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Shy Girls · When I Say I Love U (Saux Remix)

I guess it's for the shy ones, not from them.

I thought Shy Girls would’ve had girls in it, but his voice is lovely enough. Plus, I’ve had my fair share of females this year, as you’ll soon see (best of 2013 list).

For the remix, Saux gets on this, making ‘When I Say I Love U’ feel like a symbolic day dream you can only picture in the movies. Really brings out those MJ highs Shy Girls breathe out.

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Panda · In Your Eyes

A build built for surround sound speakers

Panda’s new delight is a big house beat that brings one of the best builds of the year. So good the drop couldn’t keep up. Unlike their ‘Eighty Nine‘ track, which was done so damn different. Both tracks are recommended with headphones, as per usual, but more especially.

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Cherokee feat. Darianna · Don’t matter (FKJ remix)

She can say whatever she likes

Love it when a good remix introduces me to a good original. Cherokee makes a smooth house mix with Darianna and FKJ tops it off subtly with an abstract, tuned up remix. Both are a pleasure to listen to simply because of Darianna’s voice. Once again I hope a vocalist like her keeps with the pace in pairing up with producers like these two.

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SoundCloud Educators & Storytellers 2

'cause we're all about audio, not just music

Since the first edition of our favorite SoundCloud Educators & Storytellers, we’ve grown to love such shows as Blank on Blank, StoryCorps & The Story Colliders even more than before. And better yet, we’ve found plenty more to talk about.

Our list of favorite podcasts range from lost interviews of famous peoples to the most up to date panels in music tech. Not every show will be for everyone, but I guarantee you’ll find one you’ll be listening to for life. I’m sure I’ll be listening to at least a handful of these until they broadcast no more.

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Lxury · J.A.W.S

Co-produced with Disclosure

Starting to think Method Records may be my new favorite label. With their most notable release of the year, ‘Together‘ sports some notable names including Nile Rodgers, Disclosure & Sam Smith. But before all that, they gave us Lxury’s ‘J.A.W.S.’, which I’m now coming to find was co-produced with Disclosure.

Disclosure is all over the place and that’s a key to creativity. They know the art of collaborate as their past pairings like Lxury can corroborate.

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Warm Spaces

A project by Charles Bordeaux

Rarely do I keep going back to the same musician and consistently post everything they put out. I crave novelty and vocals especially tend to dry up fast. Bordeaux, however, is one of a few exceptions.

In my favorite single off his latest side project, Warm Space, ‘Rust Lovers’ takes that voice I love so much and puts it into a very warm piano piece. The other two tracks are still a good taste of Bordeaux’s style & voice, but I love the lyrics in ‘Rust Lovers’ most. Not necessarily just for the meaning, but what his voice brings to it too.

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Zimmer · Galapagos

These are some inspirational steel drums.

Zimmer’s ‘Galapagos’ is a steady inspirational build built for the Caribbean. Wasn’t a fan of the whip sounds I heard near the start, but it’s a small price to pay for the rest of this tropical dance. Best part is when the vocals kick out towards the end and it’s nothing but in your head.

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Sam Smith x Disclosure · Together

with a few different styles of soul packed all into one

Well if I do say so myself Sam Smith almost sounds as pretty as Prince. And along with Disclosure’s unconventional electro wobbles, this makes for some progressive electro soul music. Not only that but Nile Rodgers features on the track and damn does his melody run through. ‘Together’ might come in a little short at just over two minutes, but a whole lotta different styles of soul are packed in.

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Panda · Eighty Nine

Didn't see that change up coming. And neither will you.

When the beat drops off just under a minute in, it feels like Panda and their ‘Eighty Nine’ goes for a whole change of pace. Rarely do I see a song successfully pull off a complete change up and although this isn’t quit that it’s a beautiful balance between disco highs and deep soul lows.

Still can’t believe that switch up. Keep rewinding back with me.

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Joel Compass · Run (Armeria Remix)

This is what electro does for me.

I just caught Rolling Stones ‘Rocker vs DJ’ short (seen below) and as true as mainstream EDM may be “shooting shit into our eardrums,” there’s no doubt electronic is the future. Electro music is as much a genre as it is an expansion of what constitutes music, for better or worse. But like I’ve said before, anything emerging is gonna have its over flow of shit. It’s up to music influencers to set the tide straight.

Joel Compass’ ‘Run’ is a thing of the past, it sounds right from the 90’s. But Joel has a way with the chorus and Armeria mixes it into a groove pop beat that many would call house or whatever subgenre. Labels are a tainted bitch, but serve their purpose.

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