I first came across the mysterious Blackedoutwhen late one night, I found myself in the tinychat internet concert venue SPF420. After “sticking around” (or keeping my internet browser open / headphones on) for a couple of the other acts, the host announced Blackedout would be performing next. A quick switch of the webcam to wherever he was performing from, which for the most part, was in complete darkness and he was set to begin.
Almost immediately I was completely enthralled with the sounds I was hearing. As I’ve said before and through a lot of the music I share, I’m a huge fan of late night/R&B type sexy grooves and spacey sounds and beats. After the performance, I was excited to delve into some more tunes and was even more thrilled when I came across this brand new EP just released on April 30th.
This is a solid example of the sounds I love (think kind of the same vein as Supreme Cuts, The-Drum, Holy Other, etc). This is pure sex. Really nice sounding pianos, synths, drums, water sounds, [probably] some found sound samples in there, and nice use of Rihanna vocals and vox from the song ”Baby I’m For Real” (which was either taken from Michael McDonald or The Originals).
My only real complaint (if you can even call it that) is the brevity of the EP, spanning only about 15 minutes total. Anyway, hop on down below, turn the lights off, and hit play.
BONUS: for some non-EP tracks (that are just as chillin’) head on over to Blackedout’s soundcloud.
Check out this pic I grabbed of A$AP Rocky grabbin Rihanna‘s booty during the opening performance of the MTV VMAs tonight. (yes I still try to watch the VMAs if I can. Pretty dissapointing as per usual but that isn’t anything really new ) Anyway, Rocky really got a good handfull there.
This is the time of year when I thank myself for owning a gym membership. It’s been a week straight of highs over 90+ degrees (and humidity), running outside is not even an option in my mind.
When the weather isn’t my ideal 68 degrees partly cloudy with a slightly cool breeze, I have to get creative with my workouts. Perhaps I run early in the morning to beat the heat, or maybe I hop on my bike instead. Whatever it is, I make sure I’m still getting my workout fix in and fresh playlists are always a great way to keep the intensity up. Check out Run Hundred’s Top 10 for July below and keep the momentum flowing.
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.
It feels like almost a relief to be back on the East Coast, only because I’m willing to admit that I probably could not handle another day of Coachella. It’s a beast of a wild time. This year we were able to expand our camping group to 20+ different people and there’s no telling what next year will be like.
If you haven’t noticed, the festival scene has exploded as of late. I can’t turn my head around without hearing of a new event packed with a slew of artists waiting to wow you. Each one is entirely different from the next, varying in genres, tiers of artists, camping vs. non-camping; these things have seriously evolved. This is where the music industry is going.
During the phenomenal Radiohead set on Saturday night Thom Yorke said it best, music is about being together and the sense of community we have at these things. To me music is extremely personal, it performs as the soundtrack to my life, a constant ebb and flow. But being in the middle of a sea of tens of thousands of people all consumed by the lights, synths, and strong percussion; it really felt like something else.
As Coachella is one of the only places I will completely keep my phone off and separated for days at a time, I won’t be giving you the minute-by-minute timeline of what I was doing. I will give you some insight on who I saw after 3pm those days though, and trust me, that heat was brutal in the campgrounds before the sun went down. Continue reading →
I’m almost half-relieved this Holiday season is behind us.
I had a fabulous time but I’m ready to get back on schedule, be caught up on my emails and actually ahead on things, and going to bed at normal hours of the night. This time of the year also brings around the workout trend. You know, like when it was cool to go to the gym again. This playlist comes just in time from the good people at Run Hundredand their voters.
Check out this month’s Top 10, and explore more of the site to fill up your freshly charged iPod.
It’s Friday. Rebecca Black. Black Friday. Thanksgiving. Thank God it’s Friday. TGIF. ABC. Full House. Step by Step. Family Matters. Carl Winslow. Cop. Cop this mix. Cop that mix. Mix and match. Awesome match. Friday Night Smackdown. Smell what the Rock is cookin? Cookin. Recipe. Recipe for success. Dress for success. Dressed up. Dressed down. Get down. Dance. Club. Dancing and clubs mix well. Dance mix. DJ Ed Smooth Fall Dance Mix!!!!!