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Moon Boots · C.Y.S.

Remixing B.I.G.! Or a song he was in and not him at all.

I can’t figure why Moon Boots would put this subconsciously disturbing ‘I hear voices’ sound bite in at :39 but for a little fun. Apart from that it’s all smooth disco from there. ‘C.Y.S.’ samples the three Total girls from the 90’s hit with B.I.G., ‘Can’t You See.’ And instead of calling this a remix of the original, Moon Boots has gone for the slightly polished look, removing any sense of sampling in the title.

I don’t always agree with removing any clue of where the samples come from, but as long as it’s easy to find it some other way I can understand why producers are straying away from the title of remix artist. People don’t respect the remixing community in music for reasons I doubt they can even articulate.

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Lancelot · Givin’ It Up

featuring Antony & Cleopatra

The vocals on ‘Givin It Up’ was what first caught my attention, especially the switch up half way through, but the video deserves much more praise. The lyrics like in any song are up to interpretation, but the video solidifies the story with a well-played twist.

Also, thanks goes to Lancelot for the crafty piano work. Another song to add to our playlist of 2014’s piano players (should be out soon).

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Bishop Nehru · You Stressin’

Production by Disclosure

This is the first legitimate hip hop track I’ve posted in over a year. I think that says it all. Of course it took the best in electronic to get me there, but more MCs need to realize the production makes the rap. We may not all connect to the story, but we can with the sound & flow.

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Little Dragon · Klapp Klapp

Hot vocals & production, but let's take it one step further.

Forget our favorite ladies (and one dude) of 2013. 2014 is her’ and it’s already topping them all.

And only someone such as Yukimi from Little Dragon could make it so obvious. She’s got something in her voice few singers can compete with in personality & character. Not only that, but the boys behind her are giving her production, like in “Klapp Klapp,” the compliment her sound needs to stay in the spotlight where music’s progressing right now. The only ones that may be able to do them better are Disclosure. Better yet, wouldn’t that be one hell of a collaboration.

Who do you think would collab best with Little Dragon? Gorillaz is tough competition.

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Karma Kid · In My Arms

People remember the chorus above all else

I just caught a documentary about the good & bad of being a backup vocalist, called ’20 Feet from Stardom,’ and it made a point about what makes a song so memorable. The chorus is what people usually take home at night, bouncing around their subconscious, popping up at the most random times.

I would have mistaken Karma Kid’s ‘In My Arms’ for a pop hit because of its chorus, but the odd electro bits and trip hop samples make it more of a hit for later. I do wish I had an edit that would cut this down to the juicy parts, namely the chorus, but I’m always too impatient for the best of it. Internet generation.

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Panda · Sputnik Moment

Songs that make playlists start

Panda has sparked up a mix for us.. or at least inspired one. ‘Sputnik Moment’ has a few pieces with the piano that get as deep as Madeaux’s ‘Song #2‘ did almost two years back.

This is how most of our playlists come about – two songs sharing one feeling and finding all the other tracks that do the same. We’re well on our way in compiling this list, but have a tease in the meantime with Panda’s heartful piano house piece.

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// Y E A R S // · $ Z A N E $

with a must watch accompanying video, Gradient Forest

So I’m starting to hear about all this vaporware music cropping up, but to try to describe it would never help you understand. I’d even go so far to say that without Vince Mckelvie’s 3d-rendered tropical ride, you’d never get the full effect of Years’ vaporware contribution. Gradient Forest is like a Disney ride for acid enthusiasts.

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ODESZA · My Friends Never Die

This duo has the future of electro dance down

I found out about ‘My Friends Never Die’ right when I was first introduced to ODESZA to their ‘Above the Middle‘ track, but damn do I wish I would have attached myself to this one sooner. ‘My Friends Never Die’ would have been a perfect addition to our Top EDM of 2013, but it will probably fit in better with our 2014 anyways. This duo has the future of electro dance down.

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Music of the Year, 2013

A whole lot of unheard potential

Looking back over this last list for 2013, I’ve realized one major flaw to it. There are no women on here. We’ve had our love for women this year, but this list contains our most obsessed about music with musicians consistently present throughout the year.

Doja Cat was our closest girl, but we only fell for one of hers. She did have a lot of other potentials that fell short because the production wasn’t to the level of that voice. Producers, this girls got talents!

London Grammar probably has the most right to be up here, but I credited their best to their collab with Disclosure and I didn’t fall for ‘Strong’ in time (wish it was still 2013). They’re also two-thirds dude, so that didn’t help them either […]

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Bit Funk · Soul Satisfaction

This soul satisfaction sounds like a hit from the 40’s, albeit grossly updated. I could see kids now doin the spongebob dance to Bit Funk’s jitterbug beat. I actually just found out about this ‘new’ style of dance, but I know it’s a play off something from the 40’s. Forget the name though, anyone in the know let me know.

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