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Kill Paris – Red Lights (Madnap remix)

Madnap’s approach to electronic music comes with an organic bent that’s hard to quantify but has been on full display with tracks like last year’s “Honey”. His sound feels so honest and personal rather than over-processed to the point of a disconnect; it’s subtle and stunning as seen on his brand new remix. Taking on “Red Lights” by Kill Paris, he transitions the groovy, upbeat original into a dreamy downtempo cut whose passionate display is felt through sultry verses and a dense, dynamic drop of a hook. There’s so many little touches like the tempo switch during the second drop that make this remix exciting to dive into with each and every listen.

The track’s sound feels like the sonic equivalent of a night drive through a neon-lit city where the individual moments blur together because the experience overwhelms the senses. It’s affecting and sticks with you long after the car shifts to park, your head hits the bed, and daylight creeps back in. I’m compelled to go on a drive with Madnap’s “Red Lights” remix playing and allow sensory overload to take hold.

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Kill Paris – Good Love

The first time I encountered Kill Paris was during his opening performance for Big Gigantic in early 2013. Amidst all of the one-dimensional trap music that was so prominent at the time, I distinctly remember the melodic qualities of his set blowing most other sets I’d seen around then out of the water (not to say I wasn’t also embarrassingly fucked up, trap arming away to clunky remixes of Flocka hits). With that being said, the producer is still managing to stay a step ahead of his contemporaries over four year laters as seen on “Good Love.”

An uplifting production with hi-hats frantically clattering alongside an ebbing-and-flowing synth, he delivers the excitement of electronic trap with a tastefulness that’s found in what “Good Love” lacks, that being absolute excess. Every sound and structure throughout the track feels satisfyingly methodical, not in the sense of sounding hollow or artificial, but as if Paris has such an intricate understanding of exactly what works in his sonic domain. That’s likely the reason for Paris’ longevity four long years after I saw him at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, and in turn, why his success will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Kill Paris (Feat. Nevve and Monstre) – Junkie (DNMO Remix)

I don’t know how I missed this stunning DNMO remix of one of my favorite songs of 2016 – Kill Paris/Nevve/Monstre’s “Junkie.” The original version captured such a special mood that any remix would have a tough time living up, but damn DNMO comes close on this. The dark, mechanical synth tones that bubble and brew under the track give the pensive vocals a new sense of tension. The drop is truly cathartic, feeling akin to a wall bursting under the pressure of tons of water. Or perhaps like a junkie fulfilling a need for a fix.

It’s such a thin line isn’t it – the human need/want to indulge in something, experience it for all it’s worth…BUT, don’t you dare enjoy it too much and grow addicted to it, cause then it’ll ruin your life. Think about that for a moment. As humans bursting at the seams with emotion, it’s natural for us to want to put all of our energy behind something we’re passionate about. But you’ve constantly got to be aware not to slip over that thinnest of lines, and become a “junkie” for something. You can “over” anything, from work to food to sex to sleep. So maybe the key is to WANT something like a junkie, but control your actions enough to participate in it like a balanced person. Be passionate as all hell in your mind, but ACT as though you’re proceeding with calculated caution. We’re instruments for all things creative if we’re controlled and balanced.

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Monsta – Where Did I Go (Dillon Francis & Kill Paris Remix)

There are times in life when I find myself over analyzing a song for a meaning. These times are definitely valuable, but should be taken with a grain of salt. The truth is, sometimes we don’t have to look so hard for meaning. As is the case with much of life, but I feel really strongly about this particular song embodying the idea of looking no further than the surface for meaning. That isn’t to say that the buried meaning of something isn’t beautiful too, it certainly is. And the feeling of accomplishment that we get from that discovery is so worth it, which is why we always seek it out.

Sometimes, things are made easy for you so that you don’t have to work so hard. That’s how I feel about all aspects of this song. Musically, the limited lyrics, the chill dubstep that climbs up a not so steep ladder, all of these elements seem to go together, then force me to ask where my head is. While the song doesn’t have many lyrics, sampling only the original where did I go? from Monsta, these words truly force me to stop my brain from whirring for a moment and relax. Where is my head? And where could it have gone? Where is yours right now? I talk so much about being present and remaining right here right now. The level of difficulty that exists in embodying this is tremendous, as we’ve all learned. The fact is, that if we don’t think of the future, we’re in naive denial of what’s coming up. And these questions are so big and so overwhelming sometimes, that we don’t even want to raise them while trying to remain present. Because why would we actually want to ruin what seems so good right now?

But we have to ask ourselves where our heads are, and sometimes it’s a little bit scattered and wild with a slight undertone of chill. Because under all of the freak out of not being present, of not being sure what’s going to happen in the future, and of stressing about those uncertainties, exists a calm that you have to work for. Just like you have to work for the deeper meaning sometimes in life, that calm…is what makes it all worth it. And there is a certain amount of comfort and solace that we can find in knowing that everyone around us is probably in the same place mentally, at any given point. So calm down and ride it out, accept that the mind will always be fluttering. It is up to you to calm and ground it.

For me, life always happens at the last minute. I’ve never been able to foresee my future ahead of time, and I couldn’t have told you four years ago that I was going to be in my final semester of college in one of the greatest cities in the world. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you that I would have a beautiful little beach shack-esque loft of an apartment in Brooklyn, and I wouldn’t have known that I would be surrounded by some of the most incredible people of my entire life. But it all happened, almost all at once, and man am I thankful that it did. Because guessing that this would have happened and being right would be exciting, and perhaps a talent worth charging people for. However, there is so much more to be thankful for when things, both good and bad, happen without your being able to guess. Because that is when you are reminded that the universe is bigger than you, and that you play the tiniest little part. All you have to do is be, and the rest is not really in your hands. How exciting is that?

Monsta – Where Did I Go (Dillon Francis & Kill Paris Remix)

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Kill Paris – I Do Love You

Kill Paris brings new meaning to a live DJ and Producer. Utilizing the capabilities of Ableton Live and his own custom controllers, Kill Paris plays and loops Bass, Guitar, Synth, and drum beats all while mixing in and out of songs. His live show has been described as something never seen or experienced before.”

After reading that last line in the quote I definitely would like to see this dude live.  Sometimes you have a different experience with an artist live then you would only knowing them on your speakers.  I have come across a few artists that I didn’t care for upon hearing them on the radio or someones sound system in their home, but then I would get lured in to seeing a show and would be completely mesmerized by the the energy, the live sound and also what always makes a difference for me is the way the crowd is reacting to the artist.  When I am floored by a show I get this really almost nervous fluttery feeling, you know that feeling when you first fall in love with someone, or if you have ever been skydiving?  Its hard to describe but its nervous, but happy and you just want to laugh out loud but you have no idea why.  Keep falling in love with music, that’s the kind of love you know will always stick around!

I do love you, I do love you
But its alright, alright, alright…”

Kill Paris does great job with his use of different sounds, especially his use of drums in this track, not too over powering but just the right amount which makes this a great chilled out party track. Another Los Angeles native on our hands here, Kill Paris, birthday name Corey Baker is giving you some new killer tracks each week so check him out on Soundcloud.

Alright people let loose this weekend or don’t, whatever you feel, but don’t EVER stop playin’ the music…

ENJOY!

Kill Paris – I Do Love You