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B.Miles – Running

Good morning loves, I’m sure most of you on the West Coast are still sleeping whilst the East Coasters are tumbling out of bed sipping the dregs of whatever was in the glass on their nightstand from the night before to give them that tiny bit of life that they need.  Hey I know how it goes!  Me, well I’ve been up since 5am with a little monster that decided we should get up before the sun had risen, and probably when most of you were getting home, it’s cool tho I am hittin the town next weekend so if you are out and about, California Street in West Seattle is where it’s at, good vibes and good people my friends.

This felt like the perfect Sunday brunch track, this is exactly what I would be listening to in some “space age” brunch spot in Brooklyn or Manhattan with a delicious bloody Mary, everyone around me looking like they didn’t even go out the night before, keepin the class and style in mint condition.  Los Angeles based artist B.Miles is described as “A dark energizer bunny confused with it’s place in the world.”  I love that, I feel like that’s how a lot of us feel most of the time these days, but the energy of this track, her vocals and the euphoria placed perfectly throughout the track makes you want to recharge and start the weekend all over again.  Press this baby and recharge my loves! xo

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Robby Hunter Band – Hard On Me

I can’t tell you how much I love a productive Sunday. Waking up early, getting a good run in, sitting for a while on a random bench in the park just staring at the sky, then eating fruits and yogurt for breakfast. It’s all a part of what I’m calling my new weekend regimen. Or at least Sunday regimen. I’ve spent so many Sundays in a less than ideal state of laziness, non-productivity, wiping off the weekend from my eyes until Monday rolls around. Sundays and summertime kind of go hand in hand for me, so I guess that’s why I’ve had a change of heart. This song has been playing on my speakers all morning and I’m so into the attitude of the guitars right here.

But never mind the punch in the guitars, this song is sexy. Like, come on, he just wants to hear your body scream. Is that so much to ask for?

Oh, you give me all you’ve got if you want some
I’ll fight you on the floor if your mother walks in
And give me all the love if you wanna
Take me, fight me on the floor, I’ll give it to you.”

There’s a weird and awesome guilty pleasure thing going on here. It’s that suffering of not wanting to give in, maybe because the other person is just trouble. It’s that wanting from afar. But with a little cockiness, hence the guitar, which works so well. When girls say, “I don’t really know he’s not like super cute or anything but gosh he’s sexy.” This is the song they’re talking about. That voice, that confidence, that attitude.

Open the windows and let a little Robby Hunter Band into your ears and fantasies.

Robby Hunter Band – Hard On Me

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Diplo – About That Life (feat. Jahan Lennon)

Good vibes. Good life. Good morning. The first 10 seconds of this track and on will have you feeling elated all day long. This is Diplo’s first single from his to-be-titled late 2012/early 2013 release (it’s his  first full length LP in eight years…). Given that little fact, I am more than okay with the direction this album seems to be taking. This track is hazy afternoon bliss and a perfect companion to getting ready for the day.

Jahan Lennon’s woozy falsetto skims over Diplo’s 60’s summer-esque production (do I hear a little bit of a Beck influence, too?) to create a sonic concoction that goes down real smooth and takes over your body in waves.

I step outside
I slip and slide
I don’t know why
I’m about that life.”

I’m sitting with a hot cup of coffee, some breakfast, and  a good book beside me playing this track. Sunday has always been a day to regroup, refresh, and “begin again.” I don’t like to go out Saturdays because of the standards I hold Sundays to. Something about waking up early on a Sunday has a nice ring to it. It’s certainly an ideal and a goal that’s not met week after week, but it’s the process of working towards Sunday that’s honorable. This track only adds to the downtempo ambience Sundays should lend themselves to. Work hard, but keep it light. Lennon’s “la-de-da’s” aren’t there just for kicks, they’re emphasizing the good life; the easiness is living well; the comfort in liking what you do. There are other songs out there about the “good life,” but this track sounds like the title. There is nothing pretentious about it. No lyric about earning a bunch of money, spending it all on drugs and girls, no designer name drop; it’s about finding yourself a lover, keeping your feet grounded but your thoughts free. What more could you ask for, really?

I woke up this Sunday and decided that instead of asking to live a good life, I have to believe that I can. There’s no use in sitting around asking for things when the real and honest good things come from believing you can and doing it.

It’s a new horizon, now I know who I am.”

Diplo – About That Life (feat. Jahan Lennon)

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Music Remixes

Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen (Blood Diamonds Remix)

Listen up guys, Ellie Goulding is coming back on October 4th with her new album Halcyon and she’s not singing about lights anymore. Granted, that track and extensive remixes that followed were fantastic, I’ve been itching for new work from this British darling. Ellie’s been popping up here and there these past few months with covers of The Weeknd’s “High For This” and  Active Child’s, “Hanging On,” but it wasn’t until this past August that we got to hear more of the artist’s original writing and production. I remember getting that little butterfly excitement in my stomach when I saw that she released “Anything Could Happen.” It took no time before it became my go-to pick-me-up track. The original is as light and ethereal as Ellie’s vocals. I walk a little lighter on my feet when this comes on. This track solidified Ellie’s return and it came in bursts of lights, glitter, and wisps of sound.

Today, however, I came across 21 year-old Canadian producer Mike Tucker of Blood Diamonds take on the track and immedielty hit the repeat button on my iTunes. I thought the original track was infectious, but Tucker’s vision for Ellie’s return is pure joy. Rather than beginning the song with Ellie’s bird-like sounds, he brings us in with a shining melody of an electronic harpsichord that drops into the vocals and keeps us floating with subtle synths rising in the background. In reality, though, Tucker’s remix work here is minimal. He keeps the strongest part of the track – Ellie’s vocals –  at the forefront of the sound and lets everything else spin beneath her. While Ellie balances on the threshold between techno and pop, Tucker pushes the track fully into the techno spectrum and I’m not complaining. Ellie’s lyrics are simple and honest. They work in harmony with the production. Ellie’s use of technology to make her voice into an instrument rather than using some other machine is endearing and it’s showcased both in the original and the Blood Diamond’s remix. It’s lighter, yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s less of a track. It still gets me lifted and happy.

I feel a little silly that I’m so happy listening to this track, but I can’t contain myself.  The story of coming to terms with yourself and knowing that one person isn’t meant to be playing their current role in your life  and – most importantly – not getting down about it is perfect for this Sunday. I woke up today with a clearer direction of where I need to push my priorities and where I need to leave some things behind. Sunday is about yourself; a day of rest (and work for some of us), but not a day to spend floating in and out of sleep. For me, I feel back to my old Sunday self and I have this song to thank.

Rest up. Happy Sunday.

Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen (Blood Diamonds Remix)