This week, Baltimore club music veteran DJ Chris J (pictured)has released his latest mixtape, “Club Going Up,” dedicated to the late DJ K-Swift. Though he’s released over 30 mix CDs since the late ’90s, Chris J’s new release is his first since K-Swift’s death in 2008 and includes the DJ Juwan tribute track ‘K-Swift 4 Ever.’ The mix, released through Rod Lee’s Harm Squad label, is available on Mixcloud.com and other online retailers. It also includes DJ Trigga’s club mix of Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota’s hit ‘Bird Flu’ and more recent tracks from producers including DJ Booman, DJ Dizzy, James Nasty, Say Wut, and many more.
Also out in the first few days of 2015 is DJ AngelBaby’s “Get Pumped Vol. 3.” As with the first two volumes in the series that were released at the start of the last two years, the 92Q on-air personality has assembled a hell of a mix. It features new cuts from Mighty Mark, Schwarz, Pac Breezy, and more, as well as a new remix of DJ AngelBaby’s own ‘Avenue’ by DJ Class. The mixtape is available on DatPiff.com.
An up-and-coming Baltimore club producer whose tracks deserve a listen is Grz, aka Kenny99. Originally from Pocomoke City on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and now based in Baltimore, Grz’s best recent additions to his SoundCloud page include ‘Naked Lunch’ and a remix of Rae Sremmurd’s hit ‘No Type.’ Check him out at soundcloud.com/grz99.
Another SoundCloud full of notable Baltimore club tracks of late is Bmore Original Records, the longtime label of DJ Excel. Toward the end of 2014, Excel put together special themed holiday mixes for Halloween and Christmas. And Excel has also remixed recent pop hits such as Selena Gomez’s ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’ and Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Booty’ (which, even in its original incarnation, had a Baltimore connection via a sample of TT The Artist). Those tracks and more are at soundcloud.com/bmoreoriginalrecords.
In December, U.K. online publication Fact Magazine published “We Been Ready: Inside The Global Resurgence of Baltimore Club,” a feature by writer Chris Kelly. The piece traces Baltimore club’s influence on producers in New Jersey and overseas, as well as on Baltimore-based rappers such as DDm, TT The Artist, and Abdu Ali. The article also includes Fact’s Baltimore club playlist with tracks by Thunderbird Juicebox, K.W. Griff, Rye Rye, and more.
On Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m., Paradise (1660 Whitehead Court) is hosting a “Baltimore Club Reunion” night, with local legends DJ Boobie, DJ Scottie B, DJ Kenny K, and Reggie Reg all spinning. The event will likely sell out, so get tickets early at Barefeet Shoes locations in Towson and Catonsville or call (443) 682-3129.