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Andy Bull — Keep On Running

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A week or so ago, a dear friend of mine asked me how we know that we are making the best decisions for ourselves when we make them.  My response to her was more philosophical than anything else, but it went like this: We never really know, we just have to trust that the decision we make will turn out to be the best for ourselves.  If we see somewhere down the road that the decision we didn’t make had some sort of value, then the one that we did make was still the best, because had we not made it, we would not be able to have seen so or learn.

Keep On Running is about that very nature of second guessing the paths you choose to venture off into. It’s about feeling as if you’re in a race that you feel you cannot see the finishing line to.  In fact, it’s about being in a race that you don’t even know where the finishing line is, or, if there even is one.

We must learn supreme confidence with our decision making process.  At the very least, we must trust our guts with the decisions we have to make.  We must trust that whatever decision we solely go with, that in the long run it will be a decision that will teach us, because the moment you stop learning is the moment you should realize that you truly are on the wrong path, and in the wrong race.

Trusting our guts is an entirely different subject the same way being able to make our decisions without outside influences is, but you must learn those fast if you are the kind of individual that keeps finding themselves on wrong roads.

Supreme Confidence on the other hand, is simply the ability to believe that whatever path you take is meant to be, for you.  This does not mean that you won’t ever find yourself on a path that you can no longer be on.  It just means that if you do, you will take what you have learned along the way, find another road, and never look back at the one you were just on.  You won’t have any feelings or paralyzing emotions about it because you have somewhere else you have to be, and another race to finish.

‘What are you running from? What are you running towards? Dude, if running is making you unhappy, you can just stop running”. On the other hand you might think “I must keep running, this is a song about persevering!”. For me, its a song about saying “I know everybody has to run, but I think I’ve been running the wrong race”.  — Andy Bull Interview on “Keep On Running“.

Enjoy the catchiness on Andy Bull‘s Keep On Running.  It’s a tune undercoated with a powerful moving synth bass, splashed with sprinkles of fantastic melodies, and coated by infectious and playfully choppy hooks.  It’s fun, it can be empowering, motivating and most of all captivating in a way that will have you coming back to it whenever you need to.

Always believe that you’re great even before anybody else believes it.” —Jay Z

Andy Bull — Keep On Running


Maroon 5 – Love Somebody (Penguin Prison Remix)

Oh, Maroon 5. Here’s the thing, I used to love them so much, back when I was like 14…I think I was 14. And it wasn’t because I was 14, so much as they were actually a fantastic band. I trust my 14 year old judgment a lot. Because you have to, even if you regret certain discoveries, you were developing a taste in your earlier years, and any music aficionado nowadays has to relish in their earlier years. Regardless of what you think about the bands that you loved back then, today, you deserve credit because if you call yourself a music aficionado, you probably know what you’re talking about. You sought out different music, tasted different flavors, and discovered which musical outfit suited you best. And that’s bold when you’re a teenager. It’s really easy to just give in and listen to what’s on the radio. I think what set me apart as a music nerd was my obsession with a song that would eventually lead to my obsession with the band. I did a lot of exploring if I fell in love with one song. A lot of people are like this, they find one song by a new band and have to hear everything that band has ever produced. This is what happened with me when I first listened to Maroon 5.

Maroon 5 in their earlier years of work produced music that I followed avidly. I was happy to come across this remix; while it didn’t remind me of their earlier work, it didn’t necessarily remind me of their present day work either. It was spun out in a totally different direction, that is in turn adorable and fun. Despite what friends might say about Maroon 5, I stand by my previous comments about their earlier music. That discovery happened for me at a pivotal point in my musical life, and credit must be given for that reason. And I do have to admit that they make music that is really fun to remix, as it seems their music has just enough bounce as it is to match a dance beat. This song brings me back to the happiness and emotions that I felt when I used to listen to Songs About Jane in the most nostalgic and present way. Penguin Prison brings no surprises with the tunes here, as I’ve come to expect great remixes from this tastemaker.

Enjoy!

Maroon 5 – Love Somebody (Penguin Prison Remix)

 

 


The Rebel Light — Jukebox Dream

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In life, we will come across many loves.  Loves that last minutes, hours, mere seconds, months, years and maybe even decades.  Loves that are good, loves that are bad for us, loves that are passionate, loves that are intense or just crazy, and loves that simply go.  Once in a while, one of these loves will appear out of nowhere with the sole purpose of healing us again.  Healing our broken hearts the way a kiss heals a wound.

In a summer that can be romantically rough, Jukebox Dream is that healer.  The one that makes you feel as if you have known each other before—in this life or some past one.  The one that feels so familiar you fallback snuggly into its embrace without the slightest hint of distrust.  Not because this individual is a saint, because you barely know them, but because their warmth is so intense and so attractive that you are caught in its gaze like the mosquito to the lamp.

There is nothing wrong with these loves—the ones that heal.  They are almost magically placed in our paths to do exactly just that.  It could be that our own souls and minds call out to these energies, and like a superhero with their own branded distress device, they come swooping down out of the darkness to save us, heal us, and show us that everything will always be ok.

Last week, a friend of mine posted on her Instagram a picture with text that read: “Nothing Good Ever Comes Easy.”  To which I say that she is kind of wrong.  I mean, if you believe this to be true, then it is true—for you.  But, if you can learn to understand that ‘Everything Good Comes Easy‘, then she would be wrong, right?

Normal is an Illusion. 
What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

The Rebel Light is an indie pop band from LA that according to the world sounds like so many other popular bands of the past.  On Jukebox Dream, for me, they sound like a mix of The Monkees and the Beach Boys, and in that kind of company they could really do no wrong.

Jukebox Dream was recorded at home.  Instruments in the living room, vocals in the kitchen, and the vibe?  Well, that seems to have been recorded somewhere in their past lives, before they were born, maybe between the 50’s & 60’s, and yet still on the same coast.  It’s a song that draws us in from the moment the tambourines begin the race.  It has an old soul that is meant to heal all our summertime woes, dressed up like a beautiful care-free surfer that only spews that very golden sunshine he has absorbed all day in forms of honey love.

In your darkest moments of love, get up, brush yourself off, put on your spiffiest rags and get ready for a love that will soon heal you once again.  It does not have to last forever, it just has to do its job long enough for you to love life again.

Last night I fell for you, I got a love that’s coming true.” 

The Rebel Light — Jukebox Dream


Ebo Taylor – Atwer Abroba

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You know what no one has said, ever? “This song has too many horns in it.” Or “Hey, this is great, but could we turn the horns down a little?” Or “Why does it have to be a horn section? Couldn’t it just be one horn?” Horns are great, always, period. Case in point: This awesome 1977 track from Ghanaian guitarist and composer Ebo Taylor. Taylor, who’s still recording and releasing new music at the sprightly young age of 77, is a pioneer of the Ghanaian highlife genre, which favors “jazzy horns and multiple guitars” (thanks, Wikipedia!).

I love how lively and seductive this track is. It’s the soundtrack for a party that’s tipped past the point where people are still behaving themselves; this is a song for the loosening of inhibitions, clothes, and hips. A lot of summer music is great because it sounds like the waves, the sun, and the warm wind in your hair. This particular track is great because it sounds like the waves, the moon, and the cool sand under your feet as you dance. Find that – or the closest thing to it you can – and let the horns lift you up.

Ebo Taylor- Atwer Abroba


Sam Smith – Safe With Me

When I first heard Sam Smith’s ‘Safe with me’ it legitimately took everything in my power not to blast, blast, blast it in my headphones. I failed. I don’t know if my ears will ever forgive me. Let me tell you something: It was worth it. If there’s anything you listen to in the next few weeks, this track has got to be it.

‘Safe with me’, the new cut off of Sam Smith‘s upcoming debut EP for PMR Records, is just triumphant. Sam Smith‘s smooth, soulful, and utterly reassuring tone pairs perfectly with the track’s dynamic rhythms. The production creates movement while still making the listener feel every bit as safe as Davis’ lyrics instruct. There’s a lot going on underneath Davis (background vocal lines, an almost tribal beat, a drone bass, organ, and much, much more), but rather than distracting from Sam Smith it just lifts his ethereal tenor up further. Serious props to Two Inch Punch for the expert production, co-writing, and arranging of this song. It is clearly the culmination of an immense amount of work and love.

The result is a beautiful, soothing and poignant tribute to a loved one. “Don’t you know your secret’s safe with me? All your worries can be put to sleep,” sings Smith. You’ll end up feeling that way, because Sam Smith and Two Inch Punch have achieved the rare feat of making you feel like they’re singing directly to you. Sit back and enjoy.

Sam Smith – Safe With Me