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N-Tracks: January

NEW:

1. “Holding on for Life”- Broken Bells [ABOVE]
2. “Breathe This Air”- Jon Hopkins ft. Purity Ring
3. “Hémesphere”- Paradis
4. “Where I’m Going”- Sir Sly
5. “I am the Lion King”- PAPA (St. Lucia Remix)

NOSTALGIC:

6. “Madness”- Muse
7. “Discovery”- Daft Punk [ALBUM]

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Mini Playlist of the Day: Chet Faker & Flume

Chet Faker solo: Amazing. Flume solo: Amazing.

So what happens when you have two amazing artists come together? You get something magically mesmerizing. These artist’s styles aren’t all that similar as solo acts, but that whole opposites attracts thing really takes into effect here; they compliment each other incredibly well! Flume’s mixes with Chet’s wonderfully sexy, sultry voice means eargasms all over the place. (And yes. I just said eargasm). With the release of their latest collab, “Drop the Game”, I’ve decided to pay tribute and put together this mini-playlist. Enjoy!

1. “This Song is Not About a Girl”– Chet Faker & Flume
2. “What About Us”– Flume & Chet Faker
3. “Drop the Game”– Chet Faker & Flume (above)
4. “Left Alone”– Flume ft. Chet Faker

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Majestic Casual Chapter 1

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Majestic Casual: The one YouTube channel I can say defines my music taste. The one music channel that never disappoints. The one source that has been helping me explore beyond my music limits since I fell onto this musical plain.

Majestic has been around since 2011, but has grown quickly since obtaining over 1 million subscribers, followers and fans. Although Majestic may be a collective of other artists, it really has become it’s own genre with a community of music lovers looking for the next thing they can fall in love with.

Yes, I’ll be buying this album right after I hit “publish”.

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CD1

1: Ellie Goulding – Tessellate
2: Flume Feat. Jezzabell Doran – Sleepless
3: Friendly Fires – Hurting (Tensnake Remix)
4: SBTRKT Feat. Sampha – Never Never
5: AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love
6: Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
7: Tantsui – Beautiful Day (Dub Mix)
8: WEKEED – Wild Child
9: Mitzi – All I Heard
10: New Navy – Breathe (Télépopmusik Cover)
11: Mesita – Somewhere Else
12: Classixx – Holding On
13: The Bilinda Butchers – All My Friends
14: Observer Drift – Warm Waves
15: Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
16: Bondax – Gold (Snakehips Remix)
17: Thomas Prime Feat. Awon – Believe In Us
18: Strong Arm Steady Feat. Phonte – Best Of Times
19: Satin Jackets – You Make Me Feel Good
20: The Lighthouse and The Whaler – Venice

CD2

1: Delilah – Inside My Love (Redlight Remix)
2: Pedestrian – Hoyle Road
3: Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith – Latch
4: Jessie Ware – 110%
5: Ain’t No Love – Love Me Lots (Bridge & Law Remix)
6: Goldroom Feat. Chela – Fifteen (Oxford Remix)
7: Paradis – Hémisphère
8: The XX – Crystalised (Dark Sky Remix)
9: Work Drugs – License To Drive
10: Banks – Warm Water
11: Sampha – Without
12: Lights – And Counting
13: Stwo – Lovin U
14: Nosaj Thing Feat. Toro Y Moi – Try
15: Houses – Soak It Up
16: Bijou Winters x Leian Limms – Skin Sketches (Kyson Remix)
17: Toro Y Moi – Cake
18: Tropics – Home & Consonance
19: Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)
20: Joe Hertz – At Your Touch

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“Music discovery has traditionally been dominated by DJ culture, a privileged group of individuals with the power to break records, artists and new scenes, and while that dominance still remains, today’s deeply connected digital world has led to the emergence of ‘bedroom tastemakers’, a growing band of YouTube channels and individuals with the power to influence millions. At the forefront is Majestic Casual, part of the elite league of YouTube music channels with over a million subscribers… And counting.”  – Majestic Casual

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Mini-Playlist of the day: WhoMadeWho

 

Six months ago I stumbled onto WhoMadeWho’s “Inside World”. It was instant love! I decided to check out more of their songs at that point, but unfortunately, for some reason I wasn’t falling in love with anything else from them at the time. When this happens, I’ll often try revisiting the band at some later date just to see if there is something I missed.

Plus sometimes even with music, you can be blinded by love and stuck in the “nothing is better than this” mode. Today I’m sharing a couple more songs I’ve been able to open up emotionally to:

1. “Greyhound”- WhoMadeWho
2. “The Sun”- WhoMadeWho
3. “Inside World”- WhoMadeWho (Acoustic) (Above)
4. “Space For Rent”- WhoMadeWho
5. “Keep Me In My Plane”- WhoMadeWho

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“Wait For Love” by St. Lucia


This song couldn’t come at a more perfect time in my life. You know when music just speaks to you on some different level? When you just connect with a song, and within the first 20 seconds, you know that song will stick to you like a melted rice-krispy square for the next while.

For the past 2 years, I’ve considered St. Lucia to be one of my summer bands of choice. They have this graceful yet upbeat sounds, that usually puts me in a darn good mood. Even though it feels like winter out, this song is no exception to that feeling. Take a listen and see what you think.

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Mini Playlist of the Day: The Grove

A couple weeks ago when everyone was at VELD, Lollapalooza or Osheaga, I was in my own backyard at The Grove Music Festival sponsored by Canadian Club Mixed & Ready. Although it was only a one day, lesser known festival, I had an amazing time. Originally the festival was to take place in Niagara Falls, and Macklemore was to headline the show. When they switched to Toronto, Macklemore dropped out along with a few others, and eventually Phoenix was officially set as the headliner. The line up was as follows:

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Unfortunately I found out the day of the fest that Icona Pop ditched too. I was pretty darn disappointed by that especially after discovering they were at Osheaga the very next day. Maybe it would have been better if it was on a different weekend or something. It was a pretty cheap festival around the corner, so no complaints from me there. Here’s a mini playlist from some of my favourite acts from the show:

1. “Bourgeois”- Phoenix
2. “Dark & Stormy- Hot Chip
3. “Rain Of Gold”- Young Empires
4. “Burning”- Nightbox

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Mini-Playlist Of The Day: Cool Down

These songs give me chills, which makes them perfect for summer nights.

I don’t know about your city, but Toronto has been stuck in a sweaty, sticky, muggy mood lately. When I get home from work, all I can do it change into something hardly there, lie on my bed and let my fan cool me down. I’ll press play to my “cool down” playlist and drift off. By this, I don’t mean fall asleep, but drift off in the sense that it’ll just calm me down and allow me to think and breathe again. I have been compiling a few of these songs throughout the start of the summer until now, and I feel like these songs all fit the same beautiful mellow mood. If you just need to chill, relax or even reflect on the day (without falling asleep), give these songs a try:

1. “Desire”- Dems
2. “Falling”- HAIM
3. “Under”- AOSOON
4. “Without”- Sampha

BONUS:
5. “Miasma Sky”-BATHS

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Reckoner- Radiohead (ethikly refuckulated)


I don’t care if this person doesn’t want me to share this. I’m going to anyways…

The other day, my friend Nick sent  me this song as a link through Soundcloud. We have this strange routine where we sometimes talk to each other and sometimes don’t. For some strange reason, when we start our conversations, it always begins with a link to an amazing song- new or old. I don’t know how this routine started, but it’s pretty interesting since we did originally connect based on our similar taste in music. Maybe now it’s the only thing left that we have in common? I don’t know.

Despite this strange friendship/relationship/acquaintanceship we have, I’ve always admired the music he creates himself. It really is all in the details when it comes to this one. Whether you like Radiohead or not, this song is definitely worth a listen. It’s a really cool take on the original and it sort of reminds me of being in a dream. Maybe that’s just me though. If you like it, apparently it’s still downloadable…  so you should get it.

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Mini Playlist of the Day: St. Lucia

Last year I was completely drawn into this one-man band for 2 reasons; The first being the obviously beautiful music they create, and secondly his name is the Island that my Dad is from- St. Lucia.  Since today seems like one of the fist really beautiful days of the year so far, I decided this might be a nice time to get reacquainted.

St. Lucia is one guy, Phillip-Jean Grobler from Johannesburg South Africa (you sure don’t hear that everyday). Eventually he shifted to England and then wound up in New York. There he produced some of these amazing alternative electro-pop songs. Just like the Caribbean island, you’ll probably find the music to be sunny and relaxing.

1. “All Eyes On You”- St. Lucia
2. “Paper Heart”- St. Lucia
3. “September”- St- Lucia
4. “Closer Than This”- St. Lucia (Acoustic) (Above)

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“Your Love”- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Anytime I play a song from this guy around people, I always get asked “Who is this?!” I usually reply and say “TEED” (because in my mind it’s pretty straight forward) but for some reason I always get blank stares. I then proceed to explain that TEED stands for Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs… and that’s where people get really confused followed by a “WHAT?!”

Yeah, sure he has a slightly confusing name and he’s not that well known but that definitely doesn’t mean that the music isn’t amazing. I’ve liked “Household Goods” and “Sickly Child” for quite a while now, but I’m just stumbling onto his newer-ish stuff. TEED hails from the UK and has been releasing stuff since 2009. His best known song to date is “Garden” which has over twice and many video views as all of their other songs combined.

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