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SBTRKT – FLAREtWO

Posted on March 27 2015 by Lotanna Obodozie
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Despite dropping a new album, Wonder Where We Land, not too long ago, SBTRKT is back at it with a new song, “FLAREtWO.”

SBTRKT seems to be going back to his roots with this one, as it’s a purely instrumental cut. This song sounds like some futuristic space-jungle soundtrack and I am 100% here for it. “FLAREtWO” is incredibly fast-paced, thanks to the complex drum rhythm in the background and the stabbing synths.

Check it out below:

 

Deep District Guest Mix Volume 5 – zacheser

Posted on March 27 2015 by Philco
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Deep District has been growing as a go to spot for underground electronic artists in the District, showcasing interviews and material from the likes of Ozker, Ayes Cold, Mathias, Rex Riot, and countless others putting in work around DC.

The next artist to feature on the blog is Blisspop’s own Zach Eser – aka zacheser. Contributor to Blisspop, up and coming DJ, and all around groove maker, he blesses Deep District with an hour mix of carefully curated music he puts under the tag “catharsis.”

Talking to Deep District, zacheser describes the mix as such: “I made it with the idea of ‘catharsis’ in mind. u and i both understand that catharsis is an essential element when it comes to music: the ebb + flow + the journey ur mind takes when u close ur mind + let go are all things that a good dj – and tastemaker – should be thinking about. it’s about making people feel alive. or free. or above it all. or like they’re fucking badasses or something. + that’s what this mix is about: feeling. + that’s something tangible + real. catharsis.”

The mix is truly a diverse, yet cohesive and well calculated spread. He shows love to locals Man and Woman and Blisspop’s Caleb L’Etoile, brings in bangers from artists like Lane 8 and Kant, but also takes us off the beaten path at times with experimental tracks like Beshken’s “Hiro.”

zacheser will be at The Velvet Lounge tonight warming up the decks for Blisspop’s headman Will Eastman. Definitely pop in if your feeling his vibe.

Mix and track list below….

HNNY, ‘Nothing’
Levon Vincent, ‘Black Arm With Wolf’
Worakls, ‘Salzburg’
hrmxny, ‘Remember Me’
Delorean, ‘Seasun (John Talabot Remix)’
Beshken, ‘Hiro’
ODESZA, ‘Bloom (Lane 8 Remix)’
Sam Smith, ‘Leave Your Lover (Motez Remix)’
Mr. Gonzo, ‘Got This Feeling’
KANT, ‘Ey Yo’
Matt Lange, ‘Griffith Park’
Duke Dumont ft. A.M.E., ‘Need U (Amtrac Remix)’
Lorde, ‘Ribs (Caleb L’Etoile Remix)’
M83, ‘Midnight City (Eric Prydz Remix)’
Man & Woman, ‘The Future of Dance Music’

 

Stoked for SXSW Interview Series: 005 Kodak to Graph

Posted on March 26 2015 by Jordan Farley
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Kodak To Graph does something that most producers neglect: he adds texture. His tracks sound multidimensional and phat in all the right ways. His latest album, ISA, was clearly a platform to allow him to freely explore the creative depths of his production. We caught up with him to chat about SXSW and the music that inspires him.

He’ll also be playing Rock & Roll Hotel on April 2nd with Big Wild and OBESØN.

Listen to the entire interview here.

Have you been testing out new material? 

I’m playing about 5-6 new songs from the record mixed in with some remixes and older tracks as well. The new Hundred Waters remix and a couple others. I’m playing about half of the record that’s out now.

Are you a big Hundred Waters fan?

They’re from Gainesville, FL which is where I was living for four years and they were the first ones to take me on tour. Such sweet people. Love those guys. They just played in DC, actually.

Yeah! I was there. You have a show coming up in DC, too.

Every time I’ve come to DC, I’ve played at DC9. It’s a little cozy small spot.

What do you have coming up in 2015?
I just released the record about a week ago. I embark on my first headline tour in four days and I’m going to be doing that for about a month and a half and then I’m going to come home and write a little bit. I have a few festivals over the summer and I’ll probably start touring again in the fall and hopefully release more music by the end of the year. Just keep playing shows and keep playing music. It’s going to be interesting for sure.

You have an interesting approach to music. 

I come from a place where there was no electronic music growing up so everything I learned was over the Internet. I come from listening to rock and psych music and learning how to mix those techniques in electronic music. Then I did this more future bass stuff later on. My style is definitely always changing. The big umbrella term is experimental electronic music.

So what’s your music background?

My dad is from Iran so he always had old Persian pop music and traditional folk music. My mom was into Michael Bolton and country. My older brother introduced me to electronic and rock like Sigur Ros. Then I got into DJ Shadow and Bonobo in high school and that was my first introduction to electronic music. There was a lot of music going on in the house. All of my musical background came from what I learned from my brother. Haha there’s probably still a MySpace out there with some early early produced music.

 

Go cop his new album ISA.

Yomimbi – Ibiza Part III Ft. Ameer Dyson

Posted on March 26 2015 by Chris Kennedy
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DC based producer Yomimbi just released a track featuring Ameer Dyson and it’s a heater of a house track. It was released on up and coming DC music collective DRKarts which features other DC heads such as Canine Teeth, Micah Vellian, and a few others. The track comes complete with a catchy and driving bass line and gentle vocals that contrasts quite nicely with the rest of the song. Be sure to catch Yomimbi this Saturday at U Street Music Hall for the BLISS party along with fellow DC artists Will Eastman and Nacey!

 

8 Free Downloads of the Week: 004

Posted on March 24 2015 by Jordan Farley
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Every week we highlight the best free songs of the week. Here are this week’s songs in no particular order.

 

1. jackLNDN – Fooled Around

jackLnDN is this perfect blend of chill house. The track is the final installment to his Summer Never Ends EP – Vol. 1.

2. Blackbear – Dirty Laundry (TWRK Remix)

This is the future bass evolution of trap. This track is tasteful but still is such a banger.

3. William Crooks – Garden State

This track has such a catchy beat to it. V good synth progression. It almost has like a light trap feel to parts of it.

4. Mr. Carmack – Pay For What (LUCA LUSH Remix)

More LUCA LUSH always.

5. Tinashe – Amethyst

Ryan Hemsworth produced one of the tracks. Enough said. But honestly, this mixtape is on fleek and distracted me from Kendrick’s same day release. Also, when is Tinashe going to get billed for a festival? Isn’t it about time?

6. Soulection – Love Is King Compilation

I mean, come on, do I really need to explain why you need to DL this a$ap? Soulection has some of the finest DJs and producers on their crew. Plus, this is their tribute to Sade. Obviously, this compilation is tight.

7. Gravez – Sole EP

The Atlanta based HW&W signee is on fire. His bass filled trap induced EP features two up and coming Brits Oshi and OZZIE and is as on fleek as his previous remixes. Hopefully, this is the sign of an album to come later this year.

8. Moving Castle – Moving Castle Vol. 004