I first heard this song yesterday as I was running through Hasenheide, a huge park by my house. I had already been running (ok, you got me, jogging) for a solid 15 minutes and therefore reaching my tap out point. And then, like a gift from the gods, this magical song started pumping into my ears like a seductive siren, causing me to tap into a dormant energy source I wasn't even aware existed
Last night, after a few glasses of wine, my roommate and I were laughing about our individual dancing styles when we are at a club and completely immersed in the music. My roommate tends to hang out in front of the DJ. She's usually swinging her arms, but in a very controlled way as if she's marching (that or fending off a bevy of zombies.) Oh and she's usually smiling really big at other people, wanting to make sure that those around her are having just as much fun as she is.
As a woman who loves techno, I feel it is my personal duty to draw attention to all the incredible techno DJs out there who also happen to be ladies. That's why occasionally I'll use this playlist as my platform (hey, everyone needs a soapbox, ok?)
Marketed as a brooding and often dark tech house floor filler, what I like most about 'Sacred Geometry' is how the track evolves with layers of filtered synth parts, building percussion over the track's 7 and a half minutes.
On Saturday night I arrived to Griessmühle; formerly a pasta factory, and presently one of my favorite clubs in Berlin. Not only is it just a few U-bahn stops from my house, but it's a bit off the beaten path (and a bit gritty), which means it doesn't attract a lot of tourists.
Max Cooper creates "highly produced, emotional electronica made for both the dance floor and sit-down concerts." When I hear this song I am immediately reminded of the deep, introspective journey that music sometimes takes me on. There I am in the middle of dance floor, surrounded by gyrating strangers and dancing lights. I close my eyes and go on a mini-vacation in my mind.
Throwing house parties in Berlin, if done right, can actually yield a profit (and no I am not talking about charging your friends upon entry.) In Germany, you can bring your empty glass bottles to your nearest grocery store and get money back. Today, I proudly carried a giant bag of jangly bottles to my corner market and received a whopping 3.18 eur. Woo!
A couple of days my roommate mentioned that she was going to deep clean the apartment. I said, "Well, wait. Friday we are having a house party and it's just going to get filthy again."
Because this song is a bit slower than the other tracks on the playlist, it's great for getting in the zone (or pretending your life is in slow motion.) It's a dreamy trip to the moon without ever having to leave the comfort of your room.
When I first heard this mesmerizing track, I was in a daze...and then I saw the video...my god, I love when music touches me both sonically and visually. The video begins innocuously enough with two freshly dressed dudes having a friendly night in, listening to good music, practicing dance moves, and smoking a joint.
The lyrics to It's Ok were written by Patricia Edwards way before I ever made the song. I liked it when I first heard the lyrics and then decided to write music to it. Since Patricia is based in New York and I am based In Johannesburg, I wanted the song to have both an American as well as a South African feel to it. I also wanted the song to fit in any club around the world. Hope you enjoy!
It's the freakin' weekend and I couldn't be more excited. Before I crack open a bottle of beer and toast to the ending of a particularly stressful week, I still have a few tasks I need to finish up..like backing up all my data to my external hard drive (a habit I need to just go ahead and adopt weekly).
Today it's raining buckets and I am completely and totally OK with that. Why? Because I am tucked safely away in my apartment, catching up on laundry and letting my creative juices percolate. This song is great for tapping into inspiration goldmines when you're stuck indoors on a drizzly day.
In any decent DJ playlist there is always at least one track that stands out. For me Kölsch's, Grey epitomises such a record. It's upfront, it doesn't stand about, it hits the spot and clears off in under 5 mins leaving us wanting more. It's my favourite tune of the now and now is all we have.
I love everything about this song. It reminds me of those magical moments when I get so entranced with the music on the dance floor that I feel like I am being taking to another world, far, far away from this one. My mind is completely clear while my body is perfectly in sync with the music. Impermenance is irrelevant when you are transcending your physical self.
Much like the repetitive nature of cleaning your living space, the chimed plucks in the beginning of the track repeat throughout and takes the listener on circular adventure as added layers build on this theme with an array of syncopated break beats, futuristic synths, and a driving bass line.
The other night I had the arduous task of putting together an IKEA bed that I had bought secondhand. The task was arduous because 1. There were no instructions, 2. I had never put together a bed before.
"I call it house work, 'cause it's like work. But Ima throw shade if I don't get paid for this house work." Man, I can relate. I don't just dance; I dance like it's my motha fuckin' job.
Ever since I stumbled upon this song, I can't stop listening it. It's so great, I don't even want to dilute it with my fanciful analogies. Just do yourself a favor and listen to it....really, really loud.
If I could have one wish, it would be that this song would start playing as soon as I enter a lucid dream (that beautiful space between waking life and deep slumber when my body is completely relaxed and weightless but I still complete control over my thoughts and movements.)