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I feel like I’ve written about Honors pretty extensively over the years, but on their new single, these dudes have kicked into a new gear I didn’t even realize they had. “Falling Down” is a magnum opus that transcends their alternative r&b roots and takes a dive head first into electronic sounds. It starts off with arena ready trap, rises up into an ethereal breaking point, and releases into an atmospheric wave of breakbeat sounds that feel suited for an underground rave. All of these components sound totally seamless together and it feels like Honors have found a sound that’s truly going to take them to the next level. As a longtime fan, I’m so excited to see where they go next.

Thinking about the song title, it’s helpful to do small preparations that will keep you safe and sound once things start falling down. If you establish a groundwork for your life that’s not shaken by your mood from day to day, you’ll be able to weather any storm. For me, I meditate and write and express gratitude and talk to the universe on a daily basis. If I’m feeling good, that’s great, but if I’m feeling bad, it’s an even better opportunity to further establish that practice. I had a shocking day last week that would’ve shaken me to the core in the past, but with all the tools at my disposal, I worked through it and trusted the process and came out of it none the lesser.

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Bussauto and Felish created a killer first single called “Come Back” earlier this year and they return with an even bigger one. It’s called “Lost Momentum” and it’s an atmospheric treat that feels contemplative and slowly but surely pulls you in second by second. The production is so subtly smooth but naturally cascades into a more outright driven sound with house keys and punchy percussion. Felish’s vocals are so essential to the song as she delivers a gorgeous, soulful performance that you can truly feel the power from with each intonation of each and every line. These two really make a powerful duo that I can’t wait to hear more of in the future.

Last night I was in an exploring mood and drove up Mulholland Drive to look at Los Angeles from far above. The city feels like an endless gridlock when you’re driving through it, but from above, the lights are seemingly endless and make it feel like a vast ocean of potential. The centerpiece of downtown’s skyscrapers never fails to be breathtaking as the Wilshire Grand Center is now lit up with Christmas colors for the season. The chilly air and dead silence from my vantage point made it all the more soothing. Of course, the winding drive through the hills was complemented by ace music and I’ll make sure to include “Lost Momentum” next time.

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Kazy Lambist always comes through with French indie pop music at its finest and “Work” is no different. It’s a mellowed out groove that floats along like a lazy river where you can enter and exit as please. There’s a world influence to it that’s not only in the instrumental but comes through multilingual vocals from Pongo as well. The two have an insane level of chemistry that feels like a natural bond between two artists that can’t be artificially replicated. It reminds me of one of my favorite songs called “Summer Romance” by Coral Casino that also features a male-female duet and subtly infectious instrumental coursing beneath it. These two make a nice double feature when played back to back which might make the perfect micro-playlist for the weekend.

Work as a necessity is a depressing notion, but they’re not really talking about it in the oppressive capitalist sense. This is more so about what you’ll go through with those around you to sacrifice for the art you’re so passionate about. You have to leave family and friends behind, you have to put relationships on hold, it’s all a matter of how far you’re willing to go with it. Some people give up art to give their all to their families, some artists like David Lynch actively talk about how family has held them back from creating the full extent of the art they want to make. It’s truly a spectrum and interesting to think about where different people fall on the grey scale.

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I love electronic music that crafts an atmosphere to get totally lost within. There’s nothing to think about or intellectualize, just music to feel, every synth hitting like an aural massage and the fusion of the bass line and clicking percussion performing on-the-go hypnosis. Throughout Tibasko’s “Bodhi”, I’ve totally lost track of time much like I do during my form of meditation, where the present moment is the only thing considered and past or future become irrelevant. As I write this, it’s already been four minutes of the song’s runtime and I’m not sure whether this passage felt like a marathon or a sprint. Regardless, it’s a stretch that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each time I’ve put “Bodhi” on the past few days.

The meditative state this song puts me into reminds me of how valuable my meditation practice is. 40 minutes a day of diving deep into the mind gives me a sense of peace and patience that I never had before the past four months. Even when I’m not in the midst of meditation, I can close my eyes and access a profound calmness that makes every space and situation in life manageable. It’s an ongoing experience that makes me wonder why we as a society don’t emphasize meditation more often because the benefits are endless. I think in a capitalist society we’re so driven by the pursuit of future rewards that we don’t stop to recognize the beauty of the present, but that’s just me. Maybe music like “Bodhi” will lead people toward a spiritual path as they feel the power of meditative music.

Bodhi (Omusaré Records) - SoundCloud
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This single from THE SEIGE is an absolute beast. Imagine Death Grips, Meek Mill, and TNGHT all fused into one monolith of a trap banger that walks the line between the punk rock ethos of modern rap and the rapid-fire bars that have been a staple throughout the genre’s existence. “Back Up” is one of those songs that’s killer on a pair of headphones, but in a live setting will cause pure chaos. It’s easy to imagine mosh pits opening up, people diving from the nosebleeds, bodies rushing the stage – everything from hardcore shows bleeding over into a distant cousin’s playing field.

It’s amazing how two genres sonically opposed at their beginnings, hip-hop and hardcore/punk/metal, have joined forces. The red-line pushing 808s from modern metal bands are now prevalent in beats, throat-tearing yells from punk have been injected with acrobatic swagger, the mosh pits from hardcore have gone mainstream, the list goes on and on. I wonder how no one saw this coming as each style was countercultural from the outset – it was only a matter of time before they smashed together like rams butting heads. With formerly countercultural sounds permeating the forefront of the collective conscious, where do these genres go from here? Only time will tell.

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I reviewed “Want You” by Rynx last year which was an amazing song, but this “Doesn’t Matter” remix might be his best yet. He takes on a tall order by flipping an already massive Gallant track, but he pulls if off and then some. The fusion of organic guitar strums, trappy percussion, and a super emotional drop makes this one a can’t-miss release. There’s such a lush atmosphere here to get totally lost within that makes this feel like a totally original output rather than a remix. This is the sound of Rynx coming into his own and taking his sound to a whole new level. I sensed the artistry on his earlier releases and it’s finally come to fruition!

Whatever you’re worried about right now, it doesn’t matter. Elevate your frequencies to tune with the universe and everything will fall into place. Anything negative will simply be a lesson to put you in closer contact with the world around you. We’re all connected, consciously or not, and the rest of the humans around you on Earth will life you up. Fall back into the embrace of your fellows and take life for what it is. It might be counterintuitive, but it’ll be more than worth it as the end results fall into place.

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