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.
Blisspop don Will Eastman has a brand new mix up on his SoundCloud page for stream and download. With a healthy dose of house and disco, the mix features unreleased remixes from Eastman’s Volta Bureau project as well as Crosstown darlings Walker & Royce (both tracks off the forthcoming Sam Records comp on Nurvous Records). Per usual, mixing is top notch — for example, Cassian’s delightfully deep “Reach For Love” slips right into Laberge’s edit of Frisky’s ‘You’ve Got Me Dancing.” Check it out below…
Mercury – Rio
Kid Color – Time (Curt’s mix #2)
Cassian – Reach For Love
Frisky – You’ve Got Me Dancing In My Sleep (Laberge’s Extended Party edit)
Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love (Walker & Royce touch)
Prince – We Could Have a Good Time (Kolombo rework)
Only Children – Richard Morris
Raiders of The Lost Arp – Night Theme
A.N.D.Y., Vicente – El Barrio
Moon Boots – Running From (feat Violetness)
Mike & Brenda Sutton – We’ll Make It (Volta Bureau rework)
Munk & Peaches – You Can’t Run From My Love (Classixx Remix)
Chris Malinchak – Another Day
Satin Jackets – Hollywood (Chris Jylkke Miami Mix)
Be sure to catch his DJ set after his live performance with Volta Bureau alongside Starks & Nacey and Brian Billion for U Street Music Hall’s two year anniversary! RSVP for free admission (for 21+) at www.bit.ly/uhall_rsvp. Ages 18-20 can purchase an advance ticket here.