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:
- Come Back Baby: Flush
- Golden Wings: Bag Raiders
- Disclosure: Bang That
- Paul Johnson: Get Down
- Charles B & Adonis: Lack of Love
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! 😖
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.
- MajorLazer and DJ Snake – Lean On (DiscoRazor’s Galactic Edit)
- Tove Styrke – Ego (Bearson Remix)
- Shura – Touch (Four Tet Remix)
- Disclosure – BOSS
- Oscar Key Sung – All I Could Do
I’m starting to get the hang of this, but I’m 1000% sure there’s still so much room for improvement. Here’s what I came up this early in the morning because I was woken up by my sister’s Sunday morning cartoons.
- Do it Right feat. Tkay Maidza – Martin Solveig
- Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix) – Destiny’s Child
- Around the World – Daft Punk
- Beware the Dog (Autograf Remix) – The Griswolds
- Lady – Modjo
Senses breaking down, slowly fade as a beat.
There ain’t no way to rush this if we’re doing it right.
UK dynamic duo Oliver Lee and James Carter aka Snakehips are on a roll, following up the smash hit with Tinashe “All My Friends” with “Money On Me”. This track collaboration with Anderson.Paak is the perfect blend of soul, R&B, and electronica, which, as I have noticed has been their style in practically all their tracks. They impeccably place the right bass lines and drops, synth accents, and soulful voice parts just at the right time, frequency, and pace.
Along with the release of the track, they announced plans of releasing a four-track EP named after the Tinashe x Chance the Rapper hit on the 15th of April, via RCA. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on that. For more updates on the duo, like their Facebook page. You can also follow them on Songkick to get the latest news on where they will be playing live next.
Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, better known as the duo Groove Armada, just recently launched the first instalment of their Little Black Book series album under the UK Label Moda Black. Being considered as one of the veterans in the dance music scene was very evident in this album as they were able to stick to the sound they are more known for – steady, synth-laden house music backed up by groovy basslines that kind of reminds you of a Night at the Roxbury. Despite the proliferation of many other dance music artists in the biz, they have clearly set themselves apart by having this distinct 90s rave/disco-inspired and (thank God for this) bass drop-free sound, which eventually produces nothing but top quality house music that’s very easy on anyone’s musical palate.
The 80-minute musical journey offered by the first disc includes 7 new tracks and other Groove Armada’s original music and remixes from the past years. Clear standout tracks were Push, Soho Disco, Alright, and Rescue Me. What I like most about this album would be the clean and smooth transitions in between songs. I’m a sucker for this kind of thing as it highly encourages non-stop dancing from the listener’s part. It was very obvious that the tracks were well-made and thought of, with the first half mostly having that chill dance/discotheque vibe, purposefully done to build up to the album climax. Post-Alright, you will notice that the tracks are mostly bass-heavy, intertwining in soulful vocal samples, which is the success formula of the Groove Armada dance equation.
Check out bit.ly/GALittleBlackBook to download a new Groove Armada track ‘Get On The Floor (Fabric Edit)’, or you can also go to their Facebook page and website for more news about the dance duo.