Todd Howard

Four Play Sessions is a mix series from Chicago’s Four Play Music and featuring the talents of Mr. Andrew Emil & Friends, published each month exclusively for 5 Magazine.

Curated by Andrew Emil, this month’s set is from Kansas City’s Todd Howard:

With a well-honed ear from early influences of experimental sounds such as Plastikman, Aphex Twin and Orbital, Todd Howard draws inspiration from the connection that stems between Detroit and Berlin. His taste constantly shifts, blurring the lines between deep house, minimal tech, tech house and techno. Favorite artists including Nice7, Franck Roger, Tale of Us, Hector, Daypayk, and Rrose and labels such as Leftroom, Life and Death, Items and Things, Visionquest, Suara, and Stroboscopic Artefacts are regulary featured in his sets.

Since joining in 2009, Todd has increasingly become more active. Locally, he has competed as a finalist in the Wakarusa DJ Winter Classic, played Global Dance Festival KC and was named the Pitch’s 2012 Readers Choice #1 Best Club/Party DJ. He has shared the bill with Chris Liebing and Mark Farina, and played regionally at venues in St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis.

Recently, Todd’s focus has been on his monthly residency, jux·ta·pose, at the Uptown Arts Bar in midtown KC. Themed around comparison and contrast, the night brings together a wide range of electronic music and has featured talent from Lance DeSardi, Tyrel Williams, Summer (Brendon Collins), Pat Nice, Demencha Mag, Lotus Camp and Disorder Crew.

You can contact Todd via SoundCloud,, Facebook and MixCloud; for bookings email

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01 – AFFKT – Jakla – Suara
02 – Ray Okpara – Chi This Wonder Up (Rodriguez Jr. Remix) – Mobilee Records
03 – Lance DeSardi – Cut to the Chorus (Dave Aju Remix) – Smoke N’ Mirrors
04 – Audiojack – Night Watch – Gruuv
05 – NiCe7 – Time To Get Physical – Noir Music
06 – Waifs & Strays – Love On Another – Leftroom Limited
07 – Martin Dawson & Jay Shepheard – Kinds Of People – Retrofit
08 – No Regular Play – Endangered Species – Wolf + Lamb Records
09 – Kris Wadsworth – Definition Of – Get Physical Music
10 – Rodriguez Jr. – Palo Alto – Mobilee Records
11 – Kolombo & Demarzo – Darling – Noir Music
12 – Scandal – Just Let Me Dance – Nervous Records
13 – Kyodai – Breaking – Local Talk
14 – AFFKT – Soul Ft. Sutja Gutierrez (NiCe7 Remix) – NM2
15 – Me & My Fellas & Jersey Shore Guidos – For That (Paul D’s Fist Pumping Mix) – Foot & Mouth
16 – aka Hall & Oates – Cant Go For That (Salvatore LoGrasso Re-Rub)