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[PREMIERE] Cautious Clay – These Are The Days (Zak Abel Remix)

Posted on March 31 2015 by Jordan Farley
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There’s nothing cautious about the DC producer’s latest remix. Cautious Clay has laid out the perfect track to get you moving and grooving on this summery Tuesday. His remix of UK soul singer Zak Abel’s “These Are The Days” gives a revivingly funky take to the track in the Proper Vibes producer’s signature style. He highlights Abel’s smooth vocals with flute accents and a saxophone solo that’s to die for.

Snaps for Cautious Clay killing the game yet again.

Deep District Guest Mix Volume 5 – zacheser

Posted on March 27 2015 by Philco
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Deep District has been growing as a go to spot for underground electronic artists in the District, showcasing interviews and material from the likes of Ozker, Ayes Cold, Mathias, Rex Riot, and countless others putting in work around DC.

The next artist to feature on the blog is Blisspop’s own Zach Eser – aka zacheser. Contributor to Blisspop, up and coming DJ, and all around groove maker, he blesses Deep District with an hour mix of carefully curated music he puts under the tag “catharsis.”

Talking to Deep District, zacheser describes the mix as such: “I made it with the idea of ‘catharsis’ in mind. u and i both understand that catharsis is an essential element when it comes to music: the ebb + flow + the journey ur mind takes when u close ur mind + let go are all things that a good dj – and tastemaker – should be thinking about. it’s about making people feel alive. or free. or above it all. or like they’re fucking badasses or something. + that’s what this mix is about: feeling. + that’s something tangible + real. catharsis.”

The mix is truly a diverse, yet cohesive and well calculated spread. He shows love to locals Man and Woman and Blisspop’s Caleb L’Etoile, brings in bangers from artists like Lane 8 and Kant, but also takes us off the beaten path at times with experimental tracks like Beshken’s “Hiro.”

zacheser will be at The Velvet Lounge tonight warming up the decks for Blisspop’s headman Will Eastman. Definitely pop in if your feeling his vibe.

Mix and track list below….

HNNY, ‘Nothing’
Levon Vincent, ‘Black Arm With Wolf’
Worakls, ‘Salzburg’
hrmxny, ‘Remember Me’
Delorean, ‘Seasun (John Talabot Remix)’
Beshken, ‘Hiro’
ODESZA, ‘Bloom (Lane 8 Remix)’
Sam Smith, ‘Leave Your Lover (Motez Remix)’
Mr. Gonzo, ‘Got This Feeling’
KANT, ‘Ey Yo’
Matt Lange, ‘Griffith Park’
Duke Dumont ft. A.M.E., ‘Need U (Amtrac Remix)’
Lorde, ‘Ribs (Caleb L’Etoile Remix)’
M83, ‘Midnight City (Eric Prydz Remix)’
Man & Woman, ‘The Future of Dance Music’

 

The Spotlight: Sleazy McQueen

Posted on March 26 2015 by zacheser
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This is ‘The Spotlight.’ Many artists pass through D.C. on a weekly basis, but this column highlights one specific artist who happens to be playing in the district during the week so that you may join their journey in influencing the house music landscape.

Sleazy McQueen. Since the early 2000s, the self-described ‘disco edit vanguard’ has carved himself a small, but dedicated estate of dance music aficionados after years of curating deep cuts and crafting a  signature sound blended from parcels of the deep house and nudisco pantheons of sound. 100% self-made and having gone to and from nothing multiple times in the attempt to find himself in music, McQueen’s journeys led him into a constant state of evolution – the true mark of genius in any field – before eventually founding the indie label Whiskey Disco in 2009.

Since establishing himself in the dance community, Sleazy McQueen has traveled all over the world playing world class clubs in South America, Madrid, and Tokyo and spots during the Winter Music Conference and Electric Daisy Carnival. His relentless touring schedule, eccentricities, and steady stream of well-executed disco edits and reworks has made him a diamond in the rough in the dance music community at large making his sets a go-to experience for anyone looking to go beyond the normal electronica atmospheres and events.

This week, you can see Sleazy McQueen at the Eighteenth Street Lounge in Downtown D.C. on Saturday, March 28.

Yomimbi – Ibiza Part III Ft. Ameer Dyson

Posted on March 26 2015 by Chris Kennedy
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DC based producer Yomimbi just released a track featuring Ameer Dyson and it’s a heater of a house track. It was released on up and coming DC music collective DRKarts which features other DC heads such as Canine Teeth, Micah Vellian, and a few others. The track comes complete with a catchy and driving bass line and gentle vocals that contrasts quite nicely with the rest of the song. Be sure to catch Yomimbi this Saturday at U Street Music Hall for the BLISS party along with fellow DC artists Will Eastman and Nacey!

 

Ozker – Skeletons Mix / Two

Posted on March 17 2015 by Philco
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Blisspop resident DJ, Ozker, has released the second edition of his recent mix series “Skeletons.” Arguably one of the hardest working DJs in the DC area and certain home town favorite, the District native provides us with an hour of well crafted and expertly transitioned Deep, Minimal, and Tech House.

The mix starts with the Lars Behrenroth Remix of Gyasi’s “The Dance,” where the vocal sample of the track speaks “You have to realize that dance is from the people, should always be given back to the people. It’s not an elitist form, it’s a spiritual space.” This passage is very much embodied in Ozker’s DJ sets, where the vibe is about love, about the people, and most importantly about coming together around a passion for music. The feeling of Skeletons Two is no different.

If you haven’t seen Ozker behind the decks yet, we highly recommend it – we’re thinking of his recent opening sets for Kill Frenzy at Flash and Treasure Fingers at U Street Music Hall where both floors were so hot you couldn’t keep your feet still if you tried.

Much like the first mix in the series, this one is definitely worth a listen. We’ll be eagerly waiting for the third. Have a listen below.