To get you ready for tomorrow’s all local BLISS at U Hall, we’ve got a brand new mix by DC’s Charles Martin. Charles’ all vinyl sets are a real treat, expertly mixed and selected, and this mix follows suit. Have a listen and we’ll see you on the dancefloor tomorrow!
Charles Martin spins at BLISS alongside Jay Simon, Lxsx Frxnk, Mazi and Adam Ross at U Street Music Hall tomorrow (Jan 26). Tickets and info here.
Unknown Artist – Forever Dancing
Simon Baker – Grey Area (Steve Bug Remix)
Sascha Dive – Move On
Leon – Rain in Rio
Shivers – Love Falls
System of Survival – X-pert
Djebali – Djebali 05
Jozif - Benny Benjamin (Djebali Remix)
Shonky – Le Velour (Martinez Brothers Cuttin’ Heads Remix)
Bhoo – Elastik Phone (Alex Arnout Remix)
Shenoda – Moments (Huxley Remix)
Dachshund – Jokari
Blisspop resident Lxsx Frxnk’s latest mix was “created while you were sleeping.”
“Awake,” an hour long journey through nocturnal techno hits the vibe spot on. One can imagine Frxnk toiling away in her lab, her beloved one-eyed cat at her side, while the rest of the city sleeps. The proceedings begin slowly with the warm, beautiful tones of Someone Else’s remix of “Fukushima” before ramping up a bit with Alex Plastic’s take on “Ask Yourself” and its tribal percussion — a sound we often hear tastefully placed in Frxnk’s DJ sets. The mix goes on to navigate a bit of acid, low swung funk and leftfield tech house, all of which find a way to sit together nicely. Nothing feels rushed. Finally, we come full circle with the Shaun Reeves and Tale of Us edit of Rainer’s “8000 Feel Up” — another beautiful, emotive track to gently wake the city from its deep sleep.
You can catch Lxsx Frxnk opening for Catz n Dogz and Rory Phillips at U Street Music Hall this Friday (Jan 11). Tickets and info at: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/190291-catz-n-dogz-washington.
So Inagawa – Fukushima (Someone Else’s Dooby Remix)
Sasha, James Teej – Night Track (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)
Plastikman – Ask Yourself (Alex Plastik Remix)
Andrew Fiorito – Balada Tzigana (Mike Shannon Haunted Mix)
Uner – Lapan To
Edu Imbernon, Los Suruba – Torete
T.W.I.C.E. – Round & Brown
Rainer – 8000 Feet Up (Shaun Reeves & Tale of Us Edit)
Yesterday saw the second release from Baltimore-based label Better on Foot. Wild Autumn Edits, a collection of remixes of indie duo Timbre Woods, features rerubs by Lomez, Andrew Grant, Montauke and Dim Neon Sum. Grab the release on Beatport and preview two of the tracks below.
We had a chance to catch up with Better on Foot label head Lomez about the release as well as what’s next for himself, his Dim Neon Sum project and the label.
Tell us a bit about how the release came about. How did you link up with Timbre Woods? What about the group stood out to you?
Timbre Woods is a project from William Hicks and Brian Fleming. Hicks produces and Brian does vocals and guitar. They’d been working together for at least a year at a very steady pace, one day a week as their schedules permitted. Brian lives in Pennsylvania, so he’d come down to Baltimore and work with Hicks, who happens to be one of my closest friends. I really liked the vibe of the tracks and the songwriting as well, so it was bound to end up in my arrangement window.
And we’re to expect a full length album from them? Will that be on Better on Foot as well?
Yes, they are to release a full length album in 2013 – but not on Better on Foot. One of my ideas behind putting this release out was to bring exposure to the group. Their album is still in the final production stage. They plan to shop the LP to indie labels with better distribution. Knowing that Better on Foot is primarily an underground label for DJs, they were nice enough to let me license the originals for remixes before the album was even finished. It’s sort of a prequel.
After this, what else is in the pipeline for the label? And yourself, both as Lomez and Dim Neon Sum?
The label will be releasing music from more Baltimore artists. Two of our resident DJs, Prab K and A’phreaq, will be included an upcoming sampler this winter. I’m also finishing another project with Phillip Charles for the label.
Lots of Lomez material about to come out on other labels as well. An original on a sampler from Supplement Facts, an EP for System of Survivals label Fventi, a single for Hypercolour with an Alex Jones remix, an EP for Surface with Nitin remixes, a vocal collaboration with DC’s own Symbol for Fresh Meat is one I’m particularly excited about, this is the label run by Nathan Drew Larsen and Mazi. Oh, and a 9 track collection of afterhours themed tracks that I produced for the Seattle-based Viva Recordings is being released in January, after a brief postpone.
Bernard Farley’s (aka Outputmessage) latest release, the Quantum Love EP, is out today on Output Noise Records. Member of Volta Bureau and self-described math nerd, the DC-based producer has put together a five tracks which ruminate over the connection between love and physics.
R&B ballad “Tachyons” is a highlight (named after theorized particles that bend the rules of time). Farley sings of a love that once was and how “nothing’s gonna bring it back” despite his stubborn attempts. The result never appears forced. Instead, the track feels simple and earnest. And pretty damn catchy.
Be sure to catch Outputmessage at U Street Music Hall this Wednesday, October 3rd alongside Aeroplane, Tiger & Woods and DJ Provoke. He’ll be playing a special live set to celebrate the release of the EP.
DC-based electronic trio Volta Bureau will take to the main stage at Black Cat tomorrow night (Fri, Sept 7) for a highly anticipated live performance. There’s a lot of anticipation leading up to this one — their first live set since U Hall in March and Lumen8 Anacostia in April. Definitely expect to hear some new material. Plus, they’ll be joined by locals Protect-U and Redline Graffiti, the former coming off a recent release on Planet Mu.
In the months since their last live performances the Volta Bureau boys have been busy. Earlier this week the group released a brand new remix of Gwenno’s “Ymbelydredd” and make it available for free download. Have a listen and grab it here…
And check out their rework of Mike & Brenda Sutton’s Disco classic, “We’ll Make It,” released last month on Nurvous Records…