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Erika Spring – Hidden (Jensen Sportag Remix)

I don’t know if it’s the aftermath of a typical weekend party that makes our bodies yearn for music like this. I like to think of these tunes as the bloody mary, the fruit smoothy, the Alka Seltzers or whatever recovery method you use to get your body back to it’s natural feel-good state.

Erika Forster is a vocalist and keyboardist for Brooklyn based synth-pop trio Au Revoir Simone while Jensen Sportag is a Nashville production duo that takes Erika’s first single from her EP and applies some disco melodies over her cooing voice. I have added the original as a bonus so you can appreciate the difference from one version to the other. On her solo project she goes by the name Erika Spring as it is somewhat a departure from her work with ARS. Her EP’s production is more dense and complex musically, her voice is constant in her style and timbre.

Jensen used the perfect words to describe their version:

“It’s disco made for rolling down the river.”

They also gave this interesting insight into their remix and laid out some food for thought about where we are right now in this world and how it affects us. Here’s the complete existential quote of sorts for your pleasure:

While working on our remix of Erika Spring’s Hidden we talked a lot about the difficulty and delay of connecting deeply with another person in this era of easyshare information. The resulting cultural marginalization makes a mirror effect that’s compounded by our ever increasing image-consciousness. What’s the best way to hide one particular thing? To surround it with a million similar things. Like murmurating starlings and synchronized fireflies, we’re hidden in our own sameness, finding it harder to really know what’s in one another’s heart.”

Too bad it’s only 4 minutes and 26 seconds long because it could soundtrack a complete afternoon like this. On that note, try putting it on repeat a couple of times. You’ll see -or hear- how it sounds slightly different in every play. I find that really special and not many songs can do that.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

It’s due out on July 10 as a 5 track EP on Cascine Records.

Erika Spring – Hidden (Jensen Sportag Remix)


Erika Spring – Hidden


Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Monolith Remix)

Musical prodigy, political activist, inspiration to the world for just being outstanding, yea I am talking about Stevie Wonder.  One of my favorite musicians who I listen to on a weekly basis to get my “Wonder fix.”  He has always inspired me to be brave, and embrace everything you are doing with what it is that you love, not caring who is watching or what anyone else is thinking or how they might be judging you.  One of my biggest obstacles when I was really young and being on stage, especially when it came to music, was screwing up, wondering if people were judging me down in the audience, what if my voice cracks, were they going to laugh?  Stevie Wonder with his brilliance, courage and ability to capture the audience, you would never guess that he had any type of ailment.  So seeing him in a concert, on stage, on the television I had to realize that all my fears were just silly, and they weren’t real, just dumb “superstitions” you might say.  Anytime I feel nervous or any of these silly fears come back I have to remember the greats like Stevie, and I just shut my eyes and remind myself that you can’t care what the rest of the world is thinking.  You just have to exude love, and people just seem to gravitate to that energy.

Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall 
Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall 
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass 
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past 

When you believe in things that you don’t understand 
Then you suffer 
Superstition ain’t the way.”

Stevie Wonder’s musical greatness is something that is very tricky to tamper with, when he is sitting at that piano fingers dancing on the keys like they were really part of his skin, you quiver with so much excitement, I know I do!  Upon hearing this remix from Monolith I was a little apprehensive, but he gives it the right twist and punch with out taking away from the magnificence that is Superstition.  You hear the drum and bass with a little bit of a Michael Jacksons, Thriller theme thrown in there as well, perfect sound match up since the two have worked together and vibed so well.  Superstition meet Thriller and out pops this little bit of unique fire… Wooo!

Hope everyone is still feeling alive and good on this beautiful Sunday evening, but don’t wind down too soon, enjoy!

Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Monolith Remix)

Ghost Beach – Miracle (Viceroy Remix)

I’m currently surviving what the weather is calling a “dangerous heat index,” and the city is encouraged to limit outdoor exposure. Seems like the older we get, the hotter every summer feels. This little miracle is a refreshing distraction from the onset of heat stroke.

Viceroy sprinkles a little tropical rhythm on Ghost Beach’s already groove-worthy Miracle. Bongos dance throughout while Ghost Beach’s Josh Ocean takes you to some paradise evoked from his last name. Meanwhile Viceroy lives up to his motto: Summertime, All The Time.

It’s a miracle
Even if its in my head
Like a miracle
Im in love again

Everybody get out
We can’t stand underwater
Can’t seem to touch the ground.”

Currently at 101, temperatures having been sneering back at the 90 degree marks all week. Time to crank this tune and get lifted while anticipating that achingly far off vacation.

Ghost Beach – Miracle (Viceroy Remix)

Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right

Every once in a while you hear a track for the first time where the lyrics resonate just as much as the music itself, so much so, that they create a scene in your head. When I hear certain songs, I immediately envision a made up movie in my head. Maybe it’s this secret fantasy that I have, where I end up curating the soundtracks for movies.

For this track, I imagined a man and a woman eating ice cream and walking down a street somewhere in Brooklyn. Maybe in Williamsburg? They had just gotten into a fight but the cure to their troubles comes in the form of ice cream cones, the man knowing that his woman is always happier after eating chocolate ice cream. The man reflects for a moment on how far he’s come with this woman and how much his love has grown for her over the past two years. He’s already been through the motions good and bad with her: gone crazy from arguments, lost sense of self, gained clarity of life, etc. But for once in his life, he feels right. He knows that he’s doing okay, because she sticks around and lets him buy her ice cream.

The reality of the situation is that Cheers Elephant is an adorably psychedelic pop rock band that embodies the kind of modest sound that your high school friends’ band tries to go for but doesn’t quite always successfully deliver in real life. Cheers Elephant, however, successfully delivers and you can tell via this song. The very beginning reminds me of high school for some reason, when I’d go to shows at the local “indie” venue and geek out over cute boys with guitars. Coincidentally, these guys are cute and they also have guitars. Go figure.

The video is an equally entertaining bit of melancholia that pairs perfectly with the song as it follows the charming band members around, showing us how they seem to be doing all right at life. The vocals also remind me of Arctic Monkeys now that I think of it.

If you live in a city where car culture is a big thing, then crank down your windows and enjoy this song with your hair free and your sunglasses on. Since I don’t own a car, I’ve just settled for my living room speakers and an omelet. It’s almost the same feeling, trust me.

Draw and line, grab a pin, pop and deflate it
Livin’ lies you’re never gonna grow up
You’re pickin’ sides to teams that never show up
Oh baby baby baby you could end up anywhere…. I don’t care, cause!

I’m doin’ it, right!

Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right

Twin Shadow – Beg For The Night

I first heard Twin Shadow last fall sitting on the floor of my friend’s bedroom. It was early in the night, but we weren’t rallying for anything crazy – just a good time and some good tunes. He turned on George Lewis Jr.’s – (Twin Shadow’s real name) first album, Forget, and I was instantly hooked. It had such a fresh sound. It’s one of those albums that you can play from the beginning and listen to it straight through rather than jump from this track to another. Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for Twin Shadow’s newest release, Confess, to come out for a while.

This track builds on the sound Forget established and takes it deeper into the alt-dance realm. I can’t not bop my head or shake my shoulders to the beat when this is playing. It has a summer vibe and a chorus with Toto-like harmonies that make the lyrical longing seem like summer bliss. When the synths come in and build during the second verse, you’ll want to close your eyes and sway with the driving beat. It’s an track oozing with 80’s nostalgia made for todays ears.  The title captures the track’s sound perfectly. The beat and melody keep going and going and going. It’s a track that’ll carry you into your Saturday night with ease. Enjoy the night y’all.

PS: Confess drops next week on July 10th.

Twin Shadow – Beg For The Night

ZZ Ward – Cinnamon Stix (feat. Nathan Santos)

It’s a scorcher out there today. I can see the heat rising off the roofs from my little air-conditioned East-Village apartment. While the temperature inside is cooling down, this song is turning up the heat as it blasts through my speakers. ZZ Ward brings us a song that’s dripping in sex and cool. If the new Bond flick wasn’t in post-production already, I’d be begging the producers to use this track for their forever hedonistic opening credits. It balances on the threshold between class and dingy, raunchy and suave. Ward‘s husky drawl goes down like a bottle of smooth, ice cold beer. This track is hands-down sexy.

Knock that sun down from this amber sky
Shake the stars ’cause I’m gonna change your mind.”

The duet with Nathan Santos emphasizes the sexual tension of this song. Ward is maneater and Santos is her prey for the night. Turn this track up as evening sets in and the temperature outside hopefully goes down. It’s an acoustic lap dance that strips you of your inhibitions. This isn’t some laid-back relaxing night music. This is a dirty brash seduction song with a little bit of sleaze and a lot of flirtation.

I’ll take a shot of Ward‘s confidence any day and any night. She’s a woman on a mission and sonically we’re her target. I want to be at whatever dive bar Ward is at tonight.

ZZ Ward – Cinnamon Stix (feat. Nathan Santos)

White Sea – Ladykiller

The perfect song for your Saturday mood has landed itself into your hands. If you’re like me, you save it for yourself for a moment. You don’t share it instantly, allowing a chance for the sound to marinate into the walls and living room (if that’s where the music listening takes place). For me, Friday night “bangers” don’t necessarily have to be songs that physically demand your attention, so much as it resonates. For instance, Ladykiller leaves a lasting impression not so much because the lyrics strike me in a strange or familiar way, but because of the constant edge of your seat feeling you gather from the very beginning. To be introduced to a track with upbeat musical tempos, played out against a slow and sultry female vocal only leaves you wanting more and more. By the time the chorus comes around, you’re already out of your seat maybe thrashing your high ponytail from left to right as your hands and arms find their way to a sort of strange but familiar dance technique: out above and up front, waving as if to say “No, it’s too much!” while simultaneously encouraging you to march/stomp in place.

You get to the chorus the second time around, and there’s a beautiful addition that hadn’t existed previously: strings. Being the sucker that I am for all things classy and sassy, I fell deeper in love… And I couldn’t escape.

I am a ladykiller

Gonna find my strength tonight

Gonna find my trophy tonight.

To all you foxy ladykillers and mysterious maneaters out there, may the force be with you on this first weekend of July.

White Sea – Ladykiller


White Sea – Ladykiller (Gigamesh Remix)


Breakbot – One Out of Two (feat. Irfane)(Oliver Remix)

Love on a Saturday is all you need for the weekend. Breakbot shows us time and time again the nature of that honest devotion. Irfane’s vocals ooze head-over-heels affection and pedestal-building adoration.

I’ve been having a dream 
And in it, I am just a machine 
And only she has the potion that can give back emotion 
To the meaningless thing I’m becoming 

She’s every image that could ever be seen 
She’s in the air, if you know what I mean.”

Oliver shakes some of the disco out and injects a little oomph into the bass. The result is sublime and drives smoothly alongside Irfane’s earnest. Uplifting and powerfully innocent, the sound is true to Breakbot’s form. It’s a feel-good track fit for dancing with the one that knows you best. Hold hands, spin each other around and enjoy your weekend.

Breakbot – One Out of Two (feat. Irfane)(Oliver Remix)

Lucas Nord vs Urban Cone – Let Us Stay Young


It was the song I heard for the first time and liked it. But when I saw the video — I fell in love. I mean, flashing fluorescent tubes in hands and blue paint dripping from hands… catatonic stupor at its best. I guess I could relate to their dancing while listening to this tune on a friday night. Addictive? Yes. Perfect to start the weekend? Yes.

So dust off your strobe light, take out that laser pointer you bought but never used, turn off the light and start dancing. Here’s the Radio Edit, but if you’re into party mode make sure to get the Extended Edit.

Let Us Stay Young was Lucas Nord’s debut single featuring Urban Cone on the vocals. He’s one of the latest EDM talents to come out of -you guessed it- Sweden. Watch out for this kid because he’s blowing up as you read this. While the idea of the chopped up beats and the darker-dance-video theme came from Lucas, the video was directed by Mats Udd.

“Do not fall asleep tonight,
this might be a night to remember,
Do not fall asleep tonight,
please pretend i’m not a stranger,
Don’t waste the time,
Let us stay young,
do not fall asleep tonight,
it’s better if we stay together,
do not fall asleep tonight,
i know we’re bound to one another.”

Lucas Nord vs Urban Cone – Let Us Stay Young

Theophilus London – Dancing (Feat. Marvin Gaye)

This is definitely a party banger Theophilus pulled out of his pocket, and couldn’t be more perfect for you party animals on this Friday!  Throw in a Marvin Gaye sample, the guy who created love songs that literally made girls gasp and run to the bathroom, ya it’s no joke, he had some kind of magic in that voice and in those lyrics, I like to call him the “master of love.”  Twist up the “master of love” with Theophilus who is turning heads with his “Brooklyn Swag”, and with his ability to capture you with so many style ranges, from pop, soul, R&B, and electro, I don’t know about you but he blows my mind and I am always ready for a good time.  It would make sense that he is blowing charts and turning heads left and right, when your main influences are two of the best, Michael Jackson and Prince, those are like the great Ninjas or Gods of music!

This track is from Theophilus’ new Mixtape Rose Island Vol. 1 which is available for a Free Download, thank you TL and Warner Bros.!

Theophilus recorded most of Rose Island during Christmas in his NYC studio. TL returned to his roots with the goal of getting back to the basics for the recording of Rose Island Vol. 1. In typical TL fashion, there’s something for everyone on Rose Island Vol. 1 which is filled with hip hop bangers, electronic club tracks, sing along anthems and, of course, a couple slow jams for the ladies.

Rose Island is an imaginary place in TL’s head where he goes when he needs to escape reality and time. Some of the mix tape highlights include A$AP Rocky, Big Boi, upcoming Producer Lunice, and many more. He also Covers Pharrell Willams “Take it off’ and reworks Wang Chung’s classic ‘Dance Hall Days’.”

I have no doubt that you all are gonna want to ditch work and start your Friday grabbin’ your ladies or your gentlemen and dancin’ your pants off.  Just do it, you only live once so why not live in the moment.  Anyways press play and let your weekend begin, enjoy!

Theophilus London – Dancing (Feat. Marvin Gaye)