Long time Blisspop favorite (and this month’s guest), DJ Lisa Frank makes her production debut with a rework of Outputmessage’s “Goldilocks Zone.” She puts a completely new twist on the original, working it into a dark, techy landscape with throbbing lows and clattering percussion. It’s hypnotic and spacey, sounding like a black hole pulling you in. Listen below and grab the exclusive over at Bandcamp:
The Blisspop Mix Series is back! This time we’re bringing you a sterling mix from one of DC’s brightest, Jackson Ryland. Racking up a steady stream of releases for labels like Holic Trax, Sccucci Manucci, Music Is Love, and more, Ryland has been carving a name for himself with a great blend of deep house and techno. He’s also a member of the Silence In Metropolis crew and a top class DJ to boot. His penchant for analog grooves and warehouse vibes comes through strong on his mix, which is equal parts funky, soulful, and raw. It serves as a perfect intro to get you prepped for an epic Saturday night at U Street Music Hall where Jackson will be sharing a bill with Duke Dumont and local disco duo Man & Woman. Take a listen to the mix below and grab the DL after the jump.
Get ready, D.C. There might be a new sheriff in town.
Coming out of the shadows, the mysterious Washington based Wave Age is a project rooted in bass and house music that, according to the official bio, draws influences from artists like Justin Jay and Friend Within. This much is evident: the enigmatic producer is out to make you drop whatever you’re doing and dance.
The first release, “Thug Love,” is a deep cut with an obvious love for being tongue-in-cheek. Combining the acapella from Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” with a bouncy, UK bass backdrop, “Thug Love” is a finely tuned experiment in giving us the goods without any fuss or muss. It’s a filthy, groovy, spaced out odyssey that explores not just underground house music, but also the current fascination with old school, throwback hood anthems from the Millenial generation’s childhood thereby cementing the track’s undeniable earworm status with a self-aware finesse which is deserving of the loudest sound system you can find.
In other words, if you’re in dire need of a replacement for Breach’s “Jack” in your setlist, I think Wave Age has you covered.
Download Wave Age’s “Thug Love” via the official Facebook page and stream it below.
DMV-producer, Chris McClenney, cooks up one of the freshest tracks we’ve heard in awhile with “Best You Got.” The track is a soulful house groove wrapped up in future funk colors, working off a completely seductive groove, mellow synths, and dreamy atmospherics. It feels like a grown up version of a Kaytranada track with all the swagger and soul but smarter melodics. Listen below:
DC’s Ian Place is prepping his new EP for Hot N Heavy. Place has been one of the quick rising talents in DC, racking up a string of releases for Silence In Metropolis, Semper & Solum, and more, and the Control EP is easily some of his best work yet. Consisting of two originals, and two remixes, Control shows Place experimenting more with soulful house, sounding like a modern take on Kerri Chandler and a bit like the Max Graef/Andy Hart camp. The remixes are no joke either, bringing in some serious grooves from the likes of Bob Citrus and Tone Chaser & Commodore 69. The EP is due out later this month, but for now, check the preview below: