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!
Ahead of his performance at U Street Music Hall this Sunday, Ben Browning has been kind enough to grace Blisspop with an exclusive mix in honor of the upcoming event. The hour-long compilation features a handpicked selection of some of the finest Disco and Indie Dance cuts you’ll hear this summer and is perfect for truly any occasion–be it a leisurely rooftop lounging or a stay-at-home grooving. Check it out below, and be sure not to miss Browning, alongside Blisspop resident Ozker, this Sunday as they overwhelm U Street into a state of funky disarray.
Ready for fall? Let’s end DC’s summer with a bang, together, as cultures converge. The second annual Trillectro festival will be held on August 17th right here in the Nation’s capital, bringing ladies and gents of all walks of life together to celebrate rhythm in all its forms–from old-school Hip-Hop to high-energy Electro. With this lineup, who knows what’s in store.
The diverse roster includes DC’s very own Moombahton ambassadors Nadastrom, Trap master Carnage, Frite Nite label boss Salva, DC & VA-based DJs and producers Gent & Jawns, LA’s chillwave viber Goldroom, DJ, Producer and food adventurist Tittsworth and many many more. And, to top it off, this year’s special guest just so happens to be DC’s very own Wale.
Close out your summer of ’13 the right way and congregate at the Half Street Fairgrounds.
For more info and to purchase your own pair of Trillectro tickets, visit the event’s webpage here.
Award-winning jazz-pop musician Rai Thistlehwayte is making a huge comeback under his solo project Sun Rai this year. Originally from Sydney, Rai has lead numerous music groups and collaborations under the roles of pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, all while holding a well-known, reliable songwriter reputation. At the age of five, Rai was already familiar with piano and educated with bass and guitar from his parents who were successful musicians. Rai graduated with a Bachelor of Music in jazz piano in 1998 and has since built his career leading the Australian pop rock band Thirsty Merc, who went platinum with their debut album. As impressive as his track record might read, however, it was his incomparable sound that first caught my attention.
As of the past few years, Rai has been performing solo and recently released his debut EP Pocket Music. At 34 years old, his soothing voice couldn’t be given an age as it naturally complements all four jazz-inspired tracks alongside light snares and paced bass. Rai currently resides in Los Angeles, California, certainly an influence to his track “San Francisco Street” which beautifully kicks off his debut album with soulful pop rhythm.
Rai is currently on tour with Norwegian singer Bernhoft; finishing up on the east coast at the moment and then moving back home out west, while performing at almost every jazz bar in between. Take a look at his upcoming shows and please do yourself a favor and attend one if you’re able to. I stumbled on his live performance for his song “Til The Lights Come On” from back in January and am completely in awe with his talent. Take a listen to his EP and the live video streamed here, and make sure to keep up with Rai after his tour for future updates.
When it comes to embedding personal character into one’s musical output, Swedish group Georgian Waters takes the cake. Since early 2011, they’ve been producing wistful dream-pop that seamlessly parallels their personalities. The act’s latest release, the chic single Dead In No Time, pulls you through a documentary-type tunnel vision of youthful nostalgia, conjuring visions of running on the beach with a Super 8 and jamming in bedroom studios.
Rummaging through their social media feeds, you’ll notice the frequency of inspiration, photos and videos–all of which appear to be a reflection of the band’s consistent progression. Listening through their young and evolving discography, charming guitar riffs drift in and out between shoegaze-braced vocals that seem to speak of the group’s tragedies and triumphs throughout the years.
Georgian Waters provokes a proper collective of friendliness, youth, and happiness in their work, which seems obvious given the dominance of their personal lives over any other sort of external influence. It’s relieving to see bands still producing with such an organic quality after releasing multiple albums and having become familiar with the corporate side of the industry.