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Jahan Lennon – Can’t Ruin My Fun

Where’s your head at Jahan? Please let me know because I wouldn’t mind being there myself.

I know Mad Decent has a reputation for puttin out dem quality clappers and bangarangin’ beats. But that status might become more inclusive and less genre specific in the future, if this cut from Jahan Lennon is of any indication.

Eh, perhaps it’s best not to read too much into this. This is still dance music, albeit undercover. No, that’s not quite right. It’s dance music that’s inspired by music from times that came and went well before the wobbles of dubstep and the pure melody of big room house – elements that are that are so pervasive today – were figurative twinkles any nascent DJ’s ears. Then again, Lennon may have gotten himself onto Jeffree’s – the gratis release imprint for M.D. – just on the strength alone of the great pun that is his nom de guerre. You get it, right? I hope so. We here at EMPT don’t like to be in the business of schooling you too hard. Our mission is to share and share alike, and Can’t Ruin My Fun is something you gotta hear.

The track is white-hot mysticism of the highest order, meant to be cranked at the loudest of volumes. Barely letting up over the duration of its near four and a half minute run time, the thing runs ragged and sounds loose. Jahan‘s vocals never rise too much above laconic, even when he’s imploring us all to, “find a way.” This after Lennon talks of himself (or his friend? or maybe us?) surfing the sands and getting a tan in Pakistan. This is clearly a guy who knows that it’s about the journey, not the destination.

The ever-present drum loop keeps the movement brisk and popping; the clattering, four on the floor beat would get anything moving. There is some swirl found in the guitar lines. A twangy lead rings out over the gentle buzz of the bass. It has the effect of pulling me up and lifting me off the ground and, with the closing of my eyes, I’m taken exactly where I want to go. Audio escapism at its finest.

Stay trippy.

Jahan Lennon – Can’t Ruin My Fun

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Diplo – About That Life (feat. Jahan Lennon)

Good vibes. Good life. Good morning. The first 10 seconds of this track and on will have you feeling elated all day long. This is Diplo’s first single from his to-be-titled late 2012/early 2013 release (it’s his  first full length LP in eight years…). Given that little fact, I am more than okay with the direction this album seems to be taking. This track is hazy afternoon bliss and a perfect companion to getting ready for the day.

Jahan Lennon’s woozy falsetto skims over Diplo’s 60’s summer-esque production (do I hear a little bit of a Beck influence, too?) to create a sonic concoction that goes down real smooth and takes over your body in waves.

I step outside
I slip and slide
I don’t know why
I’m about that life.”

I’m sitting with a hot cup of coffee, some breakfast, and  a good book beside me playing this track. Sunday has always been a day to regroup, refresh, and “begin again.” I don’t like to go out Saturdays because of the standards I hold Sundays to. Something about waking up early on a Sunday has a nice ring to it. It’s certainly an ideal and a goal that’s not met week after week, but it’s the process of working towards Sunday that’s honorable. This track only adds to the downtempo ambience Sundays should lend themselves to. Work hard, but keep it light. Lennon’s “la-de-da’s” aren’t there just for kicks, they’re emphasizing the good life; the easiness is living well; the comfort in liking what you do. There are other songs out there about the “good life,” but this track sounds like the title. There is nothing pretentious about it. No lyric about earning a bunch of money, spending it all on drugs and girls, no designer name drop; it’s about finding yourself a lover, keeping your feet grounded but your thoughts free. What more could you ask for, really?

I woke up this Sunday and decided that instead of asking to live a good life, I have to believe that I can. There’s no use in sitting around asking for things when the real and honest good things come from believing you can and doing it.

It’s a new horizon, now I know who I am.”

Diplo – About That Life (feat. Jahan Lennon)