Get down with the dancer and DJ behind LA’s most incendiary new club night, with a mix from Rail Up resident Kelman Duran.
Rail Up began when Samantha Blake Goodman, AKA Muñeka, wanted to throw herself a birthday party. The LA-based choreographer, dancer and DJ craved the Afro-diasporic bass sounds that she became interested in after living in Puerto Rico and Brazil, so she featured selections that ranged from kuduro and Afro house to baile funk and soca. Her shindig – named after Jigsy King’s “Rail Up” – grew into a regular event in six months’ time. Together with producer Kelman Duran and Adam Cooper, AKA Foreigner, Blake Goodman has cultivated a community of likeminded Los Angelenos seeking Afro-Caribbean musical strains (heard more often on the East Coast, and in productions from local crews like Fade To Mind). She joins Mexican Jihad, Fausto Bahía and Lao in their Mexico City studio to delve into Rail Up’s origins, spin some of the party’s most popular records and discuss the importance of using venues in the less-trafficked areas of Los Angeles. Plus, Kelman Duran provides a mix of low-slung, late-night rippers featuring cuts from N.A.A.F.I’s recently released Pirata 4 compilation.