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High Times Interviews Mustafa Akbar


Photo by Josh Brick

Mustafa Akbar came up in the Eighteenth Street Lounge scene in Washington, D.C. in the mid ‘90s. “The Lounge,” as he calls it, is actually one of Teddy Roosevelt’s old mansions. Perched upon DC’s 18th Street abreast of iconic Dupont Circle, the multi-level enclave became Thievery Corporation’s stomping grounds and home to ESL Music, an incubator of DC funk and soul infused electronica and global force in downtempo music.

It was 2001 when ESL artists Thunderball debuted Akbar signing on their album Scorpio Rising. The album released on September 11th, 2001– imagine how bittersweet, yet somewhat fitting for a D.C. label whose output includes poignant political anthems like “Amerimacka” and “The Richest Man in Babylon.” Notwithstanding, Akbar’s debut on ESL set the stage for features on numerous recordings, collaborating with artists, producers and record labels the world over, including numerous appearances on Kraak and Smaak’s Jalapeno Records. He’s since formed his own group, Nappy Riddem, a conscious reggae band supported by Fort Knox Five’s record label Fort Knox Recordings, who’ve logged yearly performances for DC’s National Cannabis Festival. And today, Akbar has a new single out, “Trust,” debuting on Brooklyn indie music imprint SpinSpinNYC…”

Read more via High Times: http://hightimes.com/culture/music/nappy-riddems-mustafa-akbar-is-d-c-musics-greatest-voice/

Nutritious Explores Jazz & Funk in EP02 of his Magnetic Magazine Mix Series

“Nutritious is back with a new mix this month as part of our exclusive mix series with the talented producer, and this time he traverses the worlds of Blood Orange, Bonobo, Todd Terje, DJ Shadow, and more…” via Magnetic Magazine

Beca – Flying (Nutritious Mix)

Washington D.C. | Nutritious Returns to Eighteenth Street Lounge 6.20.15


Nutritious returns to the legendary Eighteenth Street Lounge, a restored mansion that was once the home of Teddy Roosevelt and the current headquarters of Thievery Corporation, in D.C. for an evening of revelry. He’s headlining the Gold Room.

Saturday, June 20th

10pm til 2am
RSVP to party(at)spinspinnyc(dot)com
Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL)
1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Listen: Nickodemus – WONDERWORLD: 10 Years Of Painting Outside The Lines Mix

Nutritious Returns to Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday, April 4th | Washington D.C.

Nutritious returns to the legendary Eighteenth Street Lounge for another evening in the Main Room.



Death By Electro Interviews Nutritious and Mark Farina at Monday Social in L.A. 2.04.13


“As we walked into Playhouse nightclub, we had no idea what to expect; we’d been to playhouse plenty of times before, but only for electro, dubstep, and big-room house nights. Old School house legend Mark Farina would be spinning, supported by DJ Nutritious. Famous for perfecting his “Mushroom Jazz” sound, we had no doubt that Farina would drop an amazing set. This was our first time seeing a deep house show at Playhouse, and it was uncertain how the crowd would react to the deep, soulful sound that has previously been shunned by many upscale nightclubs. What we saw was mind-blowing; every single person in the venue was dancing, and there was an ineffable, uplifting positive energy.

The event drew a different crowd than we expected; it was very clear that everyone in the room had come because they love the deep house sound, and not just because they wanted to “go clubbing” (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Normally Playhouse features very extravagent stage and crowd lighting effects, but for this night they decided to keep it on the simple side, mirroring the vibe of the early chicago house club culture; it turned out to be really cool because it forced the crowd to pay attention to only the music and really get grooving.

Neither DJ used a laptop, something that’s becoming increasingly rare these days. And it was very easy to tell that both artists really knew what they were doing. DJ Nutritious got everybody on the dance floor, and nobody could have played a better show to lead into Farina’s sound. He started by laying down the groove with some funk and disco house tunes, setting the perfect foundation for Farina to take the stage. He turned out to be a really cool guy, and was happy to give us an interview right after his set.”

Read the rest HERE: http://www.deathbyelectro.com/2013/02/mark-farina-playhouse-hollywood-02-04-13/