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Daughter – Youth (Alle Farben Remix)

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“And if you’re still bleeding, you’re the lucky ones.
‘Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone.
We’re setting fire to our insides for fun.
Collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home,
It was a flood that wrecked this home.”

This song. The lyrics. I recently read in article in a hilarious, but always inspiring monthly publication that talked about a disease where you actually become addicted to someone you used to love. The reactions your brain has to being with them is similar to cocaine. There is a rush. Your senses have heightened. Your mind actually will react as if you did a line of this person.

Some of us would call that first love. For some it is the last love. But the idea that you, your body, your mind can become dependent on the love of another, well that is science. I love songs like this though. I can sit comfortably in my happy relationship and then hear this song and feel pangs of remembrance. An uncomfortable feeling like your insides are burning and you feel it rise up your esophagus and all that comes out a little noise. A gasp. The sensation of a lover past races through my veins. I can feel my mind slightly romanticizing the breakup. To do this would be similar to romanticizing a train getting derailed and burning slowing to a stop leaving me as one survivor to have this memory. The one person who knows how it felt. We are the lucky ones who can look back on it and somehow still have a feeling that rushes at the very thought of them, even if just for a moment.

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Just shy of one year after their debut album If You Leave released, Daughter has been turning heads with their heartbroken tunes and their whimsical sounds. The threesome have given way for their music to take shape in the hands of producers and has lead to many tantalizing remixes of the tunes found on their recent album, The Wild Youth.

Alle Farben, or Franz Zimmer of Berlin, is a young producer who has been releasing remixes since 2010, but plans to release his debut album come May 2014. This edit created by Alle Farben gives this solemn but relatable tune a tweak by adding in the sounds of a broken reverb and traces of an electric guitar riff paired with the synth. These elements combined create a new tone of melancholy hope for a bitter twirl on a dance floor.

Daughter – Youth (Alle Farben Remix)

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Young Dreams – Fog of War

Age looms just beyond the horizon; it casts its shadow just a little farther each day. As I’ve become more aware of myself, I can feel the frenetic idealities of youth solidify into maturity. For instance, I’ll be mailing my very first set of Christmas cards this year, including a well-posed photo of me and my family (of cats). While wildly attempting to photograph my two formerly feral cats, I thought of myself 10 years ago, eagerly on the brink of freedom. I was about to turn 18, and with all of my sass and determination, I had no idea who I was. Misguided as we may be in youth, that is the spirit that drives us.

Off the beaten track is where I am
Waiting for my own Athena
The crowd is high in blood, and crying sad
 
This is just what it is
It’s what I call the fog of war
There’s nothing here that’s clear to me
This place is not, not you
It’s just not my day,
I’d rather take freedom, than smoking arenas.”

Ah, Young Dreams. The Norwegian collective orchestrates anthems true to its name, especially with Fog of War. The drums roll in with an appropriate, battle-like quality before the lonely vocals emerge with simple determination. Suddenly our lone soldier’s army appears with a swirl of synths and strings, and the battle continues. The band released Fog of War with a set of stunning and diverse remixes from Baio of (Vampire Weekend),  Korallreven and Lemonade. While we wait a full-length, I’ll drink to my youth and the music that reminds me of it.

Young Dreams – Fog of War

 

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Little Dragon – Little Man (Tycho Remix)

This week has been a mixture of regret, shame, Oprah-style spiritual thoughts, and plans on making a change. I entered last week not feeling too great after a careless Friday night and spent last Saturday floating though an awaked sleep state. It was a wasted day; a type of day I strive to never have. I’m the type of person that thinks he’s wasted the day if he wakes up past 9:30 on the weekends. I enjoy the day; I enjoy mornings; I equally enjoy the evenings. After last Saturday I spent the better part of the week mulling over what happened, how and ultimately why? I took myself out of my body and imagined myself as Yukimi Nagano singing to the man in this classic Little Dragon track.

You grew high, taller than the middle class
Boy, cash running in your pockets
You skate high, gold on your finger tips
They try to make people nervous
Something missing in your smile
Something missing in your soul
Are you suffering the blues?
Tell me why, tell my when, tell me why…when…”

This track is a classing WTF-are-you-doing-wake-up? song. The lyrics abide by Little Dragon’s eloquent blend of jazz, blues, and pop; poetically calling out someone for carelessly losing themselves. It’s a track that could easily become an irrational outburst if the conversation were had in real life, but Little Dragon delivers it simply and accompanies the words with a production that serves as a quick hit to the back of the head – as if the music is saying, “You idiot.” Tycho hears this in the track and turns the message into something akin to a transmission from another planet. I’ve read that this was Tycho’s first ever remix; whether it is or not, it’s a track that keeps the integrity of both artists. Lush synths melt into reverberating chimes that work in concert with Yukimi’s milky vocals. The bit at 1:50 is a personal favorite. It brings the track down to earth for a cool 10 seconds before taking us back into the atmosphere.

Tycho’s take on this track is something to get lost inside. It had me floating between both introspective and extrospective states. At what point do you acknowledge that youth no longer means reckless consumption and wastefulness? What is youth after that? Picasso said that “youth has no age.” What then is youth? Perhaps it is realizing the absence of something Yukimi sings about in the track’s bridges, and rather than fill the void with careless outings and wasteful spending you make it a point to grow into space that’s missing. Maybe? I’m no Oprah or spiritual guru, but tracks like this make for reliable stand-ins.

I’m gonna keep explorin’.

Little Dragon – Little Man (Tycho Remix)

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Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)

OH YEA! I love a banger at the beginning of the week, particularly some good dubstep remixes!  Loui Rose Allen, a new female artist sensation from the UK, had me at her incredibly sexy voice.  Adventure Club did an incredible job of making this already head turning track into fire.  When I see Adventure Club’s name attached to someone else’s track I immediately want to listen to what they have done.  One of my favorite jams that they remixed was Metric – Collect call, and Flight Facilities – Crave you, and now this track is definitely going to be on repeat in my car for the next couple of days!

I gotta run out the door, and get a bunch of things done before my studio session tonight, but I wanted to make sure and get your heads in the right place on this Monday morning.  Have a great week, enjoy!

Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)