British electronic/rock band Underworld audibly peaked after Darren Emerson joined the group in 1991, and subsequently helped craft classic dance-floor anthems such as "Rez," "Cowgirl," and "Born Slippy." Similarly, the group has made only minimal noise since he departed in 2000. Draw your own conclusions there, but we think Emerson has something of a golden touch — or ear.
Since his departure from the group, Emerson has definitely taken his time to craft his solo work. After putting out a handful of singles over the years via his Underwater record label, he's expected to finally release his debut full-length album sometime in 2009. In the meantime, he continues to drop propulsive DJ mixes such as his recent Global Underground: Bogotá.
1. Andre Winter, "Trauma"
Darren Emerson: Wednesday, March 25, at the Global Underground All-Star VIP event at Mynt Lounge, 1921 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Others on the bill include Nic Fanciulli, Jim Rivers, and others. Doors open at 10 p.m. Contact venue for admission price. Ages 21+ with ID. Call 305-532-0727, or visit myntlounge.com. Thursday, March 26, at the DJ Mag at the Shelborne party at Shine at the Shelborne, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance from wantickets.com. Ages 21+ with ID. Call 305-341-1318, or visit shinesouthbeach.com.
2. Audio Soul Project, "Reality Check (Vincenzo Remix)"
3. Maetrik, "Socom"
4. Dirt Crew, "Sound Wave (Quarion Remix)"
5. Tony Rohr, "Planet Telekraft (Alexi Delano Mix)"
6. Kink, "Blueprint"
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7. Lovebirds, "The Rat"
8. Random Factor, "Outlaw (John Tejada Mix)"
9. James Mowbray, "Out of the Shade"
10. Nick and Danny Chatelain, "Killing Me"