Labor Day weekend has finally made it’s way here, putting the official cap on summer days and beach parties and ushering in Fall in all it’s glory. If you’re looking to get down, our crew has you covered with a pretty massive weekend on the horizon!
And if that isn’t good enough, here’s a mix from resident Caleb L’Etoile to get you in the mood for the weekend!
Blisspop is starting up a new concert series, and the inaugural get down is happening tomorrow at DC’s The Velvet Lounge. If you’re not familiar, you should be as it’s one of our favorite bars in the city with a hugely positive vibe and great drink prices. We’re starting with 4 of our residents, and the night is a guaranteed good time. Will Eastman, Caleb L’Etoile, Baronhawk, and Ozker will be serving up some of the hottest house and indie dance in DC and there’s no cover. BE THERE
Blisspop’s Will Eastman has cooked up the next installment of his epic 4 A.M. Eternal Series, and it’s one of our favorites yet. Keeping with the theme of songs that serves as perfect closing tracks at the end of the night, each track has a vibrant energy and captivating soundscape that weave together to form something endlessly moving and dance worthy. New York’s Let’s Play House is hosting the mix in anticipation of tonight’s show where Eastman will be joining forces with Jacques Renault and Gavin Royce of Walker & Royce at the Bossa Nova Civic Club in New York. If you’re up North, definitely don’t miss out. Find more info HERE and check the track list below:
Leon Vynehall – Butterflies (Original Mix)
GusGus – Obnoxiously Sexual (J.Phlip Mix)
Solomun – Friends (Original Mix)
Mayer Hawthorne – The Stars Are Ours (Detroit Swindle’s Big Dipper Mix)
Ogris Debris – What Do You Do
Will Eastman, Ozker & Enea – Falling In Dub
Romanthony – What $ Love (Supernova Remix)
Bicep – Nova (Original Mix)
The Presets – No Fun (Lancelot Dub)
Ricardo Baez – Stay (Whitesquare Remix)
Stereo MC’s – Good Feeling (Terranova Remix)
Sailor & I – Turn Around (Âme Remix)
So I’ve got to preface my review; going to see Flume on a Wednesday night, at the 9:30 Club, was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. Not only did he kill it, he showed me that a show can be transformed into ways that can overwhelm the mind — aural and visual. Now I’m not going to say I loved every second of it, there were parts of the set I wasn’t totally with, mainly the excessively deep minimal bass that went on for two or three song tangents. But hey, there are a lot of people who love that sound, and he always ended up bringing me back to the reason why I love him: innovative, driving dance music with basslines that will make you melt.
I can’t deny it, I peaked early. He started the show with my favorite track of his, Sleepless, and I jammed as hard as I could. The visuals, the sound, the crowd, it was an absurd mix of sweat, passion and bass. His downtempo electronica is raucous combination of clear vocals, or 90’s soul/hip hop samples, on tripped-out 90 bpm.
His Wikipedia page says he is “an Australian electronic music instrumentalist, producer and DJ” but really his unique productions and his ability to remix make him stand out above the rest. What’s even freakier is that he was born on November 5, 1991, making him 22 years old. He’s so good, he sold out two shows in two nights at 9:30. And he definitely showed DC why.
Let’s get back to the show.
He dropped his version of Lorde’s “Tennis Court” and finished with his remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me” (Which is one helluva catchy song to end on). But for me, his original songs were what really stuck. I hadn’t seen a crowd get into something so chilled out when he played “Insane.” This track just shocks your system, the literal vibrations that resound within your very chest. It’s deep too, the lyrics consist of Moon Holiday telling you that “the only risk is that you’ll go insane.” What’s sanity, anyways?
“Holdin On” which features Freddie Gibbs was awesome as well, the audience was bouncing.
Oh, and the visuals! What an array of images and emotion. I was so taken aback by the story going on behind him, it was really impressive. From canyons filled with lightning striking as the bass drops to colorful lights and an explosion of confetti, there was even a scene of Super Nintendo’s F-Zero being played to one of his songs — that actually made my night.
In conclusion, Flume was great and he’s definitely one to know in the future, although I didn’t understand much when he spoke in the mic…
Cheers, DC, Flume come back soon!
Photos courtesy of Brian CC Photography. Go here for more pictures: http://briancc.prosite.com/222765/3955200/galleries/flume-930
Happy Friday! Here’s the roundup of how to spend your weekend right!
Baronhawk on the patio at 18th Street Lounge