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Cordova – Paradigm

Chances are you’ve never heard of Cordova but don’t hit yourself over the head for it, this is one of those side projects that we can only hope see’s the light of day again. The group is a collaboration between Vancouver’s U-Tern and AGK’s Roxy. The two came together and made one of my favorite dream/synth-pop records to date, Paradigm. This adventure of a love song is about a girl dealing with a dude stuck in a pattern of thinking that gets in the way of her love for him. She’s aware of the problem and makes exceptions hoping that he’ll break out of it and be the person she fell in love with but eventually realizes that she’s living a pipe dream…

You’ll never be the same it’s hard for me to let you know. But you’re never gonna change it’s time for me to let you go…”

We’ve all dealt with people who live deep in their paradigms, completely oblivious to anything anyone else might be dealing with. In a world where strong will and character is a rarity I admire people with those qualities. However, the second you believe you’ve found the way is the second you stop growing and that’s not something I can’t get down with.

Having seen all the true principles, do not keep any of them in your chest. Let go of them cleanly, making your heart empty and open, and do what you do in an ordinary unconcerned state of mind. You can hardly be called a maestro unless you reach this stage.” – Miyamoto Musashi

No matter how smart you are, how much you learn or what you think you know, if you let those thoughts define you and they become your paradigm the consequence is dangerous. Instead of flowing like water, being able to adapt and move through life you become like ice, stiff and breakable if you fall. Translated to love that means you have the potential of limiting what you can experience, closing yourself off to certain emotions and feelings. Moral of the story keep your mind and heart empty and open, enjoy.

Cordova – Paradigm

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Mark Ronson – Lose It (In the End) (Feat. Ghostface Killah)

So far the tracks released from Mark Ronson’s latest effort Record Collection have all been nothing short of classic. I posted Circuit Breaker back in May and was holding off on Bang Bang Bang till the next record hit the streets and with the release of Lose It the time is now. Ronson is one of my favorite producers for a plethora of reasons but mainly for his gift for seamlessly blending the old and the new, the analog and the digital, the classic and the you get the idea.

Without getting too technical, the advances in recording technology have led to some great improvements in the way sound is captured but as with everything that has come at a cost and a pricey one if I might add. With new age digital recording we’ve lost the equiptment that added a certain amount of distortion and harmonics to the music that we would later find out was very desirable to our ears. Anyways, if you listen to any of Ronsons productions and wonder why his sound is so different it’s because he makes it a point to use that vintage gear and capture the energy and sound so many of the classic records have. I’ve already written about this and you should spend your time listening to this new age old school, enjoy.

Mark Ronson – Lose It (In the End) (Feat. Ghostface Killah)

Mark Ronson – Bang Bang Bang (Feat. MNDR and Q-Tip)

Bonus:

Mark Ronson – Bang Bang Bang (U-Tern’s Disco Dub)