A special Monday edition of On Repeat this week. This post was supposed to go up on Friday, but we were all somewhere in Austin for SXSW. By that point, I don’t think I was in any state to write about music. So, a few days late, here are the latest tracks that are on repeat at Binary.
We’ll kick it off with Lakes Of Light remixing Expatriate’s song “Crazy”. A great vocal track taken to a new level by Lakes. It reminds me a little of the style Lifelike used for his Does It Offend You, Yeah? remix a couple years back, particularly in with the 16th note bassline that drives the song along. Its the pleading vocals that make the song feel so important, so critical. I always let songs soundtrack my daily life, and when I’m drive to this song, I always drive with a bit more urgency. It reminds me of nights long ago I spent driving across the city for a girl, just so I could sit on her roof with her, hoping for a moment.
We had a chance to go anywhere we want.
Like a breath of fresh mountain air, Hemingway returns to our life with this bouncy remix for Cyclist. I’m particularly a fan of his topical (live?) sounding bongo work. It sounds like 3am drives around LA, on summer days when all of your windows are down and even Sunset doesn’t have traffic. Sometimes its the times spent alone where you feel the most, and for whatever reason, this song feels like the coolest thing in the world when Im riding across the city on my own. The Lakes Of Light remix above might make me drive faster… but this one slows me to a crawl, taking in the city and every bright light it has to offer.
If the songs above make me want to get in my car, this one makes me want nothing more than to be back on the beach on Cape Cod as a 17 year old kid. Warbly synths play around a bassline that I can only call ‘humid’. Vocals dance on top of it all to create a soundscape that feels like lying down and looking up at the night sky on the type of summer night when you could cut the air with a knife. This song has been the final song on both of the last 2 mix CD’s I burned for my car, and whenever I hear it, I’m taken back to a time when life oozed along as slowly as this song feels. Great work by A Gap Between.
I had the draft of this post up before we went to Austin for SXSW. (It was amazing as usual if you’re curious. We’re all alive and back in LA in one piece). Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs new single ‘Household Goods’ has been a song that I’ve had on repeat for some time, and was finally getting around to writing about it. Alas, I’m lazy and I never finished the post before we left for Texas. In any case, Wednesday night in Austin rolled around and my friend Rich texted me that we should roll to Beauty Bar, where I was told it was “going off”. Much to my surprise as I walked onto the dancefloor, TEED was behind the decks, a huge head-dress on, going bananas. Two songs later he played Household Goods to a packed house and my night was made. We all got extremely sweaty and made some new friends. We might post a lot of ’chill’ music on Binary, but when the time is right, we get down and dirty with the best of them. It’ll be one of my lasting memories from Austin of this year.
Dark Into Light is apparently a collaboration between Los Angeles songwriters AM & Shawn Lee. From the very first listen I loved the lilting soft vocals contrasting with the growling bass during the verse. It depresses me, makes me feel tired, and somehow brings up memories that I haven’t thought about in years. I’d say thats a big accomplishment for something as simple as a song. I think electronic music’s biggest challenge is finding a way to sound as intimate as a guy with a guitar can sound. This song accomplishes just that, and its something I wish a lot more artists would strive for.
Have we done our best to turn the wrong into right?
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