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Too Funk Tuesday #15

Posted on May 26 2015 by Shawn G

Oh heeeeey, welcome back to Too Funk Tuesday! Hope you had a great long weekend and are ready to continue the party with some awesome tracks this week. Below are some of the finest jamz aggregated by yours truly, enjoy!

Kartell — Addicted

Parisian producer Kartell is a man with no boundaries as he transcends deep house with a disco-infused chill wave vibe that shouts “SUMMER 2015!!” I’m hooked to this track, pun intended, and its easy to tell why. With energetic synth bars, sexually-charged vocals and one helluva bassline, this is one song to get your summer night boogie on to.


The Magician — Together

Ok..Ok..I know you’re thinking that I post about The Magician way too much, which is likely true BUT he has the midas touch when it comes to dance music. “Together” is a sure-fire dancefloor breaker with an epic breakdown that is mind-blowing. The whole track, from beginning to end, spews energy and upbeat vibes. A must listen!


Le Youth — Touch (JckLNDN Remix)

This is five minutes of pure bliss. Sensual, deep and laid back, this track can make you feel warm and fuzzy as you dance the night away. JckLNDN is definitely one to watch in 2015 and the future, as he continues to bring a unique sound to the indie/deep house scene…breaking ground on what “future house” can really look like. Not to mention his set at U Hall was unbelievable and I’m still highly impressed. This mix is vivid example why.


Motez — Tryna Shake It

If you’ve made this far into TFT, then I know you’re ready for some seriously off-the-wall funk.  If you’re a fan of Flash on Florida Ave, then this is the track for you as it could make that place explode. Australian sensation Motez brings one super freaky, experimental sound that has a sweet, soothing melody which is the seemingly destroyed by a deep, jaw-jarring breakdown that could rip the sub out of the woofer. Genius!


MIX OF THE WEEK — SNAKEHIPS on Diplo & Friends

If you’re a fan of hip hop meshed with dance music, then you’re set for the next hour with this mix. When done properly, this combination of genres can be utterly fantastic — a seeming cosmic clash of premiere production, Snakehips brings the heat for Diplo. Unfortunately, there is no tracklist but there were several “OMG” moments throughout this set that made it truly superb. Take the time and give it a go, it’ll surprise you how good this sounds.

The Spotlight: Nadastrom

Posted on May 21 2015 by zacheser

This is ‘The Spotlight.’ Many artists pass through D.C. on a weekly basis, but this column highlights one specific artist who happens to be playing in the district during the week. That way, you may join their journey in influencing the house music landscape.

Moombahton is partially responsible for the resurgent, diverse dance music community we see today in Washington, D.C. and no act can lay stake to that claim as much as Nadastrom. The duo, comprised of DJs Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, has been on the forefront of the scene since its inception: at a party in 2009, Nada made the career defining choice to blend house and club tracks with dancehall. And while he wasn’t the first artist to manipulate club music with Latin and reggaeton influences, it didn’t take long for the mash of genres to spread throughout the underground community in Washington. Fast forward to 2015, Nadastrom is easily one of the biggest electronic acts to arise out of D.C. having played all over the world including dates at Electric Daisy Carnival, Fabric, and Electric Zoo as well as featured spots by the reigning Queen of BBC Radio One, Annie Mac.


The group, along with frequent collaborator Sabo, is also a driving force behind the Moombahton Massive parties thrown regularly at D.C.’s crown jewel of the underground dance movement, U Street Music Hall. These parties, which have also lead to the group’s involvement in curating stages for HARD, are notable for bringing in some of the hottest talent from all over the world – such as Toddla T and Munchi – as well as consistently being on the cutting edge of the subgenre often employing unique visuals and killer audio to complement the freshest sounds in the movement. These parties continue to sell out venues worldwide as well further proving that Nadastrom’s imprint on tropical bass is becoming deeper as time rolls forward.

But while they’re presence moombahton is still incredibly strong, their 2015 self-titled release on Friends of Friends sang a very different tune as it featuring soundscapes and character from a wholly different sonic catalog; an album which saw the duo experiment with what was already considered, by them, as an act of experimentation. This shift in direction marked a breakthrough for the group, and moombahton, as it allowed for a new ebb and flow showcasing a welcome branching out that connected the subgenre to many of the other molds featured in the canon of house music. In regards to their self-titled LP, Nada described it as a project where he and Nordstrom wanted “people to get lost in the tunes.”

Nadastrom’s mentality and overall approach as a group towards music has always been one about inclusivity and allowing the positive energy in a room to grow to its furthest, and most instinctual, potential; they have always seemed to find that balance between going full-on rager and blissed out commune which is not only a testament to their talent as tastemakers, but also as individuals who understand music is an experience which requires feeling. And as they begin to tread new ground as their sound evolves alongside the very subgenre they helped christen, the only thing we have left to say is, “Rock on.”

Nadastrom will perform an extended set alongside Ken Lazee at U Street Music Hall this Saturday for this month’s #BLISS party. For event information, visit the following link.

The Spotlight: Duke Dumont

Posted on April 21 2015 by zacheser
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This is ‘The Spotlight.’ Many artists pass through D.C. on a weekly basis, but this column highlights one specific artist who happens to be playing in the district during the week. That way, you may join their journey in influencing the house music landscape.

Duke Dumont‘s rise to fame over the past few years has been meteoric. Having gained a reputation for being a go-to, crowd pleasing DJ with ample respect for the roots of dance music – and often working with the clichés of those roots in his own works – he has become a household name in his native U.K. and is on the road to that same level of success here in the U.S.

Starting from humble beginnings under the tutelage of Switch, a producer known for working with a variety of artists including Santigold and M.I.A., Duke Dumont got his start remixing pop songs for various labels before eventually landing the EP Regality on Tiga‘s Turbo Recordings label. This would lead to two other EPs on this label, For Club Play Only Vol. I and For Club Play Only Vol. II, which got airplay from Annie Mac. These releases featured the singles “Street Walker” and “The Giver” respectively. His track “The Giver” would go on to become ubiquitous with the UK sound that would go on to define the current trends in dance music we’ve been hearing stateside for the past 18 months.

In early 2013, Duke Dumont released “Need U (100%)” featuring vocalist A.M.E. which received high praise and support from the Ministry of Sound, BBC Radio One, and artists such as Amtrac, Dave Edwards, and Disclosure. “Need U” would also lead to Duke Dumont’s first Grammy nomination. After this release, he quickly gained momentum on the international club and festival circuits in addition to being named a Future Star by dance music legend Pete Tong. 2013 also saw the creation of his label, Blasé Boys Club, which would go on to sign a deal with Virgin/EMI.

And then 2014 hit. Duke Dumont released “I Got U,” a colossal hit featuring Blasé Boys Club signee Jax Jones. “I Got U” would go on to earn him a second Grammy nomination, another chart topping hit in the UK and the US, and continued support from the biggest names in dance music becoming an anthem for the dance music festival circuit and the summer season in Ibiza. Last year also saw Duke Dumont on a sold out, headlining tour where he hit some of the world’s finest dance clubs including Washington, D.C.’s own U Street Music Hall. Later in the year he would release the equally monumental “Won’t Look Back,” which matched the success of his previous singles, as well as plans to perform as a live act (something which has already gone underway to rave reviews).

In 2015, Duke Dumont has plans to release his first full-length album and has already showcased a reprise of his now classic track “The Giver.” With a constant touring schedule and a relentless work ethic in the studio, he is easily one of the hardest working producers in the game today: a testament which clearly shows given the amount of success he’s had in such a short span of time. And he will continue to move forward at such a speed if he continues to deliver dynamic performances, authentic sounding tracks, and brilliant branding as a tour de force DJ to be reckoned with.

This week, he will be DJ’ing at the 9:30 Club with an opening act by Blisspop founder Will Eastman. You can find event details here.

Win tickets to see The Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, and Cut Copy’s Ben Browning at U Street Music Hall

Posted on December 22 2014 by zacheser

Those of you who read Blisspop know about the legendary BLISS parties that we throw. Beats. The haze under the mirrorball. Bodies moving together as a collective. Needless to say we are all about it. We also happen to be all about Nancy Whang and The Juan Maclean who are coming in hot after their stellar album In A Dream was released by DFA this fall. And don’t even get us started on Ben Browning who is part of the killer dance ensemble Cut Copy.

Which is why we are super excited about the upcoming BLISS party on 12/27 as these stellar performers DJ at the one and only U Street Music Hall. And guess what: we want you to come! We are giving away 2 free tickets to see The Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, and Ben Browning on 12/27 and all you have to do is this:

  • ‘LIKE’ the Blisspop Facebook page.
  • RSVP on the BLISS feat. The Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, & Ben Browning event page.
  • Tell us your favorite dance music DJ/act of 2014 on the Blisspop Facebook page along with your e-mail or Twitter handle.

The winner will be chosen at random on Christmas Day.

We hope to see you dancing on 12/27 and feel free to browse some awesome set lists by these talented artists after the jump.

New Contributor: Philco

Posted on December 22 2014 by Caleb

We’re happy to announce a new addition to the Blisspop family. Philco, aka Phillip Hafner, is one of our favorite DJs in the city and an excellent taste maker at that. He’s a producer, DJ, One Love Massive member and resident at numerous venues across the city like Velvet Lounge, Looking Glass Lounge, Wonderland Ballroom and more. Check out his guest mix for the DPC and follow him below:

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