Chris Kelly Profile
So, here’s the thing about writers. We do a lot of writing and analyzing and intellectualizing about everybody else’s offerings to art and culture, but who writes about the writers?  Who’s the real person behind the byline?  Chris Kelly is constantly in search of a deep, emotional connection with music, art, and his community.  His impetus to write is driven by politics, artwork of all types — whether it be

Philco Artist Image
As the popularity of house music elements rises in mainstream electronic productions, few new artists understand and incorporate its roots like DC’s Philco. The Roland TR-909 was released in 1984 as one of the first Roland kits equipped with MIDI, and it played an instrumental role in the rise of underground house music with use by innovators such as Daft Punk and Frankie Knuckles. Philco draws upon this influence in

Lydia Kitto is a rising producer and vocalist from Essex, United Kingdom who specializes in combining her soulful voice with free flowing and polished electronic instrumentals. Her latest single, “Ride,” is an intoxicating blend of soul, disco, jazz, and house that takes cues from artists like Floating Points and Four Tet. The track first lulls you in with plaintive jazz keys followed by a woozy bassline that keeps the song grooving

Barclay Crenshaw at U Street Music Hall February 18
Learn more about Barclay Crenshaw before his show on Saturday at U Street Music Hall. RSVP on Facebook and purchase tickets. Channeling a love affair with classic ’90s hip-hop, an affinity for otherworldly themes and an ear for raw funk, Barclay Crenshaw uses his given birth name to bare his soul and deliver a slowed-down, emotive collection of collaborations and instrumentals. This self-titled debut album is a left-field departure from his

Night Sea mix artwork
We restart the Blisspop Mix Series with an ambient techno mix from San Francisco’s Night Sea. Couleurs (Johan Ismael) and Tape Ghost (David Grunzweig) joined forces both in the studio and onstage for their live set to craft their unique sound. Their recent track “Solis” off their Night Sea EP is a good representation of their restrained yet powerful music. Night Sea focuses primarily on studio production and their live electronic set, but they also