Bliss 13 Year Anniversary
Kingdom b2b Bok Bok, Charles Feelgood, Worthy, Will Eastman "Caroline/Rabid" EP Release Party
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 18 and over
Kingdom b2b Bok Bok
Brooklyn-based DJ / producer Kingdom rose to public acclaim with his debut single "Mind Reader" (released on Fool's Gold in early 2010), a collaboration with big-voiced NYC diva Shyvonne. But even before "Mind Reader," Kingdom had been deeply involved in Bok Bok & Lvis-1990′s London-based Night Slugs collective, having had his European debut at their second-ever club night. It was his mixtapes that first alerted Night Slugs' attention. His debut 2006 mixtape fused grime, crunk, US club, and house with his unique adaptations of R&B vocals. On his debut Night Slugs EP That Mystic, Kingdom delivers five tracks that reference many of the aforementioned genres, but also posses a completely individual, otherworldly gleam. It's the sound of digital chimes, operating system environments, skipping CDs, midi ringtones. Kingdom now represents the leading force in a new generation of American bass producers. And with upcoming releases on Night Slugs, Fool's Gold, and his own Fade to Mind imprint, his presence on the playlists of international DJs continues to grow.
Feelgood's rise to dance music infamy dates back to his beginnings as the leading force behind the D.C./Baltimore electronic music scene. Alongside his partner and fellow DJ Scott Henry, Feelgood launched Fever, which became one of the most sought after events for touring DJs from around the world. In the early 2000s, Feelgood moved to Southern California with the goal to ramp up his production work, quickly becoming a mainstay in Beatport's top 100.
Worthy grew up around Washington DC in the early days of Deep Dish, Scott Henry and the early American rave scene. In the late 90's after moving to New York City, he met good friend Justin Martin and was exposed to the sounds of people like LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen and Sasha. These artists greatly influenced his early ear while the expanding dance music scene encouraged him to play records of all genres; from hip hop to breaks to techno and drum 'n' bass.
In 2001 Worthy moved to San Francisco. He set up his studio and began producing house and techno music and DJing around the city. He later conspired with Christian Martin, Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke to co-create a fresh take on outdoor parties, rightly named Dirtybird. The Dirtybird parties have quickly become an institution for San Francisco die-hards and a destination for international travelers.
2006 brought the launch of Worthy's label, Anabatic Records. Originally intended as an outlet for the release of his own music, Anabatic quickly branched out to take on new artists. Anabatic has been providing a steady stream of high quality tech house and has been gaining the praises of top DJs and Producers around the globe for its edgy new sound.
In 2007 Worthy broke out as a producer with his release of Irst_Te? on Dirtybird, Crack EL EP on Leftroom, and Bass Quake and Mummer EP on Anabatic. As well as doing remixes for Curfew, OM, Utensil, and Tentigo records. In 2008 Worthy released his underground hit Work The Walls on his label and its accompanying music video has given fans a glimpse into the la la land of his mind. He followed this up with his Madcap EP and remixes on Lot49, Fresh Meat, and Anabatic. Worthy's music production has been showing up on DJ charts across the world and has been played by everyone from Carl Cox to Sven Vath to Ben Watt.
With no signs of slowing down in 2009, Worthy has already released the Swing Chord EP on Trapez Ltd, and has teamed up with label mate Yankee Zulu to release the Bad Side EP and BS Connection EP on Playtime records and there huge summer smash hit Concumbia on Anabatic. With plenty more remixes and originals on the way and the continued growth of Anabatic Records, Worthy is set to continue getting everyone working the walls around the world.
Will Eastman "Caroline/Rabid" EP Release Party
Bliss, started by Will Eastman, remains one of D.C.'s longest-standing parties; beginning in the now defunct Metro Cafe, them moving to the Black Cat, 9:30 Club and now settling at its home base U Street Music Hall. Bliss' open-format forward-thinking sound and its "no attitude, no bullshit" party policy became the foundation on which U Street Music Hall was built. Eastman will also commemorate the release of his latest EP "Caroline/Rabid" out on Main Course. The EP has gained early support from such diverse acts as Daniel Avery to Aeroplane. Gotta Dance Dirty notes, "It's tastefully trippy, using ritualistic percussion and acoustic guitar to round out this great left-field tune."