Riva Starr Is a BEAST on the Decks

It’s cramming time for Miami!

I’m the kind of person who likes to be prepared, so I’ve been doing a lot of set- and track-listening over the past couple weeks. It’s fun to take a flyer for a show and go through the DJs one by one to get a feel for what the entire show might be like (What? You don’t cram for parties?! Yes, I’m a house music nerd).

Snatch! Records party at Hush. It’s fun to say “I’m going to the Snatch Party at Hush.”

I had mentioned before that I’m excited about this party. Until last night, I had heard a bunch of Riva Starr’s tracks but never a set. I am happy to say that this bald-headed Italian is incredible live, rocking mostly tech house and really deep stuff. In case you’re as excited as I am (or want to be), below is the fantastic set we watched.

Also in this lineup is Ninetoes, who rocks a tribal and otherwise very eclectic set. Take a look:

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While I may be forever ambivalent about Seth Troxler (this probably deserves a longer post in the future), this set turned me around on the issue of his talent — the kid’s got chops. When he’s good (read: sober enough to function?), Troxler’s sets are a lot like Dennis Ferrer’s great sets — sexy, surprising, chancy, tight, funky, and ultimately satisfying. Believe me, it pains me to say this because often in interviews he comes across as a spoiled, entitled fuck-up brodude. (Trust: watch the Seth Troxler and Martinez Brothers “Between the Beats” videos back to back and see what you think.)

Alas, I’ve come not to bury Troxler, but to praise him. This set just ROCKED MY SOCKS:

While watching this set the other evening, we resolved to go to the Fuck Jams party on Wednesday of MMW. If the set weren’t enough to persuade, the poster alone might have been. Lineup will probably include surprises but currently includes DJ Three, Harvard Bass, and Troxlers Tuskegee pals, the aforementioned Bros. Martinez. Here’s hoping he brings back in Scotsman Jackmaster (SO much more to come on Jackmaster, who is edging out Ferrer as my present favorite DJ), who played this party last year.)