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ARTY – Save Me Tonight

If there’s such thing as being late to the party on a track, I think it’d be ARTY’s beautiful “Save Me Tonight.” I’d seen it thrown around by my friends as a potential Grammy nominated track along with artists like Illenium and had to hear the buzz for myself, so I’m fully equipped to report that it’s worth the praise. The production is colorfully top notch, hitting all those emotional sweet spots with classic progressive chords, and the vocals have enough enormity to fill up Times Square with sound booming from flashing screen to screen. I’m disappointed that no one told me about this one sooner, but hey, it was definitely worth the wait and maybe it’ll be worth the wait for you too.

Who’s gonna save me tonight? No one person, that’s for sure. Our reality is contingent on self love and a connection with the universe that cosmically supplies support and willpower to get through every situation imaginable. Someone might be able to help point you toward that point of deep intuition, but they’re never going to be the savior or solver of all your problems and that’s okay. We’re all imperfect in our varying levels of natural chaos, but the perfect balance struck by infinitely expanding particles and vibrations ensure we always have something to lean onto.

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Harry Nathan – Alright

Harry Nathan is a personal favorite who always one-ups his material, so it’s expected that he’d return with his best work yet. “Alright” is a self-proclaimed lofi disco cut that feels like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories era dissolved into a distant transmission, coming from late 20th century radio waves making their way into 2019. It’s subtly catchy, hooking into the base of your brain and pulling you into the organic flow. The lyrics are fittingly reassuring for a song that sounds like audible comfort, wrapping you in its warm embrace and never letting go. “Alright” has been the perfect start to my Monday morning and I highly recommend that you welcome it into your early aughts too.

Everything is going to be alright. Everything in life is going well on the surface, but I’ve still managed to feel a bit lethargic and down. That being said, I know that the weight is temporary and brighter times are always ahead. I don’t feel trapped in a permanent state like I used to in the past. Our bodies, minds, and existence as a whole are constantly shifting – we live in a dynamic universe where expansion moves on into infinity. That gives me the reassurance I need to know that there’s always something positive coming next. It also helps me counteract that feeling of lethargy during the present and practice contrary action to making my present moment as positive as possible.

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Else – Sequence, Pt. 1

Else’s new EP is cinema francês in a form that contends not with your eyes, but your ears. It’s the heady surreal nature of Noé, the intelligence of Godard, the tension of Kassovitz, all viewed through the lens of winding electronic music. Opener “Origine” feels like the birth state of cosmic  potential while singles “Night Thoughts” and “Back To 8” feel like a phantasmic entity wandering through sleepless Parisian nights. It’s an experience equal parts out of body and utterly grounded in the physical. I spent an extended period of my life in France and this record conjures up a whole list of emotions and memories across years spent in a foreign land that slowly became home. 

This EP brings out my interest in philosophy and film which I never really talk about much on here. I have a ton of passion for not just music but other forms of art too! I think we’re cheating ourselves of the full human experience if we only immerse ourselves in one form of entertainment which stimulates only one part of the vast potential in our brains. We need to quench the spirit, the desire for serotonin pumping gratification, and everything in between! I’ll be doing exactly that this weekend and hope you do too.

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Publié le 26 Septembre 2019

Tracklisting:

01. Majick — Changes
02. Tycho — Pink & Blue (RAC Mix)
03. RAYE — Love Me Again
04. Sparrows — Do U Wanna Dance (Dugong Jr Remix)
05. U.S. Girls — Rosebud (Daniel T Dub)
06. ALTA — Twisted
07. Mahalia — Simmer (feat. Burna Boy) (Majestic Remix)
08. Giuseppe Lanni, Forrest — Take Away
09. Shigeto —  MCW
10. Snoh Aalegra — Nothing to Me
11. Rosemary Fairweather — Heavenly
12. Momo Ward — Voluntary Solitary (feat. Jasmine Kelly)
13. The Big Moon — It’s Easy Then
14. PVRIS — Hallucinations
15. Blair Lee — Brighter

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OneRepublic – Future Looks Good (ARTY Remix)

ARTY has consistently been one of the best producers in electronic music for an extended period and he continues to show why on a remix that’s ready for festivals across the globe. He flips Ryan Tedder’s gorgeous vocals on “Future Looks Good” into a pulsating piece of bliss that feels like the widest smiles across a mass of people while mile-high strobes flicker across their faces. There’s a bit of irony with this one dropping during ARTY’s lawsuit claiming that Marshmello plagiarized his work, but hey, I suppose ARTY thinks his future is looking good there! At the end of the day, he’s not letting that hold him down and is releasing some really stunning stuff which i can seriously appreciate!

I have to say, I think the future looks good for me too. I have such a beautiful life with all of my needs fulfilled – wonderful friends, an increasingly comfortable home, a community where I can share my philosophical musings, a meditation home where I can go deep within myself. It’s really quite the rarity to have all your boxes checked off, but hey, that’s what a lifetime of really hard work will do for you. I really think we live on a sacred little rock called Earth where we can be our best selves both here and in the cosmic beyond. I know this post is a little all over the place today, but I’m basking in positive emotions and hope you’re feeling them too!

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Carter Reeves – Front Porch

I had to get a last minute post in before the weekend because Carter Reeves has struck me with one of my favorite songs of the year. He’s been a super consistent artist for as long as I can remember, but this new one is like everything clicked and he’s ascended to seriously gifted songwriter status. This song has so many gorgeous little moving parts that feel like a full orchestra coming together for a swan song to romance, and with perfect timing, it feels like a swan song to summer too. You can imagine the transition from the bright sun to leaves falling and a cool temperature overtaking everything around you. Maybe that special someone has their head on your shoulder, your breath intertwining as everything feels so quiet, calm, and exactly how it should be.

“Front Porch” evokes a lot of specific memories – childhoods were spent running around them, middle school kisses were had on them, high school smoking was discreetly done there, college drinks flowed there. You could run a timelapse of all that time spent on the most essential part of a house, a place where your community at various parts of your life intersected. As is the case on Carter’s new song, though, all of that accelerates into one point of memory before dissipating into the present moment. It’s really beautiful stuff that has me in a positive, contemplative mood going into a cool weekend.

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Delacey – Actress

Delacey has pure pop radio potential but she flexes soulful roots on a new single that feels more fitting for the coolness of college radio, or hell, even your local alt-rock station. The diversity of her talents is just mind-blowing and positions her as truly nothing less than a star in waiting. “Actress” is a beautifully woven outing with lush, organic instrumentation and vocals that have a bit of uplifting ’70s sunshine, some early ’00s pop dramatics, and lyricism that’s absolutely part of the now, straight forward without a word of her thoughts minced or left unsaid. She says to not believe a word that comes out of her mouth, but I’ll de damned if I’m not hooked on every word and in full belief of the story she weaves throughout “Actress”. I can’t recommend enough to put this on repeat.

I went through phases of acting, trying to be someone I wasn’t in my past. I thought I had to fit into certain molds and not stray the path. These days, I’m my authentic self. I’m super into meditation and spirituality, but I’m also into watching football all weekend long. I’m into old school hip-hop, but I can also appreciate a good electronic song when I hear it. None of these things are mutually exclusive or warrant holding back on one to embrace the other. Enjoy whatever the fuck you want, because we only have a set amount of time in this physical incarnation and every moment should be spent with something that fulfills us, not something that’s just to hold up a fleeting appearance.

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The Geek x VRV – Kanagawa Waves 1831 with Fakear & Balkan Bump

The Geek x VRV have officially delivered the vibiest single of 2019. This one is pure atmospheric waves, slowly floating you through a sonic mist where sounds come from every direction and naturally dissipate into the next drip of aquatic direction. If they’re trying to take us back to the year 1831 through the lens of modern electronic production, then it’s totally working because this feels like an exercise in making time a flat circle, where the past and present intersect. It’s just as grounded in centuries-old tradition as it is in 2019, the line between the two blurring as The Geek x VRV’s combined forces with Fakear and Balkan Bump makes the world’s timeline fold in on itself.

This week I’ll be revisiting the past through a present lens by going home to see family. Rather than viewing it as a trip to farm nostalgia, I’m using the comfort of the past to offer a release from the troubles of the present. I can slip into the locales where I spent my childhood while keeping my spiritual practices in the forefront, using the past as a launching point for present progress. In the past I let myself slip too deep in nostalgia and became enveloped by old trains of thought, almost reverting to a teenage state of mind where my adult conceptions were temporarily wiped away. It was a reminder that all the work we’ve done must be consistently maintained – we didn’t magically get here and more work must always be done!

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Else – Back To 8

Else come through with an absolute thriller in music form called “Back To 8” that feels like a Nicolas Winding Refn soundtrack that burst off the frame and came to life. There’s a beauty and tension that intertwine with one another, inspiring awe and suspicion at the same time. You can’t help but be sucked into the electronic atmosphere that this track weaves and feels like the perfect follow up to “Night Thoughts” which was their equally impressive single that came out earlier this year. This one is proof that music can be cinematic and drives layered, nuance feelings rather than just serving as a one-dimensional product to be experienced on a singular level. This is serious art.

I’ve been on an art kick through novels and film recently. I watched Tarkovsky’s Stalker last night which was a philosophy lecture in the form of sci-fi, using the genre as a vehicle to meditate on faith, religion, and human existence at large. I’ve also been deep into Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment along with Kafka’s The Trial, both of which paint vivid portraits of bleak aspects of humanity whether it’s the urge to hurt another when given freedom or the disillusionment of the individual under an authoritarian government. All three of these pieces offer deep perspectives in their own rights, showing that whether it’s music or film or novels, we are offered a deep chance at ascension.

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Las Aves – Worth It

“Worth It” has the building tension of an electronic club song with the release of Purity Ring esque exhilaration. It’s pure catharsis in audible form, an ode to self-love that feels like a giant sigh of relief as all the serotonin and endorphins rush through the brain like a dam that’s been plugged up for years finally breaks and water crashes through, a piece of manmade hinderance returned to its natural state. That feeling stretches throughout Las Aves’ new album which is a beautiful array of sounds that exist everywhere from abrasive Crystal Castles beckoning synth stabs to bubbly Max Martin era pop drama. The trio offers such pure versatility and I can’t recommend checking out the entire thing enough. If you like what you hear on “Worth It”, I promise you’re going to be blown away once I’ll Never Give Up on Love Until I Can Put a Name on It buries itself within your psyche.

In a sense, a return to the spiritual center of pleasure, like that dam breaking, is a return to the natural as humans are meant to be an expression of the purest of intentions in our universe. We’re not supposed to suffer – suffering is a manmade concept that occurs when we stray away from the light. I sure as hell don’t mean that in the sense of “sinning” of course, but instead in the way that artificial hierarchies in society cause us to feel terrible about ourselves or make us outright oppressed, depending on the group. It’s impossible for all of society to have that “fuck it, let it all go” moment at once, but it feels amazing to take your power back and experience personal liberation.

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