U Street Music Hall celebrates its third birthday on March 17, and the popular dance club is going all out for the occasion: Dubfire, Grandmaster Flash and moombahton progenitors Nadastrom are among the DJs gracing the booth.
Resident DJs Chris Nitti and Morgan Tepper (aka Lxsx Frxnk) curated a playlist with tracks from some of the DJs taking part in the celebration, and wrote a special song-by-song commentary for us. Listen on Spotify and read their words below:
1. Radioslave - "Grindhouse (Dubfire Terror Planet Remix)"
"DJ Magazine called this 'jet-black, polished chrome techno,' solidifying D.C. local Ali Shirazinia's daring career transition from fame with the house-leaning duo Deep Dish to his solo moniker of Dubfire."
2. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - "The Message (12" Single)"
"Hip-hop DJ pioneer Grandmaster Flash spawned the technique of 'cutting' between records, perfected the art of 'scratching' and was the first to spark and nourish the trend of the MC. Enough said."
3. Nadastrom, Gent & Jawns - "Snake Juice"
"Ever since the first Moombahton Massive was held at U Hall in October of 2010, it's been the most consistently well attended monthly party at the club, and it's all thanks to Dave Nada slowing down the BPM of a dutch house track at his little cousin's high school party. Here's one of Nadastrom's more recent moombahton tunes, 'Snake Juice,' a collaboration with fellow locals Gent & Jawns."
4. Derrick Carter - "Boompty Boomp Theme"
"Derrick Carter is a well known key player in the underground Chicago house movement and is a club favorite. Carter was the first to coin the phrase 'boompty' in reference to the style of funky, jackin' Chicago house he plays and the way the crowd responds to it."
5. Kenny Dope/Masters At Work - "The Ha Dance"
"Kenny Dope began throwing his famed 'Masters At Work' parties in Brooklyn in the late '80s, which eventually led to his creative partnerships with Todd Terry and Little Louie Vega. Could imagine this one was a favorite among voguers at NYC's House of Extravaganza in the early '90s."
6. Scuba - "Hardbody"
"Last year, Hotflush founder Scuba bridged the gap between his techno-driven moniker SCB and his better known bass-heavy alias Scuba with the release of his third studio album 'Personality.' 'Personality' touches on everything from acid to trance, and 'Hardbody' is one of the key tracks on this album, displaying Scuba's versatility as a producer."
7. Goldie - "Kemistry"
"'Kemistry' is a drum 'n' bass classic dedicated to the innovator's late girlfriend, Kemistry, a fellow leading drum 'n' bass DJ and co-founder of the Metalheadz label. She is noted as the person who introduced Goldie to the scene."