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Blisspop Mix Series #14: Jus Nowhere

Posted on November 21 2014 by Caleb
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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!

Jus Nowhere on Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

[REVIEW] The Magician at U Street Music Hall

Posted on November 14 2014 by Shawn G
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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.

The Magician on Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Blisspop Mix Series #13: Sammy Bananas

Posted on November 7 2014 by Caleb
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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:

Tracklist:

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

Rodriguez – Sugarman (Goldfish Remix) + Ticket Giveaway

Posted on October 24 2014 by Caleb
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South African band and producers-extraordinaire, Goldfish, are back with a remix of “Sugarman” by Rodriguez. The track quickly rocketed to the top of the Hypemachine charts with its blend of soulful folk and slick electronic production, fitting comfortably with tracks like Wankelmut’s remix of Asaf Avidan’s “Reckoning.” It’s an affecting house groove that’s easy to get lost in, and DC’s lucky enough to have Goldfish coming through U Street Music Hall this Sunday 10/26.

Goldfish has been nice enough to offer up a pair of tickets to the show, and they’re all yours. In order to win them, send your name and favorite Goldfish track to blisspop@gmail.com . We’ll send an email confirmation to the winner Saturday night!

14 Years of Bliss + Will Eastman’s 4 a.m. Eternal Mix Vol. 5

Posted on September 18 2014 by Blisspop
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This is a very big week for Bliss. Our little blog and it’s consistently epic partner party, Bliss, are turning 14. To celebrate, head honcho, Will Eastman, is playing a 6 hour set this Saturday at U Street Music Hall. Come out and dance and make new Bliss memories while sharing your favorite old ones. Eastman also debuted the 5th installment of his 4 a.m. Eternal series on DC’s Washington City Paper in support of the event, and you can stream it below. It features some of our favorite house, deep house, indie dance, and techno tracks of the last few months wrapped up in the mystery and enjoyment that only the end of the night can have. All ticket proceeds will also be going to the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, which raises funds to research AHC, a debilitating genetic neurological disorder.

Take a listen below and join us this Saturday in celebrating 14 years of Bliss

Saytek – The Place
Chet Faker – I’m Into You (Monkeyneck Remix)
Superpitcher – Delta
Danny Daze – Freeze
Jackson Ryland – Crystal City
Hunzed, Harvey – Sheeta (Mendo Remix)
krankbrother – Thank You Baby
Caribou – Our Love
Walker & Royce – Sister
Route 94 – Misunderstood
Benjamin Damage – Up

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