In what may be a somewhat dubious distinction, D.O.N.S. is best known to many clubbers as a remixer of Technotronic's immortal "Pump Up the Jam." Some 16 years after the original track's release, in 2005, the Hamburg, Germany-based producer managed to take his reworked version high into the reaches of the U.K. singles chart. He did so by taking the swagger of the original track and imbuing it with his signature stamp, an electro-based, but commercially friendly, brand of house. In yet more '90s dance nostalgia, in recent years he's also given the treatment to tracks by Reel 2 Real and even the Real McCoy.
D.O.N.S. has pumped out plenty of his own jams, too, and they're as cheerfully crowd-pleasing as those remixes. Divas' commands weave in and out of heavy synth pads and crescendoing snares, all dramatically reaching those requisite big-room climaxes. There's just enough weirdness here, though, to keep a listener off-guard. The guy is German, after all, and some tracks have just a dab of tech-y vibes. Not too much, though -- for D.O.N.S., the peak hour is clearly the only one that matters. Before a serious schedule of WMC gigs, he plays B.E.D. on Tuesday, March 9, to celebrate the release of his new artist album, release on his own imprint, Kingdom Kome. Get all the party info after the jump.
At the Soulfurious Session on Sirius Radio, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25. The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call for admission information. 305-695-3100; shoreclub.com
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At the WMC Miami Massive party, Thursday, March 25. La Folie D'Amour, 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. 305-674-4572; lafoliemiami.com
At the KKC Label party, Saturday, March 27. Club 50 at the Viceroy, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami. 305-503-4430; viceroy-miami.com/events/club-50.html
Sunday, March 28. The Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-538-2000; fontainebleau.com