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.
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.
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.
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.
Jayceeoh and Nevve have both been on rolls as of late (Jay with his 1000volts project with rap legend Redman and Nevve with their recent string of impressive collabs), so it’s wonderful to hear them continue the momentum together.
True to the title of this song, the whole track builds and keeps building, creating a feeling of constant elevation, reaching a crescendo in the intense yet chill drop. It’s a fantastic juxtaposition of energy and vibration taking you through a mini-journey of emotion and feeling. It almost reminds of old Queens of the Stone Age songs, the ways their guitars used to tip-toe between extreme head-banging heavy metal and super stoney, zoned out vibes. I never understood how they made it work, but boy it worked. It works here too in a perfect trap/future bass way.
I’ve been listening to binaural frequencies recently, trying to smooth out the vibrations in my body. Some people think this stuff is crazy talk, but if you study it, you see it’s all very real. I’ve watched experiments where certain perfect frequencies (perfect because they’re based on “golden/sacred” math or the Fibbonacci Sequence) change a resting water molecule into a multi-dimensional geometric shape that just blows your mind. These same frequencies do the same thing to the molecules in our bodies. Then I’ve also watched experiments where people shout very negative things at water molecules, and low and behold, the molecules are all mangled and deformed. Hmmm…..
The only job we have is to “Elevate.” That’s it. Do the things you need to do to help your body and mind raise up from their current place. Who knows what kind of revelations and realizations we can have when our molecules are blossoming into their fullest states?