# WhatUshouldBListening2 : 12am Night Edition

Hey guys! This is my first mixtape!. Please let me know you think about my song choices! This mixtape is just the first in a series, #WhatUshouldBlistening2 is a collection of Electro House /Soul songs from some of my favorite underground producers that I believe it everyone should check out sometime or another!  The songs are either tracks they have remixed or “refixed” or just original songs.
The Track listing is below.
https://soundcloud.com/bigboynerd/whatushouldblistening2-12pm-edition
Anne-Marie -Stole (Chole Martini Refix)
Flight Facilities – Clarie De Lune(Feat Christine Hoberg) (Them Jeans Edit)
Anthony & Cleopatra – Sirens (Clarens Remix)
Azealia Banks – Chasing Time (Crayon Remix)
Portland – Deezy Daisy (Oxford Remix)
Pat Lok Feat Desire’e Dawson – All In My Head
Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked (Belarbi Remix)
Owl Eyes – Find Out
Morgan Page – Fight for You (Imbue Remix)
KAYTRANDA – Come Clean (Hilary Duff Cover)
Brancaccio & Bishop – “You’re So Fine” Ft. Ana (John Monkman Remix)
Portland – You Don’t Know Me (Bit Funk Remix)
Avicii X Daft Punk – Dear Boy (Dave Edwards Remix)
Rejjie Snow Ft. Rae Morris – Blakkst Skn (KATRA Mix)

* For best effects, listen to at night 😉 *

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Fighting the Good Fight : How Oddisee Helps me Through my Depression

“Might of begin to tear up, my nose started to flare up, I’m not afraid of improving” – Word to the Wise

Despair, anger, excitement and above all else, fear. These are the emotions that I have been battling with over the last few months. I recently got an apartment with my lovely girlfriend, successfully learned how to not get lost on the subway in NYC (still needs a little work), found new friends and even started to learn how to DJ. No matter how big or small, these are events that have shown progress in my 27 year young life. I am proud, but on the other hand, these changes have added new responsibility. I now have to provide for a new apartment, try my best to learn the ins and outs of the city so I can effectively make a career change and better understand how to create time in my life for relationships. My life seems to be happening faster than I can process, my emotions are all out of whack; there are less people in my life that I receive support from and each day teaches me that nothing is guaranteed. Some call it an early identity crisis (shout out to D.C. Comics), others call it anxiety and depression.

“What’s a Crew, what’s a gang to a brother who been his thing all alone?” – “I Belong to the World”

Hip Hop artist Oddisee views it as growing pains. He reminds me that it’s ok to be afraid and with hard work and determination anything is possible. Born from an African American mother and Sudanese father, he grew up in Prince George County, Maryland, which is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation. He was afforded a cultivated and cultured worldview that has likely provided him sage like wisdom. His omniscient worldview is expressed through impactful poetry over a wide array of jazzy and soulful productions that would make Ali Shaheed Muhammad proud. Oddisee crafts nearly every single one of his songs from the ground up. He uses live instrumentation in his production. Every pluck of a chord, melodic hiss leaking through metal and thud of bass is usually recorded live and edited for his albums. His lyrics are consistently thoughtful and impactful. He wrestles with complex morals, the traditional American ideals of progression and his personal contradictions. Often he explains his mixed feelings of being a successful indie artist. He is essentially trying to do the best he can in a world that is hard, he’s not just a dreamer but a non-conformist to what the music industry deems popular. Oddisee has produced for soundtracks, commercials, podcasts and even your favorite indie artists (Joey BadA$$, Chris Faust, Fresh Daily). He’s an everyman, your favorite indie artist’s Mc and producer. In everything he touches, there is a hint of thoughtfulness and care in all his work.

“Motivated by fear, ain’t the best, but it works for me” – “Tomorrow Today”

https://soundcloud.com/oddiseemusic/tomorrow-today

Lately, his music has been helping me. It’s sort of soundtrack through my depression, with all the chaos in my mind lately, Oddisee helps me make sense of it, and shows me that it’s always possible to make an honest living and be proud of what you contribute to the world. He has the ability to rationalize and explore his thoughts in a clear and cohesive manner, for the better or worse. It just so happens, when he does it also helps me sort through my own insecurities and doubt. On his most recent album, The Good Fight, he has a song titled “A List of Withouts”. On it, he quickly raps within a verse that money coming and going predict the pattern I’m trying to define. With just that quick string of lyrics, he makes me face the question of if I am willing to sacrifice my belief system to make more money? Or will I stick to my guns and try to find my passion? I think I have always know that fear governs the decisions I make, either it be professionally or emotionally. As I grow and learn about myself and what I want to achieve, it dawns on me that fear and doubt is all a part of the game. In order for me to make it into the next day with my psyche intact, I need to be able to prepare for worse but expect the best.

“I ain’t start from the bottom, I started from the beginning” – “Tangible Dream’

When Oddisee explain his journey of personal success in such unpretentious detail, it stills my anxiety about what I believe I haven’t accomplished yet. It is a constant reminder that just changing my perspective a bit will go a long way.

“Anything I do is a part of me from the start” – “First Step”

Now while I don’t completely subscribe to Oddisee’s personal religion he mentions at times, I do enthusiastically believe in the spiritual values he professes in his work. As I grow, I have been learning to accept the unexpected, it is important to understand that just because I have a romanticize view of something, doesn’t mean hard work isn’t required. Being at the beginning of a life project is something to be proud of, days go by and I have thousands of ideas, yet I do not act on them. I’m at least glad that there was an instance in my life that I believed in myself enough to engage in anything I love in whatever capacity. I believe that all of these experiences not only enrich my perspective but also my soul. Without the first step there can be no destination, for the end and beginning are undoubtedly connected.

{MUST HEAR MONDAY} Sia – Chandelier (Chloe Martini Remix)

Well, well, how can I explain this gem of a song. I usually say songs that I love have a celestial or intergalactic feel. As if the song literally catapults your soul into space, but this particular song, if you ever needed a playlist for the trip to heaven, this song would definitely be on it.  This song is a piece of art, it incorporates, chopping, screwing and jingle bells. It blends all this musical elements perfectly, almost like they are deprived by not being together on a normal basis. Sia’s voice is sultry and the production takes her further, making her sound like a powerhouse singer. After your ear digests all of that beautiful melody, the song ends on a lighter and more delicate note with a beautiful arrangement of strings. The song is romantic and uplifting. If this song doesn’t brighten your Monday, I really don’t know what will. Enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/chloe-martini/sia-chandelier-chloe-martini

{Music You Never Knew You Liked} – ScienZe Feat Johnny NYU – AUTUMN

“So when we fall, we call it Autumn”

Hello all, of course you know that today marks the first day of autumn. That means we all get to enjoy the fresh cool crisp air, the sound of leaves crinkling underneath our feet, the holidays and most importantly, the premiere of all the fall TV shows like Arrow, The Walking Dead and now The Flash! In celebration of these changes, the music post of the day will be from one of my favorite underground Hip Hop artists, ScienZe.

ScienZe has been making great music consistently for over 5 years. His first mixtape was Her Favorite Subject in 2010, I discovered him with his release of the mixtape Hall Pass. Since then, I have been a huge supporter of his music and brought every album since. In November 2011, he released his first album, When Skies Fall. The album’s theme was based on the emotions felt when autumn rolls in. So reflect autumn equinox, today’s song of the day will be his first single from the album – AUTUMN. The production in the song is soft, slow and calm. Its use of soft wind instruments reflects the transit into a new season. The video is simple but relaxing. It’s shot only in a brown “toaster” filter, within a park full of leaves and the two artists on the song. It’s incredible how the art of simplicity can create such comfort and relaxation. Hopefully this will provide some solace about the end of the summer. Enjoy!

{One huge thing that stuck out from this movie} The important use of music in Guardians of the Galaxy

So I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy right? And I loved every minute of it! I could write a review about how fantastic the movie was, talk about how it has the perfect blend of action and comedy, a thrilling plot and instantly likable characters, but you could read that anywhere. It would just be my opinion anyway, but as a friend and a fan of comic books and especially good movies, GO SEE THIS MOVIE. Now, with that out of the way, I can explain in my opinion on what I think is the most impressive and important element of the movie, the use of the music. Not the orchestra score that is basically required every big budget movie but the classic rock/blues songs that are randomly featured. These songs continuously reflected the tone of the movie. Ok, briefly without royally spoiling movie, I’ll explain what I mean. In the movie, the main protagonist, Peter Quil (Chris Pratt), is abducted from earth at a young age. The only thing from his home planet that he is able to take with him is an old walkman that housed an “awesome” mixtape his mother created for him. The songs that feature on the mixtape, serve as the in- movie soundtrack. So in other words, whatever Peter Quil is listening to within his headphones or on his makeshift stereo, becomes the theme song to whatever moment he is in.

Whether he is escaping from a band of space pirates, exploring a moon’s dark crater or charming an extraterrestrial hottie, his music serves as the theme of the moment. Not only was this a clever way to display human attributes within the title character (that spends the entire movie among people that aren’t from earth); it explained that he is still tethered to earth in some form. Music was still a major influence to his mood and personality. It also gave the audience a chance to listen and appreciate music from decades ago. The audience got to hear some awesome cuts from Davie Bowie, The Runaways and Elvin Bishop. It was also a smart way for director James Gunn to use a recycled trick in movies. If you were watch a movie from two decades ago, every time there was a some sort of scene that suppose to exhibit emotion with the characters on screen (ideally a love scene), title music was used. For it’s time, it was the standard in all movies, that’s why you have all these awesome theme songs that remind you of classic movies, think Rocky with “eye of the tiger” or Top Gun “Take my breathe away”.

eye-of-the-tiger

As I said before, most of songs featured are older classic songs, so most likely you’ve heard them before. Maybe you might have heard it in a commercial, the supermarket or from an older relative. But overall the use of music was another brilliant part to an already breathtaking movie. And through the graces of the Marvel gods, Peter Quil’s “awesome” mixtape is available for download on Itunes, so you too can be a dancing fool. Check out of the track listing below…

Title Artist(s) Length
1. “Hooked on a Feeling” Blue Swede 2:52
2. “Go All the Way” Raspberries 3:21
3. “Spirit in the Sky” Norman Greenbaum 4:02
4. “Moonage Daydream” David Bowie 4:41
5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Elvin Bishop 4:35
6. “I’m Not in Love” 10cc 6:03
7. “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5 2:58
8. “Come and Get Your Love” Redbone 3:26
9. “Cherry Bomb” The Runaways 2:17
10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Rupert Holmes 4:37
11. “O-o-h Child” Five Stairsteps 3:13
12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 2:29

{Music You Never Knew You Liked} Adventure Club Feat Yuna- GOLD (Minnesota Remix)

Wow is this song amazing. Not to be cheesy but this song, is it’s title, Gold.  Adventure Club usually makes incredible tracks that cannot be topped but somehow, someway, Minnesota did it. Just by slowing down the tempo and turning up the chopping, the song sounds totally different. It still has elements of dubstep original song, but dare i say more exquisite? This rework has a charm that can get you pumped at a club or used for a relaxing night drive, it simply just pops more than the original, you be the judge. Tell me what you think below?  Good looks on this find Elizabeth, you have great taste.

Original vs. Remix / {Music you never knew you liked} -CHVRCHS The Mother We Share

Once again, this is one of those remixes that I have listening to for quite some time but just haven’t gotten the opportunity to rave about it. So yesterday I spoke about my man PatLok , today I want to mention another fantastic underground producer that goes by the name MoonBoots. MoonBoots has been a favorite of mine for some time, clearly since I’ve posted about him before. He makes productions that are mentally and usually, aesthetically pleasing. The songs that he remixes aren’t just reworked, they are reinvented.

MoonBoots’s incorporation of pianos, light chords and arranged bass work together in absolute harmony. It makes you feel cool, calm and collected. Every one of his songs has made me long for a three day summer weekend and a warm day at the beach. The remix for CHVCHES’s The Mother We Share is no different. Now the original is incredible, I love it, if I had to explain it, I’d say it sounds like a song used in the credits for an early 90’s movie. Almost like a listener today watching said movie would become confused if the song were from the 80’s or 90s. But that’s the charm of it. Listen below and let me know which you like better.