Dirtybird crew
Best Remix Billy Kenny, “Work Me (Justin Jay Remix)” Honorable Mentions: Green Velvet, “Flash (Eats Everything Remix)”; DJ Cassidy, “Kill the Lights (Dimitri From Paris Remix)” Best LP M83, Junk Honorable Mentions: Tiga, No Fantasy Required; Deadmau5, W:/2016ALBUM/ Best EP Claude Vonstroke & Green Velvet, Get Real Honorable Mentions: Eau Claire, All the Wonder; Todd Terje & the Olsens, The Big Cover-Up   Track of the Year Luke Million, “Stranger

UTTU Label Boss Rupert Cogan
[Unknown To The Unknown boss Rupert Cogan (aka DJ Haus) is pictured above] Best Remix MichaelBrailey, “You Said We’re Not Dying” (7777777 Remix) [Hush Hush]I played this track during every club set throughout 2016. The remix’s waves of intensity crest to release rolling shake off kicks and precision chopped vocal elements all while gliding across timeless pad tones.  Every time I play this, I feel like I’m at the edge

Sky Deep Profile picture
Sky Deep has roots in New York and LA, but she’s based in Berlin these days. An artistic superhero of sorts, Sky has an impressive resume: she is a member of the Berlin collective female:pressure; she curated Berlin’s five day Reclaim the Beats Festival, a festival with a focus on music genres created by people of color and queer people; she directed, wrote, produced, and starred in Enactone, the award-winning queer

Rush Plus Artist Image
The DC-based duo Rush Plus (Jackson Ryland and Jus Nowhere) will self-release a colossal record soon. RPDC002 is a top-shelf techno release comprised of “Ten” on the A-side and “D_Tool” and “Detour” on the B-side. “Ten” and “D_Tool” are driven by quality synth design and a merciless kick and bassline. “Detour” is an equally potent track, but it is more introspective and mysterious. We’re excited to see what’s next from

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The NeedlExchange is in. Since Baronhawk Williams, Bil Todd, and Tommy Cornelis joined forces in the spring of 2013 to form The NeedlExchange (TNX), the DC-based DJ troupe has made waves around town and beyond. TNX pioneered DC’s queer underground, and their music has galvanized and helped unify DC’s dance music community. On a sweltering Sunday this past July, I asked Baronhawk, Bil, and Tommy about TNX’s influences and sound,