Stop Thinking







A friend of mine from high school only listened to soundtracks from what he dubbed “epic movies”– Braveheart, Gladiator, Troy (basically any movie where the main character uses a sword instead of a gun). We all thought he was weird. But he defended his CD collection (remember those?) with a simple line of reasoning:

1: Music affects how I feel. Listening to sad music makes me sad; happy music makes me happy.

2: By listening to “epic movie soundtracks,” I’m able to vicariously experience the triumph of, say, fighting King Edward I or leading a Roman army.







The logic holds. The first point is definitely true: music does have an effect on our emotions. And the second point is really just an extension of the first, an application of the rule. So what’s the problem? The fact that my friend even has a line of reasoning behind what he listens to. His intense cathexis behind selecting music is, at best, misguided; at worst, it’s downright retarded.

I’m not sure it even counts as your “favorite” music if there’s so much logic behind it. If you defend your music choice with anything other than “I love the way it sounds,” then I feel bad for you. It’s hard to describe why we love the things we do–music, movies, art, people. So stop thinking about it. Listen to what you love; watch what you love; spend time with who you love. Life’s pretty simple.







Here are two songs that I love. I won’t explain how or why I love them. Just trust me on this one. They’re both from RuN RiOT, a rising London-based producer whose bass-laden remixes have been climbing Beatport charts for a few months now. He sent these over about a month ago. I should’ve posted them then; I’m posting them now. Better late than never, right? Turn that shit up.

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Audio Bullys – Kiss The Sky (RuN RiOT Remix)

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Double 99 – RIP Groove (RuN RiOT Remix)

How Is Anyone Supposed to Compete With This?

I really didn’t think it possible that someone might ever match the bar that Modeselektor set in the field of all around ingeniously original and creative electronic dance music, but I stand corrected. Take a look at Siriusmo; This guy came straight out of nowhere, and in a matter of months, has managed to match climb to a point where there really is no credibility difference between him and any of the other big leaguers out there. In fact, I’d even argue that’s his production quality and overall mastery of the sonic spectrum exceeds that of most other signed and credible producers out there. So how did the guy find his sound so incredibly fast? I’ve got no idea. All I know is that about six months ago, he had a remix or two on the Hype Machine, five months ago, he had TWO of his tunes featured in Modeselektor’s Body Language Volume 8 mixtape, and that now he’s got FOUR EP’s out! All of which were released between 2008 and 2010. What!?

The only thing I do know is that I need to find whatever magic fountain Seriusmo is obtaining sustenance from, and I need to get me some of that juice!

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Siriusmo – EinmalIn Der Woche Schreien

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Siriusmo – Katharsis Impossible

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Siriusmo – Nights Off

Keep it Up



Anyone can produce one really good song. Or write one really good book. Or cook one really good meal. But doing something well again and again? That’s real talent. The best artists are consistently great without being repetitive. Consistency is the difference between saying “he made a good song” and “he makes good songs.”





I know I’m not really saying anything new here; it’s just an observation. An artist’s canon is always a work in progress. Make one awesome thing awesome and you’ll be forgotten. Creativity doesn’t stop.





Leg-No



There are a lot of “regulars” in my inbox, people who keep sending me stuff on a monthly/weekly basis. Many of them are talented, but Leg-No is hands down the best. Every time I get an e-mail from him I know it’s gonna be something dope. I love that his style keeps evolving– sometime he sends over dubstep, sometimes it’s Baltimore, sometimes it’s electro. The genre doesn’t matter much; he’s insanely talented at producing them all. This studio wizard makes music you’ll want to blast at full volume, so make sure you’ve got a pair of quality speakers to capture the depth of the drums.







His new EP, a collaboration with Germany’s EMMA, comes out on July 16th.

Yes, I’ve heard the whole thing.
Yes, it’s awesome.
Yes, you should get it.

I’m not allowed to share the whole thing, but here are some other Leg-No tunes. Consistency 4 lyfe, y’all.





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Leg-No & EMMA – Outdated (Mendel Remix)

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Ludacris – Girl Gone Wild (Leg-No Remix)

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Zebra Baby – +1 (Leg-No Remix)









Music as Poetry

There are a lot of chumps out there that will try to tell you their music is poetry. You’ve heard it a thousand times before, and chances are you’ve probably gotten pretty good at calling their bluff: Their music isn’t poetry. In fact, most music isn’t.

Sure it serves other purposes. We live in a world where speakers are so widely and cheaply available that they’re cramming mini ones into greeting cards, so to say that music isn’t and essential part of life would be a whole different argument, but to say that the music that takes the awkward out of a two-man elevator ride or the beats that turn a gathering into a party are the same as the music that “moves you” (for lack of a better grasp on what verb a poem would choose to describe its act of being) is a sorry way of a looking at life.

Some music is different. Some music actively makes the choice to stop speaking about the size of its penis, and to instead tell a story about the world and all it’s surprise and wonder without even utilizing a single spoken verse.

The Three Minute Novel

Here are a couple of tunes that poked and prodded around inside me to the point where I felt I could write an entire book on just three minutes of audio. If a tune can tap so deeply into my own personal nostalgia that it unlocks memories from my childhood that I did not even know I had, that’s what I call poetry.

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Nosaj Thing – Aquarium

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Scribbled Paper

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The Clonious – One At A Time (Funked Up) ft. Muhsinah