When I think of La Roux I think of two things. Awesome music and awesome hair. I went back and re-listened their first album just because my appetite has been wet with this one song and the new album isn't out for another 6 weeks. Enjoy!
Let Me Down Gently - La Roux (right click to save as)
There's a pretty juxtaposition between the rustic and simple guitar strums and the bass drum backed Biggie sample happening in this track. The samples used are great, and reminded me of "I let my tape rock till my tape pop" for the image that accompanies this post. Enjoy!
CaptainBiggie - Twinztrack (right click to save as)
Another bang up set from my buddy Mickey The Rat for the Pacha branch, Destino Ibiza. The last few songs are so fucking powerful that I've had the set for only 2 days and have played it more than 6 times. The 4th to the last song starts it off, and boy is that track strong (Walking With Elephants, 44mins in). Set back, listen to the entire thing with as few distractions as possible and Enjoy!
Podcast 038 - Mickey The Rat (right click to save as)
Mickey The Rat | Destino Ibiza
There's something fantastically 90's R&B about this track that I celebrate. The melody of the title introduced at the beginning of the song is so catchy and enjoyable. Am I the only one who wants to get up and strut like I'm discovering New Jack Swing for the first time? Needless to say, this is a fun one. Enjoy!
Heart Attack Again - Step Rockets (right click to save as)
I'm really feeling the audio journey that this song takes. Delicate Steve makes me feel like I'm listening to Delicate Ratatat, with the lead guitar singing in the foreground in place of traditional lyrics. I want to jam along with the electric guitar going up and down while the scene builds and builds then all of a sudden it all just fades away as soon as it appears. Enjoy!
Flyin' High - Delicate Steve (right click to save as)
This sun-splashed pre-summer jam is getting me excited for swimming, dancing, drinking, and everything else that was made to be mixed with this song. I haven't met a Goldroom remix that I didn't like, and this song follows suit. The lyrics and original vocals are so great, "I don't wanna dance with nobody, dance with nobody but you". Enjoy!
Don't Wanna Dance (Goldroom Remix) - MO (right click to save as)
MO | Goldroom
My good friend over in the land of all things Pacha has released yet another fabulous hour+ long set of fantastical tunes. Mickey's technical ability is only out shined by his track selection. The set takes us on a smooth and comfortable journey, with the ambiance of warm clear water, soft sand, bikinis, and a cold tropical drink in hand. And if that doesn't float your boat, then let it take you somewhere that does, cause it will. Enjoy!
Destino Ibiza Podcast 037 - Mickey The Rat (right click to save as)
Mickey The Rat | Destino Ibiza
I was introduced to Watermat via the Magician, and the track Bullit, which comes out in less than a month. This track has been out for a bit, but was new to me and caught my attention instantly. The composition is spot on, with the right flow and architecture. Tidbits of sounds coming together to enhance the already captivating journey make this song stand out. Enjoy!
Sparks - Watermat (right click to save as)
This laid back song with a dark bassline puts the onus on you, the recipient. "You closed my eyes", which I interpret as you are the one who did this to me, and made me who I am. It sounds inadvertent, and the song is undoubtedly beautiful. Enjoy!
You Closed My Eyes - DJ Tennis (right click to save as)
The remix just gets me going for this track. I am really feeling the solidarity of the bassline, which seems to be playing along to its own tune at times. The spacey laser sounds add some past-futuristic-idea ambiance. There's a sharper edge on the remix vs the original, it has aspects of tech layered beneath the surface. Starting the song off with strictly percussion is also a bit risky, and I like it. Enjoy!
Chewing Gum (Xinobi Remix) - Paradisko (right click to save as)
Paradisko | Xinobi
The slow confidence of this song translates directly to my city swagger strut. I can't help but walk in real time slow motion when I hear these sounds through my headphones. I love the encouragement that comes through the lyrics, "If you're tired/ just keep on dancing/ you can go to bed/ when you're dead". That's truly city life isn't it? Enjoy!
In The City (Luke Million Remix) - The Swiss (right click to save as)
The Swiss | Luke Million
I'm embarrassed to admit that I have just recently heard this song, which has been around since 1984. Upon first hearing it, I noticed a few pieces that have been sampled in songs that I have been listening to for years. This track has a great hook, fantastic bassline, and carefree danceable vibe that I immediately gravitate towards upon first listen. If you don't get flashbacks of the Cool It Now by New Edition days while listening to this song then you may be younger than me. Enjoy!
Time To Move - Carmen (right click to save as)
TEED has such a distinct sound, he couldn't hide in a choir of 1,000 voices. I love the simple piano keys and the high pitch sample that sprinkle this song with innocent sounds. The song is slow, yet still has quite a build/drop. I like the steps that it takes, there's a sensualness to the track even though it's about leaving someone and being better off. Enjoy!
Without You Feat. TEED (Hayden James Version) - Dillon Francis (right click to save as)
Dillon Francis | TEED | Hayden James
RAC has such a distinct style, and that style really shines through on this track. I'm attracted to the cute and playful yet serious dance aspects of his work. Partnering with Body Language seems to have enhanced this, "beep beep!". I can't get enough! Enjoy!
Ello Ello feat. Body Language - RAC (right click to save as)
RAC | Body Language
I was stopped in my tracks the first time I heard this song. Since then I've replayed it about a dozen times! There's so much swag in her voice, and the instruments. I'm taken to a dark parlor where people are dressed snazzy and everyone feels the music deep down to the bone. That last note around the 4 minute mark is just wow, what a set of pipes! Of course if you'd like to see what really went down, they have the whole thing posted on youtube. Enjoy!
Sweet Child O' Mine - Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox (right click to save as)
Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox
This slow moving jam comes pretty hard. The wavy synths and snappy bassline pave a wide path for Erika's airy pastel vocals. This is a slow motion track, nearly impossible to walk briskly and jam this in your headphones, it demands that you move at the same pace as the beat. Enjoy!
In The Zone Feat. Erika Spring - Airbird and Napolian (right click to save as)
Airbird and Napolian | Erika Spring
I've been consistently posting songs every day for the past few years, and it was a tough decision to take a break. Once you have a streak going it's difficult to break stride in fear of never getting back to that stride. Then again, there's nothing like a break to help you realize just how much you can't wait to get back to a solid routine. That's how I'm feeling right now, fully refreshed and ready to get back to blogging the songs that I love to listen to. Here's to more great music, blogging, photos, and most importantly enjoyment. Cheers!
The chorus of this song is so catchy. I wonder what are the things that are "all I really need", you know besides food, water, clothing & shelter. I also wonder what this song will sound like in 5 or 10 years, how will something like this age? I feel that this song is very current from a production perspective, and aesthetic. There's only one way to really know. Enjoy!
All I Need (Feat. Kenzie May) - Vindata (right click to save as)
Vindata | Kenzie May
Oh Cristina, one man's salvation from the harsh cold world. I love the lyrics, the vocals, and the background vocals on this song. I should look up the lyrics to a song and read along as the song progresses more often. I was compelled to do it with this song, and these lines stuck out to me: "I’m coming back to where I started / I never meant to be the bad kid". I don't think anyone means to be the bad kid, but it takes a mature person to see that they have been the bad kid. Good thing Cristina is around to ease the pains that accompany this sort of thing. Enjoy!
Cristina - Teleman (right click to save as)