Stung – Quinn XCII (produced by ayokay)
I’m sure we all have moments in life when we just simply don’t understand why things are the way they are.
For me, it happens quite often when I listen to Quinn XCII. In those moments of musical bliss, I can’t help but wonder why Justin Beaver is famous and not this guy?
I’m sure there is logical explanation out there; maybe it has to do with the fact that no one knows how to pronounce the artist’s name (is “XCII” a Roman numeral?). It probably doesn’t matter. What matters is the music, so I leave you with this recently-released gem:
On The Road – Y.V.E. 48
I had initially included the original music video to this great song, but soon realized how hard it was to focus on the sound and not the half-naked ladies. And though I have nothing against half-naked ladies, I felt that it deserved to be heard unencumbered by sexual tension.
The song is older than the previous two, but it could have just as easily been released yesterday. The original sound quality is amazing, the bass is exactly what it should be, the guitar is what I imagine electric silk feels like, and the vibe…well let’s just say it sounds like summer.
Y.V.E. 48, the artist, is not as well known as Kygo and Yall, but that might just be part of their strategy to rule the world (other than producing sweet tunes, of course). For example, I had to send a request on their Facebook page JUST to get the link to their website – had no idea that was a thing.
In any case, their Soundcloud page says they (he? her?) are Berlin-based. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has ever had the fortune of visiting Berlin, and knowing how inspiring it can be.
The song, unsurprisingly, makes me think of the great road trips that I’ve had ( bragging unintentional), and of the things that have made those trips so memorable:
- Good music
- Zero expectations
- A craving for the unknown
Below is a photograph of one of the said road trips. Not sure the kid had any music on the back of that truck, but his face says it all.
Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido Highway – Nastia Baila, 2014
Hundred Miles ft. Gabriela Richardson – Yall
A 2015 hit, but this time created by Yall, a Barcelona-based DJ collective who teamed up with Gabriela Richardson Torres for this song.
Not only is this “earworm” material but it has sweet, synchronized dancing and a singer/performance that makes you think of higher beings. The song was re-branded as part of Desigual’s marketing strategy, but the original video is still creatively superior in my mind. Although some of you might like Desigual’s version with the dancing models 😉
I recently included this song in a playlist I made for two dear friends of mine from university, back when I still lived in Germany. The song made me think of a situation in time and place where I felt like I was doing what I should be doing. It’s hard to be in tune with oneself, but often worth the arduous journey to get there.