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.
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 email@example.com . We’ll send an email confirmation to the winner Saturday night!
For Bliss this Saturday, the awesome people at Mr. Funglasses are setting up shop with their ultra cool limited edition U Street Music Hall Stunners, and they’ve been awesome enough to give us two pairs to give away. All you need to do is make sure like our Facebook page and mail your name and favorite new song to firstname.lastname@example.org. You have til 5 PM on Friday so get on it! Winners can pick up their glasses at the show…and while we’re at it, don’t miss Bliss this weekend with Will Eastman and one of our local favorites Keenan Orr!! A portion of the proceeds also go to charity, so you get to help others while you get down. What’s not to love?
Walker & Royce are back with a new original entitled “Doctor Saarloos,” which they just dropped today as part of the Pets Records compilation, Friends Will Carry You Home III. The track is a dark and atmospheric tech house groover with a muscular bass line, hypnotic synth line, and industrial feeling percussion. It feels like a well oiled machine guaranteed to get the deepest and darkest floors moving. The compilation is out on May 12, featuring some of the heaviest hitters in the game, among them KiNK, Danny Daze, and label heads Catz’n Dogz.
We’re lucky enough to have a pair of tickets to give away to their show tis Friday at U Street Music Hall as well, so make sure to like us on Facebook and send your name to email@example.com. As a bonus check out Walker & Royce’s recent remix of Mia Dora’s “Jezebel”
Factory Floor are a three-piece band based in London. Gabriel Gurnsey, Dominic Butler & Nik Colk were a traditionally underground band, but have now come up to the surface thanks to their incredible self-titled debut LP. Factory Floor will be playing their first ever DC show at the U Street Music Hall on the Thursday the 24th of April. (To win tickets to their DC debut,follow the instructions at the bottom!) Whilst touring US and Canada, vocalist and guitar player, Nik Colk sat down with Blisspop to explain how the band feels having made a record which met such high expectations.
“It is such a relief, the feedback and that everyone liked the album was amazing,” she explains ahead of a soundcheck in Seattle. “From BBC 6Music in London to Pitchfork in Chicago to Electronic Beats in Berlin. The fact that lots of people liked it around the world is huge for us.” The touring lineup for the band features Gabriel Gurnsey (drums and drum machines), Dominic Butler (modular synths and electronics), and Nik Colk (vocals, guitar and samples).
The album is a swirling artistic triumph of a record-one you wished came along every week but sadly comes around yearly, if you’re lucky. Merging a crazy yet harmonious blend of minimal techno, post industrial, noise rock, post punk and visual art in one beautiful swoop. Factory Floor are a band who’ve broken out of the European underground scene, which they have been part of since the three of them got together in 2009. Ultimately the brain child of drummer Gabriel Gurnsey, Factory Floor began in 2005 with a different line up, and has, since 2009, released a mini-LP titled ‘Talking On Cliffs’ and a bunch of singles. The album’s first release, ‘Fall Back’, is sleek and powerful track. Techno, laced under Colk’s woozy, distorted vocals is paired with driving bleeps, bops and heavy drums.
Factory Floor are maturing and sounding more fine-tuned and focused than ever. The band are particularly known for their powerful live sets in unique venues. “I personally have a problem playing traditional venues, where music and art are put into a box. The system is tired and it may not respond well to our sound,” said Colk. Factory Floor clearly have a firm grip on their work and can be found playing in warehouse spaces, art galleries or the most magical stages at festivals. “It is trial and error but it gives us more freedom. Our main incentive is to let people have an open mind. And if you start in a place that will dictate to them, it could potentially tarnish the experience.” It is also worth mentioning that Factory Floor solely produced and recorded their album, as well as design their own album sleeve.
I asked how they felt about the various labels journalists give them when describing their sound. “I’m fine with labels – people have to have a reference. Post Punk is something we can definitely identify with, artists creating music without money and scraping by which is true with us. As well as people collaborating and helping each other out without a view of getting paid,” explains Colk. So a band with DIY ethics, which brings me nicely to Daniel Avery who remixed “How You Say” for the band. I wanted to know how the connection was made. “It came about a while ago, he got in contact with us and ask if Gabe (drummer in Factory Floor) could do a remix for him, so it was a growing relationship and he did one for us in return.”
Back to their live shows. After playing in Canada for the first time the band are in high spirits. “We don’t tend to look up when performing because we don’t have a traditional set up. I looked up mid-set and there were so many people who knew the words – it was a real joy and a surprise. It is interesting to see how playing the tracks on stage differs from the studio. When you play live it takes on a mind of its own.” I wonder, before going on tour, does it feel like the album you’re touring is as old as the hills? “Yes, in your head you have moved on quite a lot and it is a struggle until you get on the road. Then it’s great.’
In a time when integrity, a progressive sound and emerging from the underground normally means you stay there, Factory Floor are a rare treat and a growing success. 2014? “We have festivals up until the end of the summer and we’ll write on the road and then record album number two. We are eager to get on and take the next step.”
For a chance to win tickets to Factory Floor’s DC debut, like us on Facebook and email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org!