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On Wednesday, Washington Post Pop Music Critic Chris Richards hosted GLIDE, his annual new age DJ night at U Street Music Hall. If you’re a fan of new age music, you were probably there. But if you aren’t, your preconceived notions of the genre might be limited to the ubiquitous ’90s commercial for the Pure Moods compilation. If that’s your only exposure to the genre, I wouldn’t blame you for writing it off as garbage (although, that comp does have some gems on it: Angelo Badalamenti‘s Twin Peaks theme, for starters). But the truth is, new age is a vast and sprawling genre with roots in everything from John Fahey’s signature American Primitive guitar style and the ambient works of Brian Eno.
In preparation for GLIDE, Richards was asked to create a new age mix for Extended Family—weekly DJ mixes curated by 1432 R’s Zem Su Yung. As such, it felt like an appropriate mix to kick off a new feature for Arts Desk, which highlights exceptional mixes by local DJs. Namaste.