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Manila Killa (feat. Satica) – Youth (k?d Remix)

Manila Killa’s “Youth” is one of the first tracks I heard while living in L.A. The stress of switching up my entire life during a rough period was overwhelming at times, but no matter the situation, the song could bring me to a place where the weight dissipated from my shoulders. Killa’s otherworldly production combined with Satica’s stunning vocal performance truly served as rose-tinted insulation from the worries of the real world.

Thus, it’s no surprise I’m happy to hear the Moving Castle highlight receive new life from K?d. His take on “Youth” ups the energy during its hook to massive results, and in a way, the change in music correlates perfectly with my position in life right now. Almost three months since the original cut dropped and everything seemed to be at peak levels of hectic, I now find myself in a much better place, one where my mind is overflowing with creativity and my relationships are back to being healthy. It’s an overall sense of well-being that I was afraid I would never feel again after life’s overwhelming challenges, but challenges be damned, I’m back.

Happy Saturday, everyone.


Coolwater Set and RAC – The Coast (feat. Jvzel)

Ironically, I’m sitting about 200 feet from the actual coastline as I write this, the ebb and flow of the waves almost as hypnotizing as this throwback beauty from Coolwater Set and RAC. The smooth syrupy rhythm of the song along with the natural rhythm of the ocean put me into quite a zone. Also the huge joint I was smoking might have had something to do to with said zone. Regardless, please indulge these Coolwater/RAC/weed inspired thoughts, if you don’t mind:

The waves, their rhythm and patterns, don’t they kinda define the way life works? At first the wave builds slowly, absorbing energy and moving within gravity’s rules. Then when it’s built up enough momentum it grabs hold of an already established current and starts to move in line with that current’s motion. Soon it blossoms into the fullest version of itself, rises up as far as it can reach, and then crashes down to the surface, it’s essence absorbed into the land and sucked back out into the collective mass (consciousness). Then it gets to do it all over again.

Shouldn’t we all live like the wave? Spend time preparing, pick our spots and when the flow is right, you dive in and make the biggest damn impression you possibly can until you expire and become part of the earth once again. Maybe our spirit goes back into the collective mass and heads out on it’s next journey, just like the brand new wave that rises again.

“As I flow, with the most, cruise control, down pacific coast, never feelin lost, life goes round hundred spokes”

Yeah, back to the music (I probably shouldn’t have mentioned the part about that joint). It’s that pulse…that thump that drives this banger. Jvzel’s haunting vocals and the FM guys silky flows complement the vibe perfectly, and the result is a classic sounding banger that works on every level.


Terror Jr. – Say So

SAY-SO
Now,
It’s quick. Quickly,
Like pink bubbles popping, like sugar, sugar. Like palm trees, lightning skyrocketing. Rocket tinkering. Small sways this way. And that.
Up, up and up. Another cup. Up, closing my eyes and giving.
Myself to me to this and… You talk a lot.
You talk a lot about us in a bad way. Labeled, unstable. I don’t need us lately.
Like looking up like the night sky tinkering.
Breathe, breathe in deeply. In.
Like if I breathe more, more deeply, I can reach me. Now, I go up and up and see. Like this rhythm pedaling.
You choked me.
Now, it’s lit.
Like the kids say.
Now, I want me. Like this song.
Like when I sway.
With a fire underneath.
Nodding. Rocking. Chest bouncing. Nod with me. Breathe,
But bounce with me.
Butt bounce with me, everybody.
Think differently
Immediately
Reconsider
No
No time
Now only listening to what I say, so.
Remember what you used to say, though?
Listen.
It’s quick.

 


Viceroy – Fade Out (ft. Gavin Turek)

I ran into Viceory at Coachella two years ago in possibly the most faded condition I’ve ever been…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness… – A Tale of Two Cities

I remember being in the Sahara tent or something and then suddenly in front of him and a bunch of people talking about a song he hadn’t released. It was all a wonder blur then as it is now…

Sometime before that I was in my friends studio when he played me an early version of that song, it was Fade Out. Gavin was still relatively unknown then but I instantly fell in love with her vibe. A lot of people ask me for opinions about music but and get pretty frustrated when I don’t have any. I only understand music through the feeling it gives me. Good, bad or anything else is completely irrelevant if the vibe moves me in some way. Fade Out is the perfect example of that. Not only does say I want you till the very end in the swaggiest way…

We don’t have to rush, I want you until the fade out.
It just ain’t enough, I want you until the fade out…

But her melodies through out the song literally make you feel like you’re on a boat in the South of France sipping champagne, looking out at the ocean appreciating how wonderful it is to be alive. It’s amazing how music can take over your feelings like that. What an alien language it is to be able to supersede whatever we’re thinking or doing to take us somewhere new. Couldn’t think of a better vibe for a summer Friday, enjoy.


Palmistry – Club Aso

PAGAN-1000

When I float in the water, there’s a sense that I am both in control and helpless to the current running under me. That I’m part of something bigger I can completely give in to, but if I wanted to, I could still move. Move to cause a ripple and change myself in the blue vastness. And isn’t that freedom? The acceptance of something bigger with the simultaneous acknowledgement of some agency.

When I can float in a song, there’s a sense it’s taking me somewhere gently and not pushing me aggressively towards a climax I’m supposed to lose myself in. Club Aso, Palmistry’s first single off his debut album, PAGAN, drifts me slowly into that freedom meditatively. Staying animated, though, the track makes it feel appropriate to close your eyes and forget where you are while continuously giving you just enough to keep you happily moving.

Palmistry’s PAGAN takes dancehall and does away with the extra pomp superstars Rihanna and Sean Paul generously cake on top for audiences to lick off while moving to the essential rhythm the genre has to offer. Club Aso lets you indulge all you want in that delicious essence of Caribbean music without getting swept up by all that extra stuff.

I love it, control me, the way it holds me…”

Fall back into nostalgia or allow your mind to create images to match the flow that itself almost seems like a hallucination. It’s a buoyant and relaxed kind of sensory intake rather than that whitewater rafting rush pop crossover tracks aim at generating. You’re safe in that warm foundation that is Palmistry’s subtle current of motion pushing you forward like waves.