Chad Valley – Fall 4 U

Mood constantly dictates what type of music we listen to. And the weather is one vital–among many–factors that continually dictates this mood. And it’s been hotter than an Arabian harem for the last month or so in Los Angeles. While the calendar tells us fall has just begun, the West Coast is firmly in the midst of its end of summer blues. Weather in LA is nothing to complain about, as I’ve felt rain maybe four times in the last year. But it’s been schvitzin.

As a sweater, I hate the helpless feeling when my pores open and I have zero control over if and when they will stop. It makes me self-conscious and completely throws me off my game. Listening to overly heavy, upbeat songs coupled with the heat can be overpowering. When it’s this hot, sometimes you just want to sit in front of a fan with a cold glass of water for an hour and cool down. That’s kind of what listening to Chad Valley‘s lead single feels like.

I know the wheels are in motion
Love feels like such a commotion

Everyone is moving somewhere new
I never want to be somewhere I don’t trust.”

The point is that to gain fulfillment or fall in love, you need to leave your comfort zone. You need to get sweaty.  Listening to Chad aka Hugo Manuel‘s productions, it’s clear he’s an emotional guy, as he does a phenomenal job of slowing things down and going slow-mo with his beats. He also throws in enough layers that on the second and third listen, you’re still hearing new sounds that are both comforting and a tad bit unnerving. So while we can’t control the weather and many things in our lives, it is very possible to control what we listen to. And on a hot day, externally or internally, Chad Valley has the chilled elixir we all sometimes need.

Chad Valley – Fall 4 U

When the sun goes down, Lissvik heats things up:

Chad Valley – Fall 4 U (Lissvik Remix)



Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Decembre

That’s right fool, it’s December 1st and that means a new version of your favorite mixtape maker’s favorite mixtape: Steph Lund’s Le Miel du Mois: Decembre edition. I haven’t told Steph yet but she’s outdone herself yet again. There are so many different spices, seasonings and flavors in this that I think Raekwon is going to have to share the Chef nickname with someone from the new generation, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Decembre

Le Miel du Mois: Decembre features some of my favorite artists, some I have loved a long time (Bloc Party, Sebastien Tellier, Phoenix) and some new favorites (Telepathe, Delorean, Neon Indian). Four artists featured are French, in anticipation for my trip to Paris this month, enjoy and ecoutez: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sebastien Tellier, Phoenix and Soko. Soko is a French model/actress. I included her song “I’ll Kill Her” which first debuted in 2007, but came back in my life recently when listening to DJ AM’s “Elton John Part 3,” I can’t stop listening to it and wanted to include it on this month’s mix, because, well the lyrics are just kind of amazing: s’amuser.”

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1.    Telepathe – Chrome’s On It (Gold Panda Remix)
2.    Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait (Feat. Beck)
3.    Sébastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)
4.    Mystery Jets – Half  in Love with Elizabeth (Delorean Remix)
5.    Glasser – Apply (Tanlines Remix)
6.    Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)
7.    Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Three Fingers Remix)
8.    Soko – I’ll Kill Her (JD7’s Killer Mix)
9.    Neon Indian – 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know)
10.    Fool’s Gold – Nadine (Memory Tapes Version)
11.    Holly Miranda – Waves
12.    Kasper Bjørke – Young Again (Edit)
13.    Bloc Party – Hunting For Witches (Crystal Castles Remix)
14.    Freelance Whales – Starring
15.    Glass Candy – Computer Love
16.    Natureboy – Heart to Fool