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"Good Vibrations Perth Festival review"

Miami Horror was an undeniable favourite and had their fans jumping for joy in the Mr J tent as they performed a cover of Praise You in anticipation of Fatboy Slim’s set later in the day. - PERTH NOW!


"Good Vibrations Melbourne: Miami Horror pull out the instruments for a bangin' set"

Although i arrived at Good Vibes late in the afternoon, I happily found the festival in full swing & was just in time to catch Meoburne's own Miami Horror at the Mr J stage.

This was my first time seeing Miami Horror (live) as a full band and I was intrigued to see what they had to offer. It may seem to odd to some that Miami Horror progressed into a live act as Miami Horror aka Ben Vengaurde was originally known for his production and remixes along with DJ'ing around Melbourne. Odd as it may seem they really pulled the electro/ disco/ pop synth live sound off! I would even go as far to say they are better live than some of their Aussie electro contemporaries (think Cut Copy).

The first part of the set was seamless with the band mixing song after song together. A very effective technique for a band who are playing to a crowd of people who don't want to hear banter between songs and just want to dance.

It was great to see the tent of the Mr J stage packed out. With Miami Horror competing against Chromeo at the main stage they managed to pull a pretty decent crowd. People were actually spilling outside of the tent, trying to get some space to dance. The punters were mirroring Miami Horror's energy back to them by singing and clapping along especially to their cover of Datarocks' FaFaFa (which Miami Horror remixed a couple of years ago).

They also played all the new songs from their EP 'Bravado', the highlight being super heavy, almost stadium rock style 'Summerfest 86'. As the last song of the set it really stood out from the rest of their songs. Hearing it live, it sounded kind of out of control yet alluring with the guitar riffs being amped up and overpowering the other instruments. - Tunebinder.net


"URB Magazine NEXT 100 2009"

Certain producers have been muddling up the dancefloor, trying to make a buck off nostalgia obsessed 80's babies for too long and making it hard for the real deal to climb on top of the pile. So we'll give the secretive 20 something Melbourne producer known as Miami Horror the boost he deserves after fashioning unmissable remixes for Faker, Midnight Juggernauts and The Presets. With an aural perspective not unlike Thomas Bangalter, Miami Horror's tracks are shiny and totally irrestible, like lip gloss on a south beach disco. - URB Magazine


"'Dont Be On With Her' Review"

Wasn't there a Miami Vice movie, like last year or something? In addition to the five o'clock shadows, raybans, and tshirts under Armani, the original 1980's TV series' impact came in its music; Jan Hammer's synth instrumentals , Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight", and all the rest.

Melbourne, Australia electro dj/ producer Miami Horror sure lights up the pastel coloured synths on "Don't Be With Her" from forthcoming album 'Bravado'. But punchy bass and the song's easy, party friendly flow help it transcend the kitch, aligning it with the current international crop of Daft Punk wannabes and countrymen 'Cut Copy'. Word is a collaboration with Kurtis Vodka is on the way to be called TIGRTON. Anybody who can make me sort of enjoy a 'Tegan & Sara' remix probably shouldn't be let loose with Alaska's finest. - Pitchfork Media


"Bravado EP Review"

Every wondered what Daft Punk would sound like if they possessed the body of a 22 year old kid from Melbourne? Of course you have and Miami Horror's debut EP is the answer. More to the point, 'Bravado' sounds like the result of an epic lovemaking session between Daft Punk and Fred Falke, assuming Falke's recessive genes were obscured by the robotic french duo's dominant 'discovery' era genes. Lead single 'Dont Be on With Her' is all 80's synths and incessantly catchy vocals, 'Summerfest 86' sounds for all the world like an 'Aerodynamic' outtake, 'Make You Mine' will force you to dance against your will and 'Illumination' implies that Justice may be the Horror's real father. Don't tell Fred Falke. - Drum Magazine


Discography

2009
Song | Label
I Look to You | EMI
Sometimes | EMI
both to be released shortly

2008
Song | Label
Don't Be On With Her | EMI
Summerfest '86 | EMI
Make You Mine | EMI
Bellevue | EMI
Illumination | EMI
Sweaty Wet / Dirty Damp | SWEAT IT OUT
Fruit Salad | SWEAT IT OUT
Pumps and Rumps | SWEAT IT OUT
I get __ the club | SWEAT IT OUT
Discohouse | SWEAT IT OUT
Embrace | Pnau (Miami Horror Remix) | ETCETC
Talk Like That | The Presets (Miami Horror Remix) | MODULAR

2007
Song | Label
I Can Cook | Grafton Primary (Miami Horror Remix) | IND
Fa Fa Fa | DataRock (Miami Horror Remix) | ETCETC
The Prayer | Bloc Party (Miami Horror Remix)| Triple J Remix Comp
Music Sounds Better WithYou (Miami Horror Remix) | IND
This Heart Attack | Faker (Miami Horror Remix) | EMI
5 Feet of Snow | Dirty Secrets (Miami Horror Remix | IND
Exiled | Codebreaker (Miami Horror Remix) | IND
Road To Recover | Midnight Juggernauts (Miami Horror Remix) | IND

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Most of you will know Miami Horror from their killer remixes for the likes of Pnau, Bloc Party, Stardust, The Presets, Datarock and Midnight Juggernauts which sent the blogosphere into a frenzy during 2008 -- quickly attracting a loyal fanbase and industry following across the world -- propelling the name and the music amongst some of the biggest names in the game right now.

It’s been a busy start to 2009 for Miami Horror. Fresh from being named as one of US Tastemaker Magazine URB’s NEXT 100 for 2009 Miami Horror were happy to hear that Australia’s Triple J radio will still respect them in the morning after receiving an invite to join them for their ‘One Night Stand’ concert in Victoria. Miami Horror has also toured Australia with the Good Vibrations Festival and Groovin The Moo; supported Simian Mobile Disco and headlined their own tours playing shows across Australia, US, Mexico and Europe. Radio wise Miami Horror have received love from Triple J and Nova with across the board ads, and been featured heavily on Today FM’s Hot Hits. They’re also darlings of the blogosphere where the name Miami Horror sends thousands into a spin at the mere whiff of a new track or remix.

Many might be a little baffled by who or what Miami Horror actually is; a Band? DJ? Production Wizard? Well, the answer is actually all of the above. The brainchild of 23 year old Benjamin who has earned his stance as one of the most talked about artists and definite one to watch for in 2009. After putting himself on the map by DJing various high profile events in his native Melbourne, Australia and remixing and writing tons of killer tunes, Miami Horrors debut EP ‘Bravado’ was released in November 2008 in Australia and France, making way for the tunes to be fully realized by a 4 piece live band, which features Miami Horror himself on synths and bass, DJ / Producer Ooh-Ee on the drums, Josh Moriarty (Young & Restless/Peacocks) on guitar and vocals as well as Daniel Whitechuch on Vocals & keys.

Hell-bent on discovering new talent and collaborating with artists from all corners of the globe, Ben's first pick was Texan former front man of Ghosthustler, Alan Palomo aka VEGA, who showcases his lush pop songwriting whilst bringing the unabashed romance back to production and live performance. A stand out track from the hugely anticipated Miami Horror debut EP Make You Mine is clearly influenced by the spacey evocations of Giorgio Moroder, the high school heartbreak of Keith Forsey, whilst ushering in a fresh aesthetic that'll have you making way for that dance floor in no time. Proving that the unique blend of electro, punk, funk, disco fun is in high demand across the globe, Miami Horror is now in the studio finishing the recording of the Miami Horror debut album, set for release in late 2009.

The debut EP ‘Bravado’ features original tracks by Miami Horror and is available around the world via iTunes and Beatport.