Long before dance music was divided into a million subgenres, Héctor Romero was mixing things up at his legendary block parties in the Bronx. During those anything-goes days, Romero — then known as Baby Hec — developed a love for early house music through residencies at legendary NYC clubs such as the Roxy and the Palladium.
Ever the busy man, Romero went on to form part of Def Mix Productions, the top indie dance label that houses Frankie Knuckles and David Morales. Most recently he released Pasha Ibiza: Winter Session 4, a compilation of his DJ set at the iconic Ibiza club.
His new project is SAW Recordings, a progressive house label he helms alongside Japanese legend Satoshi Tomiie. So far, SAW has released strictly progressive singles like Audiofly's "Stolen Goods," and Romero's live set, along with Tomiie's, should be the golden ticket for those looking for the left field, cutting edge of house music.
Hctor Romero performs Wednesday, March 26, at the SAW/Stssy party at Shine at the Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Others on the bill include Satoshi Tomiie, Diesel (X-press 2), Spencer Parker, and Audiofly. Doors open at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $20 in advance. Those 21 and older are welcome with ID. Call 305-341-1455, or visit www.shinesouthbeach.com.
1. Elmar Schubert, "Breaking Curfew (Sasse Remix)" (Fantasize Records)
2. Tiger Stripes and Jerome Sydenham, "F12 (Argy's 6 a.m. Mix)" (Ibadan Records)
3. Virtualmismo, "Mismoplastico (Shakedown Remix)" (Arcobaleno Digitale)
4. DJ Yello, "Medium" (Wolfskuil)
5. Tiger Stripes and Jerome Sydenham, "Elevation (Radio Slave's One More Kiss Remix" (Ibadan Records)
6. Ben Westbeech, "Hang Around (Wahoo Main Mix)" (Brownswood Recordings)
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7. Robert Owens, "Inside My World" (Compost)
8. ATFC, "Speed Up" (Main Defected)
9. Mark Knight and Funkagenda, "Shogun (Exacta Remix Tool Room)" (Trax)
10. Spencer Parker and Diesel Pres. Co. Lab, "Music Box" (SAW Recordings)