Dec 18, 2013
10 Not-To-Miss Parties At BPM Festival
Fear not, fellow underground music fanatics–Mexico’s sixth annual BPM Festival is just looming on the sun-drenched horizon. As the tropical musical gathering braces for its most momentous chapter to date (10 days, 250+ artists), dedicated techno and house tourists from all over the globe are scrambling to make sense of the massive lineup. To provide festival-goers with a bit of guidance in contemplating their party selections, we highlight our 10 most anticipated events for BPM’s upcoming 2014 installment.
#10
My Favorite Robot pres. Crossing Wires Beach Party
Fairmont - Waiting (My Favorite Robot Remix) [My Favorite Robot]
When: Jan. 3, 2014 (Daytime)
Where: Fusion Beach Club
Lineup: My Favorite Robot (Live & DJ Set), Timo Maas, Fairmont (Live), Jonny Cruz, Stefan Z

Still basking in the glory of their latest full-length artist album on No.19, Canadian powerhouse trio My Favorite Robot have incited quite a stir among the deep house community in recent months. Given the tremendous buzz surrounding their refined productions and spectacular DJ sets, BPM entails the perfect opportunity for the gifted triplet to premiere their live performance — an absolute must-see.

#9
Diynamic Showcase
Adriatique - Lophobia (Original Mix) [Diynamic]
When: Jan. 9, 2014 (Nighttime)
Where: Blue Parrot
Lineup: Dophono, Uner, Kollektiv Turmstrasse (Live), Stimming (Live), Adriatique, David August (Live), H.O.S.H., Solomun

After conquering Ibiza this past summer with not one, but two prolific party series, the poll-topping underground tyrant Solomun packs-up his records (and sunglasses) and heads towards Mexico for BPM’s inaugural Diynamic showcase. Joining along for the musical vacation, his gang of brilliant European label-mates will also converge upon Playa del Carmen’s sandy shores, insinuating a stacked talent roster indeed.

#8
Life & Death Showcase
Tale of Us, Clockwork, The/Das - Life & Death (Original Mix) [Life & Death]
When: Jan. 7, 2014 (Daytime)
Where: Mamita’s Beach Club
Lineup: (Rumored) DJ Tennis, Mano Le Tough, Thugfucker, Recondite, Tale Of Us

Only two years back, Italian duo Tale Of Us operated as a clandestine entity, shrouded by a veil of underground reticence. Now designated as the world’s second-greatest electronic act (according to Resident Advisor’s latest poll), it’s clear Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri have enjoyed a rapid ascension to the spotlight. For their label’s third consecutive BPM showcase, we expected nothing less than a stellar lineup.

#7
Stereo Productions Showcase
DJ Chus, Rafa Barrios - Malestack (Original Mix) [Stereo]
When: Jan. 5, 2014 (Daytime)
Where: Kool Beach
Lineup: ALX, Peter Bailey, Richie Santana, Patrick M, Arjun Vagale, Rafa Barrios, Christian Smith, Chus & Ceballos

Highly regarded for their charismatic sessions behind the mixer, as well as their extensive portfolio of original productions, tribal house purveyors Chus & Ceballos are often cited as Spain’s most heroic delegates to the global dance music scene. Not surprisingly, their Stereo Productions imprint commands a comparable respect (as does their BPM showcase), so don’t even think about skipping this one.

#6
In The MOOD
Nicole Moudaber feat. Hosie - In The Mood (Original Mix) [MOOD]
When: Jan. 9, 2014 (Nighttime)
Where: Lost In Playa
Lineup: Nicole Moudaber, Chris Liebing, Tom Peters

A match made in techno heaven, underground music titans Nicole Moudaber and Chris Liebing at last join forces to deliver a (literally) groundbreaking collaborative performance, exclusively here in Mexico. Both figureheads exhibit an unprecedented savvy for weaving elegant, diversified sets, even from the heaviest electronic selections known to man. Brace yourselves for an evening of thunderous beats and relentless rhythms.

#5
Scissor & Thread Showcase
Frank & Tony, Bob Moses - Holy For Her (Original Mix) [Scissor & Thread]
When: Jan. 10, 2014 (Daytime)
Where: Fusion Beach Club
Lineup: Black Light Smoke, Bob Moses (Live), Frank & Tony

While several labels thrive chiefly due to their outspoken reputations, Brooklyn-based Scissor & Thread simply let their quality productions speak for themselves. As frequent and favorited BPM participants, label owners Francis Harris and Anthony Collins return to the Mexican paradise to dazzle partygoers with their inimitable brand of downtempo dance music. Expect to hear records you’ve never heard before.

#4
Innervisions Showcase
Âme feat. Vulcano - Den Råtta (Original Mix) [Innervisions]
When: Jan. 10, 2014 (Nighttime)
Where: Blue Venado
Lineup: Dixon, Mano Le Tough, Âme (Live/DJ Set), Marcus Worgull, Michael Gracioppo.

Though primarily based in Germany, Dixon’s Innervisions label has procured a substantial fan base among the international community. Characterized by poignant emotional undertones, plush melodies, and graceful tech-inspired rhythms, their sounds are the perfect complement for an evening in paradise–and with a secluded venue as the backdrop, their showcase is slated to be the most exciting party of BPM.

#3
dirtybird Players Club
Claude VonStroke feat. DJ Nehpets - Lay It Down Re-Smoked (Original Mix) [dirtybird]
When: Jan. 8, 2014 (Daytime)
Where: Mamita’s Beach Club
Lineup: Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Catz N’Dogz, J. Phlip, Justin Jay, Ardalan, Nick Monaco, Sacha Robotti

Danceability is a key factor in producing club music, and no other label does it better than San Francisco’s dirtybird crew. Bring your fans and shades for this one, for their 2014 BPM showcase will feature the ghetto-tech players at a daytime soiree on the beach. The only thing hotter than the Caribbean sun is the party’s stacked lineup itself.

#2
Marco Carola pres. Music ON
Marco Carola - Black Box (Original Mix) [M_nus]
When: Jan. 5 & 11, 2014
Where: Jan. 5 – Mamita’s Beach Club (Daytime); Jan 11 – Blue Parrot (Nighttime)
Lineup: Marco Carola, Leon, Marc Antona, Joseph Capriati, Neverdogs

It’s simply undeniable: Italian techno icon Marco Carola operates one of the most reputable event series in the world, Music ON. Joined by his cast of top-tier underground DJ colleagues, he once again brings his music-centric attitude and positive vibes to two parties Playa del Carmen’s Blue Parrot and Mamita’s Beach Club.

#1
All Day I Dream Showcase
Maher Daniel, Gab Rhome - Farewell At The Gates Of Dawn (Original Mix) [All Day I Dream]
When: Jan. 4 & 11, 2014 (Daytime)
Where: Mamita’s Beach Club

Lineup: Lee Burridge, Matthew Dekay, Luca Bacchetti, Maher Daniel, Gab Rhome, Mike Khoury, Christian Löffler (Live), Bob Moses, Essáy (Live), Hoj

All day we dream of Mexico, and especially Lee Burridge’s elaborate parties, which are happening not once, but twice this year. No matter where the label honcho books his gatherings, it’s guaranteed to be a blissful affair. Last year he redesigned Mamita’s Beach Club with dazzling tapestries and other intriguing decorations, but all embellishments aside, his lineup is the real deal-breaker.