Last night I was relaxing on the couch, watching the sunset set out my windows, sipping on a Mr. Pineapple when this Monsters of Folk song came on and perfectly set the mood. It’s called “Termazcal”, a misspelling of the temazcal, which is a traditional sweat lodge used to purify the body. The song has this extremely mellow vibe punctuated by Conor Oberst singing about ethereal concepts like the moon, a search for truth, and the transience of life. Deep stuff, take a listen.
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You know where I find the best new music these days? The radio. If you live in Los Angeles radio station KCRW is a staple while you’re driving in your car. I don’t know what I’d do without it. Recently I was introduced to Taylor McFerrin‘s song “Place In My Heart” which features some incredible vocals by RYAT, a Los Angeles based singer and producer. This is one of those tracks that I’ve had on repeat for the past week. The beat is persistent, RYAT’s vocals are sultry and layered, and the track is a beautiful build-up that pays off with the breathy lyrics, “A place in my heart…”
I was driving to dinner last night when this remix of Brigitte Bardot’s classic “La Madrague” came on the radio. It was made by French producer/remixer Antis who uploaded it to his Soundcloud about a week ago. Unfortunately, there’s not much on the Internet about him, but he does a great job of giving this song a new coat of paint. Definitely a great track for your summer time playlist.
If you’re like me and late at night is your time for getting shit done you might like this. A few months back Shigeto did this great extended remix of the track “What’s Left” by Trees, bringing his signature sound to the track. It’s got a great, mellow vibe that doesn’t distract from what you’re doing. And at 9 minutes long you’re definitely not going to get bored of it. I’ve been playing it over and over all night.
Released in 1996, the soundtrack to Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, a re-telling of Shakespeare’s most notable work, was earth-shattering to my 14 year old self. The artists featured were a who’s who at the time including Garbage, The Cardigans, and of course, Radiohead. To me “Talk Show Host” was the song that summed up the feeling and vibe of the whole film and re-enforced my love for Radiohead.
The song was originally a b-side on the “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” single and then remixed by producer/composer Nellee Hooper. The original has a lot more guitar and drums while the remix is much more mellow and moody. If you’ve never heard this song before you’re in for a treat.
For the last few days I’ve been listening to this great mixtape which highlights the last 15 years of Ghostly Records. It was put together by Nachtschade, a Belgian duo who’ve woven together tracks from Ghostly’s massive roster of artists such as Tycho, Shigeto, Gold Panda, Michna, and a ton more. It’s got a really mellow vibe overall which has been nice to listen to while driving around or while I’m at my desk working.
Discovered this new mix over the weekend from BAIO, the DJ name of
ex-Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio who now goes around making great jams. Overall the mix has this really bright, vibrant sound to it which in my opinion is a perfect way to start the week out. Welcome Monday!
Editor’s Note: My bad, I swear I read that Ezra Koenig left the band, thus ending it. Seems I was crazy.
Alexander Chen, a Creative Director at Google Creative Lab and all around talented guy, has created an interesting web app called Piano Phase.
This site is based on the first section from Steve Reich’s 1967 piece “Piano Phase”. Two pianists repeat the same twelve note sequence, but one gradually speeds up. Here, the musical patterns are visualized by drawing two lines, one following each pianist.
It’s fascinating to see something complex like Steve Reich’s work visualized. Doing it graphically and using only code is so mesmerizing, and although it’s only 12 notes repeated over and over, the phasing effect is intriguing. Check out the video below for a preview.
Denver-based band Tennis released a new single not too long ago which is off of their upcoming album Ritual in Repeat, due to be released September 9th. The track is titled “Never Work For Free”, a credence any creative should hold true. If you love this be sure to check out “Mean Streets”, one of my favorite songs of last year.
Future Classic casts a wide net of sounds, certainly. While we can say they’re purveyors of contemporary dance music, they seem to also get into Australia’s burgeoning synth pop / rock scene. This draws from a lot of different resources – shimmering electro-pop, gritty grungy roots, and that inevitable influence of the sun reflecting off the ocean. No music (or art, for that matter), exists outside its influences or environment, and Jarrah McCleary’s project, Panama, synthesizes the sea and sky into a digital backdrop. McCleary emerged from Darwin, Australia, moved to Perth and then then Sydney. Somehow he found himself starting Panama in Los Angeles. ‘Always’ is their second EP, recorded in San Francisco, a glimpse into their growing indie electronic career.
Comprised of three tracks and three remixes the EP could feel like a truncated examination or even incomplete. The title track, light, airy and breezy, will be the backdrop of so many summer make-outs and road trips. The lyrics betray someone being forced outside of their shell, “Deep down you said I’m a coward when it comes to love / Deep down your words changed my mold.” The second track, “How We Feel,” remains upbeat with that now-classic Australian indie house sound. “Destroyer” fits in the classic 80s synth pop update, moody and pulsating. The EP ends with 3 remixes, “Always” getting treatment by Classix and Wave Runner while “Destroyer” getting touched up by Cosmos. But for me? That remix by Classix is unreal, funkify-ing an already intoxicating rhythm. It’s my early favorite for the 2014 epic mixtapes (including my own) and that-song-you-want-to-give-your-lover. Panama may be a young project but it’s the product of adventure and travel, captivating like the road and the ephemeral moments on it.