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U Street Music Hall co-owners Will Eastman and Jesse Tittsworth aren’t the only D.C. tunesmiths who have benefited from the venue’s 40,000-watt sound system. Nouveau Riche crew member Steve Starks has excelled recent with a hybrid of sensuous and moody tech house and percussion-heavy Baltimore club.
Today, Starks released the free track “Problem,” which is built around his signature thunder-cloud percussion and a threatening melody. As for the plaintive vocal sample: “It’s from The Cardigans‘ ”Lovefool,'” Starks says. “There’s something about the way that the lead singer [Nina Persson] says ‘problem’ that made me want to work with that sample.”
The track is just a teaser for what’s looking like a very heavy fall release schedule for Starks. “I’m going to try to release a track every two weeks,” Starks says. “I’ve been playing the tracks out, and they get a good response, so I just want to get them out there.” A new EP on Tittsworth and DJ Ayres‘ T&A Records is in the works, as well as a separate release for eruptive moombahton track “Fr33ky in the Club.”