RECAP: Classical Trax Guestlist 1-Year Anniversary

Classical Trax, the community of DJs, producers, music writers and ambassadors of electronic music based all over the world, celebrated one year of Guestlist, its monthly residency at 9:30 Club’s subterranean Backbar. Local favorite Jessicunt as well as LSDXOXO main-evented the night, with a slew of house, club, and rap bangers. Check the gallery above and make sure to watch “Garnish” Episode 6, featuring The Borrowers (The Clown Prince and The Lothario), Panch and founder Matt Lutz.

The party continues this Friday, with resident DJs The Borrowers, Panch and guest quest?onmarc. RSVP on Facebook here!

HI$TO Wets Your Appetite for Juke/Footwork with #GetPSYCHD

Baltimore-based DJ/producer HI$TO, releases his first mix of 2017, featuring almost a dozen/juke footwork tracks. The #GetPSYCHD promo mix, features previously heard and all-new material, some of which will appear on his forthcoming “PSYCH’D OUT” mixtape. HIS$TO had this to say about the mix:

I love the complexity of juke. Artists like RP Boo, DJ Rashad, DJ Nate and Machinedrum are the main people who inspired me. Their styles stood out the most to me, and I just spent time studying and sharing my tracks with my friends involved in the Chicago juke scene while mastering my own style.”

Stream the mix below, and stay tuned for the “PSYCH’D OUT” tape coming soon.

Interview: Bond St. District (Baltimore, MD)

Bond St. District, the duo of Baltimore MC DDm and producer Paul Huston, brought their grand stage show to the District with a performance at DC9, a U Street corridor staple. The show was a rarity for the city: a line-up of Baltimore artists which included opening sets from the Baltimore Club-tinged electropop duo Chiffon as well as rising star Kotic Coutore backed by Destrukshawn. The top floor of DC9 was as much a stage, as it was a pulpit and theatre. The band made people dance from songs off their first EP “Everybody’s So Sleepy” and new album A Church on Vulcan, laugh at references to the authenticity of the Roseanne sitcom and reflect on moving forward in Trump’s America.

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New Music: #FridayFive 002 – 11/04/16

The second edition of #FridayFive is now up as a Soundcloud playlist here:

  1. I first met Anastasia Antoinette while helping out the talented ladies at Ayosolo TV during a Q&A with the Texas-born and now D.C.-based singer/songwriter. On her ‘EP’ “I Still Don’t Know the Words,” Anastasia effortlessly glides through jazz, funk, and edm-inspired instrumentals.
  2. Toyomansi, formerly Dylijens, flips and re-flips Juvenile’s “Back That Ass Up” and Jay-Z’s “Excuse Me Miss” into a head-nodder that ends way too early.
  3. Sir E.U follows up the acclaimed “We Back” with 23, unleashing even more flows over disorienting and hypnotic bangers from himself, Ghostie and more.
  4. Yoshi, one of my favorite Baltimore club producers, outfits Wiz Khalifa’s “Taylor Gang” with an aggressive bass line and staccato-like vocal samples. I hope we get a download of this soon!
  5. Dizzy Gordo, of CHESS Team, links with Rico Nasty, who has been making a name for herself with a more playful side of trap music, for “Trap Line,” a perfect track for this (unsually) warm November.

New Music: #FridayFive – 10/28/16

#FridayFive is a new playlist series I’ve started to share some of my favorite tracks from the artists in the D.C. and Baltimore areas. Every week I’ll share a playlist of five songs, no genres barred. The inaugural installment features Lastdreamcast, Uno Hype, Nappy Nappa, Chrissy Stayhigh, and Big Flock.

Award: Baltimore City Paper’s “Best Renaissance Man” from 2016’s “Best Of” Issue

Baltimore City Paper – one of my favorite print publications – recently awarded me “Best Renaissance Man” in their 2016 “Best of” issue for work here at Electric Llama, “Garnish” and Freakqeuncy with DJ Juwan. Huge thanks to the team at City Paper who really keep their eyes and ears on what’s going on in the area, and for highlighting some of the best talent in the area.

Read the post here.