Summer’s here and so is the competition for Sunday afternoons. A friend and I, chatting in Flash’s Green Room during Sunday Love, came up with five parties just off the tops of our heads. There are probably more out there.
It was a real summer afternoon, that day: low 90s, sunny, starting to get humid. Flash’s rooftop Green Room was fully open, fans running full blast, cocktail slushies spinning in the mixers behind the bar.
I arrived late in the opening set. Conscious Contact is a DJ I had not heard before, and he had a solid party mix running. After he handed the decks over to Sarah Myers he hit the dance floor with us to enjoy the bangers she slung. Sarah gave us chances to catch our breath and hydrate, thankfully. That was much needed in the heat.
The audience trickled in slowly and things started to pick up when the temperature dropped… a few degrees. Not much.
Edo mixed in and ran a smoother groove for a while. I’ve seen Edo’s name on Flash flyers recently but I hadn’t had a chance to hear him: it was an easygoing summer mix peppered with crowd-movers.
The sun was finally settling down behind the walls and the dance floor was full by the time Adriatique came on — only half of the duo, but that didn’t slow things down at all. The lovely smooth beats rolled on, including a banging drum solo that I especially liked.
Good energy. Good music. Not too crowded. If you can take the heat, get in the kitchen.
The sample playlist below covers the locals’ sets:
There’s a double header on tap over at the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast on Soundcloud. Nick Flynn and DJ Swink organize the monthly USB party in the downstairs bar at Flash — and they’ve been filling the place. Tophatty took a minute for a mini-interview with the guys to go with their live mixes from May’s USB.
My first gig was back in 2015 at Look Lounge and I was opening. There wasn’t maybe more than 10 people there, but it went great! Shout out to Wayne Wright for booking me for that gig, wouldn’t be where I am today without it!
What’s electronic genres do you listen to the least?
I would say big room house, trap, and dubstep are the three I listen to the least.
What’s up next for you?
Right now all I have scheduled is my party at Flash that I put together with Jon Swink! Underground Sounds and Beyond or USB for short. Our next party is on July 1st in the Flash Bar, hope to see some of you there!
My first gig was back in 2003 in Akron, Ohio. At that time I only had one year of experience under my belt. I was super nervous but I was able to pull off a pretty decent set. It’s hard for me to give myself kudos, even now because I always think that I can improve. I try and practice whenever I can and explore different mixing techniques. I’ll continue to practice and learn for the rest of my life or at least until I can’t hear anymore.
What’s electronic genres do you listen to the least?
The genres that are lowest on the totem poll for me are Trap, DnB, and Jungle.
What’s up next for you?
My upcoming gigs are June 18th at Chasing Sundays, June 21st at Flash Opening for Will Clark with Nu Androids and July 1st for the next installment of USB at Flash. I was asked to open for Joseph Capriati at Soundcheck but I was out of town…super bummed about that! Thanks again and hope to see you soon!
If you’ve read my TATS reviews, you know I’ve been to most of the Sequence parties and I’m a hopeless techno-head. So this installation of the Sequence series, after skipping the entire month of May, was not to be missed for several reasons.
One of which being that Daasnomem was opening. I reviewed his opening set at Flash a while back and enjoyed the luxury of deep, dark techno: this was just as smooth, running on a rolling beat punctuated by bits of Russian monologue and mechanical wheezes.
This was a warmup for Juana and Ron Jackson to go back to back. They started where Dassnomem left off, soon raised the energy level, and then progressed to merciless. This was a seamless transition, of course, so there was no escaping the techno machine.
We knew the headliners were coming because the speakers went silent. A moment of blank slate. And then instantly: low frequency to hit you in the bones plus a ghostly melody floating overhead. SHXCXCHCXSH had arrived.
For a moment, I questioned the wisdom of giving them the Grand Ancestor speaker system to play with. But that’s not my place.
Amazing set, regardless. A fascinating juxtaposition of the ephemeral and the visceral — but if you’ve read anything about SHXCXCHCXSH you’ve already heard this. It’s all true. Later on, Tsurugi took over and brutalized the audience with an even harder-driving set to make sure everybody was fully exhausted.
It was a night I won’t forget, for many reasons. For your sampling pleasure, a few tracks that I caught.
Busy weekend ahead! It’s that time of year again when we celebrate Pride in the nation’s capital, and again there’s an amazing selection of quality underground events celebrating Pride here in DC. I’ve included all the events on my radar in this week’s post, but if you want the best insight on underground Pride events from someone who really knows what’s what, check out Pride Underground 2017 by our queer correspondent, TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. Everything you need to know about the best underground events at this year’s Pridecelebrations.
As usual, you’ll find all my Top Picks for the weekend from Thursday through Sunday below, along with full listings of all the best events. I feel like I’m handing out the Top Picks like candy this weekend, but they’re all well deserved! Some really good shit going down in our city! You can catch me at Flash on Friday night along with my DC House Grooves partner in crime Katrina Mir, holding things down in the bar all night long. We’ve been holed up at DC House Grooves HQ for the last few weeks honing our craft, and we’re really looking forward to playing out again. Friday night at Flash is going to be one for the true house heads, with Sistrum Recordings label boss Patrice Scott headlining the main room with support from Aakmael and HOT COFFEE, and another edition of Arts & Sciences in the Green Room with Snad & Taiga. Serious business across all three floors!
On Saturday night, Katrina and I will be joined by Ramirez for episode #002 of the DC House Grooves Radio Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio from 10pm ET. Episode #001 two weeks ago was quite a journey, and we’re looking forward to taking it to new heights this week. Tune in from 10pm ET over at Underground Quality Radio, or Like the Underground Quality Facebook Pageand look out for our multi camera Facebook Live feed. The perfect pre-game for your Saturday night!
After the show Katrina Mir and I will be heading into town to Dupont Circle to represent DC House Grooves spinning a 2am set at Cannabis Pride All Nighter. Starting at 9am Saturday and running for 24 hours straight until 9am Sunday morning, the Cannabis Pride All Nighter will feature sets from a huge list of local DC favorites including DJ Nav, Jett Chandon, C-Dubz, StrikeStone,Panch, Djoser, Grand Ancestor, Team Zapata, Samantha Francesca, HOT COFFEE, Vanniety Kills and DJ Meegs. Catch me and Katrina Mir from 2am, right after Samantha Francesca and HOT COFFEE of the Sticky Fingers Collective.
For the vinyl heads out there, make sure you make time on Saturday afternoon to head over to Future Times‘ new popup record store in Mount Pleasant. A new record store popping up is always good news, but the Future Times crew opening a record store is the stuff that dreams are made of. Expect an eclectic selection of records, old and new, from the best international, domestic and local labels. If you know what’s good for you, head over to Mount Pleasant between 12pm and 7pm on Saturday. Full details in the flyer below.
Before we get to this week’s listings, here’s episode #51 of the Meet the Locals Podcast features a quality slower BPM techno mix from Steve Kirn, making his triumphant return to the podcast.
Here’s the full listings for this weekend, including all my Top Picks from Thursday through Sunday. As mentioned previously, you’ll find a number of Pride Underground events below, but for more in depth insight, make sure you check out DC House Grooves‘ Pride Underground 2017 post by TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. Wherever you end up this weekend, I hope you have an amazing time! Hope to see you out there on the dance floor!
Thursday June 8
Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge