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LWE’s Top 25 Tracks of 2013 (20–16)

LWE’s Top 5 EPs of 2013

LWE’s year-end charts begin with associate editor Chris Miller’s top 5 EPs of 2013.

DJ Qu, The Way / Liquid

Standing far apart from sounds commonly associated with Jersey house, DJ Qu creates something wholly original with the help of veteran vocalists Peven Everett and Josh Milan of Blaze.

LWE Interviews Joey Anderson

In this interview, Little White Earbuds asks Joey Anderson about his roots, his methods, and his future, which looks just as bright as his Tri-State peers’.

Nor’Easter/DJ Qu, Tri State EP

Anthony Parasole launches his The Corner imprint with tracks by Nor’Easter and DJ Qu that make nice with hip-hop in an often unheard way.

Levon Vincent, Fabric 63

The same water that makes NY’s pastrami and bagels so renowned seems to affect our house music as well, as Fabric 63, mixed by Levon Vincent, catches a group of musicians at the height of their powers.

Sailor Mood/Summed & Dot, Brick Brick Brick/East Brick Wall

All Inn splurged for its last 2011 release — a remix single by two of 2011’s biggest names, Kassem Mosse and DJ Qu.

LWE Reflect On Our Favorite Podcasts

In celebration of our fast approaching 100th exclusive podcast, LWE’s staff has taken a look back at the first 99 and showcased some of our favorites so far. What’s more, we’ve made all of the podcasts featured here available for download for one more week.

LWE Podcast 62: DJ Qu is archived this week

LWE’s 62nd podcast was an hour of deep “thump and vibe” contributed by DJ Qu. Be sure to add it to your collection before it’s archived this Friday, September 23rd.

LWE 2Q Reports 2011: Albums

For LWE’s first 2Q Report of 2011, Jordan Rothlein rounds up five full-lengths that stand tall above their peers so far.

DJ Qu, Gymnastics

DJ Qu’s debut album, Gymnastics, feels like a kind of manifesto, presenting his fully-formed vision of the darkest reaches of dance music across three slabs of wax or one CD.

Various Artists, Earth Tones 2

The line-up for Earth Tones 2 is as equally stacked as the first, featuring Black Jazz Consortium, DJ Qu, and the return of Levon Vincent.

LWE Podcast 62: DJ Qu

The dark-house don DJ Qu and I were ostensibly meeting up for an interview, but I got the distinct sense he’d be down for a lengthy chat about vinyl, house dancing, and putting his long-in-the-works album together regardless of whether the tape was rolling. Qu was also kind enough to provide us with an exclusive mix of, in his words, “Thump and vibe, in a Warrior style mentality.”

Walt J, Reborn

Curle Recordings’ Petite sub-label puts Walt J’s sought after Reborn within reach for fans who cringe at Discog prices for the original.

Various Artists, Semesters II

While making the rounds at my local record store Semesters II on Strength Music caught my eye, not only because of its purple marbled vinyl but because its grooves were etched with the work of Jus-Ed, Fred P and DJ Qu.

DJ Qu, For The Beneath

For The Beneath, his latest 12″ on his own Strength Music label, once again pitches that signature DJ Qu sound — dark melodies always in the service of off-kilter yet hard-hitting percussion — for the bleakest, sweatiest, most subaltern dance floors imaginable. Should you, fair record buyer, take the plunge yet again?

LWE Does Unsound Festival New York

Since 2003, the Unsound Festival has been about bringing the disparate impulses inherent in electronic music under one roof — a music event urging you to scratch your chin one minute and dance your ass off the next. Presenting itself like a film festival but booked like a forward-thinking summertime weekender, Unsound has consistently showcased brilliant and challenging new sounds without ripping them from their underground trappings. Any music festival as likely to feature Sunn 0))) as Zomby is sure to pique my interest, but by nature of it happening in Krakow, Poland, its ridiculously open bookings stood quite a bit out of my reach. New York City — its population overeducated, overstimulated, and relatively accepting of high-end dance music thanks in no small part to Beyond Booking’s forward-thinking Bunker parties — always seemed like the perfect candidate for something like Unsound, and for a week in February 2010, my fair city got it. And not even a knock-off, either! The Unsound Festival New York brought a truly impressive and deliciously diverse line-up of electronic musicians — asking you to ponder, get down, or do both at once — to underground venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. And I was lucky enough to trudge through New York’s famous February weather to witness the festival on Little White Earbuds’s behalf. (Very big ups are due to Gamall Awad of Backspin Promotions for making this possible.)

DJ Qu, Party People Clap

With DJ Jus-Ed on permanent impresario/wood-cutting duties and Levon Vincent releasing a near-constant stream of contemporary classics, New York house’s flagship positions look pretty well locked-down as 2010 gets cracking. It’s a bit more of a tossup for the underdog slot. Fred P., whose Black Jazz Consortium long-player and singles for his own Soul People Music imprint were among 2009’s most coveted dance records, makes for something of an easy bet, though I can’t deny his talent at cranking out tense, minimalist house trips. And Anthony Parasole, who’s already proven himself a formidable selector, will almost certainly raise his asking price when his first solo production credit drops later this year. But I’m throwing my lot behind DJ Qu, the New Jersey man and former dancer born Ramon Lisandro Quezada. His latest, “Party People Clap” for Vincent’s and Parasole’s Deconstruct Music, has a whole lot to do with it.