By the time we reached the aptly-named Last Resort, tolerance to pretty much anything had all but been worn away by a long 6 days in Miami which had taken in at least 12 parties in that short space of time. Minimal sleep and maximum good times meant we were slightly weathered upon entering the oasis that is Villa 221. As she dropped us off our confused taxi driver told us “You don’t wanna get lost round here with that accent.” Lovely. However, as I said Villa 221 is a haven in the middle of the ‘ghetto’ area of Downtown Miami.
As the name suggests, it’s a huge white villa with several large rooms, one of which contains the all-important bar - where we picked up the most reasonably priced beers of the week. Outside is a huge lawn area with a big stage and a couple more bars, plus a hot dog stand (which we took full advantage of, not one but twice in quick succession) and a portacabin with toilets inside.
As we touch down outside in the glorious sun a reasonably large crowd are lapping up Lee Curtiss’ live set. He works his way through a selection of new and old tracks, including I Can Hear You Arthur and closing up with I Can Make Your Body Twitch – the raunchy number that has everyone rocking out and lovers mouthing the lyrics to one another. After stepping down, Lee joined the crowd side of stage (as did many of the electronic music community including Sven Vath, Tale Of Us, Benoit & Sergio, Shonky, Heidi, Maya Jane Coles, Miss Kittin and plenty more besides) – a sure sign of how important a destination this party was.
Magda was next on the decks and she upped the tempo as we moved from sunny afternoon to the darker hues of the evening. Working her way through an energetic, yet typically minimal set in a polished fashion she finished up with the uplifting and somehow perfectly-timed Fresh by Kool & The Gang.
This made for a great transition into Maceo Plex’s set, by the time he arrived the lawn outside was packed with party people, though there was still plenty of breathing space around. His set was as accomplished as one would expect from such a talented producer – beginning with a hint of acid and moving through a range of house styles culminating in some of his own, better known tracks like Stay High Baby.
After Maceo stormed the crowd Maya Jane Coles managed to take the levels even higher and turned in what many are already saying was one of the best DJ sets at WMC. Smashing through a varied selection of tracks while dancing away behind the decks constantly, it was clear Maya was having just as good a time as the crowd in front of her – as darkness fell, her selection too entered the dark side with some rolling, bass-heavy cuts and some unbelievable transitions between tracks. Definitely the standout performance from WMC in my opinion..
As we waited at the bar for a drink, bopping our heads to the disco pumping out of the speakers a friend grabbed us and dragged us to another room – there we saw where the disco was coming from, it was Luca C on the decks in a small space that I would compare to someone’s front room albeit inside a plush villa.
A small crowd of battle-weary party people pressed on with the very last dribs and drabs of energy they had left to enjoy the last few hours of WMC watching Luca and Craig Richards at work mixing house, disco and funk while Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, MK and various others danced away behind the decks in a very intimate setting.
A great end to an awesome week.