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Blisspop Daily News, 9/2/15

Posted on September 2 2015 by Zach
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This is your dose of the Blisspop Daily News for today, Wednesday, September 2, 2015. You can almost smell the pumpkin spice everything, can’t you…? Let’s get started.

  1. M.I.A. revealed on Instagram that Sonny Moore – you know, the former lead singer of From First to Last – is one of the talents working on her upcoming album. This means that the sweet sounds of Optimus Prime throwing up after drinking too much Pennzoil will make an appearance on her LP, Matahdatah.
  2. Paris Hilton threw a charity event in Ibiza for a local non-profit specializing in providing needs to children with mental, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. Gift bags given to attendees included a DVD set of the entire third season of The Simple Life.
  3. Panasonic announced plans to revive their Technics line of turntables. The Technic 1200, which stopped being manufactured in 2010, is considered by most to be the industry standard for DJ’ing with vinyl. Or, for most young producers, it’s the thing that sits in the corner of the DJ booth while they plug in their Traktor controller.
  4. Belgian artist Stromae is promoting his North American tour with a series of YouTube videos featuring him in random locations teaching his tracks to passersby. Most New Yorkers, on the other hand, saw a skinny, nerdy black kid and thought Steve Urkel was making a comeback.*
  5. There’s a new app for the dating/despondent hook-up crowd called Mix’d. Basically it’s Tinder for people who are going out to the club or the festival or the Techno Addict Anonymous meeting at the local YMCA. On the bright side, at least we know ahead of time if a guy or girl likes tropical house. Kygo? SWIPE LEFT.

50 Cent, “Candy Shop (Julius Jetson Remix)”

Posted on September 1 2015 by Zach
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Once again showing signs of maturity is D.C.’s Julius Jetson: a young DJ/producer with a keen sense of what bangs, what heats, and what jacks. While each release under his belt has demonstrated the makings of a promising career in the underground, his most recent remix – a stampeding, jacking house edit of 50 Cent’s hit “Candy Shop” – is the final nail in the coffin. Julius Jetson is here to stay and he’s gonna slap some serious G-house steeze into your life.

Anchored by fervent use of winding crescendos and thick bass, Jetson’s signature, malevolent tone drips like napalm over Curtis Jackson’s sleazy vocals which percolate with more flavor than a French press. The percussiveness of the track gives an earthy undercurrent that instinctually pushes you to jack your body; it resonates deep and dwells like a pit within a Georgia peach. And similar to tracks like Watermät’s “Bullit” or the more recent “Bang That” by Disclosure, it’s not asking for anything artificial. It’s a build that drops and delivers a sweet release. This was made for peak hour performance and it owns it.

Listen to Julius Jetson’s remix of “Candy Shop” and pick it up while it’s a free download.

Blisspop Daily News, 9/1/15

Posted on September 1 2015 by Zach
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This is your dose of Blisspop Daily News for today, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Shall we begin?

  1. Lady Gaga’s meat dress is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The famous dress, which was worn at the VMAs five years ago, is now jerky. The only thing more stiff than this dress were the sales for her last album, Artpop.
  2. Miami superclub Mansion, which has housed some of dance music’s biggest names for over a decade, will be closing its doors in the coming weeks. The club showcased Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, and thousands of botoxed, spray tanned fans.
  3. A dude kept sneaking into Creamfields’ backstage area this weekend taking the opportunity to take pictures with Martin Garrix and bring Steve Aoki his infamous cake. Or, as the headline reads in the U.K., “Some Young Twat With a Death Wish Decided to Be a Wanker at Creamfields.”
  4. Animal Collective is going to release an LP of their live show at the 9:30 Club from June 2013. Rumor has it that vinyl pressings will be made of LSD and that listening to it will make everything smell like persimmons.
  5. Alexander Wang teamed up with the social change platform, Do Something, and featured models like Grimes, Alice Glass, Aluna Francis, and Beth Ditto. 50% of the profits will go to Do Something; 100% of the t-shirt shops on U.S. boardwalks will steal the design.

Blisspop Daily News, 8/31/15

Posted on August 31 2015 by Zach
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This is your dose of Blisspop Daily News for today, Monday, August 31, 2015. Let’s begin.

  1. Hip-hop artist Big Boi and electronic-alternative outfit Phantogram finally debuted their ‘Big Grams’ side project in L.A. yesterday afternoon with Big Boi announcing that the album is forthcoming. Still waiting for Big Boi to announce a line of cheeseburgers called ‘Big Beef.’
  2. The EDM film We Are Your Friends, which we reviewed on Friday, tanked at the box office with one of the worst openings ever for a studio film debuting on 2,000+ screens. It’s okay, though. Zac Efron, who was paid to pretend to be a DJ, was still more convincing than Paris Hilton who, surprisingly, is also paid to pretend to be a DJ.
  3. At last night’s VMAs proceedings, Flying Lotus and Jack Ü were the only electronic artists to win awards. But the dance genre was still less of a loser than Miley Cyrus.
  4. The owner of record store Vinyl Pimp, located in London, just acquired one of the most complete house music record collections in the world. Approximating at 24,000 records, the collection boasts everything from hi-NRG to disco to early techno and is made up primarily of records between 1983 and 1993. Somewhere in Indiana, a 37 year old man named Melvin is selling his ’87 Chevy Monte Carlo to visit this store and complete his collection of Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley singles.
  5. Kanye West is set to perform his experimental, electronica inspired LP 808s and Heartbreak in full. The one-off event will be on September 25 and will more than likely feature, among other things, campaign slogans for his 2020 nomination, little people in mirrorball unitards, and Jay-Z with a disinterested Beyoncé in attendance.

Caribou, “Can’t Do Without You (Manila Killa & Kidswaste Cover)”

Posted on August 31 2015 by Zach
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Can’t Do Without You” is a slow burner of a track that mounts into a euphoric exploration of emotion, youth, and beauty. It’s a palatial soundscape which folds and flows endlessly to the very nerve endings in our toes, fingertips, and the hairs on the nape of our necks. Caribou, upon its release, redefined his career as an IDM staple with the track becoming one of the dark horses of the 2015 Ibiza and festival season (especially after the release of the Mano le Tough and Tale of Us remix). These are mighty large shoes to fill. Ones that require craftiness, an urge to experiment, and an apparent love of the source material.

With Manila Killa, the track becomes a spectral, plush, ghostly floatation device: constantly lifting, warming, and pushing beyond the stars into the night sky. If there was a genre called “stargaze house,” this would be it. Borrowing elements of future bass, specifically the combination of kicks and snares, it would be unfair to call this version of Caribou’s classic a straightforward remix; it’s a cover that features new vocals from French musician Kidswaste as well as an entirely new musical structure aside from the main chord progression. The real star of the show is the use of ambience built from the use of pads, warm piano, and a symphony of strings so ornate they border on sinful. The ethereal, enveloping textures tie the song together like a pair of loved, worn in sneakers. There’s something about the track that just feels like home.

This is what it’s like to kiss in the rain. This is what it’s like to fall in love. This is what it’s like to look back at fond memories. Manila Killa knows feels – and we expect you to have them when you listen to this rework.