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Chrome Sparks Pops & Fizzles In Miami

Chrome Sparks Pops & Fizzles In Miami

The carpet at Miami hot spot Bardot was invaded during Saturday night’s Art Walk by a hipster-heavy sea. They came to see Jeremy Malvin, better known as Chrome Sparks, an Ann Arbor-based beatmaker, whose production style ranges from deep house to chillwave. Sparks played a DJ set that lasted well past 1 a.m., and though he had considerable skills on the turntables, there was almost no live aspect to his set, a quality that true music fans would have appreciated, coming from such a talented producer.

The carpet at Miami hot spot Bardot was invaded during Saturday night’s Art Walk by a hipster-heavy sea. They came to see Jeremy Malvin, better known as Chrome Sparks, an Ann Arbor-based beatmaker, whose production style ranges from deep house to chillwave. Sparks played a DJ set that lasted well past 1 a.m., and though he had considerable skills on the turntables, there was almost no live aspect to his set, a quality that true music fans would have appreciated, coming from such a talented producer.

Early on, the crowd energy in the Midtown lounge was lacking, as Sparks flew through some hits from the past few years, such as “Sail” by AWOLNATION and “Good Times” by Crystal Castles. It seemed he was almost grasping for straws, trying to find a good fit for the vibe.

Sparks discovered his groove around midnight, when he fell into the first deep house track of his set, “Battle for the Middle You” by Julio Bashmore. The soothing melodies resonated in the tightly packed quarters, as everyone vibrated from the 808 rumbles. Once Sparks found this sweet spot, he took his time and led the crowd through a bass journey with tracks from Mosca, Klic & Lokiboi and TNGHT. Sparks also hit a high note dropping into some trap action toward the end of the night, leaving the uneven energy amped up for his climax.

Admittedly, Sparks’s multi-genre tackle was a bit scatterbrained, and his hipster-esque soundtrack was not for everyone. Perhaps next time he hits the Magic City, it will be a bit more inspired, but for the most part, Chrome Sparks sadly left much to be desired.  

Photo by Brady Jacob / Melodysiac © 2013

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victor

February 11th, 2013

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