Bliss Classics is a new series by Blisspop that will highlight artists, producers, DJs and labels that are an important part of the history of dance and electronic music. We are excited to kick off the series with a look at one of dance music’s most influential record labels, West End Records. In the world of dance music, record labels are as much lauded as the tracks and albums themselves. Why

The powerhouse vocals of Amy Douglas have been featured on many a dance track, with producers such as Eli Escobar, Juan Maclean and Kon combining their disco and house smarts with her singing talents. But as any talented collaborator should, she gets the chance to shine on her own as well. She does just that on her latest release “Never Saw It Coming,” which is presented both in its original form

Here at Blisspop, we are always excited to showcase the local electronic talent that the DC music scene has to offer. Back in May, we premiered “Will Love” the debut single from lovetechnique, a duo consisting of DC resident Kevin Bayly (Furniteur) and Portland-based former DC resident Evan Grice (Pleasure Curses). Now they are back with a new track from their upcoming self-titled EP that we are proud to debut

It is hard to deny the influence of disco on the musical landscape. The genre combined orchestral majesty with funky soul and syncopated rhythms and made dancing the center of its universe. While the influence of many disco artists and producers remains a constant in today’s music scene, there is one artist, writer and producer who not only has influenced disco, electronic and soundtrack music, but music as a whole.

Ahead of Blisspop Disco Fest starting August 31st at the 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall, Blisspop contributors Aeron Premo and William Creason talk about some of their favorite Italo Disco & Boogie records.   Kano – “I’m Ready” (1980) The claps and burbling bassline that open “I’m Ready” will more than likely instantly register a DC connection in most listeners: the bass riff is the basis for Tag Team’s 1993 Jock