This Saturday night at Mansion, Armand Pena will introduce his new, slick-as-hell house compilation for Nervous Records, Nervous Nitelife: Miami 2009. The disc features a number of Pena's own original productions and remixes, in addition to tracks from current "it" boy Chris Lake, Joi Cardwell, Tom "Superchumbo" Stephan, the Cube Guys, and others.
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Pena, already an enthusiastic guy, has a lot in the works to jump up and down about this year. That includes his first artist album, coming this summer, which he describes as a fusion of pop and dance. He believes that's where it's at these days: "You have pop going to that 4/4 up-tempo beat," he says. "All the latest up-tempo pop is dance-influenced." As for the Miami scene, he thinks it has recently taken a step backward to regroup. "House music has come back in a big way. I'm feeling like it's going back to that funky, tech, chuggy groove influence, almost back to its roots."