Vjuan Allure
On October 15th, the Smithsonian National Museum Of African Art will present the Voguing Masquerade Ball which will include a panel discussion on voguing and Ballroom culture capped off by a masquerade ball. DJing the ball is Vjuan Allure, one of the originators of the Ballroom sound which has rapidly gained interest around the world. Vjuan Allure lives in the DMV area and has been familiar with the DC club

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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,

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This past week, following impassioned speeches from staff and local residents on its behalf, London’s legendary club Fabric had its license revoked by the local Islington Council. Bewilderment in the judgment gave way to an outpouring of sympathy and shared memories on social media. As an American, my personal relationship to Fabric is through their mix CD series which launched late in 2001 and has issued a staggering 177 discs

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Philco’s latest track has it all: compelling percussion, a bouncy bassline, and both a vocal and melodic synthesized hook that won’t leave you hanging. But perhaps the DC-based DJ/Producer’s greatest stroke of artistic genius is his track arrangement — Philco transitions between sections in the track seamlessly. One of the most considerable challenges producers face is retaining the listener’s attention for the duration of the track, and Philco fares well in this regard. Listen to

Citizen Boy
The excellent Gqom Oh! label returned in July with its third release titled Gqom Oh! X Crudo Volta Mixtape.  The Durban, South Africa based label specializes the emerging Gqom genre, combining slow motion house with intricate polyrhythms and stark, undulating synth pads.  One of many highlights from their latest mixtape is “Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza” from Mafia Boyz member Citizen Boy.  The track dives deep, propelled by a crumpled kick