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NoMBe – Wait

Let’s make it last forever ‘cause the night’s still young.”

There’s an image here. It’s the one of carefree young people skinny-dipping. They’re riding around in a convertible now, their hair blowing in the wind, next they’re jumping boldly over the caution tape. Like in that movie.

This kind of euphoric reverie is what NoMBe conjures expertly. Since Change of Hearts and California Girls (sans remix) he’s been able to momentarily snatch me up from reality and carry me into a steady hip-swaying daze. Wait’s waves build subtly and crash sleepily under its soothing soundscape.

As long as we’re together, this moment lasts forever”

Remember that scene where Emma Watson stands up in the back of a pick-up truck while her friends drive, with her arms spread open much like Jesus Christ? She doesn’t have a care in the world and is willing to risk being decapitated by the tunnel’s unenthused cement for that one free, ecstatic moment. Of course, she saves her head by the purest power known to man: youthful radiance.

Remember that time that young man was decapitated subway surfing last month?

Often, art offers illusion. It doesn’t show the safety cables attached to Watson and it doesn’t sing about the consequences that come with letting yourself get swept up in fantasy. I’m wary of a scene or a song that tells me I’ll live forever. It’s a shiny premise that makes some young people desperate to prove their youth matches that of the electric night – the one that urges a dive into the glittery mystique darkness provides.

The deception in this paradigm is that we are like the night. But unlike us, the night will always be reborn once it dies at sunrise.

Mozambo & Basic Tape – Bright Side (ft. Julia Church)[RYI Remix]

You’ve gotta keep on fighting

You want to bring this on You’ve gotta keep on going

Shout it when the beat is on

Make the best with what you get

Take it all and fuck the rest

Get your shit together

Cheer up smoke a cigarette

You know this feeling

When the world stops turning

Focus on the the bright side

Life can make you bitter

But you’ll wake up stronger

So focus on the bright side

Lost forever out of sight Forget the sadness of your nights

Breath deeper than ever Stand up take another chance.”

Sometimes the lyrics say everything you wanted to say. “Focus on the bright side.”  I think this is a beautiful message for everyone right now.  Easier said then done, but I can tell you all from personal experience of dealing with a lot of shit in my life and a lot of shitty disappointing people that you can make the best of everything and be incredibly happy as I am right here right now.  Yes that is the life coach talking in me so if you don’t believe it’s possible hit me up personally and I will prove it to you!

Clicking through our submissions I couldn’t have been happier to find this gem, it’s saying everything that needs to be said for all of us in this moment.  Another sweet track coming to you straight from Amsterdam, seriously what is in the water over there because the music is on point and the vibes are on a deep and relevant level.

Keep your heads up, press play!

Guster – Satellite (JordanXL Remix)

Waaaay back when the original version of “Satellite” came out, I wasn’t listening to too much rock music at the time, but I really liked it. Something about the punchy drums and the soulful groove gave it a lot more flavor that most indie-rock songs at the time. That trippy little synth break made me wish it were a dance song, and now 10 years later, voila! It’s been turned into a dance track. See, you always get what you want, even if you have to wait a decade!

Producer JordanXL – who normally works behind the scenes with a variety of A-list artists – picked a good song and a good time to bust out of the studio and into the hearts of bloggers and music fans. The arrangement and tempo brings new life to the soaring vocals, and the drop is satisfying, fun and quick, not overstaying it’s welcome at all. It has a little Diplo vibe, in a great way, but has enough unpredictable elements that after a few listens you forget it’s a remix. And when that happens you know you’re not dealing with the typical “mail-it-in-economy-class” remix, but something that actually becomes a worthy companion to an already worthy original. It’s sounds surprisingly natural, and makes me want to hear a whole bunch of other indie rock classics from the early/mid 2000’s remixed with a modern electronic flair. That could and should be a thing. Keep em coming Jordan!

Emma Gatsby – 2 Steps (White Cliffs Remix)

More sonic wizardry from White Cliffs, who manages to turn Emma Gatsby’s slice of pop goodness into a swampy, syrupy slow-burner. The odd pairing actually brings out the best in both artists, as Emma’s tales of outsmarting her cheating boyfriend sound edgier and more dangerous with White Cliffs’ haunting backdrop. And WC’s production sounds as smooth as ever, and combined with Emma’s voice it gives the whole track a special feeling of highly curated sophistication.

The only unsettling part is young Emma’s wicked and sly view of relationships. She sounds like a mafia boss the way she tracks down her boyfriend and then preempts his cheating with some cheating of her own. 2 steps ahead indeed. If this is how young girls are thinking these days, i’m just glad I’m a little older and out of the dating scene. Most guys are too hasty and sloppy to think even .05 steps ahead, so if Emma is any indication of the future of girls/dating, then most guys are in for a rude awakening. I wish you luck, young gents.

What’s exciting about Emma is that if she attacks her music and the industry the way she attacks her boyfriends cheating, she’ll claw her way up the ladder in no time. It’s exciting and refreshing to see a young girl in music who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. We’re all excited to hear what she has coming next, and we’re also all going to stay faaaar out of her way while she struts down the path. Go get em girl!

A Tribe Called Quest – We The People

This track is appropriate for many different reasons, in fact the entire album is.  I can’t fully explain the emotions I felt in anticipation for this album or what I felt when I listened to it.  It’s everything I thought it was going to be and more, but who knows maybe I am biased because I have been a huge Tribe fan since I was a little girl thanks to the musical influences of my older brother.  “We Got It From Here…” is the 6th album from the group and features an array of amazing artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Elton John to name a couple, a lot of artists who are making a difference in this world with their lyrics, messages that have meaning in the here and now of history, love, hate, humor and a great memory of Phife.

So many meanings I could get into but we might be here for days and honestly I am so exhausted by politics right now that I don’t have the energy to get into it.  The personal meaning this album had for me (one of them) is that your family is your family no matter what the issues.  Family doesn’t have to be the folks you are blood related too.  Some of my closest family are people I am not even related too, but they are people that I know if I didn’t speak to them for years I could call them tomorrow and we would be able to reconnect like no time had passed. I think in this New Year one of the most important things to remember is anger doesn’t help us, fighting only sends us backwards…I literally just watched a kid dancing around in his living room across the street from my house as I write this, it made me smile.  Having a kid myself has allowed me to remember to just let go and just dance like no one is watching.  This world is so caught up in all the petty shit.

I pray to whomever is out there listening that my daughters generation can make this world a better place, a happier place, I think it’s possible.

Happy MLK Day.  “We The People..” has taken on a whole new meaning in this country, think about what it means to you?

DROELOE – In Time (Feat. Bella Doron)

I allow few things in our world the complement of being called meticulous. It is an adjective reserved for the synthesis of computer chips, the inner workings of a clock, the complex anatomies of our bodies…and Droeloe music production. High praise indeed.

In my humble yet critical opinion there exist no more detail-oriented electronic producers than the duo known as Droeloe, who hail from the Netherlands but provide little biographical information. On their latest offering — In Time (feat. Bella Doron) — Synthetic plucks and syncopated claps and pops mesh intricately over a steel plate of industrial bass, creating an elaborate matrix that conjures visions of some dark, fastidious god of the machine. The same can be said for their iconic ‘zZz’ release. I wonder if the two that make up Droeloe are in fact robots themselves, calculating sonic mosaics in metal brains that would drive most humans mad to behold.

Occasionally I contemplate The Singularity; i.e. the hypothesis that the invention of artificial super-intelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in a powerful AI that would far surpass human intelligence. Basically, The Matrix — a future where machines could run the earth while us inferior humans die out, victims of limited and therefore obsolete understanding.

The only reason I mention this at all, is that in an era of cyborg dominance the machines might very well allow Droeloe to be the last humans left, providing a mechanical soundtrack to annihilation of life as we know it…motivating emotionless agendas, and fueling the automated hedonism of machines as they dance.

CUT_ – Tune In Tune Out

I am all about some feel good beats right now, something that makes the sun shine even when the day is gloomy and cold.  I am learning how to use Logic Pro, I am noticing certain technicalities in music that I didn’t before and I think that is part of the reason this track jumps out at me.  There is break in the beat that I almost thought may have been a mistake at first and quickly realized it wasn’t but it grabbed my attention, so I am focusing on what grabs my attention and trying to use it as a teaching tool.

I am always excited to learn something new, there are a million things in this world to learn about.  The more you learn the less you have to depend on other people, you can do it all yourself, how convenient right!?  I have had many moments where I was dependent on someone else because I trusted their word, only to be left with disappointment.  Words mean nothing, action is everything. Trust yourself, you can teach the human mind and body to do anything you want it too

I am really diggin’ this electronic pop duo that hails all the way from Amsterdam.  The arrangement and synth is really good in this track and not too complex, just the right mix of musical ingredients.  The european jams catch my attention quite a bit, there is just something in the water over there, I really need to start doing some more jet setting.  I really have no excuses. “You have a kid” some might say, well that’s no excuse, she needs to see the world!

Hangovers, football, brunch, whatever button has been pressed for you on this Sunday, don’t fret cuz tomorrow is a holiday so you can keep the weekend going however your little heart desires.  Press play on this one and tune yourself back in.

PatrickReza – Lights Out (Feat. Abhi The Nomad)

One day I’m writing about dancing with the lights out to “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”, the next day I’m writing about a song called “Lights Out”! Today’s song comes from 23 year old producer Patrick Reza and rapper Abhi The Nomad though, so the vibes are *much* different. And before I go any further, I’ll admit that while I dig electronic music and hip-hop separately, I’m not a fan of hearing them together…but this one is an exception.

Patrick Reza’s production hits so hard, not only during the massive drops, but during Abhi The Nomad’s verses too. It’s one of those songs that goes from making me nod my head to head-banging along like I’m Bassnectar, and damn is that a good feeling! Of course, I also have to give Abhi props where props are due. His lines are simple while just as tough as Patrick Reza’s production (“don’t get in my way, get in my way, or it’s lights out, lights out”), and as a whole, I feel like I could run through a brick wall when “Lights Out” is playing. Now that I think about it, “Lights Out” would actually be perfect for a weight lifting session…time to add this to my gym playlist and up the gains!

Jose Gonzalez – This Is How We Walk On The Moon (Thomas Jack Remix)

People get so caught up in “the experience” that comes with an electronic song when they talk about hearing it live…it’s like the music isn’t as important as 100,000 watts of bass or enough strobe lights to cause a seizure. For me, it’s still all about the rhythm, and man does Thomas Jack bring plenty of that on this fresh remix. He takes “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” by José González and turns the perfect rainy day song into a dance floor hip shaker, no body shaking bass or laced drugs required!

Press play then close your eyes and imagine being in a pitch-black club when this song drops…that house beat driving everyone’s bodies back and forth, moving together like a bunch of synchronized swimmers at the Olympics…it’s what made electronic music so beautiful in the first place. Everyone’s thoughts and worries are left outside the door to tap into their human desire to feel good, no matter what’s happening outside that door. They’re all different people with different backgrounds and different lives, but on that dance floor, they become one. A sense of community is so important to electronic music, and instead of basing it off of how enjoyable the lights are while rolling, the music is what everyone is there for. What an image! And hey, I’ll admit I’ve never heard Thomas Jack before this remix, but man…if this is how his music makes me feel, then there’s no doubt I’m keeping my eye on him in the future.

It’s a lifestyle…

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