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Those of us who turn an ear toward mainstream dance music only when we amble past the open doors of a Georgetown chain store might not grasp the extent to which a particular strain of Dutch house has permeated club music. Several years ago, the bleepy, hip-hop-flecked interpretation of house—commonly called “Dirty Dutch”—didn’t make a blip outside the Netherlands’ borders, self-quarantined by virtue of its weirdness. Then a couple of key Dutch-house tracks began to clatter in American clubs, namely DJ Chuckie’s 2008 cut “Let the Bass Kick” and his 2009 collaboration with Silvio Ecomo, “Moombah.” Afrojack wasn’t far behind: The young, chubby-faced producer charted internationally with “Take Over Control” in 2010, and since then, he’s been sailing around in boats, collaborating with will.i.am, putting his name on an energy drink with the king of awful dance music, Steve Aoki, and, to the horror of his fans, producing and dating Paris Hilton (one customer on Discogs.com announced, perhaps belatedly, that the union of Hilton and Afrojack officially makes him a sell-out). Now, it’s tough to walk by an Armani Exchange without hearing a remix by the bleepy Dutchman. But D.C. dance-music fans have an even more intimate relationship with Afrojack: He’s the guy whose remix of “Moombah” is a key ingredient in Dave Nada’s locally grown microgenre, moombahton. (Those air-raid sounds? Yeah, that’s Afrojack.) Moombahton might be the most listenable take on the “Dirty Dutch” sound, but don’t expect Afrojack to play much Dave Nada during his set tonight.
Afrojack performs at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $39.50. fillmoresilverspring.com. (301) 960-9999.