D.C. implant Nick Garcia has been a growing blip on our radar after the release of his EP, ‘Stereosoul,’ as well as his recent contribution to the District Summer compilation which dropped earlier this month. When we asked him to be a part of the Blisspop Mix Series, he delivered a sensationally deep mix that treaded into the far reaches of techno and deep house. Here’s what he had to say about his mix:
“When I set out to create this mix, I wanted to showcase lots of unreleased stuff I’ve either been working on or have helped with – I’m always mixing, mastering, or remixing tracks for my friends, so there’s a lot of material sitting around that either isn’t out or is being promo’d. Two of my own unreleased tunes are featured here, a remix of “Let’s Pretend,” a track off my label mate Adam Johan’s EP of the same name, and “Floatnumb,” an experimental house tune I put together for Lifted Contingency. I also started the mix with a little mashup of “Unt6,” by my friend Dumka, and “Gossip,” something I mastered recently for label mates, Shaedes. They went together so perfectly I had to edit them into one track.
In addition to friends, I tried to showcase a lot of what inspires me, including releases from some of my favorite labels including Warp, Eglo, and Numbers. You’ll hear a recently released composition by Aphex Twin float in and out; he’s probably the biggest inspiration to me of anyone making music today. Daniel Avery, Floating Points, Dominik Eulberg, and Pangaea make appearances, as well as the mysterious Deejay Deer and Innervisions heavyweights AME. I also had to put in this edit of “She Can’t Love You,” a classic by Chemise. A bit of the odd tune out, but it’s a funk banger that I’ve been listening to for years.
To close out, “Nylah/Koda,” a tune off my recently released ‘Stereosoul’ EP, was the obvious choice. Thanks to the Blisspop crew for having me and to all the listeners for tuning in.”
You can stream Nick Garcia’s entry in the Blisspop Mix Series below.
1. Dumka, “Unt6″
2. Shaedes, “Gossip”
3. Internet Daughter, “Pass Dat”
4. Dominik Eulberg, “Meerjungfrauenportemonnaie”
5. Chemise, “She Can’t Love You (Kenflow Version)”
6. Adam Johan, “Let’s Pretend (Nick Garcia Remix)”
7. Deejay Deer, “Natural”
8. Aphex Twin, “MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b”
9. Nick Garcia, “Floatnumb”
10. Daniel Avery, “Water Jump”
11. Yonkers Tale, “Seductive”
12. Nick Garcia, “Alone”
13. Pangaea, “Stimulant Dub”
14. Bodhi, “Polysizer”
15. Sunju Hargun & Forrest, “Palace”
16. Floating Points, “ARP3″
17. AME, “Tatischeff”
18. Nick Garcia, “Nylah/Koda”
French Horn Rebellion have completely crushed the nu disco game with a funked out remix of Catey Shaw’s “Human Contact.” Slap bass and upbeat guitar work with retro flavored synths to set the vocals on fire for one of the catchiest tracks we’ve heard yet this year. It’s been steadily climbing the charts, and there’s not much question why.
FHR are also set to headline U Street Music Hall this coming Thursday. Their shows are guaranteed parties, so you definitely don’t want to miss out, especially with Blisspop’s Caleb L’Etoile opening. Check out their mix for Thump below to help get you in the mood and grab tickets HERE
Blisspop’s Philco just dropped a new mix full of heaters for new DC-blog-on-the-rise Deep District. Philco’s one of our favorites and this mix is on point featuring tracks from the likes of Patrick Topping, Bufi, and Sonny Fodera. If you haven’t had a chance to catch him yet, he’ll be holding it down at Little Miss Whiskey’s with Caleb L’Etoile this Sunday and later this month alongside Will Eastman and Eau Claire for Bliss.
This month sees the homecoming of FOLD (Rob Glassett) for his sophomore EP on George Fitzgerald’s ManMakeMusic label. Rob’s 10 years of house production technique balances on his knack for precise sampling and creatively manipulating those samples to find hidden rhythm. That philosophy applies to his “B2 – No Foolin’” and title track “A1 – Mr W00D.” In comparison, both tracks display a strong understanding of how far subtle changes in a mix can work for sample-centric tracks – rich, a warm filter glides across the nylon guitar samples in “No Foolin’” and crunches the vocal loop in “Mr W00D” to its limits, in these particular cases. Though after extensive road testing of these tracks over the past month, I have to say the breadwinner and crowd-pleaser of this record belongs to the B1 slot, “Keif Chugwin” (an homage to UK television personality, Keith Chegwin). The synth stabs are downright gnarly and ripe in delay effects, the kicks drive through your gut like a jackhammer and the ragga sample just kinda catches you by surprise, which is pretty great too. I’ve been playing this one everywhere recently, all with the same reception: “what the hell is this one??”. FOLD’s Mr W00D EP seems to have gone a bit unnoticed, which is a shame as the 12″ is soon to hit stores this month. You should plan on grabbing a copy while it’s still under the radar and firmly locking it in your record bag. These are 3 bombs waiting to go off.
Guest post by Jackson Ryland
Labor Day weekend has finally made it’s way here, putting the official cap on summer days and beach parties and ushering in Fall in all it’s glory. If you’re looking to get down, our crew has you covered with a pretty massive weekend on the horizon!
And if that isn’t good enough, here’s a mix from resident Caleb L’Etoile to get you in the mood for the weekend!