Blisspop contributor and resident Harry Ransom (R4NS0M) was kind enough to make his recent hour-long live set available for free download. The set, a mix of bass, deep and tech house, was recorded at U Hall on October 23. Click the “Free Download” link below to snag Harry’s mix.
While most of us were ditching work for the beach, BBQs and festivals this past summer, young up-and-comer Jackson Ryland seems to have been on a strict regiment of producing, mixing and creating.
Ryland released a podcast for HOR earlier this year, as well as a few tracks he’d been holding onto for a while, but what’s earning him a bit of attention is his 10 minute sample of roughly 7 tracks he’s been working on. Taking a cue from 2 Bit Crew, Ryland refers to it as a “mini-mix” and it serves as a solid primer for the official release. “I appreciate anyone who takes time to listen to anything I put on the internet,” says Ryland. His modesty suggests he really isn’t doing this for much more than creative passion. “I’m not really into playing the numbers game, but I am grateful for my close friends and fellow producers who have taken the time to support some of these tracks.” One of those producers is Justin Nourha (Jus Nowhere) and together they have “a hefty slate of tracks.” The details remain under the radar, but Ryland and Nourha are “incredibly excited” to be working together.
Ryland’s foray into music began at an early age. Both his siblings were self-taught musicians and that sort of DIY approach stuck with him. “After years of observing and understanding layers and patterns to a variety of house music genres – and a significant amount of trial and error – I focused on what parts of house I liked and started producing my own material,” says Ryland. After hearing Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.,” Ryland caught the “dance music bug,” as he refers to it, and never looked back. “Until last year, I was in Orlando for the four years that I really got involved with pretty much every form of dance music.” It was that curiosity that let him hone in on house and deep house. Now that he’s living in the District, Ryland finds himself becoming more and more involved with the growing house scene here.
In an attempt to be approachable and more of “an open book” about his productions, Ryland eschews the ways of “all the enigmatic, dark, deep house producers out there” by releasing his unsigned work to the masses and his attitude couldn’t be more refreshing. “You could make the argument that I’m jaded and find no mysticism in the house production process. Or, in a more optimistic light, I have no secrets. Like it, hate it, this is what I’ve been working on.”
Aside from spending his time steeped in production, Ryland is also the content director for PnutButterJams, a music blog he and a few friends began back in 2010 while attending college in Orlando. PnutButterJams was created to be nothing more than a way for friends to share music, but within a year, it grew to be much more. Not only did their entire campus know about the project, but people were logging in from Mongolia, China, even Indonesia. “I don’t think we ever thought we were doing anything special, other than sharing our taste in music. I still find it astounding that certain labels and artists actually take us quasi-seriously,” Ryland says with a chuckle.
His laid back attitude translates to his vision for the future as well. When asked where he hopes to see his production and writing take him, Ryland says that his “career is a question mark.” “I can’t predict what the weather’s going to be tomorrow,” Ryland adds, “but I’ll continue to produce…and stay involved with the [scene] as long I’m still in the District.”
Check out his exclusive mix for Blisspop below.
August 24th was easily one of the finest BLISS events to date. Blisspop residents Will Eastman, Lxsx Frxnk and Chris Nitti brought over four hours of no-holds-barred house to U Street Music Hall and we fortunately have the entirety of their sets available for you to stream and/or download. Check out the mixes below and be sure not to miss the very special 13th anniversary of BLISS Saturday, September 28th, featuring performances from Worthy, Kingdom, Charles Feelgood and Will Eastman. The event will also celebrate the release of Eastman’s ”Caroline/Rabid” single. Free entry before 11pm for 21+, tickets are 10$.
The newest edition in the fabric compilation series comes courtesy of one of the world’s finest DJs, Catherine Britton (aka Cassy), and does more than simply live up to the series’ esteemed predecessors. Her prowess as a track selector is the very thing which arguably sets her apart from the masses and ultimately shapes the sound of fabric 71, showcasing what the young artist loves about electronic music.
As Britton states, “The project has come at a perfect time for me in terms
of being able to communicate where I am artistically. I have aimed to
get back to the roots of what this should be about for every DJ –
namely playing records for the love of playing records – and not
because of anything else.”
In order for Britton’s fans to understand these “roots,” it is essential that one also understands her musical journey. Growing up in Vienna, Britton was immersed in a culture that embraced music and the arts as a way of life. From an early age, she developed a deep appreciation for Classical music and Jazz – music that served as her gateway to electronic music and, eventually, to DJing. It’s these early influences that allow Britton to create such lush musical landscapes, as demonstrated so supremely on fabric 71.
If you’re as much of a globetrotter as Britton is, you can catch her
at one of her four residencies including Panorama Bar in Berlin, Trouw in Amsterdam, Rex Club in Paris, and now Output in Brooklyn, NYC.
Ahead of his upcoming US tour beginning this Friday, beloved producer/DJ Mighty Mouse has created and uploaded his very first full-length mix available as a free download on Soundcloud. The stellar compilation was recorded live at London’s The Nest and features tunes from Le Crayon, Majestique and Todd Terje, alongside a few rare edits and tunes from the man himself. Be sure to check out the mix below, and don’t miss Mighty Mouse and Metro Area at U Hall August 16th.