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Quinten 909 · Get To This

Disco vocals with a fresh update, but they still need their paid dues

Someone needs to create a standardized database where samples are credited. Or maybe something like Shazam that can automatically figure out where the samples come from. Because so far on too many tracks today, noone credits nothin’ (you get what I mean).

The key to these disco-house beats are their vocals. Update vocals to something fresh like on ‘Get To This’ and trust me you’ve got me suckered in good. Solid bass line, Quinten 909.

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Alice Deejay · Better Off Alone (Giraffage Remix)

More sample-based soul fit right for the club

Went to a Giraffage show a few months back in his San Francisco hometown, and of the handful of acts I’ve seen at The Rickshaw Stop, Giraffage’s night took the rest. I may not appreciate his music at home as many of my friends do, but take his set to a club and you know where it’s meant to play out. Giraffage’s latest remix of ‘Better Off Alone,’ may not be anything new from this dilated soul producer, but I guarantee this is fit right for the club.

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Fiona Apple · Pure Imagination

Can't believe Chipotle pulled off this Willy Wonka tribute so well

Notta fan of Chipotle’s food, but their marketing team is far ahead of its time. I’m sure my children won’t be fooled by their artsy branding scheme, but I sure as hell don’t mind to be. This short story about a scarecrow gone rogue in the pursuit of something purer isn’t all that untold, but the beautiful visuals with Willy Wonka’s classic covered makes this ad something to talk about, especially that cover.

When I first heard Fiona Apple was doing a rendition of ‘Pure Imagination,’ I knew it was going to be postworthy, but I couldn’t imagine this. She takes the sentiment we all have for the original and makes it her own, all with a little electro undertone pressed in. Pure brilliance.

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Drake · Hold On, We’re Going Home

I finally like Drake (featuring Majid Jordan)

I really thought there was no point in posting this for the longest time. It’s Drake, everyone knows that dude. But when I hear as music as good as this, I can’t make this a popularity contest (or the opposite of one).

I’ve never liked a single Drake original, really not a fan of his rap, but like Gambino before him, I’ve finally discovered his soul voice is much better than his rap one. ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ seems clearly influenced from his protege, The Weeknd and I like where he’s going with it. Drake has completely turned me to the much more pleasant side of his sound.

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Sam Padrul feat. Chuck New · The Way You Move

Another one that sounds so 90's familiar

Like the electro funk song I just posted, ‘The Way You Move’ sounds so familiar. The vocals either sound like some one hit wonder from the 90’s or I’ve stumbled on a chorus so good it’s already stuck up in my long-term memory. Either way, this is a polished 90’s hit with soulful vocals provided by Chuck New. He’s really what brings it all together, as vocals always tend to.

One thing I wasn’t feeling on Padrul’s latest is that vinyl-like scratching. I don’t mind it when used right, but when I think my speakers have gone to hell I know it’s not the right fit for this one.

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ODESZA · Above The Middle

Does this sound off to you or is it just me?

‘Above the Middle’ by Odesza starts off grand but gets progressively worse until just over a minute in. What makes it so bad is a progressive crackling and off beat sound that becomes almost unbearable to the point of a trip gone bad: nothing made sense. But what I’m realizing more and more over these working so closely with music is, vocals really do carry the piece. And just when the true feel of ‘Above the Middle’ kicks in at 1:18, all the nonsense fades away… well, the the vocals do a good job of covering it up.

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Starfucker · While I’m Alive (Wet Paint Remix)

Of course a remix gets me back into STRFKR

Starfucker (STRFKR) was one of my first obsessions on the blog just four years back (happy birthday to us!), but of course it took a fairly experimental remix to wet our appetite again. We actually fell off this Wet Paint remix for a while, it was posted 3 months back, but Starfucker’s video for ‘While I’m Alive’ creeped into our life and got us obsessed it once again.

This ‘While I’m Alive’ remix may take its sorry ass time to kick in the vocals, but once the whole thing gets going it reminds me of why I was obsessed with Starfucker in the first place. Such distinct and memorable vocals.

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Funkerman · Wine & Roll (feat. I-Candy)

Mistaked this for a pop hit remixed... for now.

Funkerman’s Can You Feel It Records hit me up with three remixes of ‘Wine & Roll’ a couple days back. I pretty much fell in love with ’em straight from the start, but was a little misinformed at the time. See, I thought the ‘Wine & Roll’ original was a much more popular hit simply because I-Candy’s lines sounded so familiar. But after trying to google her lyrics and Shazam that shiz (I don’t really talk like this), I finally just figured it out through Funkerman’s record label. And apparently this is not the pop hit I once thought it to be.

So either this ‘Wine & Roll’ sounds like a hit I’ve heard before or this is sure to be one soon enough. So listen in and let me know if this sounds like anything you’ve heard before. We’re either finding this mystery out or getting this to the pop status it deserves.

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As far as the remixes go, the Peter Horrevorts version is my favorite, although it starts out slow. I actually like the beat better than I-Candy’s vocals – she may deserve mainstream pop status, but pop still isn’t my thing.

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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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