A few mixes, tracks, and whacks go out to these artists below:
Daft Punk - RAM
I have stayed my ground about this album, and further buried my feet in the quicksand when the first round of media got their industry bloated entitled ears on it. This is intelligent dance music. From the collaborators, to the seamless gentle deployment of their marketing; this album is tip top. These robots are from my generation of house music when you didn’t have a drop every 60 seconds. This is for the house head generation that was part of a movement. You can stream it on Itunes.
Sensual Harassment - Capri Suntan
Again the miracles of social media, artists who are just as passionate to find fans as fans are to find artists; I give you Sensual Harassment. They have an EP out, Escape to Alpha Draconis. They gave a much ode to Sex on the Dancefloor Disco in “Disco Heart” with a truly fucked up video of a total sexed up lunatic chick that for once isn’t me. It was directed by Joel Hernandez, which is the next David Fincher.
This track is conjuring up Spring, road trips, and making hand waves with your hand that hangs out of the rolled down car window. Put on some screen, and get lost in the vocals, and picked out strings.
Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon - So Much Love To Give ( original version )
In order to make deadlines, center myself I go to classics rather than new mixes. I get back to the happy memory that the track played soundtrack to. With the celebration of Daft Punk’s new album, it is the entire French House music history that is deep in my psyche.
Classixx - Hanging Gardens
These LA homies are now part of a very well respected family Innovative Leisure. This track is right in the middle, or cusp area of Electric, House, Disco, with them titling it “Nu Disco.” I hear hints of Kraut, mid 2000’s Ibiza compilation, and Cafe Del Mar too. It is just a nice natural way to get to the dancefloor without having to miss the 8 drops in 2 minutes. This is classy grown ass people music.
Sensual Harassment - Black Magic Summer Mix
I harassed these guys to make me a mix to further get into their minds. What they came back with is true genius, and it is keeping with my back to classics vision this week. You can download and stream it via Clash Music as it is an exclusive.
Black Magic Summer Mix - CLASH MUSIC MAGAZINE
Mayer Hawthorne - Her Favorite Song
I have had the biggest crush on him, since our Do Over days in LA. He is back, and he has also gone back to his classic sonic ID. This track “Her Favorite Song” is just beautiful and needs to be listened to in the sun. He has been touring a lot. I have seen the evolution of his live show from this non confident slightly awkward stage presence; to a a true Rat Pack master of Ceremonies. He is confident, and loves to improvise, and move all over the place.
Mayer Hawthorne’s story is quite amazing. He gave his demo to PB Wolf from Stones Throw and he didn’t check it out for weeks. When he did, he swore that M.H. sampled the tracks to the high heavens and thought no way could he clear all of it to make it a record. This story came to mind when I was given some tracks by Farewell Luna.
Jared’s voice, and music is such a throwback to Mayer I almost thought it was Mayer. This EP “By The Morning” is truly beautiful. It is a bouquet of Incubus Roses, Mayer Hawthorne blossoms, and old soul records you would hear at a car wash waiting with your parents. This guy is unsigned which is unreal to me. However why sign at this point in the game.
Farewell Luna has a great live video collection. I personally love the parking garage sessions, and would like to see more of this style.
And for the whack.. the Whackness Monster is alive and well in in Music. Irony is slowly decaying the level of excellence in music. It doesn’t matter how much PR/Marketing you have. If the music is whack; it is whack. Friends or Foe’s it doesn’t matter to me. Don’t make music cool, because you want to be different. Dick. Like everyone changing their minds about the RAM album. Pick a side and own it.