Blisspop resident and contributor, Caleb L’Etoile, brings us another sunny remix by taking on pop vocalist Johnny Stimson’s “SO. GOOD.” L’Etoile transforms the slow swinging, piano-driven original into a delightful summer anthem, aptly keeping Stimson’s vocals as the main dish of the remix. Rising over a colorful groove, Stimson’s wispy falsetto emerges into the foreground and is complemented by perfectly layered harmonies. A pleasant trumpet riff rounds out the remix, finishing off a solid formula for a delightful beachfront soundtrack.
DC-based producer Ian Place is gearing up to release a monster of an EP on Fresh II Death. Having already seen support from the likes of Jamie George, Demarzo, Golf Clap and more, it’s safe to be that you’ll be hearing this out quite a bit in the near future. “This Time Imma” is a deep house groover with a bit of a throwback feel. The weighty low end is balanced out by dreamy stabs and a simple but catchy spoken word loop. It pairs nicely with “Years Ago” which keeps with the old school vibe, building the groove around a block of piano stabs and a thumping kick. Both tracks are a lot of fun and perfect for getting the dance floor going.
London-based house label Holic Trax has been on a roll this past year, releasing a handful of quality house EPs by the likes of Mr. G, Tuccillo, and more. On April 30th, they’re releasing their second compilation, put together by label boss Tomoki Tamura. The EP is 4 tracks by separate artists (including a nice deep house number from Blisspop fave Ashworth), but the one we’re most excited about is “Total” by Blisspop’s friend and collaborator Jackson Ryland. “Total” is a nice cut of deep house, driven by a pounding kick, clattering ride, and a playful vocal sample. It has a great groove to it and a nice throwback feel. Make sure to grab it next month on digital and vinyl!
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DC-based techno producer Pentamon has released a new track entitled “Virgil.” The Pentamon ethos, summed up as “the weirder and darker the better,” is taken pretty seriously with “Virgil,” which was inspired by Virgil’s perspective in Dante’s Inferno. Using the nine circles of hell as its theme, the track descends through multiple layers, each one more twisted than the last. From start to finish, “Virgil” straddles the best attributes of techno and acid: While building with the pummeling pulse of techno, “Virgil” shifts through the figurative cries of tormented souls, and tapers off with buzzing and infectious acid sequences.
Grab a free download of “Virgil” below: