Steve Jefferson

Began at Blisspop on: October 21 2010

Number of posts: 84

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Outputmessage – Asteroids EP

Posted on February 28 2014 by Steve Jefferson

Outputmessage is DC-based producer Bernard Farley. Bernard is also one third of Volta Bureau, who have reached audiences the world with their blend of house and indie dance styles. Today, Bernard has released his third album,the Asteroids EP which will take each listener to a viewpoint far above the city. The three-track album provides a blend of electro and deep house that is surprisingly light on vocals, something that’s usually common in his music and often influence his live performances.

Intro track “Asteroids” is a great lead in to the album as it resembles defining yourself through new spaces. Aligned with deep bass and glimpses of synths on top, the track builds a calm suspense that chills your body with a crisp entrance to an atmosphere newly born. “Ceres” puts you in a zone where the music moves to the background while the track quietly teases you with eerie suspense of what’s coming next. The flow is all you want and can accept. “Vesta” shares similarities with each of the two previous tracks and introduces a deeper bass rhythm and more synth variety. The first two tracks serve as the perfect lead up to this point. While including calming chimes and consistently stretched bass, it helps bring your mind back up to speed before the record releases you.

Asteroids will definitely take you out of the city for a moment, like you’ve been sucked into a delusional world where time and space become increasingly unfamiliar and you’re left ultimately in their grasps.

Stream the tracks below and prepare for full length release on Output Noise Records on March 25.

Sun Rai

Posted on July 8 2013 by Steve Jefferson

Award-winning jazz-pop musician Rai Thistlehwayte is making a huge comeback under his solo project Sun Rai this year. Originally from Sydney, Rai has lead numerous music groups and collaborations under the roles of pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, all while holding a well-known, reliable songwriter reputation. At the age of five, Rai was already familiar with piano and educated with bass and guitar from his parents who were successful musicians. Rai graduated with a Bachelor of Music in jazz piano in 1998 and has since built his career leading the Australian pop rock band Thirsty Merc, who went platinum with their debut album. As impressive as his track record might read, however, it was his incomparable sound that first caught my attention.

As of the past few years, Rai has been performing solo and recently released his debut EP Pocket Music. At 34 years old, his soothing voice couldn’t be given an age as it naturally complements all four jazz-inspired tracks alongside light snares and paced bass. Rai currently resides in Los Angeles, California, certainly an influence to his track “San Francisco Street” which beautifully kicks off his debut album with soulful pop rhythm.

Rai is currently on tour with Norwegian singer Bernhoft; finishing up on the east coast at the moment and then moving back home out west, while performing at almost every jazz bar in between. Take a look at his upcoming shows and please do yourself a favor and attend one if you’re able to. I stumbled on his live performance for his song “Til The Lights Come On” from back in January and am completely in awe with his talent. Take a listen to his EP and the live video streamed here, and make sure to keep up with Rai after his tour for future updates.

Georgian Waters

Posted on July 3 2013 by Steve Jefferson

When it comes to embedding personal character into one’s musical output, Swedish group Georgian Waters takes the cake. Since early 2011, they’ve been producing wistful dream-pop that seamlessly parallels their personalities. The act’s latest release, the chic single Dead In No Time, pulls you through a documentary-type tunnel vision of youthful nostalgia, conjuring visions of running on the beach with a Super 8 and jamming in bedroom studios.

Georgian Waters – Dead In No Time

Rummaging through their social media feeds, you’ll notice the frequency of inspiration, photos and videos–all of which appear to be a reflection of the band’s consistent progression. Listening through their young and evolving discography, charming guitar riffs drift in and out between shoegaze-braced vocals that seem to speak of the group’s tragedies and triumphs throughout the years.

Georgian Waters provokes a proper collective of friendliness, youth, and happiness in their work, which seems obvious given the dominance of their personal lives over any other sort of external influence. It’s relieving to see bands still producing with such an organic quality after releasing multiple albums and having become familiar with the corporate side of the industry.

Georgian Waters – What Is In Your Heart


Posted on June 20 2013 by Steve Jefferson

Toronto-based producer Meesha has  undoubtedly been building his well-rounded reputation in electronic music since his debut in Fall 2012. Primarily releasing a mixture of downtempo house, Meesha brings soul samples, deep bass, and future garage aesthetics into his work.

Meesha’s debut EP “Solar” was just released earlier this year and delivered some outstanding tracks – most notably “Miss You” and “Summer Love”.

Meesha – Solar EP

Along with the EP, Meesha has a diverse collection of singles that usually sprout up online by surprise – 2 in the past month to say the least. Keep up with Meesha on his Soundcloud for new releases and upcoming news.

Meesha – Island Bike Ride

Lane 8 – Summer Mixtape

Posted on June 19 2013 by Steve Jefferson

Lane 8 is Daniel Goldstein, a self-starter musician who, for the past year, has been determined to escalate the local electronic music scene just as much as his daily commute up the hills of San Francisco. Starting in 2012, Lane 8 has been Daniel’s medium for electronic dance and house music. He’s been producing, releasing and performing sans label and has built quite a respectful crowd for his accomplishments thus far.

Lane 8’s debut EP “We Won’t Know” was released in late 2012 and continues to receive strong recognition. Prior to the release, numerous singles were completed that sampled the works of Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers and other soulful classics. As of today, Lane 8 has released over a dozen tracks, along with remixes for known artists Brandy and Fenech Soler.

Currently, Lane 8 has plans to continue his highly anticipated monthly releases and is booked to perform them across the states throughout summer. Take his latest single “Be Mine” to get you up to speed on his well-renowned potential, as well as a glimpse of his personal taste in his new summer mixtape, all streamed below.

Lane 8 – Be Mine

Lane 8 – Summer 2013 Mixtape