Categories
Mixtape Music Remixes

Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Mars 2014

I can’t waste any more time doing things I don’t want to do…” – La Grande Belleza

I haven’t seen that movie but that didn’t stop me from being taken by such profound words. Since the day you’re born, your parents have an idea of who they want you to be. Marketers know how they want you to think so you buy, bankers want you to spend so you’re in debt, politicians want to influence your beliefs to vote, lovers want  to see you in their own image and on and on. We come into this world trying to find ourselves in the face of such powerful external influences that you can’t help but wonder when you’re truly being yourself. You can waste a lifetime trying to find purpose in someone else’s story…

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” – WarGames

Are you willing to disappoint, are you willing to be selfish, are you prepared to be an individual, perhaps even an outcast? It seems the path to the self is full of negative connotations but are you willing to do what it takes, are you willing to be Howard Roark to make your name?

For me it’s music. Some people call it an escape but to me it’s more like tuning in, it’s not fading away it’s more real than our commonly accepted reality…

You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” – Lennon 

I’ve been listening to LMDM Mars while writing this and that’s what it makes me feel, it makes me want to make a greater effort to be me. It makes me want to be around people who are themselves, express themselves without inhibition and not in the childish loud phony way either.

And it took so long to be on my own, when the morning comes I hope your ready for it… – RAC

This version of LMDM moves like a seasoned marathon runner, pacing him/herself with masterful precision. Like a kid who read The Tortoise and The Hare and decided you could be both and win. LMDM break all the rules, follows no guidelines and sets no precedents. No two tapes have ever been the same and the adventure will be an evolving, ever-growing limitless form of expression that inspires me and so many to create in the same way. We’re going to be making a big push here, with some new things coming in the near future but today we’re saying thanks again to Steph for continuing to put together one of the most consistently dope and unique mixtapes out, we’re grateful to bring it to ya’ll, enjoy.

UPDATE: LMDM Mars is streaming live @  WynwoodRadio.com. Tune in quick fast.

Download

Tracklist:

  1. Millionyoung – Hammock
  2. Deorro – Five Hours
  3. RAC – Ready For It (Feat. St. Lucia)
  4. Black Atlass – Blossom
  5. Faul – Happy Endings
  6. Ricoshëi – Perfect Like You (Stereotronique Bootleg Remix)
  7. Yacht – Psychic City (Clasixx Remix)
  8. Roosevelt – Around You
  9. We Were Evergreen – Daughters
  10. London Grammar – Hey Now (Tensnake Remix)
  11. Black Atlass – Paris
  12. Still Corners – The Trip

Categories
Music

YACHT – Shangri La

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the beauty of YACHT play out on stage before my eyes. The first time I heard this band was probably last summer. My friend showed me Psychic City and while we made fun of it for a little, it slowly began to grow. Something about the punch in all of their beats made them totally lovable.

Similarly, their live performance is a spectacle. Their songs are upbeat, constantly reminiscent of summer. That is to say, listeners might feel like letting the convertible top down, getting rid of that pony tail, and driving down the Pacific Coast on a warm earthly day. The best part of the concert was not only the imminent dance party, but the lead up: the other two members of the band that are not Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans, are equally talented and fun. Jeffrey Jerusalem and Bobby Birdman, unknown to the crowd as solo performers (or even as members of the band, a fact that I had only learned at the concert) succeeded in winning over everyone’s hearts by playing “songs about surfing” (cited by Bobby Birdman after almost every single one of his songs) and Beyonce tracks from Jeffrey Jerusalem, quickly spun out of control with electronic beats and drumming that involved full body movements. Both managed to get the crowd moving and amped on the headliners, but seeing the mechanics of YACHT as opening solo acts really gave a sense of the personality of the band that is so loved. Each puzzle piece fit together to create the Portland band constantly calling things, “cool” while openly expressing love and remarking on beauty to audience members.

Anyways, I brought a friend along who told me afterwards that seeing YACHT live was probably the most fun she’d had at a concert…ever. Something about the spunky constant Q&A posed by Evans during moments of potential distress (equipment malfunctions) or times when members of the band would come down into the audience and whip out lighters during encore songs…(yes, this happened) seemed to set this performance and dance fest apart from others. And I personally couldn’t agree more.

This video is properly timed with their tour, as it was recently released. As it is not summer, I find this video appropriately reminiscent of the warm months we’re so craving here in New York City. Maybe it’s the platform sneakers and white wardrobe paired with the hazy tree images…or maybe not.

Added bonuses: a sweet remix of Noah and the Whale’s “Blue Skies” by YACHT. It’s adorable and “happy, happy, happy, happy,” as you’ll hear in the song. Also their Stereolab remix, it’s fun and head boppy.

Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies (YACHT Remix)

Stereolab – Self Portrait With Electric Brain (YACHT Remix)