There are very few DJs that we have more love and respect for than DC’s DJ Lisa Frank. She’s quickly become one of the hottest names in the scene with her penchant for seamless blends of deep house and techno, she heads one of the most innovative and fun parties DC’s seen in awhile with ROAM, and she’s recently stepped in to the production game, blowing us out of the water with only one track. Frank is this month’s guest at BLISS, manning the decks alongside Blisspop’s Will Eastman, and she was nice enough to drop the next installment of the Blisspop Mix Series as a teaser. Check the mix out below and make sure to catch her at Bliss this Saturday!!
When you go crate digging, sometimes you come upon a strange record you’ve never seen or heard before, but after you play it for the first time, you know you’ve come across a well kept secret. Such is the case with the track “Waiting So Long” by Scotland’s Sam Gellaitry.
Sporting a very minimalist production that ranks with producers like Kaytranada and Sweater Beats, “Waiting So Long” is a refreshing edit balanced by hip-hop production and attention paid to stirring, evocative details that pronounce a deep love for both the lounge and DIY coffee house music scenes. The synths here stab with a lightness normally reserved for melodic piano and the beats – which hit with surgical precision – are velvety and almost cascade over the ambient strings and bassline like a waterfall.
You can listen to “Waiting So Long” after the jump and be sure to hit up Sam Gellaitry’s SoundCloud for a download of the track.
One of the biggest breakthroughs this year was BANKS, a Los Angeles singer/songwriter who has built a foundation on electronic infused R&B. So of course it makes sense that two other acts on the rise, Gryffin and Hotel Garuda, would collaborate on the stellar track “Beggin For Thread.”
Their collaboration on this track makes for an interesting fusion of each of their respective strengths: it retains the 90s dance essence that Hotel Garuda delivers so well while capitalizing on Gryffin’s nudisco sensibilities which, when combined, creates an incredibly focused thumper of a track to delicious effect. And with the addition of BANKS’ already sensational, the production here is exquisite and wonderfully complements each other in the most harmonic ways possible.
Check out the remix after the jump and get it while it’s still a free download.
Let’s Play House have started a new label called Room Service, and the debut EP comes courtesy of recent favorite Quell. The Middle Class is a four track ep of no bs deep house perfect for late night raves and basement parties anywhere. “La Sapeur” is a hypnotic groove anchored by revolving synth rises and ticking hi hats. “M.O.G.A.N.I.Z.” has a classic house feel, barely teasing the vocal sample enough to work you into a frenzy. “Spinning The Wheels” chills things slightly for a bouncy set opener, and “Machete” closes the record on a high with a high energy house burner. Listen below and keep an eye out for Quell in the coming months:
This duo based out of Brooklyn has the slow burning soul going strong.
Coming off of Red Bull’s Sound Select label in November, “Side FX” is a progressive head nodding piece of electronic funk that lays the vibes down in thick, slathering portions. The track is driven by a series of synths that punctuate the groove with bewitching and provocative results that call upon similar pieces of spaced out electronica such as Freezepop’s “Less Talk More Rokk” and early work by Shiny Toy Guns. The real star here, however, is the sultry delivery by vocalist denitia. When she croons about the mistakes she makes on the regular with a self-aware angst reminiscent of other songstresses like Fiona Apple et al., it’s heartfelt and believable and confessed with an utmost empathy. It’s as if the words pouring through the soundscape are an apologetic precursor to anything bad that’s bound to happen. And because it’s so vibrant and emotive, this is the kind of song that will have you humming in your car on your commute to work, on your morning jogs, or in the bathroom doing your personal business. This is an earworm that deserves to be heard.
Check out “Side FX” after the jump and be sure to grab your copy of denitia & seine’s EP when it’s released in November.