For Bliss this Saturday, the awesome people at Mr. Funglasses are setting up shop with their ultra cool limited edition U Street Music Hall Stunners, and they’ve been awesome enough to give us two pairs to give away. All you need to do is make sure like our Facebook page and mail your name and favorite new song to email@example.com. You have til 5 PM on Friday so get on it! Winners can pick up their glasses at the show…and while we’re at it, don’t miss Bliss this weekend with Will Eastman and one of our local favorites Keenan Orr!! A portion of the proceeds also go to charity, so you get to help others while you get down. What’s not to love?
DC’s Micah Vellian just dropped one of our favorite recent tracks on us out of nowhere. “Without You” is a hyper sensualized disco house burner that comes off as a cross between Russ Chimes and early Treasure Fingers. It’s a retro tinged ball of energy that seamlessly crosses genres and even comes complete with a “Sour Diesel Dub.” Take a listen to both versions below:
Within two years of ‘serious’ DJing in the city, Caleb L’Etoile drops his first official multiple track release, the Body Water EP. Perhaps my thoughts are biased because we sat beside each other in our university’s modern composition courses as we threw spoons at the wall and declared the significance of our art, but I contend that Caleb’s first outing is a freshman success.
‘Reservoirs’ is layered with rich summer sounds, the right tone for DC’s ice cream colored sunsets. A mood setter – not exactly a sad summer and on the other end of the mood spectrum it won’t commit to sentiment, for sentiment is the ultimate sin. Affect has been placed in the middle by the narrative of the reverbed fuzz vocals and the overall tone, resolution pending. Perhaps that’s the intention- suspended in summer with suspended emotions.
‘S.A.Y.’ falls into a deeper and harder pocket after a mid-range droning intro. Swirling synths, starship pads, and bright piano chords nod to Knuckles as the ghost in the machine. The track builds on the feeling of suspended time and emotion noted previously. A unique feature is the application of chop and screw production to soul backing vocals and the placement of end vocal product in a indie/house context.
Overall, ‘atta boy.
It’s that time of the week again! Forget about your 9 to 5 and come dance the district with our residents!
Sunday July 13
The NeedlExchange at Velvet Lounge with Baronhawk, Bil Todd, and Tommy Cornelis
Steven Faith at Heist DC with Jerome Baker III
DC/LA producer and DJ, Tittsworth, just teamed up with a hip hop dream team for his latest track. “After The Dance” features Q-Tip, Theophilus London & DC vocalist, Alison Carney, for a laid back dance groove perfect for summer nights. The track feels as slick as an old school hip hop track wrapped up in an instantly addicting future funk of washed out synths and shuffling percussion. We’ve had this on repeat all week. It’s also up as a free download so make sure to grab it now: