EVENT: Sufjan Stevens comes caroling

October 29th, 2012 (04:02 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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This isn’t the type of music I typically write about, but I can’t help but share my love for Sufjan Stevens. The Detroit-native studied at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, then Hope College, and eventually attained an MFA at The New School. But besides his impressive resume, Sufjan (which means ‘comes with a sword’ in Persian and Arabic) writes, sings, and plays more instruments than you can count on your fingers — oftentimes playing the parts of his pieces himself, overlapping the recordings and merging them into one painstakingly-tedious, beautiful work of art.

This year, the usually quiet and inconspicuous Sufjan announced a tour titled, “The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster” (tickets after the jump!) to promote the expansion of a 2006 album, “Songs for Christmas: Vols. 1-5”, this part entitled, “Silver & Gold”, to be released by his label Asthmatic Kitty Records November 13. Here are some of my favorites of his previously-released carols, followed by some super-sweet mixes… So be sure to catch him live — it’s a lucky chance!

★ Sujfan Stevens – Sister Winter
♬ Sufjan Stevens – Amazing Grace

Can’t get over how good the Shigeto mix is…and always diggin’ the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

★ Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices (Shigeto Remix)
♬ Sufjan Stevens vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps To Chicago (Radioface Edit)

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the sky is falling, but it’s a good thing

October 7th, 2012 (19:18 EST) · 2 comments · permalink
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★ Adele – Skyfall or $

Two days ago, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No (that’s 1962!), MGM and Universal Records unveiled Adele‘s new theme for the latest in the series, Skyfall (track of the same name). Besides being the singer’s first release since prolonged throat issues, Adele’s addition to the quintessential spy series represents the latest in a long line of powerful Bond woman to do more than just look nice. Now among the ranks of Nancy Sinatra and Shirley Bassey, Adele’s disarmingly sensual and luxurious voice falls nothing short of blowing us away…

An equally unanticipated and fortuitous find, Tridium, a Colorado producer, brings us this amazing, dubby retake on Adele’s excellent work. And a quick turn-around for such a perfect combination of gritty and elegance! Also check out his mash of Morgan Page and Hardwell; an oldie but a goodie.

♬ Adele – Skyfall (Tridium Bootleg)
♬ Morgan Page vs. Hardwell = Longest Road Spaceman (Tridium Mash)

For the full Bond trailer, click through…

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Shlohmo breezes past

September 17th, 2012 (17:13 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ Shlohmo – The Way U Do

Henry Laufer, aka LA-based producer Shlohmo, creates music that evades genre classification: lo-fi, chill wave, trip-hop, experimental pop, and “psychedelic synth-funk” have all been tossed around, though he prefers not to box in his style to one category. At 18, still a senior in high school, he started the Wedidit Collective with his RL Grime. He dropped out of college to make his first album two years ago, and has since been signed to Friends of Friends, releasing two albums.

♬ Groundislava – Bottle Service (ft Shlohmo)
♬ LOL Boys – Changes (Shlohmo Remix) (C&S by BeeAreAyeDee)

His music is slow, but precise and romantic. Characterized by strong, hip-hop drum samples and slow, ethereal melodies, a beautiful combination emerges as equally suitable for dancing as for laying on the floor, holding hands. Enjoy some of his stand out tracks (above), and be sure to check out the WeDidIt Collective for more amazing lounge-esque music.

NB: Welcome, MCMC, to the team!

Redlight, I give you the green light

September 9th, 2012 (18:16 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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This silly-sloppy-seconds-Sunday-sabbath, we’re reallllly feeling the deep, bass-booming remixes of British popstar Delilah…

★ Delilah – Inside My Love (Redlight Remix)
♬ Delilah – Breathe (Emalkay Remix)

this is definitely in my head

September 9th, 2012 (16:32 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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I have been whistling along to this slick little Lenno mix alllll day… it’s the most beautiful day out here in NYC, and though I really didn’t think it possible, Lenno adds an even bigger hop to Atlas Genius’ already enormous step in this A+ mix.

★ Atlas Genius – Trojans (Lenno Remix)

stacks on deck

August 23rd, 2012 (03:34 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Enjoy these sweet twists to throwback fave rap classics… happy late night/early morn!

★ Anya Marina – Whatever You Like (T.I. Cover)
♬ Jenny Owen Youngs – Hot In Herre (Nelly Cover)

pleased to present…

August 15th, 2012 (09:11 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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♬ Wax Tailor – Heart Stop (ft. Jennifer Charles) or $

Fave frenchie Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, aka Wax Tailor, first entered my library as an “iTunes Suggested Listening” when, in 2005, he created and produced his first solo album, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, a nouveau form of lounge music dubbed “orchestral hiphop” that met major success in his home country of France. He produced two more super-cool albums in ’07 and ’09 before deciding to take some time off after a worldwide tour. Well, the date’s finally been set for his next new album, Dusty Rainbow from the Dark, and an EP already out, featuring a remix by another longtime favorite, RJD2! The full album comes out September 10th in Europe, the 18th in the U.S.!

violin silhouettes

July 24th, 2012 (22:58 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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♬ Avicii – Silhouettes (DSharp Violin Cover)
★ Avicii (ft. Salem Al Fakir) – Silhouettes (Original Vocal Mix) or $

good luck tonight guys !

June 29th, 2012 (19:36 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Already threw down a laudatory post about the RAC’s back-to-back Brooklyn shows tonight and tomorrow, but had to share this wonderfully upbeat remix of the awesome guy-and-girl duo’s latest, “Hollywood”, by legendary Felix Da Housecat. Oh you such a slyyy cat, Felix…..

♬ RAC feat. Penguin Prison – Hollywood (Felix Da Housecat Remix)

the chanteuse from Toulouse

May 30th, 2012 (21:00 EST) · Comments Off on the chanteuse from Toulouse · permalink
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♬ Guillaume Grand – Toi et Moi (Marine Cover)

Delightful 21-y.o chanteuse Marine brings us this cover of frenchie Guillaume Grand’s beautiful hit, “Toi et Moi” (l’amour…).

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