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The 1988 single “Mother” from metal band Danzig gets an unexpectedly amazing rework from new house producer Wave Age. Hailing from DC, Wave Age was founded on a love for big bass and house music and draws influences from the sounds of Justin Jay, Friend Within, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. This remix of Danzig’s “Mother” is chock full of hypnotic bass and we love it so much.

Discobelle is proud to be partnering with Trillectro to give out 4 free passes to the festival. Happening on August 17th at DC’s Half Street Fairgrounds, Trillectro is a one day fiesta of music featuring Wale, Nadastrom, DJ Sliink, Goldroom, Salva, A$AP Ferg and more. For your chance to win tickets, head over to trillectro.com/discobelle. The winners will be announced on Sunday. If you’re not lucky enough to win, you can still purchase tickets to the festival here. Good luck and see you in DC!

New Jersey born and bred DJ Sliink first came on my radar by chance last year. While perusing Soundcloud as I do, I stumbled across his remix of Grimes “Oblivion” and that was that. At the time, I also happened to be collecting tracks for a Dirt collaboration with our friends at Gotta Dance Dirty and knew that I had to include this remix. If you read the post over at GDD, you’ll see my comments on the remix are pretty straightforward: “D.O.P.E. No seriously.” So when I had the chance to interview Sliink of course I jumped on opportunity. In my chat with DJ Sliink, I ask him about the New Jersey music scene, how he got started and most importantly, his feelings on the new Kanye album. This of course is all leading up to his performance at DC’s Trillectro Festival happening on 8/17 and yes, you should definitely come.

Nancy: So thoughts on the new Kanye, Jay-Z and Daft Punk records? Be totally honest here.
DJ Sliink: My thoughts on the new Kanye album – I actually like it . I didn’t expect it to be that dark. Jay-Z’s album is amazing and he showed why he is a OG. Get Lucky I could see myself remixing that on one on one of my off days.

Nancy: I feel like you came up pretty quickly but I know that’s never how things really are. I remember first hearing about you when I featured a remix you did back in October of 2012 in a Dirt collaboration with Arod at Gotta Dance Dirty. Can you tell me about how you got started?
DJ Sliink: Growing up I started off producing Jersey club music for years. I was always one of the dope young dudes. I actually started a production team called ” New Breed” and it was full of dope young dudes. I always had leadership type tendencies and wanted to look out for people. My big break was actually when I met Dirty South Joe and he had some remix work for me. I did a remix of the record ” I Think” on Pelican Fly. Down the line I met up with Joe’s good friends Sam and Jerome from Body High and from there I released my Vibrate EP with their label. Further down the line a group organically came together called “Cartel Music” consisting of some of my best friends. Coming up I’ve met so many great artist like MikeQ, Flosstradamus and Brenmar. We all colllabed on some pretty great music.

Nancy: How do you feel about mashups and bootleg tracks? Do you think that’s still a viable way to get started as an artist?
DJ Sliink: I’m very big on remixing and mashups. Sometimes as a artist you might want to rework a song the way you like. I believe your audience can really get a piece of your personality and style by the way you remix something. Remixing and mashups can give you great input on your original work as well.

Nancy: What’s the music scene in NJ like if you could describe it?
DJ Sliink: The music scene in NJ is so great! Many states have a lot of culture but I think Jersey nails it to the bottom. Jersey feeds off of Jersey club, basically it’s an offshoot of Baltimore club ranging from 130 to 135 bpm. Right now the scene is pretty cool and they make a lot of videos to the music that’s made. The videos give the audience a better insight on the music.

Nancy: What do you think of the current state of the music industry and music promotion?
DJ Sliink: I love the current state of music and promotion. Promotion wise I think Coundcloud is a label running itself. It’s a great outlet for new artists to breakout and show the world their talent. Most of the time all an artist really needs is that good look. The way music is going now is great; it’s kind of like “do what you want”. Making music without any rules is an amazing thing.

Nancy: What do you hope your music conveys to people?
DJ Sliink: I just want my music to make people happy; I want my music to take them to a great state of mind. People might be having a bad day and might hear my music and it puts them in a better place. I also just want them to turn up and get ready for my next show!

Nancy: Last year you released your Vibrate EP and also recently released a trap collaboration with Flosstradamus. What else is coming up for you?
DJ Sliink: I’ve been working on my next solo EP. They say your first EP is important but the follow up is really a big deal. I’ve just been working hard to feed my audience music on another level. I’ve also been working on collaborations with Brenmar and MikeQ so stay tuned!

I had the good fortune of being able to call Washington, DC my home for three years. When it comes to music scenes, DC often gets overlooked as most people consider the center of the music universe to be either New York or Los Angeles. However, there’s so many things that are bubbling in this town and soon DC will be as well known for its music as it is for its politics.

There are already several DC musicians that are making waves on a national scale. Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom of Nadastrom invented the fusion genre of house music and reggaeton known as Moombahton in 2009 accidentally at a DC house party. Andrew Wallace aka Nacey has found success with friend and constant collaborator Steve Starks (Steve Bock) as Starks & Nacey, remixing Solidisco’s “Hooked On You” single in 2012. On his own, Andrew is the producer of up-and-coming “aquawave” trio Misun who played SXSW this past year and have been featured in publications across the board including FACT and RCRD LBL. And let’s not forget 2/3’s of the founding members of the famed U St Music Hall (and my second home for several years) Tittsworth and Will Eastman. But all is this is just the tip of the DC music iceberg.

At the end of last month, Sebastian Leger and Jordan Peak headlined a bill at U St Music Hall that was opened by DC music makers aLamont (Sami Yenigun and David Eklund). Recorded at the venue, aLamont has put together a set of new sounds coming out of the nation’s capital featuring DC stalwarts like Nadastrom and the Beautiful Swimmers, as well as up and comers Pat Jagla and Teaj. Also included are new cuts from DC labels Future Times and Silence in Metropolis. So whatever you heard about DC, forget it. This is the new DC and it goes very deep.

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2. Michael McLardy – Summer Crunch (Evren Ulusoy Remix) – Silence In Metropolis
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4. aLamont – Settle In
5. Raffi – Every Time
6. aLamont – Goodbye – NJ Records
7. Teaj – Crestone
8. Pat Jagla – Larenmc Industries
9. Beautiful Swimmers – Spezi
10. aLamont – Buckles (Dirty Mix)
11. P. Lopez – Shame
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13. Usual Things Around – Rescue
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15. Art Department, BLUD, Shaun Reeves feat. Damian Lazarus – Robot Heart (Jon Charnis, Prab K & Lovecraft Remix)
16. Chris Burns feat. KLM – We Get Deep (aLamont Mix)
17. Huerco S. – Cercy
18. Diplo & Laidback Luke – Hey (Nadastrom Remix)
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20. Pat Jagla – Stunner

I’m a little late on this one but it’s also a bit of a sleeper tune. That’s not to say that you should sleep on it but that it hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. “Erase The Streets” is a hearty disco tune by DC production trio Volta Bureau. The track features the delicate vocals from Gwenno Saunders that are matched with Outputmessage’s (1/3 of Volta Bureau) soulful croon. To sweeten the pot a little, Volta Bureau is offering “Erase the Streets” as a free download so grab it while you can.

For better or worse, LA glamour tends to leave an impression. Brett was hanging out with a lot of LA rich kid artists, life-vacay types going very hard every night and that’s what the lyrics for “Kate Moss” is based off. Lyricist Mick Coogan says,  “[I] think it’s fun to live in that world for a while but you need to understand what ur getting into… it’s not based on anything.”

Brett teamed up with the Canada’s Prince Club for a remix of the single and it’s nothing but deep house all the way home. Stay tuned for Brett’s debut EP, featuring a remix from Discobelle favorite, Viceroy.

Discobelle favorite RAC is back with a brand new track called “Something About Us.” André Allen Anjos is keeping it all in the family by teaming up with wife Liz on this Daft Punk cover. It’s a bit of a departure from the usual bouncy nu-disco we’re used to associating with RAC, but “Something About Us,” though downtempo and melancholy, is a seriously saccharine tune.

We’re also excited to announce a ticket giveaway to see RAC to our Washington, DC readership. This Friday, July 27th RAC will be performing along with The Knocks, POP ETC, Vacationer, and French Horn Rebellion as part of All Things Go and Neon Gold Records‘ anniversary celebration of their monthly All Things Gold parties. To enter to win, just pop an email over to Nancy@Discobelle.net before Thursday, July 26th at midnight. Winners will be announced day of the show. Full event details here.