Some days we all just want to chill. We picture a day where the sun is peaking in through our windows and we can lay in bed all day, or on the couch in our jammies and simply just relax. Today is one of those days for me, and although I do have some work to do, I plan on staying in all day with the windows open to let this beautiful Autumn breeze in, and take it easy.
Axwell & Dirty South’s — Open Your Heart (KLar & PF Remix) provides the perfect soundscape for a day like this one. What starts off as some super chilled out elevator music eventually progresses to a really enjoyable listening experience with some very mellow and super cool vocals that blend right in to the rest of the instrumentation without ever overpowering them or being too loud.
Sometimes great background music has to be just that—music that’s there, without being there. This particular KLar & PF Remix does that flawlessly as it can be played while reading, Fall cleaning, or just taking a nice long bath.
If you have a set playlist for super chilled out relaxation music, then pop this baby in there and chill out…
I walked into a pizza shop in SoHo recently to find this song playing. Coincidentally, a friend had sent it to me on Spotify just a couple of days before, so you can only imagine my pleasure at encountering by chance. The pizza shop on Thompson and Spring usually doesn’t play this kind of music, but on that particular foggy and humid day, they seemed to be doing a great job with their music selection.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this in any previous posts, but I’ve recently taken on the task of learning how to DJ, and I’ve never felt more thrilled about any decision in my life. As someone who constantly talks about music, I feel like it’s only appropriate to try and connect with listeners on the dance floor by providing the tunes. There’s something really special about a DJ with eclectic tastes who is open to catering to all tastes. Because you might show up to a party expecting to hear solely funk tunes, but the unexpected throwback classic ’90s R&B jam, or oldies doo-wop, is always more of a pleasure than a stir-up. And I think that’s the kind of feel I’d like to bring to the dance-floor: unexpected joy. We’re always going to revert to that old sound, because it’s so damn catchy and reliable. This song in particular brings me back to a time that I didn’t even exist in, but it pulsates through my veins and drops me into the thicket of a bustling teenaged dance-floor, circa 1965. A beautiful afro haired woman turns to me, gives me a shimmy and a clap, and turns away. I’m in bliss.
3, 6, 9
The goose drank wine
The monkey chew tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
And they all went to heaven in a little rowboat.”
Happy listening, my little dance-bears.
I am back in Brooklyn after being in LA for the whole Summer working on music (can’t complain) and man does it feel good to be home. Their is just something about the vibe here in NYC, the lifestyle, and yes the sun is still shining over here. I thought it fitting when I heard the AraabMuzik remix of Sleigh Bells “Never Say Die”, one of Brooklyns’ own female and male duo has blown up everywhere and only a couple years ago was only known here in the BK. Crazy how time flies, I just want to shut my eyes and have it all come that fast!
This remix definitely gives this track somewhat of a electronic/rock feel with some hip-hop flavor which is what caught my attention off the bat, with the catchy bass and sexy drums, just the right potion to kick start your weekend. Listening to this I am on the edge of my seat thinking that Jay-Z (who played in BK last night) or Kanye is going to come in with some fly verse, but it’s still fly because I definitely have a huge love little lyrics and big sound, which is why this track is great to vibe out too before you get ready to head out.
Really wanted to get in a post, it’s been a while with all the chaos, (but good chaos). And as much as I am lovin’ bein’ back in my city I have to go back to LA to start finishing some really cool stuff that I can’t wait to share!
Enjoy the weekend sexy people!
Plug in your headphones for this one folks ’cause the drop in this track is heavy and it’s deep. Swedish trio, Miike Snow continue to deliver fire tracks, but add in dance-pop maestro Jacques Lu Cont and you have a track that threatens to blow your speakers (really though, if you’re going to do that why not do it to this one)?
There’s someone here who laughs too hard at everything You say isn’t it hard? Paddling out, paddling out Say you, isn’t it hard? Paddling out, paddling out…”
Coming off the trio’s March 2012 release, Happy To You, “Paddling Out” is upbeat synth bliss. I picture two people working a banal job staring at a co-worker who’s constant pep is more irritating than anything. One is probably sitting on a desk, head above the cubical while the other mindlessly goes through their dismal to-do list all the while grunting as the co-worker du jour laughs loudly; perhaps walking by to flash a bright white smile, eyes beaming. The irritation, however, stems from envy. They wish they could be as energetic, but they can’t. The chorus doesn’t question the level of difficulty of being happy, but rather the boldness it takes to venture out into a territory where happiness may exist. It’s much easier to play the cynic than it is to play the joyful one.
Thankfully, Lu Cont opens the door for the cynics and provides chorus that sounds like zipping through a vortex into another realm. As the words “paddling out” repeat, they stretch into the sound-waves and drop down into a pulsating boom-boom-boom with spacey robot sounds screwing up and down the melody. It’s a trip worth diving into today. So send that group text message out now and get your friends over tonight because you have this track ready, and letting go sounds pre-t-t-y nice right about now after this deceivingly long week.
Venturing out and experiencing something new isn’t as hard as it seems. All it takes is a little push.
Here’s that push.
A couple of months ago I wrote a post on the original version of this kickass banger. Today I’m happy to share with you Mighty Mouse’s take on it. This version is exactly 2 minutes and 10 seconds longer and in those 130 seconds Mighty Mouse pulls all his disco tricks out of the hat and when you believe you’ve heard ‘em all, he manages to pull a couple more surprises from his sleeves. The main synth work over that sexy bassline is quite 80’s influenced, that’s until the drop comes. No matter what happens musically, Gustaph’s vocals always manage to rise above and be the big shining star of the song. He conveys a lot more than words — in every belching of every word you can feel the emotions behind the tone he uses and with it sets. When the second drop comes in and Hercules & Love Affair’s vocalist goes for his falsetto you actually feel the shift to the next gear in this energetic voyage.
This song was released originally within the Moonlight Matters’ EP on Maison Kitsuné (probably my favourite independent label of the last couple of years by much). I highly recommend you follow Kitsuné on Twitter or Facebook because every single thing they release is pure gold — their taste and ears for good music is quite unique. If that weren’t enough they also create and commercialize one of the coolest (in my humble opinion) clothing lines out there for people like you and I. Check it out, the only catch is that some of their coolest stuff is a bit expensive for most pockets but they also have quite nice things for every budget.
We the youngest, we the only ones who know what’s up…”
One of the first questions I ask someone I meet is “what music do you listen to?” I don’t ask this question because I’m setting out to judge, hate, or be a music snob. I just think about music a lot. And when I’m in a social setting, there’s generally music playing from somewhere. So it seems like a good question to ask anyone I meet. And it’s a good way to learn something about that someone. Of course, many people can’t answer the question sufficiently. Some typical answers I’m met with:
-Anything but country and metal
These are all fine answers. But not too revealing. I ask the question because I want to want to hear about some dope stuff that I’ve never heard of. Ideally, I want to get my mind blown and say to myself “how have I never heard that before?” And at the very least, I’ll know that we’re probably not compatible.
Depending on my mood, I have a different answer when the question comes back at me. But the general, two-syllable answer I give is pretty simple: Nu Disco.
I then try to describe the sound, jabbering on about smooth bass lines and funky ass beats with sexy vocals and the rebirth of disco. From now on, I may just whip out my iPhone, headphones, hand them to my subject, and put on this song. Casio Social Club’s “Discokicks” is the kind of pure, fun, cheesy sampled Nu Disco that I shamelessly love. Stay Hot4Disco.
I think at this point in time, you guys are fully aware of my love for all things Gotye. What a groovy guy. I saw him perform live for the second time last week in Brooklyn, and I was just as blown away, if not more, than the first time I saw him at Terminal 5. As I’ve raved about the live performance before, I won’t get into specifics all over again. Though there were a couple of minor details that I noticed, that are definitely worth mentioning. First, the bass player. I have no idea where Gotye found him, but the man can do great things to a bass guitar. Whenever a new funky bass-line was introduced to us, it felt like our hand was being held through the song. I think I actually said that exact thing at one point during the show.
Besides Gotye’s angelic voice and success at dealing with shitty on stage technical problems (during State of the Art in particular, it seemed like the band was having a lot of trouble with a number of sounds), the video projections could not have been more fitting. The video for this song in particular had me in total awe, so I’ve included it in this post for your viewing pleasure.
I guess you could say I’ve been obsessed with this song ever since I woke up singing it this week. Coincidentally, it was the same morning I woke up sobbing from a nightmare I had, but I took it as a positive sign. It was the strangest sensation ever, to be totally immersed in a dream, very real in feeling, and then to wake up doing exactly what I had been doing in the dream. Simultaneously, this song was playing in my head. It was all too strange and I can only blame the full moon. Although a nightmare can sometimes shake up your entire day, as it tends to do with me, this song offered a lot of happiness and funk to what could have been a terrible day.