Posts Tagged ‘future times’

New D.C. Record Label Could Put a Weird Slant on Dance Music

I've been digging a lot of local dance music in recent weeks: Earlier this month, Will Eastman released this awesome remix of the Caribbean, and his buddy, Outputmessage, put out The Infinite Void, an infectious set of deep dance tunes that reach for outer space. On Monday, Hyattsville, Md., duo Ploy released "Friend of a Friend," a lovelorn pop [...]

Protect-U Announces Double-LP Release Date, Posts New Track

D.C. synth duo Protect-U  will release Free USA, its first true LP, on May 13 via hometown label Future Times. Members Mike Petillo (a co-owner of the label) and Aaron Leitko are planning at least three performances locally in the run-up to the release date: A set at the Select DC Vanguard Festival on April [...]

Genre Dysphoria: The Best D.C. Music of 2013

With Chuck Brown in his eternal resting place and Ian MacKaye settled down and playing only occasional dates with The Evens, how has D.C. music moved on?
In 2013, the answer was clearer: This is a hip-hop town, at least more than it was before. The area now has three significant hip-hop exports: trap-rap up-and-comer Fat Trel, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Our Suburb, Future Times Holiday Show, and Lenorable

An idyllic community. A teenage romance. Tragedy that lurks behind the clapboard houses and neighbors’ friendly smiles. This isn’t Our Town but Our Suburb, playwright Darrah Cloud’s homage to the Thorton Wilder classic, which premieres at Theater J this week. The suburb is Skokie, Ill.—Cloud’s hometown—and residents are grappling with an infamous attempted neo-Nazi march. Read more >>> The [...]

Listen: Maxmillion Dunbar’s Woo Daps

It's been about nine months since Future Times' Maxmillion Dunbar released House of Woo, a convivial combination of the D.C. DJ/producer's experimental inclinations and his rhythmic proclivities. This week he circles back to some of those songs with the free Woo Daps, a remix/mixtape project that plays like a stand-alone release.
Although four-on-the-floor dance beats [...]

Jay Simon on Must Have Records, Songcraft in Dance Music, and His Next Release

Fans of D.C.'s Future Times crew know Jay Simon as a DJ who operates with an instantly gratifying combination of smoothness and verve; his sets never veer from the idea that house music—whether it's a cut from 25 years ago or from last week—is dance music. Simon also has started a label, Must Have Records, [...]

On Another Continent, Beautiful Swimmers Chat About D.C.

D.C.'s Ari Goldman and Andrew Field-Pickering, aka idiosyncratic DJ and production duo Beautiful Swimmers, did a swing through Europe in late August, including shows in Germany and an appearance at the Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam. At that gig, they recorded a video interview for Fact magazine, commenting on the limits of D.C.'s nightlife culture ("We don't [...]

ToDo ToDay: Janel & Anthony! Vitamin C! National Dance Day!

Cello/guitar/electronics duo Janel & Anthony made one of D.C.’s better albums in recent memory: last year's alluring, largely instrumental Where Is Home. Their follow-up will focus more on vocal works, says cellist Janel Leppin, and some of those pieces will be incorporated into the duo's early-evening performance at the BioWall. It’s not just another plaza. There's [...]

Future Times Extra: Boogie Bonus With C-Rob

The word "boogie" has all kinds of meanings, but for the subjects of this week's City Paper cover story, the Future Times DJs, it's the Britain-born term for the club music that was produced after the term "disco" became toxic but before more city-specific genres like Chicago house and Detroit techno reached wide audiences. "It's [...]

Future Times Extra: That “Fly Like an Eagle” Moment

One of the pleasures of writing this week's City Paper cover story about D.C. electronic music label Future Times was talking to Sean McGuinness, who was part of D.C.'s punk scene in the early 2000s, then moved on to Pennsylvania and eventually joined Pissed Jeans. He offered up this anecdote about the Future Times crew's [...]

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