Starting this month, we’ve created a poll on Facebook that lets you decide which song will kickoff our monthly party, BLISS, at U Street Music Hall. Take a listen to the tracks here and choose for yourself! We’ll announce the winner before the party, then come out and dance to it with us!
The next party is on December 28th with Eats Everything, Henry Krinkle and Jacques Renault.
Kevin McKay’s Glasgow Underground has had quite the year, delivering a handful of notable releases from the likes of Small Pyramids, Romanthony, and a recent gem in the form of Those Beats. With winter quickly approaching, the label decided it was time to release a sampling of tracks meant for those colder, melancholy nights, and the result is a five-track compilation of deep grooves and ethereal disco that surprisingly manages to evoke the air of the season perfectly. Generally, compilations have four to five worthwhile tracks followed by a lot of fluff, but the decision to go with just five tracks proves very effective here, as each one is just itching to find its way into late night sets.
The release begins with Solaris Heights’ first release in five years in the form of “Together.” The duo of Anton Fielding and Bryan Robson craft a solid deep house track with some darker disco leanings. The bubbling synths and moody atmospherics all have a very mechanical feel, but the groove is undeniable and aided by a simple spoken word sample creeping out of the fray to pull you in. Next up, Kevin McKay’s “Baby Come To Me,” one of the more low-key feeling tracks on the compilation, makes do with airy textures wrapped around a disco bass groove and sexy R&B samples that float about a cloud of reverb. With a familiar, old school vibe, the tune is very digestible. DeMarzo’s remix of Walker & Royce’s “I Surrender” waivers back and forth between disco and deep house with a nefarious bassline juxtaposed by breathy vocal samples, 80s chimes and lush synth textures. Rhythm Operator’s “In Your Eyes” is an easy follow up to last month’s debut on Let’s Play House. It’s a simple but effective house track driven by a relentless but playful bass line and 909 groove. The final track on the compilation, Cram’s “Music,” is an irresistible late night disco burner that serves as the perfect closer to the record.
Andre Bratten is one of those rare producers who released a debut album, garnered a ton of buzz from critics and somehow managed to remain under the radar. Be a Man You Ant, released earlier this year on Full Pupp records, is perhaps most notable for its being recorded with just a modular synthesizer and drum machine. However, Bratten’s impressive minimalism aside, the vast soundscapes and contagious groove of each track easily hold their own.
While writing the album, Bratten shared studio space with Todd Terje, Prins Thomas and Lindstrom, which might explain the artist’s ear for hazy, sun-drenched melodies. Although his influences might seem easy to peg, Bratten has cited everything from hip-hop to Sigur Ros as being among his influences.
Born and raised in Oslo, he’s a true product of his environment and has quickly captured the ears of other stars in the cosmic disco scene. Even with all the buzz surrounding the newcomer, he doesn’t seem particularly phased (he actually responds to Facebook comments himself).
Currently Bratten is playing shows in Europe but expect to see some U.S. dates coming this autumn.
Whether you’re dissatisfied with how your summer’s panned out or just want the fun to carry on, fear not—the event of the year has yet to arrive. Fresh off of their immensely successful stint at last month’s Mad Decent Block Party, our good friends over at U Street Music Hall will be taking over Darlington, Maryland’s Camp Ramblewood to co-host the Basecamp Music Festival September 27-29th. The converted summer camp will be home to a three-day music and arts festival, complete with over 80 local and international DJs across four stages. The event also features hiking trails, tent and cabin camping, morning yoga sessions and more (i.e. a picturesque early-autumn weekend). So do yourself a favor, rally your troops and head to Basecamp—you truly don’t want to miss this one. Check out the guest mixes below from Jubilee and Erictronica to get a taste of what you’re in for.
Update: The schedule for Basecamp 2013 has now been posted! Click here to see when your favorite acts are playing. Cabins are also now available to be booked through the homepage so start your planning before it’s too late!
Local artist Outputmessage has been kind enough to share with us the new video for his infectiously melodic track “Heisenberg (Magic Power Mix),” shot right here in the District. The stunning video is directed, filmed and edited by the artist himself and proves that the man is one of multiple talents. You can find the track on Outputmessage’s recent Look at All the Possibilities EP, available at all fine digital music retailers.