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Hot Picks: BLU 9 Unveils a List of Hidden Gems

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Launched last year by Sydney Blu and Rebe- kah, 23by23 is an initiative that aims to en- courage labels to increase the proportion of female artists on their roster. Part of that initiative was setting up a number of remix competitions with various respected labels, the latest of which sees Joyce Muniz feat. Demetrius back on Poker Flat with new versions of her 2020 single What’s Your Name, from SWAH, BLU 9 and Esther Benoit.

BLU 9 is a Chicago born and raised DJ and producer operating within the ranks of the underground house and techno scene with releases on labels like Farris Wheel, Natura Viva and Opium. Her remix for Joyce & Demetrius is a raw, pummelling techno thumper best suited for heads-down basement raves.

In celebration of her latest release, we asked BLU 9 to be the next artist to supply us with another insightful Hot Picks feature:

Joyce Muniz - What’s Your Name (Blu 9 Remix) [Poker Flat Recordings]

This was my favorite remix I have done to date. I loved and obsessed with the original, so to be able to remix it, I am couldn’t be happier.

Gallya - Look Around [Set About South]

Gallya is a favorite artist of mine. I love her tech productions and for her to switch over to tech from techno, I am loving the direction she is headed. Amazing artist.

Blu 9 - Azzurri [Phobiq Recordings]

Dark and moody. This track has emotions tied to it. I remember creating this and was all playing around with a slew of quirky sounds. A break style undertone and typically will open my sets with this track.

Marcal - Bionic Jungle [Enemy Records]

Marcal is one of my favorite artists that I love to play. Bionic Jungle keeps with the drummy hypnotic techno style intense groove, intelligent rhythms, complex patterns and hypnotic sound that I typically play in my sets.

Olga (GR) - The Seeker [Phobiq Recordings]

This track is a staple in a lot of my techno sets. Label mate and friend, Olga is definitely one of Greeces underrated producers and dj’s. So good.

Lana Del Ray - Doin Time (Patrice Bäumel Remix)

I definitely have a soft spot for breakbeat tracks. I found this track by chance during one of my dive into the rabbit hole music searches. It's a track that gives me goosebumps every time I hear it and play it. Numbed my senses down is an understatement to this track

Neither Nor - Else [Jeton Records]

This track has been a definite favorite lately. The vocal that comes in always gets me and it's a perfect driving techno track with that underground sound.

Obseth - Liquid State

Another hypnotic techno track with complex drum patterns. I am a huge fan of Obseth and this track is a journey which keeps your attention as to where it will go next.

Prism - Adonis Rivera

Definite groove of a track and always have a track by Adonis somewhere in my sets. Always love his productions.

Blu 9 - A Girl From Chicago- Blu 9 [Blok Records]

This track holds a special place in my heart for me. It infuses the techno sound I am currently producing as well going back and paying homage to my home, Chicago. Interjecting the "House Music" lyrics with the chicago style chords while keeping the hypnotic techno sound. No matter where I go, Chicago will always be my home.


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