Monday Moods: “Ain’t That Easy” and “Sugah Daddy” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Some funkadelic groovy tunes for the beginning of the work week but a nice low key for the end of the day. A little smooth and a whole lot of cool sound to pulsate through your earpieces.

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Saturday Sunshine Vibes: “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads, “Multi Love” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and “Going Under Cover (Flaurése Leis Remix)” by John Bull & The Bandits

The sun’s on it’s way out, the temperature is rising to the high twenties and a full day of work is laid out before you. So what’s the best way to start your day and get you in the zone for the hectic ahead? Grab a bite of breakfast, a swig of your favourite beverage, and press play on these upbeat and groovy tunes to get you going and smiling and dancing till the end.

Mini Reviews: “Sound & Colour” by Alabama Shakes

When I heard Alabama Shakes would be coming  out with a new album my anticipation was high and ready for the music that was to come. As soon as I got a hold of “Sound & Colour” and hit play on the first track, dually named after the title of the album, I was blown away. I have never been taken aback and put into a wonderful musical trance. I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to this album on repeat, as it is one of the few I’m able to do so and enjoy each song as if it were the first time I was hearing it.

Unlike Alabama Shakes’ first album, “Sound & Colour” is more polished and the fluidity is apparent between the moods  and feel of each track in comparison to one another. It’s a good balance between slow sounds to upbeat and rocking tunes. While some tracks have that gritty southern feel that is well known to the band, like the song “The Greatest”, they’ve brought forth some new delights and musical changes to their sound, a sort of percussive organ smoothness, including the album’s titled song, “Sound & Colour”.

To me, it comes across as a view of each and every one of us, perhaps the thoughts and emotions racking up inside of us, waiting to burst out and be free. It grabs a hold of your heart, your inner most you and brings it forth to the movements of the sound.

As one of my top albums in my headphones, the tracks I highly recommend if not diving headfirst into the record is your style, would be “Sound & Colour”, “Don’t Wanna Fight”, “Dunes”, “Gimme All Your Love”, and “The Greatest”. But each tune has their own distinct sound and I would highly recommend giving every one a listen at least once if not more.

TRACK LIST:

  1. “Sound & Colour”
  2. “Don’t Wanna Fight”
  3. “Dunes”
  4. “Future People”
  5. “Gimme All Your Love”
  6. “This Feeling”
  7. “Guess Who”
  8. “The Greatest”
  9. “Shoegaze”
  10. “Miss You”
  11. “Gemini”

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Sunbeams and Shorelines (April 27th 2015)

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“Fog in the valley
as Spring still lingers beyond.
Soon it will warm us.”  by Tyler Knott Gregson

  1. Radio War by Iron & Wine
  2. Funny Little Frog by Belle and Sebastian
  3. My Boy William by Little Comets
  4. French Navy by Camera Obscura
  5. Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens
  6. Do The Whirlwind by Architecture In Helsinki
  7. Lover by Devendra Banhart
  8. The Canals Of Our City by Beirut
  9. Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River
  10. M79 by Vampire Weekend

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Mini Reviews: “Hope Is Just A State Of Mind” by Little Comets

From the very beginning, Little Comets has amazed and brought musical delight to me. The first time I heard “Tricolour” off their initial album, “In Search of Elusive Little Comets”, I fell  in love 100% and all thanks to someone near and dear to me. But back to Little Comets!

Their newest album compliments the changing of the seasons into warmer and sunnier days perfectly. The fluidity of the songs is key and spot on throughout the record, filling your veins with positive vibes; making you feel buoyant with cheerful-happy-wonderfulness. While not all the songs have such an upbeat subject basis, the songs themselves, the melodies and tempo and overall structure of them create a lovely tune in your ears. From the lyrics to the notes and everything in between, it truly is a ‘gift of sound’ for you.

Very few musicians nowadays are able to create an album where every song is likeable in its own regard, but Little Comets has done it, and while I have difficulty in choosing just one favourite, some ones I suggest to listen to straight away include, “My Boy William”, “The Gift of Sound”, and “Wherewithal”. But in reality, I love the entire album, and I do suggest listening to the whole album from start to finish first because you will not be disappointed.
TRACK LIST:

  1. “My Boy William”
  2. “B & B”
  3. “The Gift of Sound”
  4. “Formula”
  5. “Little Italy”
  6. “The Daily Grind”
  7. “Salt”
  8. “Effetism”
  9. “Wherewithal”
  10. “Fundamental Little Things”
  11. “Don’t Fool Yourself”
  12. “The Blur, the Line, & the Thickest of Onions”

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A Bundle of Mix Tapes | Steal My Sunshine (June 3rd 2014) and Set Your Soul On Fire (June 11th 2014)

steal my sunshine (June 3rd 2014)

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The sun rises and the beams stream through the leaves. The breeze rushes past, laughter floats, and adventures begin. It’s a time of heat, fun and summer love.

  1. Young Lion by Vampire Weekend
  2. Cups (Pop Version) by Anna Kendrick
  3. I’m Into Something Good by The Bird And The Bee
  4. I’ve Just Seen A Face by Jim Sturgess
  5. Steal My Sunshine by Len
  6. A Well Respected Man by The Kinks
  7. Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede
  8. The Bleeding Heart Show by The New Pornographers

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set your soul on fire (June 11th 2014)

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Treasure every moment, every beat, every life that you come across. For it’s in the most unexpected moments that we find what we’re looking for. Whether it be the one or the place we’re meant to be.

  1. One by Sky Ferreira
  2. I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera Remix) by Marina & The Diamonds
  3. The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover) by Mr. Little Jeans
  4. Swing Tree by Discovery
  5. Love Lust by King Charles
  6. Closer Than This by St. Lucia
  7. Magic by The Sound Of Arrows
  8. Most Wanted by Cults

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