There are a handfull of underground artists today that are taking full advantage of the ever growing, most powerful source on the globe, something that we all admit we can not live without, the Internet. Artists are gaining momentum like never before and are holding outstanding, world breaking numbers that the music industry as ever seen. Ghostwriter, storyteller, and passionate artist Rules has skyrocketed through the interweb, gaining many listeners and fans simply with relatable emotions, portrayed only by music. Right here in our home town, Washington, DC, this UK garage, R&B inspired bass producer, Rules, is an artist that only cares about connecting with an audience emotionally and getting the right feeling at the right time. It’s about those dark nights, where you don’t want to go home, but you want to enjoy music with another soul, connect, and then part ways. Blisspop was lucky enough to connect with Rules and learn more about this organic, talented artist.
Genesis is the latest gem from local funky, soulful, house producer Funkdamentalist; a three-track EP that has already cracked Beatport’s top 100 releases. Out now on Something Different Records, Genesis features a remix from fellow McFly, Soul Sway, and has seen support from Luna City Express, Raffa FL, Stu Patrics and Terry Grand.
“Transient Lust,” a feeling that some would say is common in D.C., is the stand-out track in Genesis; a glittering house tune that penetrates the depths of the soul. The title track is accompanied by an official music video showcasing a few of the pinnacle places where house music was first nourished.
Preview Genesis below, and purchase the entire EP over at Beatport.
We’ve all had that feeling when you discover a new favorite artist, but it’s rare that the artist lives just a couple blocks away from you. Nowadays, tuning into the local radio or shuffling through Spotify can get you a lot of music, but only through its popularity; Columbus-based mobile app Cannon.fm was developed to instead bring you music by location.
Thousands of artists are producing amazing music in your own neighborhood, yet it may take years before they boost up their audience to be recognized on the radio or major websites. Cannon.fm officially launched on June 22 by founders Mat Marcum and Ryan Cox to first help draw attention to the local music scene in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Since then, the app has expanded to Washington, DC and is expected to reach dozens more cities in the U.S. by early 2013.
“Lush 140″ by Nordiq based in Columbus, Ohio.
Cannon.fm is free and doesn’t require a login for listeners. Within seconds, it asks for your location and begins filtering its 2,000+ song library to bring you artists near your area. User’s are then able to browse the music through stations which include “Scene Preview” that shuffles through music from the specified region or you can browse by genre within Columbus’ station to get an idea of how the app is planning to organize local music for each city in the U.S.
Additionally, Cannon.fm allows you to not only discover and listen to artists, but learn about them as well. A biography profile, lyrics, photos, and show listings are available for each artist. If you find a song you like, you can use the app to share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter, and even give a “sign of the horns” which behaves similar to Facebook’s Like button.
“Ordinary Objects” by Dance for the Dying based in Washington D.C.
The music available on Cannon.fm is entirely sourced by the artists themselves free of charge. Once uploaded to Cannon.fm’s website, artists can manage information on their profile and even follow analytics for their content to see who’s listening to their work.
Cannon.fm is currently only an iOS app but is expected to reach Droid users by March 2013. The app is planning to additionally provide its local music feed onto your desktop as a music player and to give listeners the ability to create playlists, follow their favorite musicians, as well as purchase music, merchandise, and upcoming concert tickets. Founder’s Mat and Ryan say they’re hoping the app can soon accomodate the work of other types of local artists such as comedians, talk radio hosts, and poets.
“Welcome To My City” by So-Well based in Columbus, Ohio
As of late, DC-local Lindsay Lowend has been making quite a stir with his lazy sound. A quick run-through of his SoundCloud reveals a young producer making well-polished, codeine-fueled tracks you might find on Flying Lotus’ personal “sex” playlist. Emotional, introspective, and oft accompanied by throbbing bass, these stuttering beats are perfect for a rainy day with your lover. And if you wanna catch some Lowend live, he DJ’s too, so keep an eye on his Facebook for upcoming gigs.
DC-based house production duo aLamont, a collaboration between Sami Y. and Dawit, was formed earlier this year in a basement apartment along Lamont St. in Northwest; where the Wild North DJs have been spending time gradually modifying their sound from high-energy electro into deep, funky house grooves.
Their latest track “Buckles” features strange, dark sirens paired with underlying meditative beats that pump below the vocals of first generation Detroit techno don Juan Atkins, recalling the first time he heard Kraftwerk.
“…it was unlike anything I had ever heard…it was totally electronic…almost like a sci-fi type of vision…”