Turbo Recordings – TurboMiamiLifestyle

Turbo Recordings’ new compilation channels the poolside excesses of the Miami Winter Music Conference.

As a terminally bleak winter continues to punish us here in the UK, it’s painful to think of the electronic fraternity currently sunning it up Stateside. It’s that time of the year where industry heads, superstar DJs, desperate groupies, and music lovers alike migrate to South Florida for a week of boozing, schmoozing, endless parties and ‘EDM’. Yes, the Miami Winter Music Conference is once again in full swing, now in its 28th consecutive year.

For those who feel like they’re missing out on the action, Tiga and the genial folk at Turbo Recordings have put together the TurboMiamiLifestyle compilation. This 11-track collection is a showcase of “the label’s conflicted commitment to the sounds that fuel the world’s most objectionable rich creeps”. Whilst Turbo’s proverbial tongue may be firmly in cheek here, the release is an accurate reflection of the sounds that will be fuelling much of 2013’s WMC. House music has always been the staple of the event, but its relevance is never more apparent, in the epicentre of the genre’s mainstream renaissance.

TurboMiamiLifestyle features a suitably all-star cast, composed of both Turbo alumni and respected friends of the label. From the synth-sleaze of Shadow Dancer – ‘Day By Day’ to the minimal heat haze of Sei A‘s ‘I Know’, the theme throughout is deep, sun-kissed and sexy. This is house music designed for dancing poolside, sunglasses at night, and optional clothing. Tech fans will be appeased by the inclusion of the Danny Daze remix of Tiga & Jori Hulkkonen – ‘Trust Your Body’, whilst the tough, dubby strut of Clouds – ‘NR-3 Verl’ is more than welcome. Belgian man of the moment Locked Groove has his place in the sun with the soulful jack of ‘Keep Thorough’, and closes the compilation alongside Gingy on the standout ‘Shores’ – an off-kilter number that hints at both house and electronica. If you’re in need of an antidote to grey skies and dingy clubs, or just fancy wading into “the trendy waters of lifestyle deep-house”, this release will more than do the trick. Stream it below and buy it here.

Ed Oliver