RYDER – Nirvana

Pop music is more hit or miss than most genres, but this new song from RYDER is pop fucking goodness! She has the voice of a straight up goddess and combines it with a *seriously smooth* electronic instrumental that I could dance to for days. Plus, I love the lyrics about her wanting to reach nirvana… such a cool angle for a pop song when most of them are stuck on temporary highs (no intended diss to those songs, all music has its place!).

That makes the song feel even more personal though. We all have these surface level desires for clothes and drugs and jewelry and yet here comes RYDER, telling her significant other “fuck the material stuff, I want the real thing”! It’s more refreshing than a big bottle of water on a hot day to hear her lay down some truth on what her route to real nirvana is…it’s a different route for all of us of course, so now I’m sitting here thinking about how I’d achieve my nirvana. I’m not totally sure yet, but the way this song makes me feel is kinda like a piece of that nirvana, so don’t mind me while I hit the replay button to let RYDER take me there again and again!

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Sam Smith – Money On My Mind


Sam. Smith.

A composition between Sam Smith and Disclosure at the end of 2012 launched Smith and his sultry vocals into the elite of the music scene. Sam Smith recently released an EP, Nirvana, on 28 January 2014. Cannot recommend this more.

His release offers 7 tracks, some of which are more R&B and stripped down which compliment the more energetic remix with Disclosure and this number, also on the EP.

With Sam Smith‘s punching soprano vocals and the help of a solid base and delicate piano , this tune just oozes sex and a class and lyrics which say “I do this for the love”.

Although he has sold old nearly every upcoming show in Europe, if get a chance to be serenaded by this talent, I would recommend it.

Sam Smith – Money On My Mind

Music Remixes

Nirvana – Polly (Bruno Be Remix)

There’s a very special spot in my heart for the rock bands that existed before me. All of them have something to offer us, whether it’s an old sound that should resurface, lyricism with simplicity and craft, or musician dynamic. There is always something to learn. Whenever I hear an old classic track remixed by today’s finest talent, I get happy. As I did with this track. The dynamic between old and new is not threatening, nor does it overshadow the pre-existing. I think that I tend to talk a lot about respect when it comes to remixes — how much regard did the new production have for the old? That’s one of the most important aspects of remixing, to me at least.

Isn’t meHave a seed
Let me clipDirty wings
Let me take a rideCut yourself
Want some help, Help myself
Got some ropeHave been told
I promise youHave been true
Let me take a rideI cut yourself
Want some helpPlease myself.”

Bruno Be let’s us take a ride. The combination of vocal layers maintained from the original against a futuristic, yet classic, electronic wave of a bass line  the fade out then fade in of sound over the vocals, the machine claps…everything is perfect.

The lyrics are definitely something to talk about, but something I have chosen not to discuss in this post. The original song left me a little bit too sad, and while it’s really important to acknowledge that, this remix doesn’t channel the same sadness. I’ll just leave the live version for you to get your fill.

Nirvana – Polly (Bruno Be Remix)