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Posted on November 23 2015 by Patrick Blinkhorn

DC based DJ Lisa Frank (a.k.a. Morgan Tepper) is at again with another spectacular mix. Since we did a Spotlight feature on her in April, Morgan was able to go to the iconic Berlin club, Berghain. Morgan had this to say about Berghain:

“It changed the way I viewed techno, and dance music culture as a whole. It helped me gain a deeper love and understanding for something I already felt so passionately about.”

The sounds Morgan heard at Berghain were the inspiration for the “DC HOUSE GROOVES MEET THE LOCALS #21″ mix. The mix gives the listener an aural journey they will not forget, building energy as many good mixes do. DJ Lisa Frank guides the listener through the netherworld of techno effortlessly, imparting her knowledge of the music to them. Solid through the finish line, “DC HOUSE GROOVES MEET THE LOCALS #21″ will not disappoint. Listen here:

The Blinkhorn Batch #4

Posted on October 22 2015 by Patrick Blinkhorn
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The Blinkhorn Batch is a deliberate and meticulous selection of new dark, deep, and occasionally sinister sounds followed by a classic production of the same style. This ongoing series of posts is curated by Blisspop author Patrick Blinkhorn. 

After a brief hiatus, I present the next installment of The Blinkhorn Batch. It’s been a little more than a month since The Blinkhorn #3, so as you can imagine, I have a bunch of great new jams for you. Grab your favorite pair of headphones or speakers and settle in for this musical journey.

I’m going to start off a little differently – I normally write about dark/sinister techno and deep house, but I’m starting this post off with an indie dance slow burner – this one was simply too good to leave out. Last month, Leipzig based artist, Luvless, put out “Castles In The Sky” on Razor-N-Tape. Luvless sampled a classic, “Just The Two Of Us:”

No, no – not that version. While Will Smith’s “Just The Two Of Us” from his 1997 album Big Willie Style is a classic in its own right, Luvless got the sample from somewhere else:

NO! Luvless didn’t sample the Dr. Evil and Mini-Me “Just The Two Of Us” duet from the 1999 movie, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I’ll stop playin’ now. He sampled the original “Just The Two Of Us,” which was recorded by Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers in 1980. Listen to this smooth jazz gem here:

And listen to what Luvless did with it here:

Veering back to my usual techno and deep house, I’m going to point your attention to German DJ/Producer duo, Pan-Pot. I wrote about their The Other One EP back in July. Pan-Pot recently released a brilliant and eclectic selection of tracks in The Other LP. My top picks off of the LP (besides “808 Nirvana” and “Pina,” which I already wrote about) are “Optimistic Grey,” “Sleepless Feat. L.O.U,” “Riot,” “Broken Engine,” and “Twelve.”  Listen to The Other LP here:

Milan based artists Hunter/Game put out “Adaptation” on Kompakt Extra’s SPEICHER 87 release. This track is a percussive powerhouse:

Suara is probably my favorite label this year because they put out compilations such as Kitties On Trance. If you enjoy “deep, vigorous, acid, dark, fun, [and] mellow” house and techno, this is for you. Every track on this compilation is gold. Listen:

I’ll lighten the mood for a second with this next one. Desert Hearts artists Mikey Lion and Bengal teamed up for a bouncy, tech house jam titled “Like That:”

Spanish duo Animal Picnic recently released an ethereal techno EP on Steyoyoke. Once again, all four tracks on Sinopsia are fantastic, but my two favorites are “Kraftika (Original Mix)” and “Ethorica (Original Mix).” Listen to the EP in its entirety:

Henry Saiz, another Spaniard, is known for the magic that comes out of his studio. And his remix of Groove Armada’s “Call Me” is no different – it’s guaranteed to cast a spell on you. The remix is forthcoming on Moda Black. Listen to it here:

On October 16, Argentine producer Shall Ocin released this techno heater on Hotflush. The track features a particularly dark vibe that is set by a trumpet-sounding synth:

Spanish artist Dennis Cruz put out some house fire with “Guetto (Original Mix).” He makes good use of samples and demonstrates his mastery in bass line creation in this track. “Guetto (Original Mix)” will be released on October 26:

Another Spain based duo, BLOND:ISH, uploaded the second track off of their forthcoming album, Welcome to the Present. The track, titled “Jupiter & Jaguar,” gets weird with some chanting samples, but that’s just how we like it here at Blisspop. Listen:

We’re closing in on the finish line – I promise.

I’ve written up every recent Tale Of Us release for one reason: their unique productions reign over all new music currently on my radar. The duo is not afraid to experiment, and no matter what they do, their music hits the spot every time. Listen to their upcoming release on R & S Records, “Silent Space:”

Oona Dahl has become a key name in the deep house/techno community. Whether its Lee Burridge singing her praises or one of her mixes or productions popping up in your social media, she’s everywhere. The Hallucienda / All Day I Dream affiliated and Berlin based artist is making all of these waves in the dance music community primarily because her talent lives up to the hype that artists such as Lee Burridge have surrounded her with. But don’t take my word for it – listen to her Burning Man 2015 Robot Heart set and hear for yourself why everyone’s talking about her:

And that concludes this week’s new music section of The Blinkhorn Batch. I normally end with a classic, but I’m going to change things up this week. Instead of looking to the past for new music, let’s look to the future.

Tale of Us has done a decent job of keeping their unreleased remix of Jamie xx’s “Gosh” under wraps – I haven’t seen them mention it on social media, they haven’t put it up on their Soundcloud, etc. Perhaps they know that they are sitting on what might be their best production yet and they are trying to build more hype around it as they play it out at select shows. Whatever their reason is for keeping it on the down low, several people ripped it from sets Tale of Us played the remix in and posted the rip to Soundcloud. Listen to this forthcoming fire from Tale of Us:

[Seeing that this is an unreleased remix, this Soundcloud track may be taken down. If that happens, search for "Jamie xx – Gosh (Tale of Us Remix)" on Soundcloud to find another recording.]








IN THE MIX: Chris Burns, “Perry Place Studio Mix”

Posted on September 4 2015 by Zach
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Chris Burns is one of Washington, D.C.’s bright spots in the underground dance community. Having been a presence in the scene since the early 2000′s, Burns has established a relationship with partygoers which has been driven by experimental detours, deep cuts, and a focus on enriching the community. He’s worked with D.C. labels like Future Times and Silence in Metropolis, he’s been an avid supporter of Deep Sugar and Paradox in Baltimore, and he’s constantly on the move – digging for sounds and feels which are rich, fresh, and vibrant.

In his latest mix, compiled for the D.C. collective Extended Family founded by Zem Su Yung, Burns ventures into time-travel lifting tracks and soundscapes from dance music’s roots. Going from spaced out oddities to Italo disco to synth driven shifts that feel like a summery night on the freeway in an ’86 Porsche, he manages to stretch his mix into a diverse foray of ideas and daydreams that are wholly pleasant, satisfying, and distinctly unique for both casual listeners and die-hard crate diggers.

You can listen to Chris Burns’ mix below which is currently available as a free download.


Posted on August 20 2015 by Patrick Blinkhorn
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DC-based artist Outputmessage (aka Bernard Farley) is no stranger to dark techno and house. For more than ten years, he has been involved with the dance music community and has graced us with classic tracks such as “Bernard’s Song,” “Goldilocks Zone,” and “Alley Cat” as a third of Volta Bureau. His newest mix, “Origins V,” is a preview of what you can expect from his set at The Honcho Summer Campout this weekend in West Virginia. “Origins V” starts off with tech house and gets into the weird, sweaty side of techno as the mix progresses – in other words, we absolutely love the mix here at Blisspop. The set list is in the track description on SoundCloud. Listen to and download “Origins V” for free:

IN THE MIX: DJ Provoke, “MOdERN CLASS Vol. 3″

Posted on July 14 2015 by Zach
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Patrick Gordy, simply put, is an enigma of a human being. Much like other notable DJs in the game like James Murphy or Peanut Butter Wolf, Gordy spins because he’s a music nerd who loves moving a room to the beat of a different drum. As DJ Provoke, he has made the MOdERN CLASS parties in D.C. a hidden treasure for those seeking an alternative to the Dupont/U Street house scene that celebrates a forgone era of dance music: mostly vinyl; mainly groovy; and always soulful. Known for whipping out obscure gems that he’s collected over the years as a fervent crate digger, Gordy works the room in a way that can only be described as meticulous genius as he focuses on organic, back-to-basics vibes which never go out of style.

His latest mix in the MOdERN CLASS mix series has an onslaught of modern soul and boogie classics ranging from the slow burning “Midnight Special” by Psychic Mirrors to Moniquea’s 2-stepper “Casanova.” It’s a mix that’ll make you sweat like you’re wearing a polka dotted silk button-up and it’s slicker than the fleekest Jheri curls on the dancefloor.

Make sure you check out DJ Provoke this weekend when he opens for Tuxedo at U Street Music Hall.