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Club Life Volume 2: Miami
America may have become the dumping ground for poor club amalgamations and Electronically charged misdemeanours, but when the giants of any genre come out to play amid a global explosion, it is sure to be explosive. Such was the case when Holland’s original superstar DJ and enigmatic studio force Tiesto donned his ears to the first solid soundtrack to the budding Las Vegas club scene. But where the first volume of club life opened the American arena to maximum capacity, his relocation to the winter capital of eccentric industry escapades was sure to require a hefty dose of craftsmanship after such a strong first stateside instalment.
Ditching the aforementioned lulls with affirmative haste, Club Life Volume 2 – Miami encapsulates a whole different sound scope to its predecessor on the back of an incredible headline outing for the fearless producer at Ultra Music Festival last month. Tiesto is stronger, sharper and more focussed than ever before. Without impeding upon the quality and consistent stamina to which the Dutch master is now formally associated with, his own new offerings alongside Russian three-piece Swanky Tunes and formidable Electro House pioneer Wolfgang Gartner speak one thousand words of praise to the state of the genre and his own creative capabilities.
Outside of the blazing instrumentals, some of which may sit a little uneven to his Trance orientated fan base, Tiesto is still a force to be reckoned with despite his shift to universal club music. Not even his remodels of stadiumesque anthem mongers Coldplay and alternative Australian chart-topper Gotye are enough to shake the omnipotent force that makes this journey into the stateside soundtrack so effortlessly admirable.
But past the high-end remix duties, Club Life Volume Two sets the stage for some formidable universal talents. From Beatport favourites ‘In My Mind’ and ‘Life’ to Avesta’s aptly titled Musical Freedom outing ‘Arena’, the compilation reeks of fresh talent from across the globe, forging this rather specifically tailored soundtrack as a universal insight into the music that is making its proud figurehead tick.
The world may be short of new school innovators, but with a robust agenda and the attention of millions of likeminded individuals across the globe, Tiesto’s second Club Life instalment echoes the energy and omnipotence that his rise to infamy has conjured for more than a decade. Those who thought it could get no bigger than the Olympic games or MTV Awards clearly didn’t see America coming, but our Dutch heavyweight appears to have been aptly prepared for a very European onslaught of our late stateside peers.
Club Life Volume Two: Miami is out soon on Musical Freedom.