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Robin Thicke · Feel Good (Sammy Bananas Bootleg)

Slowin' down Thicke so slow. So damn soul.

Thicke has been getting some flack for his sexually crude undertones, but ‘Blurred Lines’ is still soulful as fuck. And if you pair that voice up with one of my favorite dilated soul producers and Sammy Bananas makes one hell of a Thicke bootleg. Thankfully it’s not of ‘Blurred Lines.’

Bananas slows down everything in this ‘Feel Good’ remix, repitching Thicke with a much deeper sense of what soul is.

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Outside Lands 2013

Here we go again...

Outside Lands is held inside Golden Gate Park in San Fran and just hit its sixth year running. This was my second go around and both years have held a similar mystique.

The days consist of haze filled skies with a backdrop of what appears to be a misty rainforest, when in fact we’re right smack dab in SF. Each taste of San Francisco subculture is scattered about with accompanying styles of food (love the food). Nights seem to hit sometime around the last act and a certain strange mood fills the air – which in part is brought on by the sunny hazed days mixed with alcohol and the aroma of drugs around you.

I may not experience a festival like this in its pure happiness form that many try for, but I do get a lot out of it. Best described, it’s an unfiltered experience of today’s San Francisco lifestyles all bottled up in one big city park.

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Doja Cat · Nunchucks (My Ninja)

Doja Cat’s style in ‘Nunchucks’ reminds me of Erykah Badu’s ‘Rimshot.’ It’s how she twists her words and ‘Nunchucks’ is all twisted up. Not only does she have style, but the lyrical prowess to back it.

The beat from ‘Nunchucks’ takes from MNDSGN’s ‘Legwarmrs’ – and even though it needs a bit more fit for Doja’s voice, I like how the two clash. Doja clearly has somethin goin with this.

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Mayer Hawthorne · Her Favorite Song (Oliver Remix)

Gettin funky with Hawthorne's sensual somethings

The Oliver duo, consisting of U-Tern & Oligee, just did a remix of Mayer Hawthorne’s ‘Her Favorite Song’ and man is it on the funky side. Hawthorne has one of my favorite voices of this past decade, but Oliver takes his sound to my neck of the woods in music right now, electro funk.

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Janet Jackson Remixes Are The New Janet Jackson

Putting a disco-soul spin on Janet's pop classics

I may have been more of a Michael fan back in the day, but Janet is the one making a comeback in this untraditional style, via the remix. She’s got a handful of my favorite disco, soul & funk producers remixing her right and I’ve been waiting far too long to present it to you. Now some of them have been so chopped & fucked with that it doesn’t even sound like Janet anymore, but I assure you it’s all in good taste. Guarantee you’ll find some gem to obsess over for sometime.

On to the Janet Jackson Remixes

L’Aquarium feat Jeremy · Blow Your Mind

I’ve been searching for this song for days. I thought I had lost it for good, but then the good graces of my ass found it. It’s got me giddy inside and I know ‘Blow Your Mind’ will do just that this year. What a song for the lady.

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Outside Lands 2013 : Who I’m Excited to See

Mostly Paul, H&O, J5 and RHCP

I’ve seen Paul McCartney twice now, once in Minneapolis and the other time at Wrigley Field, and I’m still most excited for him at Outside Lands Festival for 2013. Well, Hall & Oates and Jurassic 5 might be my personal favorites to see, but I’m guessing Paul’s performance will still be my favorite in the end. Which brings up a huge predicament, Pretty Lights plays the same time as Paul. Paul does play earlier, but I couldn’t imagine leaving him to go see PL. If I could only get them to play together…

… also excited to see z Chili Peppers… and even more excited for the food.

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T-Pain · Can’t Believe It (Figgy Remix)

Makin this mainstream rapper sound goood

I really gotta put these bad rap artists that’ve been remixed well into a mix, Figgy’s remix of T-Pain being its latest addition. I knew Figgy was good with the latest soul, but in his recent remix he makes even the likes of T-Pain sound so damn pleasing. Even love it how T-Pain says “Wiscon-san,” especially with the beauty of Figgy behind him.

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Banks · Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)

Makin' Banks sound better

Banks has got a beautiful voice, but her ‘Warm Water’ is a bit too mellow for me. Snakehips (love the name) however has graciously put some nu funk, electro-soul sauce into this Warm Water melody.

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Follow Me · Somethin’ Bout You

Funky, soulful glam jam goodness

With a name like Follow Me, I was instantly turned off. The name sounds like a gimmick, and like every other crave fame musician they pitched my SoundCloud inbox where all I needed it was in my dropbox (sorry, the name made me bring it up). But besides their dated marketing techniques, Follow Me has got a sound that I’m so into right now.

One of their latest singles, ‘Somethin’ Bout You,’ starts off like a dream with repitched vocals that now seem standard on this blog. Once the deep chords hit however, this new style of soul drops to vast new levels.

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