Good news out of Chicago. TRAX RECORDS, the OG House Music label that started it all is back and they’re releasing one of our favorite new artists of 2009, AZARI AND III! Here’s the news, straight from Trax: “After a hot comeback in 2004, TRAX was on everyone’s mind. This year after 4 dormant years, TRAX is back. With a brand new team behind TRAX Records, the return of the

READERS: Please get your Thursday Afternoon Office Dance Party on with this bangin’ Juan Maclean remix of Codebreaker‘s “Follow Me”. And don’t miss frontman Steve Hawley live on the decks this Saturday Bliss. Codebreaker – Follow Me (The Juan Maclean Remix) (mp3) CodeBreaker – Are U Ready For Love (mp3)

Set to release their debut U.S single “What A Drag” this February on Cantora Records, Bear Hands have an opportunity to take 2010 by storm. Employing a nearly perfect combination of raw percussion, catchy bass lines and sharp vocals, Bear Hands live up to the heavy hype surrounding them since touring with Passion Pit and MGMT over the summer. Download the track and a Cale Parks remix below. Bear Hands – What A

We’re very pleased to have BLISS alum and one of our best musical buddies join resident DJ Will Eastman on the decks this month. Steve Hawley, front man of disco funk dance outfit CODEBREAKER will play slammin disco and house to uplift our hearts as we raise funds to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. A portion of proceeds from this month’s BLISS, Saturday January 23 at the

Yes Giantess producer and Passion Pit synth-bro Ayad Al Adhamy (Bo Flex) made a serious dent in 2009, releasing a solid stock of high profile remixes including Phoenix’s 1901. Always looking out for our DC homies, we wanted to re-visit Bo Flex‘s remix of Keep It Cool by local favorite US Royalty. And if you’re in need of a guaranteed party starter, download the Sleepyhead remix as well (Fresh Prints approved).