Mansion Opens New '80s-Themed Cocktail Bar

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Starting this weekend, Mansion's VIP bar will never look the same.

When you think South Beach megaclub, you think excess, sexy dancers, hand-crafted cocktails... Wait, do you?

This weekend, SoBe's Mansion will unveil the Cocktails & Dreams bar as part of its new weekly Mansion Made Me Do It party.

The bar is all '80s wham and glam, while the new Saturdays organizes performances and giveaways around a weekly theme. It heats up with "Red Light District," and yes, there will be near-naked dancers.

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AC Slater Talks Dance Music and "Bringing Back That Underground Feel"

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AC Slater is about to take you back to a time before fancy light rigs and Jesus-posing DJs, when dance parties were messy, dark, personal affairs and nothing mattered but the bass.

Maybe some of you remember those times fondly, and perhaps some of you are tired of hearing about it, but everyone new and old to the scene is invited to experience the gritty realness of Night Bass. The LA-based monthly party is hitting the road with Hannah Wants, Jack Beats, and its fearless leader, AC Slater.

This weekend, Night Bass hits The Garret at Grand Central, the perfect Miami venue for the vibe. We here at Crossfade spoke to Slater about the state of dance music, how he plans to keep evolving, and whether or not he really influenced everyone in L.A. to start wearing black.

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Gorgon City Talk Debut Album Sirens and North American Tour

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Before joining creative forces as Gorgon City, North Londoners Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott were already locally celebrated DJ-producers in their own right. Going by Foamo and RackNRuin respectively, the two came up as part of London's beloved Black Butter artist collective and label, which also gave us the likes of Rudimental and international chart-topping sensations Clean Bandit.

"We met in a club, as we had the same DJ agent at the time," the Gorgon boys tell Crossfade about first hooking up. "Then we got in the studio for fun and we worked well together, so we started a new project in itself. We never planned anything, it has all happened organically -- this makes it all more fun and interesting."

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Duke Dumont: "A Song Doesn't Have to Sell a Million Copies to Be a Good Song"

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"I always had a passion to make music," says Duke Dumont. "I knew if it was a hobby, I'd do it. And if it was a full-time job, I would always be doing it."

Now 32 years old, this British DJ-producer (born Adam George Dyment) has achieved so much more than that modest dream of a simple, 40-hour-a-week musical career.

In fact -- though it's been a long, hard haul -- he's managed to climb out of obscurity to become one of today's fastest-rising stars on the house and techno scene.

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Roller Disco: Five Absolutely Essential Jams, According to DJ Danny Krivit

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Party people old enough to remember Miami's roller disco days should be stoked to know that the 305 has a new party on wheels.

Roller Disco at Grand Central may be just a monthly party, but with some of disco music's most legendary DJs headlining, it might be the single best excuse to party all month if you do nothing else.

Nicky Siano of Studio 54 fame helped kick off the party during the summer, and October's installment presents none other than Danny Krivit, beloved veteran of the seminal NYC disco scene alongside Siano and other legends like Larry Levan and François Kevorkian.

Ahead of the party, we couldn't pass up a chance to peek into Krivit's DJ bag and five of his all-time favorite roller disco jams.

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Jesse Perez Talks "Still Slangin' That D" Video: All About Porn Stars and Pastelitos

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Porn stars, tiny motel rooms, pastelitos, and booty bass.

Hell yeah, Jesse Perez is "Still Slangin' That D," and he gives you an up-close-and-personal look at the life of a booty gangster in his first-ever music video for the single off Kama Sucia: The Art of Slangin' D.

Filmed in the wee hours of the morning by his buddy Matthew Hoyos, starring Bang Bros. faves Luna Star and Alby Rydes, it's pretty much the most Miami thing you'll see all week.

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E. Banga on Being a Female Rapper in Miami

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If you attended last year's MIA Jamfest, a MicXChange or a WakeUpWynwood event, chances are you've noticed E. Banga -- and perhaps because her 4'11" height may have given the impression she may have given the bouncer a fake ID.

But if you are now reading about her for the first time, you may be thinking, "Who the hell is she? She hasn't even released a project." And you'd be right. She hasn't.

But equipped with a stockpile of singles, freestyles, and an upcoming EP, Banga is one of the few budding female emcees in Miami.

Crossfade hung out with the North Miami rapper to talk about that impending debut release, her feature on Amber Monique's "Picture Me Rollin'," writing for others, and doing it all while being a mother to her 5-year-old daughter.

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Viceroy: "There's Pop Music With Substance"

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"Summer all the time" is Viceroy's motto. It's also everyday life in Miami. So it stands to reason that homeboy's party tuneage should appeal to every Miamian's innate love of the sunny, sweaty, and sexy.

The San Francisco-based dance music producer loves Hawaiian shirts. And he's all about that beachy groove, not so much that heavy drop, though he's still made it to the stage at Ultra Music Festival.

Now, while the rest of America transitions into overrated pumpkin-spice-everything-hoodie-lookin'-ass-basic-bitch mode, we get to ride high in our short-shorts and sandals, jammin' to Viceroy's new single "The Life" in anticipation of his upcoming show at Steam Miami on Friday, October 3.

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Anna Lunoe on the Power of Rave Culture: "When You're 14 or 15, You're Forever Changed"

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After spending years honing your craft and climbing the ladder to success, would you have the strength to leave it all behind?

Anna Lunoe did. The DJ, producer, and songwriter worked her ass off to take over the scene in Australia. And just when she'd hit her peak, Lunoe packed her bags, hit the reset button, and headed across the pond to a new home in Los Angeles.

"It was really starting over, for sure," she says. "I had credibility, but I didn't have a name in the American market."

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Pandamonium Fridays at Rec Room: "Panda Suits Are Welcomed"

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A Pandamonium t-shirt ... Even sweeter than free bamboo.

Put on your panda suit and get ready to party like an animal with Pandamonium Fridays at the Gale Hotel's Rec Room lounge.

Spearheaded by the Gale's nightlife director Eric Hower and Miami's own DJ Affect, the weekly bash was inspired by the veteran spin master's recent Pandamonium EP.

"One day, I was finishing up the record and my friend was like, 'This is straight pandemonium,'" DJ Affect explains. "I wondered, Wow, why not play it up with panda?

"It was funny. We put out the first flyer on Instagram. We received positive feedback. That's when I discovered that a bunch of people were obsessed with pandas."

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