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Darkside – Gone Too Soon

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Reclaiming the space. The space in my brain. The space which is integral to my creative endeavors (e.g., everything) and overall experience of the world, the space which is rightfully mine and enables me to gravitate towards the other cool-ass motherf@#kers oscillating on that higher wavelength.

Last night I got to catching up with one of my besties and our conversation oscillated around the theme of endings– or rather, lack thereof. What is it about this day and age that encourages such half-ass tomfoolery? Especially in the realm of *relationships*? How can you ever really break with someone when they’re constantly raping your news feed? It’s getting damn near impossible to cultivate any sort of healthy distance with one’s exes thanks to social media. Thanks for that, social media.

Sometimes you just gotta Shut It Down. Away with the has beens. So long to the ‘what if’s’. Delete, delete, delete. We are talking literal, metaphorical, and metaphysical deletion here. All I know is that you never really can know so what’s the point of pretending you do? Letting the words drown out the actual actions is a waste of time; fabricating bullshit only leads to more bullshit, even when you’ve got the best of intentions. So either you’re going to play an instrumental part in my universe OR you can piss off, dear sir. Cheers, thanks.

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Music Remixes

Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time (Shlohmo Remix)

A space age bachelor pad has brushed steel appliances. It has clap-on, color changing LED lights. The infinity Jacuzzi has a built in 5th generation Volcano. The fridge is stocked with coconut water and whipped cream.

There is no shag carpeting. There is no IKEA furniture.

Tailored suits hang alongside retro NBA jerseys in the closet. Prints from edgy street artists grace the kitchen. All electronic charging is wireless.

Soundtracked by a smooth mix of underground and iconic, this temple of marble and bamboo sits tranquil during the working hours. Orbiting the Earth, its windows gaze into the endless black, waiting in vacuum space for the evening to come.

Most often, he arrives, tired, after the sun has set. He removes his tie and collapses into his grandfather’s easy chair. He sleeps alone.

But on some nights, the cold rooms are filled with spring flower scent and brightened by the hum of laughter.

She removes his tie. He does not sleep alone.

Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time (Shlohmo Remix)

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Music

Modeselektor – Berlin (feat. Miss Platnum)

Thursday! Hey! How’d you get here so fast? I’m actually in a little shock that it’s almost the weekend. I can’t say I’m upset about it though because this track from German electro duo Modeselektor is burning up my headphones this morning. I woke up irritated today and was both surprised and a little ashamed of how I started my day. I knew I needed something to change my mood. Naturally I put on my headphones and tuned out the world as I walked through the morning streets of Manhattan. This track was next on my current obsession playlist and after listening to it once, I hit the repeat one button and kept of riding the sound until I reached my destination.

This week has been all about escapism for me. My thoughts centered around sounds ability to generate space. It truly is an environmental experience. The little world your headphones create is as small or as vast as you want it to be. A room can feel open or claustrophobic depending on the music is playing. Each music artist is a space maker and we as listeners are sonic nomads. Some tracks bring you to an autumn space, some take you to space, others make you feel like you’ve crawled under your sheets and shut out the world. Music is imagined space made “real” by listening.

Modeselektor has created a space that’s both ethereal and grounded. The running synth and tap-tap-tap’s in the background keep the track in motion. Miss Platnum’s chopped and screwed vocals take us up and down, sideways, and through a medley of syncopated rhythms and beat switch-ups. I feel like I’m in one of those zero gravity rooms and someone is flipping me around before leaving me to float a bit before they spin me around again. Oddly, this feeling is perfect for walking. This is the first track I’ve heard by Modeselektor and I’m itching to listen to more of their 2011 release, Monkeytown. In the meantime, I plan on staying in Modeselektor’s Berlin until I welcome in the weekend tonight, and even then I’ll most likely still be living in their space.

Modeselektor – Berlin (feat. Miss Platnum)

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Music Remixes

Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)

Do you not think so far ahead?

‘Cause I’ve been thinkin bout forever.

No, I don’t like you, I just thought you were cool enough to kick it.

Got a beach house I could sell you in Idaho since you think I don’t think I love you

I just thought you were cute, that’s why I kissed you.”

Welcome to Thursday. For some it’s the beginning of the weekend and for others it’s that tease of a day before 5 PM on Friday. Either way, we’re all pretty much thinking about the weekend. What am I going to do? Are there any good parties? Maybe I should just stay in and keep it chill. Whatever. You do you! No matter what you feel like doing, keep Frank Ocean at your disposal. Today we’re bringing back a summer track that’s just as fresh as it was back in July when we brought you the spellbinding original.

Ryan Hemsworth, the Canadian producer/writer/blogger has put his touch on Ocean’s opus and it’s simply bliss on this Thursday.  Listening to both the original and Hemsworth’s versions, I’ve found little difference between the two. That, however, was just a surface observation. Listening to the track a second, third, and then fourth time I heard all the nuances that makes Hemsworth a producer to keep your eyes on (aside from his pretty looks). He takes the original R&B inflections and transforms them into an atmospheric bump that goes down smooth in the ears as it levitates the sonic senses. Listen closely and you’ll hear muted keyboard chords bouncing in the background while an 808 bumps through a white-noise filter and space-age synths. Ocean’s voice melts into the production. Hemsworth compliments him by tracing his vocal steps with a production that follows the melody.

This track’s got me thinking about the nature of remixes. I, for one, am an avid hunter for the next best remix. I often hear a song and think, “Imagine the remixes that’ll come from this track!” Yet, with Frank Ocean I never thought that and when I saw that some existed I grew a little cynical. Is nothing sacred anymore? Hemsworth, however, has proved that a track can be remixed and still maintain the original’s integrity. There isn’t a competition of whose version is better. Each are the Frank Ocean we brought you in July, but today we bring you Frank Ocean in space.

Get up, get down, chill, grind, escape, whatever to this track. It’s hypnotic beat is enough to induce a mid-day trance that’ll tie you over for the next 48 hours.

Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)

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Video

Diplo feat. Lazerdisk Party Sex – Set It Off

Okay. I want y’all to prepare yourselves for this video. Put on the nicest pair of headphones you have, turn on full screen mode, adjust the quality to the highest you can go and hold tight. I want you to experience this. This video is straight fire! But would you expect anything less from Diplo? I’ve watched this maybe two times every day since my good friend shared it with me. I’ve never been taken so high by a video than I have with this.

The track itself is a banger. It’s hot off Diplo’s newest album, Express Yourself, and features the up-and-coming electronic duo, Lazerdisk Party Sex. Beginning with an sleek almost smoky-seductive intro, a girl’s voice slowly leaks its way into the track repeating “I wanna set it off.” As more synths are added, the girl’s voice grows and the beat builds into a drop that’ll get your shoulder’s rolling and hips twerking.

Director, Ryan Staake’s work with this video follows Diplo’s musical suit. Take pole dancers, edit the pole together into one long pole, put the pole in space and watch them defy gravity in slow motion. I don’t even know how that may register in some of your brains if you haven’t seen the video, but it’s a combination I’d be down to see over again and again. With the second drop, the immensity of the sex-ed up cosmos hits you and spins you up and through the galaxy and slows to allow us to marvel at how sculpted and – honestly – how talented these dancers are. Only recently has pole dancing earned my respect. It’s a sport that even the strongest of strong men couldn’t tackle. Staake’s and Diplo’s vision is one that makes art sexy. This is far from sleaze. It is, rather, a video that raises the sport out of the stripper connotation and showcases the out-of-this-world strength it requires. Is it seductive? Yes. Is it hypnotizing? Definitely. It’s a dazzling glittery spectacle for the eyes, and one that’ll be sure to set your weekend off right.

 

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Mash-Ups Music Remixes

The Twelfth Hour

The Twelves

Will someone please explain to me the phenomenon that is time while at work? Doesn’t it feel like right before you get to work time is flying and you can’t move fast enough but the second you sit down it’s like you go into some alternate world and it takes an hour for 5 minutes to pass. Work sucks huh? You know what, I really like the concept of that new Bruce Willis movie. We should have robots that represent us at work while we do important things like thinking of more ways to use robots and not do anything. That probably won’t happen today so I’ve got a little something to help you day dream and procrastinate more than you already do…

The Twelves released a new 60 minute mixtape two days ago and I think my friend Ben’s facebook message describes it best: “new 12s mixtape = predictable amazingness.”  This is the followup to their previous mixtape Episode II, which I never got around to posting but will in the next week or so.  I’ve been listening to this all morning and it rocks, there’s really nothing else to say.  These guys just get it when it comes to song selection and production. The transitions from song to song are seamless, the mash-ups and remixes are top notch and the overall flow and feel is energetic and entertaining all throughout.  it’s quite good.

The Twelfth Hour (Download)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

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Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)

Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-Live Remix Edit)

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Here’s the set list: