The past five years of Baltimore club music have seen encouraging blips of mainstream interest as well as extended moments in which the entire local scene felt touch and go. The result, it would seem, of a still figuring itself out era for club confounded by the hipster bubble and daunted by the reality of picking up the pieces in the wake of K-Swift's death. Included here are the ten most significant releases from this half-decade, touching on moments when club the seeds for club music in its most recent not-ready-for-primetime mutation were planted.
Various Artists, My Crew Be Unruly 2 (2009) A canny compilation connected to the second installment of the legendarily inclusive club party My Crew Be Unruly features contributions from Brooklyn and Philly producers next to dependable Baltimore club heroes, predicting club's pan-regional creative renaissance. Features Say Wut's Auto-Tune slice and dice, "Go Off Wit It"
James Nasty, The Truth About James Nasty (2011) A top-shelf mix that has the balls to almost exclusively focus on Nasty's own wily productions, which move from '90s-style simplicity to frantic post-Blaqstarr noisemaking. Ends with a heartening club refix of The Temptations' "My Girl" that might could bring a tear to your bleary eye.