Ten Best EDM Parties During Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
For wealthy locals and jetsetters, it's a chance to shop for additions to their already extravagant art collections and attend velvet-rope receptions in chic new getups.
But for us uhntz-uhntz heads, it's just another excuse to put on our tattered dancing shoes.
In fact electronic dance music parties during Art Basel week seem to have grown exponentially over the years, becoming almost as highly anticipated as Winter Music Conference. And this year is certainly no exception, with a slew of world-class DJ lineups and label showcases slated at the usual hotspots.
Check the cut for Crossfade's top ten EDM parties during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.
-Basel Castle 2012 Lineup: Fool's Gold, Purity Ring, Chromeo's Dave 1, Jacuzzi Boys, O'Grime
-Nicolas Jaar Brings "Blue-Wave" to Bardot Miami for Art Basel on December 6
-Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 Music Guide: Acts Announced So Far
Choice Meeting with Matt Tolfrey, Simon Baker, and Lazaro Casanova. Presented by Leftroom and Air London. Thursday, December 6, 10 p.m., Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com. The Air London collective has become synonymous with the finest transatlantic tech-house, as evidenced by its star-studded roster of DJ-producers like the Leftroom label's Matt Tolfrey, Simon Baker, and Miami's own Lazaro Casanova.
Nicolas Jaar. Presented by MOCA. Friday, December 7, 10 p.m., Mondrian South Beach Hotel. 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach. Call 305-514-1941 or visit mondrian-miami.com. Ostensibly, this production wunderkind is a dance music artist. But his critically acclaimed 2011 debut album, Space Is Only Noise, is more akin to experimental downtempo electronica. Thanks to Young Hearts, you'll get a chance to see Jaar's version of uhntz-uhntz when he drops a DJ set at Bardot on December 6. Then get a more Basel-appropriate taste of his artsier live sound at the Mondrian South Beach on December 7.