tHumpday #3

This week we get slow and chill with seven songs from an eclectic selection of artists from around the world. As always, if you like what you hear, support these indie artists. Without you their musical journey cannot continue. Enjoy.


SIR

Love You
from Seven Sundays by SiR

I thought I'd set the tone of this weeks post with this. Loving it.

 

TIFFANY GOUCHE
Ready 2 Go
from Pillow Talk EP by Tiffany Gouché
Los Angeles, CA

I still replay a favorite from her last EP over and over again. I'm sure I'll post that next week, but for now I'm really loving the sparse nature of this piece.

 

BRANDON WILLIAMS

Leave Love Be feat. Alex Isley (wsg Moonchild)
from XII by Brandon Williams
Detroit, Michigan

Smoothing it out is Leave Love Be from Brandon Williams. Loving the strings and closing of this piece. Elegant and sweet.

 

Moods

Love Is Real
from Seasons EP by Moods
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Chill with a portion of head bop.

 

Celestine

Let It Go (Compton's Soul mix)
from Let It Go by Celestine
Bristol, UK

This is the kind of thing that I would put in my Sunday playlist, which contains a number of jazz, soul and chill classics, as well as modern gems. The original version of this is cool, but I really like the vibe of the Compton Soul mix, by the infamous Andy Compton.

 

Mar

My Absolute
from Seeing Her Naked EP by Mar
Amsterdam

Soft. Slow. Sensual. This is a sensual, electronic R&B piece from Amsterdam artist, Mar. Simple and deep.

 

Menik

Paradise
from Rush EP by Menik .feat Lylli
UK

Do you love Esthero? Res? If you don't know these people, please immediately access your favorite search engine and look for "Esthero Superheroes". Get back to me. The production and feeling of this song reminds me of that body of work. I'm definitely feeling this. Very chill.

tHumpday #2!

Thumpday #2!

Back again with lots of indie deliciousness, from the likes of James Tillman, Sam Trump and more!

 

So nice, I had to put him in twice. I also mentioned this artist in Thumpday 1, James Tillman, people! James Tillman! I love the EP, but this is another favorite called, And Then.

They say music, like any art, can be healing. It's no wonder why I love this Sam Trump piece! With so much going on in the black community for the past... oh... I dunno how many decades... after a while you just stop counting... I thought this song was beautiful and timely. I know quite a few "positive" songs that people used to make back in the day, before everything turned into songs about bitches, ho's, drugs, killing and crime. I'm so happy to hear music like this today. I hope this is a movement. #noTrends

This is just the intro. A voice and a stringed instrument. Simple. Honest. Beautiful.

So chill, smooth and with a bit of head knock... Straight out of the UK... (or is it England now?), Ash Walker's Augmented 7th.

Ehhhhhhhhhhhh! I love this joint!

In the streets of Paris...

GOING WAY BACK!

This Aaliyah remix made it's way around the globe, even into the streets of Paris with over half a million views.

 

A long time ago, I made a series of remixes I called, Stimulated Remixes. I've said this a million times, but I never knew where that stuff wound up. One day, I was browsing youtube and the next thing I knew, I discovered my work was in foreign dance schools, on radio, in the clubs and... in the streets of Paris. The video above is a tribute to FEMININITY & FREEDOM by the infamous Parisian dancer/choreographer Laure Courtellemont and her crew, Jayane, Queensy BLAZIN', Berode and Fatou Terra.

You can checkout the collection of remixes here. It's been a while since I made anything like this... Hmmm....

GROW SOMETHING!

Everywhere I go, I plant a garden.

Everywhere I go, I try to plant a new garden. It provides the best tasting herbs and produce, in addition to a quite a few peaceful, meditative moments. It's cheap, easy and simply beautiful. It doesn't matter where you are. If the possibility exists, grow something.

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Something about gardening is meditative... Event the plants themselves are very calming and therapeutic.

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I never thought I'd be good at gardening. A lot of the plants in my very first garden didn't make it. However, it's not hard at all.  Once you get it, you can just relax.  It's just sun, water and air.

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The more living things around me, the better... There's something about having more life around.

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Having the best tasting produce and herbs at your fingertips is an added bonus in the kitchen!!!

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Go GROW SOMETHING!