Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde (French)
"Lebanese Blonde" is of my all-time favorite Thievery Corporation songs… and today is the first time I heard it in French! Enjoy the French version of an already stellar track.
Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices (Shigeto Remix) [download]
Shigeto does it again. Beatmaker-extraordinaire Zachary Saginaw takes Sufjan Steven’s mellow and reflective “Future Devices” and adds a chilled out beat to it that you could nod your head or step to. I was listening to Damian Lazarus’s most recent Lazpod (26) and he plays the original version of this track, which is awesome in it’s own right and very similar minus the beats. While Shigeto’s remix may not seem groundbreaking or complex, I feel like the track’s beauty lies in its simplicity. Enjoy the free download. And float away.
Massive Attack - Paradise Circus ft. Hope Sandoval (Gui Boratto Remix)
Had to post one more track off the Lazpod. So awesome.
Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears (Nicolas Jaar Remix) [download]
This highly emotive track by Wendy Rene gets the Nicolas Jaar treatment, into areas of darkness and haunting melodies. Pretty sure that this song was just ripped off of one of Nico’s podcasts, seeing as the track is unreleased, but when I saw this tune just hanging in my iTunes I couldn’t help but share. Enjoy this soulful remix.
Tokimonsta - Bright Shadows [download]
Big ups to one of my favorite electronic labels around, Brainfeeder. It’s no surprise that they just won “Label of the Year” at the 2012 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, they have some serious talent on their roster and continue to put out innovative and fresh beats. As a thank you to their fans, they just released a free 12-track sampler, which you can download below. This free sampler features tracks from Thundercat, Martyn, Samiyam, Tokimonsta, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, Teebs, Austin Peralta, Matthewdavid, Mono/Poly, Gaslamp Killer, and Lapalux. Check out these awesome LA Beats Scene artists and enjoy their heady, trip-hopped out electronica.
Brainfeeder Sampler 2012 - [download]
these are the times that try men’s souls
- Thomas Paine
Bonobo - Dinosaurs [download]
I was browsing through my collection of Bonobo tunes yesterday, and I happened upon the "One Off Remixes and B-Sides" album from 2002. I gotta say, I absolutely love Bonobo and all of Simon Green’s works, and after giving this album a thorough listen, I’m absolutely stunned that many of these tracks never made it to his actual albums, instead set aside for a “remixes and B-sides album.” Don’t be fooled, though. These songs are far from B-grade…In fact, some of his remixes and B-sides impressed me even more than the songs that actually made it onto his albums! If you enjoy this subtle, jazzier edit of "Dinosaurs" as much as I did, be sure to give this a good listen. Also, remind me to always check my record’s b-sides for hidden gems.
Bonobo - One Off Remixes and B-sides (2002) [download]
Nicolas Jaar- Wouh [download]
today’s chilled out morning track brought to you by Nicolas Jaar
The American-Chilean musician, Nicolas Jaar is truly magnificent. His smooth, jazzy blend of piano and electronica sets him apart from your run of the mill electronic act. His debut album, Space is Only Noise is absolutely amazing. I will be posting some tracks off his album later. But for now, enjoy the song “Wouh.” It has a very distinctive beat with a very clean sounding bass, along with the usual Nico Jaar piano riff.
A stroke of genius from the musical virtuoso, James Blake. This man is truly gifted musically. His voice, his ability on the piano, and his post-dubstep rhythm makes him one of the finest artists alive today.
Erik Satie – Gnossienne No.5
James Blake – Olivia Kept
James Blake Versus Drake – Half Heat Full Versus Up All Night
James Blake – Pan
SALEM – Trapdoor
Snoop Dogg – Drop it like it’s Not (Harmonimix)
[unknown] – Unknown
Klaus – Tarry
D’Angelo – One mo’ Gin
[unknown] – Sicko Cell
Blawan – What You Do With What You Have [R&S Records]
James Blake – No More Than A Road (Dub)
James Blake – At Birth (Dub)
The Chain – Suffer For Your Art [R&S Records]
Peverelist – Roll With The Punches (Harmonimix)
[unknown] – Navigator
OutKast – Return of the G
Africa Hitech – Out In The Street
DJ Nate – 3 Peat
James Blake – Deeds
Gavin Bryars – Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets II
Gavin Bryars – Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets III
Odi et Amo – Johann Johannsson
Grouper – Vessel
James Blake – Untitled
James Blake – Untitled
[unknown] – What Was It
The Tallest Man on Earth – Love Is All
SALEM – Redlights
Rev. James Cleveland – Jesus Saves
Trim – Confidence Boost (Harmonimix)
James Blake – Evening Fell Hard For Us
James Blake – Placing Us
James Blake – Words We Both Know
Arthur Russell – Love Comes Back
Stevie Wonder – You and I
Emancipator - First Snow (Ooah Remix)
I feel like this track is titled perfectly. When I listen to this song and close my eyes, I can picture myself walking through an expansive forest during a first snow… with snow crunching beneath my feet, the cold send shivers down my spine.
One thing about Emancipator that I absolutely love - how natural feeling and sounding the music is. It is as if the music itself grew out of nature. It has such an organic feel, tempo, and vibe to it. It reminds me a lot of being at various Do-Lab events or creations, and it brings Burning Man to mind for some reason…although I have never been, I can totally imagine Emancipator dropping some epic sunrise sets over the playa.
This is definitely music that puts you in a state of trance. Once your brainwaves catch on to the beat and the flow, they will become entranced like the spinning flames of a poi-twirler. Put the album on and let your brain wander.
emancipator remixed  album (amazing) [download]
and a little treat from the weeknd - high for this. great track with a solid bassline. some groovin’ rnb beats makes for a sexy, chilled out tune.
and now for some Animal Magic .
Bonobo’s Animal Magic (2000) is simple, relaxing, and impressive. It is a great album for headphones, and awesome when you are in the mood to just chill out, meditate even fall asleep. A very thoughtful, creative album. The track Sleepy Seven has a beat that your brain can easily latch on to. It is dreamy, mesmerizing and hypnotic, and it will surely calm you down if you are feeling any stress. Animal Magic is imaginative, and I feel like it clearly showcases Bonobo’s superb talent in such an early album of his.
Some of the other standout tracks on the album are The Plug (featured in the previous post), **Terrapin (so soothing and relaxing, it can lull you to bed with its calming rhythm), and **Shadowtricks (the song actually sounds like its title - if you imagine shadow tricks… you can understand the meaning in the layers of the song.)
my favorite monkeyman - Bonobo (Live Sessions)
some pleasant evening music. very relaxing, heady, and Bonobo is one of my favorite DJ/producers out there. This track, The Plug is originally on Bonobo’s Animal Magic album (perhaps my favorite of his all) from 2000. An early album that shows such amazing talent from this British musician.
This version, however, is a cut off of the Live Sessions album, and it illustrates how beautiful his music sounds when played with a live band rather than being produced in a studio. Granted, the studio version is amazing, but with a live band it is absolutely SUPERB. Give it a listen, and if you enjoyed the track, grab the Live Sessions album here. I think you’ll enjoy it thoroughly.