We've gotta give props to the folks at Kontrol Miami.
All summer long, they've managed to run a successful underground EDM night at Mansion, the same club that purportedly kicked DJ Dennis Ferrer off the decks mid-set for not playing "commercial enough" back in February.
Given the chance, the promoters seem to have proven to the club's management that Miami does in fact have a demand for non-commercial dance music.
By booking hotly-tipped international talent like Lee Burridge, No Regular Play and Droog (all artists you wouldn't expect to hear at a South Beach big room), Kontrol has given the die-hard underground heads a reason to trek over to the Beach each Thursday. And next week should be no exception, with both Shaun Reeves and Russ Yallop on the bill.
Shaun Reeves, of course, is part of beloved DJ-production outfit and eponymous label Visionquest, along with Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss and Ryan Crosson. Inclined towards a murky dubby minimal techno sound, Reeves offers up immersive, hypnotic DJ sets.
Russ Yallop, on the other hand, brings the type of bass-heavy future funk that's given him a home on labels like Crosstown Rebels and Hot Creations.
Catch these two internationally renowned headliners at Mansion on Thursday, along with the Electric Pickle's Will Renuart.
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Shaun Reeves and Russ Yallop. With Will Renuart. Thursday, August 23. Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $15 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-531-5535 or visit mansionmiami.com.