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Tittsworth Twelve Steps

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Hailing from DC but aesthetically linked to Baltimore, DJ/producer Jesse Tittsworth makes tracks that don’t always uphold the grand tradition of that neighboring city’s venerated club scene. His debut LP here is an unabashed party record that relies too heavily on humor and guest appearances to hide a dearth of inventive beatmaking. A handful of winning tracks (“911” and “Tear the Club Up 2008”) offer clattering percussion for a propulsive, high-energy sound, and “4.21” manages a fair Justice impression, but elsewhere things go downhill fast: Baltimore shout-out “B-Rockin’,” is sadly just a watered-down retooling of Daft Punk’s “Teachers.”