DC experimental pop band, The Caribbean, are gearing up to release their sixth LP, Moon Sickness. The band have enlisted a number of collaborators to serve up remixes in anticipation of the release, among them Will Eastman. Eastman’s take on “Imitation Air” is a hefty deep house dream scape complete with acidic flourishes, resampled voices, and a throbbing low end. The vocals are condensed to a single word that quickly becomes an incantation, floating on a nice bed of reverb. Take a listen below and grab it for free over at Eastman’s Facebook page.
The Blisspop mix series is back for its second installment and this time we have Blisspop captain and resident, Will Eastman, manning the decks, ahead of this Saturday’s massive Bliss, featuring Dusky and Midland at U Street Music Hall. Here’s the DJ’s take on the mix:
Years ago, I made a crate for “Last song of the night” tracks to use to close out my sets. As time passed, this genre tag has become the playlist I go back to over and over again to listen to on my iPod. The songs I tag as LSOTN are my favorite tracks, perfect for a 4 a.m. vibe; perfect for going out into the streets in bliss after a great night out. I’ve had the idea to do a mix series called “4 a.m. Eternal”, riffing off KLF, for years and now that I finally tried it I’m really happy with the results. These are my favorite tracks, perfect for an after hours set whether you’re raging or chillin.
U Street Music Hall is a name that has fast become synonymous with dance music in DC. The underground club boasts one of the best sound systems in the city, a no bullshit vibe, and a calendar featuring some of the hottest names in the game, both new and old. They’ve also gone above in beyond to help culture the local dance scene, and we personally couldn’t love them more.
This coming week marks the 4 year anniversary of the venue, and celebrations begin this Sunday with a secret show and then roll through the week, bringing names like Magda, Classixx, Nadastorm, and a particularly awesome instance of Bliss featuring Dusky and Midland. Blisspop and U Street Hall founder, Will Eastman, was asked to do a mix for Washington Post and it serves as the perfect segueway to the weekend and a nice taster of why you should be super excited about this week. Check out below and don’t miss 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.
This will be Blisspop’s second inauguration party with Moby! The first time around Moby and Eastman performed together at the 9:30 Club, in 2009. If you were there, then you know about the insanity that ensued; the packed house and the power outage that lead to an impromptu drum performance by Moby and Eastman, banging on nothing but plastic garbage cans, beer kegs and metal sheets until the lights came on.
Raw footage here -
Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10am – http://bit.ly/MOBY119 – this show WILL sell out so be sure to grab a ticket in advance!
See you there!
Moby is well known for bringing electronic music to the mainstream; starting with the release of his 1991 single “Go.” Since “Go,” Moby has sold over 20,000,000 records worldwide and has co-written, produced and remixed for Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Moby has received nominations for five Grammy Awards and has won several MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, in addition to being noted by MTV as, “one of the most controversial figures in techno music” and as “one of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s.”
U Street Music Hall co-owner Will Eastman has had a successful year as a member of D.C.-based Volta Bureau; most notably with the release of their sophomore single “Alley Cat” which stayed within the Beatport Indie Dance top 100 for over a year. Volta Bureau’s recent work includes a remix for Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” noted by MTVHive as “noir techno for fans of upbeat funk,” a partnership with Gotta Dance Dirty in the release of “On Your Own,” and their August release, “Hot,” now available on iTunes.
As a solo artist, Eastman has recently gained much blog and DJ support with the release of “Shouldna Left U”; an R&B-tinged deep house collaboration with Ozker (Sleeper Cell Productions, D.C). Both Volta Bureau and Eastman are looking forward to debut several new releases and remixes in 2013.