ft. Summer 2017

Dear reader/searcher of entertainment or perhaps; inquisitor of new music:

I haven’t been there for you like I could have or should have been these past couple months.

And for that, I am truly sorry.

To make amends; I have some feel good music for you that I have been selfishly keeping to myself… so expect more posts to appear throughout your social media feeds as the cool weather creeps into your bones this autumn/winter season. I consider it my solemn duty to keep your ears warm with all the best music I can possibly find to provide.

I am on a personal journey on a daily basis…to become a better me and human being in general. Sometimes life gets too heavy to handle on my own, and the one thing that can pull me out of my self imposed holes of negativity and self doubt (besides my loving family) is music.

How many times has music saved your life in a metaphorical or even literal way?

You are not alone in this.

Music is what binds us throughout seas of separation. Inspires us in times of insidiousness.

This is a useful tool, and all I want to do is share my medicine with you (no sharing of needles necessary)

Thank you for reading, this is in a way,

my diary.

Sincerely yours,

aklm.

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The M Machine

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Music is what moves me. I succumb to it every single time. I love it all… electronically speaking.

The dubstep (yes, dubstep can be good), the chill wave, the funk, the house, the futuristic bass. They all have their intended time, place, and space.

The M Machine is a trio turned duo out of San Francisco, CA who encompass all of the nuances I love so dearly about electronic music today;
lyrics that inspire…making you feel some type of way.
Enticing builds and “drops”.
Poetically placed piano keys and guitar strings,

and melodies that seem to just carry you away.

I have tried all of the ways to escape throughout my life; drugs, alcohol, nicotine, food, friends, money, all of it. None feed my mind and soul the way good music can.

The most recent album from The M Machine is called Glare, and is currently available to stream via Soundcloud and Spotify. Glare was released this past February, and holy shit if you haven’t heard it already you are seriously missing out on some whole-heartedly awesome electronic music.

I have escaped into the world of The M Machine multiple times via this release, including some of its best remixes by artists like WAVEDASH and Shadient, over & over again since I first heard Glare in all its groovy glory.

If you want to fall in love with something you’ve never heard before, press play on the album below. They have everything you’ve been listening for and then some.

I hope you enjoy the music I post. It truly means the world to me. Thank you for reading.

ft: N i G H T S

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Right then. Right when you’ve exhausted the 29th trap instrumental, or the 9th #future song being reposted in your Soundcloud feed (all of which sound the same). Right when you’ve listened to the same build/drop again and again in every poor rendition of already established artist ripoffs you can tolerate, that’s when it happens…

That New-New.

That new song, that new artist.
That new found soundbyte that is just 4 minutes full of whatever je ne sais quoi it is about it that makes you go, 🙌🏽 🙌🏽.

That’s what happened to me about a week ago when I stumbled across the silky smooth sounds of ‘N i G H T S‘.
Think early Craig David; suave/pop vocals…meets bounce, plus bass. And a little something extra I can’t quite put my finger on…so I just downloaded their songs (for free) instead 🙃.
Here are my top tracks from the up and coming duo:


Thanks for reading, stay gold.

 

ft. Justin Hartinger

Unique.

The definition of unique is: ‘being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else‘.

Enter Justin Hartinger…

In thinking of other artists to liken his sound to, or use as a reference of what to expect when listening to the Seattle-based Producer & DJ, I came up with nothing. My mind went totally blank. This is usually a good sign when discovering new music from an artist.

If you check Justins’ Soundcloud, his creations are self-described as, “emotional dance music”.

I couldn’t agree more.

Whether it’s the (very dark) Darknet EP–collaborated with by one of my absolute favorites, LEViT∆TE.–his bouncy, trap-like twist on the new house classic ‘Don’t Go‘ by the other Justin (Justin Martin) or one of his many other singles that have brought new life to my headphones and speakers…it’s undeniable that Justin Hartinger was put on earth to make good music for you to feel to.

Below all these words are my current top picks of all Justin’s gems  (almost all of which are available for free via TONEDEN here).

Thanks for tuning in guys, I have nothing but love and appreciation for you.

Enjoy.

ft. palmingo

Our first artist feature in 2017 is someone whom you’ve probably never heard of before.

(you’re welcome hipsters)

Jeremy Stern AKA palmingo hails from the foggy San Francisco Bay Area, and although he isn’t currently touring as of yet–it will probably be just a matter of time before the public picks up on the saucey sounds on his new and latest EP, ‘Birds Of Paradise‘.

A fan of artists such as: Flume, Mr. Carmack, Sam Gellaitry, and What So Not; his first concert ever was Foo Fighters back in the 6th grade.
Soundcloud lurker since 2011, he is now heating up your Home Stream with #wavy tracks like, ‘What So New‘ & ‘Timeless’ (track No.1 on the playlist below).

His goals in this lifetime are, “to see the Northern Lights, and help the world in some way.” What a nice dude…and to top it off, he’s made his EP available HERE, for free. Now that’s just hella cool.

 

 

ft. 2016

Holy shit you guys…it’s almost over.

Typically I don’t really remember ‘years‘ for what happened in them or whatever…I can hardly remember what I ate 48 hours ago (probably something with potatoes though).

2016 was an emotional shit storm for yours truly.
A year filled with a rise in my anxiety on a daily basis, and me questioning everyone and everything coming and going from my social circle to the people I saw on the streets.
I’m usually distracted by the changes and “fresh starts” that a New Year tantalizes us with, but this December I just feel happy to be going into the next 365 days with all my limbs and wits about me…

Something I have always been fairly decent or been consistent with is maintaining a playlist of sorts, and around one year ago today I started keeping a log of the songs I have deemed “Best of 2016” entitled, ‘3016’.

So here it is; a cool playlist for your hopeful NYE get together, or any ready-to-get-lit-fest you may have going on this weekend.
These are all songs that either stood out amongst the rest or have been on heavy repeat, getting me through the life-sized obstacle course that was the past year of my life.

From the bottom of my heart to yours, enjoy.

 

ft. LEViT∆TE

I usually try to post artists that have an appeal to the everyday person.
(meaning I don’t post too much “off-the-wall” content)
That being said, that is quite the extremely boring and safe way to run a blog so I have decided I won’t continue to save face for those who aren’t as open with their music tastes.

As much as I like ambient/chill music and the general upbeat/positive feelings that accompany a lot of the popular electronic stuff you hear at local shows or even festivals; there is a darker side to all of us.
The grittier, less-refined versions of us that we attempt to hide from everyone…the side we keep hidden away in the shadows and torn out pages of journals that we never share, fearing the realities that may come from the judgements of our friends, loved ones, and worse than them, ourselves.

Maybe it’s time to face that part of us that we refuse to give light to. Coming face to face with all the aspects we wish we didn’t see when looking in the mirror, choosing to illuminate our preferred parts instead. We are not only good or bad, we are not always right or wrong, we are both the yin AND the yang, the highs and the lows, the happy and the sad.

Music is not always uplifting. Sometimes it’s angry, sometimes it’s depressing. Sometimes it’s just some crazy alien sounds unlike anything your ears have ever experienced before. Art is something that makes you feel. And as long as you feel something, rest assured that it’s working.

LEViT∆TE is an artist I turn to when I choose to embrace my dark side rather than run the opposite way. His music is bass-heavy and heartfelt, with massive breakdowns and dark undertones that take you on an emotional journey from start to finish and somehow always leaves me with a sense that everything will work itself out in the end. Thanks for reading, enjoy.



Future Fridaze Vol. 010

This week has been an introspective one to say the least…it is really incredible how everyday seems to be “the same” at times, but then you remember to look over your shoulder, and holy **** ToTo we’re not in Kansas anymore!

Music is the best at that, constantly changing and striving for the unthinkable.
Those are the artists I am currently focused on, because I don’t know if you were all aware, but the songs we are currently listening to are becoming the soundtracks of our lives…let’s make sure it’s a good playlist huh?

Have a safe & lovely weekend guys, enjoy some lighthearted, and heavy tunes this long weekend.

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I’m pretty sure this image of Eazy-E wasn’t taken by smith. –listen below 🔥– however, his track is bass-heavy and also free to download via TONEDEN<3 right here, so we’re gonna honor this picture of one of the baddest motherfuckers to grace this beautiful planet earth. Peace~