Uptown Psychedelia

Most days I am unaware of the extent to which a human can unravel its mind. Today I am not so lucky. This will pull apart your thoughts if you let your guard down. It is truly sonic beauty, the same way a rotting barn is beautiful, or train tracks. Put this on to transcend.

W

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LoveLoveLovestep!

This track gives me hope! Hope for the new direction of EDM; hope for a newfound joy of life; hope that some day soon, glowing purple will descend from the clouds and take all of us funky, groovy, party people to a musical utopia. Put this on while waiting to board.

He’s calling his genre Lovestep, which is pleasantly appropriate. Visit his Soundcloud for more tracks and some free downloads.

Also, be sure to follow MrSuicideSheep on YouTube to up your daily dosage of bumpin beats.

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Candadian Folk-Pop goes Minimal goes Glitchstep

Some backstory: the soulful British singer/producer James Blake released an 11 track self-titled album in February of last year. He has a distinct style that fuses the icy chill of minimalist with the groove and feeling of R&B. Categorized as Dubstep/Post-Dubstep, this a silly misnomer made by silly people. This label doesn’t do his uniqueness justice, and would turn off many a listener who are looking for more depth in their electronic music.

30 seconds into track one and I was already sold. It’s a brilliant album that magnificently ebbs and flows with expertise; one that you’ll leave on repeat because the songs provide something fresh each listen.  Contained in this album is his rendition of a Feist track, “Limit To Your Love.” He slows down the already melancholy tone to a creeping pace, giving the listener time for contemplation and tension to squirm. The bass submerges into something primal at points in the song; it feels tasteful and creative.

Here is James Blake’s version:

For fans of Inception, below is a remix of the cover, sampling Blake’s vocals but redefining the structure of the song. The beat is different, the flow is different. There are at least a half dozen remixes of this song on youtube and this was only one that seemed to do it justice. To create a successful cover, the artist must take only the best aspects of the original and turn the rest into their own work. This gets more complicated as the song delineates from its origins. Put this on while reanimating.

W

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Dance Hall Dose 2

Photo courtesy of seacater.com

This week’s Dance Hall Dose takes a different direction, one that I plan to continue. It is a post-game soundtrack. There’s plenty of high energy dance music available on a Saturday night, so it’s my goal to provide you something that’s not. Here’s a 7 song collection of glitchy/triphop/chillout tunes for letting your brain rest after you’ve pumped fresh drinks and phresher beats into that dome piece. Put this on to unwind from the night with good friends and silent grins; a job well done, you party pioneer.

-W

 

*Grooveshark is updating a lot of their site, which includes embedding playlists. So, for the time being:

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Thumbs Up For Rock And Roll

I don’t usually post club hits, but this is gonna be big. This track’s got everything: a heavy, danceable beat, synths effected to insanity, and a vocal sample that’s sure to get everyone hyped. There’s been such a movement towards darkness that these inspirational anthems are a breath of fresh bass. The message here is one of modest brilliance: EDM is gradually replacing Rock ‘n Roll. These kids are freaking over sounds that past generations hear as offensive noise. They want things raw, dripping with energy and surging with power. And this all makes sense in a world that becomes more infused with technology everyday. Play this while defending your home from zombies.

-W

 

What do you think? Is this Dubstep/House/Electrobanger craze just this decade’s fad or have the kids really struck gold?

 

 

Here’s the video from which the speech is sampled. At over 5 million views, I’m sure you’ve seen it, but it never ceases to inspire.

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Allow Kevin Bacon two minutes to cool before serving

While the act of dancing is pivotal to plot of Footloose, recording artist Doveman doesn’t seem to care. This track isn’t meant for dancing; in fact, it feels most appropriate to play over a scene where a man repeatedly stalks a woman. The true perversion of this song’s message is brought to light with somber tone, icy keys, and an eerily failing voice. Feel free to listen to the entire soundtrack; he maintains consistent juxtaposition. Keep your dancing shoes where they are, draw the blinds, and put this on while remembering exes.

-W

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Sound Tribe Sector 9: EHM

This seems to have everything. It’s smooth, it’s soulful, it rocks, it jams. This is Mom’s PB&J with the crusts cut off in musical form, made with extra love.  I might just make this the track of the day, everyday.

The group has a huge chunk of music posted for free streaming over on their Soundcloud which means I will be posting an album review for them soon.

-W

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“From the cave of snail shells echoes the mutter medieval spells”

This one gets weird and so can you. 15 tracks that keep the groove ever-a-changing. Highlights include CFCF, CocoRosie, and a mellow breakfast-time Sufjan Stevens Remix.  Put this on while fondling ghosts.

-W

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Take “Nocturne” to help experience dreams

Artist: Wild Nothing

Album: Nocturne

Genre: Dream-Pop/Boy Toy

Photo couresty of wildnothing.bigcartel.com

Imagine falling asleep under a tree in a secluded park. Half-resting, your mind begins to drift into dreams of your past. Important childhood memories softly hover just below you. They are blurred and out of focus, but emotionally resonant. You gradually return through important moments of your life, to your comfortable body. Rested and positive, you rise and life goes on.

Nocturne by Wild Nothing is the soundtrack to that dream journey. Artfully arranged, everything floats into one movement; one gentle, blushed sigh. The entire album was written and recorded by Jack Tatum, the founder of Wild Nothing, who only uses other members for live performance. Influence of “Gemini,” Jack’s first album, is unmistakably present. This is still the same artist with the same approach to songwriting, but everything shines to a clearer resolve. Jack’s vocals maintain a constant flux from coherent to unintelligible, resulting in a sensual ambiguity akin to other shoegazers.

There is a gentle innocence here, as he chants “you can have me” during the albums title track. I find myself giving into the notion that I might want to, if only to comfort him. It is not until “Through The Grass” that Jack’s delineation from previous work is clear. He sacrifices melodic definition for something more ethereal. The build is slow and wonderful and I don’t really want it to end. Transitioning triumphantly, “Only Heather” resounds with a gentle grip labeled hope.

“Paradise” is where Jack’s musical maturity becomes apparent as the album-long movement shows focus and direction. Tonal choices bring to mind a ferry ride at night, driving through the city in summer, and washed out camera lenses. By track ten, “The Blue Dress,” the movement has somehow evolved, subtly. “Rheya,” the album’s final track is a festival of lights, lifting my spirits and bringing me back to consciousness.

Darkness has been resolved, unrest has ended and progress has been made. At the album’s completion, just like waking, it’s suddenly over and I’m left a bit fuzzy on all the details.

-W

Free stream of the album below:

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∆ (alt-J) cools down

The trio displays a dip in something a bit cooler: a dark and spacious tone kept tight with click click percussion. Alt-J demonstrates another manipulation of the same idea, never seeming to surprise and fulfill. Put this on to seduce your neighbors.

-W

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