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Moods – A Long Time (Moods Remix)

It’s been a long time…”

Ain’t that right. At this point my closest friends and I have been on our respective journeys for nearly a decade, we’re not rookies anymore. We’re at the stage where expectations are met, period. When I was 21 the earthly world was such a mystery, I would look at my idols and be in awe of their accomplishments and lifestyles. Turning 30 has changed that, now that is simply a matter of professionalism, getting things done when they should be done, planning and designing a lifestyle around your goals that let’s you execute with minimal fuss. There is no looking back and wondering where the time went, there is no looking forward and wondering what we’re going to do. Life always throws us curveballs but even those are easily handled with even keel – we’re meditating and developing our spirituality as well.

Which brings me to where the new sense of wonder and amazement lies: natural law and the universe. The earthly realm is governed by mans law which allows you to create systems and use our ability to plan. It’s predictable, if you eat a ton of garbage and you’re going to get fat, that’s a guarantee. If you don’t do your job, you’re going to get fired and on and on. Nature and the divine realm have laws we think we understand but is truly limitless which allows you to tap into the most powerful gift we have, our imagination. We don’t discover things in nature, we learn to see what is already there and every single day people find something new in the endless marvel that is our universe.

I think I spent 30 years of my life, trying to become something, I wanted to become good at things, I wanted to become good at tennis, I wanted to become good at school and grades and everything I kind of viewed in that perspective. I’m not okay the way I am, but if I got good at things. I realized I had the game wrong, because the game was to find out what I already was…”

That quote is so dense that I won’t even try to break it down but that’s a deep truth. We keep trying to become, trying to find things but we don’t realize that things are already there! You ever read something profoundly deep and feel like you already know it? It’s because you do. The world didn’t start yesterday, we’re self-centered and full of ourselves that we’d like to think it all starts and ends with us but that’s the big deception. In our DNA is our history, all the knowledge of the past, we don’t have to learn shit, we just need to see what’s already there.

It’s been a long time…”

Don’t just think of yourself when you read something like that. Think of the existence of everything you see, feel and can imagine. You’re as new and old as it all and you have the wisdom of nature itself within you. Every now and then stop put a complete stop on life on earth and sit down by yourself, meditate and try to tap into that, enjoy.

Moods – A Long Time (Moods Remix)

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Joni Mitchell – California

I’m 6 days into this Whole30 diet, I call it a diet because it’s the easiest way to communicate the concept but it’s more of a lifestyle than something as fading like a diet. Anyways, in a nutshell I’m not eating any sugars, no wheat, no grains, no dairy, no processed foods of any kind and no alcohol. That’s the movement here in California, it’s a movement where my generation is starting to eat like my grandfathers generation. Quality pasture raised meats and organic vegetables and fruits. Since the beginning of the fast food industry in the 1950s food has been on a rapid decline, the food industry makes food-like products scientifically made to make you crave instead of satiate like nutrient rich organic foods and meats do.

Sitting in a park in Paris, France
Reading in the news and it sure looks bad
They won’t give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had
Still a lot of lands to see
But I wouldn’t stay here
It’s too old and cold and settled in its ways here. 

Oh, but California…?”

‘It’s too old and cold and settled in its ways here.’ I love that line so much. So many people and places take such great pride in being this one thing, scared of change and owning it like a badge of honor. People think Hollywood is what defines Los Angeles but that’s like saying Times Square defines New York, you’re either a poser or haven’t really lived in either to believe something that foolish. I started this post talking about food because that’s what happens here. I was in an Uber yesterday and ended up talking to my driver about health, meditation and following unique paths in life.

So I bought me a ticket
I caught a plane to Spain
Went to a party down a red dirt road
There were lots of pretty people there
Reading Rolling Stone, reading Vogue
They said, “How long can you hang around?”
I said a week, maybe two
Just until my skin turns brown

Then I’m going home to California
California I’m coming home”

Every city has a different culture, some value some things more than others and that’s why traveling is so important, because you get to see and live all those different highlights. But man I can’t tell you how good it feels to live in a city where the culture is health, the priority is lifestyle quality and all that Space Age hippie shit, how wonderful it is to call this place home. I grew up in New York, my family, friend and former life is there and I’ll never stop going back and taking in what New Yorkers find important. I’ll get strung out on the fast pace of the city, I’ll be head over heels with the sky scrapers, go to Joe’s with all my friends in Chinatown, but then…

California, I’m coming home.”

Joni Mitchell – California

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Glass Animals – Gooey

Glass Animals have caught my attention lately, and it all started with this song- “Gooey”. I was visiting a friend in Austin and she played it on her stereo; I was immediately hooked. “Doesn’t this song sound so sexual?!”, she inquired. She had assigned this classification because the first time SHE heard it she was amongst sweaty bodies at a live show, dancing with a new love interest. Now, several dozen listens later, I’m on the same page as her. Can you hear it?

The lyrics don’t make much sense, but the song isn’t about the message. It’s something to sway to. To dance to while you’re tipsy in you’re living room, getting ready to go out. Give it a try. It’s also great for post-party chill down. Glass Animals has a great collection of songs and have recently released an album, “Zaba.” If you’re keen on “Gooey”, there other stuff is worth a listen.

Glass Animals – Gooey

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The XX – Reconsider (Exempt / Henry Greenwork Edit)

Remember me, I’m the one that’s back from over
Time’s gone by and I’m still so far from over
You reappeared like you had never been gone
I lose composure
You’re touching me like you have no desire for closure

Reconsider

Did you lie awake like I did
I stayed up ’til the stars didn’t recognise me
So long
I waited so long
Now you don’t see the skies that I do
My sun becomes your moon
For a familiar love
I am familiar love”

I am currently sitting in a dark hotel room on the outskirts of Delhi, India. The last familiar voice I heard was over a broken Skype call and the last familiar words I read were the lyrics to this song. The XX have a haunting way of capturing moments like that. The voice of the singer (Romy) is ghostlike, with these lyrics echoing the corridors in my head.

There is something about being stripped of your familiar place, familiar people to let you see what lonely is and even when you think it gone, it emerges in those dark rooms. Echoing in your head. It is arguably that ability to conjure those thoughts as to why the XX have such a cult following. Coming from the depths of England, they create the music pretty girls with their cigarettes dance around to in their panties, not sure if the words in those lyrics are cuts or a relief.

In this case, it is relief. We never want to feel alone. I think it is true we listen to lonely music to feel that less. I had a dream last night, the kind where you have to tell yourself in your dream it is not real. But the whole city feels like that. Waking up and seeing a new world, an alien planet. Sitting in a car today I was toted around the city visiting schools and temples I had only seen in travel books. Seeing people, cows in the streets, monkeys were swinging around the trees as we waited for the Prime Minister of India to pass so the roads would clear. The 100 degree Fahrenheit heat covering my well covered body. Alien places are always an experience as you have that “Inception” moment, where you, everything is normal, but then you notice something off and then you realise you are the only English voice you have heard in three days.

I like this place and this song on repeat in the room. It is the good lonely when the lyrics are a safe place and a familiar story. I think everyone should take a trip to an alien planet. I recommend India.

The XX – Reconsider (Exempt / Henry Green Rework)

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Olympic Ayres – Control

Nothing in nature, absolutely nothing can give you the satisfaction of eating a Oreo. That little cookie is scientifically made to pleasure the shit out of you, it’s sole intention is to give you the most intense reward at the consequence of everything else. They’re not alone, the things we eat these days taste and smell just like food, the textures are the same they’re nothing more than a food-like products. Products designed to accomplish supernormal stimulation so that you don’t stop eating, crave and constantly come back for more.Similarly, it sounds like music, it looks like reality on TV, it looks just like money, you get point. Supernormal stimulation is everywhere. Products and things that resemble realness but actually only serve to perpetuate the sale.

Think for yourself.
You have to be willing to cut against the grain and get the distance from your peer groups.
And not only that, but you have to have a habitual vision of greatness.

At this point in the human game, it’s not about just surviving but more about being optimal. People in the past ate a lot of bread because it was the only thing around. Nowadays, we know wheat is at best ok nutritionally yet we consume it like it was the only option. We still survive, we don’t thrive.

I’m not in control
And I owe it all to you…”

It’s interesting to think that we’re being invisibly controlled by things we’re ignorant about. Foods for example have psychological and hormonal effect on us that can literally alter our realities. In that sense we’re not in control of our lives and most of us don’t even know it. When you eat that Oreo, you’re not just eating something delicious, you’re changing your reality. What’s that saying – truth is stranger than fiction. Yeah.

You can be in control though and when you realize that power and take control of everything in your life there’s no way you can’t find out what makes you optimal, not just functional. Enjoy.

Olympic Ayres – Control

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repel the robot — This Time Tomorrow

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We had the highest highs, and the lowest lows…” — repel the robot.

Labor Day Weekend marks the end of the summer for most people. Technically, we all know that the end of the summer doesn’t officially begin until the Fall Equinox, but the day after Labor Day has a way of coming on strongly and disregarding that bit of info. People go back to school, back to their countries, back to their miserable lives after a magical summer, and throughout all of those scenarios loves across the world become lost. Hearts are broken, endless tears come crashing down the sides of sad faces, but at the same time memories are made, feelings are felt, and the hearts of souls become stronger for all of it.

Sometimes others fail to realize that for as much as we laugh and as happy as we may seem all the time when we are around them, that we also get into our modes of sadness and pain when in complete solace. Sometimes these pains come from losing someone we love, or loved, in our lives. It’s not that we necessarily lose them in this lifetime because only a handful of us know what the future holds, but for the now they are gone, and we ironically feel so many strong emotions that swell up inside us from that very emptiness they have left behind.

This Time Tomorrow is one of those tunes that feels beautifully familiar. It’s a tune full of hope, full of beautifully executed vocals that we can all relate to, and full of guitar strings that tell their own story parallel to the lovely lyrics by repel the robot. 

Nearly halfway through, the song goes into an impeccably theatrical bridge that feels like a ride I have been on once too many times before; a ride that begins lushly serene and completely calm as I stare from my seat at everything that is beautiful around me and take it all in. The ride then starts pumping its blood as my ride becomes our ride, together. Two hearts in the same vehicle experiencing life with each other, and then, the music shifts us all into the excitement of love and just how intense the most beautiful kinds of it can all be. As we end that bridge, both figuratively and literally, we come back full-circle to that beautifully-simple hook that got us caught up in the entire ordeal in the first place:

I know what I should do, 
But I just can’t let you go. 
Every bone inside my body says that,
I should let you know. 
And, I know what I should do,
But I just can’t let you go.
Every bone inside my body says that I,—
I should love you.”

And then, as the song ends, we get reminded of the only form of true hopefulness that we have in life. That reminder is simply to: never give up on something that you cannot do a day without, and that even if you never get it— life is worth living the most when you have something to die for.

repel the robot — This Time Tomorrow

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Lemaitre – Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)

Jerry Folk funks up Lemaitre’s electronic-centric track, “Wait” in the best possible way. Both artists originate from Oslo, Norway, which has produced such acts as Lido and Cashmere Cat. There’s a lot of talent up there! In this mix, Jerry has completely reworked the song by adding groove-able bass and synth, while at the same time keeping just enough of the lyrics intact. He emphasizes a nu-disco style that is easy to vibe to.

Just groove with me. Don’t forget I don’t want to see you fade away.

Waiting seems impossible in today’s society. Instant gratification doesn’t come quickly enough! Have a question? Google has the answer right now. Want a package tomorrow? Pay a little extra and you’ll have it. And what’s this drone business? We will be receiving packages in minutes in the not-so-distant-future! With answers and fulfillments to our needs so accessible, it’s difficult to be content with the things out of our control- the things that require patience. Anticipation is good though. I tend to enjoy things more if anticipation leads me to the final result. The excitement of the build oftentimes adds pleasure to my experience. Think about it: instant gratification is easy, but is it the most fulfilling option? Sometimes, yes. Cravings are best fulfilled on the spot; but what about long-term gratification? Relationships, holidays, getting into college, getting a response to a letter? It’s in these situations where we have to exercise patience. If you ask yourself what the rush is, you’ll often come to find there isn’t one! So sit back and chill, and try not to worry about things out of your control. Try to let go of that 21st-century psyche that’s telling you to you need to know. Now. 

Wait…

Lemaitre – Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)

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Addison Groove ft. Josefina – Just You (Jamie Wilder remix)

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I dedicate this one to the green. You see, I’ve been hanging out in Washington state for the past week. Amidst the trees & completely immersed in Another Green World. Bound by an infinite curiosity that seems to manifest itself given the opportunity to indulge in nature from time to time…

“Picks me up, like you always do. And baby that’s just you.”

This is a real breath of fresh air right here— essentially, the embodiment of unadulterated inhalation, if you will; complimented by a feel-good groovy bass-line and some really gorgeous chord voicings. Ahhh. Really dig those Swindle-esque jazzy synths doing their thing. I recommend listening to this in the trees, with the trees, for the trees.

Addison Groove ft. Josefina – Just You (Jamie Wilder remix)

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Vance Joy – Riptide (FlicFlac Remix)

Most/many of the posts on here are about love and all are about music. But that is because they are so interchangeable, running parallel and perpendicular. Sometimes you are very much in to it, in love and sometimes you are bored, listless in it. At times you are completely monogamous and other times you are playing the field with different types. When you find a new sound, you get swept away in it. Holding on to every word, every sound. And then at times, although you will always have a place for them in our heart, you can’t listen to them anymore. Inspired and saying the same thing, you have heard it before.

Lately, much music has left me uninspired after listening to it, but this tune brings back that feeling of the beginning of love. It’s a bit fluffy and lovely, but that is the case at the beginning.

A recent test which was looking to see what turns women on, watching something pleasurable or thinking about a happy or pleasurable experience, proved that women will react more to remembering a moment. This genre of music sort of allows for that. The situations are those you see in your own life and reminds you of them.

Even when you are closer to the end than the beginning. It is an amazing thing that a song can bring you back to that place.

“I just wanna, I just wanna know
If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna stay
I just gotta, I just gotta know
I can’t have it, I can’t have it any other way
I swear she’s destined for the screen
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen, oh”

Vance Joy delivers, this song and others are set to be released early September on his debut album Dream Your Life Away. And this remix from FlicFlac makes it a perfect space age track.

Vance Joy – Riptide (FlicFlac Edit)

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Clipez — Sensual

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NYC is just “GO!“, at ALL times. Whether we’re going to work early in the morning, headed to a photo/video shoot in the afternoon, ordering delivery for dinner, or just heading to class to get our skinny on, New Yorkers have a way of making the simplest tasks seem like the most important things.

We rush out of our houses to head to other structures that never move because we fear that we may never get there. We make plans three weeks ahead of today, ignoring our now because we feel that if we don’t make these plans then we will lose out on that day, yet, in the interim, we are actually losing out on the only time that does matterthe “now”.

Fine, so your boyfriend, or, your girlfriend is so over us and all of our talk about the now, but, what does it matter? What does it matter when you waste your time anyway? When you don’t actively fight inequality in America, and when you sit back, pull out your popcorn and just watch CNN rather than take a stand for injustice. It’s either them or us, and one day, soon, we are going to ask you to pick one, choose and either fight or watch.

“Sensual” by Clipez is a full-forced GO! record. It is the kind of record that will never give in because it is designed to only win, so it fights the norm of the everyday sounds to give you something that it is not afraid to die trying. If Italo Disco were the film: RUSH, Clipez‘s masterpiece here would be the James Hunt of its F-1 drivers.

Darling, you are about to hear the most sensual music in the world.”

Italo Disco doesn’t get enough credit in today’s musical landscape. EDM fanatics overlook it, House heads misplace the credit it deserves and the rest of the world is oblivious to disco unless John Travolta is dancing to it in his bell bottoms and colored shirts. Yet, it is responsible for some of the biggest hit records of today brought to you by the Daft Punks, the Pharell Williamses, and Girogio Moroders of the planet.

Anyhow, oblivious to today’s trends, oblivious to Spotify and Pandora’s suggestions, and oblivious to what the MTV voters of America are texting-to-win, “Sensual” breaks enough musical barriers to simply make youDance.

Clipez — Sensual [in Lossless]

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