Putting the Heart Back into Music – An Interview with Frank Iengo

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Putting the Heart Back into Music – An Interview with Frank Iengo

When ‘Blackout’ first landed in my inbox, I was absolutely taken aback by its sheer atmospheric depth, sonic unpredictability and masterful production quality. There was no doubt that I needed to meet the mind behind the music, Pynk64 – aka Frank Iengo. Frank has been active in the music industry for almost two decades, and in that time his musical dealings have spanned house, chillout, pop, hip hop, R&B, soundtracks and movie scores and, in his own words, ‘anything else that inspires me’. Frank has been involved in numerous projects during his artistic tenure, including Surfers, Aguadulce, Nevrotype, Dynamicode, Relaxingvibe, and of course, Pynk64…

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Interview with Imperial - Music to Shake A Hoof

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Interview with Imperial - Music to Shake A Hoof

The hoof-

So tell us how many versions of hot sauce did you have to cook up before you got that ‘just right’ taste.

Imperial-

Hot Sauce was more or less straight out of the pan, with a bit of seasoning along the way. Most of my beats start with a main section (8 bar loop for example) I build this up until it feels right and full. At this stage I then create other sections of the beat and arrange it. Next is removing elements to refine and clear out the unnecessary juices. Get the basic flavours working together but don't over season... There's nothing worse than an over salty dish…

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I Don't Love You - New Video

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I Don't Love You - New Video

If you happen to be female - between 35 and 55 - love classic pop and remember 80's bands like Aha, Mr. Mister and enjoy a good jangly guitar - then you should definitely check this out ;-)

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Music to Think About Life

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Music to Think About Life

You can listen to different kinds of music: something makes you dance, something makes you sad. But there are songs that are more than that. Every song in this playlist has a story to tell, and each of the story can be a rollercoaster of emotions. If you love meaningful songs and spending time alone deep in your thoughts, this playlist will let you do both at the same time….

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Music to Atone To

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Music to Atone To

What is ‘this thing called life?’ – “That is the question!” For many, that is indeed a life-long question with no exact or perfect answer. Technically, life can be defined a number of different ways. But keeping the complex rather simple, life – our existence – is composed of a wide range of experiences and emotions. Such experiences and emotions are intertwined with some being truly awesome, and others not-so-great or utterly devastating…

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Music to Explore An Alternative Direction

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Music to Explore An Alternative Direction

In life, you've always done things slightly different from the people around you. You noticed early on that some of your views and opinions simply didn't match those of the majority. At times you may have felt confused or perhaps the thought crossed your mind that you must be mad, or surely the rest of the world was. You have learned to accept this fact; you aren't going to change the way you are, just to "blend in"…

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Interview With Malibu Soma

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Interview With Malibu Soma

“To whoever is reading this, I implore you to look for music that goes beyond what is mainstream. Find artists who are really making things because they're passionate about the music and the creation process, not because they want clout or money or whatever. There are so many amazing artists out there that are struggling to make ends meet because the big blogs or labels aren't giving them a chance because they're not a surefire money maker like these trashy money-machine artists…

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Music to shake a hoof

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Music to shake a hoof

If you like to shake a hoof to the best soul, funk and dance music or chill with with the latest dub, jazz or rap, then you are at the right place as we share the best new releases every week, regular features on classic artists and interviews with new bands and producers...

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Music to Warm The Soul

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Music to Warm The Soul

Music plays an important role in our lives. Have you ever noticed how music and emotions are linked? Our coming of age is marked by a personal soundtrack and we can evoke vivid memories and emotions by listening to music. A song can change your mood from sad to uplifting, affecting your emotions. Well, how about a playlist that warms the soul and radiates emotional serenity? This playlist does just that!…

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Music to Get Lost In The City

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Music to Get Lost In The City

Allowing yourself to believe that you know everything there is to know about everything that you know is a purely self destructive behavior, and one that more often than not deprives you of the chance to grow, learn, and discover new things through the exploration of your environment…

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Music to Get Addicted To

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Music to Get Addicted To

This playlist will highlight a new track every week, that is simply addicting. It will highlight new and old tracks, oldies and the "new wave". Most songs will be a mix of hip-hop, r&b, and trap, but ultimately can be a part of any genre…

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Himalaya by Ellipsis - Music to Track

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Himalaya by Ellipsis - Music to Track

We're stoked to announce the launch and distribution of our second home grown Music to track - Himalaya.  Working once again with UK producer Matt Jenko of Ellipsis, this time we've gone with another Chillhop style track…

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Music to Practice Yoga To

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Music to Practice Yoga To

Stop everything you are doing. Yes, right now - put your phone down, stop responding to your friend’s text, and that Instagram caption can wait.

Take a breath in. . . and a giant exhale out let it go.

One more time even DEEPER now. Inhale let your lungs fill up, now really fill them up as MUCH as you can . . .yes keep filling . . . now hold it for a few seconds at the top . . . exhale let it go.

Feel more calm, relaxed, and centered? If so, great you’re one of the few people I’ve met where taking a few breaths has calmed everything down.

If not, welcome to the other 98% of the population (myself included) where we need that little extra push, that nudge into the “zen like” state we are all after.

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Music to Impress Your Date

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Music to Impress Your Date

Born to Beatles-era parents in a Jay-Z and Eminem time, it wouldn’t have been hard to predict that I would develop a relatively eclectic music taste. Before I ever got my first iPod, I was exposed through my parents (and my older brother) to the sounds of people like Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, Outkast and the Black Eyed Peas, and 50 Cent and Kanye West. In fact, my dad wanted to name my brother and I Wilson and Otis, after Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding…

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Ashlee Villaseñor - Music to Curator Interview

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Ashlee Villaseñor - Music to Curator Interview

 My name is Ashlee Villaseñor. I live in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas in the US. I just graduated from college so I’m just trying to figure out my life, honestly.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I love sharing music. I love making my friends playlists. I love finding new music, so being able to be in charge of a playlist and share it to the world is awesome!

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From Tin Pan Alley To Spotify: Music And Its Many Formats

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From Tin Pan Alley To Spotify: Music And Its Many Formats

My ten-year-old son asked me the other day which Spotify playlists I listened to when I was a kid. I started laughing and told him that we didn’t have Spotify back then. And since I had just told him a few days before that none of the games he is playing on his iPhone existed when I was younger, he looked at me long and hard and finally asked, “If you didn’t have any of this stuff, what did you guys have on your iPhones then?” I looked at him equally long and finally said, “We didn’t have iPhones.”

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Music to Simp To

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Music to Simp To

Music to Simp to is about pouring your heart out. It is for the people who have had their heart ripped out by past loves, are being mistreated by current lovers, or who are longing for the simple taste of love. Sometimes we don't wish to simply forget about our love-sickness, but we want to have a good cry. This is Music to Simp to. Mostly classic sounds with a tinge of 90's angst, this playlist is carefully curated to ensure you have a cathartic experience…

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Johnathan Fludd - Music to Curator Interview

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Johnathan Fludd - Music to Curator Interview

My name is Johnathan Fludd I was born and raised in Philadelphia but I currently live in San Antonio. Right now I’m just focusing on college, I’m not working at the moment.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I think it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always hated the music on the radio and enjoyed searching for new music. The feeling of finding a song you love that you would have never found if you weren’t digging is amazing…

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