Retro Culture – Weekend

Weekends are precious to me, a young 20-something “professional” who works the traditional 9-5 office job. I finally understand what “living for the weekend” means! I cram most of my life into those 8 days a month, sometimes sacrificing a vacation day in order to extend a weekend trip. Who really wants to fly to San Francisco and spend only 2 days there? Or anywhere lucrative for that matter? One of the hardest transitions from college was giving up my 3-day weekends! Two days isn’t enough time to relax and get sh*t done! Seriously! Who can I write a letter to about this? C’est la vie unless I start working for myself. One day…

Two days makes weekends more cherishable, to say the least. Priorities start to arise. Who will we spend these precious hours with?

Tell me where you’re going tonight. Maybe we can meet there

Retro Culture, a one-man band comprised of Matt Connelly, blends electronic sounds with hip-hop percussion in this slightly addictive track, “Weekend”. I particularly enjoy the voice manipulations that introduce the song during the first 30 seconds and extend fleetingly throughout the remainder of the song. Matt’s mellow voice mixes well with the dreamy synth. It sounds like it would perfectly fit into a love story about two lost souls, yearning for each other yet both unsure of its longevity. They met on a friday night, had a weekend fling, and didn’t expect it to get so deep. There was surely a connection, which neither party can forget. There’s a niggling feeling, as the next weekend rolls around, that they both feel; they both want to feel that spark again. They carry on as friends, but there’s an unspoken bond which neither has the courage to address. So they just go through the motions, knowing that each subsequent weekend is an opportunity to tighten the unspoken bond.

I don’t wanna see the end of this.

Take advantage of those two short days! Do you want to spend your precious weekend living in comfort and habit, binge watching Netflix and eating frozen pizza? Or will you be living novel experiences, possibly with a new companion?

A little fun for the weekend. 

Retro Culture – Weekend

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)


Class Actress – Weekend (Casa Del Mirto Remix)

Absolutely priceless track to be posting on this Wednesday!  Yes, the weekend is going to be here in 2 seconds and I am really especially excited for this weekend.

I really enjoy this track for a couple different reasons, the first one is that I relate to Elizabeth Harper, and I think it’s important to be able to relate to some of the artists you enjoy.  She originally started out as an actress in Los Angeles, but decided that she favored music instead and moved to Brooklyn to pursue a music career.  Brooklyn is definitely a mecca for some great musicians, the art/entertainment scene here is unlike any other.

Elizabeth’s lyrics are so simple, but that isn’t a bad thing at all, in fact it’s pretty genius how she explains this connection between two people, how you can get so wrapped up with a person, and not just because you love each other, its much more then that, this person is your best friend, someone you love to be around, whether your going to find a great restaurant together, enjoy a good movie, a cocktail and then maybe later tearing the sheets off the bed.  It’s amazing to be able to share such a close connection with a person because it’s not so often that you do, I couldn’t have been happier to find this track and the video.

The original is obviously nothing far from fabulous but the Casa Del Mirto Remix gives it this chillwave/electronic/synthy dreaminess that I think the lyrics relate so well too, the sound in this remix gives it a whole other attitude is what I am getting at.  The original has this indie 80’s electronic thing going on so it’s almost like friendly vs. romantic, a sound can completely change everything from the meaning of the lyrics to the energy of the track.

I pace the room every time you leave
Fall apart because you’re all I need
You make me late for work
You make me late for church
So hard to leave

So bring it on
Bring on the weekend
Bring it on
Bring on the weekend..”

I hope everyone has something to be very excited about for this upcoming weekend, if not then make something exciting happen, enjoy!

Class Actress – Weekend (Casa Del Mirto Remix)

Class Actress – Weekend