Minimix 17 – In the Sky

I named this mix ‘In the Sky’ because this is how I feel now that I’m 100% sure I’m gonna get my MBA degree. Results were released just last week, finally ending that 2 week anxiety period after the comprehensive exams. I know I was only 50% prepared for the test as I applied the Pareto Principle in my review method. Unfortunately, the 80% I didn’t prepare for appeared in the exams especially in the Finance test.

But whatever, it’s done now and I will be marching this June. I’m thankful that this phase of my life is over. And in just a few weeks I’m on to my next one. ūüėČ

Per usual, here’s the tracklist of the songs I used in this mix:

  1. Lxury: J.A.W.S.
  2. Modjo: Lady (Sllash Remix)
  3. Disclosure: When a Fire Starts to Burn
  4. Detroit Swindle’s Basement Dub: Please Don’t Dance
  5. Moony: Dove

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Minimix 15 – Freedom Dance

My MBA is done. I can’t believe I’ve reached this point wherein I’m going to have all the time after office to do whatever I want. The feeling’s so liberating¬†yet at the same time overwhelming because I’ve been pretty much used to spending almost half of my life going to school and working on academic¬†stuff.

Don’t get me wrong – I love this feeling (which actually inspired me¬†to work on this mix). I treasure my time much more than money, and I’ve got waaaay too much stuff on my mind that I’ve been wanting to do. I feel there won’t be any “lag time” for me as I’ve been itching to tick off all these things in my mental checklist.

Anyway, here’s the fruit of my newfound freedom. Got the chance to work on it the moment I felt like waking up from my 5hr (!!!) nap. Here’s the tracklist:

  1. Come Back Baby: Flush
  2. Golden Wings: Bag Raiders
  3. Disclosure: Bang That
  4. Paul Johnson: Get Down
  5. Charles B & Adonis: Lack of Love

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! ‚úĆūüŹŅ

Minimix 06 – City (E)scapes

Super thankful for this long weekend – perfect timing before I drown myself back to working student duties. Unfortunately, I’ll be staying in the Q-C for the next 3 days. Couldn’t escape the city because it’s insanely traffic just going out of the village. I’d rather use this time polishing up on my mixing chenes.

Here’s my 6th attempt, featuring:

  1. Duke Dumont: I Got You (Bondax Remix)
  2. Alaia and Gallo, Kevin Heart: Who is He
  3. Marcus Marr and Chet Faker: Birthday Card
  4. Lovebirds: Mandrill
  5. Disclosure: January (feat. Jamie Woon)

Minimix 03 – Afternoon Delight

I’m trying out this new software (thanks, Allan!) for mixing – way better than the one I had. I’m still trying to figure out how to seamlessly transition but I’m struggling as I’m just using my trackpad – my hands tend to get a bit sweaty throughout the session! ūüėĖ

Anyway, here’s my third attempt. Schoolwork has been too heavy the past weeks that it’s so hard to squeeze in some time to practice.

Tracks featured:

  1. MajorLazer and DJ Snake – Lean On (DiscoRazor’s Galactic Edit)
  2. Tove Styrke – Ego (Bearson Remix)
  3. Shura – Touch (Four Tet Remix)
  4. Disclosure – BOSS
  5. Oscar Key Sung – All I Could Do