A difficult thing for most North Americans, is to give a chance to something that they aren’t familiar with; a different genre of music, befriending someone you think has nothing in common with you, listening to your opposition with an open set of ears.
How about listening to a song in which you understand none of the lyrics? We are so spoiled in that a lot of foreign artists have conceded in translating their native tongue to English so that we would give them a chance. (see: Selena, Björk, t.A.T.u., ABBA, etc.)
Luckily, I grew up listening to a bunch of shit I couldn’t translate or understand and even though I went to a French immersion school and studied it while living in Canada, my brain has switched to Spanish now being in Southern California, and I couldn’t tell you what ‘Faufile‘ is without my good friend Google.
CRi is literally my new favourite artist. I found him via SoundCloud about a week or so ago and have already listened to all of his songs and three EPs (twice through).
I just checked out his FB and there is a stunning music video (right, what’s a music video?) shot in the snowy, frozen, rocky climate of a small French mining town in CRi’s home province of Québec. Something about this short moving story suggests there may be something we are all missing from our lives in our busy cities and endless snapchat stories.
An escape to a foreign place is easy with CRi and a set of headphones. The hardest part will be deciding where you want to stay the longest. I am stuck on ‘Keep It Real‘ & ‘My Place‘ off his Someone Else EP (below) and the enchanting remix of ‘Faufile‘ by Charlotte Cardin. Not to mention more than half of his music is available for free download.
*CRies in French*
It’s funny how much music interests can change for any given person over the span of a lifetime.
I remember when I was heavy into rap and hip hop years back, when I heard instrumentals they just sounded like half songs, like they were missing something. For some reason I always thought a song needed lyrics. I still feel that way about certain tracks sometimes.
Today, I find that more than half of my music library consists of said “half songs” and ironically, I find they are fuller and carry more meaning than most of the music I hear when I am out and about or from friends. (sorry guys)
Humbly on a quest to keep our ears satisfied, artist mbe can do both. Here are two of his more recent tracks that I am equally obsessed with:
BUT! my favourite mbe track for the past few months has been ‘praying for you‘ which is available to you for free by clicking here. Take a listen below, it’s dope af.
Something about a woman’s voice, paired with the sound of an electric guitar just does my soul right.
Over the past four years I have been listening to almost solely music of electronic nature, therefore it is super refreshing to hear bands doing what we refer to as, “crossover” where they integrate sounds from different genres of music into something totally their own…(for now at least).
Satellite Empire has an Indie Rock vibe with lots of electronic notes that help create a beautiful audial landscape to accompany the feels delivered by their emotionally driven lyrics. Self genre-lized as Melodic Dubstep/Metalcore on their Facebook, Satellite Empire definitely inspires something much different than any other artists in my music library (which I am slowly but surely building via Spotify).
Their 2016 EP ‘Thrones‘ has been a mainstay for me over the last few months and I can’t seem to get enough of the last song on the short-but-heartfelt album appropriately entitled, Thrones. Enjoy the fantastic sound of Satellite Empire below, and thanks for reading, much love!
**Their entire Thrones EP on Spotify>> here.
**A free download of their song Thrones via Toneden>> here.
Future beats are cool ‘n all…but when the weekend hits, I wanna get my trap on.
There are more trap songs and artists nowadays than there are days in a year, and their similarities can be a bit dulling to the senses. So when I come across good trap music, it’s like finding the house that gives out the full-sized candy bars on Halloween…(best analogy I could think of).
Blake Skowron has been up to no good…(and I mean that in the best way) making dirty, dance-worthy beats and collaborating with some of the best producers in trap music and future bass today. Artists like: William Crooks, Creepa, graves, and KRANE. And if you pay attention to trap music at all, then you’ve probably already heard of Blake.
But enough talking about it his music, just press play and enjoy.
Happy Saturday ya’ll. Be safe out there, and thanks for reading. Much love.
** ‘Spells’ available for free download here
As if I needed another reason to visit Australia… the big island definitely has an affinity for producing a shit load of good musicians.
Top artists like; Flume, WhatSoNot, Tame Impala, Alison Wonderland, & Hermitude (just to name a few) are all exports of The Great down unda’.
Hier (hi-er) is my new favourite import to my music library. When I get bored and go back to my archives for music I always enjoy, he is one of the first artists I go to. Light, airy, bouncy, full of break downs and bass, Hiers‘ music sounds like what I like to imagine living in a desert paradise might be like…
**available for free via the artist union here
**available for free via the artist union here
I like people who I can rely on…
There are those people in our lives who no matter what will always be there for you.
They know exactly what words you need to hear, when that hug is most crucial, or when to just leave you alone.
Take that and apply it to musicians, there are solid artists we love that when their name shows up next to a title you haven’t seen it paired with before, you just know that it’s going to be a goodie. That is how I feel about Bronze Whale.
Listen to their stunning remix of ‘Moondust‘ below:
They have original tracks amongst their incredible remixes, and just released a new jam that is already on heavy repeat with another ol’ reliable of mine, Popeska featuring vocals by Tom Aspaul:
Good music my makes life better, and I hope you enjoy Bronze Whale as much as I do!
Thanks for reading, much love.
Bonobo. Thom Yorke. RÜFÜS DU SOL.
I don’t prefer to make comparisons, especially in regards to music or art (because nobody should ever be put in a box). However, they work in order to organize things a bit.
Comprised of solo projects Modeselektor and Apparat, Berlin-based band Moderat have a discography that dates back to the early 2000s and they seem to be getting better and better only with time.
I made a huge mistake not seeing them at Lightning In A Bottle last year, and all I can say is, if I ever get the opportunity to right that wrong, I’d take it in a heartbeat.
If you listen to any one thing I try to shove down your earbuds this year, let it be this…
Probably one of the best bands you’ve never heard of. Their album ‘III‘ is flawless start to finish. Enjoy their art below!