Art Basel 2017 Recap

WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE PIEDRAHITA

Photo by Santiago Felipe (Courtesy of III Points)

Björk @ Mana Wynwood

On Tuesday, December 5th, Mana Wynwood was invaded by one of music’s most ambitious and most influential musicians of the last four decades. The Icelandic singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and DJ known as Björk has been a busy bee with the release of her latest album Utopia that she dropped this past November. She kicked off Art Basel with a DJ set that blended the majestic and ethereal with the dark and danceable. From playing the nature-inspired, flute-abundant tracks that are prominent in her new album to switching into the harder trap sounds of tracks from Junglepussy and Cupcakke, Björk did not succumb to being a typical DJ set. Her range of genre selection and array of sound pallet guided the audience into an extraterrestrial trance of peculiar beats as the crowd swayed under the lush, artificial vines hanging from the ceiling. She was even joined by fellow collaborator and producer Rabit where fans could hear songs like “B R Right” by Trina and “Pussy (Real Good)” by Jacki-O. 

Photo by Stephanie Piedrahita

Tchami & Malaa @ The Fillmore/Jackie Gleason Theater

The Parisian heavy-hitter of spiritual house music Tchami and the enigmatic poster-child for illicit activities Malaa landed in Miami with the intentions of formally rocking the house. Unlike some of their other performances where massive props were used to transform the landscape of the stage, the two DJ’s stood in front of their own tables with CD-J’s sitting atop of a cube of LED screens. Depending on certain tracks selected over the course of the evening, the screens both artists or focus heavily under one. For example, when “Notorious” by Malaa came on, the lighting and LED’s were going off on Malaa’s side of the stage while Tchami’s side was shadowed. On the other hand, song’s like “Prophecy” by both artists would have both sides of the stage exploding in lights and lazers. This created an interesting duality between the two artist’s almost painted with Tchami’s stone cathedrals and stained glass windows contrasting Malaa’s dingy alleyways and flashing police-car lights. 

Photo by Stephanie Piedrahita

Corona Electric Beach with Duke Dumont @ HYDE Beach
Corona closed out Art Basel beautifully at the SLS Hotel, bringing some of the best house DJs to the HYDE Beach pool area as the sun set. The buzz of this free to RSVP event was so hyped that the line almost went around the block and unfortunately had to let the final lucky fans in as they reached maximum capacity. Those who got there early got to enjoy the heated pool, which was perfect for the uncommonly cold Sunday afternoon, an amazing opening set from Damaged Goods. Duke Dumont took the stage and delivered the perfect soundtrack as day turned to night, with dancers forming circles as they shuffled along or lounging blissfully poolside. A pool party like this one needs to be included within your Art Basel plans for next year…or you can skip the wait and keep an eye out for more Corona Electric Beach shows near you!