- Alternating between being the world’s #2 most popular DJ in the recently released to print DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ list and for many, given his affiliation with pop kingpins the Black Eyed Peas the world’s worst DJ, David Guetta plays two major gigs on the East coast this week. He’s at a special mid-week Glow event at Fur on Thursday night, and as well plays Pacha in NYC as the US version of the Ibiza mega-venue kicks off a two week celebration of their fifth birthday.On November 22nd, Guetta released One More Love a beefed up re-release version of his superstar making artist album One Love including tracks and remixes that he produced in the last twelve months. Works on the new record include tracks with oft-collaborators ex-Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and gospel belter Chris Willis, Rihanna, Fergie, LMFAO and Estelle.
- Notable about Guetta playing DC is his curious mention of “DC’s Club Glow” as his favorite rising nightspot to play in DC in his insert in the recently released print issue of DJ Mag honoring the Top 100 DJs. Even more interesting was overall #1 DJ in the world Armin van Buuren mentioning “DC’s Club Lima” in his insert in the most widely read issue of the year of the world’s most definitive big room dance journal. Kudos to the hard working but rarely widely acclaimed locally stalwart club promotion team. That kind of product placement is an achievement in itself.
- Two of the world’s most respected DJs play a double bill at U Street Music Hall tonight. Early era NYC WBLS DJ and truest of true school hip hop head rechristened as funky house recording Plant Records Chief Stretch Armstrong and the simply magnificent Philly representing house and hip hop DJ Rich Medina are in the house. The two DJs spawned two generations of DJs who like them, are unafraid to blend genre to build expressive and appreciative dance floor communities. Medina’s Red Fridays set felt like the closest I’ll likely ever get to hearing 70s NYC party provider David Mancuso spin at an early era Loft party. In 2010, having the gumption to drop the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Runnin’” alongside the Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” was an appreciated remembrance of things past. Stretch has been at the venue run by his employee Will Eastman on two prior occasions and has shown tremendous technical talent alongside an attention to staying at the cutting edge of progressive house selections. He’s also been willing to have fun with the crowd, his drop of Phil Collins and Philip Bailey’s 80s champ “Easy Lover” at Bliss a few months back one of the truly fun moments in U Hall’s brief history.
- Speaking of Will Eastman, his birthday party on 12/2 (the same night Guetta is at Fur in one of those unfortunate big room/small room issues DC will always have) features Eastman, Tittsworth, Stereo Faith, Dmerit (the vastly underrated yet entirely super important to DC”s scene Micahvellian and Outputmessage) and *special guests*. These sort of all-star parties bring both the best out of the spinners and U Hall itself, so if not a regular attendee of the venue, it’s well worth your energy to come out to an event like this one to take in the venue at its finest hours.
- U Hall’s powerhouse week closes out with BYT faves from Baltimore’s Deep Sugar Ultra Nate, Jerome Hicks and Lisa Moodyat deep house event Red Fridays, who alongside being the best people in dance music are terrific and internationally renowned DJs, Ultra fresh off of European dates, and Saturday features deep and progressive house champion Dimitri from Paris alongside new semi-resident at the Eighteenth Street Lounge and Patty Boom Boom Meistro of the Sol Power crew including Deep Sang and DJ Stylus. Dimitri this year released an impressive re-edit compilation on BBE Records of the quintessential tracks by classic disco powerhouse Philadelphia International Records that is absolutely worth your time to check out.
- Next week marks a most unusual shift in the international EDM atmosphere as Deadmau5 releases 4 x 4=12, his first artist album on international powerhouse Ultra Records. Joel Zimmerman in a paper mache and glow in the dark mouse head makes progressive techno that errs on the sides of both trance and dubstep. Track “Ghosts and Stuff” from 2009 album For Lack of a Better Name cemented his rise as one of the ultimate stories of Revenge of the Nerds. Zimmerman is pretty much straight edge, and in a genre of music which doesn’t really trend in that direction, his renown as a teetotaler has led to a dust up and feud with Rusko over Rusko’s marijuana habits. When Zimmerman, who now wears his enormous mouse head for the entirety of his sets keeled over from exhaustion at the 9:30 Club in September, it was sen by many EDM fans and industry insiders alike as a case of just desserts. Based on a blend of enigmatic presence, marketing and a ridiculous gimmick that makes his performances incredible comedy or brainless fun (depending on your view), he’s the #4 most popular DJ in the world as voted by the fans who made the 2010 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, and as the highest ranking North American on the list (he’s from Canada), he must be doing something right.
- Moombahton is getting massive again right in time for the holidays. Two of the rising producers of the screwed Dutch house genre, Billfold and Cam Jus host a Moombahton related party on Sunday night at the venue that really started all with Dave Nada’s summer Moombahton Mondays, Velvet Lounge. The sound is catching on globally, so definitely come out to the venue and get a much fuller view of the trend from two of the finest in the incredibly rapid rising nascent genre
- Speaking of moombahton, if aware of the genre, you’re aware of the Netherlands reggaeton influenced beat machine Munchi (at U Street Music Hall on 12/16 with Nick Catchdubs, DJ Ayres and Jess Jubilee for Flashing Lights), who alongside LA producer Dillon Francis (in Richmond at the Audio Ammo crew’s awesome Brain Drain on 12/11) are of a slim handful of the world’s best producers under 25. Munchi’s production partner in crime, Charlotte, NC’s David Heartbreak has finally made his ascent to the throne of the best moombahton producers in the world alongside Munchi, Sabo and Dave Nada with his latest M3 EP release. “Shy Day” flipping Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” and the percussive “moombahcore” excellence of Denzel Washington in Training Day sampling “King Kong,” (which I described on Twitter as being the sonic equivalent of “forcing a baby to drink 4Loko then punching her in the face”) are two of the genre’s latest and greatest punctuating moments of excellence.<object height=”81″ width=”100%”> <param name=”movie” value=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7504049&secret_url=false”></param> <param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param> <embed allowscriptaccess=”always” height=”81″ src=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7504049&secret_url=false” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”100%”></embed> </object> <span><a href=”http://soundcloud.com/david-heartbreak/king-kong”>King Kong</a> by <a href=”http://soundcloud.com/david-heartbreak”>David Heartbreak</a></span>
Download the Party Bros The Grind – Remixes EP. If you respect Gavin Holland as a politician and progressive house producer, you’d do so. His remix of “The Grind” is the first truly standout track and the finest work of his young career.
DC’s weekly dance music schedule is out of control. From small spots like Looking Glass Lounge in CoHi to Tabaq in Adams Morgan, DJ TMY starting a party at Buddah Bar on Massachusetts Avenue this Sunday night, and so on and so forth, the possibilities are infinite. I cannot stress enough adding your events to the calendar at BYT All City for maximum advertising penetration.
If you have any further questions or would just like to chat about dance music, email me at dowling DOT marcus DOT k @gmail.com or add me on Twitter at @marcuskdowling. Have a great week, and as always, thanks for reading.