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EF60 Hope Forgives by Dvonne

Noxeema Jackson Resident Dvonne Infuses Extended Family With A Defiant Yet Fun DJ Mix Of Techno Bliss.

EXTENDED FAMILY 60: Hope Forgives

Toma Kami – Negative Extasy
Room 5 – Hidden Sun
Royksopp & Robyn – Monument (Olof Dreijer Remix)
Sidney Charles – Catch the Beat
Michael Magnan – Alright Um
Shygirl – Tasty (Boys Noize Extended Dub)
Doss – Jumpin’
Chloe Robinson & DJ ADHD – Pax (Four Tet Remix)
K-HAND – Sound 6
Dopplereffekt – Superior Race
Fiedel – Doors To Manual
Putamaria (feat. MORENXXX)
Nikki Nair & DJ ADHD – Dis One
Lakim – A Pimp Named Slickback
Young Lychee – F33lings2
Black Rave Culture – Sub Poppin
Rhyw – Kirkhusa
FKA twigs – darjeeling (feat jorja smith & unknown t)

In 1993, community representatives in Washington DC would respond to an apparent need for specialized services for underage sex workers, especially in regards to their health. Since its inception, HIPS (Honoring Individual Power & Strength) has grown into a comprehensive program providing a variety of services for sex workers, drug users, and their communities. Their mission and vision statement reads as follows: 

HIPS advances the health rights and dignity, of people and communities impacted by sex work and drug use by providing non-judgmental harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement led by those with lived experience. 

We envision a world where all people can use their power to live healthy and self-determined lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization, or oppression. 

At the HIPS Center for Health and Achievement, some expansive services find a home where those in need can find support. The drop in center offers mental and physical health services including medication assisted treatment, needle exchanges, access to community computers, showers, clothing, laundry services, and expert guidance towards housing navigation. The center also offers support groups for drug maintenance, goal setting, art therapy, and other thoughtful programs. They have a 24-hour crisis hotline that works towards harm reduction, overdose education and reversal, and safer sex materials for sex workers, drug users, those returning to the society from the penal system, and others in need. 

The selector presenting installment 60 of Extended Family, Devon Trotter aka Dvonne, was asked to DJ a HIPS pride party in 2016 and developed a deeper attachment with the group’s mission and the wonderful individuals he met there. As of January 1st, 2023, Trotter was elected the board chair of HIPS. This role must fit like a glove for Dvonne, who serves as a certified life coach and seems eager to help where he can. Volunteer roles include peer mentorship with Whitman Walker Health in a mentorship group called Currents, as well as a fundraiser on the SMYAL Fall Brunch Gala planning committee. Devon raised over $1.1Mil for the organization during his service as co-chair of the committee for three years from 2019-2021. 

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Dvonne was born in Salisbury, Maryland on the Eastern Shore but moved to Smithsfield, Virginia at 5 years old, under the sounds of RnB, soul, house, gospel, and was raised in a Baptist family mostly by his mother and step father, Hope, who Dvonne adored and cherished as his primary father figure. He attended Wicomico High before becoming the first in his family to reach higher education at the College of William and Mary. When Hope was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in August of 2022 and given only months to live, Dvonne would begin an extended period of sorrow, past Hope’s death in October of the same year and into the present. Dvonne would lose his job as Senior Advisor to the President of an international climate non profit the day after losing Hope in October of 2022, only two months after the diagnosis, adding a pressure of a different dimension and starting an extended period of sorrow.

Dvonn’s credits his early influences of RnB and gospel merged with an affinity for metal as providing the soundtrack towards his journey with techno. He feels that music is embedded in the fabric of his DNA, expressed via family reunions, school dances, and cassette tapes of his early memories. He recalls how the Very Best of Love compilation by Luther Vandross on cassette sparked his imagination as he rinsed it over and over again in obsessive satisfaction. In later formative years, his friend David would introduce him to metal by way of Metallica, Nirvana, Rob Zombie, and other metal bands that thrived in the mid 90s. In high school, Trotter would receive a glimpse into formal training in the concert choir as a baritone.

All these experiences gave him the foundation to start throwing parties as soon as settling in DC in 2009. His first was a monthly party called Pink Sock! At Wonderland Ballroom and onto Sunday School, and CTRL, as well as performing at Echostage, the 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, the Black Cat, Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, the Kennedy Center, and the Hirshhorn Museum. He credits Extended Family member Tommy C as his DJ mom, sharing his mixing knowledge so that Trotter could start Djing his own parties. Devon recalls coming home from a date in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, making his way down Florida Ave and, by circumstance, past his old apartment which sparked nostalgia and gratitude for his artistic journey. This was a fortuitous setting to be approached by the Noxeema Jackson collective of DC in 2021 through Ayo Dawkins, described by Dvonne as a “mastermind.” Ayo is a force of a party promoter in DC with a steady practice in creating safe spaces through a techno purist flavor. Dvonne’s penchant for dance music mixed with his insistence on activism makes him a perfect fit for the team.

Thix mix for Extended Family serves as a resounding dedication to Dvonne’s stepfather Hope. Although in grief, the music feels celebratory, full of gratitude, uplifting and warm. Free downloads and tracklists attached to every mix.   

Follow Dvonne
IG: @dvonneofficial & @party_at_noxys Twitter: @devotrot FB: dvonnedj & Noxeema Jackson SoundCloud: dvonnedj”

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EF59 Y2K Techno Bliss by DJ Land Reform

DJ Land Reform Bookends 2022 With A Dance Ready Techno Mix For Extended Family.

EF59 Y2K Techno Bliss

Laurel Halo – Wow
Roelz – Deep Forest (DJ Misjah Remix)
Tony Thomas – Inner Contact
Robin Porter & Mike Carr – Fathernature (Mateo Murphy Remix)
Umek – Cartex
Valentino Kanzyani – Low Frequencies
Chaos – Afrogermanic
Adam Beyer – Pump 4 (With DJ Niko)
Talamus – Fish Eye
Pete Simpson – Work That Booty
Cristian Varela – Voltage Loops
Mr. Sliff – Rippin And Dipping
Backspin Boyz – Sour
Surgeon – La Real
Jack De Marseille – La Danse Des Mots
Cheap Knob Gags – Rub It Off
Herman Funker III – Rhino Rhythm Section
Jeff Cochran & Adam Winick – FOR003 A1
DJ Bone – Our Brothers (Black)
Stryke – Run To You
Sina M Solouk – Free Love
Simmer – Hardrive

Northern Virginia pushes producers and DJs into DC all the time, and this Arlington native has called the DMV home since he was three. Spring boarding from his dad’s experience in college radio, Clyde trained as a percussionist early on with a diet of Bestie Boys, Frank Zappa, A Tribe Called Quest, and Parliament/Funkadelic. It’s fitting that Clyde’s entry into electronic music was shaped through an obsession with Animal Collective, a psychedelic electronic band based in the DMV area.

In 2019, Clyde would team up with GABBERBITCH69 for the inception of 140+ at Studio Ga Ga, a space that no longer exists. 140+ has worked with another party, FWB (Friends With Benefits), to create a hardcore and joy filled, laser and fog adorned haven for listeners The parties are fucking fun. Skyler (Get Face) joined the project to create a dream team of eager and hard working talent that strive to out do themselves with every event.

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Toe the Line EP Release Party: RBCHMBRS (Live)


RBCHMBRS returns to Washington DC imprint 1432 R with his 3rd release on the label, the Toe the Line EP. 

With support from long time collaborator and home town hero Sir EU and label head Joyce Lim, the 21st release for 1432 R will receive an intimate welcome at local watering hole, Neptune Room. 

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Truancy Volume 298: Jackson Ryland

For many regular Truants readers and speed-seeking techno connoisseurs, Jackson Ryland of Washington, DC hardly needs an introduction. Beyond the sounds and insights shared in his past Superabundance interview and Seven Plays takeover, the artist’s particular brand of electronic music, marked by driving rhythms and ethereal melodies, has continuously captivated artists and dancers worldwide. Displaying a robust imagination and creative versatility, Jackson Ryland approaches music-making with a childlike curiosity and intuitive lightness, which has led him to collaborate with a diverse set of beloved DC artists in addition to his prolific, multi-genre discography of solo EPs. 

Across releases for sought-after labels like 1432 RPeach DiscsPleasant Life, and Fixed Rhythms, whilst operating under a number of aliases over the years, the artist has freely explored sonics ranging from breakneck techno at staggering bpm levels, to down-tempo, ’90s chill-out tracks named for his pet cat. Presenting a mix that parallels his energetic DJ sets and fluid recording style, Truancy Volume 298 playfully transitions between house, techno, hardgroove, and electro with flowing ease, for an inspired 90 minutes of music from throughout the decades. In the accompanying interview, Jackson Ryland shares his perspective on the evolution of his sound, his latest EP as JR2k, production methods, recent club experiences, artistic inspirations, and the DC music scene.

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EF47 Elastic by Soso Tharpa

Soso Tharpa’s bass heavy expression somehow still conveys a gorgeous and infectious lightness of being.

EF47 Elastic By Soso Tharpa

Ruxpin – Routine Retirement of a Replicant
Foodman – Percussion
Syclops – Spin Cycle
Bep Koroti – Pororonga
Toma Kami – Dali Bear
Linkwood – Nae Drama
Scratcha DVA – Step 2 Funky
Leikeli47 – Girl Blunt (Garneau Bootleg)
Leonce – Penetration Testing
TC80 – Virtual Cascades
Cop Envy – Leisure
Laksa – It Feels Like I’ve Been Here Before
soso tharpa – The Easy Wy Out
Batu & Lurka – Curved
Maxmillion Dunbar – Cassette Arabic
Kowton – Doing Nothing
Ovid – Pressure Plate
Akito – Sneak Diss edit
soso tharpa – drive slow thru (Georgia Avenue)
Flørist – Horn

Check out Soso Tharpa’s Truancy volume here.

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EF29 Between Water by Dreamcast

Davon Bryant Aka Dreamcast, A Lifelong Denizen Of Washington DC, Repurposes Some Tough Experiences Into Tender Moments, Creating Music That’s Vulnerable, Haunting, And Romantic. For Extended Family, Bryant Reaches Into His Funky, Soulful, House Heavy Collection To Present A Collage Of The Cool And The Wonderful.

EF29 Between Water By Dreamcast

Peven Everett – Stuck (original mix)
Paid In Full Sample
Matthieu Faubourg – Rue Lanterne
Manuel Tur + Dplay – Deviate
Laszlo Dancehall – Fatty Que
Mall Grab – Father
Paradiso Rythem – Midnight Scenes
Hustle Man Sample
D’angelo – Brown Sugar
Groove Theory – Tell Me
Junior – Mama Used To Say
Dreamcast – Lonely Hearts Club (prod. cstng) 
Dreamcast – Liquid Deep (prod. Sasac) 
Dreamcast – Summer Love (prod. Sasac)

DC is notorious for closing early, even on the weekends. And it was a Wednesday. But an announcement was made earlier in the week that Boiler Room was featuring Washington DC in a collaboration with the Beautiful Swimmers of Future Times, Andrew Morgan of People’s Potential Unlimited, and Protect-U of Future Times. Boiler Room’s excellent brand visibility fueled the growing crowd that was sardining into the creaky, wooden kitchen/living room/dining room that had been converted to a pop up dance floor. 

Some tedious international travel related issue was forcing the Boiler Room team to arrive in the middle of the week, but a curious mix of djs, producers, label heads, party promoters, office drones, college kids, and extremely online albeit AFK fans were streaming in with regularity, despite the unusual scheduling. 

The show was thrown together in heaps of jittery anticipation, in that hasty pre-performance anxiety, and orange film had been taped over the windows which were filtering an august hue into a seeping gold.

Davon Bryant was commissioned to film the event and arrived with a DSLR and a contagious energy and an artistic eagerness. 

The party was immense. All the performers are pros, world class, and a feeling of gratitude laced the mood of the impromptu party as it rocked across the technical suave of Protect-U’s live set, Andrew Morgan’s obscure RnB remixes and boogie super cuts, and the Swimmer’s playful but gripping expertise.

There were a few unexpected obstacles. Sami and Dawit of 1432 R, the tenants of the house, found that their roommate had stopped paying for the electricity months, a fact only discovered when the power went out that very afternoon, a fact that caused a bit of a panic. And after the power matter was sorted, some crook would fiddle with the thermostat and turn the heat all the way up on the blistering swampy day, leaving the tenants aghast and confused.

Perhaps the most comical failure was that the film that was shot that day would be deemed later as unusable. Although the crowd had gathered in order to be apart of the Boiler Room brand, no moments would be documented, so the party would only lie in the memories and stories of the attendees. I guess shit happens.

Regardless, the music of that day would live on as legend. The sets were prime. The crowd was respectful of the energy they had brought in. That happy day can be looked back on by many as the start of some crucial relationships that would change the course of DC dance music forever. 

This would be true for Davon too. He would meet Andrew Morgan of PPU, Andrew Field-Pickering of Future Times, as well as Dawit Eklund and Sami Y of 1432 R.  Davon’s alluring charisma drew everyone around him closer from jump, he makes every room more fun and more loving, and catching him in the city is always a treat. So he was a natural fit. 

Now, seeing Dreamcast is a warm hug, and his music feels the same. His energy is confident but kind, magnanimous but vulnerable, a friend to all but beholden to none; his sounds echo this aura. The city has been proud to be his home base, for it’s true, it just would not be the same without him. Within the electronic music industry, his identity has begun to fuse to his hometown in a way that only Washington DC can. Determined to do his own thing, his own way, Dreamcast has fortified his skills despite untold challenges, creating romance to relate to. And we love him for it.

As a lifelong denizen of uptown DC, Davon has come a long way from uploading tracks to the abyss of SoundCloud back in 2017. He’s comfortable enough along the dice games between row houses that line some of the neighborhoods uninteresting to tourists as well as the polished courts of all the federal tax maintained buildings, they are everywhere.

He knows his way with a mic as well as knows the city. As a vocalist, producer, songwriter, percussionist, and DJ, Bryant has emphasized his commitment to experimentation with an accessible, easy going mode. His music feels like a gentle and winding drive through velvet deserts in the mellow of a summer night.

House, R&B, boogie, and jazz are rinsed through everything he does and he manages to present his sound with a captivating, delightful stage presence. His show will channel elements of nostalgia, without suffering any fatigue. Inspired by the likes of Uku Kuut, Donny Hathaway, Karen Clark-Sheard, Marvin Gaye, and Duke Ellington, Davon’s vocals cut through the noise. 

His productions have captured the attention not only from fans but also of some talented collaborators. He’s worked with artists and projects including those with Sasac, Max D, Black Rave Culture, ZDBT, and Will DiMaggio. 

From his early beginnings of learning to play the drums in church, his career has taken off. On top of self releasing his projects, he’s published music with People’s Potential Unlimited, Future Times, and most recently announced plans to release his new mixtape on Ghostly International’s free form label, Spectral Sound, later this summer of 2022. 

RU Ready, the first single released from this upcoming project, feels like falling in love under water, straight into the deep end of a chlorine treated pool. Only a confident person can show vulnerability in a beautiful way. It’s the same surreal feeling in the Liquid Deep EP and the Lamont EP, where Bryant waves in and out of a haunting falsetto that expands the narrative of what being vulnerable can even mean, how it can feel. 

The music scene will never overtake the political scene, and perhaps for good reason, since most of us here believe in strong social programs (Washington DC is a Democratic stronghold as far as the polls go). But that can mean that the artists here feel little encouragement from the city or its infrastructure, sometimes none at all, sometimes outright hostility. So, if you want to make music, you have to want it real bad. You can’t be afraid of taking no for an answer, at least from a creative intention. You have to be able to push through the discouragement of an environment unconcerned with the life changing potential of art and music. 

Living in DC means living alongside a heavy police force, a perpetual murmuring of political violence, and a demoralizing wealth disparity. It can be stressful. But Davon’s personality has been molded by this pressure and the life that he leads now features a miraculous character that’s committed to his own heart, with great depth, with a infectious hypnotism, with a fierce loyalty to those that he holds close, and with a love for love and the adventure that comes with it. 

It’s this heroism that guides him as he finds beauty in the struggle and uses soulful narratives to speak of the essence that is living as an artist in the capital of the US. If the old adage, that pressure makes diamonds, is true, then we have only begun to chip the surface of Davon Bryant’s shine.  

Follow Dreamcast on BandcampSoundCloudTwitterFacebookResident AdviserSpotify, or Instagram

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EF56: Uptown Towers Transmission (1432r Mix) by Baronhawk Poitier

EF56: Uptown Towers Transmission (1432r Mix)

Chrissy – Give You XTC (Baronhawk Poitier Remix)
Maxelle – French Connection
Sero – Transmit
Blackploid – Interstellar Space
Voice Shaker – We Suspect
Sentient – Spritzer
Dexter – Space Booty
BFX – Whatchu Need
Boris Divider – Network Society
Basic Shapes – PAC Jam
Cosmic Force – Melancholie Mindtrip
X Men – Professor X
Bass From Da 3rd Floor – JAM
Terminator X – Put Cha Thang Down
DJ Big Red – Jakyobodi
Dukeyman & Technics – Radio
Hideki Naganuma – What About The Future