Thanks so much for subscribing to the Athletica Newsletter! This is a mail out curated by a new artist each week, with a Spotify playlist, a BuyMusicClub list to buy those tracks on Bandcamp, and iso tips for how we're staying sane. It also includes a Bla(c)k Lives Matter resource, updated weekly (see up top).
This volume is curated by Bianca Oblivion.
Bianca Oblivion is an LA-based DJ, producer, radio host, and party throwerwith firm roots in the world of club music.
A playlist that travels the world! Bianca's brought together baile funk, reggaeton, Jersey club, Ghanian sounds, cuts from her home city of LA, and a smattering of her own production for a whirlwind of all things syncopated and bass-y. To be played loud while wearing clothes you can move in.
Loads of the above tracks are up to cop on Bandcamp (a blessing), most notably releases from Bianca herself! A big shout out to her latest single, Bubble Pon Di Bed ft. XL Mad, a future bashment romp that's as fun as it's name, with a sneaky extra mention for UNIIQU3's latest Bandcamp drop, UNIIQU3's Groove (Get Down).
Lock down has been a lot of things for me; a time of reflection and growth, frustration and uncertainty. I have really enjoyed having the time to dive into music projects, which is something I've not had a chance to focus on almost exclusively. It's been exciting to have released come out and receive a position response, even if I can't play them out to a crowd or on a booming system. Even though I work in nightlife, I am also kind of a homebody and am quite content just hanging at home in my comfy clothes, although I have gotten restless during this extensive SIP order. It's nice to feel less socially obligated to attend certain events or keep up on socials/social life. I miss travelling in generally, whether for gigs or leisure, I just love exploring new cities and meeting new people, or reuniting with old friends. However, I've been able to connect with new people virtually, either through music connects or Zoom functions.
Zoom has actually been a huge part of my lockdown life. I am an academic tutor by day, so I've been having online sessions with students and even taught a 4 week math class for 2nd graders (if you ever need Zoom tech support, they are seasoned pros). I've DJed a ton of streams and Zoom parties (I co-host a weekly one called The Saddest Spiral) which are a lot of fun and have kept my DJ skills sharp. I've also continued my Club Aerobics show on NTS, and had a few Zoom interviews with guests, which were a lot of fun. My little brother's playroom has now been transformed into a multipurpose Zoom conference/DJ stream booth/photo studio, centred around this giant red Alice in Wonderland looking couch (see top of newsletter).
I live with my mom, brother and sister, so I've spent a majority of my time in the house with them - lots of Netflix, movies and TV (I May Destroy You is a current favourite) and general family shenanigans. We were cooking a lot and getting creative with recipes at the beginning of quarantine, but have since gotten a little burnt out on it after a while (no pun intended) - take out has been more frequent lately.
My mom works for HELPER Foundation, a violence reduction/community based non-profit agency that has been providing food to families in need since COVID hit, and I've gone to help her sort food and distribute as often as I can. We also love the beach and had some nice days out in the water, once the ban was lifted.
I have a lot of new tracks and mixes in the works, so stay tuned!