Categories
Music

San Holo – The Future (Taska Black Remix)

In the midst of a discussion about working toward the future yesterday, an acquaintance said that too many people think too far ahead – they’re focused on a grandiose vision years down the road without focusing on the present. It’s important to have aspirations, but rather than banking on huge leaps of progress, you have to break it down day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second. The progress you make in each of those fleeting moments is key, and from my experience, being cognizant of each of those successes provides self-satisfaction and the willingness to keep working.

Now that I got that little anecdote out of the way, let’s talk about Taska Black’s “The Future” remix. The original was a bombshell of an electronic+rock fusion from San Holo and James Vincent McMorrow that coincided perfectly with the addition of live performances to Holo’s DJ sets, but to be quite honest, Black has reimagined the track in a fashion that’s much more my speed. With McMorrow’s vocals pitched up and down at will alongside a rapid-fire barrage of ethereal synths and spine-tingling percussion during its hook, the remix taps into a lush, hypnotic sound that makes it so easy to slip away for its 3 minute runtime. If Black’s take on “The Future” somehow doesn’t click for you, though, there’s plenty more remixes of the Holo+McMorrow collaboration for your listening pleasure on Spotify.

Categories
Music

San Holo – Light (Grant Remix)

San Holo’s original mix of “Light” is an ethereal track that flooded my brain with waves of serotonin upon its first release, so calling it a tall order to remix would be a bit of an understatement. With that in mind, I find myself giving pause to reconsider the impossibility of that tall order, though, as Grant’s reenvisioning is an utterly gorgeous take.

Its lead synth flutters with the gracefulness of a butterfly spreading its colorful wings upon emergence from the darkness of a cocoon, while the vocals are repurposed to feel like an overarching rainbow that encompasses the track’s dazzling whole. Metaphors and similes aside, the organic beauty on display takes me back to one of the most awe-inspiring moments of my life. Two months into living in Los Angeles, my friend and I decided to hop on his rental car and drive up the coast; once we hit Malibu, we saw a massive hill at the foot of Pepperdine’s campus and naturally opted to check out the view. Upon reaching its flat, park-bench peppered peak, the green hill seemingly rolled into the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, and I was quickly left at a loss for words. As someone who grew up on the East Coast, I was never impressed with our natural sights, but that dramatic scene gave me a glimpse at just how elegant this earth of ours can be. Now firmly rooted in LA, I’m beyond fortunate to be able to have that experience within my grasp again and again.

As for more fresh takes on “Light,” San Holo has debuted an entire remix pack that I highly recommend digging into here.

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/304473555″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]