Last Night: Designer Drugs at White Room

Justin Namon

Michael Vincent Patrick, one half of Designer Drugs. Click here to view the full slideshow.

Designer Drugs

Monday, September 8, 2008

White Room, Miami

Better than: A mouthful of actual designer drugs.

Electro, blog house, nu rave -- whatever, you call it, has been on the rise since 2006 when Justice declared that they were our friends, everyone began to worship Daft Punk's light show, and MSTRKRFT taught us that vowels were useless. Two years later, the genre has been oversaturated with amateur DJs/producers that it's no surprise that detractors argue these so-called DJs are nothing more than an iPod plugged into a sound system.

Designer Drugs, a name which seems more gimmicky than smart, is part of this new generation of blog house DJs/producers that hope to be the next Boys Noize or Digitalism. Are they there yet? Not quite, but they do know how to tear up a dancefloor, which isn't all that surprising, since they have already taken over the decks at New York's Ruff Club party and Philadelphia's Live Forever.

Last night, only Michael Vincent Patrick of Designer Drugs was present; his other half Theodore Nelson, unfortunately, had school commitments. Still, that didn't mean the party was any less intense than expected. Patrick banged out, well, banger after banger, mixing the duos own mixes with plenty of familiar tracks. His set was loud, hard and bass heavy -- just the way I liked it. Drinks placed on speakers quickly succumbed to the invisible force, dropping to the ground in a matter of seconds.

But Patrick's most admirable quality is his pacing. He takes his time to introduce a track into the dancefloor, instead of spinning to what amounts to sound bites made for the attention span of the MTV generation -- a tactic many DJs resort to when they lack the technical skill to handle the decks.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: When you spin like you came straight out of Berlin's underground, you've already won me over.

Random Detail: When is White Room going to realize A/C is a good thing?

By The Way: The duo are currently in third place in a contest to remix Mariah Carey's "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time." You can listen and vote for the track here.

-- Jose D. Duran

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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