2014 was an awesome year for music, and 2015 is guaranteed to be interesting at the very least. To celebrate the shift into a new year, Blisspop’s Caleb L’Etoile has cooked up a mix of his favorite tracks of 2014. It ranges from house to indie dance and deep house but always maintains it’s attitude of Bliss. Listen below and if you’re in town New Years Eve head to Looking Glass Lounge to see a Blisspop Family New Years with Ozker, Caleb L’Etoile, and Philco. No cover, shots at 12, and killer music. What’s not to like?
Win tickets to see The Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, and Cut Copy’s Ben Browning at U Street Music Hall
Those of you who read Blisspop know about the legendary BLISS parties that we throw. Beats. The haze under the mirrorball. Bodies moving together as a collective. Needless to say we are all about it. We also happen to be all about Nancy Whang and The Juan Maclean who are coming in hot after their stellar album In A Dream was released by DFA this fall. And don’t even get us started on Ben Browning who is part of the killer dance ensemble Cut Copy.
Which is why we are super excited about the upcoming BLISS party on 12/27 as these stellar performers DJ at the one and only U Street Music Hall. And guess what: we want you to come! We are giving away 2 free tickets to see The Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, and Ben Browning on 12/27 and all you have to do is this:
- ‘LIKE’ the Blisspop Facebook page.
- RSVP on the BLISS feat. The Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, & Ben Browning event page.
- Tell us your favorite dance music DJ/act of 2014 on the Blisspop Facebook page along with your e-mail or Twitter handle.
The winner will be chosen at random on Christmas Day.
We hope to see you dancing on 12/27 and feel free to browse some awesome set lists by these talented artists after the jump.
One of DC’s brightest, Jus Nowhere has been making a fast name for himself with his take on house, deep house and techno. As a producer, he’s had releases on Definition:Music, Silence In Metropolis, White Widow, and more, and as a DJ he’s shared the booth with the likes of Breach and George Fitzgerald. We’re more than pleased to have him taking up selector duties alongside Will Eastman at Bliss tomorrow night, and to get you in the mood he’s cooked up the next installment of the Blisspop Mix Series. Consisting of a hour’s worth of house, ranging from deep and techy to raw and bassy, Jus Nowhere’s mix is the perfect pick me up to start your weekend. Take a listen below and make sure to check him out tomorrow night at U Street Music Hall!
How do you explain what magical is? In my mind, magic is something mysterious or supernatural. It’s the enchanting moments that fascinate your inner imagination. For many, magical moments are brief and fleeting, a David Blaine trick-on-the-street. Yet, for others, magic can be captured and created, the artists who can control this wonder and entrance their audience.
Stephen Fasano’s alias, The Magician, is quite fitting. And his stage, U Street Music Hall, was set ablaze as he conjured fire to the ears of countless DC residents. His amalgamation of disco, pop and house was on full display as he brought one of his infamous “Magic Tapes” to life. I was spell bound for prolonged moments as the dance floor shook with inspired hip thrusts, shameless fist-pumping and endless grooves. The crescendos of his set churned from the slow, melodic beginnings to the heavy drops that brought the whole club down — as exemplified by the two major drops in his latest single “Sunlight” that took the sound system and transcended it to what I imagine sounds like God’s voice.
I accept that this isn’t a real review because honestly, I have nothing bad to say. This was an incredible show that made me reimagine how existential dance music can be. It was one of the best sets I’ve heard ever played on the DJ stage at U Hall. And his fashion sense, Tuxedo and all, is impeccable.
Previously a member of the lionized duo, Aeroplane (who was at U Hall two weeks prior!), he decided go his separate way. Somewhere down that road he found a genie, a lamp, and a magical carpet and ever since he’s been making killer remixes and original productions. My first big memory of his was his re-work of Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” in 2011, however 2014 has been his best year by far — rattling off hit after hit with remixes of Mausi’s “My Friend Has a Swimming Pool,” Zhu’s “Faded,” and of course Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be.” Not to mention, he’s now on his 46th magic tape and they are only getting better.
Notably though, I was so mesmerized by the show that I couldn’t even tally all of the tracks he dropped that night. His flawless mix of Duke Dumont’s “Won’t Look Back” almost broke the dance floor. His ability to engage with the audience was surreal, almost as if he was there dancing with us. If you ever have a chance to see him live, make it a priority. Or at least check out his music while you wait.
There are few things in life that I can truly say have been magical for me, the night of November 8 was one of them. Well done Mr. Magician, well done.
We’re still running off the buzz of Fools Gold wizard, Sammy Bananas’s latest single “Money Time,” so we couldn’t be more excited to have him in for the next installment of the Blisspop Mix Series. Exploring his take on ‘Bliss-pop,’ Sammy churns out 50 minutes of slow and sticky grooves, trading back and forth between swoon-worthy indie dance, sensual R&B, and even some hidden gem pop gold. It’s feel good true and true and the perfect amuse-bouche for his set tomorrow night at U Street Music Hall alongside the enigmatic Magician and Blisspop resident, Baronhawk Poitier. Take a listen below and grab your tickets for tomorrow night HERE:
Kindness – World Restart
The Juan Maclean – Running Back To You
Chromeo – Old 45′s
Tinashe – All Hands On Deck
Cookies – July Seventeen
Prince – Breakfast Can Wait
Theophilus London – Get Me Right
Usher – Good Kisser
Wayne Snow – Under The Moon
Aphex Twin – Produk 29
Amy Douglas – In Real Life
Mapei – Blame It On Me
Jim-E-Stack – Without
Jessie Ware – Champagne Kisses
Taylor Swift – Out of the Woods