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Aaron Snapes – Sausages EP

Posted on February 13 2016 by Chris Kennedy

What do ya know, This Ain’t Bristol is still pumping out fire. The UK’s Aaron Snapes is next up for the label/collective, providing us with a three track EP titled “Sausages.” The title track is a bouncy, energy-filled house track making good use of a goofy vocal sample. The second track “Like That” contains a whirring bass with an LFO slapped on it, and fits well on this EP in the sense that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Finally, Brooklyn duo Walker & Royce end the EP with their own take on “Sausages” with a heavy sub bass line and get slightly deeper with it. This comes out on February 15th exclusively on Beatport, and will be avalable everywhere on the 29th.

VIDEO: CID feat. Glenna, “Love is Blind”

Posted on February 13 2016 by Zach
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With vocal house permeating pop music in the biggest way since the early 1990s, New York’s CID is looking necessarily to reinvent the wheel, but rather improve upon it. With releases on renowned labels like Size and Spinnin’, CID is making his mark with uptempo and vibrant tunes that elevate the heart and the soul.

His newest release “Love Is Blind,” out on Big Beat Records, feels like a crazy mash-up of Duke Dumont’s vintage-classic vibe combined with the epic soundscapes of artists like Jonas Rathsman or Ten Walls. The video for “Love Is Blind,” on the other hand, leans in a more contemporary direction. Directed by fresh talent, and first time music video director, Alexandra Gavillet, the video for CID’s new single is a labyrinthine display of color and design overlaid with colorful and precise collage. What could only be described as the heterosexual male’s gaze and the fragility of its construct, especially within the realm of something as historically irreverent as music videos, the video’s blend of promiscuous club culture tropes with collage earns its credibility by discovering new avenues to explore visually (much like Hercules & Love Affair’s video for “Do You Feel the Same” rediscovered vogueing for a new generation of ravers and gay youth).

However, while the angst and frustration of the male ego throughout the video makes for a solid twist on the “guy chasing girl” concept, it’s unfortunate that the roles weren’t further elaborated on to make a clearer statement. That said, this is not the first time story is largely left alone in favor of a feast for the eyes. The crafty execution is what makes Gavillet’s debut as a director work in this instance delivering a product that’s tight, concise, and beautifully complements CID’s source material.

Watch the video below and be sure to catch CID tonight at Echostage in D.C. as support for Galantis!

Bag Fries, “Mvula”

Posted on February 9 2016 by Zach
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The NeedlExchange, a collective who has grown incredibly popular in the gay, underground disco and house circles both in the District and abroad, continuously reminds our local scene of where dance music came from, where it is now, and where it’s going. TNX mainstays Baronhawk and Bil Todd (under the alias ‘AnA’) consistently present their truth to us every time they get behind the decks: choosing positivity over narrow-mindedness, wise curation over playing out heat-seeking records, and paying mind to showing beauty in an ordinary moment like spending a night in a club. This focus on the purity of dance music and its very colorful history is what gives their edit series, Bag Fries, such a refreshing sensibility.

“Mvula,” the latest in the Bag Fries series, is a declaration of being at peace with your inner self on the dancefloor. Baronhawk’s cut of “Mvula,” going tribal with layered kicks and chopped vocals, is crafted and packaged as a more sinister type of heat compared to the AnA cut. The AnA version, on the other hand, is a loungier edit that finds itself filling up headspace like water inside a ballon through the use of celestial pads and softer percussion choices. Both make phenomenal use of atmosphere to invite listeners into their soundscapes and they each play to some sort a genre from dance music’s past; Baronhawk’s version feels like aggressive club play while Todd’s goes the route of early 2000′s atmospheric electronica.

Both cuts are free on SoundCloud. You can catch both Bil Todd and Baronhawk, along with Tommy Cornelis, opening for Martyn and Honey Soundsystem this week at U Street Music Hall.

IN THE MIX: PHILCO & DJ Meegs, “Meegsco 001″

Posted on February 2 2016 by Chris Kennedy
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Hometown house heroes DJ Meegs and Philco have teamed up to bring us a monthly mix series aptly named “Meegsco”. This is the first one of hopefully many to come and it goes deep. They start it out with an anthem from Carl Craig and keep the tribal vibe going with the following track, “Ixchel” by Doza. The rest of the mix is filled with top quality tracks from names such as Pezzner, Dan Beaumont, and plenty more. Needless to say, all of these were strung together seamlessly, providing you with a nice one-hour journey through the world of underground house and techno.

Fort Romeau – “Secrets and Lies”

Posted on January 22 2016 by Patrick Blinkhorn
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London based artist Fort Romeau (a.k.a. Mike Greene) recently released “Secrets and Lies.” With cosmic, acid, and deep sensibilities, “Secrets and Lies” is an eclectic tour de force. The breakdown even features a well integrated sample from Dirty Dancing – Jennifer Grey’s moving speech to her father. Fort Romeau has composed a piece with something in it for everyone. Listen here: