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Vic Alexis – In Touch

Bitbird is at it again, dropping this driving, hypnotic banger from Vic Alexis that includes an equally compelling promo video. The high-level production never stops flowing from the Heroic/Bitbird team, which includes such beatsmiths as San Holo, Droeloe, WRLD, Smle and more. This new Vic Alexis track “In Touch” is perfectly representative of their forward-thinking, highly-curated style and sound. There’s a bit of the Kavinsky “Drive” soundtrack vibe on this one, but it clearly stands alone with it’s own chilled-out-yet-edgy-and-dangerous atmosphere.

And isn’t that what makes for the best music? The kind that you can relax to, but also vibe out to when you’re feeling a little more mischievous. I could play this while smoking a J late at right, ready to drift off to sleep. But I could also play this while tearing down the 101 at 3am taking a bottle of whiskey to the head. Just kidding about the whiskey part, but there definitely is something about this song that makes the little devil on my shoulder perk up, like when my dog hears me opening anything that’s wrapped in noisy cellophane.

Leaving aside the dangers of driving while the little devil makes suggestions, maybe this a song for strutting. You can really get a nice, cool gait going on this one…black leather jacket zipped up to your chin, collar popped, boots unlaced, truly not giving anything resembling a f*ck while you saunter down the way. Music that makes you feel cooler is really what music is all about. Nobody wants to listen to a song that makes them feel like an annoying loser…that’s definitely a record that won’t sell. But make a song that allows someone to feel like a total badass while they walk the simple stroll home from Rite Aid…that’s music, and that’s art.

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ILIVEHERE. – Coming Home

Home can mean a lot of things, whether it’s a place of past growth that incites nostalgia or a person whose presence is naturally comforting. When considering what home means to me, three specific instances come to mind; my family, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

No matter where my family resides, seeing my parents instantly puts me in a state of comfort. They’re the people who raised me, they’re my best friends, and coming home to them makes me feel complete. As for Atlanta, it’s the city where I was born and raised; seeing its skyline is enough to incite peace within my mind. When it comes to walking those streets, I’m flooded with waves of past memories, from dates at the Varsity to sneaking down to Little Five, all of which have a special place in my heart.

My third home in Los Angeles is a rather recent one. While I don’t have many memories to lean back on from four months of life here, it’s the city my dreams were made of as a teenager. It’s a place where artistic culture thrives, where music is fostered with care, and where my breath is routinely taken away. It’s where I now rest my head and where I so fortunately develop relationships that mean the world to me. It might not be deeply rooted in my past, but as I’ve transitioned into life here, it’s undeniable that I’ve been coming home.

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