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Listen: New Material From Volta Bureau and Outputmessage

Over the last year, Volta Bureau has become a public face of D.C.'s dance-music community. Why? Well, for one, the trio keeps getting booked to play big populist festivals like Identity and Virgin Mobile FreeFest. (Though hometown producer Alvin Risk also deserves a shout-out here, since he's also on the FreeFest sked this weekend.) On top of that, Volta Bureau's "Alley Cat" fared well on the all-important Beatport charts after its 2011 release, and later got picked up by Defected.

Now, with just a few days till college students from across the land fan out into the woods in Columbia, Md., glowsticks jutting from the pockets of their unseasonable booty shorts, Volta Bureau has released some "new" hazy disco/house tracks for the masses. (Though if you've seen VB play out lately, you've probably already heard at least some of it.) The Hot EP doesn't get its proper release on Nurvous Records till Oct. 9, but you can Soundcloud that shit right now.

Then! Volta Bureau's Bernard Farley, aka Outputmessage, pleasantly surprised us with some new stuff today, too: the Quantum Love EP on his own Output Noise Records. Listen to that now, and see him perform it live at U Street Music Hall tomorrow.

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