Tracks come and go. Legacies survive and then fade. But neither of these seem to apply to Blisspop’s founder, Will Eastman, seeing as he’s been on a real hot streak this year. Last week saw the release of his newest track, a collaboration with fellow Washingtonian i.V., and it is the kind of soulful, smart-house we’ve come to expect with Eastman. With that being said, it may very well be one of his crowning achievements.
Sampling Brandy’s seminal pop hit “Almost Doesn’t Count,” the track opens with a series of bright arpeggios before crashing into symphonic vocal samples which then drop into a kick drum fueled fever dream. And as Brandy sings that “we’ll be running back,” one gets the feeling at the halfway mark that they may have actually escaped the cruel, cruel world. A therapeutic tonic for the malaise of everyday life – and the current affairs at hand in the aftermath of multiple counts of violence in our country – Eastman and i.V.’s “Finally Brandy” is a necessary listening experience.
Listen to the track after the jump and visit i.V. or Will Eastman’s SoundCloud pages for a download link.
Blisspop veterans Will Eastman and Caleb L’Etoile made some serious waves in the indie dance scene earlier this year after releasing their gorgeous Jean-Luc Godard inspired track “Breathless.” They have recently come back with a new collab in the form of a sparkling, electropop retooling of the already infectious track “Classless Kids” by indie upstarts Young Summer.
Hitting the ground running from the get-go, the track starts off with powerful synths and a great kick to complement the vocals before descending into sugary pads and basslines that are so energetic it could revive Mia Wallace faster than John Travolta with an adrenaline shot. The track, overall, has a light essence to it which suggests a certain accommodation for pop sensibility that is sometimes lost in the indie dance or deep house circles – both of which are places that both Mr. Eastman and Mr. L’Etoile have been known to reside and demonstrate their talents. But it’s this very element that makes their work unique: it’s as if their awareness of the scene informs them to take dynamite risks to achieve a sound they both love and share resulting in a sort of magnetism that sits below the surface of their collaborations.
Listen to Will Eastman and Caleb L’Etoile’s remix of “Classless Kids” and hit up the Blisspop SoundCloud page for a free download.
The DC force is strong with this one. Outputmessage has been slowly dropping remixes of tracks from his epic The Infinite Void, and the latest comes by way of Blisspop’s Will Eastman. Eastman reworks the track into a slow burning deep house beast that ripples with arpeggiated synths and spacey textures. It’s one of our favorites yet by him and the track does a really good job of refining the deep-house-by-way-of-techno sound that Eastman’s been cultivating. Take a listen below and grab the track as a free DL while you’re at it.
This is a very big week for Bliss. Our little blog and it’s consistently epic partner party, Bliss, are turning 14. To celebrate, head honcho, Will Eastman, is playing a 6 hour set this Saturday at U Street Music Hall. Come out and dance and make new Bliss memories while sharing your favorite old ones. Eastman also debuted the 5th installment of his 4 a.m. Eternal series on DC’s Washington City Paper in support of the event, and you can stream it below. It features some of our favorite house, deep house, indie dance, and techno tracks of the last few months wrapped up in the mystery and enjoyment that only the end of the night can have. All ticket proceeds will also be going to the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, which raises funds to research AHC, a debilitating genetic neurological disorder.
Take a listen below and join us this Saturday in celebrating 14 years of Bliss
Saytek – The Place
Chet Faker – I’m Into You (Monkeyneck Remix)
Superpitcher – Delta
Danny Daze – Freeze
Jackson Ryland – Crystal City
Hunzed, Harvey – Sheeta (Mendo Remix)
krankbrother – Thank You Baby
Caribou – Our Love
Walker & Royce – Sister
Route 94 – Misunderstood
Benjamin Damage – Up
Blisspop’s Will Eastman has cooked up the next installment of his epic 4 A.M. Eternal Series, and it’s one of our favorites yet. Keeping with the theme of songs that serves as perfect closing tracks at the end of the night, each track has a vibrant energy and captivating soundscape that weave together to form something endlessly moving and dance worthy. New York’s Let’s Play House is hosting the mix in anticipation of tonight’s show where Eastman will be joining forces with Jacques Renault and Gavin Royce of Walker & Royce at the Bossa Nova Civic Club in New York. If you’re up North, definitely don’t miss out. Find more info HERE and check the track list below:
Leon Vynehall – Butterflies (Original Mix)
GusGus – Obnoxiously Sexual (J.Phlip Mix)
Solomun – Friends (Original Mix)
Mayer Hawthorne – The Stars Are Ours (Detroit Swindle’s Big Dipper Mix)
Ogris Debris – What Do You Do
Will Eastman, Ozker & Enea – Falling In Dub
Romanthony – What $ Love (Supernova Remix)
Bicep – Nova (Original Mix)
The Presets – No Fun (Lancelot Dub)
Ricardo Baez – Stay (Whitesquare Remix)
Stereo MC’s – Good Feeling (Terranova Remix)
Sailor & I – Turn Around (Âme Remix)