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Matic 808 remixes Kanye’s Yeezus

July 11, 2013
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Matic 808 remixes Kanye’s Yeezus

Over the weekend, producer Matic 808 (formerly known as Lil Matic) released Yeezus: The Baltimore Club Edition, a raw, uncooked Bmore-leaning take on every track from Kanye West’s Yeezus. Yes, every track. It’s an ambitious, inspired, and quasi-viral undertaking. Matic knows when to give listeners exactly what they want and do club music as...
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Blaqstarr drops the ball at hometown show

May 20, 2013
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Blaqstarr drops the ball at hometown show

Despite what your cool friends will tell you, there is nothing inherently wrong with EDM and dubstep. When done well, EDM and dubstep afford the same animal-brain rewards that fuel supposedly more “sophisticated” dance music. After Baltimore club legend Blaqstarr’s DJ set at the Broom Factory on Saturday night however, a case could be...
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On the Download: DDm, TV Killed the Radio Star

August 11, 2011
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On the Download: DDm, TV Killed the Radio Star

Rapper DDm, previously known as Dappa Dan Midas (though everybody called him Midas) just put out his EP, TV Killed the Radio Star. In a little over 16 and a half minutes, DDm impersonates a rowdy group of kindergartners, raps over the theme from Martin, concocts a maddeningly catchy in that weird Lil B...
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Mania Music Group Adds a New Member: Eze Jackson, of Soul Cannon

June 17, 2011
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Mania Music Group Adds a New Member: Eze Jackson, of Soul Cannon

A week ago at Joe Squared, Kane Mayfield announced a new member of Mania Music Group: Eze Jackson of Soul Cannon. Right after a passionate mini- set from Mania’s Ron G, Jackson did a five-minute straight freestyle–in the truest sense of the word, without the accompaniment of a beat–that ended with a shout of...
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Uncle Jesse Drops a Proper Electro Banger with “Samson”

May 20, 2011
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Uncle Jesse Drops a Proper Electro Banger with “Samson”

Uncle Jesse, club music boundary-pusher and maker of some of the only tolerable moombahton out there (see “Boat Shoes”), just put out “Samson,” an excellent though not exactly categorizable electro track. Let’s start with the drums, which could pound like every other dance song and be just fine, but instead kick and flutter like they’re...
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Future Islands Rein It in for NPR Tiny Desk Concert

May 17, 2011
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Future Islands Rein It in for NPR Tiny Desk Concert

The secret is that pretty much every Future Islands song is a huge bummer. Recent acoustic shows (and the EP, Undressed) have revealed the heavy heart behind the super-fun dance beats and, here, as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, the group’s kinda stripped down take on new-ish songs like “On The Water,”...
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Watch the Dan Deacon-scored Hilvarenbeek Starring Dan Deacon

May 13, 2011
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Watch the Dan Deacon-scored Hilvarenbeek Starring Dan Deacon

Just in case you thought hanging out with Francis Ford Coppola had turned Dan Deacon irreparably fancy, IFC.com premiered Hilvarenbeek, an absolutely insane short film directed by Deacon’s pal Jimmy Joe Roche and scored by Deacon. Hilvarenbeek starts out in a church with a hipster chorus humming, led by Deacon himself. Then, there are...
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King Tutt Says Hello to the Bad Guy with New Mix

May 3, 2011
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King Tutt Says Hello to the Bad Guy with New Mix

DJ King Tutt’s Say Hello to The Bad Guy mix is an hour of unabashed house and electro. No Baltimore club productions. And none of Tutt’s own electro work either. Just 19 tracks of the cheap, strong stuff. Big booming songs from guys like Tiesto, Laidback Luke, and the Bingo Players. Also: Some Underworld...
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Baltimore Filmmaker Hilton Carter and DJ Quik Go Out for Milk

April 29, 2011
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Baltimore Filmmaker Hilton Carter and DJ Quik Go Out for Milk

Baltimore filmmaker Hilton Carter directed the music video for DJ Quik’s “Luv of My Life,” the first single from the Los Angeles legend’s new album Book of David. The video has all the things you’d expect from a Quik video (weed, strippers, elastic sports headbands) but the video’s narrative rather goofily kicks-off when Quik...
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New DJ Class Looks to Classic House and, Unfortunately, Chris Brown

April 26, 2011
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New DJ Class Looks to Classic House and, Unfortunately, Chris Brown

One step forward, one step back is the story of DJ Class these days. This time around, he’s remixing and rapping over hits from ultimate shitbag Chris Brown. First, there’s “Look At Me Now” featuring an actually pretty impressive double-time verse from Class himself, as well as Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat. Also check...
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DJ Pierre Ups Thee Game with New Mixtape, ThEEEE MiXtApEEEE

April 19, 2011
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DJ Pierre Ups Thee Game with New Mixtape, ThEEEE MiXtApEEEE

DJ Pierre just released ThEEEE MiXtApEEEE (not to be confused with Blaqstarr’s brand new The Mixtape) and unlike the multiple-artist, old classics-meet-new club hits mixed CDs he’s known for, this one’s 30 minutes of original productions. This release comes at an important point for the young producer, just a few months after his remix...
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King Tutt Pays Tribute To Loleatta Holloway

April 5, 2011
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King Tutt Pays Tribute To Loleatta Holloway

King Tutt just released this tribute to disco diva Loleatta Holloway, who passed away on Monday. “Burning Up,” samples Holloway’s 1980 hit “Love Sensation” (familiar to every and anybody via Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations”), dropping pieces of her vocals into the kind of electro-house production Tutt’s been mining ever since...
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Going for a Ride in Midas’ “Velvet Limousine”

March 22, 2011
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Going for a Ride in Midas’ “Velvet Limousine”

Mania Music Group’s Midas (now going by the name DDM) has a hip-hop and club fusion record called American Graffiti coming out soon on Unruly Records. The project was first mentioned in City Paper a few weeks ago in a profile of Unruly borders-breaker Schwarz (he has a beat on the album) and, now,...
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Say Wut Takes Club Forward Again with “Alien Nation”

March 16, 2011
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Say Wut Takes Club Forward Again with “Alien Nation”

Though it does feature his signature horns and a nod to his early days as NSW (Nigga Say Wut) in that ominous synth-choir sound, “Alien Nation” is a new kind of club track for Say Wut. It’s anchored by a spare flicker of strings and brassy video game noises, but there’s nothing that really...
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Know Your Product: Ken Seeno, Invisible Surfer On An Invisible Wave (NNA Tapes)

March 15, 2011
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Know Your Product: Ken Seeno, Invisible Surfer On An Invisible Wave (NNA Tapes)

Ken Seeno's Invisible Surfer On an Invisible Wave might, at first, look like another contribution to that chillwave/glo-fi/whatever movement that’s still kicking around (beach-themed, cassette-released) but Seeno’s sound–patient, sophisticated, and pointedly clean–is more like a Fripp and Eno’s Evening Star on a budget. “Everything Is Changing All the Time,” pairs humble horns with gurgling,...
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Jon Kwest Delivers All the Charlie Sheen You Need

March 10, 2011
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Jon Kwest Delivers All the Charlie Sheen You Need

From DJ Equalizer’s “Kill Barney” to Johnny Blaze’s “Spongebob Squarepants Remix” to DJ Excel’s “That’s What A Pimp Does,” club music’s always been really good at grabbing hold of some goofball phenomenon and making into a hilarious, hypnotic dance track. So now, there’s a Charlie Sheen club song. It was only a matter of...
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Here’s Some More New Weird Blaqstarr

March 3, 2011
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Here’s Some More New Weird Blaqstarr

Over the past few weeks, Blaqstarr has been haphazardly tossing out new songs onto his YouTube account. First, there was “Ride,” a club remix of “Rider Girl” from January’s Divine EP. “Rider Girl” is, of course, a slightly less club music-friendly version of “Ryda Girl,” so it’s kind of a strange loop of remixes...
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Sean Armstrong and E Major Pay Tribute To J. Dilla

March 2, 2011
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Sean Armstrong and E Major Pay Tribute To J. Dilla

For hip-hop nerds, the month of February is unofficially known as J. Dilla Month: The late, great, insanely influential producer was born in February, died in February, and released his existential beat-tape masterpiece Donuts on February 7th, his 32nd (and last) birthday. Sean Armstrong (also known as DJ Face, and part of the group...
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We’re Not Sure About This New DJ Class Track

February 25, 2011
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We’re Not Sure About This New DJ Class Track

Earlier this week, DJ Class released a song called “Wacko Flacco” that’s sort of about the Ravens, sort of about weed, and seems to be somehow grabbing onto the Waka Flocka Flame radio rap zeitgeist . . . or something? It’s got AutoTune, pretty much the same sing-rap cadence as “Dance Like a Freak,”...
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