If this song sounds vaguely familiar, that’s probably because you were enraptured by the dance routine that accompanied it at Dance Workshop last weekend. I, too, found myself captivated not only by the jerky, saran-wrapped dancers, but also by the the hypnotism of the bass and simply by how weird the song sounded. This isn’t your usual electronic concoction. Traditional ambient electronic sounds brew together with nearly-wartime-era woodwind riffs and the kind of incessant bass beat you’d usually just hear in hip hop. This song’s a slightly avant-garde treat, probably weird enough to ward off the Friday the 13th demons.
All sorts of variety in this week’s DJ playlist. DJs chose tracks from big names (Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey) but also gave us some less well-known artists (oshi, coyote kisses, shlum). This week’s playlist is full of new music to get you through the last day of fourth week. Throw on some headphones, share it with a friend, be happy.
Fourth week is rough. A lot of folks seem to get jittery and listen to that new-age hippity-hoppity stuff that’ll be sure to just add to the anxiety of the end of the block. I say no more. “Easy” is a soothing, gentle tune by Son Lux, a multitalented producer who is really starting to step into the limelight. Peep this track, and chill a little bit- that paper isn’t going anywhere. For more Son Lux, I leave you his Spotify.
Is almost exactly half a year before Blues & Shoes too damn early to post what is unequivocally the festival’s anthem? In case you’re not already in the know, Blues & Shoes is what CC kids call the annual, one-day springtime bluegrass festival that annihilates the grass of Tutt quad. This addictive banjo-and-fiddle tune sums up everything that day stands for: highly do-si-do-able bluegrass, the occasional yell of affirmation (“OH BOY!”), a bit of dissonance, and several mentions of the potential (and inevitable) consumption of illicit beverages. It’s a riveting song all the time, of course, so be sure to check it out and start on your stoke six months early.
The world of electronic music has its share of well-known, burnt-out DJs. The EDM scene is littered with their legacies. For every decaying EDM star, there are thousands of undiscovered artists waiting to be found in the depths of Soundcloud. Most of these DJs make garbage music. Contra is not one of these DJs. Real name Conner Lund is an up-and-coming producer at UCLA; and has some serious potential in the electronic music world. His latest release “Diamonds In My Mouth” is a total departure from his previous Thomas Jack-esque tropical house vibe. “Diamonds in My Mouth” features some skillful vocal chops and an overall fuller sound from the Louisville, CO based artist. Follow Contra on (twitter: mynameiscontra) or on (soundcloud: Contra303). If a recent tweet from Contra is any indication, we’ll be hearing more lots more from Contra in the coming months and years.
All Hail Contra
This track off Florence & The Machine’s new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, is a powerful and passionate. The whole album is awesome, but this one really speaks to me. Check it out and see what you get out of it. The rest of the album can be found at the band’s Spotify.
I have a Spotify playlist containing over 1,200 songs by artists I’ve been meaning to give a try, and I have no idea how a chillstep artist called Coyote Kisses ended up among my mishmash of bluegrass and indie/alternative bands. Even so, I happened to shuffle to this song and instantly began obsessing over it for a week. The airy ambient instrumentation, gradual buildup, and chills-down-your-spine bass drop allow it to exhilaratingly stand out from whatever EDM you typically listen to–which for me is usually very little, so kudos to these producers.
As usual, the most attractive and intelligent DJs at Colorado College put together an eclectic mix of music in this week’s DJ playlist. Tracks from C2C, Khruangbin, and Nebraska are some of the highlights. Follow the SOCC on Soundcloud and discover new music each every week.
Tracks that weren’t available on Soundcloud:
Bud Powell – “A Night in Tunisia”
mewithoutYou – “Mexican Streets”
Nebraska – “The Stoop”
Punch Brothers – “Me and Us”
Bill Evans – “Nardis”
Stevie Wonder – “Positivity”
Queso will be debuting his album “Limbo” on November 6th. “Queso” is a single from the album and if it is any indication of how the album will sound, we’re all in for a treat. “Queso” grooves along and is a catchy tune. The lyrics aren’t going to change your life, but they’ll make you move. “I got that mula mula queso-eso – camoflauge money they can’t see my bagel.” Enjoy!
Do I even need to say anything? Today’s the day. May your night be full of tricks and treats alike. If you want the full soundtrack to this movie, it’s here.