[SONG OF THE DAY] Neon Valley - "Dancin'"
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Montreal duo Neon Valley have returned with a followup to their previous single, “The Look In Your Eyes”, which was my personal gateway drug to the funk infused synth-pop. This new single, “Dancin’” sounds like it could be a distant younger cousin of something on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. It’s got that like not quite completely Los Angeles 70s disco but enough of a nostalgic vibe that I would sooner get them to open for Chromeo than I would someone like Yung Bae who’s going full future funk. Either way, I fully intend on keeping tabs on these guys. Always looking for more ways to get funky.

[#SKOA30] Day 13: A Song That Brings Up The Happiest Of Memories
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The opposite of my most painful memories, the places when I felt the least like myself, are back when I effortlessly floated about life feeling the most like myself as a teenager growing up in central Florida. It’s funny because when I was growing up in Orlando I always knew I wanted to end up in New York City, but even now 13 years into living here I still savor every second of the quirky scene kid I was back then. Back before going to school to study music business. Back before learning how deeply corrupted the industry was. I was just some bright eyed kid making Geocities pages ranting about the Central Florida music scene (sound familiar?), driving all over the state trying to see bands for as many dates as she could afford, and secretly going to Kinkos to make more flyers for shows she was planning on attending to distribute on her side of Orlando without telling either the bands or promoters involved.

I’ve discussed at great length how much I’ve treasured Lakeland legends Copeland glow-up as we’ve collectively grown into full-blown adults. I will always be mentally transported back into the 16 year old version of myself when “Coffee” from their 2003 debut album Beneath Medicine Tree hits my ears. Strutting around downtown Orlando to go to a show like I owned the place, rocking out, and then hitting up a Denny’s/Steak n Shake/IHOP afterwards with a bunch of friends. The sheer joy of communing with people who are delighted to support musicians at any and all levels. I remember folks wearing merch they had just bought (myself included) to the after show hang because the clothes they wore to the show were soaked in sweat from being packed in the smaller venues. I treasure those memories a lot and the way this song always stirs up the residual feelings from said memories.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Miami Horror - "Restless"
photo credit: Leo Volcy

photo credit: Leo Volcy

oooo this summer just keeps getting steamier by the minute y’all!

Melbourne indie rockers Miami Horror have returned after a two year break with a new track, “Restless” along with an accompanying music video. The guys are trying on this like sultry lo-fi 70s vibe and if someone would be so kind as to point me where to get my hair feathered and pick up my shorty shorts so I can just live in this moment for as long as I can hold onto it that would be greeeaaatttt, mkay?

The music video for the song fits well with the 70s vibe as we follow along with some folks from all walks of life coming together in an attempt to learn to play tennis. Obviously there’s some crushing going on between a pair of students that gradually intensifies because this song is def about to be the soundtrack to future makeouts far and wide.

No word on if this is a set up to a full-length or a follow up EP to The Shapes, which has me feeling a little…..restless (sorry), but I have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear from Miami Horror this summer which pleases me greatly.

[#SKOA30] Day 12: A Song That Brings Up Painful Memories
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5 years ago I got out of a relationship that had almost completely hollowed me out as a person. As I do with everything and everyone I love, I had really poured as much of myself as possible into that relationship . In return I would come to realize that I had been emotionally abused and gaslit into such a state that I could barely recognize the person looking back at me in the mirror. I think one of the hardest parts of recovering from that relationship was watching my ex happily run off with the woman he had started a relationship with before ours ended with seemingly little to no recourse for the way he hurt me. He even reached out a handful of times thinking that at some point we would be able to be friends. I remember being in the thick of it in therapy, working to uncover how much emotional abuse I had endured during that relationship when mAsis’ “Virginia Wolf” came into my life. I had finally come to understand how little I had actually been respected and how much I had been manipulated in my relationship. As tiny emotional triggers would surface during my day to day activities, most were fairly easy to recognize and work past. The ones where I would essentially just shut down amidst the de-programming process, I would hear the almost whimper/wail-like hook from this song, “please let me go”. The whole song really encapsulated exactly how I was feeling at the time if I’m being honest. I was so desperate to get past all the harm that he’d done, but unfortunately I’ve come to learn that healing/personal growth isn’t always linear. It’s certainly been a process and I’d like to say all the work is done, but every now and then something small will occasionally come up that I’m forced to examine.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Cobrayama x Gibbz - "I Don't Want To Live Without You"
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Feeling nuttin’ but love for my borough right now! Nice to see some locals cranking out some quality jams and the latest from Brooklyn producer Cobrayama with the help of crooner extraordinaire Gibbz on vocals is just so smoooove I’m convinced you won’t want to live without, “I Don’t Want To Live Without You” for another second. This is the followup single from their upcoming collaborative full-length after sharing “Letting You Go” as the first taste of the project. The effects on Gibbz’ vocals is a bit of a departure from what I’ve grown to become accustomed to with him. If their intention was for Gibbz *casuals* to go back and memorize his vocal range before returning back to this project…..IT’S WORKING.

More on a release date, etc. as I come across it. For now, enjoy the smoove groove.

[#SKOA30] Day 11: A Song That Makes Your Heart Race
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I was really surprised when I saw that someone on Twitter who posted their pick for this already said that they weren’t sure how to interpret this prompt because most of the time when I’m listening to music my body has some sort of response to whatever I’m listening to.

The second I decided this was going to be a prompt I already knew what song I was going to pick because I live for the way my ears perk up and my heart subsequently races every time I hear this one super fun detail in “S4” off of defunct British experimental indie rock outfit Breton’s sophomore album War Room Stories.

I NEED YOU TO SETTLE DOWN AND LISTEN CLOSELY TO THIS ONE OKAY. THIS IS LITERALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS IN THE WORLD.

Ever the band to push their limits, the fellas decided that for this track that they were going to make some recordings to sample and slice…..literally. The samples incorporated in this song include the sound of deadbolts being locked and random knives being gently scraped against pavement. It’s one of those things that doesn’t really sink in that it’s what you’re hearing until someone points it out, and then it makes you SO EXCITED to notice every single time after that.

i’m definitely one of those people who lives to hear random details like a vocalist trying to catch their breath while they’re singing, being able to hear someone sliding their fingers up some guitar strings, etc. so this kind of really cool detail makes my heart race every time I hear it. It’s Obviously one of the many reasons why Breton has a special place in my heart.

[SONG OF THE DAY] LEFTI - "Get Right"
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VIBE

OCLOCK

FRIDAYYYYYY

OH GOD I’M SO EXHAUSTED BUT WE STILL COMMITTED TO THE GROOVE TODAY HANGOVER AND ECLIPSE + NEW MOON ENERGY BE DAMNED!

Brooklyn bopmaker LEFTI has dropped a brand new track today, “Get Right” and it’s the perfect way to keep the party going on this long holiday weekend. The track features vocals from Los Angeles singer Jane Holiday, who LEFTI co-wrote the track with.

If you happen to know what’s good in the hood, then you’ve already RSVP’d to go hang while he spins at the Cruel Summer party tomorrow at Brooklyn Beer Garden in Bushwick. The plan is to swing by when I get out of work and dance it out a bit, but we shall see.

[#SKOA30] Day 10: A Song That's Longer Than Average
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I’m sure there are longer songs in my arsenal of music, but I love the story about how deadmau5’ 2013 track, “The Veldt” came into existence. Being the creature of the internet that we have all grown to mostly love, the night that deadmau5(born Joel Zimmerman) was livestreaming himself working on music for 22 hours and ended up collaborating with a complete stranger. As the story goes, aspiring singer Chris James was watching the livestream and decided to shoot his shot by sending through some vocals to Joel that he thought might work on the song. As luck would have it, Joel was pleasantly surprised at how solid the vocal was and quickly starting working to assemble what would eventually become, “The Veldt”. There are a bunch of shorter edits of it, but the original 11+ minute mix is my favorite.

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