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Miami nice: the tunes you’ll be digging this summer

How Miami’s Winter Music Conference predicts future dancefloor hits

The boys of summer: Galantis. Photo: Fredrik Skogkvist

Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 09:59


If you want to know the songs which will feature heavily on the radio and in clubs this summer, get yourself to Miami in March. That’s when the Winter Music Conference pitches its tent in the city and pulls in DJs, producers, dance music wideboys, club runners and EDM freaks of every stripe.

WMC is wall to wall with parties, club nights, talking shops and especially fresh tunes. Just as SXSW has become a reliable go-to guide to bands and live acts, WMC provides a usually decent barometer to future dancefloor hits.

In this regard, it will be interesting to gauge Shazam’s hit-rate in six months’ time. Not content with providing its own predictions for the bands to watch in 2014 a while back, the music ID service has now tallied its findings from Miami to come up with a list of the most tagged tunes in the city during WMC.

Aside from the new Duke Dumont track, Galantis (see this week’s New Music post for more on them) and the excellent “Changes” from Faul & Wad Ad & Pnau, there are also mentions for Gareth Emery’s “U”, a Tiesto remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me” and Dillon Francis & DJ Snake’s “Get Low”.

While most of the tracks are probably already signed and ready for full release, Shazam’s gumption in this regard is to be saluted. The service is simply mining its own data to come up with the tracks ID’d by users, but it provides a much more telling heads-up than a gushing press release.

If enough punters in Miami during the white heat of WMC are curious to find out more about a track, you can sure that punters elsewhere will also be drawn to it. Shazam, the talent scout without the large expense claims.