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Vok – Before

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Part of the problem with being a music obsessive is occasionally (okay, all the time) overanalyzing. It’s too easy to be picky in the face of an endless stream of new music. If a song bothers me in even the slightest way, I may not give it another shot.

This is, unequivocally, the wrong way to approach music (and all art, but I won’t go down that rabbit hole here). Preference is context dependent: what’s the weather like? Am I relaxed? Who showed me the track? If you catch a wonderful piece of art at the wrong moment, you do it and its creator a disservice.

I had this problem with Vok’s “Before.” The talented Icelandic duo have very few public tracks, and after digging “Tension” (check it out on Soundcloud) I had high hopes for “Before.” But when I started listening, I immediately began to analyze.

“Okay, the voice is reminiscent of Tegan and Sara, Oh Land and Karin Dreijer Andersson. The backing riff, and the multi-gender vocal layering is pure XX, but not nearly as creative.”

That was it for me. I couldn’t get past how derivative the song felt.

I deserved a firm open palm slap to the face. What’s wrong with a band sounding like three artists I like a lot, and one I love (Karin)? The song is easy listening. I’ve never heard such funky chillwave. And as someone who takes an artists full output into consideration when forming my opinion, I couldn’t help but get excited about Vok’s future when placing “Before” and “Tension” side by side. To use a sports reference (does anyone who read this blog follow sports too?), Vok’s ceiling is (XX + The Weeknd)/Rhye. Their floor is “Before.”

Learn from my errant ways: let the music do the talking.

Vok – Before

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Music Remixes Video

Ginuwine – Sø Anxiøus (GRUMBY REMIX) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Just a month after their Mt. Fuji debut on EMPT, GRUMBY has quickly returned to the scene with another masterful piece of artistry. In this remix of Ginuwine’s “So Anxious,” the duo take you on another charged journey exploring the depths of the frequency spectrum with incredibly mesmerizing soundscapes.

In the accompanying video, directed by the talented KEY10, we see a man restrained to a past love, so much so that he’s lost within his own mind, obsessed with thoughts of her image. As he tries to break the chains, the memories grow in intensity and the man finds himself in a desert wasteland, surrounded by televisions broadcasting her image. Yet, as the intensity rises, he chooses to face his past, and we see him move forward into the future, the TV shutting off as he walks into the distance.

Equally stunning is the soundtrack, pairing moments of high anxiety with driving bass and heavy drum patterns, and moments of calm with ethereal synth vibrations.

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Ginuwine – Sø Anxiøus (GRUMBY REMIX)

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Music

EMPT Presents: Indaba Music Weekly – DJsNeverEndingStory – “Floating Euphoria”

DJsNeverEndingStory

DJsNeverEndingStory (or DNES for short), the cousin of legendary rap group The Pharcyde’s Bootie Brown, represents the perfect amalgamation of everything modern in today’s production-based music. He is able to fuse the sweeping texture of glo-fi/shoe-gaze, the hard ducked feeling of house and the rhythm of hip hop into a stellar melting-pot—a style he has dubbed “floating”.

DNES – Floating Euphoria

DNES is currently in the process of writing his first EP, three songs of which can be found on his Indaba page and his official website.

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Music

Mammals feat. Flash Forest – Move Slower

Occasionally, adult life transports you back to specific youthful moments. My volleyball team played in our season tournament last night, and as we served, hit and cheered out each point, I found myself lost in the buzz. That same buzz I felt when I was 17, and time seemed to slow with every audacious play and every monumental point.

Depend today, I’ll away, somehow.
Believe me stay, what dismay, I’ll away somehow.
Far away from this day I’ll be born a child.
Move slower.

Move Slower creates that buzz, and reaches out for something that feels so unattainable. The chillwave beat crossed with a Pixies-like riff lays the framework for the ethereal vocals floating in. Flash Forest, the architect of the beat, hails from Melbourne, where he weaves hiphop rhythms with electronica synths. His collaboration with Mammals creates an entirely new sound for the Sydney-based folk singer. Take some time to set sail on the ambient ocean.

Mammals feat. Flash Forest – Move Slower

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Music

Maths Time Joy – Let Go

About a month or so ago I wrote a little bit about music as spatial landscapes. For whatever reason – I’m not going to question fate, destiny, or coincidence – I had an oddly profound text-versation with someone I’ve met once in my life but had an unspeakable, intimate, and rather unexpected connection with that’s allowed us to develop some vague sense of trust (?). Anyway, we were “discussing” those little imaginary spaces we created when we were younger. You know, tiny dream spaces with disco-lit side walks like the Billie Jean music video and James Bond was real and savin’ tha world…or maybe that was just mine…Anyway what wasn’t asked during our talk was why are we ashamed of having those spaces now? Is it an shame thing? Or is it “childish?” I don’t know, I personally don’t believe we ever throw them away or give them up. They grow with us and we enter and modify it every time we listen to a solid track.

This evening I’m bringing you a lush world to escape to. The world of Maths Time Joy is sublime to say the least. There are several layers to this track off the 22 year-old British producer’s freshman 2012 EP – Hideaway. Each stirring synth and droned out vocal sample come together in a euphoric drop and release here. The percussion elements and quick claps keep the song alive while the sounds twirl and spin around each other through an ethereal playground.

Tell me the world this takes you too isn’t anything short of bliss and I’d tell you you’re deaf. Check out the rest of Maths Time Joy’s EP on soundcloud. His sound is a total environmental escape. Laying down, closing your eyes, and remaining still is highly recommended.

Maths Time Joy – Let Go