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San Holo – The Future (Taska Black Remix)

In the midst of a discussion about working toward the future yesterday, an acquaintance said that too many people think too far ahead – they’re focused on a grandiose vision years down the road without focusing on the present. It’s important to have aspirations, but rather than banking on huge leaps of progress, you have to break it down day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second. The progress you make in each of those fleeting moments is key, and from my experience, being cognizant of each of those successes provides self-satisfaction and the willingness to keep working.

Now that I got that little anecdote out of the way, let’s talk about Taska Black’s “The Future” remix. The original was a bombshell of an electronic+rock fusion from San Holo and James Vincent McMorrow that coincided perfectly with the addition of live performances to Holo’s DJ sets, but to be quite honest, Black has reimagined the track in a fashion that’s much more my speed. With McMorrow’s vocals pitched up and down at will alongside a rapid-fire barrage of ethereal synths and spine-tingling percussion during its hook, the remix taps into a lush, hypnotic sound that makes it so easy to slip away for its 3 minute runtime. If Black’s take on “The Future” somehow doesn’t click for you, though, there’s plenty more remixes of the Holo+McMorrow collaboration for your listening pleasure on Spotify.

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James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine

There’s a storm a-brewin’ outside my East Village window. From 6 stories up, I can see The Bowery Hotel  standing strong against the wind that’s blowing the tree that separates my building from the others on the street south of me. It’s a weird thing to be thankful for, but I’m thankful for this hurricane. Yes, it’s a bit scary and safety should be a priority, but I’m grateful for the time it’s opened up for me to slow my life down a bit. Most of New York City is shut down: mass transit isn’t moving so really if I wanted to go anywhere I’d have to walk and I’m not feeling ambitious enough to walk all the way to the west side. I’ve restricted myself to a 10 block radius (if I decide to go out at all…my gym is oddly open…but these hurricane snacks…mmmmaybe). So in the interim of me leaving my apartment I’ve decided to focus on what’s here in front of me.

This little hideaway I’ve found and created with my roommate is comfortable in times like this. Shelter is truly a necessity and I’m grateful for it everyday. The world may be howling outside, but my apartment is filled with the aroma of fall candles, pressed coffee, and good tunes like this one. There’s something about a bearded man playing his guitar and singing that pulls at my rough and guarded heart-strings. McMorrow’s sounds work harmoniously alongside those of Ray LaMontagne and The Tallest Man on Earth. Thankfully his lyrics are understandable and his musical production is minimal. The sounds of this track and all the others on his first release, Early in the Morning, are made for times when staying-in is inevitable. They’re comforting, easy on the ears, and make whatever chaos is happening outside your windows seem alright.

James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine