I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. I haven’t really been in a good place. But I’ve tentatively decided to get back into blogging. I can’t promise any sort of consistency; it will depend on my free time, internet, and state of mind. But I hope to start sharing some great music again.
After spending this weekend out and about, first seeing Zomboy then going to a wonderful outdoor rave, I’m in the mood to share some excellent EDM. Stereotypical released the free single “Reach” two months ago and it’s been my go-to happy, chiptune-influenced, electro track of choice. That may sound rather specific but I turned to it quite often. It’s relentlessly optimistic, with a soaring chiptune melody backed by growling electro bass and chopped vocal samples to round it out. It’s sweet, happy, and dance-y in a very innocent and enjoyable way. Check it out!
This is hands down the best song I’ve heard in the last three months. Mike Braugher is currently a college student at Oberlin College, yet manages to make the time to put together several albums and this new (as of March) single, “Americans Anonymous”. This song opens with a addictive electronic synth line but Braugher steals the show with opening lyrics that demand attention. This song has brilliant lyrics. He spends this song questioning society’s sense of right and wrong, showcasing the contradictions that a capitalist society ignores and accepts. Delivered with passion and flawless cadence, these lyrics have given me goosebumps on multiple occasions. It is no surprise to anyone following Mike Braugher’s music that he would choose to set this song in a form alluding to Alcoholics Anonymous. Much of his previous work refers to his own struggles with alcohol abuse. To check out Braugher’s earlier albums visit his Bandcamp page here. Enjoy this song and be sure to pay attention to the lyrics.
You know what we need more of? Drum N Bass. We could always use more. So here’s a track from Concord Dawn that I should have shared a year ago. Starting with an extended opening, this song builds up to its DnB sections. Before dropping the drums, the song builds a rattling synth line into a sense of anticipation ripe for the drop. A vocal sample keeps pace with the track and gives it an airy sense of disconnect, contrasting nicely with the exact reality that comes with the precise drum line. Enjoy it.
Jamie xx of The xx released this remix of “Sunset” months ago, but only recently was it released for free in order to promote the Laneway Festival. So if you share my money saving strategy of not listening to music you have to pay for, you won’t have heard it yet. While the original was quiet and practically laid back, this remix has a harder driving force from its repetitive bass line. The mood evoked is the wired alertness that can accompany exhaustion after being awake for far too long. This is ideal for playing at the tail end of an all night party. Check it out.