I listen to a lot of music. But I rarely just listen to music. Instead, I keep it on in the background while I send emails and texts; I pause and unpause whatever’s playing to watch movie trailers on YouTube. The music typically sits beneath another task/activity, demoted to little more than white noise.
Maybe I don’t really listen to much music, then; it depends on what counts as “listening.” Let’s skip the obvious semantic debate and get to the point: there’s something to be said for listening to music and only listening to music. (There’s something to be said for isolating any activity, I think.)
Good listening requires a certain awareness that isn’t possible when your mind’s divided between tasks. Stop doing other shit and listen closely.
Scram – Come On (Empire Mix)
Need a Tuesday boost? I know I do.
If you’re looking for that midweek push, you can give your thanks to Uh Oh Disco’s own FUNKTHEFRESH who, along with our homies over at DANCEISM, has put together a high-functioning slew of tunes to keep you standing up straight for days.
Have a listen, and if you find yourself yearning for a bit more, make sure to make your way out to Uh Oh Disco’s Controversy! party at The Standard Hotel Purple Lounge in Hollywood. Every Saturday, always free with RSVP at www.uhohdisco.com/rsvp
FUNKTHEFRESH – Up All Night Dancing (Podcast Episode)
1. Light Year – Marcellus (Malente Remix)
2. Reset! – Calypsoul
3. TWR72 – Summer of 91 (Acid Version)
4. Bass Kleph & Filthy Rich – These Mornings
5. Codes – Ready Aim Fire
6. Le Petit Belge – Oooh (Hatiras Remix)
7. Popmuschi – Once Again
8. J Paul Getto – Space Disco
9. Retro/Grade – Mindfighter (Boy 8-bit remix)
10. Pacific! – Unspoken (Santiago & Bushido remix)
11. Dandyskills – My Generation (Justin Faust remix)
12. Rogerseventytwo – Take Me Higher
13. Scola Furano – Colorado Strings (Cassian Remix)
14. Rogerseventytwo – Future Funk
15. Birdee – Wants You
16. Dj Kue – Tell Me
17. Vega – No Reasons (Tensnake remix)
18. Alex Metric & Steve Angello – Open Your Eyes (Style of Eye Dub)
19. Shadow Dancer – Macid
20. Broke One – Go Go Go (Russ Chimes Gunman Remix)
21. Sam Young, Vanilla Ace – Fun Music
22. Shinichi Osawa & Supabeatz – Cyclone
23. Popmuschi – To The Sky (Hochanstaendig Remix)
Just found an incredibly potent article online that I’d like to share. Normally I don’t feel the need to repost material from other sites here on this one, but when it comes to dubstep, my normal set of rules and standards must sometimes be bent and broken.
I’ve always had a real problem with the level that American producers took dubstep to, to the point where I’m barely able to do anything more than shake my head in shame when people in the streets outside my window walk by raving about the new underground artist “Skrillex” who “takes things to the next level.” It seems like everyone which a car get off on rolling their windows down and cranking up the t-rex belching sounds so that they can drive by their neighbors and show off “the cool music they listen to that no one else has found yet.”
Anyhow, like I said, I found this article. The guy that wrote it is a hero in my opinion, as he’s managed to properly voice my concerns in a manor that’s impactful and not so childish and petty as my own writing. Check it out:
THE DEATH OF DUBSTEP
Then, once you’ve been inspired to reconsider your music choices, take a step back and listen to one of the best releases of last year:
Magnetic Man – The Bug