music to smoke to

A true friend is hard to find

Fellow Melburnian Thrupence a.k.a. Jack Vanzet is somewhat of a creative prodigy. His music on his SoundCloud makes the perfect soundtrack for gawping at his art on his website.

Don’t You Mind is from the upcoming mixtape Lessons and is available to download for free from Jack’s Bandcamp page. Think I’m a little bit in love.

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I know it is the end

Skin by Grimes is one of my favourite songs. I find myself to drawn to darker, more melancholy music (I’m so much fun at parties) and Skin really is one of those tracks. It’s all about unrequited love of the modern kind – sleeping with someone in in the blind hope that they’ll feel something for you back, but knowing deep down that they won’t.

If the original track was about the situation happening in the present tense, Four Tet’s remix is the aftermath. It injects more energy and even gets a bit dizzying at points. It’s that night out you’ve gone on to forget everything, but in the peak of all the alcohol and drugs you’re just thinking of the things you didn’t say and the things you’ll never say – you know, doing what our generation is so good at doing.

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Fade away

Skream just recently launched a new label, ‘Of Unsound Mind’, and this is it’s first release by an artist called Motions.

The first track FADING brings to mind being somewhere sunny, totally content with life, (probably a little bit buzzed), just letting all your problems ‘fade away’. With FIELDING, the second track, you feel more like you’re inside, having come in from the sun- but not for long. You’ve just decided to go out tonight so you’re in your bedroom grooving along to this and your own happy thoughts. As HOME IS FAR AWAY starts there’s definitely a more industrial feel – you’re in the club – deep into your night out, perhaps even near the end. HOME IS FAR AWAY and the journey back to it is probably gonna suck. But none of that matters – because where you are right now feels really, really good.

The EP is pretty special. If you listen to it, make sure to give it time and attention – it really is beautiful. Looking forward to hearing more from Motions and seeing what else comes out on Skream’s new label.

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You were not deserving

I first heard BANKS last March, adding SOHN’s remix of “Before I Ever Met You” to bruuuutiful.

With bruuuutiful I have this rule; I don’t like adding more than one track from an artist – it’s to be a diverse and vibrant playlist; somewhere to explore new music from all different artists and DJs. However, when BANKS released her second EP LONDON later that year, I loved it so much that I bent the rules and added CHANGE.

If you listen to BANKS’ music, you’ll notice she has an eerie way of translating emotional pain and frustration from relationships into something fucking beautiful. BANKS just released DROWNING, from her upcoming album GODDESS, on SoundCloud and it’s hit the mark again. Have a listen, it’s a gem.

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Playlist – Lion

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When I made this playlist last September, I had a few situations in mind; late night driving, finishing your cigarette as the last of your friends left in the smoking area of a club, walking home through the city after having been out all night, finding yourself still awake on your computer in the early hours of the morning.

I tried to capture those reflective and sometimes dark moods where your thinking is a little twisted, a little somber, but full of possibility.

Smoke up, relax, and enjoy the internal journey. Rinse & repeat as necessary.