Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BANKS (prod. by SOHN) - Waiting Game


Two Hearts that Beat as ONE || Anna Lunoe // Eric Sharp // Lars Moston // Purple Disco // LIPS // Joel Compass // Bondax

This is just fantastic. Ahhh after her solo'd vocals it's just so deep and perfect and beautiful and hits ya RIGHT in the stomach. And it's sing-a-long-able! If I ever had to do vocals for a track, I would totally want it to be for a track like this one.

Heard this at one of my friends friends house the other day and totally and completely fell in love with it. I don't really know how to explain it, but it's got some 80's vibes in it and I think that's what I love so much about it. It's been in my head every day since and now it's going to be in your head every day too muwahaha.

Off Mad Decent, eh. BUT whatever, because I actually can't stop listening to this. It's a bit harder, a little dubbier than I normally roll, but hell, this is straight fire. The 1:25 mark is chill inducing, it gets your heart racing and when it breaks into madness I can't sit still. Feels like I'm gearing up for battle or something. ...on the dancefloor. Then they add some violins in and it's just a stunning piece of music.

We know we know we know, new Bondax! It's so fire yadda yadda...HOWEVER, this remix is the one that got me going. The French Kiwi Juice one is super good, too, but for some reason this one took precedent in my ears.

I think I put up a Joel Compass song a couple months ago, but now as I write this I'm remembering I didn't because the title is rude and the lyrics aren't suitable if the babe sister hops on and shows her friends my music. Gotta have boundaries somewhere, ya know? Anyway, there were a bunch of remixes that came out for Astronaut, but this one takes the cake in my kitchen. So dancey.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Flume feat. Moon Holiday - Insane

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YAY my favorite track off of his album finally has a video. And it's an absolute stunner.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


My obsession has done nothing but grow from when they were a hidden trio with no press at all and released a little bitty track that I couldn't even find the name to. Then they were featured on Settle and then they made more and more and then THIS. My eyes still produce tears every single time I listen to this masterpiece of a cover. Her vocals are absolutely unreal. So powerful, so strong, so natural, and so stunning. I cannot wait for their debut album.

Oh for the love of perfect covers. 1: To have the balls to cover an Elliot Smith song is a feat of security I wish all musicians had and 2: to succeed in this wins you trust points for the rest of time to come. Especially to electrodisco it out and make it so you can do nothing but smile when it plays, man, you DEFINITELY have to know whats good with production.

Oh my gosh HOW HAVE I NOT BLOGGED THIS YET. I am so far behind on life right now, I've been out of town and now I'm off work so I've been rallying like crazy in Manhattan and WHEW if you cared, I'd keep going BUT anyway, this track....is absolute fire. Now this might be one hell of a statement, but I think this might be one of my favorite tracks to release this summer. That bass after her little pretty vocals is just JAW DROPPING, heart melting and skin bumping. I feel like when I listen, my heart beat syncs up to this and we live life in some dark tandem coexistence for a hot minute. Good-NESS.

GOODNESS it's like Henry Krinkle just sweats out good music, and this Pham remix is the absolute favorite so far. Highlighting the piano, slowing it down and extending the synths, making it really something so powerful. Great job, team.

This was sent to me a couple of weeks ago, and typically when I'm sent over tracks from people I don't know it takes me a while to get to, I'm so bad with my email as it is, but for SOME reason, I don't know if it was his kind words or what but I listened to his track as soon as I opened the email. (Worst run-on sentence ever, sorry.) But holy moly, I have such a soft spot for really beautiful atmospheric sounds, and when that is interlaced with soothing male vocals, I melt. And this track is a beautiful example. I can't wait to hear more from Love...(and keep your eyes and ears out for his EP that may or may not drop super soon !)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Goldroom - Pacific

You can get much heartfelt then this track right here. What a perfect soundtrack to end the summer with. It's like listening to the deepest, most genuine "goodbye, and thank you for everything you did this season" in a song. And the stunning visuals to coincide with, it's honestly and truly a work of art.

A Night with James Blake

I promised myself I wouldn't listen to any more James Blake until Autumn, but because I have no self-control and I have about four articles due by the end of the week,  what do I do? I listen and now I can't get any work done until I write about it.
The other night I was making playlists for some of my clients, and as I was going through all of my music, I stumbled upon "Life Round Here" by James Blake and I don't know if it was the time of night, weather, or mood I was in, but it struck a chord in my soul and I completely forgot what work I was doing and my night all of a sudden became entirely dedicated to listening to James Blake. And I visited his album Overgrown. And then I visited it after it ended, and revisited again until I found that I had listened to that album four times in a row. I went back and listened to his self titled album to try to understand how he was with his music, if he was solely experimental, or just a born genius, and I came to the final conclusion that he is absolutely a musical savant. Which may or may not be public knowledge, but either way, I found myself up until about 3 am crying over his music because it had hit me so deeply, and I ended up googling every live show I could find and trying to understand HOW the hell it was possible to make the sound he made with his music. But as I listened to "Retrograde" in and out and over and over again, I decided there wasn't really a literal explanation for his music. It just is. "Retrograde" is a track that is so unbelievably brooding, so deep, so intense that I couldn't for a moment be interrupted while it played. I couldn't even see or hear anything else. I couldn't focus on anything beside the song playing in my head at that exact moment. I was broken out in chills all over my body, I felt my soul lift out of my body, and as dramatic as this may sound, I feel as though I had an outer body experience. But when I came back, I fell in love with James Blake. But not like the kind of "but I love him, he's so cute" kind of love, the "holy shit I need to be surrounded with anything and everything James Blake because possibly through internet osmosis I can learn from him." I can't imagine how his mind works, how he has the ability to sing with his instruments, his voice, his pitch, even his damn lyrics, everything so entirely tied together in this brilliant package of sound. This magnetic pull he had on my heart has only been done with single tracks, but with James Blake, it was every. single. song. he produced. Present tense. Still to this second, he pulls something out of me that is so deep inside of me that I don't even know what it is. God, every single chord progression, every single sound his voice makes, it's all an extension of his head. This shit can't be written out. It's like music is a third arm, a part of his natural being, it's not tried or attempted. It's done. It's perfection in sound. It's art. It's soul. It's dark, it's light and it's ethereal. He's ethereal.
I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to be alone with him. Seriously alone. I feel like I hear a heartbeat in every beat of his song, so maybe being with someone who can produce that would be a similar sound. Or maybe I would just be entirely disappointed and he sucks. 
Either way, his music tortures me. In the best way possible. And I think that's the only way to describe it, other than the essay I just wrote.. But it's beautifully torturing. I hear it forever after I listen. 
And I can not f'ing wait to listen to his music in October, when it's cold, the leaves are blowing across the streets, the skies are dead grey, no ones around, and I can stare into Milligan Place and live inside my head for a bit.