Whether it's for playing out at a club or listening at home, DJs and producers typically have an encyclopedic hoard of music, new and old. In The Last Record, they tell us about the last three songs or albums they've purchased, and why these were important additions to their music collection.
This week, we spoke to Oscar Nñ, a resident DJ of Papi Juice, a rotating party celebrating queer and trans people of color. You can next catch Oscar at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival on May 7th as part of "A Bed-Stuy Function" with artists such as Juliana Huxtable, Tygapaw, and Bearcat of Discwoman, among others. "I'm very very very excited about playing this party," Oscar said. "It's a huge honor to be playing Red Bull Music Festival."
Papi Juice celebrates their four-year anniversary party on Saturday, June 24. "It's really crazy and really exciting," said Oscar. "We have big, big plans for that one."
Indy Flow - "Rebotando"
This track is super important to me because there's been a resurgence of female reggaeton artists. In this song, she's talking about how her butt bounces when she's riding someone. This is so amazing. For me, it's just all about female empowerment and she just gives no fucks. I really like this song for that reason. And the rhymes in general and her flow is really good. I'm really excited to see what she gets up to [in her career].
There's a big controversy in Puerto Rico actually because people were asking how there was a woman singing all of this stuff. But then, in the reverse, you have male reggaeton artists that are so nasty and are allowed to get away with so much shit. But just because it's a woman, she can't talk about how much she's enjoying riding that dick.
quest?onmarc - "WORK THIS"
Quest?onmarc is a New York-based artist and part of the collective Qween Beat. Quest?onmarc is actually one of the most talented all around artists I know. They're an amazing DJ, an amazing producer and an amazing performer. Quest?onmarc played Papi Juice like a year or so ago and that's when we met. It also doesn't hurt that they're the sweetest, kindest soul.
Quest?onmarc DJed and wore this outfit of a neon blonde wig and these platform shoes. They're already a pretty tall person, but then they were taller. They were standing over the CDJs, looking so amazing, and playing all of this great music while vogueing to it at the same time. I was just like, "Ugh. Amazing." You wanna dance to their music and just be in the moment, but you also want to watch them perform because they're so good. It was a full performance. It wasn't just a DJ set.
This song is off their new EP. You can really hear Quest?onmarc's talent and how careful they are with music. Most of my DJ sets will have an edit from Quest?onmarc. That's how amazing I think they are.
I feel like Quest?onmarc's music is just essential to any club environment. It's all very bass heavy. But they've also done a bunch of edits in Baltimore club and regular house genres. Whatever I'm playing, whatever style I'm on, I know there will be a Quest?onmarc edit to fit that mood.
Swisha - "Losing UR Mind (SWISHA's B-More Edit)
I watched the first season of The Get Down. It's not the perfect show, but to watch such a positive story about young people of color and how they started something so big was really inspiring to me. It's funny. It is on Netflix, but I feel like it's a pretty important show, not only for the birth of hip hop. It just talks about the history of the Bronx and how it is such a cultural birthplace of so many movements. I feel like a lot of times, when you think of New York, you think of Manhattan. You think of Brooklyn. You never talk about the Bronx. But the Bronx's history is so important to what makes New York, New York.
I'm from the area, so anything B-more is amazing. I was going through a really rough time this week and I saw this song and just rode the subway, listening to this song on loop. This song has quintessential New York vibes. There's just so much going on in your life and you're always riding the subway and you don't know what's going to happen next or what your next move is going to be. It's all very fast-paced and I feel like it matches the beat of the song and the story that it tells. I feel like people will really really enjoy it in a club setting.
WRACK - "Kamui (Wasted Fates Remix)"
WRACK is a prolific producer based out of Tokyo and Wasted Fates is a papi from the N.A.A.F.I. crew in Mexico City. When I heard this track, I was like, "Oh my God. This song is so good."
I'm just so down for the cultural exchanges happening in this song. It's really evident. You can tell that there's an inspiration from Latin America, but there are other sounds in there that really make you wonder. It's really complex and beautiful.
Jasmine Infiniti x K.Hole_Kardashian - "CANCELL-T"
My friend Maya and I were out the other night and we were just talking. We were having this bad night and were like, "Ugh, tonight is cancelled." And then Maya was like, "You have to heard this song."
It starts with Jasmine listing phrases that have been cancelled. And so she starts to say: fierce, fabulous, slay, yes queen, Brooklyn, Oakland, the gender binary. This song is really great because it's not only hilarious; it's also really brilliant. All of these actually ARE cancelled. The gender binary is very much cancelled. Soccer moms vogueing is very much cancelled.
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