Mid-Day Music Blast: Baraka – “Plateau”

Let’s explore a chill and jazzy track on this lazy Sunday. I don’t know about you guys, but around here, all the bars do jazz on Sunday afternoon, and though this isn’t really classical jazz, I thought this song fit perfectly. What is your favorite part of this song? I think for me it’s the various use of woodwinds. Flutes, and piccolos and pipes are all under utilized in music today I think. (note: I don’t know enough to say if these are flutes, piccolos, some synth made to sound like them, but it’s a nice touch regardless)

Bio: Baraka aka Geoffrey Dean is an Electronic Music composer and jazz pianist originating out of Washington D.C. The sound is a unique blend of Electronic, Hip hop, Jazz, R&B, Chillout, Downtempo, Glitch Hop and a variety of other influences.  Baraka adds a unique hybrid of harmonies and original compositions that are sure to interest you with mellow grooves and unique glitch soundscapes. Baraka‘s latest release “Lazarus Chamber” on Itunes, Spotify, and other resellers.”

I hope wherever you are today, sipping mimosas, lounging in chair, resting in bed, that this song gives back to you exactly what you need.

-Caleb

Want to hear to hear more? Check out this song and others on our June TOTD playlist right here.

 

Mid Day Music Blast: B*Boss “If You Leave Me”

Originally when we received this song, there was no video with it. I am so glad we waited to post until the video was released, because it pulls everything together. When asked what the track was about, B*Boss answers quickly, knowing exactly what their message is, “This is a story about life, as seen from a place where we spend up to 1/3 of our lives, our beds. Our bed bares witness to some of the most private and intimate moments of our lives. Our secrets, our desires, our dreams and our fears. In bed, we laugh, we cry, we ponder, we obsess, we explore, we discover, we love, and we even die. For many of us, our bed is the most familiar place we know. It is the one place where we feel safe.”

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As you watch the video, you see a life unfold before you, from beginning to end, and the short film takes place in the different beds the character has throughout their life. It goes from beautiful triumphs, like the first person they ever had sleep in the bed with them, all the way to terrible defeats, like the upheaval of a marriage. The story is tangible, and the characters are real. This is what a music video is supposed to be. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like looking at the artist lip sync the song for 3 min…no… I really don’t. I like stories and I like storytellers.

If you leave me
make sure you leave me lying in my bed

Is someone cutting onions? Damn.

Make sure to check out this song and every other song we’ve posted in June on our Spotify playlist.

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-Seth

Mid Day Music Blast: Kuwaisiana “Virgin”

I love songs with something to say. I mean, most songs have something to say, I guess, but not many of them have something real to say. Relationship problems, how great you are, and dreamscapes make up 99% of all lyrics (probably), so the song, Virgin, from the multinational band, Kuwaisiana, is a welcome surprise.

With raw instrumentals, and complex composition, Virgin gets into one of the biggest moneymakers on the planet: war. The song dives into how the war machine has been effective in not only stealing land and making people wealthy, but also how its role in our lives has made us desensitized to things that should appall us.

“I’m a virgin
in a VR headset
Show me the army
Occupy me”

That is the last line of the song, and it hits so hard. In less than 15 words, they talk about how the military industrial complex can be found in everything from pornography to technology, and at this point, we are inviting it into our homes without even realizing it.

Transitioning between discourse and harmony, this song covers the gamut of emotions. We love bringing you something upbeat and interesting for the Mid Day Music Blast, the fact that the Blast is actually talking about blasts today, is just a…well…blast.

Mid Day Music Blast: Pistachio Gods – “a few more months”

I have a really interesting track for you today as you take a mid day break. When you start listening, you may think it is going in a pure folky direction. And then the beat starts to come in and you are like, oh okay I guess this is R&B. And then the flow kicks in, and hopefully you stop trying to define it. This one seems fully prepped to be one of my singles of the summer. It’s short and effective. It catches my attention with both catchy beats and elements of trippiness to it. The vocals are clean and various. I really can’t get enough of it.

Luckily for us, Pistachio Gods gave us a little background about the seemingly dissonant elements of this song:

“This song deals with our struggle of moving on in a relationship, we had the idea to combine folk music with hard trap drums and tell the story of how we know in a few months will get over this breakup finally and be moving on, but right now things are really hard for us.”

This song definitely pretty well encapsulates that idea. It’s so frustrating when your logical brain tells you that time is the only cure, but you still feel all the difficult emotions anyway. Hopefully this song helps some of you feel better and carries you through some of the darkness.

-Caleb

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Mid Day Music Blast: Hendrix Harris – “No Rush (Prod. by G E N I U S)”

Check out this really amazing hip hop track from Hendrix Harris. Something that strikes me on this one is the dissonance between the chill beat and chorus and the intensity and speed of the flow of the verses. The first time I heard it, when the verse kicked in, it blew me away.

If you are like me, and like to check out lyrics, but it’s somewhat difficult to catch the first time through this song, you can find them on Genius here.  Once you do, you’ll see just how much variance he fits into one song. Some of my favorites:

“Only things I take are weed, lean, fix your education
Premonitions over reminiscence, show your dedication
I would never tell somebody how to live his own life”

I think that last line in particularly is one of the main messages of this song. You do you, I’m going to do me, and don’t yuck my yum. One more section I really liked:

“Fuck your profit, even in my coffin Imma stand above it
Lead or puppet ? Imma send a rocket to the men who’ve stocked it
H.E.N.D.R.I.X fuck you, fuck the system, fuck the I.R.S”

I think we can all get behind this. No amount of money should be worth selling out or becoming a puppet. It kind of reminds of J. Cole’s new track “Brackets” in that sense. Anyway, really cool song overall and excited to see where else Hendrix Harris and his producing duo with G E N I U S go.

-Caleb

As always, you can check out this track and all of our June TOTD’s on our spotify playlist here.

 

Mid Day Music Blast: Brett J.B. “Garden Grey”

Have you ever wondered what Death Cab would sound like if they did a cover album of Decemberists songs? Wonder no more, you beautiful people. Meet Brett J.B., a Wisconsinite who has a Ben Gibbard-esque voice with the the variance of a Decemberists track.

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In his new single, Garden Grey, Brett recaptures his childhood by going into what it was like growing up in Garden Grey. I tried figuring out where Garden Grey was, but to no avail. Neighborhood? City? A name you gave your house? I wanted there to be more, but with only the name and the fact that he currently lives in Milwaukee to go off of, I didn’t have much of a shot. Whatever it is, I’m glad it’s where Brett grew up. His fond memories of that place led to this track, and for that, I am thankful.

Mid Day Music Blast: io & Titan “Wandering Mind”

While the name may be deceptive, io & Titan is a one man show out of Brooklyn. Matt Schlatter, the man behind the music, has developed a complex sound and stunning arrangements that feel grandiose and take up a whole stage.

Wandering Mind is like a beautiful film, beginning with setting up the characters and setting the routine, breaking that routine, rising through the climax, and then bringing you in for the final resolution. The story it tells is one of losing yourself in the dream. Matt talks of both a literal and figurative wandering mind through immersive travel and holding onto the dreams you set before yourself.

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“I have always been a dreamer,
don’t keep my thoughts on a chain.
Hasn’t gotten me far.
It’s still my faith,
and it is blind.
I believe in the wandering mind,
oh I believe in the wandering mind.” 

Based on the choices I make, this could be written about my life. If you know me at all, you know that I am constantly trying to figure out how to make impossible situations come to fruition. I feel like staying rooted in these dreams is the only way to stave off being an old curmudgeon. If we lose sight of the sky, we forget what the sun feels like. I know that’s cheesy, but it’s true.

io & Titan’s song is firmly ground in the idea of experiencing the world. Not only traveling to other countries, but diving into the culture. Travel without immersion is just a vacation. io & Titan want to learn from and experience the world, not just take snapshots of it.