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A.$.A.P. Rocky Ft. Florence Welch – “I Come Apart”

A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, dropped yesterday after numerous leaks from it as January 15th approached. A$AP has always been quite the interesting artist to me, because I usually don’t listen to rap, but I freakin’ love A$AP’s tracks. There’s been a few that have been out of his style, like his collab with Lana Del Rey, but this collab with Florence Welch from the fantastic Florence + The Machine, is definitely different from all his other tracks, only because they are two completely different artists. The meaning of this one is far different, essentially discussing the unraveling of a relationship at its seams and the repercussions that follow when trying to assemble the pieces back together While his fans of the harder tracks might not like this one, one has to appreciate his efforts to expand as an artist, really setting himself apart from the other ‘hard’ rappers.

A$AP is doing his best at a little bit of chill track, but this track soars as high as Florence’s superb vocals. I really do dig this one, not only because of Florence’s god-like singing, but it’s cool listening to the contrast between A$AP’s deep, rugged voice and Florence’s, setting the stage for a damn chill track that sends shivers down your spine from Florence’s voice, produces head-bobs to A$AP’s rapping, and a great appreciation of the track’s greatness.

LYRICS:

ASAP Rocky:
I thought you said you’d never leave
I think back as I took a puff
Know what happens every time you leave?
Always come back, cause you wanna f*ck
Always come back, cause you wanna fuss
Holding back, ain’t no turning back when you fall in love
Whatever happens anytime you speak
Always fall flat cause you on the rush
Uh, so you can take it slow
Separate the highs from the low
Separate the evens from the odds
Like something pull me back together when I come apart

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

ASAP Rocky:
I woke up today, I felt a little less pressure for me
And I mad you say I, may you even learn the lesson for me
If you find the way to fight the pain,
If you fly away, you rest assure

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

You’re the eye, but I’m tearing all the time
Always there to catch me, but I’m never coming down
Reconstructing all the pieces I left in my way
I guess you know, in control
Chaos I create
I come apart

ASAP Rocky
You made a bet with me, now you’re in debt with me
Made my bed, lied in it, then you slept with me
It’s ruthless, she the closest thing next to me
The truth is, that she blew it and you left with me
Especially hard to express to me
European attitude but born in West Philly
She just have a smokin’ ‘gina, where the Wet Willies?
I come apart, I’m in her heart on the left titty

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the ṗressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
I come apart


Like Passion Pit, if it Were 1983: Breakbot

Hey, remember when I talked about seeing Justice live? Or when I posted about Jamiroquai? You do?!?! Awesome, because this post is loosely related to both of those!

When I saw Justice live at the Paramount this past April another French electro artist opened up for them: Breakbot. Had I heard of him before? No. Was he amazing? I think so. It’s hard to remember to be frank. But that is probably more of an indication that yes, yes he was. After the concert, at some point I hopped on my handy-dandy laptop and scoured the internetz for more Breakbot. And I found this: 

A beautifully groovy song, Baby I’m Yours takes on a distinct 80s personality but still reminds you that it’s modern and most importantly, hip. Aside from this one song though, I couldn’t find a whole lot of other good Breakbot music. There were some 40+ minute long mixes on youtube but none of them really got me tapping my feet if you will. So, lo and behold here a mere 7 months or so later, I found myself googling “Breakbot” to find the song and listen to it (for the 200th time), only to find that he has in fact released a new album.

Absurd levels of excitement

By Your Side is all very similar to “Baby I’m Yours” but in a very non-repetitive way. Everything song has it’s own story to it, but they all revolve around sort of 80s pop meets electro meets romance. Romance is the key theme in this whole album. I can’t attest to it just yet, but I’d bet money that this album would be great to have sex to. Just sayin. As was referenced in the title, it sounds a bit like Passion Pit, with light synths and some mildly modified vocals. 

Here you can see a bit of the difference between the songs. Like I said, each song has a story told through the melody and lyrics. The whole album features some really interesting production and layering of sounds that’s very pleasing to the ear. Overall it’s just a great album that I highly recommend. Each song leaves you with a positive feeling and easily 75% of them make you want to dance in some way (the other 25% would be perfect for slow dancing). Breakbot’s really come out in an impressive way here and I’m incredibly pleased with the results. I’m looking forward to hearing more of his music and hopefully seeing him in tours to come.

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Introducing: Trails and Ways

Soak up this audio goodness. Seriously. This Oakland “bossa nova dream pop” band simply knows how to produce great tracks. The artwork featured for their singles aren’t too shabby either too. Let’s get go over a few of their tracks shall we? Here’s a main theme that carries throughout most of their works:  tropical rhythms and melodies.

My brother introduced this to me in the summer and it quickly escalated into one of my favorite songs to play during the summer.

The sunny world folk music continues on in this jam.

The band described their cover as an attempt to “…do justice to Miguel’s masterpiece by drawing on the smoky early 90s jazz guitar, synths and smooth beats we grew up loving.” I never thought I would say this, but damn I just found one of their works that surpasses the feelings that I had for “Nunca”. This will be my fall jam.

You want these tracks? Swing over to their facebook and download them for free! The only price you pay is a like on facebook, which is an outstanding deal for sweet music like this.


Odesza-Summer’s Gone

NOTE: We got lucky and grabbed a quick interview with them!

A while back you might have heard of Odesza, a two piece producer band straight outta Washington and their fantastic track “How Did I Get Here” . They set the bar pretty damn high with that track and word of their album coming out only further put them under some pressure to succeed. But don’t worry. “Summer’s Gone” is good. Real good.

Coming off of “How Did I Get Here” I was expecting an eerie, darker type of sound, contemplative even, and man I was blown away. There is just a awesome mixture of happy,  thoughtfulness, and hope blended together to create one of the chillest albums I have ever heard. I listened through every single song and I didn’t stop at any of them. Such a relaxing album to listen to. If you’ve been on hypem lately, then you can see that they have exploded. And with good reason. This is a great album. If you just want to chill and let yourself get overwhelmed by music, then listen to “Summer’s Gone”. If you just want to relax to a couple songs, then be very careful. You’ll get sucked into it real quick. Some songs that I can suggest you listen to are: “How Did I Get Here”, “We Were Young”, “Hey Now” and “IPlayYouListen”. Just a couple to throw out. This album is amazing though. I love it. The only flaw I can see with it is that the transitions between songs is a bit rough at times because the sounds are really similar and takes away from each song’s respective power. Good stuff! I’m giving it a solid 9.5/10 because I can’t personally find any problems asides from the difficulty placing names to tracks. Also, if you have time, listen to all the tracks. There are some on the album that have an unjustified amount of views compared to their quality. Get acquainted with Odesza. I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

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Passion Pit “Constant Conversations” [St. Lucia Remix]

It’s been ages since I’ve last posted on the blog. No worries though, I think this starry late night remix of Passion Pit should do the trick. Given that two of my fellow bloggers gushed over their Bumbershoot experience, particularly regarding Passion Pit, I checked out a few of the latest tracks off of Gossamer. Although I was surprised by how much I enjoyed their work, I think that the reinterpretation of “Constant Conversations” by St. Lucia is delightful. If you thought the original song’s chorus was good, you’ll adore the extra synthy sound during those “oh-oh-oh-oh’s”. Check it out, stick around, I’ll be back again soon enough.

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Read a review of the original track here

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Hell. Yes. Madeon – “The City” ft. Zak Waters

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God damn this dude is good. Any electric music-heads out there who have not heard of this French producer must’ve been living under a rock. You know that guy who made that live mix of a song called “Pop Culture”? Yeah, same guy right here. And damn he knows how to make some fresh beats. We got a little teaser of a new track of his called “The City” yesterday, and now today, a radio station called BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac played the song in its entirety and hoooo-boy is it fresh. Apparently the track has been out but has only been playing in live sets, but Madeon is finally relenting and coming out with this new single. Lyrics from Zak Waters provides a little different track from what you usually get from Madeon who does a lot of pure beats, but it’s still alright because the beat is still awesome. Madeon knows how to make some banging beats and doesn’t disappoint with this one; way overshadowing any singing. Great track. Give it a listen and let your love for Madeon grow (or begin to grow!) Stay aware. This guy is changing the electropop scene.

LYRICS:
There is a place in the distance
A place that I’ve been dreaming of
No more time and space don’t exist there
We can dance like there’s no tomorrow
There is a place, no time in space

I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to

I can feel the city crumbling around me
I can’t seem to find my way
But I can see a bright light calling through dark night
Hoping I’ll find my way

Yeah I had what I wanted
It went away so fast fast
Yeah I got to let go
We can dance like there’s no tomorrow
So here we go

I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to

I can feel the heartbeat underneath the concrete
Just like a kick drum plays
Running in a straight line guided by the street lights
Pushing the dark away

Yeah I had what I wanted
It went away so fast fast
Yeah I got to let go
We can dance like there’s no tomorrow

There is a place in the distance
A place that I’ve been dreaming of
No oh time and space don’t exist there
We can dance like there’s no tomorrow
There is a place, no time in space

There is a place in the distance
A place that I’ve been dreaming of
No more time and space
We can dance like there’s no tomorrow
Oh oh oh!

I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to
I’ve got to go all the way
I’ve got tomorrow to

Tomorrow
Tomorrow
We can dance 


This Might be the Most Fantastic Thing You Will See

Rotary Dial Springtime cover art

So I surfing the web in hopes of exploring some other cultures (and subsequently fueling my passion to go overseas sometime soon) and I came across this gem of a video. It covers Holi, a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. A group by the name of Good Line captured the event and posted it on their page. Here’s their statement about what they do:

Good Line is a creative collaborative focused on telling stories through the method of short documentaries.

We are writers, cinematographers, musicians and artists fueled by the art of Storytelling. Our tale-chasing takes us around the globe as we enthusiastically track down the best threads, the wildest yarns, and the good lines; no matter where it takes us.

The experiences we’ve shared with our clients make us who we are and we count ourselves blessed to be a part of their story.

We believe in optimism, truth, and real life characters.

We believe in capturing life as it is.

Now proceed to watch their awesome video.

Beyond the eyegasms of watching thousands of people having a the time of their lives as they blast each other with colors, I couldn’t help but notice the cinematic sound of the video. Well, in actuality notice would be too much of an understatement. I absolutely adored the music, this is a kind of sound that absolutely bursts with energy and enthusiasm.  Go ahead, listen to the track for the first minute and see if you aren’t compelled to smile in joy. Do the same thing with the video too. Oh Jesus I need to participate in Holi.

http://micahdahl.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thegoodline