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The Blinkhorn Batch #6

Posted on January 7 2016 by Patrick Blinkhorn
The Blinkhorn Batch

The Blinkhorn Batch is a deliberate and meticulous selection of new dark, deep, and occasionally sinister sounds followed by a classic production of the same style. This ongoing series of posts is curated by Blisspop author Patrick Blinkhorn. 

Starting off this installment of The Blinkhorn Batch is Norwegian artist Todd Terje’s remix of Dolly Parton’s classic song, “Jolene.” Terje’s remix is a slow burner in every sense – he sets a house-centric atmosphere, waiting until 2:28 to bring in Dolly’s iconic vocals. After Dolly belts the hook, Terje accompanies her voice with his funk-infused variation of a classic country walking bass line. At roughly ten months old, Terje’s remix is not new, but it’s still fresh. Listen to and download “Jolene (Todd Terje Remix).”

Now down the rabbit hole we go, into the dark abyss also known as techno.

German artist Stephan Bodzin took Pan-Pot’s “Sleepless,” worked his magic with sound design, and created a spellbinding techno track. Listen to Bodzin’s remix here:

Drumcode released Italian DJ/Producer Roberto Capuano’s “Wilford” in November of last year. “Wilford” is heavy hitting, yet restrained; melodic, yet simply structured. Listen to “Wilford” here:

Spanish duo Chus & Ceballos delivered on their remix remix of Carlo Lio’s “Technicolour Boogie.” The Suara release is sure to get a positive response on dance floors the world over. Listen here:

Techno hoss Alan Fitzpatrick is back with a dark, driving track on Drumcode. Fitzpatrick makes good use of effects, sound design, and a heavy kick to make “Eternia” memorable. Listen here:

Today, Danish DJ/Producer KANT put up a Backstreet Boys inspired deep house track for free download. With “Why,” KANT demonstrates why he is a musical force to be reckoned with:

This week’s classic is Pleasurekraft’s “Tarantula.” With a perfect kick drum, compelling percussion, and of course, the eerie tarantula-esque sample, “Tarantula” is a necessary track in every DJ’s library. Listen to a snippet of “Tarantula” here:



Fouk – Lefty’s Bar (Brame & Hamo Remix)

Posted on November 22 2015 by Chris Kennedy

The Berlin duo Brame & Hamo got old school with this remix out now on Heist Recordings. With releases on Heist, Splendor & Squalor, and Dirt Crew, these guys have an affinity for that vinyl-crackling, deep sound. Their remix of “Lefty’s Bar” is one for those that are into deep house that has its roots in funk and disco. This is a track that deserves a vinyl release, and that’s just what it got. Grab it on wax along with some other tracks from Detroit Swindle, Nachtbraker, and more right here.

The Blinkhorn Batch #4

Posted on October 22 2015 by Patrick Blinkhorn
The Blinkhorn Batch

The Blinkhorn Batch is a deliberate and meticulous selection of new dark, deep, and occasionally sinister sounds followed by a classic production of the same style. This ongoing series of posts is curated by Blisspop author Patrick Blinkhorn. 

After a brief hiatus, I present the next installment of The Blinkhorn Batch. It’s been a little more than a month since The Blinkhorn #3, so as you can imagine, I have a bunch of great new jams for you. Grab your favorite pair of headphones or speakers and settle in for this musical journey.

I’m going to start off a little differently – I normally write about dark/sinister techno and deep house, but I’m starting this post off with an indie dance slow burner – this one was simply too good to leave out. Last month, Leipzig based artist, Luvless, put out “Castles In The Sky” on Razor-N-Tape. Luvless sampled a classic, “Just The Two Of Us:”

No, no – not that version. While Will Smith’s “Just The Two Of Us” from his 1997 album Big Willie Style is a classic in its own right, Luvless got the sample from somewhere else:

NO! Luvless didn’t sample the Dr. Evil and Mini-Me “Just The Two Of Us” duet from the 1999 movie, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I’ll stop playin’ now. He sampled the original “Just The Two Of Us,” which was recorded by Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers in 1980. Listen to this smooth jazz gem here:

And listen to what Luvless did with it here:

Veering back to my usual techno and deep house, I’m going to point your attention to German DJ/Producer duo, Pan-Pot. I wrote about their The Other One EP back in July. Pan-Pot recently released a brilliant and eclectic selection of tracks in The Other LP. My top picks off of the LP (besides “808 Nirvana” and “Pina,” which I already wrote about) are “Optimistic Grey,” “Sleepless Feat. L.O.U,” “Riot,” “Broken Engine,” and “Twelve.”  Listen to The Other LP here:

Milan based artists Hunter/Game put out “Adaptation” on Kompakt Extra’s SPEICHER 87 release. This track is a percussive powerhouse:

Suara is probably my favorite label this year because they put out compilations such as Kitties On Trance. If you enjoy “deep, vigorous, acid, dark, fun, [and] mellow” house and techno, this is for you. Every track on this compilation is gold. Listen:

I’ll lighten the mood for a second with this next one. Desert Hearts artists Mikey Lion and Bengal teamed up for a bouncy, tech house jam titled “Like That:”

Spanish duo Animal Picnic recently released an ethereal techno EP on Steyoyoke. Once again, all four tracks on Sinopsia are fantastic, but my two favorites are “Kraftika (Original Mix)” and “Ethorica (Original Mix).” Listen to the EP in its entirety:

Henry Saiz, another Spaniard, is known for the magic that comes out of his studio. And his remix of Groove Armada’s “Call Me” is no different – it’s guaranteed to cast a spell on you. The remix is forthcoming on Moda Black. Listen to it here:

On October 16, Argentine producer Shall Ocin released this techno heater on Hotflush. The track features a particularly dark vibe that is set by a trumpet-sounding synth:

Spanish artist Dennis Cruz put out some house fire with “Guetto (Original Mix).” He makes good use of samples and demonstrates his mastery in bass line creation in this track. “Guetto (Original Mix)” will be released on October 26:

Another Spain based duo, BLOND:ISH, uploaded the second track off of their forthcoming album, Welcome to the Present. The track, titled “Jupiter & Jaguar,” gets weird with some chanting samples, but that’s just how we like it here at Blisspop. Listen:

We’re closing in on the finish line – I promise.

I’ve written up every recent Tale Of Us release for one reason: their unique productions reign over all new music currently on my radar. The duo is not afraid to experiment, and no matter what they do, their music hits the spot every time. Listen to their upcoming release on R & S Records, “Silent Space:”

Oona Dahl has become a key name in the deep house/techno community. Whether its Lee Burridge singing her praises or one of her mixes or productions popping up in your social media, she’s everywhere. The Hallucienda / All Day I Dream affiliated and Berlin based artist is making all of these waves in the dance music community primarily because her talent lives up to the hype that artists such as Lee Burridge have surrounded her with. But don’t take my word for it – listen to her Burning Man 2015 Robot Heart set and hear for yourself why everyone’s talking about her:

And that concludes this week’s new music section of The Blinkhorn Batch. I normally end with a classic, but I’m going to change things up this week. Instead of looking to the past for new music, let’s look to the future.

Tale of Us has done a decent job of keeping their unreleased remix of Jamie xx’s “Gosh” under wraps – I haven’t seen them mention it on social media, they haven’t put it up on their Soundcloud, etc. Perhaps they know that they are sitting on what might be their best production yet and they are trying to build more hype around it as they play it out at select shows. Whatever their reason is for keeping it on the down low, several people ripped it from sets Tale of Us played the remix in and posted the rip to Soundcloud. Listen to this forthcoming fire from Tale of Us:

[Seeing that this is an unreleased remix, this Soundcloud track may be taken down. If that happens, search for "Jamie xx – Gosh (Tale of Us Remix)" on Soundcloud to find another recording.]








Higgins, “You’ve Got”

Posted on October 1 2015 by Zach
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Coming from New York is this new track on Nervous, “You’ve Got,” by Higgins (who happens to be one half of the duo behind Kaviar Disco Club). As the name KDC would suggest, the focus in Higgins’ personal production style would have some influence from the disco era and classic house music sound. “You’ve Got” has those influences in spades.

Growing from a familiar four-on-the-floor beat supplemented by congas, the journey in “You’ve Got” takes us to a piano-driven disco melody which shuffles like a deck of cards in the hands of a career magician. Combined with a rich, rolling bass and a series of filters in and out, the ebb and flow of the track is akin to the smooth funkiness we’d expect from Oliver $ or Julio Bashmore’s recent LP offering; it’s a reflection of dance music’s history re-appropriated for consumption by a new generation of ravers looking for something warmer and more soulful than a series of artificial drops.

Stream Higgins’ “You’ve Got” below and pick it up via Beatport.

Boogie Vice – All You Need (Kolombo & LouLou Players Remix)

Posted on September 14 2015 by Chris Kennedy

Belgian producers Kolombo and LouLou Players recently released a bomb tech/deep house remix of Boogie Vice’s “All You Need”. They have a knack for making funky tracks with some disco flavor sprinkled in there, something that you don’t hear much of anymore. This time they kept some disco-esque chords in with a sub bass line that really cuts through the track, making it extremely danceable. If you like it make sure you grab it on Beatport here!