SOPHIE – Is It Cold In the Water?


This is the title of SOPHIE’s new album. As some of you have already guessed from the title alone, this album is weird. Very weird. Or should I rather say… interesting.

I love the experience you have when you listen to this album from beginning to end. The whole emotional spectrum is active during the listen, and it’s actually difficult to listen to some of the songs. The beats are so unusual that it’s  impossible to react properly to it – I’m in awe as well as disgusted by some of the songs. This is what SOPHIE does best. The album challenges the way you think about music, and that is a big reason why this album does something for me. It challenges the way I think about music – WOW!

I realize that the above passage was about the album rather than the song. I don’t care anymore. SOPHIE doesn’t seem to care about tradtional music structure, so why should I care?

There is some order to all the chaos, and the reason I chose Is It Cold In the Water as the song I wanted to put forward, is because it perfectly captures some of this order during chaos. In the end, it all comes down to the build up. The build up in this song is flat out amazing. I felt blueballed throughout the whole song – I just wanted the beat to drop so hard in the end that it would put every EDM song to shame. But it didn’t happen.

It didn’t give me the satisfaction of ecstacy – and I respect the song a hell of a lot more for that. If you want to experience this right, you should listen to the album from start to end.

The answer to the song title is a perfect answer to your listening experience of this album – it’s chilling!

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Baio – Sunburn Modern

In 2010, I went to my first big festival – Roskilde Festival. It was an awesome experience that I won’t forget anytime soon.

I initially bought a ticket cause Drake was supposed to be come, but he cancelled like a week before and I was so gutted. I decided to go anyway and I’m glad I did. I got to see Gorillaz for the first time and it really put me on to their music – I had only listened to their radio hits at the time, but after watching Damon perform live, I was so excited to listen to Plastic Beach (released that year) and it’s one of my favorite albums now.

Muse and The Prodigy were other great concerts that stand out from that year, but I did make one mistake, that I now regret! I went home a day earlier and didn’t get to see Prince because of it. Now, that’s a missed opportunity, but you live and you learn, I guess.

One artist that surprised me that year was Vampire Weekend. I had initially only heard the song Cousins and I liked how strange it sounded (at the time), so I decided to go check out their concert at the festival.

The settings were perfect for the concert. The sun was up high and it was really warm. I think there was something like 90% girls and 10% guys, but it was awesome how everyone was just having a good time. Good vibes all around and if anyone has ever listened to their album Contra (which they had released that year), it isn’t hard to imagine why everyone was radiating good vibes.

This experience really put me on to Vampire Weekend and I must have listened to Contra for the rest of the summer. And it’s still awesome to put on, if I want to force myself into a good mood – I dare you to try!

That was a long background story as to why I have chosen to post this song today. The other day, I was reading an article from Stereogum: What Have Vampire Weekend Been Up To Since Modern Vampires Of The City. This is where I discovered that Chris Baio, the bassist, went on to work on his solo project. I checked out some of his music and I really love the production on it. Especially his older stuff without vocals that’s just straight up electronic. You can hear some of the Vampire Weekend vibe in the tracks and I love that – It’s like he took the Vampire Weekend sound into a new genre and it ended up sounding just like you would expect.

It does remind me a bit of Jamie xx’ sound, so if you like that, you should definitely give this one a listen!

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Enter Shikari – Live Outside (edit)

It’s crazy how far Enter Shikari has come ever since I heard their first album, Take To The Skies. On Friday, their new album Spark will be out and from the sound of it they have gone into a new direction once again.

Enter Shikari has always played around with different genres and a mixing of sounds – it’s one of my favorite things about them. You never know what to expect. But that’s not completely true. They definitely do have a particular sound to them – that’s why this song is both a completely new, experimenting track as well as a familiar Enter Shikari sound. I can’t image how hard it must be for bands to experiment and try different stuff, while keeping the core of your band intact – but I feel Enter Shikari manages just that!

Even if it is a bit more pop-influenced than their previous releases, I definitely welcome this change and I can’t wait to hear the other songs.

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Mura Masa – Blu (feat. Damon Albarn)

Hello everyone! I’m finally back after taking a break from the blog due to various reasons.

So much music have been released since my last post almost a month ago, and I’m gonna start off with one of my favorite releases during this time – a Mura Masa song from his new self-titled album.

This song features the one and only Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and I just instantly fell in love with the song. The whole song is beautifully constructed and it reminded me of the vibe I got from Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach album.

I feel like that the two complement each other’s sound very well, and I hope that there will more collaborations in the future. Until then, check out the song below!

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Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake Remix)

I’ve been to NorthSide Festival the whole weekend and what a weekend! I was finally able to see Frank Ocean perform after listening to his music since Nostalgia, Ultra. He had to cancel three of his shows prior to NorthSide due to “production delays” – I was so scared that he would cancel this show as well, but luckily he made it and as a huge fan, it was definitely worth all the mud and rain throughout the day – what a perfomance!

I was also able to catch James Blake and even though I saw him last year at Roskilde Festival, I just love his music so much that I couldn’t miss out on him. At some point in the concert he went away from the slower songs and almost turned it into a rave. Everyone was vibing to it and he kicked it all off with this song!

As with almost everything, it is definitely better live, but I think everyone should take a listen as it’s pretty good even without thousands of people having a party next to you!

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Keith Ape – IT G MA Remix (josh pan Opus)

Let’s get some korean rap up in this! Keith Ape released a song 2 years ago called IT G MA that quickly became very popular among hiphop fans.

Since the song came out, a popular remix featuring A$AP Ferg, Waka Flocka Flame, Father, and Dumbfoundead was released and the song started to gain some traction again.

BUT… The whole thing was completed when josh pan (who is now signed to Skrillex’ label) jumped on and did a remix of the remix – he played around with the beats and production, but most importantly a verse by Anderson .Paak was added and daaaamn.. what a verse!

You should definitely check out the whole song (I know, it’s 14:25 minutes long), but if you just want to listen to Anderson .Paak spit fire, go to 8:40 and brace yourself!


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Calvin Harris – Slide (Feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)

Prepare yourself for this year’s best song (so far). I’m just gonna casually mention some names: Calvin Harris – Frank Ocean – Migos.

I can’t imagine a world without this song – how have I been living in a world without it for so long? Just stop everything you are doing and put this song on. If you have a bad day, it will brighten it. If you have an awesome day, it will become even better.


Alison Wonderland – Run

I was watching a Boiler Room show with Ryan Hemsworth from Dubai on Youtube yesterday. After the show was over, it recommended me to listen to another Boiler Room show featuring Alison Wonderland. I listened to it and it was really awesome – there was one song that stood out to me, though.

And now I want to share it as I can’t stop listening! There is just something about the way she sings the chorus while the beat drops that makes me want to listen to that part on repeat.

The production is really solid and if you put it on at a party I guarantee you that there will be heads bobbing! That’s also why you should listen to it with a good speaker system.