The Blisspop mix series is back for its second installment and this time we have Blisspop captain and resident, Will Eastman, manning the decks, ahead of this Saturday’s massive Bliss, featuring Dusky and Midland at U Street Music Hall. Here’s the DJ’s take on the mix:
Years ago, I made a crate for “Last song of the night” tracks to use to close out my sets. As time passed, this genre tag has become the playlist I go back to over and over again to listen to on my iPod. The songs I tag as LSOTN are my favorite tracks, perfect for a 4 a.m. vibe; perfect for going out into the streets in bliss after a great night out. I’ve had the idea to do a mix series called “4 a.m. Eternal”, riffing off KLF, for years and now that I finally tried it I’m really happy with the results. These are my favorite tracks, perfect for an after hours set whether you’re raging or chillin.
It’s been a minute since we last featured London-based techno producer Joe Ashworth, and since then he’s released a series of killer EPs, a collaboration with Citizen, and a killer remix of Ghostpoet’s “Meltdown.” Last week he caught our ear again with a twist on a classic Nina Simone track “See Line Woman.” The track is fairly scarce, accompanying Simone’s voice with a relentless drum groove and deep sub bass twists, until it fades into a light melodic outro, filtering the vocals in and out over a soft piano progression. It has deep primal groove to it that makes it hard not to shake to. For now, it’s just up for stream, but hopefully it will see release of some sort soon. Check it out below:
Planet E’s founder Carl Craig works as the architect for the restructuring of Audiofly’s ‘Excuse my Wildness’, debuted last week on Mixmag, Craig, a strict machine, assembles a moody sequence of ominous tautness, decentered atmospherics, and a progressive build. The track opens with icy synth stabs, and around the 2:50 mark, minimal kit percussion joins the 4 on the floor kick drum. Shakers and claps round off the rhythmic layers at 5 minutes.
The only narrative comes in at 6:30: “Hey, you. What’s your plan for tonight?” Forward and to the point, there’s enough information for intentions to be known. It lacks romance but remains nonetheless libidinously charged, and I would know as part of my review was conducted with a bottle and a half of pinot noir, seriously negotiating the logistics of visiting another country to ask someone what her ‘plans’ were for the rest of the evening after hearing a DJ we’re both into. Yes, the wildness, please excuse it.
DC-based techno producer Pentamon has released a new track entitled “Virgil.” The Pentamon ethos, summed up as “the weirder and darker the better,” is taken pretty seriously with “Virgil,” which was inspired by Virgil’s perspective in Dante’s Inferno. Using the nine circles of hell as its theme, the track descends through multiple layers, each one more twisted than the last. From start to finish, “Virgil” straddles the best attributes of techno and acid: While building with the pummeling pulse of techno, “Virgil” shifts through the figurative cries of tormented souls, and tapers off with buzzing and infectious acid sequences.
Grab a free download of “Virgil” below:
Saturday, January 25, we give BLISS a proper introduction to 2014 with Blisspop Crew Night. Featuring the diverse tastes of residents Will Eastman, Baronhawk, Ozker, Harry Ransom, Caleb L’Etoile and Brian Billion, the party kicks off what is sure to be an expertly curated year of BLISS.
Blisspop Crew Night is free before midnight for 21+. Ages 18-20 by advance ticket only. Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1fuzQjl