Sister Bliss is a name that for many will need little explaining. Best known for her role as a pivotal member of Faithless, the world’s only multi-million selling stadium dance band, the first lady of dance has also found time over the years to release mix compilations, make music for film soundtracks, TV and theatre, and DJ around the world. Her career behind the decks has blazed a trail for female DJs the world over, as Bliss stepped up to play (and often beat) the boys at their own game.
2007 was a big year for Faithless, but now her band commitments have quietened Sister Bliss is highlighting the other string to her bow with ‘Nightmoves’, a double headed package of Bliss beats, set for release on Godlike & Electric.
Thirteen years deep in the game, Sister Bliss is at the top of promo lists the world over and so on this mix is able to drop in major underground talents like Adam K, alongside classic main room anthems courtesy of Underworld and Splittr. Proving she still has her finger firmly on the pulse, Bliss also drops in anthems in the making, with new hits from the likes of Pryda (aka Eric ‘Call On Me’ Prydz), PNAU and her very own remix of The Enemy’s ‘This Song’, alongside fellow Faithless founder Rollo.
Across the mix Bliss pays homage to the styles that first drew her to dance music, touching on acid house synth lines and the warm soulful side of Detroit techno, all the time keeping things fresh and exciting. A spattering of vocal house is also thrown in, blending perfectly with the emotive, electronic, soulful sounds Bliss favours.
Sister Bliss’ love affair with house music first began in 1987 and over the years she has inspired countless other female DJs to enter the testosterone-ridden world of club culture. With both Mercury Music Prize & BRIT nominations, six albums – two of them UK number ones, plus countless sold out gigs and headline festival sets the world over, she has proved herself as one sister who, through doing it for herself, has contributed to the club scene as we know it today in a big way.
Now busy working on a 7th studio album, and preparing for a hectic summer of headline DJ sets across Europe – including an exclusive monthly residency at Pacha, Ibiza – as well as continuing her long held residency at The Gallery, Ministry of Sound, Bliss is definitely not one to rest on her laurels. It seems Godlike & Electric have been lucky to capture a mix from a DJ vying for the title of the hardest working woman in dance.