Some music just feels good. Really good. Happy good. Kin feels that good. Like a kids rollercoaster, it takes you up and down and keeps a smile on your face. It’s not intense, it’s not extreme, there are no screams or vicious drops. It’s just everything pleasant packed in to a six minute ride. And you don’t even notice the six minutes going by. Bliss.
There’s something here. I had to listen a couple times in a row to figure it out, what it was that kept me pressing repeat. I think what I hear and feel is my “first time” all over again. I’m hearing a sound I love for the first time again. It’s hearing New Wave and Post Punk again, and it’s revival. I think ‘Viet Cong’ has something going here, a new take on great genres that I love. Hopefully this is the tip of the iceberg for them. I’ll be anxious to see what this Canadian band has in store this year.
I enjoyed Dawn Golden from first listen, and especially enjoyed remixes of his work. It says something that even with his heavy lyrics and darker moods, his electronic production was embraced by Mad Decent. He categorizes his own music as “Sad Bangers” and I think that’s about as fitting a two word summary you could give Dawn Golden. This is my girlfriend’s favorite album of 2014, and I think this is my favorite track. Check out his album ‘Still Life’.
Action Bronson is getting ready to unleash a contender in 2015 for rap album of the year. It’s only taken two single releases and seems to be a given. With every new song you can hear Action Bronson becoming the elite artist he has the potential to be. Everything is getting even better, more sharp, more crisp, better productions. Easy Rider knocked me off my feet and I’m insulted with myself that I didn’t put it up on release. Let’s hope this makes amends.
The theme of my New Years? Cyber-punk. It came up at a bar, with old friends. Then came the pursuit of the perfect cyberpunk music. Prodigy aside, I think we found something that will stick. Gesaffelstein’s Viol. It’s not new by any means but it is to me, and it will stay on repeat for a while. If you find yourself liking it, check out the original length HERE.
I feel like I didn’t take full advantage of the music out there this year. I think I let myself down and others who might happen upon this blog. I left a lot of good music untouched, and I still have to catch up. Because of that, this list might not be as complete as it should be. But, several of my favorite artists released new music and came back in big ways. It was a good year and I’ll drum up all the hype I can. I’ll try and post songs I haven’t posted before on J2B dot com.
This song sparked a small dance party last night, at a great gathering of wonderful people. (I’m going to miss Daniel, enjoy Copenhagen!) I had to find it out immediately. And it’s been playing ever since while I sit at home. Just a great blend of everything good in electronic music.
Plumbing has consumed my life and I am unable to post for the time being. When I come back from this madness I will upload a surplus of incredible music that I have been hoarding to myself , but in the mean time here is a little diddy to tap your feet to. These guys have been getting a lot of play time recently with me among a ton of other stuff I don’t have time to get into. I gotta thank my boi Gord for keeping things tidy and orderly in my absence. I miss him dearly , this is truly an exercise in perpetual sadness and arizona tears. Jzt1boi signing off.
The maturation of Yung Lean is an incredible thing. The beats go harder, the lines come smoother but everything Yung Lean Doer remains. From Lean’s new album Unknown Memory, VOLT has a long build-up and then delivers hard. Hit play again, let it repeat. Emotions and Arizona Iced Out Tears. This makes me wish all the sadboys were together again. Halifax and J2B misses Shea.
Wolf Saga got on my radar with his brilliant remix of Iggy Azalea’s ‘Work’. If there is one thing he established for me there, and in most subsequent releases, it’s that he lives to build up to a crescendo of joy. His music slowly adds layers, and teases the upcoming outcry. His latest original creation, ‘You Are Here Now’, does just this. It’s a song fit for a movie soundtrack, one where you might weep a little bit. In this latest little gemerald, Wolf Saga cover’s The Strokes. And even though bits of the original remain, it now has an entirely new flavor. And once again Wolf Saga builds up to a happy ending.