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Night Tales – Friends

I love music and I love good causes, so it’s amazing to see those worlds collide on this brand new Night Tales track. The Australian duo delivers some really uplifting vibes that make you want to grab a friend and dance in the living room or head for a night out. Either option is viable for some hazy house! This one also comes with a really inspiring music video featuring a young man from a charity called AIME dancing around without a care in the world. It’s a string of scenes that should immediately put a smile on your face if the song itself wasn’t already doing the job. I can’t put into words how inspiring it is to see someone across the world physically moving to “Friends” exactly how I imagined! We may be on different continents but how we feel music is the same.

There’s a force that runs through humans that makes us perceive events and manifest events on a global scale. When one person puts their intention into good or evil or anything in between, it adds to the collective consciousness. Evil needs to be confronted head on, for sure, but putting positive energy into the world’s radar will slowly but surely help the entire human race reap the benefits. Contributions like “Friends” can be felt as their impact moves from the creator, to the viewer, to those around the viewer as the positive vibes they affect move from person to person like a domino effect. Take a moment today to put your well-intentioned thoughts out there and watch as the world shines a little bit brighter.


Tibasko – Bodhi

I love electronic music that crafts an atmosphere to get totally lost within. There’s nothing to think about or intellectualize, just music to feel, every synth hitting like an aural massage and the fusion of the bass line and clicking percussion performing on-the-go hypnosis. Throughout Tibasko’s “Bodhi”, I’ve totally lost track of time much like I do during my form of meditation, where the present moment is the only thing considered and past or future become irrelevant. As I write this, it’s already been four minutes of the song’s runtime and I’m not sure whether this passage felt like a marathon or a sprint. Regardless, it’s a stretch that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each time I’ve put “Bodhi” on the past few days.

The meditative state this song puts me into reminds me of how valuable my meditation practice is. 40 minutes a day of diving deep into the mind gives me a sense of peace and patience that I never had before the past four months. Even when I’m not in the midst of meditation, I can close my eyes and access a profound calmness that makes every space and situation in life manageable. It’s an ongoing experience that makes me wonder why we as a society don’t emphasize meditation more often because the benefits are endless. I think in a capitalist society we’re so driven by the pursuit of future rewards that we don’t stop to recognize the beauty of the present, but that’s just me. Maybe music like “Bodhi” will lead people toward a spiritual path as they feel the power of meditative music.


Golden Vessel – MOONSTONE (feat. Elkkle & Akurei)

Golden Vessel has been on my radar for a minute now and he continues to deliver with transcendent results. His newest, “MOONSTONE”, is a subtle indie-electronic outing that’s deceptively dynamic as it ebbs and flows in new directions that extend from its vibey center. The production has a nostalgic aura to it that’s hard to place but feels comforting and at home while the array of vocals alternate through various modes of mood, providing a constantly engaging lead that never overstays its welcome. This is pure mastery of a thorough, established sound unique to Golden Vessel that signifies an artist confident in their craft.

This is going to sound a bit wild, but the title of this song reminds me of a recurring nightmare I’ve had. Looking up in the sky, the moon slowly comes closer to Earth before losing all gravitational distance and crashing down into our planet like a fiery comet. It’s pure apocalyptic fright that’s woken me up shaken multiple times, but in my waking moments, it’s given me a lot of respect for the celestial being in our sky that respectfully orbits us, never defying the laws of physics and providing a constant source of love. I now understand why so many civilizations have worshipped the moon and continue to appreciate its existence.


THE SEIGE – Back Up

This single from THE SEIGE is an absolute beast. Imagine Death Grips, Meek Mill, and TNGHT all fused into one monolith of a trap banger that walks the line between the punk rock ethos of modern rap and the rapid-fire bars that have been a staple throughout the genre’s existence. “Back Up” is one of those songs that’s killer on a pair of headphones, but in a live setting will cause pure chaos. It’s easy to imagine mosh pits opening up, people diving from the nosebleeds, bodies rushing the stage – everything from hardcore shows bleeding over into a distant cousin’s playing field.

It’s amazing how two genres sonically opposed at their beginnings, hip-hop and hardcore/punk/metal, have joined forces. The red-line pushing 808s from modern metal bands are now prevalent in beats, throat-tearing yells from punk have been injected with acrobatic swagger, the mosh pits from hardcore have gone mainstream, the list goes on and on. I wonder how no one saw this coming as each style was countercultural from the outset – it was only a matter of time before they smashed together like rams butting heads. With formerly countercultural sounds permeating the forefront of the collective conscious, where do these genres go from here? Only time will tell.


Gallant – Doesn’t Matter (Rynx remix)

I reviewed “Want You” by Rynx last year which was an amazing song, but this “Doesn’t Matter” remix might be his best yet. He takes on a tall order by flipping an already massive Gallant track, but he pulls if off and then some. The fusion of organic guitar strums, trappy percussion, and a super emotional drop makes this one a can’t-miss release. There’s such a lush atmosphere here to get totally lost within that makes this feel like a totally original output rather than a remix. This is the sound of Rynx coming into his own and taking his sound to a whole new level. I sensed the artistry on his earlier releases and it’s finally come to fruition!

Whatever you’re worried about right now, it doesn’t matter. Elevate your frequencies to tune with the universe and everything will fall into place. Anything negative will simply be a lesson to put you in closer contact with the world around you. We’re all connected, consciously or not, and the rest of the humans around you on Earth will life you up. Fall back into the embrace of your fellows and take life for what it is. It might be counterintuitive, but it’ll be more than worth it as the end results fall into place.


PLVTINUM – 12 Step Plan

PLVTINUM always comes through with infectious dance-pop jams and this one is no different. Titled “12 Step Plan”, it’s a super bouncy bop that twists and turns through wonderfully radio ready vibes. I totally mean it as a compliment when I say it feels like Backstreet Boys and The Chainsmokers fused into one pop entity, oversized swagger and all. It’s always so exciting to realize that in the internet age, an artist like PLVTINUM can make pop music with the best of them, no laundry list of songwriters and major label backing required. This is as organic as pop in all its various forms gets.

I also have to mention PLVTINUM’s knack for such vivid, intelligent lyricism that’s unique enough to identify as his own while broad enough to offer listeners the chance to relate. Lines like, “Toxic, you’re my cigarette smoke,” hit with the perfect amount of pop sass that immediately sticks to the brain and will likely lead to plenty of inspired Insta captions and tweets. PLVTINUM truly has put all the pieces together to round up a rabid fanbase and deliver his sound to audiences far and wide. It’s not a matter of if but rather a matter of when people will catch on to the pastel universe he’s concocted on a wide scale.


Faint One – Treasure

Faint One’s new single “Treasure” is hazy electronic music to die for. It feels like a lucid daydream where all the sights and sounds blend together and you’re in a total echo chamber with sensory overload. The production on this track has such a strangely danceable vibe where you find yourself moving on command to its slow, vibey track. The vocals are amazing to – they remind me of something you’d hear on a Disclosure track where soul and r&b and electronic music all collide. It’s the perfect combination while we hold on to the last warm days in Los Angeles before winter (aka 60 degrees) is upon us in full force.

It’s an indescribable feeling when you’ve found the one person who’s your treasure. You want to do everything humanly possible to make them happy and everything possible to keep them in your life. They transmit a positive energy that’s impossible to shake and pulls you in closer and closer. Love manifests through those frequencies and you’re beholden to passion. We’re fortunate as humans to experience love to the fullest extent – that’s a treasure in its own right if I’ve ever heard one. Continue to appreciate that to the fullest because even in a darkened world those diamonds and pearls will shine bright through the dark.


Pretty Sister – Gotta Move Around

Pretty Sister has gotta move around on this new single which a straight up smash. I’ve been a fan of Pretty Sister for years now and his z-funk sound only continues to get better and more refined with every release. This has gotta be the most layered song he’s put out yet – there’s so much going on instrumentally that all strings around each other into one massive sound. As usual, his vocals are picture perfect by operating at a constant state of swagger while occasionally hitting insane high notes that are the highlight of “Gotta Move Around”. It’s part of a brand new EP called Z-Funk Era Vol. 1 which is the most cohesive blend of music he’s delivered to date.

Things have always been messed up throughout human history, but it feels like we’re in an unprecedented level of chaos because technology has made these feelings global. We have insane far right movements popping up everywhere and validating each other like a domino effect. It’s important to organize and resist this hatred, but we also need to unwind and forgot about all the bullshit for a minute. Music like “Gotta Move Around” is an escape where we can dance the night away into sweaty bliss and wake up refreshed. There’s still so much to be grateful for and celebrate and Pretty Sister makes sure that we dive all the way into that gratitude. Drive to the beach, watch the ocean cascade into the horizon, look up into the solar system, and appreciate what we have today.


Half An Orange – Buzz Lightyear

This is the first time I’ve been tipped off about Half An Orange and I couldn’t be happier. “Buzz Lightyear” is such a sweet single to get totally lost within. It’s like looking up into the night sky and wondering what’s out there while thinking about all the emotions that are contained within. The production on this song is so atmospheric and uplifting while the vocals range from relatable to otherworldly. It’s like The Postal Service’s vocals on top of modern electro-pop which is a combination that I’m very happy to put on repeat.

There’s something intangible about nostalgia that inspires feelings of serious longing. You can’t help but want to go back, but do you want to totally relive those memories? Or do you want to float through as an observer and watch them with a detached perspective. Neither is possible based on our current understandings of time and space, but it’s nice to imagine a trip to the past. I’ve been particularly nostalgic about college for some reason lately – not the whole college experience, but the classes I took. I wish I had paid attention more while at a university, but I’m at least able to educate myself with books and movies in the present. Not everything has to be a relic of the past. Let’s look toward the future.


Anna Dadnia – Take What You Want

Anna Dadnia comes through with an insanely confident new single called “Take What You Want” that flaunts serious pop and r&b swagger. She glides on the beat so smoothly and hits all the right pockets with precision. Her vocals are really refreshing and are perfect for the moody trap instrumental. That all goes hand in hand with an amazingly curated art direction that channels the single’s vibes into visual form and drives home Dadnia’s approach. Good luck not bumping this one on your speakers on repeat (which is definitely what I’ve been doing all morning without fail).

“Take What You Want” is also the perfect vehicle to detail a gloomy relationship that’s crumbled and putting the pieces as a solo individual back together. You spend so much time investing into another individual that it’s a process to get back on your feet again after feeling like that other person has drained you of your emotional resources. There’s a certain point where you just let them take what they want because you’re spent and just want out regardless of the end result. It’s notion a situation I’ve experienced in a very long time, but it’s helpful that Dadnia lays out all the particulars of this experience to bare so that listeners can relate.