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.
The inaugural offering in Blisspop’s exclusive download series comes courtesy of our very own contributor, Caleb L’Etoile. L’Etoile has quickly been making a name for himself in the DMV for his unique synthesis of house, indie dance and UK bass–all the while DJing some of the area’s finest clubs and events. The tune, a remix of Lorde’s “Ribs,” comes complete with the same ethereal textures which make the original shine, yet takes an unexpected turn toward the dancefloor as the hook-laden chorus and infectious groove begin to dominate. The track eventually erupts into a luscious soundscape with melodic vocals abound before returning to the shuffling melody which got you dancing in the first place. Check out the song below, and like us on Facebook (if you don’t already) to receive a complimentary download.
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!
Each week our contributors shed some light upon their favorite goings-on in the music realm. Here’s what we like to call our “Weekly Round-Up”:
Blatta & Inesha throw a killer pool party with their new one, “We Don’t Know” a driving, Italo-techy joint.
Walker & Royce’s remix of Baunz got a great response when I dropped it at U Hall.
My buds and former label mates Smalltown DJs did a fun Riva Starr bootleg that’s appropriate for your roof top set .
DC’s Chris Burns is crafting some damn fine house music. Check his track with Jamie 3:26, “Say”, featuring Denise Henderson
It’s always a relief when I find something delightful after sifting through numerous amounts of new releases each week. Worth mentioning this time around is the new EP Find My Way from Jonny Cade released on 2020 Vision. Each song from the EP is quality in its own way, but the little details of the title track “Find My Way” make it the stand-out. The wispy and soulful vocals from Ria Moran are chopped and delicately scattered throughout the song, which creates a nice cohesion for the track’s main ideas.
I’ve been really digging Crimson’s recording of his set at The Coup. A good mixture of slowed deep, dark tracks.
Also stoked on the latest two singles from Norway’s Pandreas and Martin Andal. They combined the release and titled it “Makismal,” which translates to “peak,” an appropriate title for two artists in top form.
Easily the most exciting thing to happen this week was the release of Belgian superstar Stromae’s sophomore album. He is easily one of the most charismatic artists that I’ve ever seen and his tracks are remarkably infectious. I won’t make any argument about this not landing near the progressive house category, but there’s way more to Racine Carree than that. Just watch this video and try to hate:
Outside of that I’ve been really stuck on John Tejada’s “Somewhere” single on Kompakt. Both tracks are really solid techno with awesome grooves.
Prince’s new album cover was also remarkable but only in the sense that it is deserving of remarks.
Really enjoyed Dark Sky and Medlar on NTS Radio earlier this month. Loads of killer tunes hand-picked by two of the finest artists in the game. The mix is finally available for download via Soundcloud (see below)…one to grab for sure.
Also feeling the new track from Alex Smoke entitled “Dust,” the latest release from the legendary folks at R&S.
Last but not least is the most recent track from the Bicep lads, a remix of Aster’s “Cielo.” This is remix number one of two apparently, to be released on the forthcoming Cielo EP via John Talabot’s Hivern Discs imprint.
DC’s favorite Indie-Electro three piece, Misun, are back at it again–this time bringing to the table what sounds like the hybrid of a modern club track and the soundtrack to a Spaghetti Western. While this seems like a rather counter intuitive conflation of genres, it truly makes perfect sense here. The rhythm feels like a cross between a gallop and a Moombahton beat and vocalist Misun Wojcik’s voice is complemented by cascading synths and guitars and flutes worthy of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Add to all of this the fact that the vocal line is insanely catchy and you’ve got one of the best tracks released by the group. Seriously big things on the horizon with this band. The remix is pretty straightforward–slowing the track down, adding some atmospherics while accentuating the Moombahton leanings of the original beat. Check them both out below and grab that free download!