Last year I desperately wanted Madelyn Grant to play with Emancipator at Symbiosis Gathering. The two had just come out with Seven Seas and it would have been magical to see. It didn’t happen there, but a few months later the two played together at The Regency in SF. I even hung out with her for the day. It was surreal.
This year Symbiosis brings us one of my favorite producers and performers, FKJ, who also created a song with Madelyn. I think we need to get her out here again. Probably won’t happen though with the amount of pull, money and time I don’t have, but there will be plenty of other people to check out.
And not just music. Last year some of the most engaging activities were the panels. I didn’t plan out my schedule then, but I did now. Not that schedules ever go to plan.
The first playlists on Silence for the first few years were all best of year. In 2014, it turned into focusing on best of genres. Over the past year, I’ve tried to be more creative about it.
This list is really just remixes of famous songs in a groovy house kind of way. But not titling it so specifically allowed me to broaden the song selection, which made room for more fun things to dance to.
My obsession with EnormousTunes has been growing over the year, but another music fanatic friend first told me about them before that. She made a list about this time last year and I can see now what she saw back then, especially with artists like Calippo, Sons of Maria, Nora En Pura and Me & My Toothbrush on both of our lists. Frey & Croatia Squad are my top two though.
EnormousTunes reminds me of Ghetto Funk in that the label defines a genre, but where as Ghetto Funk is also the name of the genre, EnormousTunes is what I think of when I think of G house. If I had to describe G house: a kick that comes from the gullet or gutter (gully?), something like that, falling on the tech/no house sound. A lot of them are remixing classic rap songs, also like Ghetto funk. But going through Enormous’ SoundCloud page, I realized that’s not all they do.
I found a lot more styles of house in there. This list starts with the best, gets into old disco & rap turned house and ends on the deep side.
The first track on a playlist is an important one. The majority of people probably don’t get passed it, so you got to set the tone right away. I usually do my personal favorite song, but I always have reservations with that. Autograf is a good example.
Metaphysical is a perfect start to Autograf’s music. It’s not a remix of a popular artist and has a beautiful singer that doesn’t get old & irritating after a while. The Autograf trio has about nine other songs worth featuring, but only one hits heavier far above the others. Their Temptation remix.
I like their remix of ‘Ain’t too Proud to Beg’ so much it’s sparked another playlist I’ve been compiling: think the best of Motown with some heavy house. This list, however, is based off all of Autograf’s music.
Odesza’s Above the Middle was my first love of theirs and even though it starts off rocky, as I originally pointed out, once the vocals kick in it’s the sound that inspired this list. Especially hearing it live at Outside Lands in 2015. Ever since hearing it first back in 2013, I’ve found a set of songs just as inspiring.
The whole thing reminds me of a dream I had at least 10 years ago. It’s probably the most vivid dream I’ve ever had. I a woke (in the dream) falling from the sky, but I wasn’t frightened of falling. More fascinated by how enormous the sky and ocean were around me. I remember there was a castle in the distance (yes, like the Disney one). It was like I was falling to get there. It’s also the most beautiful dream I can remember.
First off, these festivals with acronyms for names leave little to the imagination, which doesn’t make it easy to remember. I got BFD mixed up with TBD with the promoter and I feel like a dipshit. As I should. Always good to start off with a little humility.
BFD, or as I recently found out its full name, Big Fucking Day, leaves a lot more to the imagination and is Live 105’s annual summer festival at the Shoreline in Mountain View. The show had three stages this year: the main stage, one for local bands and a tent for the electronic acts. Of course I was there for The Offspring, not really, I was there to see TOKi. And Joywave.
Up until a few days ago, I knew starRo for his relaxing tunes, California & Seduction. I did like House Party when it came out, but the SoundCloud ad in front ruined it for me – and I annoyed the shit out of starRo about it.
Going through his entire SoundCloud catalogue and explore.fm, I see where he’s taking his sound and I love it, every which way. I don’t see many (hardly any) producers do as well with one sound as starRo has done with a few of his […]
Finding a name and cover art is the biggest pain in the ass putting these playlists together.
Our “Next to You” playlist is all sexy house beats, but naming it with some variation of Sex & House (ex: House Be Sexy) gets old fast. You do want those keywords for discoverability, but the name of a playlist is its second introduction, the artwork is its first. Both are important to catch the listeners eye initially.
I just fell in love with the Flamingosis track, Next to You. It may not have the same vibe as the rest of the list, but the name couldn’t match it more.
Late Night Jazz was going for new producers’ takes on jazz, but we got some criticism on if they were really jazz songs. I even questioned a few, but all had some form of jazz style in it.
I stretched the style a lot more this time around, so we decided on a word not as narrowly defined. Some beautiful guitar, sax and piano playing on these 20. This kind of music is not getting appreciated enough. Here’s mine.
We were looking to put together a tech & ghouse playlist, but we realize that FREY was on half the tracks. Until we can get a dozen more artists to feature with him, FREY will introduce you to the sound. Reminds me of the next stage in ghetto funk. FREY is the next Bobby C Sound Tv.