To try and lift everyone’s spirits I’ve put together a little (30min) mix of uplifting feel-good tracks to see if I can raise the mood of the internet. It’s a mix of styles from soul / mashups / hiphop / drum and bass / other so there’s something to suit some people in there.
“The cold and beautiful synths of Galaxy Toobin’ Gang are transmitted through the same feeric wave-spaces as those of Laurie Spiegel, Terry Riley or Tangerine Dream and convey perfectly the sensation of simultaneous wonder and alienation that the members of the Peabody expedition must have felt when flying between the abnormally regular shapes of a monstrous mountain range hidden deep into the heart of a eternal screaming whiteness. Galaxy Toobin’ Gang’s debut album is a truly timeless sounding piece of work created by Elliot Lip and Speculator.”
Then I bought it.
Then I listened to it.
And it was awesome.
If you’d like to buy it too – or sample some of the tracks – Head to Boomkat.
If you’re browsing music on DJdownload.com you can choose to share the stuff you’re listening to (or buying, or thinking of buying). Which then creates a really nice player / widget that you can embed.
A few things that I really like:
The whole setup process is incredibly simple, quick and easy.
The ‘needle drop’ function that lets you check out different bits of the track is very quick and also lets you visually see where the drops and things are so you can quickly get a sense of the dynamics of the track (a few other sites have got similar things to this – but I really like this implementation).
if you were so inclined you can use this as a way of making money through affiliate deals. Note: I haven’t set this up (yet) so you can buy any of these tracks without lining my pockets ;-)
I’m going to stop putting my music mixes directly on Crackunit. For a few reasons. Paranoia being one. DJ mixes have always been a grey area in terms of licensing, etc. So I’m just going to tidy them over to somewhere else, just to be on the safe side. I’d hate my blog to get compromised in some way because of sharing my musical stuff. I have good reason to be paranoid about this stuff – maybe I’ll share the story another time.
I’ll still ‘point to’ mixes from here. But they’re now on a totally separate site.
An odd thing happened to me on Saturday night. I was playing some music through the stereo via my laptop. Sophie started humming a tune that she wanted to hear and I thought I could recognise what it was. So I tried to find the track.
But instead of heading for the laptop I picked up my iPhone, and instead of going into iTunes I clicked on YouTube and searched for the video there. Within 5 seconds the track was playing.
I didn’t even think about what I was doing. It was a total autopilot first-reaction move.
But once I’d done it I thought about what had just happened.
I knew I had the track in my iTunes on my computer.
I also knew I had the track on vinyl in the loft (in a box).
And I knew I could probably find a version of it on Last.fm or some other music site.
But I instinctively knew that I’d find a full version of the track quickly and have it playing in seconds via YouTube, and by using my iPhone not my laptop I wouldn’t disturb what was playing. So that’s what I did.
Of course it’s not going to keep an audiophile happy. But I thought it was interesting that in the same way that IMDB is my goto for film YouTube has oddly become my goto for music (in that situation at least).
I just did it again with this amazing track (The Wanderer by Romanthony). I went straight to YouTube and nailed it. Then when I checked afterwards I couldn’t find a full version of it on Last.fm. And that’s what reminded me to write about it:
Anyone else finding themselves doing that, or is it just me?
I thought I’d give it a go, so I turned to one of my favourite artists – Craig David. And used his lyrics to create a couple of rebuses for myself. You can see the diversity of emotions that Craig deals with in his songs below.
From the romantic ‘face based’ soulful R&B of Rendezvous:
Sorry, I know it’s been a few musicy posts in a row. But I had to share this. It’s perhaps the most bonkers track I’ve heard recently. It’s hard to describe its genre, it’s basically like speeded up funk / soul, meets happy hardcore, meets electro-house, whatever it’s just totally out there. I’m sure if I had a heart condition it’d do me no good at all. Don’t miss the slurring pianos at the end, it’s all very messy.
It’s not perfect. The more I’ve played with it the more I’ve noticed little things that could be improved (I’ve listed them at the bottom). But you can tell the guys are working on constantly improving the app. And they’re taking user feedback splendidly well. Which is my first big tick.
10 Things I Love About Blip.fm can be read below (I’ve had to put it on another page or people’s mouse-wheels would wear out on the homepage).