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Too Funk Tuesday #25

Posted on September 1 2015 by Shawn G
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In Bliss, there is Too Funk Tuesday. This week’s selections are premium dance tracks with ultimate grooviness and funk that could last a lifetime (or at least until next #TFT). Enjoy!

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love (Blaklyte & ALMOND Remix)

A fun, energetic mix to a beautiful indie track, ALMOND does a tremendous job in adding some much needed oomph for dancefloors around the world. This song has an uplifting, summertime vibe that is sure to rock anything from a pool party to the mid-to-late night set.

 

Aeroplane – Page One is Love EP

Reminiscent of early 90′s dance tracks, the two original productions on this EP are super sexy, highly danceable and a lock to get the crowd going. “Page One is Love” hits deep grooves with its piano chords and kicking bass, while “Dancing With Each Other” has a galactic synths that are the truth. Must listen!

 

Tobtok – Shelter ft. Alex Mills

Made for the hot and sunny, this song is perfect for a summer outro and a muggy September. Deep, engaging and innovative, Tobtok takes his Swedish innovation to next levels with lovely vocals from Alex Mills. A dance track with serious pop crossover appeal, this is nearly impossible to not jam out to!

 

Midnight City – Sexy Lady

Touching up Modjo’s infamous “Lady,” Midnight City gives this track a kick that makes it worthy of a revisit in any set. Not the biggest fan of progressive house, but this track moves beyond the plain and regular by keeping this a head-shaking, 90′s Le Click-esque monster.

 

MIX OF THE WEEK: The Magician - Magic Tape 54

This guy is a God among men. Enough said, 54 is FIRE.

TICKET GIVEAWAY | REV 909: Daft Punk / French House Tribute w/ Will Eastman & Ozker at 9:30 Club, 8/7

Posted on August 4 2015 by Zach
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Who likes to “Get Lucky”? Terrible pun aside, we want to make you a lucky son-of-a-gun and give you free tickets to this month’s REV 909 party! For those of you unfamiliar with REV 909, it’s a party hosted by D.C. dance music legends Will Eastman and Ozker that celebrates the sounds of French electronica and classic indie dance while slaying the house with crowd pleasing drops and grin inducing surprises. Yeah – it’s that kind of party. After countless sold out shows at U Street Music Hall, high demand for a bigger venue, and a need to feed the vibes for more people, this will be the first REV 909 show at the 9:30 Club.

Needless to say, this is the place to be on Friday night. And that’s why we want to give you the chance to be there. All you have to do is the following:

  1. ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page.
  2. Send an e-mail to Blisspop@gmail.com with the subject header ‘Rev 909′ with your name and a clever caption for this dorky photo of Will Eastman:

The winner will be announced on Thursday afternoon. Good luck and don’t forget to #DanceInsanely.

Duke Dumont, “Ocean Drive”

Posted on August 3 2015 by Zach
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There’s something special about 80′s synthpop; call it nostalgia or a fondness for a special moment in music. Duke Dumont, who is arguably the biggest name in house music at the moment, has a penchant for paying respect to the sonics of highly regarded moments in dance music oftentimes going downright cinematic in order to hit us in the feels. The producer, hot off the news of a pre-release on his label, Blasé Boys Club, just put out an infectiously bumping ode to the synthpop era late last week titled “Ocean Drive.”

It’s a track that brings to mind the feeling of driving through the neon lit streets of a beach ridden paradise with the top down while sporting fine linen. It’s a track that reminds us that sometimes the best feelings in the world are a song away: put on a record and ease the pain as if it actually melts away. “Ocean Drive” harkens to a time in the discotheque where people weren’t so focused on Snapchatting the DJ, but instead just wanted a therapeutic cleansing of the spirit under a disco ball in a hot, hazy, dimly lit room. And as legendary house vocalist Robert Owens gives us the melancholic reminder that “We’re out of time on the highway to never,” the idea that time can stand still with the right soundtrack becomes even more relevant. This is the final shot, the penultimate kiss between the leads that makes us warm, fuzzy, and leaves us smiling.

Once again, Duke Dumont proves that with the right inspiration, a producer can spin out solid gold. It’s definitely more on the pop end of the house music spectrum, but damn – it feels so fucking good. Stream it below and download it immediately via all digital retailers.

LEGENDS | Moullinex

Posted on July 22 2015 by Zach
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Luis Clara Gomes is arguably the most influential man in indie dance. More commonly known by his stage name, Moullinex, the Portugese DJ/producer initially rose to prominence in 2010 at the height of the independent dance scene’s inception which was firmly rooted in the traditions of new wave, dance punk, and disco. Gomes quickly moved in as a unique voice in the indie dance movement with an unrelenting release schedule which bequeathed countless jams to dance music fans that ranged from remixes of popular artists to Italo-disco/house inspired originals. Moullinex also helped assemble the eclectic Discotexas label in 2007 which has housed many of nudisco’s champion artists such as Xinobi, Justin Faust, and Zimmer to name a few. He’s also an artist on Gomma where he shares a house with artists like WhoMadeWho and Munk.

With his influence in mind, here are some of the tracks that have helped shape his career thus far; tracks that have made Moullinex one of the LEGENDS.

1. Two Door Cinema Club, “I Can Talk (Moullinex Remix).” Kitsuné, 2009. 

A danceable track in its own right, “I Can Talk” by Two Door Cinema Club was retrofit with a light dusting of acid house and Italo-disco in this clever edit by Gomes. What resulted is a remix that shares a quality with tracks like Daft Punk’s “Around the World”: a focus on classic sounds that are retro, but never went out to pasture or lost their sense of danceability. Released in late 2009 on Kitsuné, this remix is a reminder of the humble beginnings and DIY approach to indie dance which made it such a fun alternative to much of the big room, progressive EDM that was beginning to overtake the dance music community at the time.

2. Moullinex, “Superman.” Gomma Records, 2010. 

A title like “Superman” leaves much to be desired: strength; power; and timelessness. Moullinex delivered that in spades on this release from the summer of 2010 which came out on the indie dance master label Gomma Records based in Munich. Many of Gomes’ influences litter the track ranging from Giorgio Moroder’s driving synth patterns to Daft Punk’s robotic, auto-tuned vocals. With comparisons to other contemporaries such as Kavinsky or Justice, this was one of the tracks that made it cool to blast balearic, electro-funk at 2 AM on highway again.

3. Moullinex ft. Peaches, “Maniac.” Gomma Records/Casablanca, 2012.

Casablanca Records has housed some of the most iconic 80′s disco and new wave anthems in music history. Gomma Records was approached with reworking tracks from the Casablanca catalog a few years back wherein Moullinex was drafted in to cover Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” from the movie Flashdance. With Peaches on vocals, this cover has all of the elements that stamp a Moullinex production including a rich bassline, breezy synth patterns, and a reliable, signature four-on-the-floor rhythm that drives the infectious beat into the very marrow of your feet. Many of the sonic qualities of this cover would later be found in the works of artists like RAC and Penguin Prison as they began to become more popular on the dance music blogosphere in the coming years.

4. Röyksopp & Robyn, “Do It Again (Moullinex Remix).” Dog Triumph, 2014. 

When “Do It Again” initially came out, it became a darling track in the dance music community as it celebrated a bygone era that had gone overlooked with the resurgence of deep house and classic sounds from Chicago. But, in many ways, it was a winking, “in the know” nod to the popularity of classic techno that has become more popular in the past few months. With such a rich backdrop to draw from, Moullinex’s remix of “Do It Again” is a monster: a rare insight as to what Gomes is capable of if you let him off his figurative leash and ask him to go nuts. Featuring an edgier, darker balearic edge not commonly seen in his work, Moullinex flipped “Do It Again” into a massive, atmospheric, delightful trip into the canyon showing that old dogs are always capable of new tricks.

5. Moullinex, “Take a Chance.” Discotexas, 2015.

This year saw the release of Gomes’ second full-length LP. The album, Elsewhere, was released on the Discotexas label and had “Take a Chance” as the lead single. This track saw his career go full circle from his beginnings remixing popular alternative rock acts like Cut Copy and Two Door Cinema Club and focusing on the disco and new wave artists which inspired him in the first place to the varied, electronic sensibilities he obtained through growing as an artist. Culminating in a percussive, Afro-beat twist that borders on tropical, “Take a Chance” is Gomes’ love letter to the people who have followed him and cherished his music thus far, oozing positivity, flirty guitar licks, and out of this world pads along the way. It’s psychedelic, it’s rock and roll, it’s groovy, and it’s disco. And it shows that even as he’s evolved from the cloth of indie dance, he hasn’t lost his touch.

For more on Moullinex, be sure to visit his Facebook and SoundCloud pages. Also, Moullinex will be performing at the Black Cat in D.C. with Cut Copy’s Ben Browning on July 29. Set to be a phenomenal show in an intimate venue, make sure you save the date.

IN THE MIX: The Black Madonna, “The Bunker Podcast No. 99″

Posted on July 16 2015 by Zach
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Anyone who’s anyone in underground dance music has heard of Marea Stamper otherwise known to mere mortals as The Black Madonna. Over the past few years, this Chicago based DJ/producer has become increasingly popular as a must see act with her wicked talent behind the decks which produce eccentric, brazen, energetic sets with a riot grrrl attitude. Her modus operandi is all about delivering alternative style and flair to dance music thus giving a voice to the weirdos, queers, queens, geeks, nerds, fat kids, and rebels who don’t always get a chance to be heard in the current dance music atmosphere.

In 2012, she was announced as a resident at Chicago’s prestigious Smart Bar alongside Derrick Carter and the late Frankie Knuckles. Within a year she became the club’s creative director ushering in a new era that focuses on diversity within the dance music spectrum and house music community. In summary, The Black Madonna is a bonafide badass.

This week saw the release of her mix for The Bunker podcast which was recorded at the Panther Room in New York during NYC Pride in June. Featuring killer cuts that range from hardcore disco edits to brainmelting techno, the mix is more delicious than a bacon wrapped grilled cheese served with a heaping portion of sass. And with a runtime just short of 2 hours, it’s just long enough to make you sweat out all the negativity you’ve ever had ever.

You can stream the mix below and be sure to check her out when she passes through D.C. on August 14.