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DJ Hvnlee brings heaven on Earth to Philly

DJ Hvnlee | photo by James Johnson Jr. | courtesy of the artist

Earlier this summer, while attending the REVOLT Summit New York, I got a chance to watch media personality Charlamagne Tha God interview District 18 CEO Brooklyn Johnny. During the interview, they said that people will respect an artist’s hustle even if they don’t respect their music…and I agree. Music is subjective, but there’s something about being able to witness hard work and dedication pay off for an artist.

There are many people in the city of a Philadelphia, myself included, who have been fortunate of enough to watch the growth of DJ Hvnlee, who continues to gain the respect and attention from her city. Since her early days spinning at Maxi’s bar on Temple University campus, the North Philly native has made a name for herself on the turntables and her music selection DJ’ing at different venues across the city like The Saint, Dolphin Tavern, the TLA and many more. The genuine love she has received from her city has kept Hvnlee going hard over the past six years.

As she prepares to rock out at another Philly hometown hero Dayne Jordan’s annual No Place Like Home concert, I was able to sit down with her to talk about her journey, the struggles of a woman in the male-dominated DJ industry, and how that caused her to create her own event, Honey. Continue reading →

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Listen to a Matthew Law remix of Fhloston Paradigm’s “…GLOW” ft. Jacqueline Constance

King Britt | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

King Britt doesn’t rest for a minute. The Philly DJ and composer’s experimental ambient Fhloston Paradigm project released its latest album AFTER… earlier this year, and instead of waiting a while to ruminate over new music, King Britt’s releasing an entire new companion project in the form of throwback-style remixes.

The first remix rolled out a few months ago, following AFTER…‘s release. Now, King Britt and company are back with a Matthew Law remix of album track “…GLOW,” which features Jacqueline Constance. The remix gives an electro spin to the original with the addition of DJ Law’s signature grooves. The seven-minute track is vibey and atmospheric, filled with sonic layers — it’s versatile enough that you can keep it low for some soothing background tunes or crank it way up and dance your heart out. The full remix EP will also feature a version of the song by Philly beatmaker, soundscaper and contributing writer for The Key, John Morrison. Continue reading →

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Get ready to party with Matthew Law as he levels up Friends and Fam

Matthew Law
Matthew Law | Photo by Meredith Edlow for WXPN

West Philly native Matthew Law caught the scratching bug early in his teens and has been infected with beats ever since. He cut his teeth at The Gathering, the longest running hip-hop event in Philly, and went on to man the wheels of steel opening for the likes of Kendrick Lamar and The Roots in the states and overseas. He’s also shared the stage with legends King Britt and Rich Medina.  Law has launched several popular dance parties too: Superdope, his first and now Friends and Fam, a monthly party at Kung Fu Necktie not to be missed. Continue reading →