Archive | March 2013

Twin Sister – All Around and Away We Go

It’s pretty crazy how whenever a holiday or annual event comes around one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is something along the lines of “Wow, I can’t believe [insert holiday/annual event here] is already here! I still remember last year’s [insert holiday/annual event here] like it was just yesterday!” Maybe I’m just weird, but that’s certainly the thought process I had the moment I realized that baseball season starts today. As soon as I remembered that, I couldn’t help but think back to the start of last year’s season and how quickly the whole thing seemingly came and went. If anything, the yearly arrival of events and holidays puts into perspective just how fast time flies and how we need to cherish each and every moment along the way.

When I hear Twin Sister’s “All Around & Away We Go,” the first word that instantly comes to mind is psychedelic. The bassline that hits you in the beginning is funky, yet mellow at the same time. Before you know it, you’re 50 seconds in and embarking on a musical journey filled with chill easy-going space-like vibes as you find yourself hypnotized by the song’s dreaminess. Listen to the song in the player below and you’ll see what I mean.

Kaskade – Back on You (feat. Sunsun)

Part of the reason I’ve come to love yoga so much is because of all the positivity it preaches. One of the things my teacher always mentions towards the end of class is to spread peace & love to the world around you. Even outside of practice, that phrase influences me to be kind to everyone I encounter and not be afraid to smile or engage in small talk because I know that the kindness I spread will eventually come back around. Treat people the way you want to be treated and you’ll find the world to be a much more pleasant place.

Considering that this is the 4th time a Kaskade song has made it on here, it goes without saying that I’m a huge fan of Ryan Raddon’s work. One of my personal favorites from him, “Back on You” is a nice tie-in to the above mentioned lesson of being kind to others because of its upbeat nature and lyrical content. As the first two verses of the song go,

I noticed what you do it all comes back on you.

All the love you give it should come back to you…”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? You get what you give and if you give kindness, then you’ll receive kindness in return. As you listen to the dreaminess that is “Back on You,” think of how you can spread peace & love to the world around you.

Stay positive people.

Blackbird Blackbird – It’s a War

Another Monday, another opportune time to roll with an upbeat song to start off the week. The opening track to self-described #life influenced musician Blackbird Blackbird‘s EP Boracay Planet, “It’s a War” draws you in with its relaxing blend of synths and guitar rifts. Whether you’re a college student on spring break or a member of the working class trying to make a living, the song’s laid back nature and easygoing sounds are sure to put your mind in a good place for the week ahead.

Shlohmo & Jeremih – Bo Peep (Do U Right)

Sexy, mesmerizing, and any other adjective you would use to describe an attractive person are all probably appropriate words for summing up “Birthday Sex” star Jeremih & producer Shlohmo‘s most recent collaboration “Bo Peep.” Featuring the R&B singer’s sultry vocals over Shlohmo’s trippy production, it’s a track that displays a nice creative chemistry between the two artists as their talents seamlessly blend together to form a song that’s straight sexy. Download the track in the player below.

School of Seven Bells – Secret Days

As great a tool as social media is for updating the rest of the world with what goes on in our lives, it doesn’t hurt to have a social media free day every once in a while. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great that social networks such as Twitter and Facebook allow us to instantly publicize what we’re up to, but I also feel that these networks sometimes also distract us from fully immersing ourselves in some of the more wonderful moments of our lives. Rather than caring about what your followers/friends on your social network think of you, why not free yourself of that stress and just do as Eminem does and lose yourself in the moment?

Dreamy & mellow, School of Seven Bells’ “Secret Days” is an appropriate track if you’re trying to leave this week’s worries behind and looking to fully immerse yourself in some stress free moments this weekend. Smooth transitions and an infectious synth-laden beat compliment lead singer Alejandra Deheza nicely as she sings of her own secret days. Peep the track below.

Air Zaïre – PLAY

While the cold rainy weather we received today out here in the Bay Area may not seem very appropriate for the first official day of spring, a song with warm sunny vibes probably is. That’s exactly what you get when you listen to Brooklynite Air Zaïre’s tropical jam “PLAY.” Looping the chorus of Jennifer Lopez’s 2001 hit single “Play” over some laid-back synths, Zaïre (real name Adam Santucci) produces a track that makes for great kickback music as well as a wonderful song to kick off your spring with.

Kendrick Lamar – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix) (feat. Jay-Z)

Well I clearly picked the wrong time to right about Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Had I known that he’d be dropping a remix with Jay-Z on it, I would’ve spotlighted the original version of the song much sooner than February 26th. Oh well!

Premiered by DJ Guru, Jay-Z’s personal deejay, at SXSW last week, the official remix to  “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” maintains the beat of the original albeit with brand new verses from K-dot as well as an inspired guest verse from Hova, who sounds much more at home here than he does on Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie.” Listen to the track below.

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