- In February, European label Top Billin Music released a collaborative project from Baltimore club legend DJ Technics (pictured) and Los Angeles producer Thee Mike B. The duo’s single ‘Cutty Home’ features a few nods to HBO’s “The Wire,” with dialogue samples from actor Chad Coleman’s character Cutty and samples from the Technics track ‘My Life Extra,’ which appeared in an episode of the show. ‘Cutty Home,’ like ‘My Life Extra,’ is built partly on a sample of a Mannie Fresh beat from Juvenile’s 2003 single ‘In My Life.’ The Cutty Home EP, which is available on iTunes and Beatport, has four remixes, including the ‘DJ Technics Back On The Wire Remix,’ which takes the track even further in a Baltimore club direction.
- Also in February, rapper and Baltimore club documentarian TT The Artist released “Art Royalty.” The nine-track EP features contributions from Blaqstarr and Mighty Mark. Some of her best-known previously released tracks like ‘Pussy Ate’ are mixed in with new songs, paying tribute to the late DJ K-Swift and other club music pioneers on the opener ‘Let Me See Ya.’ The EP is available through iTunes and other retailers.
- Baltimore producer Schwarz has founded a new label, Nina Pop, and its inaugural release is a collaboration between Schwarz and the L.A./Berlin duo 333 Boyz. The “Up In The Club EP” is available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, and features 92Q’s DJ AngelBaby on the track ‘Take It There’ along with appearances by TT The Artist, Sugar Shane, and Gurl Crush.
- Rod Lee is holding an event at Paparazzi on March 21 to celebrate his new label, Club Nation Worldwide, rebooting with a new brand after more than a decade of repping Club Kingz Records and Harm Squad. Rod Lee and DJ Sean Marshall will be spinning music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. To reserve a booth or get more information, call (443) 420-7207.
- Local indie rapper/producer Jumbled has previously toyed with Baltimore club music on his 2011 track ‘Snobaltimore’ (our “Best Summer Jam” of last year). Now, he’s jumped into it more fully with Club Classics, an eight-song mix of old-fashioned break-beat-driven Baltimore club, full of vinyl hiss and vocal loops. ‘Bmore To Ft Greene’ samples Raekwon’s Baltimore namecheck on the classic 1995 single ‘Incarcerated Scarfaces.’ The set is available on Soundcloud.
- Also on Soundcloud, some recent tracks by DJ/producer Che Parlay, including Baltimore club beats that sample rappers Lil B and French Montana.
- The London-born DJ Rekha, known for her long-running Basement Bhangra party in New York, will be bringing Bhangra to the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater on March 27.
- On Wednesdays during the month of March, the 8x10 has focused on beats with a weekly DJ residency. March 11 will feature DELTAnine, Operation Dankstar, and Ypset. The guests on March 18 include The Boomdocks (a collaboration between local producer Sawce and the group Psychoacoustics), Prismatic, and Highland.
Al ShipleyCity Paper