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.
Blisspop contributor and resident Harry Ransom (R4NS0M) was kind enough to make his recent hour-long live set available for free download. The set, a mix of bass, deep and tech house, was recorded at U Hall on October 23. Click the “Free Download” link below to snag Harry’s mix.
This Saturday, November 23, BLISS hosts residents Will Eastman, Ozker and Baronhawk in celebration of Will and Baron’s birthdays. In conjunction with the party is The Illest Ingredient Allstyles Dance Competition presented by Urban Artistry. Contestants must register at 11 PM to battle for the $200 cash prize. Click here for more details.
Doors at 10pm, 18+ (18-20 by advance ticket only) $10; free before 12am for 21+
Rising against the frustration of a cyclical and transient dance music community, Baltimore-bred producer and label boss Lomez approaches music with a keen sense of eclecticism and flexibility. Having started as a producer in 1999, Lomez’s formative years as a DJ were characterized by frequent movement from Baltimore to New York City and European destinations. This wealth of experience helped cultivate Lomez’s talent for producing polished tracks that combine dance floor appeal with a sincere artistic curiosity.
Describing his music as deep house, techno and disco but “none of them at the same time,” Lomez’s previous output include releases from My Favorite Robot and Hypercolour, as well as his own label Better On Foot. He details the inception of Better On Foot as “born out of necessity to release music without substantial delay, to be free from some influence of A&Rs with a different view of the sound, and to provide our family of artists an outlet for their music.” Better On Foot has also afforded him additional collaborations with Ibiza’s DC10 resident Andrew Grant, whom he cites as a major influence.
In contrast to past years in which Lomez travelled abroad to find an active dance music culture, he now focuses his energy on engaging with the bubbling music scene at home. He recently collaborated with D.C. vocalist Symbol, whom Lomez cold-called after watching Symbol’s performance with the Claire Hux group in Baltimore. In the pipeline from the two is a stripped-down charmer entitled “I’m Yours,” forthcoming on Fresh Meat Records, as well as another collaboration dropping this winter on Noir Records. Lomez is also gearing up for an opening set for Nina Kraviz this Saturday October 26 at U Hall. In preparation, he has offered the exclusive “I’m Yours” (Lomez Dub Per Eivissa) for download. The dub, originally made to play at DC10, is to stream below and to download via our Facebook:
This Saturday we ring in over a decade of insane dancing at BLISS’ 13th Anniversary Party. Since its inception at the now defunct Metro Cafe, BLISS has revved up the District with residencies at Black Cat and 9:30 Club, and has become the foundation of its current home, U Street Music Hall. Joining the revelries are Worthy playing a headlining set, Kingdom and Bok Bok playing back-to-back, and Charles Feelgood. The occasion would not be complete without a set from Blisspop founder and resident, Will Eastman, whose EP release Caroline/Rabid calls for an additional reason to celebrate.