Ryan Hemsworth is a young producer from Canada with a remarkably productive output in the past two years and a totally unique approach to hip hop and R&B production.
With an early background as a singer and guitarist, he quickly weaned off rock into hip hop and more software oriented music, diving whole-heartedly into drum loops and samples. In 2011, his first release No Plans was featured on SPIN magazine’s Top 20 R&B albums of 2011 and he quickly followed up with A Way and Kitsch Genius, which got him increasingly noticed for a singular sound attracting a number of music critics and artists from across the country. He soon began cultivating relationships online and became a go-to producer for MCs like Main Attrakionz, Shady Blaze, and Deniro Farrar, helping craft a sound sitting somewhere between chill wave and trap rap. Hyperbolic Chamber Music, a collaborative project with NYC clothing brand Mishka, saw him at the helm of a 22-minute posse cut featuring 26 different rapper from across America, and his remix treatment of Grimes, Frank Ocean, and Danny Brown have kept his name spreading in the past year.
With his first label release, the Last Words EP released through Wedidit Collective, Ryan Hemsworth continues his sonic collages and explorations, digging even deeper into unexplored genres and delivering his finest work to date.
The best music is made by those who expose our very guilty pleasures with undeniable, stimulating creations. This can be said of the mere samples we have received this year from rising producer CYRIL HAHN.
The Bern, Switzerland native experimented early on with music production during high school and abandoned it after leaving his hometown to pursue post-secondary in Vancouver, Canada. After a 3 year hiatus from music, feeling a need to return to his former love, he sat down and did what is considered by some to be taboo: stripped down two iconic R&B songs and gave them his unique atmospheric twist: Mariah Carey's "TOUCH MY BODY" and Destiny's Child "SAY MY NAME."
Cyrils' remixes instantly hit a nerve with internet fans & other artists after uploading to his Soundcloud, especially the Destiny's Child anthem. This summer, SAY MY NAME hit #1 on HYPEM in under 2 weeks, selected as the final track by Diplo for his BBC Radio 1 mix show, and posted as a favourite on the fan page of global trendsetting group the xx. This fall Annie Mac also fell in love with the song, playing it on her radio show, at many of her shows, and mentioning it in her interviews as one of her addictive tracks of the year. SAY MY NAME now has over half a million plays on Soundcloud, countless tribute videos with over 2 million YouTube views, and considered by many to be a favourite of 2012.
Toward the end of the year, Cyril released additional remixes that have become crowd favourites: a hauntingly melodious remix of UK Electropop duo Alpines single CHANCES, the atmospheric remix of Solange's LOSING YOU, an up-tempo, high-energy remix for US sister trio HAIM's DON'T SAVE ME, the addictive, sultry, remix of Jessie Ware's SWEET TALK, and the larger than life remix of the young songstress Gabrielle Aplin's PLEASE DON'T SAY YOU LOVE ME.
Let Cyril continue to feed your guilty pleasures with memorable shows & music for years to come.
HARRY RANSOM (Harry Schrecengost) is a resident DJ for Blisspop, and DC-based podcast Expansion Broadcast. Starting out as a drum’n'bass obsessed vinyl and mix tape collector in the mid-1990s, Harry became involved in many local event productions and college radio at UMD’s WMUC 88.1 FM. Nearly 18 years later, he has remained active in the DC music scene, continues to collect a wide range of music, has a DJ resume rivaled by few, and regularly plays U Street Music Hall on diverse bills that have featured acts such as Eats Everything, Amon Tobin, Four Tet, Falty DL, Bok Bok, Kingdom, Sinden, Switch, Jacques Greene, Designer Drugs, and S.P.Y. Additionally, Harry is one of the new contributing writers to the Blisspop blog, and is also working diligently on his own music production.