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Chad Valley – Up and Down

I have this conviction that there exists a song that embodies every fiber of our own individual beings. These songs vibrate at the same frequency you vibrate at. They get deep beneath your skin, slipping in and around your bones eventually working their beneath the bone surface and nourish you like calcium. It’s these tracks that remind your friends of you. Maybe it’s something about the cadence of the notes or perhaps it’s the lyrics. Maybe it’s more than that – maybe the track moves the way you move. If a song could manifest itself as a human, these tracks would grow into you. It’s a pretty thought, no? I had never thought of this idea until this real incredible girl with the brightest of minds told me that a track I wrote about over the summer, the Jason Bentley remix to “Lazy Eye,” sounded like me. At the time I didn’t know how to respond, so I blushed a little and smiled, but the moment I was alone I immediately put the track on and almost at once her statement became clear. I don’t have the right words to do this explanation justice, but the track resonated within me in a way that’s vastly different than a solid house track does. The high of the build-drop wasn’t there; rather the sound became me and I became it. Before I get lost in thought and begin to ramble, I’ll simply say that the track ignited a feeling that can’t be explained any other way than a gut feeling. Music has never been the same for me.

Anyway, this track is a throwback to 2010. I’ve been feeling a lil’ introspective over the past few days, but have lacked the motivation to act it (that’s the worst, isn’t it?). So I decided to comb through my library for a track that I knew would sink into me. Chad Valley, the solo-project of UK’s electro-pop group Jonquil’s vocalist Hugo Manuel, gets me like the “Lazy Eye” remix does. There’s something about the ethereal atmosphere of chiming synths, soft percussion, and Manuel’s New Order-esque vocals that get me good. “Up and Down” has an 80’s vibe to it and a steady beat that just moves forward. It’s a track you walk a little lighter to; a track that you can’t not sway or bop to. For a Sunday evening after a stressful (albeit rewarding) week and a weekend that’s been illuminating in more ways than neither my friends nor I can understand in this moment, Chad Valley is the perfect compliment. It has the ability to simultaneously chill you down and lift you up. If you’re lucky, it’ll sink into you, too and you’ll have a new track to turn to when you need re-centering.

Cheers to sounds. Cheers to Sunday. Here’s to a solid new week.

Chad Valley – Up and Down

 

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Rush Midnight – The Night Was Young Enough (Chad Valley Remix)

 

Right from the beginning Chad Valley replaces the shakers with hand claps and strips the original from its prevalent bass. That said, once you hit play, you’ll agree that there isn’t one single thing missing from this version. At least that’s how it feels. Because the way it was constructed is nothing short of a well told story with its ups and down, beautiful balearic organ bridges that let the song breathe and the listener take in the lyrics without distractions. When this happens I find it such a nice subtle touch the way he wets Russ’ voice with some reverb as a way of foreshadowing that the song is about to pick up again without feeling surprising but rather natural. I also find it interesting how by no means is this rendition a banger yet you can’t avoid but to move along the catchy chorus paired with these hazy synths.

I must give credit to Russ Manning (which was Twin Shadow’s former bass player) on his new single out at the end of this month. He did a great job and I invite you to watch the official video which for me was like taking Eric Prydz’s Call On Me video, putting it through a Camera+ filter and running it at 60 frames per second. By the way, this doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, just the way I saw it. You be the judge (even though no one’s judging).

On another note I highly recommend watching out for singer, songwriter and remixer Hugo Manuel’s aka Chad Valley’s album Young Hunger. A full and free album stream is being hosted by Hype Machine in advance of the album’s official release and I must’ve fallen head over heels on the first listen with at least 80% of the songs in it. Especially his I Owe You single featuring Twin Shadow.

Rush Midnight – Night Was Young Enough (Chad Valley Remix)

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Chad Valley – Tell All Your Friends

I’m a sucker for love-sick falsettos, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Chad Valley gears up for the release of his first full length Young Hunger on October 30 with this exceptional track. Piercing even the coldest of hearts, Tell All Your Friends packs an immediate ferocity with Valley‘s vocals. Emotional and insistent, the lyrics drive the exhaustion of loss and hope.

I know that i have found you now
I know that I would like a sign
That everyone is living on
Tired of waiting up for you
Tired of knowing what to do
I know that’s anybody else at all
I never hurt until I fall
Tell all your friends, tell everyone
All I ever think about is you.”

Chad Valley is the solo project of Hugo Manuel, the vox behind the band Jonquil. He speaks simply and honestly, a quality that I’ve learned to appreciate in an artist. My first foray with Chad Valley was an EMPT post from 2011 on Now That I’m R.eal (How Does It Feel?) from the Equatorial Ultravox EP.  That track spoke with the same sincerity and power (not to mention assonance), and I’m literally on the edge of my seat for Young Hunger. The album looks to be chock full of incredible collaborations such as Twin Shadow, Glasser, Active Child and El Perro Del Mar. While the wait slowly falls away, feel free to have several of those moments where you belt out lyrics at the top of your lungs before experiencing a solo dance frenzy.

Chad Valley – Tell All Your Friends

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Chad Valley – Fall 4 U

Mood constantly dictates what type of music we listen to. And the weather is one vital–among many–factors that continually dictates this mood. And it’s been hotter than an Arabian harem for the last month or so in Los Angeles. While the calendar tells us fall has just begun, the West Coast is firmly in the midst of its end of summer blues. Weather in LA is nothing to complain about, as I’ve felt rain maybe four times in the last year. But it’s been schvitzin.

As a sweater, I hate the helpless feeling when my pores open and I have zero control over if and when they will stop. It makes me self-conscious and completely throws me off my game. Listening to overly heavy, upbeat songs coupled with the heat can be overpowering. When it’s this hot, sometimes you just want to sit in front of a fan with a cold glass of water for an hour and cool down. That’s kind of what listening to Chad Valley‘s lead single feels like.

I know the wheels are in motion
Love feels like such a commotion

Everyone is moving somewhere new
I never want to be somewhere I don’t trust.”

The point is that to gain fulfillment or fall in love, you need to leave your comfort zone. You need to get sweaty.  Listening to Chad aka Hugo Manuel‘s productions, it’s clear he’s an emotional guy, as he does a phenomenal job of slowing things down and going slow-mo with his beats. He also throws in enough layers that on the second and third listen, you’re still hearing new sounds that are both comforting and a tad bit unnerving. So while we can’t control the weather and many things in our lives, it is very possible to control what we listen to. And on a hot day, externally or internally, Chad Valley has the chilled elixir we all sometimes need.

Chad Valley – Fall 4 U

When the sun goes down, Lissvik heats things up:

Chad Valley – Fall 4 U (Lissvik Remix)