed to be Boteco on 79th St.). By alll accounts the duo rocked it once more.  


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