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Mini Playlist of the Day: The Letter “V”

So I missed Valentine’s Day by almost a week… but that’s okay, because this isn’t a playlist about love, or lust, or chocolates and flowers. No. Today I’m doing a different kind of “V-Day” by shouting out artists with the letter “V”. Sort of like Sesame Street. Yes, exactly.

1. “Premonitions”– VAULTS
2. “Heartbeat”– VÉRITÉ
3. “Fade Away”– VITALIC
4. “Bittersweet Symphony”– The VERVE

Bonus:
5. “Hunger Of The Pine”– VAULTS (ALT-J Remake)

 

*Just to note: I had such a hard time deciding on songs for this. There aren’t THAT many artists/band that I really like that start with “V”. Let me know on Twitter if you can think of more.

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YouTube “Music Key”

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Right at the stroke of midnight I saw this little gem at the top of YouTube:

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The navigation links at the very top, “What to Watch” and “My Subscriptions” now includes “Music”. Since I am a lover of music, I decided to do a little more exploring and I stumbled onto the YouTube Official Blog introducing their new initiative: Music Key.

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YouTube has always been a great place for watching music videos, but with the success of Songza, Spotify and Grooveshark (just to name a few), it’s no wonder they would want to put some more effort into the music listening space. YouTube seems to be introducing this in 2 ways: The first is free and accessible to anyone with a YouTube/Google account – this caters music videos based on your watching history (image above). The second way is with their (beta version) subscription service, which does the same, except with no ads, the ability to listen even when your phone is locked, offline access, and more. Apparently this service will be available at a discount rate of $7.99/month ($9.99 regular). Watch the ‘trailer’ here:

You may already pay for NetFlix’s monthly subscription, but does this seem like something you’d buy into as well? I’d like to hear more before I take the dive; for now I’ll stick to the freebie version.

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“Frontin'” by Pharrell (reworked by Disclosure)

You know what we need? More summer jams like this.

Uplifting and nostalgic all at the same time. Also – what’s the deal with nostalgia? I read a great article [here] about the founder of Buzzfeed and how people are slowly loosing their identities. I believe that people are grasping onto nostalgia as a form of identification.

Just hear me out… the article reveals why websites like Buzzfeed have been so successful. It’s because people can relate to them, plain and simple. You’ve seen their articles like, “20 thing everyone in their 30’s is going through”, and “Reasons why you’re a hipster” (not actually sure if that last one exists…). They basically provide the “norm” of what this group of people are supposed to be interested in or be like. People see this and think “Hey, I’m 30. What are other 30 year olds going through?!” This “identity” or “persona” is being molded by whomever writes that particular article.

Have you noticed how many of their articles touch on nostalgia? Like this awesome example: 17 Times Sailor Moon Totally Got You… This is one of the many ways that Buzzfeed can relate to you, and it’s also one of the many ways that you can relate to other people (I know I’m not the only girl who used to watch Sailor Moon). Whether you like it or not, relating to something likw Sailor Moon throws you into a group of people, whether that’s people with similar interests or of a similar age, this in turn becomes part of the identity of that group of people. Think about it…

I recommend the read, and the song!

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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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