Minimix 12 – Nu Discotheque

I’m still quite hungover from my last post as well as discovering where Kanye West gets his vocal samples, so I made this mix. Here’s some nu discotheque music for the nu year (chos). I used some deep house songs from my favorite electro artists as well as some 90s disco songs which I feel will be something I’d totally listen to if I was old enough to understand and appreciate music that time.

Anyway, here’s the tracklist in case you might be interested in listening to it individually:

  1. Mi Mujer: Nicolas Jaar
  2. Behind Your Shades (Rework): Anoraak
  3. Can’t Do Without You: Caribou
  4. Love Love Love: Those Guys
  5. Deep Inside: Hardrive
  6. Feel Your Love: Falqo
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Minimix 11 – Before Electro

Despite my indie music tendencies, I’m sure my influences are deeply rooted in 70s Disco and 80s New Wave. I would say this is an effect of listening to my dad’s record collection back when I was in grade school. I remember getting annoyed with him whenever he played Toto, Kalapana, Earth Wind & Fire, Bee Gees, and all those oldie jams. But deep inside, I was actually enjoying it.

This mix is inspired by that experience. I compiled some of the songs I’ve been listening to the past days that have that pre-electro/semi-disco vibe but were released in the last 3-5 years. Songs featured here are:

  1. Paris (Au Revoir Simone Remix): Friendly Fires
  2. Feel It: Karmon
  3. Folding Hills (feat. Xavier Dunn): FORD
  4. Control (feat. Caroline Smith): Gigamesh
  5. Party In Me: Yung Bae

16 of 2016, Pt. 2

To complete Part 1 of my 16 of 2016, here are the remaining 8 tracks I became addicted to the past 365 days.

Say it (feat. Tove Lo) – Flume

I’m pretty sure Flume faced so much pressure after releasing his self-titled debut album last 2012 that it took him 4 years to release a new one. His first album was a complete game-changer, even putting AU in the global electronic music scene. I’m sighing with relief as Skin did not disappoint, avoiding that cursed sophomore slump. Say It, for me, is a true standout as it was able to capitalize on Flume’s signature deep electro sound and Tove Lo‘s pop sensibilities. It made this genre very accessible and easily understandable, yet still aligned with Flume’s true musical identity.

Peace – Kenton Slash Demon

Danish techno and house duo Kenton Slash Demon released an out-of-the-ordinary song this year through Peace, wherein for the first time, they employed full-length vocals for the said track. Their musical style is more instrumental rather than vocal, particularly using quirky samples (the most popular would be the notification sound for the messaging app Line). Peace is the first time they used lyrics and full-fledged vocals, and I feel this experiment was done perfectly well. They became more relatable yet at the same time, were able to retain their dark electro and deep disco vibe which what attracted me in the first place to their music.

Boss – Disclosure

Releasing their 2nd album just a few months prior, Disclosure pleasantly surprised us with their unexpected launch of Moog For Love EP. Boss was my favorite in this 3-track album as it reminded me so much of the songs from their first album Settle. It was the perfect marriage of electro and pop, something that they kind of veered away in Caracal. Boss is packed with deep, funky bass, syncopated synths, and LSS-worthy vocal samples that would make you dance in the middle of H&M while shopping (I did exactly just that at H&M UP Town Center, nakakahiya).

Fade – Kanye West

The first time I listened to The Life of Pablo while driving along Buendia at 5:30 in the morning, I was woken up by this deep dancey bass line that reminded me of George of the Jungle’s theme. I knew off the bat this was going to be my favorite song from the album. Kanye West is a genius, and he knows it. He knows the human voice is the best instrument there is so he made sure this was used by merging Ty Dolla $ign‘s vocals with different gospel-sounding samples to make it as rich- and innovative-sounding as possible. Pairing it up with that controversial music video, you know ‘Ye’s got it and his musical magic won’t fade anytime soon.

You’re the One (feat. Syd) – Kaytranada

This song is just pure classic funk, that is, again, reminiscent of the 70s but made more modern with Kaytra‘s signature fresh synths and up-tempo percussion combo. What makes You’re The One my favorite from 99.9% was Syd‘s simple yet harmonic vocals that gave the song a sexy laid-back nature which kinda reminds of you of those early hip hop songs you’d play on your Walkman. It’s a feel good track all in all, enabling Kaytra to showcase his distinctive electrohop sound.

Night Moves – Roosevelt

Another gem of an artist from Greco-Roman and Future Classic, Roosevelt‘s musical style is so refined as he is able to combine classic disco, funk, modern electro , and even pop in his songs. Night Moves is a testament to that. It is unique yet accessible which makes it very easy to listen (and even dance) to.

Love$ick (feat. A$AP Rocky) – Mura Masa

Mura Masa‘s Lovesick Fuck, in itself was already beautiful to begin with. But this remake with A$AP Rocky was just out of this world, drop-dead, heart-stopping gorgeous. I still fall in love to this song every single time I listen to it. They effortlessly combined hip hop, R&B, tropical house, electro, and techno in one song. And even if it is a combination of all these genres, it still exuded that signature, minimalist vibe that Mura Masa became famous for. It is soooo refreshing yet reminiscent of early 2000s hiphop and 2010 electro at the same time. This is undoubtedly one of the best collaborations of the year and their tandem works effortlessly and perfectly.

Redbone – Childish Gambino

Donald Glover never fails to disappoint. Awaken, My Love! came as a surprise mainly because the whole vibe of the album was not something we expected from ‘Bino. His previous albums were all hardcore hip hop – and this was, well, funk, soul, R&B, gospel, basically, everything but hip hop. He wants show the whole world that he can do anything and everything. Redbone was definitely a testament to that. He showcased his vocal chords more than his rhymes. He proved that he can sing and belt out those falsetto Aretha Franklin-esque notes that can compete with Prince’s. He definitely killed it just in the nick of time, right before the year was about to end.

So there! I made this playlist public on Spotify so you can indulge and be hooked to the songs I obsessed over this 2016. Enjoy! ✌🏿

16 of 2016, Pt. 1

Since 2010, I’ve been creating these playlists called XX of 20xx to run down the top songs released that year I’ve been mercilessly playing on repeat. This is my 6th year doing this, and I feel this batch has been the most diverse as I’ve deliberately expanded my musical tastes to other genres other than electropop.

2016 has been one chaotic, confusing year as very strange things that happened in all parts of the world. Thankfully, music was able to save us from all this weirdness with probably the best lineup of releases one has never imagined. From David Bowie’s Blackstar, Frank Ocean’s BlondeFlume’s Skin, to Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, they gave musicheads like me a hard time populating their own “best of 2016” playlists.

So enough of the blabbers. Here’s part 1 of my 16 of 2016, the songs that were played on repeat for more than 100x, arranged in no particular order:

All Night (feat. Dornik) – SG Lewis

Despite being born in the late 90s, SG Lewis sure knows what makes a soulful 80s-sounding hit. He got the formula right – the thick bass, sensual synths, funky guitar riffs, and of course, the sexy voice of label-mate/Kele Okereke look-alike Dornik. These were surefire ways of keeping me glued and addicted to this song.

Money On Me (feat. Anderson.Paak) – Snakehips

My favorite DJ Duo Oliver Lee and James Carter followed up their hit “All My Friends” with this track in collaboration with the most underrated rapper of our generation, Anderson .Paak. Money on Me is the perfect blend of hip hop, electronica, and soul – the Snakehips Signature Sound that got me hooked to this tandem for the past 3 years. I was just a little disappointed they didn’t play this in their Manila show. #FirstWorldProblems

My Toy (feat. Yasmin) – Breakbot

This song from the French producer has that similar feel to his earlier hit (which btw, Bruno Mars ripped offBaby I’m Yours. It has the modern electro/disco sound (my weakness!), basically ticking off all the items that makes an infectious new wave retropop song. The cherry on top would be British DJ/Producer Yasmin‘s Carly Rae Jepsen-esque vibe which makes it very easy to listen to.

Friends (feat. Bon Iver and Kanye West) – Francis & The Lights

You can never go wrong with a Justin VernonKanye West  collaboration. But adding Francis & The Lights to the equation is just pure genius. Similar to my other picks, it has that tinge of new wave and disco, with a minimalist, head-bopping bass club beat rumbling in the background. Friends is fun, catchy, weird in some sort of way, yet still heartwarming – the result of a Justin-Kanye-Francis union, something unexpected and mind-blowing.

Meet in the Middle – Ta-ku & Wafia

My favorite Aussie-Pinoy producer Ta-ku teamed up with songstress Wafia for this beautiful and emotionally-charged EP, (m)edian. Here, Ta-ku proved that he’s more than just a beatmaker. Ta-ku’s trap and synth influences and unexpected soulful voice plus Wafia’s expressive wispy vocals was the perfect combination – they created spine-tingling harmonies and complementing cadences that would push you to come back for more of their music.

No Problem (feat. Lil Wayne and 2Chainz) – Chance the Rapper

Coloring Book is surely one of the best releases of the year, with Chance the Rapper continuously taking down all sorts of barriers and contradicting notions when it comes to breaking out in the music industry. No Problem is a true cla$$ic (and yes, I’m writing that with a $ sign because it is deserving) – it’s soulful thanks to the vocal choir effect all throughout the song; it’s groovy and bouncy, with the heavy bass lines and catchy hooks; it’s hip hop, thanks to 2Chainz and Lil Wayne (enough said); it’s inspiring as it talked about how determined he is to become successful in this cutthroat industry by being on his own and not be dictated by some greedy major record label.

Say a Prayer for Me – RUFUS

This song is a nice intersection of their 2 other releases (Like an Animal & Innerbloom) from the same album. It is soothing, blissful, and dance-y, thanks to the airy synths, soft percussions, and Tyrone’s bedroom voice. Listening to this song is like a religious experience you really want to say a prayer to the electropop gods. It is so euphoric it makes you want to dance out of sheer joy and just lift your hands up to the disco heavens.

Love Like That – Mayer Hawthorne

First thing I thought off when I heard this song was Hall & Oates, and man, I’m a huge H&O fans.If Daryl and John hears this, they’d definitely want to be associated with Mayer Hawthorne as he was able to flawlessly represent the former’s aesthetic. The song is again, disco (weakness ko talaga ‘to huhu) – it is a burst of synths and 70s-inspired bass lines, very tito/tita-mommy/daddy friendly especially when you play it in the car with them.

This is for now, for the first part. I’ll be posting the 2nd part before the year ends. Stay tuned for that. ✌🏿

 

Minimix 10 – 3310

Even before teaching myself how to mix, I’ve always been fond of making playlists, especially those featuring my favorite 90s songs. They’re always a crowd favorite. Never fails to make the crowd go wild whenever I’d play that INOJ or Naughty by Nature song I used to dance to in the corridors of Miriam Grade School.

So now that I’m kinda getting the hang of it, I finally made a ~proper~ mix of the songs I used to compose in my Nokia 3310. Grabe yun promise. I’d spend most of my Php300 prepaid load to download and change my ringtones almost every other day. Good times.

Anyway, this one features the following:

  1. Lady – Modjo (Kaytranada Remix)
  2. Music Sounds Better With You – Stardust (Facu Suarez Remix)
  3. Don’t Call Me Baby – Madison Avenue (Motez Remix)
  4. Better Off Alone – Alice Deejay (Giraffage Remix)
  5. Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65 (F4ST Bootleg)

Minimix 09 – San Junipero

I’ve been binge-watching Black Mirror for the past days, and out of all the episodes I’ve watched, San Junipero stood out the most. I’m not going to run through the story here but let’s just say I loved its overall vibe. From the whole plot, color grading, and especially the soundtrack, it truly was heaven on earth.

Being inspired by that episode, I came up with this minimix featuring the tracks I’d play at the jukebox if I do get to live in that setting. Tracks featured are:

  1. Futurecop!: Ain’t That Fresh (Waypointer Bootleg Remix)
  2. Tensnake: Fantasmma
  3. Roosevelt: Night Moves
  4. NVOY: Make You Mine
  5. Gigamesh: My Future is Your Future

 

Minimix 08 – Saturdaze

It’s been a decade since I last picked up an instrument. I used to play the piano and guitar back when I was a teen. Unfortunately, I had to ~adult~ and focus on income-generating activities to keep myself alive. I miss that aspect of my life, and if I was given the chance to re-live those moments, I’d definitely go back to those years.

It’s nice that technology has given us so many accessible avenues to exercise our creative desires. One amazing invention would be these mixing softwares. I get to apply the theoretical things I learned back when I still played actual instruments. Although it’s not as flashy and sophisticated, I’m glad I’m able apply the skills I used to obsess about.

Anyway, here’s another mix to reminisce my musician days. This features:

  1. Kaytranada: You’re the One (feat. Syd)
  2. Honne: Warm on a Cold Night (Embody Remix)
  3. Fare Soldi: Survivor (Keenhouse Remix)
  4. CLASSIXX: Holding On
  5. Grum: Can’t Shake This Feeling