Back in the good old days of vinyl, it seemed like every DJ with a love of four-four beats was running around New York City with a Nervous Records bag. That little sweating cartoon guy logo was ubiquitous in the late '90s and early '00s, but the label refuses to stay mired in the past and remains one of the biggest brands in dance music. Still, there's something a little old-school about the Nervous vibe. The label's releases are up on the latest technology, but still hearken back to a day when clubbing in Manhattan was actually about dancing. Nervous tracks remain full of big diva vocals, relentlessly thumping beats free of extraneous synths, and a hip-hop attitude and swing.
Two of its biggest stars, Oscar G. and King Britt, are all over conference this year. Oscar G., of course, is a favorite of the Miami downtown afterhours set, infusing a Latin vibe into his slightly prog- and tech-tinged sound. He continues to play in support of his 2009 artist album on Nervous, Deja. King Britt, meanwhile, is a lifelong shapeshifter, evolving from hip-hop into house into almost-IDM turf in recent months. His recent release for Nervous, Intricate Beauty, is reportedly the last "conventional dance" record he will ever make, so make sure to catch his last hurrah with house during conference.
Get all the details for the official Nervous Records party, as well as Oscar G.'s and King Britt's other WMC appearances, after the jump.
Oscar G., at the Juicy Beach party, with Joachim Garraud, Funkagenda, Robbie Rivera, George Acosta, and others. Party goes from 12 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day, Thursday, March 25. Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $60 in advance from wantickets.com; age 21 and up. 786-515-1130; nikkibeach.com
King Britt and Oscar G., at the Pacha NYC presents: Nervous All Nite party, with Behrouz, Chus & Ceballos, and others. Party goes from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. the next day, Thursday, March 25. Parkwest, 30 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $30 in advance from wantickets.com; age 21 and up. 305-350-7444; stereomiami.com
King Britt, at the One Night Only party, with Adultnapper, Bad Boy Bill, Josh Wink, Steve Bug, and others. Party goes from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. the next day, Friday, March 26. Karu & Y and the Ice Palace, 71 NW 14th St. and 59 NW 14th St., Miami. Tickets cost $45 in advance from wantickets.com; age 21 and up. 917-723-9381; madeevent.com
King Britt, at the Sundae Pex pool party, with Hector Romero, Rich Medina, and others. 12 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 27. The South Seas Hotel, 1751 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $15 in advance from residentadvisor.net. 305-538-1141; southseashotel.com
Oscar G, at the Space Miami presents Murk/Made in Miami party, with Ralph Falcon and Lazaro Casanova. 11 p.m. Sunday, March 28. Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $20 for entry before midnight, $30 after in advance from wantickets.com; age 21 and up. 305-372-9378; clubspace.com