Anyone who actively uses SoundCloud knows that there is simply too much good music being produced and released every single day to be able to catch it all. And if you’re like me and follow over 1,000 different great artists, forget about it. And don’t even get me started on that “Repost” button…
The purpose of these ‘Blisspop Bonus Tracks’ round-ups is pretty simple: A gathering of all the music that may have slipped through the cracks.
In this first round-up, we’ve got a lot of different kinds of sounds to offer. Highlights include an awesome new one from Finnish duo TJH87 featuring Gamble & Burke, an airy electronic EP from Distant Cousin, and a magnificent number from Sol Rising off his new album ‘Mystical Awakening’. There’s much more goodness than that of course as you’ll find… Enjoy everything below!
So I’ve got to preface my review; going to see Flume on a Wednesday night, at the 9:30 Club, was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. Not only did he kill it, he showed me that a show can be transformed into ways that can overwhelm the mind — aural and visual. Now I’m not going to say I loved every second of it, there were parts of the set I wasn’t totally with, mainly the excessively deep minimal bass that went on for two or three song tangents. But hey, there are a lot of people who love that sound, and he always ended up bringing me back to the reason why I love him: innovative, driving dance music with basslines that will make you melt.
I can’t deny it, I peaked early. He started the show with my favorite track of his, Sleepless, and I jammed as hard as I could. The visuals, the sound, the crowd, it was an absurd mix of sweat, passion and bass. His downtempo electronica is raucous combination of clear vocals, or 90’s soul/hip hop samples, on tripped-out 90 bpm.
His Wikipedia page says he is “an Australian electronic music instrumentalist, producer and DJ” but really his unique productions and his ability to remix make him stand out above the rest. What’s even freakier is that he was born on November 5, 1991, making him 22 years old. He’s so good, he sold out two shows in two nights at 9:30. And he definitely showed DC why.
Let’s get back to the show.
He dropped his version of Lorde’s “Tennis Court” and finished with his remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me” (Which is one helluva catchy song to end on). But for me, his original songs were what really stuck. I hadn’t seen a crowd get into something so chilled out when he played “Insane.” This track just shocks your system, the literal vibrations that resound within your very chest. It’s deep too, the lyrics consist of Moon Holiday telling you that “the only risk is that you’ll go insane.” What’s sanity, anyways?
“Holdin On” which features Freddie Gibbs was awesome as well, the audience was bouncing.
Oh, and the visuals! What an array of images and emotion. I was so taken aback by the story going on behind him, it was really impressive. From canyons filled with lightning striking as the bass drops to colorful lights and an explosion of confetti, there was even a scene of Super Nintendo’s F-Zero being played to one of his songs — that actually made my night.
In conclusion, Flume was great and he’s definitely one to know in the future, although I didn’t understand much when he spoke in the mic…
Cheers, DC, Flume come back soon!
Photos courtesy of Brian CC Photography. Go here for more pictures: http://briancc.prosite.com/222765/3955200/galleries/flume-930
Grenier is having a prolific year, from solo outings and remixes, to his lauded album with NY’s Archie Pelago trio. A few months ago he and Petey Clicks (of Clicks & Whistles,) were featured in a Thump video, and the alluded to a collaborative project. The past few months have seen Petey Clicks writing a fair bit of bassline house for Party Like Us Records, and Grenier has been exploring various tempos, but both have extensive backgrounds in bass focused styles (I highly recommend Grenier’s series of VOID albums). The details of the project have surfaced, their project is named Nevermind, and the depth of material sounds immense, a melting pot of grime, techno, house, and bass.
The first official release is on Trouble & Bass at the end of this month, with at least two more EPs and a mixtape to follow, plus they are touting eight bootlegs to be given away for free. Preview the first EP here:
And grab their first two free offerings here:
Nevermind’s mixtape was also released recently on Thump:
Keep tabs on Nevermind:
Nothing really makes my day like new Sammy Bananas. The New York-based DJ and producer has just dropped a new mix entitled Peach Mix, and we couldn’t ask to a more perfect start to the weekend. Bananas is unparalleled when it comes to funkiness and good times as demonstrated by his ‘Flexin’ Ep,’ which we’re still bumping weekly around DC. His Djing is no different. Seamlessly jumping between house, disco, bass, and everywhere in between, Sammy B. weaves a lush tapestry of summer sounds and irresistible grooves that makes for the new soundtrack to your July. Take a listen below and get down:
DC/LA producer and DJ, Tittsworth, just teamed up with a hip hop dream team for his latest track. “After The Dance” features Q-Tip, Theophilus London & DC vocalist, Alison Carney, for a laid back dance groove perfect for summer nights. The track feels as slick as an old school hip hop track wrapped up in an instantly addicting future funk of washed out synths and shuffling percussion. We’ve had this on repeat all week. It’s also up as a free download so make sure to grab it now: