Archive for the ‘Soul’ Category

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The Circle – Moo Latte

March 2, 2016

Moo Latte

Moo Latte‘s song, “The Circle,” is one of the most peaceful songs I’ve heard in awhile. And that’s saying something since I’ve realized I’ve become more and more drawn to chill-er music. This track is relaxed, soothing, a song to listen to while strolling somewhere. Everything about it is laid back, from its simple, casual thud and hand clap rhythm, to its quiet, crooning vocals. The synths ring like bells, like raindrops creating ripples in a still pond. So if your week is getting you tense and stressed out, I recommend taking three and half minutes out of your day to unwind, unclench, and relax with this song.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop) – DJ Earworm

January 1, 2016

Earworm 2015

Happy New Year everybody! How better to welcome in a new year of music than with a retrospective of the last year’s top music? DJ Earworm holds a special place in my heart for mashups and he even got a term about end of year mashups coined – the “yearworm”. 2008 was pretty universally greeted as his best yearworm, probably because Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” provided such a good backing instrumental to work with. This year starts out a little shaky but pulls together quite well. He’s taken the difficulty up a couple levels; this year he mixed together the top 50 tracks, not just the top 25. I think it was around the 3:00 mark that I really started jamming along and unreservedly enjoying this mashup. Tell me what you think!

To download this track from the artist, visit SoundCloud and click download.

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Do You? – TroyBoi

December 30, 2015

TroyBoi

TroyBoi makes some of the sexiest music I’ve ever heard. He knows exactly what to do with bass. If you’ve never heard of him before you need to fix that, starting right here with “Do You?” Right from the beginning, the ominous guitar opening lets you know something epic is about to happen. Then the wind builds and the song drops with a voice asking “Do you love me?” Now this voice is not lovesick. If anything, it keeps to that almost ominous quality of the opening, more obsession than love. At this point an incredible bass line takes the fore and with it our collective breath. It becomes an unsettling but riveting song, filled with deep melodic bass and crisp trap 808s. My only gripe is the sample that cuts in periodically, leaving the bass behind for an almost out of tune violin line. Despite the questionable musicality of this choice, thematically it keeps the tension high and the song unnerving. Now I don’t want you to get the idea that this song is somehow not enjoyable, because it is brilliant. You have to listen to fully understand.


To download this song from the artist, click here.

Now I can’t leave you with just one song from this master of bass. So here’s a bonus. In “No Substitute” he has teamed up with Y.A.S to add some sultry vocals to his signature trap and bass take on R&B. Once again, TroyBoi opens in an unsettled minimal aesthetic; four simple notes on a keyboard set the stage for Y.A.S’s expression of desire, of craving. Enjoy the atmosphere.


This track was released for free long enough ago that the official download link redirects, but I found half a dozen different websites offering downloads, so if you have to have it, you should have no worries.

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Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXX

January 9, 2015

A heart, love of music, edm at its best
Good lord! Has it really been a year since my last mashups post? Clearly this is sorely needed. And Friday is the perfect day for mashups – a time to hype up with pop music in a new fun format. Ready for the weekend? This should help.

Let’s start with something a bit ridiculous and party friendly! Titus Jones combined Avril Lavigne, Lesley Jones, a Cash Cash remix of Katy Perry, 50 Cent, and Spice Girls for to make a hyper-powered pop mashup. It’s beautiful, girly, and over the top in all the right ways. I would totally dance like a doofus to this one. What about you? Check it out!

Wannabe At My Birthday Party? – Titus Jones / Or from SoundCloud

Trademark also utilized a bit of Cash Cash in this lovely mashup. Trademark knows how to make a beautiful mashup, pulling together gorgeous female vocal hooks from several songs and placing them according to their differing moods to shape a song. All of this is coordinated while maintaining consistency with a gorgeous progressive house instrumental. Enjoy it.

Take Tonight (Cash Cash x Zedd x NONONO x Nico Cipriano) – Trademark / Or from SoundCloud

Now let’s chill it out for a bit with a mashup from the Fabulous Beatmashers. This beat from Mr. Probz made the rounds this summer and while simple, it is really catchy and exudes a casual cool. Snoop Dogg’s West Coast rap style is a good fit for it and the samples from Fatboy Slim put it over the edge. Check it out.

Drop Mr. Probz Waves (Champion Sound) – Mr. Probz vs. Snoop Dogg / Or from Facebook

Here’s another laid back mashup from Kosher Kittens. Combining Passion Pit with Milky Chance effortlessly, this is one of those mashups that just works. Guitar sample meets vocals. Give it a listen.

Stolen Away (Passion Pit X Milky Chance) – Kosher Kittens

Next up, lobsterdust has a funky mashup for you. With a fun and funky instrumental from Alex Metric & Oliver, lobsterdust adds Trey Songz’s vocals with just the right combination of smoothness and attitude to fit. When sings his hook of “Na Na Na” it lines up perfectly with piano hook from the instrumental. Enjoy the sexiness.

NaNaxy (Trey Songz vs. Alex Metric & Oliver) – lobsterdust / Or from SoundCloud

Building upon a relaxed yet alert instrumental Mashup-Germany pulls together material from seven different tracks and adds instrumentation to even it all out. The snippets of Eminem and and Coldplay complement each other perfectly while the drama of the instrumental grows. Check it out!

Call it magic – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

One album this year that made me very happy was Porter Robinson’s. Apparently the The Hood Internet agreed. They brought Porter together with Beyoncé in their signature style of unlikely pairings that work better than you ever might have thought and make you start dreaming of impossible collaborations. Both Porter and Beyoncé put out albums that fly in the face of pop conventions, or at least ignore many of them, and they combine here beautifully. They both rise and fall an impressive range and that is lined up flawlessly for display here. Give it a listen!

DiviniXO (Beyoncé vs Porter Robinson) – The Hood Internet / Or from their Website

BONUS: Here to help you celebrate the new year and wave farewell to the old is Mashup-Germany‘s mashup of 2014. 70 songs in six minutes, not bad. I hope your New Year is wonderful and your weekend is ushered into awesomeness with the discovery of some of these mashups. Enjoy and have a good one!

Top of the Pops 2014 (Days and Nights) – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

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Music For Mike Brown

August 21, 2014

Michael Brown
This is a music blog. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about current events. Music was never just entertainment. Music has always tapped into the politics of the day. And there has been some incredible musical offerings in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder. The upheaval in Ferguson has tapped into many deep emotions and has put a spotlight on society. At its center, we must remember this is about an eighteen year old, unarmed, boy, shot many times and killed. The protest in Ferguson is about this. But radiating out from this event is outrage that this situation happens again and again to the black community. Every 28 hours a security officer kills a black man. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The protest has been handled horribly by those in authority. It is an understatement to say that riot police using surplus military gear received from the Department of Defense have escalated tensions between community members and police. Incidents of police brutality multiply every night. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The riot police have teargased reporters, moved reporters into acceptable zones, threatened to kill reporters, arrested reporters, and blocked aerial reporting by turning Ferguson into a no fly zone, calling significant question about transparency and the freedom of the press, not to mention freedom of speech. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The KKK raise money to “reward” the officer who shot Mike Brown, news outlets slander Brown’s character to justify his execution, and people point to cases of looting to discredit the cogent complaints of the protesters. Racism is alive and well, in a society that denies its existence out of a fear of being personally called racist. We are all racist because we were raised in a racist society. Being called racist is not nearly as painful as experiencing racism. This conversation needs to happen.

Music is one place where this conversation happens. Music is not always serious and music is not always positive, but it is a reflection of life and truth. As Shaun King puts it:

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There have been some beautiful, heart breaking, enraged, thoughtful, and intense musical offerings in the days following Mike Brown’s murder. Twitter directed me to many songs, some through articles from the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Public Radio, some from the artists, some from people such as Shaun King tweeting about the situation. I have compiled a few of them here. Please share any others in the comments. I do not have too much to add to these artists’ messages. Let their lyrics share their words, let their music share their emotion. Listen.

Here are Ms. Lauryn Hill‘s words and music. Listen.

An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.
– MLH
Lyrics: mslaurynhill.com/post/95329923112…lack-rage-sketch

Here are the words and music of Mvstermind in collaboration with Mir, Con and Ciej, who together form the St. Louis based collective MME. Listen.

It has started, play your part, assemble and create change for the better of humanity.
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Cover the Perspectives.
Brutality breeds immorality.
#justiceforMikeBrown #DontShoot.

Here are B.o.B‘s words and music. Listen.

Here are the words and music of St. Louis based artist Hitman Holla. Listen.
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Here are the words and lyricism of St. Louis based artist Prince Ea. Listen.

A poem about Michael Brown.
RIP

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Here are J. Cole‘s words and music. Listen.

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Suga Suga (Royal Refix) – Baby Bash

June 17, 2014

Baby Bash
Ready for some nostalgia? Remember that old Baby Bash hit “Suga Suga”? Yeah well it’s back with a whole new identity thanks to DC producer Royal. Royal’s latest remix turns that song into something much less pop-y. The “refix” has distinct movements. Royal starts off by turning that thin whining opening synth from the original into a section of its own, backed by claps and drums. When the guitar riff enters, it feels like the Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the song. Then the vocals join in and it’s clear what song this is. For a dose of nostalgia and a good time, check this out.

Suga Suga (Royal Refix) – Baby Bash / Or from Facebook

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Don’t Shine – Raz Simone

January 30, 2014

Raz Simone
Sorry for the brief break in music, folks. My cat of sixteen years is dying and it’s bumming me out. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Raz Simone has made some pretty amazing music in the past, but this takes his craft to a new level. “Don’t Shine” is filled with the kind of lyrics we’ve come to expect from Simone, dark and gritty. But his pacing is based around a beat that has several movements, keeping things fresh. His rap sections have a conversational tone and his sung sections feature gorgeous harmonies. A dramatic drum section emphasizes the faster sections while a marimba or xylophone line emphasizes the mournful beauty of the song. This song is intense and in your face and intense and quiet by turns. It’s incredibly compelling. Give it a listen!

Don’t Shine – Raz Simone / Or from Raz Simone

BONUS: And here’s the video that goes with the song. I’m not really a video critic, but I think this is a good companion to the drama of the song. It does some interesting things with speed, making the world in slow or fast motion while Raz Simone’s lips still move to match the speed of the song. The only color in this predominately black and white video comes when the song moves faster and the frames get distorted. Check it out.
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