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Hunter/Game – Adaptation

Posted on February 5 2016 by Patrick Blinkhorn

Milanese duo Hunter/Game’s new album on Kompakt, Adaptation, is the hype of this week and my favorite LP of 2016 so far. Emmanuele Nicosia and Martino Bartola, the men behind Hunter/Game, have created an ethereal techno masterpiece laden with well designed sounds, complex percussion rhythms, and beautiful meandering melodies. Adaptation is another example of the Italo-German ethereal techno that we’ve seen a great deal of lately (Hunter/Game are Italians and Kompakt is based in Cologne, Germany). If any readers have insights as to why there is so much electronic music – especially ethereal techno – coming out of Germany and Italy, Blisspop would love to hear your thoughts.

I couldn’t pick one favorite from Adaptation, so here are my top three: “Declino,” “Adaptation,” and “Hexagon.” That said, every track on the album is worth listening to. Stream Adaptation here for a limited time:

Riffa, “Graffiti”

Posted on February 2 2016 by Zach

“I see you baby / Shaking that ass.” This lyric from 90′s dance superstars Groove Armada’s “I See You Baby,” out at a time when the U.K. was producing crossover big beat heaters left and right, is one of the most recognizable lines in dance music. Straight to the point, it’s a jab to get a crowd moving everything below the waistline on the dancefloor and the reason it’s had staying power is because it works.

DMV native Henri Charuau, known as the DJ and producer Riffa, is the kind of rave-minded, young blood producer who understands the weight and gravitas of such a legacy. Using the sample in his latest original, “Graffiti,” Riffa contextualizes grime and bass with wonky idiosyncrasies updating the Groove Armada ear worm into a banger worthy of Dirtybird’s catalog. Classing it up a level above standard G-house fare, the track understands the ‘less is more’ rule laying down a thick layer of kick, hi-hats, and snare which move like clockwork allowing the edit to revel in its beautiful simplicity.

Right now it’s available as a free download on SoundCloud. Listen to “Graffiti” by Riffa below.

Nadastrom – “Jupiter / Chivas”

Posted on February 1 2016 by Patrick Blinkhorn

Nadastrom have a new release on Sabo’s Sol Selectas Records. If you aren’t familiar with Nadastrom, read more about the duo in this Spotlight feature we did on them in May.  “Jupiter” and “Chivas” have a refined deep house sound with cosmic inspirations. The Soundcloud track description of the release elaborates on the sound Nadastrom captured:

“Both tracks are based around strong melodic themes with the same psychedelic synths dancing wildly around their hooks. “Jupiter” takes a stripped back approach relying solely on a kick and cabasa for its drums, with lush synths guiding the impactful journey, while “Chivas” uses polyrhythmic percussion to drive the record.”

“Jupiter” is my favorite of the two, but I’m confident that many listeners will favor “Chivas” – both tracks are well produced works of art. “Jupiter / Chivas” is out today on Beatport, and the release will be available everywhere on the 15th. Listen:


Human Machine – 146 EP

Posted on January 30 2016 by Patrick Blinkhorn

Human Machine is a Sicilian DJ/producer troupe composed of Musumeci and his friends Sisio, Simeone and Pavi. The group has a forthcoming release on Connaisseur Recordings titled 146 EP. The EP has already received support from Dixon, Âme, and Solomun, and it seems that the buzz surrounding 146 EP will only continue to grow – Human Machine produced top-notch work. The title track, “146,” has received the most support thus far, but “Drone” is my pick from the release. Listen to 146 EP here:

Undercatt – “Coral”

Posted on January 28 2016 by Patrick Blinkhorn

The Italian artists Undercatt are at it again with their new ethereal techno slow burner, “Coral.” The Diynamic duo premiered “Coral” yesterday with When We Dip and it will be released on Sasha’s label Last Night On Earth tomorrow. With an acid-influenced sound that is present throughout the track and a mesmerizing breakdown that features spacious synthesized atmospheres alongside a melodious lead, “Coral” is not to be trifled with. Listen: