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Listen to Steve Starks’ Trappy Stomp ‘Make U Sweat’

D.C.-native moves to L.A. and visits the club on the way

Bass-loving dance producer Steve Starks is a musician whose beats are practically designed for mean-mugging in the club. An ex-pat of D.C.’s Nouveau Riche house collective, the DJ recently moved to Los Angeles and has continued to blur coastal flavors along the way. With releases on underground crossover labels Fool’s Gold and T&A Records, Starks thrives when fine-tuning overblown sounds; he mixes the worlds of rap and rave, local bass flavors with EDM, and flips trending festival sounds into simply structured but menacing dance-floor stunters. And he’s done it again.

Serving as a follow-up sister-single to his smoky club saunter “What U Got” that came out on Fool’s Gold last summer, “Make U Sweat” visits another kind of bottle-poppin’, club-hoppin’ energy altogether. While distorted synths make appearances in both, Starks’ latest romp sends listeners from seedy, booty-bouncing after-hours dives and into the streets looking for trouble.