Zero 7 – Mr. McGee

Okay you guys, here’s the thing. Every single one of you has done something for yourself that you completely and one hundred percent supported. Whether that was a self-indulgent vacation to a foreign place you’ve never been to, a large purchase of technology, or a new experience, you know what that feeling is. I currently have that. It’s the most exciting thing ever because I have not felt this way honestly, in a really long time. I did it. I bought tickets to see my goddess queen of the musical world, in December. I can’t remember the last time I allowed something as material as a purchase make me so happy, but maybe it’s because this is the only musical lady I’ve ever genuinely loved from childhood. The consistency in my taste and her music is probably what makes the whole connection so special. But this is not necessarily the place for me to talk about this musicianI’m merely relaying an emotion and experience that I’m currently undergoing because I think you guys can totally relate on some sort of level.

The reason I talk about that with relation to this song though, is because of how happily Zero 7 has crafted this track. It’s not happy in a C2C kind of way, that is, universally happy, where anyone who hears a song of theirs just knows that there’s something to celebrate — rather, it’s happy in its lyrics and yeah, musically, it’s pretty happy. But check out these lyrics for a hot minute:

Hot on you, I’m thinkin’ of your style
I know that spell you been weaving
You, you give me what I want
That kind of thing you make me feelin.’

It’s like, sexy in some sort of primal way, sexy in a way that I associate with happiness. I feel sexy happy, I think that’s it, and yet there’s nothing remotely sexual about my happiness right now. It’s the feeling of sheer joy with oneself, with the knowledge that you did something good for you. There’s something inherently sexy about that, the awareness of self. And yeah, maybe when one is in their twenties, one tends to do a lot of things for oneself that might be selfish. But these decisions are not always good decisions. And you know, the weirdest part of this song is that it makes me feel as if I’ve got some sneaky lover in my pocket, someone that I truly adore and feel fire with, even though that’s not the case. So there’s the sexy happiness, and then there’s the actual sexiness that this song inspires. I love the duality of it all.

Anyways, I heard this song in a store last week and immediately thought it was Little Dragon which made me really excited and then overwhelmed because I thought I had missed some announcement about them releasing new music. Luckily, I was wrong as soon as I geekily shazaamed the song in the middle of the store with this huge goofy grin on my face. Honestly, the whole scene was silly, if you guys saw me you’d probably think I was some weird old lady trying to understand iPhones, phone in hand raised up in the air as if that would help shazaam function better.

Mr. McGee is the ethereal happiness you’ve been waiting for — save this song for a moment that is truly all yours. Relish in that moment, and when you’ve finished taking it all in and find yourself ready to strut at your cat (or down the street, whichever honestly works) put this on your headphones and work it.

Zero 7 – Mr. McGee


EMPT Presents – Wet Dreams #1 by Barry Poppins

We all want so much man, over achievement and extreme ambition are glorified and admired almost universally these days but have you ever stopped to ask why?…

Hustle, hustle, hustle. Grind, grind, grind. Why does everyone got hustle on their mind?”

MIA was something else back then, I remember first hearing that hook and questioning everything. I won’t get into all that right now now but always remember to look around your environment and question what you see. Just because everyone is doing something, just because it’s tradition, culturally revered or whatever doesn’t mean it’s truth. Think about it, if the massive amounts of cultural influence, media and tradition we’rent around to sway would you care about the same things? Sometimes you have to press pause on the Human Drama and give your mind a break to formulate it’s own path. Which brings me to the subject of todays post, the Wet Dreams #1 by Barry Poppins, a former EMPT writer that returns with a downtempo/chill mix worthy of boss caliber reflection and relaxation. This mix isn’t made for Friday or Saturday night, this is strictly for downtime, Sunday chillin’ folks. I’ve had it running top to bottom for the last hour and I gotta say the kids downtempo song selection is tight enough to rival the best of them. Anyhow, I’ve told half the story but the rest is from the maestro himself, press play on this one ASAP, enjoy…

In the 6 months, I’ve been exposed to more music crossing more genres than perhaps at any point in my life. It was both a blessing and a curse, that allowed me to hone in on the sounds that truly act as aural therapy for me. One of these sounds is a very cliche, five letter word: chill. The great part about this genre, I’ve discovered, is that chill out music is not confined to one genre. So many artists across so many different “genres” and decades and continents create an array of music on a daily basis. But if you examine every prolific group or artist’s catalogue thoroughly enough, odds are you’ll find a soothing, relaxing track somewhere. 

These are the types of songs that act as ear valium. Since being afflicted by the most gnawing, aggravating medical condition I’ve ever experienced–tinnitus–the need to listen to sparse, mellow, and just calming music has truly arisen. Tinnitus hurts the ear, yes, but it also tortures the soul and the mind. I’ve always been an anxious person, but this disease has made everything in life more difficult–going to clubs, talking on the phone, or just walking down the street. You hear voices, you hear a constant ringing, and you don’t ever know if it will come to an end. 

As someone who’s constantly bombarded by stress–both self-inflicted and through external forces–it’s a sound without which I’d be helpless. Thus began my transformation of my musical diary/Tumblr into a very niche, and very mellow music blog, along with a mixture series I hope to update on a monthly basis. Loosely inspired by the White Light Series, and mainly by the overall need to decompress, take a deep breath, and be thankful for what I do have and can control in life, came The Pleasure Dome. I don’t know what, if anything, this little site will turn into. But I do know–as long as I can hear–I’ll be on the look out for the cream of the chill out crop. Without further ado: Welcome To The Pleasure Dome.

Track List:

  1. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train (Chilled Out Euphoria Version)
  2. Radiohead – Climbing Up The Walls (Zero 7 Remix)
  3. Mechanical Me – Beachy Head (Bonobo Remix)
  4. Air et Gordon Tracks- Playground Love
  5. La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)
  6. Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
  7. Nicolas Jaar feat. Scott Larue & Will Epstein- With Just One Glance You
  8. Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (Rocco Raimundo Extended Version)
  9. Flight Facilities – Claire De Lune (Them Jeans Edit)
  10. Montauk – Speed Of Light
  11. Cosmic Kids – Freight To My Soul
  12. Telepopmuzik – Breathe
  13. Zero 7 – Destiny
  14. Daft Punk – Make Love
  15. Mansions On The Moon x Junior Boys – Lights Off
  16. Daft Punk – Nightvision