101 Artists to Listen to before you Die by Richardo Cavolo

What up ya’ll! Long time no talk to, been a busy lately moving into a new apartment and learning how to be a DJ. It’s a been a rewarding road so far. But I haven’t forgotten about you guys! Anyway, my friends over at Nobrow hooked my up with this new book.

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101 Artists to Listen to before you Die is the newest books from Richardo Cavolo. It is pictorial list of essential musical artists that should be listened to before you expire from this world. The beautiful thing about this book is that it is not a “how to guide” to music or someone author telling you why whatever he’s pitching is better than anything you could be into. It is a normal guy expressing his love for music and explaining his honest thoughts about how the music makes him feels when it hits him. Quite truthfully, the book is refreshing. It catalogs his experiences of music and he provides us with some vibrant, beautifully unconventional art. It’s all personal but it also invites you to think back to how you felt about whatever music might have shaped your life up to this point.

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Being an eclectic guy myself, I wanted to challenge myself and see out of the 101 artists, how many can I say that I have listened to, I came to the resounding number of just 40 artists. Not too shabby I thought, but I have decided that I want challenge myself.

From this day forward I will be listen to at least 2 artists a day in this book, chronologically, (Thank God For Apple Music!)  in order to not only say I have listened to them all, but to see how it makes me feel and see what I can learn from each artist, I will document what I’ve listened to and write what I’ve heard and felt on here! Hell maybe even one day I will write my own book about artist you all should listen to 😉

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{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!

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{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!

{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.

{Must Listen} Pat Lok Feat Alo- Move Slow

This is a song that i have been listening to for quite some time, just haven’t gotten the opportunity to write about it. This is one of the more complicated Electro- Soul songs out right now. There is no percussion or typical pop formula that makes the song easy to like.  There are many levels to it without it being to disorganized. While it is very layered, it’s so satisfying to listen to.

It’s one of the songs that connects at all the right parts. You know how certain some songs that are too short or some are just too long. This song is just right. The production is as sensual as Alo’s voice, with the sounds blending and echoing into each other it almost sounds as if its one sound being broken into a thousand little parts. It’s very fascinating to listen to, and Pat Lok has a goldmine on his hands. The video for the song  is extremely artsy. It’s odd and somewhat disturbing at first, it quickly blossoms into something gorgeous. Watch it below.

{Music that you Never Knew You Liked} Ellie Goulding-Beating Heart (Vindata Remix)

Now i have been listening to this song for a couple of weeks now, and i think it is the definition of incredible. I have been listening to Ellie Goulding’s music for a long time and have an extensive collection of her remixes, but Vindata’s, this has to be the best I have ever heard. V The production at first takes on a quality of a video game from the 90s, then you hear Ellie’s voices that grounds the song. Her voice isn’t altered (liked in most of her remixes), the quality of her voice cares the songs. The song sends you into a trance like state and snaps you back with its strong bass in the chorus. Vindata are a electronic music production duo from Los Angeles, United States. They have a small fan bass, but if they will continue to put out work like this, they will only become bigger and bigger.  It’s a incredible piece of electronic music, enjoy!

Theophlius London

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I have been wanting to do a post about this artist in particular for quite sometime. Usually when I write about music, I say: This artist is one of my favorite or this artist is smooth and makes music that make you move. When it comes to Theophlius London, he is one of a kind in every way possible. While most artists use music to facilitate their personal styles, the Brooklyn native is style and fashion incarnate. He doesn’t dress wild and crazy to get an audience-ahem, Lady Gaga, nor is he Kanye West trying to reinvent style with the use of his music. London is style that has been transformed into a listening form. He reminds the listener/viewer that style is what you make it and that it is important for it to vary with each person. He not only thrives in electronic music, he somehow manages to still be a hip-hop/R&B artist. London is eclectic, all the while being musically balanced and in his music, there isn’t too much of any genre of music to label him as a specific type of artist. He caters to the majority of listeners. Some can argue that he sounds too old school because he has many 80s sampled tracks or too flamboyant, but one thing you can’t argue is that no one in music sounds anything like him. He’s original in a music world where everything on the radio uses the same template of percussion to make a hit. Theophlius London will draw you in with charming ways and his unabated style.

Must Hear:

Jam: 2008

This Charming Mixtape : 2009

I Want You: 2010

Timez Are Weird These Days: 2011