Author Archive for Marcus J. Moore

The Breaks: This Week in Local Hip-Hop

Shy Glizzy gets some extra star power on his "Awwsome" remix and Surock tells us to smoke our veggies.

Listen to Incwell’s Eclectic New Project, Mahjong Rockstars

A narrative that feels deeper than today's "turn up" rap, inspired by musicians whose faces were probably on your college dorm room's walls

Listen: The Funk Ark, Man Is a Monster

This isn't the Afrobeat you were expecting.

Watch Outputmessage’s New Video for “Pillars”

Who knew water dripping off a bald head could be so mesmerizing?

On Cycles, Dunc Gets Reflective With Fluid Electro-Soul

A great record for rainy days and late nights, for driving through the city—a soothing safe-for-work compilation that sounds wonderful in your headphones.

Listen to Will Eastman’s New Mix, Then to Go Saturday’s Bliss Party

A 52-minute mix of nocturnal jams. No sleazy dudes or velvet ropes.

Listen to Diggs Duke’s The Upper Hand and Other Grand Illusions

It's a smoky suite of arcane R&B that recalls 2000s D'Angelo.

Listen to “First Step,” the First Single From Diamond District’s March on Washington

It's been five years since the Diamond District released its stellar—dare I say classic?—debut album, In the Ruff, an astute depiction of young black Washington. Rappers Oddisee, Uptown XO and yU cut through the national euphoria of ushered in by President Barack Obama's new administration, by discussing the civic plight occuring just blocks from the White House. The rats. The tenements. [...]

Premiere: An Undeniably Dancey Roam DJ Mix

There are plenty of opportunities to dance in D.C., but let's face it: There's always room for more grooves. On Friday, local DJs Sami Yenigun (also known as Sami Y.), Chris Nitti, and Morgan Tepper (aka DJ Lisa Frank) will host their fifth Roam party, a growing initiative that's shedding light on local electronic music. "These [...]

yU Honors His Late Father on “Never Burning Out”

It doesn't take long to discover the real yU, the understated musician who cares deeply about things closest to him—family, close friends, and providing for his kids. That spirit shines through yU's music, whether he recalls his Suitland, Md., roots or spits aggressive survival rhymes with Diamond District comrades Oddisee and Uptown XO.
Released today, yU pays [...]