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Caden Jester – Vacant Love (feat. Blake Rose)

I wasn’t previously familiar with Caden Jester, but this single came through my inbox and quickly caught my attention. Titled “Vacant Love”, it’s a Blake Rose assisted cut that dives into utterly infectious electronic territory. The verses have a traditional main-stage flair that hints at a big-room climax, but the drop provides a welcomed switch up worth multiple rewinds as its propulsive, punchy low-end is draped with gritty synths. It’s the type of innovation that I love to hear in the genre as past and present approaches intersect for a modern sound.

In general, I love how electronic music has looked to the past for uniquely present outputs. Some of my favorites included Virtual Self’s dive into pure turn-of-the-millenium rave candy, Ross From Friends’ lo-fi house, and minimalist bass music that feels like a worthy successor to the early aughts of dubstep. It all provides a sense of familiarity to make the listening experience comfortable while generating excitement around the innovation it provides. Here’s to more music that transcends time and space.

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Pop Funk – Everything But Ordinary (Feat. Blake Rose)

I love tracks with unique sonic touches. The sound of water swaying back and forth on “Everything But Ordinary” is a perfect example as it bookends the song with a hypnotizing element that also adds an aura of organic life. I’m equally into the adorable vocal sample during the hook that’s in the same vein of Yoshi’s signature yelp as it brings an element of childish nostalgia to the table. They’re characteristics that contribute to the wonderfully melodic whole of Pop Funk and Blake Rose’s introductory statement to 2018, a pop-laden outing that immediately sticks to the brain and refuses to let go.

On a personal note, it’s well documented that the last year of my life was everything but ordinary. I’ve never experienced as many high highs and low lows as I did throughout 2017. That being said, 2018 is the year that I’m shooting for stability. I crave the simplicity of the ordinary – don’t get me wrong, I still have lofty goals for my work and personal life, but I want to be grounded through those pursuits. It’s a resolution that I’m excited to maintain from today and onward.

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