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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Playlist No. 42

 

GUYS! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Holy whirlwind of life….I have been non-stop. Not to mention, January 1st was A Musical Mind‘s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!? Wow. Amazing. I can’t begin to thank everyone for tuning in, staying super dedicated with following me and my crazy musical journey. Discovering new bands, music, shows, and more.. It means the world, and I am so grateful for you all! I definitely am guilty of not posting a whole bunch anymore, and having all the reasons why…but ya know, whatever. It happens – and hey, I’m here now! ;)

 

So, let’s get right into today’s playlist! I’ve been recently obsessed with this Seattle/NY based band: MDE IN HEIGHTS! Their dreamy, euphoric r&b-pop is melodic, enchanting and just plain mesmerizing. I can’t seem to get enough.

 

 

Some songs, you can listen to passively and completely forget about them…there are some that resonate with you, but only for a couple of minutes or so, after which they seem to disappear into the atmosphere. Then, there are songs that resonate through your whole body and when they end you dissolve with it. MDE IN HEIGHTS does exactly this to me, and hopefully to you too.

 

These tracks hit you. They captivate you. In the perfect moment, with the perfect emotion tagging along. This track, “Skylark Interabang?!, is one of those tracks.

 

Kelsey Bulkin‘s ethereal vocals float over Sufjan Stevens’ beautiful sample of “Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”. The track starts off simply with the Sufjan sample. Not only is this one of my favourite Sufjan songs, but with Bulkin’s soft, dreamy vocals…their sounds just melt together in an angelic, delicious concoction.

 

So, check ’em out below. I posted 7 of my favourite tracks at the moment and I’m sure I’ll post another playlist soon with more of their tracks I love!

 

Enjoy! And have the happiest Monday! xo

 

Song of the Week: “The Writer”

 

Right now, I can’t get enough of this song by Chance The Rapper titled “The Writer”. I am obsessed with the melody, the beat, the piano, Chance’s style of rapping..everything. It has such a great old school vibe to it, and if you know me, you know I’m a sucker for old school hip-hop a la Souls of Mischief, ATCQ, Mos Def..etc.

 

I found out that the song actually comes from Chicago collective THEMpeople‘s mixtape Smoke Breaks IV, where it serves as a bonus track. It was apparently made back in 2012, when Chance was working on his 10 Day mixtape. Over a reflective, piano-driven beat, Chance raps about striving for success and reflects that he’s “probably as good as Elton John.”

 

Take a listen to the full song “The Writer” here:

Have a great Wednesday! Xo

 

(Sources: http://exclaim.ca/MusicVideo/ClickHear/chance_rapper-writer)

So Long, See You Tomorrow

YOU GUYS!

I am sooooo excited about this new Bombay Bicycle Club album. I can’t even express in words how elated I am that they’ve released new stuff. I have been a ‘BBC’ (Bombay Bicycle Club) fan since the days of I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose! They will forever be a favourite U.K. band of mine – actually, favourite band in general.

 

Ok, so, this album. Let’s get into it. First off, let’s chat about the album artwork which I am diggin’ quite a bit! Its inspiration is originally from the 19th Century British artist Eadweard Muybridge, known for his photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. That being said, BBC really captured Muybridge well and put a real modern-pop, almost retro-like spin on the artwork. Circles, an almost gem-tone range of colours – greens, blues and purples – pretty reminiscent of the 70’s, which in turn, just makes me love it that much more.

 

I’m going to go ahead and say that I do not have a least favourite track on this album, because they are seriously all so well done and unique in their own ways – there’s a track with Bollywood samples in it, yep..really! Apparently So Long, See You Tomorrow was inspired by frontman Jack Steadman’s travels, lots of fresh perspectives – culturally and experimentally. Bombay Bicycle Club never ceases to amaze me in how they can so easily change musical climates. From boisterous indie rock, to folk, to pop and beautiful ballads, they truly are the chameleon of bands.

 

Here are my favourite tracks from the album:

 

1. Overdone In my opinion, such a fitting song for the albums opener. It’s dramatic, almost aggressive entrance is comprised of crazy countermelodies, lots of synth and well, simply put..just a whole lot going on. In the best way though, it truly is a symphony to the ears.

2. Carry Me – Another fast-paced, dub-like instrumentally aggressive track, with some slower, periodic bridge ‘breaks’. Super catchy, optimistic and a definite toe-tapper. I’ve always loved what BBC does with guest female vocals, and this is a perfect example. This track, along with most of the album, carries scintillating harmonies. Fantastic!

3. Home By Now – I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t my top pick off the album, alongside Luna. Lucy Rose absolutely crushes with her powerful female presence as she harmonizes along Steadman. I mean, I may be a bit biased cus I absolutely adore Lucy and her vocals, but you just can’t deny the girl talent. She is wonderful. Anyway, this particular track has a an old school r&b/hip-hop vibe to it, while still keeping it’s infectious melody. I have listened to it probably more than 10 times already. Nothing short of amazing!

4. Luna – Gosh, this song. One of the catchiest tunes of 2014 so far. The melody is contagiously addictive, the sweet bass riffs mixed with the edgier drum patterns really make this the “banger” everyone is calling it. Rae Morris (kinda like the new Lucy Rose, with a bit of a stronger vocal presence) is whom you hear on this tune, and boy does she ever make the song what it is – sensational.

 

There you have it, a lil album review, with my top 4 tracks! Trust me, though; all of the songs are amazing! You can check them all out on the Spotify playlist attached below!

Also, check out Bombay Bicycle Club on their Official Website, Twitter, and SoundCloud. :)

 

 

Song of the Wednes(Day)!

Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your Wednesday!

 

So, here’s my song of the day, along with the awesome music video! Really lovin’ what this NY band, ASTR‘s putting out right now. I waited (impatiently) for some new music by them to come out and voila! They just recently dropped an amazing EP titled ‘Varsity’, and it seriously rules. Varsity is made up of catchy pop tunes, with this amazing hip-hop/80’s vibe. Zoe’s vocals are bone-chilling, and every one of their songs will make you groove. Definitely check it out!

 

Check out their music video for “Operate” below:

 

You can check out more on ASTR here:

WEBSITE: http://astr.tv/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/astrtv
TUMBLR: http://astr-tv.tumblr.com/
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/ASTRtube
SOUNDCLOUD: http://www.soundcloud.com/astr_music

Nashville’s Own DJ Trio, NoiseFloor

(Photo credit: Chiaro Foto)

 

If you follow me on any of my social medias or are my friend on Facebook (or real life), then you have an inkling who NoiseFloor is. If you do not, well, I believe today is your lucky day. It is long overdue, and about time that I let you in on this trio of amazing DJ’s.

 

NoiseFloor is Nashville/NYC based Donald Landphair, Nathan Brown and Ben Keith. These talented guys produce deep house, electro, future bass music, hip hop and drum & bass sounds. AND THEY’RE GOOD. LIKE, REALLY GOOD. If you don’t believe me, just check out their most recent project, 2014 Deep House Winter Mix, by the talented Nathan Brown. It is one of my favourites to this date.

 

 

NoiseFloor has been making magic together since ’99 and has the honour of holding international production credits which include releases on EMI France, Proper/ Improper Talent, Tharsis Records and Big Fish Recordings. NoiseFloor recently rose to no. 5 on the drum and bass charts for “The Noisefloor EP” on the legendary DJ Raps label “Propa Talent”. They still continue to receive well-deserved radio and international club play. Plus, I know that whether they’re mixing in the studio, DJ’ing a party or event, or I’m just listening to their stuff all alone – I am ALWAYS dancing.

 

“We have produced remixes for some of our favorite artists.” says NoiseFloor. “Five Knives, Jamie Lidell, Yelawolf, Trinidad Jame$, Kink Ador, Cherub, Wick-it and more.”

 

I highly suggest giving NoiseFloor’s SoundCloud a listen, as well as check out a fun music video I was featured in for their original drum & bass track “MY HEART ft. Angel”. (I will post it below!)

 

Have a wonderful Thursday! Xo

 

 

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