Happy Labor Day! We hope you’ve got the day off (and even if you don’t this is thoroughly enjoyable). Blisspop resident Steven Faith has posted his opening set from a recent show with Echo & The Bunnymen at the Fillmore in SilverSpring. It’s a seamless mix of classic Brit Pop and modern indie rock that really shows you what a DJ is meant to do. Faith maintains a continuous vibe as every track flows from one into the other effortlessly and takes you on a trip through the foundations of modern indie rock. Take a listen below and enjoy your holiday! (Soundcloud is lame as usual, so the set was only able to be uploaded to MixCrate, but just click through and you’ll be exactly where you want).
San Diego native Colour Vision has been making his name in the dance music scene for the past few years by cranking out high energy disco edits and supporting acts like Cut Copy, Sneaky Sound System, Grum, and The Juan Maclean. And on August 21, he dropped his first original track and EP: “Sur Chic.”
Coming off the Mexican label Mix Le Fun, “Sur Chic” takes an almost minimal approach before the brick wall of a bass drop that comes in a little after the first minute. But don’t let that first drop mislead you: Colour Vision’s original mix is a no nonsense piece of house that takes each build and uses it as a platform to make the listener have miniature waves of euphoria throughout. This is grin inducing house.
And the remixes that are also part of this release are wonderful in their own right: Fishing Vest has taken the track and turned it into a savvy, tropical house dance cleanse complete with steel drums; Rambo V’s edit is a super dubby, ultra clubby version that fuses deep house with a reggaeton attitude before turning into a bouncy bass trip; and DWYR turns in an inspired edit that mixes a feel good 90′s dance aesthetic with echoes and chord progressions that clamor for a sweaty, dark dancehall.
This EP is one that doesn’t come around too often. Every track feels just as good as the one before it and the heart and soul – Colour Vision’s original – is the frosting that brings this super sweet release together. The “Sur Chic” EP is available now via Beatport.
As you might remember from our very first ‘Blisspop Bonus Tracks’ round-up, the purpose of these is pretty simple: A gathering of all the music that may have slipped through the cracks from the weeks past. In this second round-up, we’ve got a bunch of cool stuff for you to discover and play, and hopefully download and take with you to soundtrack whatever it is you’re doing. Highlights of this one include the lead single “Give Up” from San Francisco based duo BLAUS’s debut EP, an epic debut single from a BLEITCH called “This Is Our Youth”, as well as one hell of a remix from Axmod that will just take you away. Enjoy everything below!
Anyone who actively uses SoundCloud knows that there is simply too much good music being produced and released every single day to be able to catch it all. And if you’re like me and follow over 1,000 different great artists, forget about it. And don’t even get me started on that “Repost” button…
The purpose of these ‘Blisspop Bonus Tracks’ round-ups is pretty simple: A gathering of all the music that may have slipped through the cracks.
In this first round-up, we’ve got a lot of different kinds of sounds to offer. Highlights include an awesome new one from Finnish duo TJH87 featuring Gamble & Burke, an airy electronic EP from Distant Cousin, and a magnificent number from Sol Rising off his new album ‘Mystical Awakening’. There’s much more goodness than that of course as you’ll find… Enjoy everything below!
If you don’t know the very, very, very, very (YES EACH VERY WAS NEEDED) talented Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Tei Shi, right now is your chance to correct that. Tei Shi is headed to U Street Music Hall on Tuesday July 8th to play with the UK’s very own Glass Animals. Her sound is classic R&B meets chill indie-synths & experimental vibes. Think Sade meets Devon Hynes/Blood Orange & James Blake. We sat down with Tei Shi and got to know her and how she makes her signature “mermaid music” sound, the importance of drink tickets, and collaborating with tour headliners Glass Animals for their track “The Holiest.”
So you call your sound “mermaid music,” what’s key to that sound?
-I first used the term when I was unsure of how to describe the music on my facebook page. I thought it was kind of funny and weird, and I love mermaids…in a way I think it also fits with the music. The “key”, I suppose, is the heavy emphasis on the vocals which creates a kind of siren-y sound with more ambient production. That’s at least true of Saudade for sure!
How did you develop the sound?
-I had been writing and working on the songs throughout a few years, and I teamed up with Luca Buccellati who has been producing everything with me and really helping me shape the sound. I brought the songs for the EP to him and we re-recorded them, developed the arrangements further together, added instrumentation, and really shaped it. I think the development of the sound is still happening, and it’s a combination of my own style of songwriting I guess, with growing experimentation and playing around with sounds and production. So it’s really still developing, but the basis is always the song and bringing Luca’s production skills into the mix.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest and Bogata had to expose you to quite the spectrum of music, what has been your biggest musical influences? And the one we might find the most unexpected?
-I grew up all over the place, my family is spread out all over the world and I’ve definitely bounced around a lot, even in the past few years. So that kind of lifestyle and desire for change is something that’s really influential to me as a person. I was also exposed to a lot of different cultures and music as a result, and I think that played a big role in causing me to develop a really eclectic taste in music. I would cite everywhere from Queen, to Fleetwood Mac, to James Blake, to Mariah Carey as an influence. All of the artists and music that I consider to be influences on me musically you probably don’t hear at all in my music–I consider my musical influences more as artists who kind of opened my eyes and ears to different ways of being and expressing, rather than directly shaping my own sound. Recently I’ve been listening a lot to Ariana Grande and I love her, so that would probably be an unexpected one to some people…but I’d really love to write a song for her.
Your duet with Glass Animals, “The Holiest” is a simply stunning track. What or who inspired the track?
-Thank you! It’s still kind of funny and surprising to me how that track came about, it really just kind of happened and turned into something really cool without much planning or intention on either part. Dave from Glass Animals sent over some instrumental loops he had been working on (we were put in touch as they were looking to do collaborations and liked my music-for some odd reason). I remember listening through a few loops and when I came across the one that came to be Holiest, I was really drawn to it. I loved the clicky melodic thing at the beginning of the song, and that prompted me to just start writing this melody and lyrics over it, and the song just kind of came out. I wrote the melody and lyrics and recorded my vocals over the loop I think all in one sitting, and I sent it over to Dave. He really liked it and took it into his hands from there, played around with it, recorded his vocals on it, finished the track and got it mixed. It was all a really smooth and kind of surprisingly quick process. I’d like to think we kind of both inspired each other with what we brought to the track, and because of that we were both able to build on it really fast and easily. It was a really awesome way of working together.
Any remixer for any of your tracks. GO!
-James Blake remix of Adder(f)all. That would be my final wish.
Now that you have your first sold out show, supporting Glass Animals, do feel you have made the jump from online to real life?
-It’s really awesome to be playing a sold out show, especially alongside Glass Animals. They are so awesome and have been so supporting of me, and it feels really rewarding to be able to share the stage with them. In terms of making the jump from online to real life…I don’t know if I will ever really feel that jump haha. Things like playing these shows and having people be really responsive to my music still don’t feel real to me at all, and although I definitely think in a way that’s a symptom of the age we live in, and the fact that success measured in the digital realm is so intangible and hard to translate, I also think that any kind of ‘success’ or opportunity that has come my way is really surreal. A year ago I wasn’t even sure that I would put the EP out at all, and now I’m playing at these awesome venues and getting to collaborate with wonderful musicians and go on the road, and it’s all kind of surprising to me. I think the jump to reality will happen once I’ve put out a good amount of music and can actually hold an album in my hand and call it mine, and interact with people and their responses to the music personally.
What has been the most important part of that transition from having your first self made EP to touring?
-The most crucial part has been the coming together of the live band and the process of us kind of uniting and diving into touring and all that. It all happened really quickly, the band came together a couple of weeks before the very first show during CMJ, last October. Since then things have been happening pretty quickly and we’ve had to adapt to each other and learn to work together and bring the music to life on stage. Which has been really weird and a huge learning experience for me since I had never payed live before this project. The band has gone through a lot of change, and our live set up has changed a LOT since October. We’ve really bonded as a group too and have become really close as people, so that has been the biggest foundation in terms of making that transition. Without Gabe (who plays drums in the band) and Luca (who plays guitar and keyboard), I think I would feel really lost. They are incredible musicians with way more live experience than me, and they’ve really supported me and been the backbone for me in that transition.
What makes a venue not just a good one, but a great one for you as an artist?
-Two things: The sound (the quality of the sound system and whether the sound guy can put up with us), and second in line would probably be how many drink tickets we get. hahaha.
For your first trip to perform in DC, what are your must see sites off stage?
-This will actually be my first time in DC ever, I would love to stay and get to know the city a bit, do all of those obligatory touristy things like seeing the White House and all that. We’re having to leave and drive back to NY right after our show though, so the site seeing will unfortunately have to wait til next time!
PERFECT! Now we have even more excuses to get you back down to play for us again!