Our good friend, DC local and U Street Music Hall affiliate John Johnson has offered up his opening set for last Saturday’s Tale of Us gig as a free download. Click the “Free Download” link via the Soundcloud embed below for instant access (you’ll have to like us on Facebook first if you haven’t already).
Glasgow Underground has quickly been growing into one of our favorite labels of the year, with a string of super solid releases from the likes of Kevin McKay, Barrientos, and several EPs worth of remixes of the late Romanthony. Last month they released the Discontented EP by newcomers Those Beats and we’re starting to see it pop up on radars all over. The UK-based duo specialize in late night house grooves that lean more towards heartbreaking than club shaking and aim to draw you under with hypnotic lows and gorgeous atmospherics. Each of the tracks on the EP share a gray melancholy pervaded by moving melodic shifts and tasteful arrangements. “You Don’t” opens with a pounding kick style sub, huge pad swells, and snips of vocals dancing in and out of consciousness. “Discontented” starts with a simple drum pattern and quickly opens into the most memorable track of the EP, with muted stabs opening into jagged saws balanced out with mellow sine pads and warped vocals uttering the title. “Highrise” is an instrumental number surrounding a bubbling bassline with ghostly echoes of stabs and “Always Keep Them Laughing” rounds out the EP on a darker kick, building tension with winding arpeggios and a tom-based low end. This is a great intro to a duo who has a lot ahead of them, so make sure to keep an eye out.
Blisspop resident Will Eastman unveiled today his latest release via Main Course—a roaring one-tracker which the prolific producer/DJ has graciously made available as a free download to all. “Nikkei,” a tune which Eastman himself has rather aptly dubbed as “cosmic house,” shows the artist again in supreme form. Beginning with crisp hats, celestial synths and muted snares, the track quickly transitions from galactic exploration toward a thunderous four-on-the-floor romp. As the pace picks up, menacing stabs complement airy pads and a twisted, nearly unintelligible vocal sample which somehow manages to cling to one’s memory. After a serene recess, the track returns with an even bigger bang—this time showcasing a truly interstellar lead. This is easily one of Eastman’s toughest, most impressive tracks to date and is certainly not one to overlook. Be sure to grab “Nikkei” via his SoundCloud below.
Birmingham’s Low Steppa just offered up his edit of Julio Bashmore’s “Battle For Middle You.” Normally, when an original is so renowned, one would be hesitant to approach anything that would alter its authenticity too much, but this edit does a great job of sprucing up the track and giving DJs another reason to keep playing it out. Low Steppa chops up the original and gives it a garage shuffle and pounding sub bass that fits perfectly alongside the UK garage-house resurgence that dominated 2013.
For more fun, check out his slowed down and spaced-out edit of of Dillon Francis’ “Without You (feat. T.E.E.D.).”
Starting this month, we’ve created a poll on Facebook that lets you decide which song will kickoff our monthly party, BLISS, at U Street Music Hall. Take a listen to the tracks here and choose for yourself! We’ll announce the winner before the party, then come out and dance to it with us!
The next party is on December 28th with Eats Everything, Henry Krinkle and Jacques Renault.