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The Mighty Rio Grande – This Will Destroy You

25 Jul

My Current Favourite Film

 

Moneyball is a top film – I cannot recommend it highly enough. I’m a sucker for an uplifting sports film, and Moneyball ticks all the boxes. Loser baseball team, check. Lack of funds, check. Beating the system, check. Heartbreaking loss at the end, check! But another aspect of the film that is strong is definitely the soundtrack, and of all the accompanying score, This Will Destroy You’s input fits the film most appropriately.

Mid Jam Sesh

There are no words to this song, but there definitely shouldn’t be. It’s perfect the way it is. This song swells, rises, and drops majestically. The heavy beat of the drum resonates, every note seems to have a reason for being there. By being 11 minutes long, this no longer conforms to the now generation’s idea of a 1 minute song being plenty, but the range of this song is phenomenal. That first drum snare at the start is enough to hook you. If I could ever write the soundtrack to my life, this would be played over all the epic moments (to think, there are embarrassingly few epic moments in my life so far, I will try and jazz up my life ASAP). It’s summer – take 15 minutes out of your day, crank this up, and just enjoy.

 

Let It Be (feat. Veela) – Blackmill

3 Jul

Ah, nothing like a night in the freezing cold English countryside to help you forget about your city problems. Having (not really) slept on the floor of a dusty old barn, the 2 hour car journey home needed music that would be enjoyable for bleary-eyed teenagers. Fortunately, Blackmill was there to save the day.

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Pyramid Lake – Hiatus

29 Jun

Recently, I have been missing this man’s music in my life. I absolutely loved his Ghost Notes EP. Hiatus has a knack for blending heart-wrenching melodies with softly profound backings that when combined form something truly incredible. I urge you to listen to his latest offering after the jump.

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Fraulein – Haleek Maul

28 Jun

Back to rap. Oh how I have missed you. Here’s something really cool: Barbadian rapper Haleek Maul is only 16 years old and has just recently released Oxyconteen, an EP that can be described as dark and insightful. He’s 16. That was me two years ago, jeez.

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Daphne – Lia Ices

21 Jun

Lia Ices: I went through every ice cream jokes I could think of and ruled every single one out.

This one’s coming at you from Girls again. Love Is Won (below) was featured in the fade out/credits of the penultimate episode and suited the mood perfectly. It could have worked at the end of the season finale too. Anyway, Lia Ices is/has about to explode/exploded with her new album, Grown Unknown which is fantastic. If you liked The xx, you’ll like her. Listen to Love Is Won and check out DAphne after the jump. And thank Girls later. 

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(More) Sounds That Are Helping Me To Stay Alive: A(nother) Downbeat Electronic Playlist to Wash Your Stress (Even Further) Away

14 Jun

I have been under the radar, but you’ll have to excuse me while I finish off what ranks among the worst weeks of my life. I thought I’d lift my head out of a book just long enough to give you the second part of my playlist full of relaxing tunes that manage to counterbalance my hair-pulling stress (to some extent). I really enjoyed writing the last playlist post because it was actually refreshingly easy to compile a list of songs that I love, and that I’ve been listening to recently. The hardest part was finding a picture to go with the post, and it was a similar challenge this time. So, like any struggling image hunter would, I’ve gone with a feline DJ. Time to sit back, relax, and here we go…

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Angels – Clams Casino

7 Jun

Great. So right after I post an absolute bible of relaxation, Clams Casino goes ahead and releases another album full of instrumentals that would have easily made it onto that post, thus undermining the entire idea of it being the best chilled out playlist post. Oh well, better late then never I suppose. This new stuff is… well… incredible.

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