Blisspop veterans Will Eastman and Caleb L’Etoile made some serious waves in the indie dance scene earlier this year after releasing their gorgeous Jean-Luc Godard inspired track “Breathless.” They have recently come back with a new collab in the form of a sparkling, electropop retooling of the already infectious track “Classless Kids” by indie upstarts Young Summer.
Hitting the ground running from the get-go, the track starts off with powerful synths and a great kick to complement the vocals before descending into sugary pads and basslines that are so energetic it could revive Mia Wallace faster than John Travolta with an adrenaline shot. The track, overall, has a light essence to it which suggests a certain accommodation for pop sensibility that is sometimes lost in the indie dance or deep house circles – both of which are places that both Mr. Eastman and Mr. L’Etoile have been known to reside and demonstrate their talents. But it’s this very element that makes their work unique: it’s as if their awareness of the scene informs them to take dynamite risks to achieve a sound they both love and share resulting in a sort of magnetism that sits below the surface of their collaborations.
Listen to Will Eastman and Caleb L’Etoile’s remix of “Classless Kids” and hit up the Blisspop SoundCloud page for a free download.
We’re still running off the buzz of Fools Gold wizard, Sammy Bananas’s latest single “Money Time,” so we couldn’t be more excited to have him in for the next installment of the Blisspop Mix Series. Exploring his take on ‘Bliss-pop,’ Sammy churns out 50 minutes of slow and sticky grooves, trading back and forth between swoon-worthy indie dance, sensual R&B, and even some hidden gem pop gold. It’s feel good true and true and the perfect amuse-bouche for his set tomorrow night at U Street Music Hall alongside the enigmatic Magician and Blisspop resident, Baronhawk Poitier. Take a listen below and grab your tickets for tomorrow night HERE:
Kindness – World Restart
The Juan Maclean – Running Back To You
Chromeo – Old 45′s
Tinashe – All Hands On Deck
Cookies – July Seventeen
Prince – Breakfast Can Wait
Theophilus London – Get Me Right
Usher – Good Kisser
Wayne Snow – Under The Moon
Aphex Twin – Produk 29
Amy Douglas – In Real Life
Mapei – Blame It On Me
Jim-E-Stack – Without
Jessie Ware – Champagne Kisses
Taylor Swift – Out of the Woods
One of the biggest breakthroughs this year was BANKS, a Los Angeles singer/songwriter who has built a foundation on electronic infused R&B. So of course it makes sense that two other acts on the rise, Gryffin and Hotel Garuda, would collaborate on the stellar track “Beggin For Thread.”
Their collaboration on this track makes for an interesting fusion of each of their respective strengths: it retains the 90s dance essence that Hotel Garuda delivers so well while capitalizing on Gryffin’s nudisco sensibilities which, when combined, creates an incredibly focused thumper of a track to delicious effect. And with the addition of BANKS’ already sensational, the production here is exquisite and wonderfully complements each other in the most harmonic ways possible.
Check out the remix after the jump and get it while it’s still a free download.
This duo based out of Brooklyn has the slow burning soul going strong.
Coming off of Red Bull’s Sound Select label in November, “Side FX” is a progressive head nodding piece of electronic funk that lays the vibes down in thick, slathering portions. The track is driven by a series of synths that punctuate the groove with bewitching and provocative results that call upon similar pieces of spaced out electronica such as Freezepop’s “Less Talk More Rokk” and early work by Shiny Toy Guns. The real star here, however, is the sultry delivery by vocalist denitia. When she croons about the mistakes she makes on the regular with a self-aware angst reminiscent of other songstresses like Fiona Apple et al., it’s heartfelt and believable and confessed with an utmost empathy. It’s as if the words pouring through the soundscape are an apologetic precursor to anything bad that’s bound to happen. And because it’s so vibrant and emotive, this is the kind of song that will have you humming in your car on your commute to work, on your morning jogs, or in the bathroom doing your personal business. This is an earworm that deserves to be heard.
Check out “Side FX” after the jump and be sure to grab your copy of denitia & seine’s EP when it’s released in November.
Penguin Prison has been on the rise for a few years now having had support by artists like RAC, Keljet, and the Knocks in addition to putting out countless remixes of artists like Lana Del Rey and Kimbra. But what really sets Penguin Prison apart from other artists in the indie dance scene is Chris Glover’s apparent love of popular music from all circles of the musical stratosphere.
His most recent single, “Calling Out,” plays out like the kind of Hall & Oates track that we listened to on the radio in the backseat of our parents’ cars as children. It has indelible synths, a bassline that hops around like a kid on a pogo stick, and vibrant guitar licks sunnier than a beach in Miami. The wow factor of this track, however, is Glover’s vocal delivery. He channels the modest sensibility of Lionel Richie and the determined howl of Daryl Hall in ways that make him a pop singer without laying waste to his indie cred. And it’s this air of honest vulnerability that steals the show because while his latest is injected with familiar themes to make it accessible to mainstream listeners, he maintains an unfathomable quality that professes that he is only here to make music that feels right.
And luckily for Chris Glover, this is right in all the best ways.