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  UP NEXT is a new series by Blisspop aiming to highlight underground artists, events, and organizations that are pushing D.C.’s dance music scene forward and are on the cusp of breaking into the spotlight. Standing still beneath the glow of the Backbar’s basement entryway, Saad Ashraf and Kori Fogle pause for a moment to catch themselves. After weeks of anticipation, and over an hour maneuvering the hustle of Saturday

U Street Music Hall’s recent foray into booking shows at the wonderfully intimate Ten Tigers Parlour has thus far seen successful nights with Dennis Ferrer, Ben UFO, Jeremy Olander, and this run of talent continues Saturday with the Washington, DC debut of Icelandic techno giant, Bjarki. Born Bjarki Runar Sigurdarson, the DJ/Producer has been quite prolific in the last 18 months, releasing 3 full-length LPs on Nina Kraviz’ label, трип

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Best Remix The xx, “On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)” Jamie xx’s grasp of emotive song craft is indisputable, yet he always seems to shine brightest on the dance floor when remixing his own music. The greatest dance music is simple and appeals across genres. Add a dollop of emotion and Jamie has the recipe for something to lose oneself in under the mirror ball time and time again.     Honorable

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Best Remix The Shapeshifters, “Lola’s Theme Recut (Dr. Packer Remix)”  Dr. Packer’s remix of “Lola’s Theme Recut” on Glitterbox Recordings was a good addition to the Lola’s Theme Recut release. The remix has the right balance of energy over the course of the track, making it a winner to play out in sets. I expect “Lola’s Theme Recut (Dr. Packer Remix)” to remain in my rotation in 2018. Honorable Mention

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Best Tracks Of The Year Arma, “Favela” [Artifice] DJ Tuco & Allmostt, “The One” [Top Billin] Hodge & Randomer, “If I Could Stop” [Clone Basement Series] Gibson Brothers, “Ooh What A Life (Gerd Janson & Shan Edit)” [Running Back] Jensen Interceptor, “Not Phased” [Central Processing Unit] The Juan Maclean “Can You Ever Really Know Somebody (LA-4A Remix)” [DFA] Mark Broom, “LX” [ePM Music] SCB, “Acid Bath” [Hotflush] Sly One, “Drum