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D.C.’s dance underground may currently favor populist nu disco and moombahton, but iconoclastic DJ Denman C. Anderson points dance music fans in a much more sinister direction on his latest mix Hell is From Here to Eternity.
One of D.C.’s most intriguing DJs, Anderson’s coldwave and minimal synth No Love Lost night with Fan Death Records’ Sean Gray is a rhythmic table-setter. A DJ who says he’s “in conspiracy with Satan,” Anderson might see a little of himself in this mix: It’s intense, heavy, and ominous, but made for the dance floor. “All of the tracks aren’t new,” he says, “but they showcase a lot of sounds I’m into right now such as future garage, bassy club, crunk, dubstep, drum and bass, and a lot of very UK-specific sounds.” He’ll showcase some of those sounds tonight at Destination, his new party with DJ Jackie O at Velvet Lounge.
The mix also includes tracks local listeners may already know, including Steve Starks‘ remix of Jesse Tittsworth‘s take on Diamond K‘s Baltimore club single “Tear the Club Up” and Lil Wayne‘s latest mixtape banger “Tunechi’s Back.” They’re thrown into the mix with heavy cuts that have a niche following. “I think you need a license to carry [UK grime legend D Double E‘s single] “Bluku Bluku,” and [UK drum and bass producer Dream‘s] “Dub Runner,” says Anderson. “They’re effing lethal.”