French Express deep house heavyweight, Isaac Tichauer is back with his newest batch of original material in months. The Changes/Questions EP features the excellent “Changes” (which we previously featured here) and one new track called “Questions.” “Questions” takes a more laid back approach to Tichauer’s sound, building a slow and spacey groove underneath a spoken word sample. It’s driven by a massive low end, mechanical hi hat pattern, and spacey synth work. Take a listen below and grab them both for free for a limited time:
Leon Vynehall’s Music For The Uninvited is easily one of our most played records so far this year. It’s a stunning collection of tracks ranging from jazzy house grooves to gorgeous instrumentals. “Inside The Deku Tree” opens the record with a jazzy string driven groove. It’s a great opening track but stops there usually because the lack of a beat. French producer Athori fixes that though by making turning in a simple and incredibly effective remix of the track, building it up with a 4/4 dance groove and funky bass line. It takes what was a really nice headphone track before and gives it just enough pep to get the floor moving. Take a listen below and make sure to check out Athori’s other remixes while you’re at it!
Blisspop is pleased to announce that this coming Wednesday, we’re teaming up with the NeedlExchange and U Street Music Hall to present one of our recent favorites, Lane 8. In case your unfamiliar, Lane 8 is a DJ and producer who has been making waves with a series of instantly memorable singles for Anjunadeep. He straddles the line between deep house and indie dance, and has a penchant for well-crafted melodic soundscapes and gorgeous atmospherics. Take a listen below and grab your tickets now for next Wednesday’s show!
French future funk upstart, Kartell, just dropped his take on Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” The track sports the trademark sound that has grown to define Roche Musique’s roster, and makes for a super funky and vibed out rework. Lush synth swells and a staggered feeling 4/4 support Snoop’s vocals resulting in space age r&b jam with heavy disco tendencies. Check it out below:
Jamie XX has dropped another stunning record titled “Girl” and we’ve had it on repeat since. Jamie XX will be headlining at the Union BBQ in June which makes this even more sweet!
“Girl” begins with a man clearly trying to seduce a woman with the words, “you are the most beautiful girl in Hackney, you know?” in a strong London rude boy accent. This cues an exploding bass-heavy beat, sonic keys and deliberate, yet light, drums. It is a brilliant start. The vocals come up slowly and get louder singing: “I want you back,” sounding distorted and spooky. The track is spacious, with every part given room to breathe, lulling the listener with its intensity, before abruptly beginning again, this time with more power and energy. With similarities to Burial or The Cinematic Orchestra in its down tempo cerebral sound and dream-like nature, Jamie XX has certainly stepped up with this track. It is a more subtle affair than his previous singles and feels like a dance track that expects you to sit and listen rather than get up and move.
“Girl” joins the heavier sounding single “Sleep Sound,” which did the rounds about a month ago. The two tracks mark his first solo release since 2011′s Far Nearer and We’re New Here. “Sleep Sound” is as much of an audio delight as “Girl,” in its electronically trippy sound, but is made much more for the dance floor. Jamie XX seems to be brilliant at creating tracks that push things forward and yet sound more and more like his contemporaries such as Massive Attack. This feels like a musical baton of sorts, like how Massive Attack came up via the Bristol soundsystem club scene and into the mainstream with Blue Lines, I feel this is the beginning for Jamie XX as he moves from being the cool beat-making Producer into a respected popular artist, and free from the XX ‘band’ tag.
“Girl” and “Sleep Sound” will be released on the 5th of May via Young Turks.