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TICKET GIVEAWAY | REV 909: Daft Punk / French House Tribute w/ Will Eastman & Ozker at 9:30 Club, 8/7

Posted on August 4 2015 by zacheser

Who likes to “Get Lucky”? Terrible pun aside, we want to make you a lucky son-of-a-gun and give you free tickets to this month’s REV 909 party! For those of you unfamiliar with REV 909, it’s a party hosted by D.C. dance music legends Will Eastman and Ozker that celebrates the sounds of French electronica and classic indie dance while slaying the house with crowd pleasing drops and grin inducing surprises. Yeah – it’s that kind of party. After countless sold out shows at U Street Music Hall, high demand for a bigger venue, and a need to feed the vibes for more people, this will be the first REV 909 show at the 9:30 Club.

Needless to say, this is the place to be on Friday night. And that’s why we want to give you the chance to be there. All you have to do is the following:

  1. ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page.
  2. Send an e-mail to Blisspop@gmail.com with the subject header ‘Rev 909′ with your name and a clever caption for this dorky photo of Will Eastman:

The winner will be announced on Thursday afternoon. Good luck and don’t forget to #DanceInsanely.

Midnight Pool Party, “Disease (Eau Claire Remix)”

Posted on July 29 2015 by zacheser
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By now, Eau Claire has become synonymous with indie synthpop after multiple, high-charting remixes on Hype Machine, featured spots at Firefly and the upcoming Splash House, and opening duties for names like Flight Facilities and Alle Farben. The D.C. producer/DJ continues to impress as her skills begin to hone and show newer, more intricate sides to her personality; this is made very clear in her new remix of Midnight Pool Party’s “Disease.”

Opening up with her staple chord progressions and synth stabs paired with MPP’s vocals, the track develops into a panned out, chopped vocal wonderland with interwoven melodies and harmonies that are slicker than oil on water. This showcases the more electro-funk side of Eau Claire’s work we saw in her remixes of Pink Feathers and Mike Posner: an aspect of her production style which, as of late, has been scant in favor of her much more poppy, almost tropical sensibilities (her remix of Saint Motel’s “My Type” comes to mind). Her choice to revisit some older themes and structures in this remix is a reminder of what made us fall in love with her edits in the first place. They’re fun. They’re not short on energy. And they just make us want to throw our hands in the air.

Stream Eau Claire’s remix of “Disease” below.

Chedda Da Connect, “Flicka Da Wrist (Julius Jetson Dub)”

Posted on July 28 2015 by zacheser
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It’s time for some truth: “Flicka Da Wrist” is an absurd song that makes very little sense. Chedda Da Connect’s ode to cooking crack or nice watches or whatever has had incredible staying power, so it was only a matter of time before Top 40 remixes started to roll out. Fortunately, for us, our buddy Julius Jetson heeded the call.

Jetson, who happens to be a part of our pals, the Nü Androids collective, decided to forgo the typical remix route on a track like this deciding to minimize the vocals in favor of an escalating odyssey through the indie dance stratosphere hitting note after beautiful note along the way. The fact that he’s chosen to make this a dub remix also speaks volumes about his motivation as a producer i.e. choosing to build a journey versus simply slapping a 4/4 kick and snare on a hip-hop track and calling it a remix. And, in that way, it harkens back to the good ol’ days of disco dub cuts: manipulating a soundscape in a manner that’s more adventurous and freewheeling than what we normally hear on the radio while maintaing an energy that works on the dancefloor. In particular, the synth patterns glide like a cruise missile as the bass strikes and stabs with gentle precision (an energy which is sorely lacking in Chedda Da Connect’s original).

Jetson’s remix isn’t about flicking any wrists. Unless, of course, it involves flailing and the echoes of “YAAAAS” in the dancehall.

Listen to Julius Jetson’s remix below.

Bag Fries, “ETB & WPB”

Posted on July 28 2015 by zacheser
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Reaching for the bottom of the bag often leads to the most pleasant of surprises. With this mentality in mind, D.C. mainstays Baronhawk and Arm In Arm, aka Bil Todd, are taking the scraps to make some of our favorite tunes fresh again as Bag Fries: a side-project based around the concept of taking raw acapellas and familiar loops and retooling them. And the best part? Each release will have two options to choose from with the common denominator being whichever sample the two tastemakers choose to flip.

The first Bag Fries release, a duo of edits cryptically titled “ETB & WPB,” takes Amy Winehouse’s acapella of “You Know I’m No Good” and transfers it into tech house territory not unlike recent slammers by Hot Since 82 or Doorly. The “AnA Version,” Todd’s edit, is a deep, cycling trip that saunters and skips through your sonic headspace as it uses Winehouse’s chopped vocals to produce an otherworldly sound made for setting the tone in the club during early evening sets. Baronhawk’s version, on the other hand, begins with a tribal kick/snare combo paired with a panned, echoing cut of Winehouse’s croon decidedly making his the darker, more intense cut of the two. Together, the first Bag Fries release is a balanced, palatable tech house release that digs deep and isn’t afraid to get dirty which has us excited to see where this side project is going to go in the months ahead.

You can stream the first Bag Fries release below and subscribe for future releases here.

IN THE MIX: PHILCO, “DC House Grooves Meet the Locals #13″

Posted on July 24 2015 by zacheser
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If you’ve been keeping up with Blisspop for the past year, you’ve probably read about PHILCO: a current Blisspop member and deep house tastemaker based in D.C. Known to humans as Phil Haffner, he’s started to gather a following during his short tenure in Washington’s underground dance scene no doubt due to his focus on rootsy, organic house which has made him the kind of local DJ that people will show up early for. PHILCO has warmed up rooms for heavyweight artists like Klangkarussell, Rufus Du Sol, and Guti in addition to recurring featured spots at clubs like 18th Street Lounge, Rock & Roll Hotel, and Flash.

Based on his status within the local scene, DC House Grooves, the online presence of D.C. dance legend Andy Grant, recently asked him to be a part of the Meet the Locals podcast wherein he provided almost an hour of deep, psychological house and tech grooves. With a stacked playlist that boasts tunes by Hot Since 82, Danny Daze, Kevin Saunderson, and KiNK, this is intelligent house mixing at its finest and a glaring symbol of PHILCO’s talents behind the decks.

You can stream the podcast below and be sure to visit PHILCO’s SoundCloud to keep up with his music. You can also catch him this weekend at Rock & Roll Hotel and 18th Street Lounge.