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Niia – BTSTU (Jai Paul Cover)

Niia’s breathy echo captures you upon literally, the first 2 seconds of Jai Paul’s track, not only that but these may be some of the best lyrics I have heard in a while from Jai Paul and Niia couldn’t have complimented it more beautifully and effortlessly.  The symbolism is so beautiful, some times I get too wrapped up in these two things, but I guess when you are a romantic you just can’t help yourself, you see the beauty in ways that others cannot, or choose not too.  I am really big on being able to come up with lyrics that capture a great metaphor/symbolism that isn’t hard for any one person to pick up on.  These lyrics in particular are about being lost, maybe even hitting rock bottom, being so torn by past events and forgetting the magnificent person you once were.  Maybe this is because of love, maybe this is because of traumatic events, in any case you’ve “been gone along time”, but everyone is able to find themselves again, bounce back to reality and back to what things once were.  Everyone is capable of bouncing back from anything, I know this from personal life experiences, but its about wanting it, because the human mind can be lost out at sea forever if it doesn’t learn how to surface and swim.

Don’t fuck with me,
Don’t fuck with me 
Since you shipped my eyes off to sea 
I never knew where i was going
I went where the water was flowing

I know I’ve been gone a long time, but
I’m back and I want what is mine 
I know I’ve been gone a long time, but 
I’m back and I want what is mine.”

Jai Paul’s writing and production abilities are a “mind F*&c” I say this in the most positive way possible.  I completely loose myself in his production, the way the drums and bass kick in is so damn sexy that you just want to melt. Hailing all the way from the UK this musician has all the talents of a great musician up his sleeve.  I have no idea what everyone is doing today but I think I might put this track on repeat on some damn good speakers because wow, the bass just bumps with a vibration that is unreal and just lie around in my underwear all day with some candles lit.  I gave you some good ideas for the rest of your day didn’t I, enjoy!

 
Niia – BTSTU (Jai Paul Cover)


Princeton – To The Alps (Radio Edit)

A straight course to the Alps.”

I have in my iTunes a playlist for Sunday mornings. It’s a mix of singer/songwriter artists, some low-fi alternative tracks, and chill-wave pop tunes (side-note confession – Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” may or may not make an appearance). It’s a playlist that’s meant to accompany my Sunday morning routine of brewing coffee, sitting down and reading some news articles, trivial blogging while eating a home-cooked egg and toasted bagel. I like my Sunday mornings (well all my mornings ideally) to be quiet, relaxing, and slow-moving. The tracks on this playlist are ever growing and their order changes constantly, but one this they have in common is they’re tunes that get me thinking and tunes that tell stories of places and experiences in simple terms. Sunday mornings are meant to be simple in my opinion; simple and coherently sedative.

Princeton’s “To The Alps” has been on this playlist since it was released last year. It’s got everything for a Sunday morning: sweet kick-drum beat, keyboards, soothing vocals, horns, and a story that takes me away from the current heat-wave clogging New York City’s streets. Despite the desire and longing Jesse Kivel sings about, the song carries a twinge of hope and really that’s all a Sunday morning song should carry. This isn’t some mellow Starbucks track. It’s a track that’s poppy enough to get you moving if your morning coffee hasn’t already. Wake up with this tune; it’ll do your groggy ears and potentially sore body some good.

Happy Sunday.

Princeton – To The Alps (Radio Edit)


Theophilus London – Lighthouse (JJ Remix)

It’s not every night that you find yourself sitting on a rooftop in Fort Greene looking out on the Manhattan skyline with a bunch of jazz bros, talking and appreciating good music. But on the nights that this happens, it’s easy to get lifted off into a sublime state of euphoria. Last night I felt this extreme euphoria as I listened to people talking about the current state of music. There was such a positive energy present where everyone talking felt a deep connection to one another and to music in some way. There was so much praise for today’s music, for the products that we’re constantly subject to. It’s why blogs like this exist, after all.

Theophilus London is amongst those that I truly respect as a modern day musician who embodies the right ideals of quality creation. The music he’s created has truly set a high standard for good music and it’s something that is hard not to appreciate. It’s also a great thing to see a musician who interacts daily with his fans via Twitter, which is something I wish more artists would take advantage of. It says a lot about their character and what they value when it comes to their craft.

The JJ remix of Lighthouse is perfect in every sense. There’s a mellow build up that has me feeling bubbly all the way, and I can’t even begin to explain the release of energy that happens when the beat drops. It’s not an intense drop though, it’s just easy, holding your hand the whole way. Sometimes I listen to myself say things like this and feel like you guys have no idea what I’m talking about, but when you hear the track I think you’ll understand.

I’m including Big Spender as a bonus because that’s one of my favorite tracks off the album. It’s got so much energy and the sample is beautiful and classy. You just want to play it in those big headphones when you’re walking down the street and strut your stuff as you pretend to smack the air with one hand and hold a butt with the other.

Happy weekending!

Theophilus London – Lighthouse (JJ Remix)

BONUS:

Theophilus London – Big Spender ft. A$AP Rocky

 


Feist – How Come You Never Go There

Leslie Feist can do no wrong in my book. She has the ability to chill me out and get me going – all within two tracks of each other. She’s morning, noon, and night music – a story-teller and musician; something you don’t see much of these days. Can you believe she’s 36? Rock on girl. You do you best and I will admittedly follow you where ever you go sonically.

We carry on as if our time is through
You carry on as if I don’t love you
And so we find the way is out
To cut the heart out of the doubt now
The room’s full but hearts are empty
Like the letters never sent me
Words are like a lasso
You’re an instrumental tune
How come you never go there?

This track comes to you straight from her late 2011 album Metals. It was the first single released and sets the tone for this new era of Feist. Acoustically, it parallels her pre Reminder era; a little bluesy, a little poppy, and a hell of a lot of minimalist poetry. It’s a mellow tune that washes over you and cools ya down. Her cool “woah woah woah-oh’s” have got me transported to some local bar where the lights are at their dimmest and cigarette smoke swirls towards the ceiling while Feist herself is swaying on stage with a guitar and bottle whiskey. The crowd is hushed and hypnotized by the soothing song coming from her mouth. She croons out a story of lovers in a doomed relationship, each not meeting the other’s expectations; yet there isn’t a hint of sadness or bitterness in her delivery. It’s like she’s throwing in the towel with each “woah” and plainly walking away. There’s an air of indifference to this track that makes it work so well.

Why not relax a little before the night begins with this track. A cold beer or Old Fashion will go down just as smooth Feist’s voice will sound through your speakers.

Feist – How Come You Never Go There


David Byrne and St. Vincent – Who

 

I’ve learned two things from hanging out with jazz lovers this week: where to find good food and how to listen to horns. And this song’s got nice horns. That solo saxophone starts off in such a classy and funky way that when the track follows up with the more edgy guitar riffs it makes for a nice surprise.And you wouldn’t expect it, but Annie Clark’s soft voice sounds just right next to Byrne’s howls. A collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent is even more than bringing together the voices of two generations, it’s also bringing together two people from very different places, and making it work with each of their styles.

Who’s getting out of here
Who thinks they’re hungry
Who’s gonna be my friend
All around the table, everybody’s staring.

Living & walking in a city like New York you cross paths with literally thousands of people everyday. I think that’s actually an amazing thing; not knowing, and being ok with not knowing anyone of those people that rub up against you on the train again. Some people say it’s an impersonal city, but if you look at every-who as a new opportunity to make something great happen…then that’s about 8 billion opportunities walking around you all day.

Byrne & St. Vincent’s tour Love This Giant is set to hit the states late this summer.

David Byrne and St. Vincent – Who


Farleon – Millenium (Original Mix)

Holy crap!  This kid Farleon is only 18, I kind of dig it when I get surprised and excited at the same time (yes, they are 2 different feelings) about a new dope artist who is taking control of our speakers at such a young and promising age.  I really love me some good electro music like this track Millenium, in which Farleon does such a great job with his use of synths and throwing in some subtle vocals that don’t take away from the beat at all, just adds the perfect bit of spice.

Sultan Karimov, better known under the pseudonym FARLEON. A self-taught musician, didn’t get any music education. Born in 1993 in Kazakhstan, where he now resides. Music began with 3 years after in 1996 he was given synthesizer Yamaha PSS 51. In 1999, he started to listen to foreign rap artists such as Eminem and 2pac, what he grateful to his brother, who pulled him into the genre.”

Sometimes I like to listen to music that isn’t all about the vocals and basically all about the beat itself, which is why I have a deep love for classical music.  It allows you to come up with your own story, the way you are feeling at the moment that you listen to it can make it so many different things, energies, stories, feelings.  It’s kind of like at the ending of a good book or a movie that totally leaves you hanging.  I happen to be one of those people who loves endings like that because sometimes I like to imagine the rest with my interpretation.  This is exactly the same thing I get out of instrumentals and beats with very little vocals, there are no lyrics telling you how to feel.

I thought this was a great party track to leave you with while you are getting ready to go out on the town.  It’s bound to be a crazy night, Friday the 13th, Oh S*&t! This track is getting me pretty pumped and I have no idea what I am doing yet, but the possibilities are endless and so are yours, enjoy!

Farleon – Millenium (Original Mix)

 


The Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa (Woody Remix)

Aside from being one of the smoothest, coolest cats to ever grace music, Biggie was also one of the most gifted musicians the world has ever seen and I’m not talking about just Hip Hop here. Listen to Ready to Die and witness some of the most complex, unpredictable and exciting patterns and flows you’ll ever hear. I grew up singing and performing classical music and Jazz and the only other time I’ve heard someone throw so much genius in your face so effortlessly is with Mozart and Miles Davis. All three of these guys were prolific with their patterns and melodies, almost like they were in tune with something ethereal that made it sound natural and desirable to the ear…

Excuse me, flows just flow through me…” – Notorious B.I.G.

Jay-Z literally made a career by taking moments out of Biggies passing lines and I don’t blame for it but that’s how good he was. Biggie died so young its impossible to know where a grown up version of him would have taken music. He was getting sooo good when he died, R.I.P. Thankfully he left us enough material so some open minded little kid can hear it and take it up a level.

LA native Woody knows what I’m talking about. In fact the guy loves the late great B.I.G. so much he’s devoted his time to making and entire remix album of BIGs greatest. The one that caught my attention so far is his remix of Big Poppa which aside from the cheese ball talking at the end has enough vibe and feel to run with the best of them. If you were looking for something to get that Friday night started right, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy.

The Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa (Woody Remix)


Sexton Blake – Human Nature

There is never not a bad time of day to bust out some Michael Jackson tunes.  Portland, Oregon babies, Sexton Blake, bring us their hauntingly faithful rendition of Jackson’s toned-down ballad, Human Nature from his Thriller era. Some nice after-effects gives the track its mellow, needle-on-the-record feel. Sometimes this audio-esthetic can really grind my gears and ruin what would be a solid song, but this feel appropriate. It tones the track down and stays true to Jackson’s intent with the song – a focus on the lyrics. Both Jackson and Sexton Blake’s versions show-off the artist’s falsetto. Blake’s cover enters the brain like a pleasant sedative. It’s complimenting the melancholy weather outside my window right now.

It may not be some bumpin’ beat that gets you hyped up for Friday night and the weekend, but it’s a track that’ll be your best friend come tomorrow morning. It’s just a keyboard and a man – honest and simple. Whether you play this now as the work day winds down, tonight if you’re staying in for a chill evening, or tomorrow morning ’cause anything with a bass line will leave your head pounding you’ll be chilled down and feelin’ like all is well with the world.

Looking out
Across the morning
The city’s heart begins to beat
Reaching out
I touch her shoulder
I’m dreaming of the street.”

Think what you want about the man, Jackson’s music and vocal talent is unmatched. If you’re in need of a something slightly more upbeat (and when I say slightly I mean it) then listen to this live performance of Human Nature. This is how you make a pop performance out of an otherwise un-poppy tune.

Sexton Blake – Human Nature


Moonlight Matters – Come For Me

Have you ever heard a song where right from the first few seconds you think: What the heck is this? A punch to the stomach that you actually feel in your feet and makes you want to dance frantically. With an amalgamate of influences from some of your favorite musical decades and on top of that lyrics that not only you relate to but can easily find someone in any dance floor that you can sing them to. That is what this song does with an incredible precision.

This track is as energetic as it gets. The kicks and the pitch-bent vocal samples with Hercules & Love Affair‘s Gustaph on the vocals is the perfect combination to get you sweating; be it on the dance floor or the gym. If this song doesn’t get your heart racing then you should visit the doctor stat.

I first heard the Mighty Mouse Remix on the Kitsuné Soleil compilation which features plenty of tracks as good as this one and now the EP is out with the full length version. The original version is totally worth the purchase.

Moonlight Matters is the brainchild of Belgian producer Sebastiaan Vandervoode (ex-Villa) and their remixes are nothing short of moonlight matters themselves. Vandervoode is part of the belgian cosmic disco revival movement and he’s done a pretty good job at it if you ask me.

I dare you to hit play and not feel like it’s already Friday.

Moonlight Matters – Come For Me


Germany Germany Feat. Kotomi – Real Hero (College/Electric Youth Cover)

I first heard Germany Germany a year ago in a quiet little love affair with a track called Cold Hands. At the time, I hosted a radio show inundated with artists I had obtained from across the internet and across the world. When this track popped up today, I eagerly pulled up the track that had delighted me for a season of 2011. My second and equally exciting  discovery was the name of this new gem. A Real Hero was only the one of the most pervasive and hauntingly beautiful tracks from Drive, everyone’s favorite blood-spattered love story.

Back against the wall and odds
With the strength of a militant cause
Your pursuits are called outstanding
Emotionally complex.

Against the grain of dystopic claims
Not the thoughts of your actions entertained
And you have proved to be

A real human being and a real hero.”

I proudly present you Germany Germany‘s rendition of  College and Electric Youth‘s stunning work. Germany Germany is a Canadian guy named Drew Harris, inspired by the likes of Dntel and The Postal Service. He’s often sparing with the vocals, so he acquired this lovely creature named Kotomi (aka Lauren Hillman). She’s also featured on another of his new tracks, With You. Both are set to appear on the upcoming album Blank Mind Empty Heart (7/16). Create some new loves for 2012.

Germany Germany Feat. Kotomi – Real Hero (College/Electric Youth Cover)