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THIS SONG!

It’s no secret that I’m a James Blake fan but what you may not know is that Wu-Tang is also my jam. I’m pretty sure Wu-Tang Clan doesn’t come up as a suggested artist when you’re listening to a Blake track but never underestimate the diversity of one’s playlist. Who would’ve thought James Blake was a RZA fan anyways? I saw Raekwon a couple weeks ago (he murdered it) and I’m fittin’ to see Ghostface Killah next week…then James Blake at the end of April. DIVERSITY! Every last one of the shows! ie. ALL of them.

I posted about James Blake here a while back and I just had to share this new track with you guys. Blake’s album Overgrown comes out in a few days on April 9th (Cop it) and it’s sure to be golden. This track, Take A Fall For Me, features RZA rapping over a super chill synthy beat while Blake’s ghostly vocals in the background act as the highlight.

…candlelight dinners and fish and chips with vinegar with a glass of cold stout or wine or something similar…

YES!

James Blake also unleashed a bonus track off the album called Everyday I Ran which features samples from Big Boi’s single, Royal Flush, a throwback from ’08.

Again, YES!

P.s. I’ve heard rumors about a Kendrick Lamar -James Blake collabo in the works. NEAT.

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Tan line: the line between tanned skin and pale skin that can result when you wear your man-tank and cut-offs out in the hot sun.

Tanlines: a Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo composed of guitarist/vocalist Eric Emm and percussionist Jesse Cohen who produce catchy, dancy melodies that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

See, they’re not the same! I’m partial to the second definition.

The first time I saw Tanlines live was April 2012, about a month after they released their debut album Mixed Emotions (cop that). It was the same night that my friend and I saw M83 and I break Horses for the first time. Portland, you’re alright! The M83 show ended, we hopped in the car, beetled across town at lightning speed, and made it to the next venue just as these guys were stepping on stage. Additional facts that you should know:
(1) We’re never afraid of a concert double header.
(2) My friend “paid” for our entry in push-ups. For reals.
(3) Even after a few hours of crazy laser lights and thumping electronic music at our first show that night, there was something so awesome about seeing these guys on stage performing.

Today, they released a new vid for the song Not The Same which allows us to see this duo as a gang of 14…but let’s not talk politics (*peeeeewwww* the sound of that terrible joke flying over your heads); instead, enjoy this cool song and the visuals that go along with it.

Wait! Before you press play, that’ll cost you 10 push-ups.

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Ultraista is the electronic pop project of long-term Radiohead collaborator and producer Nigel Godrich, vocalist Laura Bettinson, and producer/drummer Joey Waronker of Beck, Elliott Smith, and R.E.M. fame. This trio is known for beautiful, lofty vocals and a unique production style that’s heavy on the synth with a precise, ever-changing rhythm that only Godrich can pull off. London electronic duo Maribou State took on Gold Dayzz and added their dark house beats to the already amazing original. It’s perfect! This remix makes me want to choreograph a modern dance number about a town that is on fire that can only be extinguished with dance; imagine all the inner turmoil I could portray through movement, not to mention the costumes! Oh, the costumes!  I’ll invite you all to opening night…

The whole town is burnin’… burnin’… burnin’

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Okay, so a few months ago I heard California Wives song Tokyo and I thought it was a cool, upbeat track but nothing I’d really be interested in listening to more than a few times…maybe I was in a bad mood that day (very rare but possible) but I’m sticking with my original opinion. Cut to a few days ago when I heard the Different Sleep remix of this song for the first time. It has a much heavier baseline with synthy, muffled vocals that I couldn’t get it out of my head. It’s been on heavy rotation since then. I knew nothing about this Different Sleep character so I did a little research ie. I looked intently at the side bar on his SoundCloud. It turns out Different Sleep, a.k.a. Rafa Alvarez, is a 19-year-old artist from San Diego who is currently living in Chi-city and going to school.

A 19-year old student is mixing this hot fire on his study breaks? Alright, I can dig it.

It should be noted that the Vagrant Records label is one of my favorite labels out there right now and I’ll be posting A LOT about the things that their artists are coming out with.

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