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Jordan Rakei

Soul from down under

The first time I heard about Jordan Rakei was through singer Madelyn Grant. The two at the time were recently featured on FKJ’s EP, Take Off. I wasn’t a big fan of his song “Learn to Fly,” especially compared to Madelyn Grant’s “Waiting,” but it gave me my first look into his songwriting skills.

Since then Jordan has been featured on Diclosure’s “Masterpiece,” as well as worked with a handful of other talented producers, but I know of him primarily through his podcast with Tom Misch, Alpha Mist & Barney Artist: Are We Live Podcast. These guys are a powerhouse in UK music, even though Jordan is originally from New Zealand.

I was introduced to the podcast through Tom Misch big fanboy who actually played the same venue about a year ago that Jordan will be playing this Friday in San Francisco. The same night his album drops!

I got extra tickets (over prepared), so if you want a free one (maybe two) hit me up.

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Rock Show

Jam with guitars or something like it

Serious question. Listen to the playlist. Would you consider it rock music? 1-10. Now rate how much you like the tracks. 1-10. I hope at least the second number is higher than the first. Let me know.

It may not be traditional rock, but all the tracks have some tie in, loosely. The list starts with blues & alternative, gets into indie & soul, and ends on electronic. Most of the tracks have a catchy guitar melody and unfortunately all male vocalists, except one. Ninet, the only one I’ve seen live.

We tried to address a similar problem with female producers and currently trying to find women who can rap. If I ever get enough rock on my list, I hope can bring awareness with that too.

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DiRTY RADiO

What Pop Wants

What makes pop music? Or rather what makes music pop? Pop music has gone through many different styles throughout the century, but besides a large marketing budget, the voice is the greatest consistent factor. How many hits have you heard without them? Let me know, I’m keeping tally.

It’s hard to find voices that hit though. It’s not about their sound, but more about how they use it (+ how catchy the lyrics are) and DiRTY RADiO is developing well. I went through their whole catalogue and even though they’ve had the voice for years, it took up until recently to find how to use it. Collaborations with Young Franco, Pat Lok and more are developing their sound into something that’s not only catchy, but for many. Shit pops!

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Rihanna Goes 80’s Retro

Vaporwave remix of Calvin Harris's This Is What You Came For

I like remixes. Usually if they’re pop songs turned into dance tunes – that’s what they were originally made for. Most pop music to dance to nowadays is EDM meant for a rave rather than a night out. And while their production is usually done by the best, their creativity is stale. Which is usually the exact opposite for remixes.

Saint-Laurent’s remix of This Is What You Came For might not have the highest production value, kinda what they’re going for, but their creativity is refreshing. There’s a lot of 80’s throwback remixes popping up, but not many can compete with Rihanna backing.

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I love Tom Misch

I've got to see him live

Tom Misch will be playing his first show in San Francisco, November 11 at the Rickshaw Stop. I sure as hell will be there, even though I have no ticket and it’s sold out. Help me.

I love Misch so much for his guitar playing, producing, singing and podcast Are We Live, co-hosted with Jordan Rakei, Barney Artist and Alfa Mist. I’ve listened to every damn episode.

In one of the episodes, Misch talks about how he’s more known now for his singing than anything else. He’s a good singer, but how he plays guitar and puts a song together is far more amazing to me. I do understand why people attach him to his voice though.

Our voice is the most human sound in music. It’s got greater dexterity than any instrument and we connect to it more than any other sound. It’s often what completes a song to me. The beat has a much harder time resonating deep without it.

And when you’ve got a good one, people will be drawn to it. Even if your guitarin’ is just as good (better).

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Paris Wells · Overbite

Don't forget, just smile at assholes

Paris Wells’ Overbite was produced by Eat More Cake, a producer we’ve covered a few times on this little old thing. And his production is only overshadowed by her lyrics, more specifically how Paris Wells says ’em. So many one-liners.

I have no idea what she’s talking about, what the whole story is on Overbite, but she says it with such pizzazz like Gaga. She got that ‘tude like Tove Lo though. Boogie-oogie sliide gets me every time. Shit’s a hook.

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Shormey · Party Down

Get down. Ya sure know how to move

That hook! Gonna get me reminiscing for days.

Shormey’s Party Down was meant for some coming of age movie classic from the 70’s 80’s. At a high school dance or some shit, but she’s more than that. She’s a song for reflecting, tapping into the moment and thinkin about your past.

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Indie Girl

Backed by a band

I found out about a new band with some sweet female vocals from the latest live TuneIn sessions and it inspired me to create a playlist (everything inspires me to create a playlist). Or rather finish up a playlist I had been working on for a while, Indie Girl.

All of the women on here are backed by some amount of instrumentalists. In other words, it’s not just some electronic producer behind the boards. Basically, it’s not the usual electronic shit I post.

It starts off with a more jazz jam band kind of feel and gets into indie rock a few songs in. I even put a little punk in there. At least I think it’s punk. I don’t know punk. It finishes off with more of the mellower stuff.

If you’re someone who manages bands or knows somebody who does, give Cloudsurfing a listen. They’re the band I saw at TuneIn and are in need of a manager, bad.

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Sillyboy · On and On

Electro rock from Athens, Greece

You know when you come across a song with so little plays and it’s so well put together you think it’s suspect. Like someone is trying to fuck with you and it’s really some famous band you don’t know about because this is really not your genre.

I still don’t know if Sillyboy is legit, but it don’t matter. ‘On and On’ is all I care about. It’s got the funk in the bass that’s pretty much a requirement of mine in today’s listening with a legitimate voice backed. I haven’t locked down the style in his voice yet, it’s soundin depressingly preachy, but it clashes with the guitar well.

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Cover Your Tracks

Most acoustics couldn't cover it ;)

We stopped featuring & playlisting remixes for the most part, bigger plans in the works, and cover songs have been even more scarce. Over the last few years we’ve collected a few dozen and finally we get to share our favorites with you! (it’s been a long time coming)

There were quite a few acoustic covers initially, but we wittled ’em down. Like remixes and dubstep, the world of acoustic covers is super saturated and with that comes us & our super powers to filter the shit out of ’em.

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