Tag Archives: 2012

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

11 Jul

So many things running through my head right now. Yes, I just did a post about Frank when I myself champion variety. Yes, Channel Orange was scheduled for a later release, and yes, I have to learn many pointless things for my British Citizenship test (including that Welsh is most widely spoken in Wales. Who would have thought?). But just please….

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Idea of Happiness – Van She

9 Jul

Had to pry myself away from that unbelievable Wimbledon final yesterday in order to bring you this, so please feel special. Here’s a colourful summer tune that you can blast while chilling out and drinking Corona (my favorite).

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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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Sounds That Are Helping Me To Stay Alive: A Downbeat Electronic Playlist to Wash Your Stress Away

5 Jun

My apologies for not posting as often. As we’ve stated a bunch of times, our exams are just starting to get really intense, and while I wish I could plop myself down on my sofa and keep you satisfied with a never-ending flow of new tunes, it is sadly impossible. It might just be that some of you readers out there are students also, and you happen to have important/life-changing/future-determining exams coming up. Or you’re just stressed about the end of the school year. Either way, I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of the songs that have been helping me stay relaxed and focused throughout this tough time. Enjoy.

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I Just Wanna Be – Born Blonde

15 May

Not often is it that I get to say “I’m good friends with the person in that band.” Sadly, this is not one of those times. The closest I’ve gotten is befriending Born Blonde’s lead singer’s sister, who may herself have a music career in the cards. I know, some families just get all the talent while others make websites talking about how incredible they are. It’s just the way the world works.

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Nobodies – Lil Kids

14 May

Been a little bit since I updated my rap music. I decided to do a little digging, and up popped Nobodies by Lil Kids, a nice track that wouldn’t feel out of place playing while you’re putting an evil undercover plan. That’s why it now holds a place on my most important iTunes playlist of all. My ‘Music for a heist’ playlist (yes, it exists).

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Take A Walk – Passion Pit

10 May

I admire Passion Pit because they seemed to storm onto the scene with their own kind of genre. They had synths, drum kits, great vocals, and just a knack for creating a melody that would pester you all day and wouldn’t let you go a minute without humming it. Here’s their latest song from their upcoming album Gossamer.

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Summers Down – Blue Boats

1 May

I can almost feel/taste/smell/see/hear summer. All I need is a summer song to make me feel like I’m actually there. Summers Down is a rich-in-reverb number that will undoubtedly convince you that summer is on its way (despite relentless torrential downpours in London right now).

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Headlights – Morning Parade

11 Apr

Ah Los Angeles. How relaxing you are. I always find it funny how I come across some of my favorite music. Sometimes it’s on a TV show or in a movie, sometimes it’s from hearing things on the radio. Sometimes it’s just friends telling friends what they’ve been hearing lately. However, I found Headlights by Morning Parade yesterday, on a bicycle in hectic LA traffic, while waiting for a red light to turn green. An overweight, middle-aged man was blasting this song with the windows down and I thought it sounded good, so I memorised some of the lyrics and hey presto: Continue reading