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Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix)


Sexual Healing is such a tune.

Really, it feels like a piece of musical history. It was ranked in the top 500 songs of all time. The original has a reggae, gospel feel with the bass and the signature  snare. And it is one of top “baby-makin'” tunes of all time. You have to appreciate those at times. Marvin Gaye is clearly one of the kings of the “baby-makin music” genre (Or BMM). I like to think of BMM is when you are making love as opposed to the often confusing sub-genre of “make-out mix” which I tend to think means the tracks you play with the PYT you pulled at the bar.

Kygo has been written about on the site as well. He is a 22-year old producer from Norway and has a way of taking a song and turning it into a light, dancey number with a well-played synthesizer. This tune is no different as he continues to deliver on these remixes he has been putting out lately.

I am en route to go meet my man who is on the other end of 12 hour flight. This song is definitely going to get me ready for a much awaited date. Enjoy x

Justin Martin – Don’t Go (Dusky Remix)


Let’s collect ourselves for a moment. Let’s get back to basics.

All you really need is a beat and a melody. Doesn’t need to be complex. Doesn’t need to have extra layers of meaning. Doesn’t need to tell a story.

There are times in life when all humans crave direction. We parse quotidian occurrences searching for signs. We experience epiphanies in a song we’ve heard fifty times before. We see Jesus’ face on a piece of burnt toast.

And there are times when all we want is silence, an empty moment for our overloaded mindbrains. Often, those moments of silence aren’t literally silent. We chant, we breath deeply.

We sit alone in space and listen to music. Simple music that fades to the background without demands, that practically begs you to turn inward.

Music that begs you to remain in your silence just a bit longer. Music that seems to say, “don’t go.”

This time, whether you’re in private or in public, outdoors or in, find your silent space.

Stay a while.

Justin Martin – Don’t Go (Dusky Remix)


Kitten – Cut It Out


I bought my first DJ gear in 10th grade. It was an M-Audio Torq machine (RIP) and it was as entry level as you can get. Over the ensuing years, I’ve made significant upgrades, now rocking twin Technics SL-1200s (RIP) and a Pioneer DJM-400. I’ve spun at block parties, house parties, frat parties, weddings, birthdays, receptions, you name it. Just this week, I was contacted by a 70-something who wants to hire a DJ for her birthday party at a “lesbian and gay temple”…Awesome!

In college, I often was hired to DJ sorority events. These were always easy gigs, though not the most enjoyable. I am not (as you can likely imagine) up to date with Billboard charts or really any Top 40. Whenever a sorority gig came down the pipeline, I’d call my high school aged sister and ask her what her friends were listening to. Though it went against every bone of artistic integrity in my body, I would submit and play the garbaggio and a bunch of wasted screaming white girls would have a great time, I’d get paid, and everyone would go home happy.

But I always snuck in a few EMPT-ish tracks. Sometimes they went over well, sometimes not. To my ears, Charli XCX fit the bill. So did Robyn, Basement Jaxx, Azealia Banks etc. And yet I often heard comments like “What the fuck is this?” followed by a request for “That song by, like, that one band. Or is it a rapper? I heard it on the radio. Here, let me just plug my phone in.”


“Cut It Out” off Kitten’s 2011 EP of the same name would definitely have qualified had I known of it at the time. Pure girl-power pop with the requisite synth swells and steady beat, along with a singalong lyric: “Getting wasted, you’re all I need.”

I unabashedly love this type of music. Kitten does it right: very sexy, an indie production sound, with a clear historical reference. I’m unclear on whether the band has broken up or what their current situation is, but heck the music out there is fun and warrants a play at your next party, whether sorority hair-tosser or hipster cig n’ flannel fest.

Kitten – Cut It Out

Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)

A close friend of mine works at a radio station. He is sent hundreds of demos, albums and samplers each year. Most of those are summarily retired, but he still listens to a large percentage, if only for a few seconds.

While catching up over Thanksgiving, he commented to me that everything he’s been getting recently is “80s electro-pop.” The horror!

Musical tastes rise and fall, but if that description is accurate, we’re in a serious trough right now. Of all the musical styles to emulate, why choose 80s electro-pop? Anyone?

My guess: It’s easy to make. Flip on a simple beat, run a synthy arpeggiator, filter the likely shoddy vocals…voila! A ready-made knockoff of a genre that’s always been more valuable as an object of mockery than as music. This is symptomatic of the non-existent barriers of entry of our modern age, where anyone and everyone can become a producer

I, for one, will stick with reboots of early 90’s soul funk, like this tasty offering courtesy of Jensen Sportag, the always excellent producer outfit out of Nashville. They remix Madi Diaz, an artist deserving of attention if you haven’t yet tuned in.

Put away the coke. Bust out the scented oil. Press play.

Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)