November is cold, dark and miserable. Getting out of bed at 6:15am to go to work in winter is my least favourite thing in the world, and as for climbing into a freezing cold car and waiting for the temperature to rise above absolute zero? Fuck. That.
Because I never have time to make myself a brew and prepare for the day, the first thing I do that I actually enjoy on a day like this is listen to music. Unfortunately, my car's been doing this really annoying thing lately, where about thirty seconds after I start the ignition, it blasts a random song from my saved music at three thousand decibels, and for some reason it's ALWAYS Rock N' Roll by Skrillex... don't get me wrong, I like the guy, but not at that time in the morning, and definitely not at the volume.
Luckily, I have something on my playlist that's perfect for getting me going on these icy mornings. Drunk On You from our good friends @Mediioffiical - who you may remember from the end of September when we featured Stand by Me with @kristen.olsson - is exactly the kind of music I need when I'm still half-asleep, battling through hordes of traffic to get to work. It should come as no surprise then that Drunk On You is Music to Save the World's Track of the Month for November!
Auditory onslaughts first thing in the morning are the most migraine-inducing experiences imaginable (for those of you with a colleague who is loud and also an arsehole I'm sure you're fully aware of this); you need to begin your day mellow, and let the energy build. Drunk On You starts with a soft acoustic guitar accompanied by ethereal slices, before melting perfectly into Joelina's beautiful vocal. The first forty seconds of this track are ambient bliss, warming you long before your car heaters have had chance to reach a temperature that isn't physically. offensive.
Of course, we haven't had our daily caffeine injection yet, and all this mellow loveliness is running the risk of sending us back to sleep - which when you're behind the wheel of a fast moving vehicle often isn't really advisable. This is Medii though, so it isn't long before those trademark gritty synths come chugging in to deliver a much needed hit of adrenaline. The hook is filled with sawtooth-y goodness, driven along by a groove that oscillates rhythmically between future bass punch and electro house thump. Pay close attention to the beat; it's unpredictable without ever being jarring, as Medii effortlessly guide the flow of the song in the direction they want us to be swept in. It's little compositional cues like this that set amazing producers apart from the crowd, guiding the listener on a sonic journey without making the whole thing impossible to follow.
This song is packed with the kind of stuff we need to get pumped up and ready to Save the World! - one of my favourite parts it The Chainsmokers-esque riff that runs through the outro of the song, which is no doubt a hangover from the guys' recent remix of This Feeling. And then of course, it wouldn't be a Medii track if it didn't feature an incredible vocalist, and Joelina really delivers an outstanding performance here. I have no doubt that many people will be making their morning commute with their current love interest firmly at the forefront of their thoughts, experiencing that intoxicating feeling we've all been floored by at one point or another. I love a song that deals with realistic ideas, because we need that familiarity to get us through some of the darker days of the season. Oh yeah, and how good is that artwork!?
I really feel that our featured track this month is going to help you get through the coming winter months (sorry to get all Ned Stark on you there, but it's true - winter is coming), and lead you on your way to Victory! - whatever that may be. Go ahead and get drunk on Drunk on You - but save the actual drinking until you're back home safe, yeah?
Himalaya by Ellipsis
The Music to Save The World playlist is sponsored this month by Himalaya from Ellipsis.
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Hi my name is Matt, but my friends call me Matt. I’m on the wrong side of 27, definitely feeling my age, but never felt happier and more content than I do at this point in my life. I’ve been through some rocky patches (who hasn’t) and lived to tell the tale, and boy do I gots some stories.
When I’m not putting my soul through existential hell in my day job, I’m making music, drawing pictures (and making them move in time to the groove, playa), and writing about everything from high-concept sci-fi rigamarole to my thoughts on the intricacies of the music industry.
I’ve been curating for musicto for bloody ages now, and am certainly one of the old guard; my fellow curators are like my family. I love belonging to this tribe of like-minded cats.
If you’re into music that paints vivid sonic landscapes, then we’re going to be the best of friends. And if you’re a Westerosi or from Rivia, hmu: I can talk about that shit all damn day.