Super Music Group's Miami Music Week Kickoff With J. Paul Getto, Louis La Roche, and Amtrac

​Super Music Group Label Party

With J. Paul Getto, Louis La Roche, and Amtrac

The Well, South Beach

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Better Than: Paying to party.

Last night was the official start of Miami Music Week. So local funky boys Super Music Group kicked the festivities off right with a chill night of sexy, imported electro house at The Well. The venue was cute and quirky. The atmosphere was sophisticated and fun. The music was a perfect mix of retro and futuristic.

And because they're so sweet, the whole thing was totally free.

Headlining duo J. Paul Getto had to lay down an early set at 10:30 p.m. because of a double booking. But they had no problem going straight into driving nu-disco goodness. As mingling partiers nursed their drinks, the streetwise pair tempted them out onto the dance floor with plenty of classic disco rhythms and skipping synths.

The Getto boys had only a few minutes to hang around after the set for handshakes and compliments before heading to their next gig. But by then, Super Music Group's Los was already working up his own dancing crowd. He kept in tune with the vibe of the night, spinning lots of groovy jams without relying on too many overplayed hits.

There was a short set from the local label's new guy Nick Daniels, who was able to bust out a few favorites before heavy-hitting UK funk master Louis La Roche climbed behind the decks. Of course, once Roche was on, he took complete control of the dance floor as everyone waved their arms under the Well's beautifully strange staghorn chandeliers.

This was Roche's first set in Miami, and he brought the place down, dropping "Gimme Gimme" off his new album, Hello You, while keeping the retro funk flowing, working in both his supercatchy "Missing You" and futuristic hit "Malfunction." And we were pretty stoked when he dropped Daft Punk's noisy, old-school track "Rollin and Scratchin."

Roche brought the tempo down slow and sexy as he finished his set, making way for the always satisfying Amtrac to come out and close the night. It was a good way to start the week -- just the right mix of chill and dirty.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: Nick Daniels had the best opening song ever with Mr. Oizo's "Flat Beat." We wish we were Flat Eric.

The Crowd: Young Miami party people dressed in black, mentally preparing for the rest of the week.

Best Hair: The boss chick with the best Afro ever was almost funkier than all the DJs combined.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.