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Night Tales – HAUNT EP

I’ve been chomping at the bit to write about this new Night Tales EP, instantly one of my favorite electronic releases of the year. It’s only three songs but each one is a journey worth embarking on. The first track is called “Ghost” and it’s an upbeat vocal led cut that would fit right in with an Anjunabeats mix as it has that global feel that transcends territories. Next up is my personal favorite, “Never”, which is a deep and dark foray into the murky side of house with a mature groove and distant vocals that perfectly complement an out of the world instrumental. EP closer “Pretender” is an emotional examination of where to go once a relationship collapses and it’s a perfect example of how electronic music can explore serious topics and not just the dance floor.

I’m just super appreciative of where music is at right now. I’ve been overwhelmed with so much good stuff, Night Tales included. Across the board genres are being innovated. I empathize with complaints about over saturation in the current market, but the democratization of music via the internet has allowed so many artists to tap into the most obscure of influences and emerge with a product that can hook a few niche fans or a whole global audience. The act of physically flipping through vinyl and CDs might be behind us, but the sense of discovery and awe will live on as long as music continues to be available to us. Whether it’s on Bandcamp’s selected albums or a little Spotify playlist, your next favorite is out there waiting to be heard.


Sophie Bom – Housewife

I had the privilege of hearing a taste of Sophie Bom’s new album before it dropped today and oh man am I blown away. Her vocals are so touching, discussing motherhood and marriage through the lens of Los Angeles which offers such a wide breadth of perspective to understand her view of the world. The lead single is “Kimono Mix” and it’s an utterly beautiful, soulful uplifting  cleanse that feels like secular praise to the wonders of life within these bodies we call home. Sophie’s lyrics are vivid enough to bring tears to your eyes, the vocal approach reminds me a lot of Kanye and Bon Iver’s collabs like “Lost In The World”, and the production is like sunshine in music form. That all goes without mentioning my other favorite highlights “Pills” (22, A Million era Bon Iver anyone?) and “Broke” (those organs just take me to another place when they hit). I can’t recommend this album in its entirety enough so please do yourself a favor and listen now!

It’s interesting thinking about motherhood through the context of art. Maybe I have a blindspot, but I feel like motherhood is deeply explored in film while underrepresented in music? There’s tons of fatherhood exploration across genres, but such open explorations of the path to birthing a child and the interpersonal relationships at play during the process feel like they just aren’t as easy to access. That notion makes Housewife all the more exciting to me because I feel like I get to be exposed to a new topic and expand my understanding of a perspective foreign to me as a man. Regardless of who you are or your background or understanding, though, listen closely to Sophie’s story because you’re going to leave it feeling blessed with some more perspective on the world.


Yahtzel & Amastro – Nothing

This new single from Yahtzel and Amastro came in hot to my inbox with all the makings of an irresistible electronic romp. Consider that potential met because “Nothing” is a really infectious, forward-thinking tune that makes all the pleasure centers in your brain light up. It offers equal possibilities to make you dance or lay out and enter a dazed head trip, so you can just take your pick. It’s only the first collaboration between these two producers but you can feel the really natural flow between them so I would expect this to not be the last we see from them combining their extensive talents with one another.

Nothing is wrong today, simply put. Work is fulfilling, spirituality runs through everything I do, friendships are deep, service to my community is excellent, my propensity to take care of myself is at its highest, I just have no complaints going into the weekend or for the foreseeable future. I’ve had a great week of learning about literature and scientific theories and feel inspired going into the weekend and beyond! I hope the same goes for you, and if it’s not 100% there, trust that you’ll reach that same space sooner than later.


Luis Crucet – Current EP

Luis Crucet’s Current EP starts off on a wonderful note that feels more like post-rock than any sort of electronic music that he looks to delve into throughout the rest of the record, setting a stunning tone that informs the atmospherics to come. “Mist”, a single I previously delved into on our pages, sounds even more beautiful within the context of understanding the full scope of Crucet’s vision. On the heels of it comes “React”, an edgier cut that slices through the haze and straight to the center of your brain while still maintaining a mystique. “Lines” reminds me quite a bit of Bonobo with a trappier percussive edge while “Power” closes out the EP with a lighters-up anthem. From top to bottom, Current is a wonderful dreamscape worth immersing yourself in for its entire runtime.

I’ve allowed myself to flow through life’s current without any sort of friction and am finding myself at the most positive point of my existence. I am living with utter balance that echoes the harmonious nature of the universe (as above, so below) and continue to follow the guide posts set out for me. The past year has been an absolute spiritual journey that required intensified efforts and endless repetition until it all finally began to click and become a reflex, whether it’s my morning meditation or pulling oracle cards to better understand what the day has in store. I’m full of gratitude and absolutely thankful. 


Lo Lytes – Devil You Know

I was really impressed when Lo Lytes came across my radar at the beginning of this year and he’s continued to improve with each release. There’s no doubt “Devil You Know” is his best single, a steamy proclamation of irresistible friction that his nameless lover can’t help but return to again and again and again. His vocals are top notch that would be totally fitting on pop radio and the production here is full of layers that continue to reveal themselves with each and every listen. Also, “baby loving me is suicide” has to be one of the most seething lines of all time – I can’t help but keep thinking about that one even when I’m not listening to the single because it’s the type of art that sticks with you.

I heard a lecture where a speaker proclaimed that literature isn’t the only thing that should be part of the sacred canon of spirituality. He made a case for movies like The Devil’s Advocate as philosophical entities that deserve appraisal as communicating ideas worthy of historical significance (which I fully agree with as the devil’s monologues in that film have stuck with me since it arrived in the ’90s). I think that concept speaks to a larger idea that ALL art needs to be taken seriously wherever it delivers an impact, so I have to say that aforementioned lyric from “Devil You Know” fits the bill. I suggest holding your favorite music up to the light and appreciating it beyond your favorite playlist!


Nané – Always On My Mind

Want to be let in on a little secret? Well, here you go: Austin band Nané has been making the rounds in their cities with some apparently amazing results and have now brought their sound to us listeners outside the ATX area code. Consider it a blessing to my ears and yours, because this record is rock at its most charismatic, dashing, and genuinely fun. There’s no overly serious optics to slug through here – instead, it’s a rousing good time that’ll make you want to hit the dance floor with your friends and lose track of the time as the night waxes and wanes. And hey, if that’s hard for you to picture, there’s a perfect music video to check out too that’ll make you ready to show off those dance moves you’ve kept in store.

Love is a funny thing. We focus so hard on making ourselves the best versions of ourselves, then in turn we give it away as a gift to someone who reciprocates that act. It’s like a beautiful cycle of positive vibrations circulating from one into another and back again. You know that cycle has commenced when you can’t get them off your mind – when you wake up in the morning, when you’re in traffic, when you’re miles away. They’ve become an integral part of your development and, man, are you fortunate to have that feeling. I hope years of that and beyond are coming your way if they haven’t already arrived.


CLRX – So Clean

CLRX is a brand new artist that came on my radar today and I’m so excited to help introduce her to your ears. Coming straight out of San Francisco, she’s an insanely talented vocalist who flows like your favorite rapper while also showing genuine singing chops. It’s the kind of versatility I want from an artist in 2019 and man does she deliver. “So Clean” reminds me of the don’t-give-a-fuck tunes from people like M.I.A. who perfected a sound to throw on with the windows down, cruising down the highway and living nowhere except in the immediate present moment. Smash play on this one and don’t look back with the weekend upon us.

I’m operating on a clean slate where my spiritual life is back to a grounded center. It’s just in time for the beginning of a new month and right around the corner of a new year, and man, what a year it’s been. There’s been so much beautiful learning and growth and I feel possibly the best I’ve ever felt. Work is good, friends are good, my philosophic pursuits are good, everything is good! I’ll be carrying this vibe of positivity into the weekend and beyond!


ÆDAN – MICROCLIMAT EP

ÆDAN had me intensely hyped up with the release of “HORIZON” and oh man does he deliver on this brand new EP. You can hear the influence of his C2C days through the scratches and old school hip-hop touches, but he’s operating in way more electronic territory that’ll make your head spin with excitement. My personal favorites are “EVOLUTION” which sounds like it should soundtrack the most epic video game of all time and “STORY” which feels closer to pop than anything he’s done before in the best way possible. This is such a good EP from top to bottom and I can’t recommend listening to it on repeat enough to you all.

Today has been weird in my little microclimate, but that’s okay. I’m keeping my eyes on the bigger picture and understanding my capacity for growth beyond little bumps in the road. We’re all spiritual beings having human experiences and that’s something to keep in mind on a daily basis no matter your little slip ups or imperfections. Practice compassion for not just others but yourself and you’ll find a much softer way to exist on this massive rock hurtling infinitely through space as the universe expands with no end in sight.


Carter Reeves – I

I swear Carter Reeves is an old soul in the best way possible. He has pure emotional depth combined with catchy hooks which is a formula for genuine staying power in music. That balance he strikes feels like a classic, long-lost approach with how quickly the scene moves, and I must say, finally hearing his new wave in the context of an EP just makes his work hit even harder this time around. I is like a psychedelic little daydream on the California coast, the sun shining and the waves slowly churning and feeling all of your senses blend into each other. “Lucy” is a personal favorite for this heady zone out, but “Yellow Soul” hits more modern pockets that vibe with my taste too. This project is just amazing from top to bottom and I can’t recommend it enough.

I’ll admit that I’m caught within the wondrous daydream that is SoCal. The weather is finally cooling off, the energy of people all around me seems to be more relaxed, it’s just a good time to be exactly where I’m at. I can finally exhale after a long summer and jam packed year and let these last few months coast on out like a message in a bottle floating off into the sea. I feel super fortunate to have this experience while I know other people are in panic mode with fires around the region, so I’m sending all my energy to those affected and hope everyone regardless of the area can reach their inner peace.


Dad – Alligator

Dad is a brand new bedroom pop project that’ll catch your ears in a flash. The twist is that Dad doesn’t exist – she’s a virtual conjuring of the 21st century style and emotion that’s more authentic than most vocalists playing the industry, Spotify playlist chasing game. There’s some serious pop songwriter talent contributing to this project and you can really feel the catchiness of the hooks woven through an honest, organic lens. It’s such an interesting concept from top to bottom, but when you boil it all down, “Alligator” is one of the best songs of the year with no context needed. Dad has captured my full attention and I look forward to hearing what this figment of our collective imagination does next.

I woke up on the right side of bed this Monday morning, so having a song that makes me smile like “Alligator” is perfect timing. The sun is shining, incense is burning, candles are lit, the salt rock lamp is on, coffee is being sipped, tarot cards have been read, reading has been done, a beautiful day is in total motion. It’s a fresh entrance to a busy week ahead, helping me slow down before philosophy seminars and Halloween festivities begin to roll out with a quick pace. Now, back to hitting repeat on “Alligator” again and again.