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Cimo Fränkel – Occasional Love

Nothing wrong with an “occasional love,” in fact there’s times in everyone’s life when it’s downright essential. You can’t always be in a meaningful relationship, that’s not healthy for you or the latest victim of your serial dating habits. Everyone needs room to breathe, but within that room everyone also needs a little somethin’ somethin’ from time to time. You know, an occasional love. Cimo Fränkel clearly understands this, as he sings:

“If it doesn’t kill you then it don’t mind, but that doesn’t mean you’re worth all my time.”

Beyond the reference to the occasional love, that line is also super insightful for another reason. Often people forget to protect their time. Like Larry David said (paraphrasing big time here) when there were thieves in his neighborhood in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “I don’t care about thieves taking my things, i’m more concerned with neighbors taking my time.” We gotta be picky about who we let into our bubble, because so many people and things tend to suck the energy out of you. People complaining, playing the victim, hating their jobs/relationships, etc. If you want to be happy and enjoy your life you gotta surround yourself with people who feel the same and want the same things, there’s gotta be that flow. Guard your time like your front door, cause not everything is “worth all your time” as Cimo eloquently stated.

Cimo’s incredible voice brings these great points to light in a wonderful way, as the tropical rhythms provide the perfect backdrop to allow the message to sink in. There’s moments where he sounds like a young Sting, with a silky smooth delivery that feels classic yet modern. Definitely happy to welcome Cimo to a spot on our radar.


Migos – Bad and Boujee (Oren Yoel Remix)

Raindrop! Drop top! I like this remix a whole fucking lot! “Bad and Boujee” has been everywhere lately, from the radio to late night TV to playlists and everywhere in between, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a *little* tired of it…but I can’t say I’m tired of hearing people turn Migos’s straight flames into something fresh and exciting! Fortunately for us, this dude Oren Yoel decided to drop what might be the song’s best remix yet!

Quavo, Offset, and Lil Uzi Vert’s flows are all still like a super strong energy drink in rap form, but Yoel trashes the original beat and inserts some crazy psychedelic guitars that don’t even sound like they’re from this century. I can imagine the three Migos on a festival stage like Woodstock just rocking out to this remix while rocking bandana headbands and all denim…I mean hey, rappers are the new rockstars right? Who needs a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo at Woodstock when we could hear Migos rap that crazy fast triplet flow for minutes on end!?

Okay so I *might* be letting my imagination run wild, but it’s hard not to when listening to such a fun song  that bounces between decades like this “Bad and Boujee” remix.


Thugli – Cold Winter (feat. Bea Moon)

I expected to be wearing shorts and t-shirts during my first month in LA, but it turns out that even paradise is chilly during the winter months. Coincidentally, I feel that notion resonating throughout “Cold Winter,” a joint that touches upon the nuanced nature of romance.

Featuring dense trap production from Thugli that contrasts thunderous 808s with ear-piercing synths, Bea Moon croons, “it’s cold in this winter, it’s cold in this winter outside.” Her vocals synthesize the best elements of pop and R&B to paint a portrait of the push-and-pull between those less attractive days within a relationship and the mutual lust that keeps it alive during said days. While this tension has been well documented in pop and R&B as of late, the encompassing feel of Thugli’s production combined with Moon’s infectious vocals makes this track a must listen.

 

 


CJ Warren & Fre$h – Fre$h Jays EP

You know I’m still on that hip-hop flow so I got some more for ya trailing Monday from CJ Warren & Fre$h, for the rest of the EP click here.  Hip-hop relaxes me, it’s like adult story time for me, if it’s good, comes from the heart and speaks some solid truth for the person spittin’ the lyrics then it’s like I am sitting down with a good book that has rhythm and a music score.  I like to hear where people come from, what they are going through and what the grind is like for them.  These Detroit natives have a good story to tell so check out the rest of their EP for the solid vision.

Fuck I am tired and it’s already Tuesday speaking of grinding.  Having a toddler is a full time job in itself along with all of the other work and endeavors I have going on, coffee and energy drinks are laughing in my face, I literally don’t even know what the word rested means anymore, nor do I care that much because I feel good even with little sleep, the grind feels good and I like to be around people who understand what that truly means.  It’s only the beginning of the week but it feels like the end of it, I am gonna press play on this jam and “relax” for about 3 min!


Filous – Goodbye (feat. Mat Kearney)

Man, it’s pretty fitting after yesterday’s post about heartbreak that I’m now listening to a track called “Goodbye”! Instead of getting all gloomy again though, I wanna talk about goodbyes that are…well, a good thing!

There are times in life where I’ve had the best of homies but also realized that they were holding me back. I loved them to death and still do, but when we’re together…I’m not in the best place. Their lifestyles just don’t jive with mine, whether it’s cause of wanting to always be somewhere else mentally with drugs or being stuck in a day to day mindset that doesn’t ever think about the future. Don’t get me wrong, it fucking *sucked* to part ways with them when I did, but at the same time I knew how much better *my* life was going to be once I was off doing my own thing. And yeah it’s hard at times when you’re trying to make new friends and don’t have people to kick back with on speed dial, but in the long run, it’s so worth it. At some point you realize you’ve only got one life and looking out for you is the most important thing, so don’t always be afraid to say goodbye.


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!