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Baltimore-based vinyl label Araca Recs, which specializes in 7-inch singles of underground club music, recently issued its first platter from a Charm City act, mutant dance duo Little Flowers (following releases from Harlem’s MRC Riddims and Indonesia’s Antzkilla). Their “Home”/”Yeah” 45 was issued on Feb. 1 with a release party at Club K.

In December, City Paper broke the news that Baltimore Club veteran Blaqstarr would be re-recording and remastering his groundbreaking early work with a series of EPs on Mad Decent (“Blaq Is Back,” Dec. 18, 2013). The first volume of The Blaq-Files (2002-06) is now available, with four tracks—including “Feel It in the Air” and “Hands up Thumbs Down”—that have been destroying local dancefloors for over a decade.

This Friday, Feb. 7, the Ottobar will host Katface Baltimore, a party in which James Nasty, Tanner Caldwell, and DJ ADUB spin a variety of house and club music, Moombahton, and meow songs. Note that “Dressing like a Kat is highly encouraged.” Also at the Ottobar on Feb. 13, St. Mary’s-based producer ScottScottScott will perform live mashups (or “blends,” as disc jockeys used to call them once upon a time).

Electro-house trio Savoy (pictured), from Colorado by way of New York, will headline Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 21 in support of their debut album, Self Predator. The group’s Get Lazer’d Tour features a “raging light show” with “the only lasers in the world government-approved to shoot people in the face.”

The next Legacy Baltimore rave event, featuring music from Noisecontrollers, BOTNEK, and more, will be held at the Paradox on March 1. Previous Legacy events have sold out in advance, and presale tickets are available now on ticketfly.com.

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