"It's raw, simple, almost primal music that is meant to be the soundtrack to the time of your life."
That's DJ James Nasty talking about Baltimore club music. He's a longtime fan. But for an upcoming gig, he's been researching it and other historic Baltimore sounds more meticulously than he would for his weekly Mustache party at the Ottobar.
The online magazine Gutter asked him and DJ Benny Stixx to come up with a dance party where they'd spin only Baltimore music. The two will finally show off their set lists tonight at the Windup Space at a party where they'll play songs that stretch as far back as the 1940s.
Nasty has been researching his set, which will last from 10 p.m. until midnight, for two weeks. It's still a work in progress. "I will probably still call some audibles once things are under way and I can get a read on the crowd," he said. Stixx will spin from midnight until close.
Nasty said what he's prepared is a journey through Baltimore musical history. He'll play some songs that are 60 years old — for instance, from the Orioles, one of the first R&B groups, and one of the pioneers of doo-wop. And also songs from the 1970s, represented by selections from the label Ru-Jac Records.
Nasty expects to play classic Baltimore house — the production group the Basement Boys, and some of the DJs associated with it, like Spen and Karizma — and Baltimore club's greatest hits.
There will also be local art-pop (Future Islands) and electronic punk and hip-hop (Spank Rock, the Death Set). Blaqstarr and his protege Rye Rye will also be played.
"I hope everyone leaves with more knowledge and appreciation for all the great music being produced in their hometown," he said.
James Nasty and Benny Stixx spin Friday at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $5.