Music Remixes

Jessie Ware – Keep On Lying (TOKiMONSTA Remix)

I’d quite like to talk about dancing really quickly. Now, this isn’t a dance song, but I’m currently tapping my feet along to the good-ness that is TOKiMONSTA’s style. She (yes, SHE) first captured my attention with “Drive” (do your ears a favor and search our site for this post), so I was happy to hear her style translate over to a remix. She couldn’t have picked a better artist than Jessie Ware. OK.. I’m a little (lot) biased, having been a fan of Jessie’s for a few years. Simply put, this is a badass song.

Back to dancing… I never felt hindered from dancing until moving to Oklahoma. It’s not a bad state overall, but it’s the little things that get me. One thing being the lack of dance floors (excluding two-stepping bars of course). The fact that the majority of bar-hoppers would rather sit and talk allll night, than to get up and get a little jiggy, confuses me. It became apparent to me last weekend when I was in a college town; it was the “Big Game”- two Oklahoma colleges playing each other. So, a girlfriend and I were hopping around, having fun, all the while looking for a place to “end” the night. Somewhere to dance! This was how it was for me in college.. go out and find somewhere to let loose. It shouldn’t be as hard as it was last weekend! We ended up creating our OWN dance floor!! When I woke up the next morning and was revisiting the memories, the thought hit me- why were we the ONLY ones dancing?? I felt like an anomaly, with everyone looking at us strangely. Maybe I’ve just been spoiled by Austin’s abundant nightlife, filled with bars accompanied by energetic people and dance floors, not just bar stools.

So it’s just kinda been on my mind lately. I’m not asking for a giant dance party.. just some SPACE to move around, and for the general atmosphere to be open to body movement. Let’s bring some free-thinking into these Southern towns! Who’s with me?

Make sure to give Jessie Ware’s new album a listen, and keep your ears pricked for more of TOKiMONSTA’s work.

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Music Remixes

Jessie Ware – Running ( Disclosure Remix)

Do you ever think about how much your taste in music changes month to month? Week to week even? I have my iTunes library set up so that it organizes my tunes based on the day I imported them. Scrolling down the ever-growing list, it amazes me how much my ears have changed. I’ve always said that going through someone’s iPod or iTunes is like rummaging through their diary. You can learn a lot about a person based on what they have stored (and even more if you peep into their Top 25 Played playlist). Going through a library based on the date a track was added adds another dimension to learning about someone. You can assume what mood the owner was in or perhaps what they were doing when they downloaded a track. Combing through my library, I noticed I really only listen to a song or artist from the time I download until I download something new and my Recently Added playlist is updated. This track, however, by the impeccable Jessie Ware remixed by my favorite Brit duo, Disclosure, has remained on play since its arrival into my library on June 19th, 2012.

Ware, like her fellow Brit Florence Welch, has incredible pipes and has every right to show them off with her smooth neo-R&B licked original tracks. At the same time, though, her voice – like Welch’s – soars over a slick dance production. Disclosure speeds up and spins the most poignant lyrics from the song over a beat of a pounding bass drum and tambourines. Light keyboard chords in the background keep the R&B vibes going while synths crescendo into a sassy dance jive. When I listen to this I’m transported off into a swanky cocktail bar where the men are dressed to the 9’s and the women have bee-hive hair-do’s and glittery black body-hugging dresses. It’s a vision that seems too mature for me at this point in my adult life, but a vision I’d go through the looking glass to get to nonetheless.

Am I ready to run, am I ready to fall?

I think I’m ready to lose it all.”

A Saturday night without some dancing beats just wouldn’t be the same. Turn this babe up and keep it going. The title of the track says it all. Once the drum kicks in it doesn’t stop and you’re tagging right along with it. You’ll return to Jessie and Disclosure next week and the next months after – I’m sure of it.


Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix)


Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments

Do you ever have that moment of clarity where you realize you’ve fallen into a pattern with another – perhaps – bad lover slash significant other? You get caught up in the moment, see them across the room and suddenly you’re back to being vulnerable without the strings attached? Maybe you keep this habit up because maybe this time – just maybe – this moment is the one that will solidify the huge question mark that’s been stuck between you and this other. Jessie Ware, the UK darling slowly creeping into our iTunes libraries captures this question mark and plainly gives words to confusion us romantically troubled listeners have out there.

Wait on, summer sky
Wherever there’s smoke, there should be fire
One prick, bad luck
I’ve been looking at you too much

From the outside, from the outside
Everyone must be wondering why we try
Why do we try?

Maybe in our wildest moments
We could be the greatest, we could be the greatest
Maybe in our wildest moments,
We could be the worst of all.”

Thank you, Jessie Ware for clearing up and making me feel a little bit better about all those tiny obsessions and in-the-moment happenings that have left me wondering why nothing has ever come from them. Really, though, thanks. I am indeed at my worst when I’m in my “wildest moment.” Should this song’s subject matter bring me down because of the clarity I got after listening to it? Perhaps. But Ware’s soft Katy B-mated-with-Joss Stone voice over a mellow beat make me feel okay about my past and probable future. Funny how a pretty woman singing about all your hidden truths can make it all seem okay and completely normal, huh?

And so, here’s to you Jessie Ware and all the times I said I won’t talk to that one person again. Happy Thursday.

Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments