Federico Aubele - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Back in the dim wooden floored room. Smoky amber light. Heavy red drapes cover the walls. The old mirror that's reflected your thousand faces throughout the years, captures your image once again, sitting on the sofa. The deep sound of the bass crawls slowly on the floor, passes between your feet. The soft notes of the guitar and vocals floating on top of it, like black velvet butterflies. Like Absinth.
Patiently crafted over 2 years in his Brooklyn studio, the most recent Federico Aubele Album, 5, takes you to that room. And you don't want to leave. You want to dive into that narcotic sway and remain there. Aubele works alone, like a fisherman waiting for the tide, painstakingly, making sure every sound marries the other elements on the track.
Aubele's hunting signature sound, with its precise beats, scattered bandoneon samples, nylon string guitar, dark atmospherics and male and female vocal contrast give space this time also to several cinematic tripped out tango infused instrumentals. "I always loved instrumental music. From Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother, to Piazzolla's album Pulsacion, to Baden Powell's Afro Sambas to Boards of Canada. It grabs you in a different way than if you have vocals. When there's no lyrics, a barrier lifts up and the music connects direct with other areas of your subconscious, often with emotions that are hard to put in words".
DJ Christine Moritz
Since making her club debut at the Buzz event at Nation in 2001, Christine Moritz has been intriguing clubgoers in Washington, D.C. and beyond with her sound, which ranges from haunting, cinematic downtempo to upbeat, funk-influenced tunes.
Her November 2002 warm-up set for Thievery Corporation at the 9:30 Club caught the ear of Thievery's Eric Hilton, leading to a highly coveted residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge. In January 2009 she reprised this role, doing DJ sets before all five of Thievery Corporation's sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club.
In addition to DJing regularly at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Christine DJs frequently at the 9:30 Club, D.C.'s preeminent venue for live bands, where she has played both in the DJ booth and on the stage.
Christine has played with such artists as Zero 7, Massive Attack, UNKLE, Koop, Little Dragon, Jazzanova, Rainer Trüby, Kraak & Smaak, Daz-I-Kue, Underworld, the Orb, Gotan Project, Groove Armada, Four Tet, Bajofondo (formerly Bajofondo Tango Club), Belleruche, and King Britt. In August 2006, she performed at the UK's highly regarded Big Chill Festival, a three-day outdoor event with 30,000 attendees. In March 2007, she DJ'd in Bristol, England at the invitation of Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja. Christine has also graced the decks in London, Edinburgh, Prague, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Baltimore as well as at numerous D.C.-area venues.
A seasoned radio DJ, Christine is the host of the acclaimed show "Variety Is the Spice of Life." Airing weekly from 1998 to 2006 on the University of Maryland's WMUC (88.1 FM and online), its strong, diverse selection and informed commentary drew a devoted base of listeners and made it the station's most-downloaded program. Starting in January 2006, the show moved to the varietyisthespice.com website and was also mirrored on the noted downtempo site Properly Chilled. From mid-2007 to mid-2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" aired on the UK-based Purple Radio online station. In February 2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" returned to WMUC.
Christine has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper (see this website's press section), and was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association Award) in the Electronica DJ category in 2003 and 2005.
Also a talented music journalist, Christine has written for the downtempo magazine RE:UP, the Ubiquity Records website, and the now-defunct D.C.-based dance music magazine Innerloop. For selected articles, check out this website's music journalism section.
ith her sound, which ranges from haunting, cinematic downtempo to upbeat, funk-influenced tunes.