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K?D – Discover (feat. RKCB)

K?d has found a comfortable niche in feel-good future bass, but his fresh, RKCB-featured collaboration finds the producer taking his sound to new heights. Fittingly titled “Discover,” the track feels like the sonic representation of a life-changing realization as waves of ethereal synths reach toward the heavens while its sound slowly encompasses the listener whole.

The style of music is best compared to Porter Robinson’s “Worlds,” not only in terms of the music, but the effects it so generously bestows. Images of dazzling dreamscapes spin around my head ’til a natural high takes hold, drifting away to a location that exists only in imagination yet feels so utterly real, only a single grasp away. Alone in the dark, with a pair of headphones on, it almost feels like home.

Join me in experiencing the wonders of “Discover” below.


Billie Ellish – Ocean Eyes


Fossa Beats & Dugong Jr – Powers

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I often have a dream. I’m trying to break into a run but I can’t. My feet are glued to the shoes to the ground under me. I’m in a wide leg stance, arms bent at ninety degrees. You’ve seen those models in those fitness magazines. Statuesque

I’ll wrap my forearms around my thighs, desperately trying to pull them up.I’m heaving harder than I ever have before. But nothing. I’m not strong. Usually, something bad is after me and I can’t run away.You ever heard of those moms that can lift cars on an adrenaline rush? Even that amount of strength couldn’t pull me up. I’m stuck. It’s devastating.

In my other dream I can’t see. I can’t open my eyes more than a blurry sliver. However much I try. I’m stuck forever in that limited view of the world.

In my other dream my mom dies.

In my other dream I relive the worst parts of that time, all the shit, over and over again.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s more real: the feelings in those dreams or the horizon in front of me.

You know that moment looking out at the skyline?

This beat is like those streaks of unbelievable pinks and oranges and oh my god I didn’t even know the sky could make that color. Maybe I’m on a rooftop. Or a beach. And the bridge in the song is the moment I decide I’m invincible. It drops and I realize, actually, I’ve only discovered I’ve been invincible all along. Ooh-wee it’s all for me, isn’t it? This life. All it has to offer. It’s totally within my reach. That’s power. Oh, if I just raised my arm I could touch it all. Then lift off. Fly above all those silly things I worried about before. The sky and the light are so much bigger than all these groundlings. Look at the rest of them crying, complaining. Look down for a second.

Wassup?

This song, a release from Mad Decent’s sub label, Good Enuff, is a perfect balance between anticipation and release. It’s like the first time the superhero lifts off in an action movie.

But what about all that shit – real or unreal, the fears that linger and face me in my dreams where I’m not strong enough? Some say there’s strength in sitting in what’s rough. I disagree. Like the song, I choose to live in the world of up and up and up. Leave the fears for when I’m sleeping. Because there’s more power in overcoming what’s trying to keep you stuck than stewing in the thing you feel is sinking you. In real life, I can fly.

 

 


BECOME x So Below – Far

I love the contrast on this new BECOME remix. The warm, pulsating, bass-heavy dance track somehow perfectly supports So Below’s colder, haunting vocals. They almost have a frustrated desperation to them, but the track provides a reassuring presence, giving her voice more of a home. Almost telling them that it’ll be ok.

I can imagine hearing this voice in my head while trudging through a rainy, cold UK night. Looking for an awning to stand under, but there’s nothing, and the rain keeps coming down in buckets. Not only are my clothes soaked through, but it feels like the rain has soaked through my skin too. Cold, shivering, looking for some sort of way out of the moment. But every door is locked, there’s not a car on the street, and a dark sky is only getting darker. But then the other half of this song comes to save the day, a door bursts open and immediately I’m pulled into a cozy room full of an opposite energy.

A muggy haze hangs over the dance floor. Strobe lights bounce around in the fog. Reality fades away somewhere between the alternating bright colors and encompassing darkness, back and forth, back and forth. Substances are ingested. Liquor is poured. Bodies move past one another, fading away as quickly as they enter a now-altered gaze. A surreal dreamscape unfolds. A world of its own, untouched by what exists outside of its confines, a place where time is stretched until it breaks, no longer a concern. This is where “Far” exists, now and forever and I’m happy to stay.


Coyote Kisses – Waiting For You (Feat. Madison Love)

From the instant a friend introduced me to Coyote Kisses well over three years ago, it was obvious their production-stylings aligned directly with my wide-ranging taste in electronic music. “Waiting for You,” the duo’s fresh collaboration with vocalist Madison Love, continues to deliver the mixture of dance-worthy moments and introspective sensations that tapped into the pleasure areas of my brain with utter quickness in the first place.

Love’s vocals only further that notion as she provides a wonderful compliment to the track’s instrumental basis with a general meditation on waiting for a relationship that’s already passed to revive itself once more. Uttering “we were beautiful for a second; gave you all control, I regret it,” her voice breathes enough life into the lyrics to conjure up memories of distant personal-relationships that still tug at the heart-strings, even if only for a split second. As the song drops into a wonderfully-layered hook and Love’s vocals fade away, though, those distant memories become truly distant once more, making way for the aforementioned dance-worthy vibes to take hold.