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Jonwayne – TED Talk

Been some pretty ironic wins in 2017, deserved wins, hmmmm, debatable.  We won’t get into it cuz I don’t feel like arguing, all people want to do is fucking argue these days, I am like yo bro chill out, smoke some weed or have a beverage or get a massage, but damn just chill.  I stay away from Facebook these days, I usually just take a glance at whatever is going on and then I wonder why I even glanced because it’s a world war on social media I tell you.  I made a silly sarcastic comment about yesterdays Super Bowl on a very good friends post, knowing they would get the joke.  Of course some angry human being see’s my comment and decides to throw some blows at me, not even knowing who I am, thankfully my friend put her in her place and let her know she needed to chill.  I am just very much over the negativity, I have been from day one, I personally don’t have the time for it. Is this what the world wants to spend their energy on?  Being angry and picking fights with everyone.  Ya’ll need to go take some comedy classes at the UCB Theatre so you can start “Yes And-ing” these world situations that seem to be getting a lot of folks very riled up!

I am always on a hip-hop kick, this track gave me a Biggie vibe, BIG thumbs up there.  The simple piano chords were a nice touch, a great Monday track that has a smooth vibe and hip-hop feel to give you a little bounce in your step to start out the week.  If you are interested in the rest of Jonwayne’s album you can find it here.  Press play, enjoy! xx


Snakehips & MØ – Don’t Leave (Gryffin Remix)

I remember it clear as day…I was about to move at the age of 16 and was *beyond* in love with a girl. I wanted to say fuck the distance and stay together, but she was always the independent one and decided that it was best if we went our separate ways. I cried a ton and then built up some serious emotional walls because it felt like there was no way anyone could love her the way I did…from the crush in our elementary days to standing by her side as a best friend through years of bullshit to the overwhelming love I felt then.

Would my life be different now if she didn’t make that decision? Yeah, probably… But man, *years* have gone by and that shit still hurts when I think back on it. Hell, she added me on Facebook to see how I was doing a few months ago and seeing her with someone else still stung like walking into a giant wasp hive. I don’t blame her in the slightest for wanting to split up, I mean it was high school and all, but still…it’s crazy that so many years later, I still haven’t come within miles of loving someone the way I loved that girl.

As an old friend I really am happy to see her doing so well these days…but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that part of me still wonders if anyone will ever love her better.


RYDER – Nirvana

Pop music is more hit or miss than most genres, but this new song from RYDER is pop fucking goodness! She has the voice of a straight up goddess and combines it with a *seriously smooth* electronic instrumental that I could dance to for days. Plus, I love the lyrics about her wanting to reach nirvana… such a cool angle for a pop song when most of them are stuck on temporary highs (no intended diss to those songs, all music has its place!).

That makes the song feel even more personal though. We all have these surface level desires for clothes and drugs and jewelry and yet here comes RYDER, telling her significant other “fuck the material stuff, I want the real thing”! It’s more refreshing than a big bottle of water on a hot day to hear her lay down some truth on what her route to real nirvana is…it’s a different route for all of us of course, so now I’m sitting here thinking about how I’d achieve my nirvana. I’m not totally sure yet, but the way this song makes me feel is kinda like a piece of that nirvana, so don’t mind me while I hit the replay button to let RYDER take me there again and again!


SMLE – Overflow (feat. Helen Tess)

I’ve been learning to smile more lately, both externally and internally. It’s such a simple component to life that I’ve lost sight of over the years, and as I make a concerted effort to reinvigorate myself with genuine happiness, I find myself more fulfilled everyday. This morning, I wrote down a list of things I’m grateful for; as a serial complainer in the past, that’s not an action that you would’ve caught me doing on my own accord on a Friday morning, yet there I was. I won’t go into details, but seeing that list on paper was a refreshing reminder of all the blessings I take for granted on a daily basis (Spotify Premium included!).

My heart was warmed, I smiled to myself, and then went onto my work for the day with an increasingly positive attitude; low and behold, the universe decided I needed to continue that trend as I was sent a new track from none other than SMLE. Its romantically charged joy has a matter-of-fact nature to it that I seriously vibe with as it feels like Helen Tess is singing her own list of gratitude. It’s the perfect compliment to this day I’ve just begun, and to that, I can’t help but smile.


NINA LUNA – Blaze

I understand the perspective of this track quite well or at least I did at one time.  I think I have grown from the perspective of holding on or not dismissing what I once had with someone.  You are able to dismiss once you are able to truly clear your mind and look at a situation not as yourself, if that makes sense, sort of like looking at your situation the way all of your friends and family did.  I think once you are able to do that, you are able to let go and see something for what it truly was.  No matter how much you may have loved someone, how much of yourself you gave for so many years, the truth can be hard to chew on and swallow, in the end when you realize you were so alone for all those years it’s as if you were dating a ghost.  The truth hurts but once you are able to swallow it and digest it you feel like a sane human being, you feel nourished, stronger.

I really enjoy the emotion is this track and in Nina Luna’s vocals, very beautiful and euphoric. We were lucky enough to be able to post this on the release date, so you will be some of the first to take a listen:

Written by Nina herself, “Blaze” is about refusing to give up on a turbulent love affair. Nina’s powerful vocals are at once sultry and haunting, drawing the listener in as she declares in the very first line “I will not dismiss what we had”. The dramatic track (co-produced by Nina Luna and LA producer CATALINE) is driven by booming orchestral drums and shimmering, sweeping synth melodies, delivering an epic, other-worldly sound.
Nina Luna is an LA-based singer-songwriter with a knack for writing emotionally honest lyrics paired with unforgettable hooks. Her music showcases a signature air of mysticism, shadowy introspection and the heart of a brooding romantic. She plans to release a 3-track EP in early Spring 2017 and will be announcing several live performance dates in support of her new music.”

Happy Friday, enjoy!


Best Me (Remix) Feat. Saba [Prod. by Sylvan LaCue]

Damn Thursday already, February already, before we know it, Summer, time is crazy I tell you.  You value time a lot more when you aren’t looking out for just yourself anymore.  I value my time because I have a little one sharing it with me, or should I say I am sharing it with her, it’s a beautiful thing, which is why you always gotta stay on top of your game and be the best you can be at all times even in bad times.

I am getting tired of people bitching and complaining, sorry to be so frank but honestly, being angry isn’t the solution to any problem.  If you want to fix something then learn about the thing you are trying to fix.  If it’s a human being, figure out why that person is the way they are, try to understand them and not appose them, make sense?  If it doesn’t then you are doing it all wrong.  You see when you want something from someone, or you want someone to do something for you, you can’t just outright ask that person to do it or demand it, you have to ask them what YOU can do for THEM.  People of power love this, they love to have their egos stroked so to speak.  A sociopath or a narcissist (Basically the same thing,) they love to feel right and have it all be about them.  The root of all problems is knowledge, being knowledgable in what it is you are fighting, being angry is never the solution.  That’s all the advice I am going to give on the matter.  I had to give myself the same advice recently when finding out the immense amount of shady shit going on by a couple people behind my back for quite some time.  Man it’s amazing how people with try and kill your character, push you down, lie, steal, cheat, all basically in front of your face if you had the power to see, but I was locked in the dark, thankfully I broke that lock.  In order to be the “Best Me’, the meaning of this track I am posting, sometimes you just have to let this type of shit go, or save it for when you really need it for ammunition.  Do bad people come out on top, they sure as hell can, this world works in mysterious ways but all you can do is keep on being the best you.

I needed something with a really good flow and an authentic message we could all use, I think Sylvan LaCue and Saba nailed it here.  This is a track you really need to pay attention too.  I think music like that shows a real depth in the communication of a song and the message being conveyed.  Hope everyone is ready for the weekend, I know I am, press play and hope you all found some clarity in my advice.


Jeffrey James – Hand Grenade

With the current political climate in the US, no doubt there’s a lot of people that would echo Jeffrey James’ same sentiment:

“Take me to your leader, bring a hand grenade to meet him.”

We live in a country where half of the population hates you for whatever you believe, at any given time. Truly, we’re so divided that you can immediately assume that about 50% of Americans will vehemently disagree with anything you believe in, whatever it may be. I would imagine about half of this country would like to take a hand grenade to our current president. But the other half would have taken a hand grenade to our last president. And the president before that was when all this madness started. Obviously there have been hot button topics dividing our leaders and government for decades if not centuries, but the palpable division of this country seems like it started with the events surrounding Bush Jr. “winning” the election in 2000. Post 9/11 is when religion and politics became so intertwined, and now you can’t even express a political belief without offending someone else’s faith. It’s all so twisted, and as a result everyone is on edge, ready to scream at the next person for daring to think differently than them. And thanks to the mass availability of information, ANYONE can find a hundred articles that support their position in seconds. So not only does everyone have a strong opinion, but they all think they’re 100% right and have the facts to back it up.

I used to think road rage was such a thing because people could scream out extremely aggressive words and threats, all under the protection of their little car bubble. But now it’s like everyone has road rage all the time, whether behind the wheel or standing in line at the 7-11. Everyone is a small disagreement away from exploding, all because the concept of unity is long gone. Unifying the country will be the rallying cry of every leader we have from now until……..we’re unified? But that’s what defines America now – division. Another civil war doesn’t even feel that far-fetched.

Any long-winded cry for the need to remember that “we’re all one” only resonates with a fraction of the population, no matter how true it may be. But it only takes minimal self-reflection to realize that the essence that animates our human bodies isn’t our name/job/birthplace, but something more wise, aware, knowing, etc. The “god” in us, the “soul,” whatever anyone wants to call it – it’s clear we’re all made of the same essence, the same molecules, and have the same potential to unlock the mysteries of life and experience success in whatever we choose to do. People just need to look past the distractions and stresses of the day, and realize that we’re simply a sliver of this infinite awareness, having an experience as “name/job/birthplace.” We’re not those things, we’re just experiencing them. So, our little task is simply to get every person in American to remember that, and then the rest of the 6 billion people in this world. Let’s get started!?


Ekali & KRANE – AKIRA (ARMNHMR & DATHAN Remix)

I’ve been posting about a lot about art that emanates overwhelmingly joyous vibes as of late, but not everything I’m into is an audible kaleidoscope. That’s not to say ARMNHMR and DATHAN’s remix of “AKIRA” is in turn a depressive undertow, but its artwork sets a tone of darkness surrounded by a border of light that I absolutely adore and mirrors my non-homogenous taste.

In particular, the visual accompaniment combined with the atmosphere of the remix reminds me of the nature of everyday life that I’m coming to understand. As someone who struggles with a host of depressive issues, I’ve always alternated between feeling fantastic and utterly hopeless at the flip of a switch. Yet in recent times, I’ve begun to subscribe to the idea that remaining at a more balanced state where I don’t become so invested in the highs and the lows is my best way of living. The world is not composed wholly of darkness or of light, and while difficult to remember during select moments, it’s important to try and maintain that perspective.

I feel that ethos throughout this song’s framework; while a synth abrasively warps between invigorating and abrasive throughout the drop, the bridge to the track’s final outing is draped in mystifying dramatics that give way to a drop balancing darkness and light once more.

It’s quite the feeling when art lines up with your life and helps you understand yourself just a bit further.


B.Miles – Running

Good morning loves, I’m sure most of you on the West Coast are still sleeping whilst the East Coasters are tumbling out of bed sipping the dregs of whatever was in the glass on their nightstand from the night before to give them that tiny bit of life that they need.  Hey I know how it goes!  Me, well I’ve been up since 5am with a little monster that decided we should get up before the sun had risen, and probably when most of you were getting home, it’s cool tho I am hittin the town next weekend so if you are out and about, California Street in West Seattle is where it’s at, good vibes and good people my friends.

This felt like the perfect Sunday brunch track, this is exactly what I would be listening to in some “space age” brunch spot in Brooklyn or Manhattan with a delicious bloody Mary, everyone around me looking like they didn’t even go out the night before, keepin the class and style in mint condition.  Los Angeles based artist B.Miles is described as “A dark energizer bunny confused with it’s place in the world.”  I love that, I feel like that’s how a lot of us feel most of the time these days, but the energy of this track, her vocals and the euphoria placed perfectly throughout the track makes you want to recharge and start the weekend all over again.  Press this baby and recharge my loves! xo


Hey Violet – Guys My Age (Prince Fox Remix)

Guys my age don’t know how to treat me..”

Fuck those lyrics definitely hit close to home.  Chivalry is not dead! Repeat CHIVALRY IS NOT DEAD.  Ya we live in a time where women want to be treated as equals but I think men take that as, ok well I can treat her like one of my boys.  Maybe we aren’t getting the message across clearly, it’s possible and I’m not denying that but for the majority of us ladies I think we enjoy having the door opened for us, maybe paying for drinks and dinner here and there and throwing your sweater down on that mud puddle so we don’t have to get our new fancy heels dirty 😉  Listen babe, you pay for dinner tomorrow night and I’ll make you the best sandwich you have ever had in your life and maybe even do your laundry (FYI I actually enjoy doing laundry to all the single bachelors out there)!

I’ve spent the last decade settling for less than what I deserve because I am a loyal creature, I am a rare breed of women that is most definitely taken for granted and I know this.  I want to fit in with the boys but I also want to be treated like a lady, I am great at taking care of myself but I don’t want that to be taken as I don’t want to be taken care of as well.  I guess sometimes there are mixed messages in this behavior and it’s important to give good communication.  Most of us aren’t mind readers, no matter how well you know a person don’t make that an excuse for not verbally communicating what you want and what you deserve because you think the other person knows or should know exactly what you are thinking and this goes for not only the ladies but the men too.

This track is a banger, I am not even going out this weekend but I feel like I am out already just listening to this over and over again, I love that energy you get from music.  I love when I am looking through hundreds of submissions and I find a diamond, cuz I mean you know they are a girls best friend, men take note!  This remix just dropped yesterday and the anticipation to post it has been making my veins throb.  SO here you go, hope this kicks up your energy a few notches for your Saturday festivities, ladies I hope you get that door opened for you tonight and men I hope you get that sandwich tomorrow morning from your lady when you are nursing that hangover!