I originally wanted to make a mix of music inspired by California about six months back when I moved to The Bay Area from Minnesota, but shit got hectic & I got lazy. I moved out to Cali because I wanted to get into the music/tech scene and Minnesota just wasn’t cutting it. Well, I’ve been in & out of some pretty cool companies since, but still haven’t landed a permanent job. Especially at the one company that actually drove me out here (quite literally), SoundCloud.
My attempts to get SoundCloud’s attention have been pretty much failures, most notably my SoundKlout project, but in the least it’s given you all a lot of good content on here. However, I still haven’t given up hope! (and never will) So for their recently posted “Communications internship,” I decided to do a few special projects to hopefully get their attention once and for all. Here I present Part I in hopes to tell a little about my story and get you all sympathizing for me so you actually help me out! Plus, we get to throw some quality Cali music at ya.
Life’s a bitch, but thank god we’ve got music like this. Eat More Cake’s remix of ‘Skirts’ takes these tease-filled vocals and accompanies them with a far more calming state of Electronica than its original. Which fits the vocals much better.
I sure love these Moon goers. From Moon Boots to Mansions on the Moon, Moon music is some stellar shit. Radio’s message & sound are hopeful, but the chorus seems a bit cheesy at times (“ya ya ya”).
Cannot believe how outta hip-hop I’ve been for the last year. This blog all started out exclusively with hip-hop and look at us now (for better or worse). But of course I couldn’t deny my Minnesota brethren, at least when I enjoy their “stuff.”
P.O.S & Lazerbeak of Doomtree pair it up with ‘Fuck Your Stuff’ for P.O.S’ new album, We Don’t Even Live Here. The track is of similar vein to their usual MN hooliganary. And as much as I may not appreciate the lyricism compared to many others, P.O.S’ style & finesse over Lazerbeak’s better than ever beat is something we can all appreciate.
Ok, this is a strange one, but you know I love the strange ones!! Jon Hobotech Margulies, or Hobotech for short, busts a whomping, whirling folkstep at us and I’ve rarely seen it done before (or ever). This glitch-folk-step breed of electro may just be one of thousands of other styles emerging, but it sounds progressively appealing for now. Let’s just hope no one steps on this as much as they all did dubstep. Poor, poor dubstep.
DJ EQ is new to my ears but brings the full disco package with ‘Time': funky beats & vocal treats. This may just be a preview of his nu disco charm, but it’s damn addicting & I couldn’t sit on it. But like too many other nu disco tracks, this keeps me wondering what vocals EQ used – credit your peoples, people. [Note: WAIT for the vocals to KICK in]
I’m finally getting out of my anglocentric ways and gettin into some good ol’ international voices. First with Hindi music via Ghetto Funk and now some French via Meridian’s ‘Paris La Nuit’ remix.
Killtronik’s gets an electro pop makeover from Meridian and it sure rides well with those French female vocals. The one irritating thing, which my roommate pointed out is the male backup vocals – they sound so euro-sleazy. Do love those lady vocals though (just to let you know, again).
No one loves Chris Brown or when vocals are sped up to Chipmunk status, but they’re on this today and don’t you goddamn complain about it. Whether or not he’s been one of the biggest fuck ups in celebritism, Chris Brown’s voice sounds soulful even when sped up to near Chipmunk levels. Cleindl takes Brown’s vocals from ‘Yo’ & transforms them with hypnotic soul into depths Brown’s pop persona could never reach.
Easy Star All-Stars hit it big with their reggae reinterpretation of Dark Side of the Moon, aptly named Dub Side of the Moon. They’ve done a few other cover albums, but nothing has compared to Dub Side — a must listen for all you Floyd fans… or if you smoke weed. And as much as they could really never top that, they’ve done one hell of a job reggaifying Michael Jackson’s legendary album, Thriller.
Thrillah should be played fully through! And I don’t say this lightly. Most albums today (and in the past) really aren’t worth the full run through, but like Jackson’s Thriller, Thrillah is meant to be played sequentially. How Easy Star spun some of MJ’s tracks is truly impressive. However, some didn’t quite capture the mood that Thriller puts on, though I do realize the limitations when you’re covering reggae style.
Check out a few of the highlights below and pick up Easy Star’s Thrillah if you’re feelin the flow.
The more I listen to Electric Guest, the more Asa’s vocals remind me of Prince, especially when watching the recording of ‘Ritual Union’ in studio. It’s not just his falsetto or his similar vocal style, it’s his demeanor and how he pushes out his sound. The production, however, is quite the opposite. I guess it’s just a taste of what Prince would sound like if he went indie electro … not too shabbay.
As far as the actual cover of Little Dragon goes, Electric Guest tops it. I’m in love with both vocals, probably Yukimi’s of Little Dragon more, but how Asa’s vocals ride along with the beat and switches it up for the falsetto, puts this on heavy rotation. Now I gotta wait for someone to mash these two up… anyone