paralleling the UK trajectory, the music got ruffer...
"Like a lot of early raves, Fever featured a cross-section of underground music throughout the night, from house to trance and later some jungle. But the party’s signature contribution to the musical side of rave culture was branding electro and the breaks. Bouncy, breakbeat, bass-driven sounds like those featured on Cotton Club’s "Nu Jack" and DJ Icey’s “The Feeling” that struck a chord with the locals who grew up on Miami bass and freestyle. The breaks had a uniquely delinquent quality. It was rougher around the edges than traditional four-on-the-floor (straight beat) dance music, less lollipop, more b-boy. It was a better fit for the pop and lock maneuvers of the dominant dancers at Fever."
and the vibe got darker
"It wasn’t long before Fever started to feel like a madhouse.... Fever got ghetto.
It was 1998 and the rest of the scene was getting jaded too. Everyone was on a collective comedown. The pills were increasingly cut with too much speed and other nasty shit. The euphoric buzz was gone. People started to overdose. People got shady. People got jacked. It went from Peace, Love, Unity and Respect to a hard, tense vibe."