Lane 8: The first track I heard of theirs features vocals by Lucy Stone who I knew from a band in high school called Dancefloor Diplomacy. She was great– and is great in that track. Since I’ll be seeing him tomorrow in DC, I figured this afternoon’s work soundtrack could feature some of the calming and happy house sounds of Lane 8.
This is an incredible episode of diplo and friends. It opens with Pharrell singing “Happy” (Neus Remix) and maintains a wonderfully chill, original, and sexy vibe. There’s a few tracks I recognize of Kygo’s, and a few new things I really dig.
This Saturday I made a pilgrimage to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. The purpose of this little adventure was some introspection, pursuit of innovations, and maybe a tan. It ended up being a marvelous journey through the senses and beyond. While much of it I can’t explain in the interwebs, what I can give you is a rundown of the music and visual experience I stumbled upon.
Around 3 in the afternoon, I spotted a group of shirtless dudes crowded around a hookah in the same grassy knoll that I had been occupying. I waltzed over, plopped myself down, and announced that I would be joining them. While hesitant at first, when I pulled the portable speaker out of my bag they declared that I was in.
Now the guy next to me, as I soon discovered, is my own personal musical jesus. I’m attatching his soundlou username at the bottom in case you want to do more exploring. But aside from his massive collection of all my favorite sounds, here is a selection of those tracks that stood out in my memory of the afternoon:
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I’m tempted to coin the term indie EDM. It’s easy and universally accessible (yes, even you who has told me that “ravers make you nervous” will enjoy these tracks). Just something happy to start your weekend.
Some chill tracks and remixes to sit in bed and pout to.
Colin, ze rezident german conzultant, is keeping it strictly underground today. While the kandi kids are getting trashed, this is gonna keep things real.
Alright confession: I am a kandi kid. And alright confession part II: I am getting trashed. But you know, I still want to express my appreciation for this set. If you aren’t traditionally a technohouse fan, throw this on while you’re getting ready…or just doing some work…or chillin with your cat (heyyyyy see what I did there?).
Coldplay and Porter must be in cahoots. They’ve discovered the secrets of the universe, the meaning of life, and woven these secrets into their sounds. That’s the only logical conclusion here.
This track is striking. Unlike Porter’s new track, it maintains a calm though dramatic quality all the way through. While it builds toward the end, it never breaks. It soars. It twinkles, too (this sounds like a strange descriptor but listen, and you’ll get it).
From Coldplay’s new album, set to release in May, I give you Midnight: