VOLUNTEER - "GOOD GOOD DAY" JUNO BEACH REMIX

I enjoyed remixing Volunteer's feel-good anthem "Good Good Day". Staying on brand, I took his bright wedding day ballad and turned it into something angsty and minor.. :)

Some details for my fellow nerds: I took Cory's straight 1-6m-4 chord acoustic guitar arpeggios, pushed them ahead a half-beat to give them an offbeat feel and put them over a 6m-1-4 chord progression. I kept all the vocal layers and added a drum break beat, some thick picked p-bass, a rhodes arpeggio that complimented the acoustic, and some woozy synths. Then I filtered everything, added hiss, & put copious amounts of Izotope Vinyl pitch vibrato on it to give it an old cassette sound (you can hear a tape being put in a cassette player in the intro).

I found inspiration for this in some unexpected places, so I made an inspiration playlist with my remix at the beginning, some songs that inspired the production, and Volunteer's original at the end. Hope you enjoy.

New Robinson EP 'Another Life' out

For those that don't know, I'm in a band with some friends called Robinson. We're pretty inactive at this point but just released a batch of songs that have been in the works for a really long time.

In early 2013 we recorded the basic tracks of four songs in Kyle Cummings' home studio. Five years later it's finally out in the form of an EP with 2 added instrumental interludes. It's called Another Life and I'm really proud of this one. It's really been a labor of love, having poured countless hours into overdubs, mixing, remixing, remixing, etc. but I've loved every minute of it, right down to the artwork and social media promo. Hope you give it a listen & enjoy.

BEST OF 2016

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

David Bazan
Blanco

LNZNDRF
LNZNDRF

The Japanese House
Swim Against the Tide

Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

Tycho
Epoch

DIIV
Is the Is Are

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool

Local Natives
Sunlit Youth

M83
Junk

James Blake
The Colour In Anything

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

SONGS OF THE YEAR

DIIV // "Under the Sun", "Dopamine", "Bent (Roi's Song)"
Radiohead // "Daydreaming"
Local Natives // "Dark Days (feat. Nina Persson)"
M83 // "Go! (feat. Mai Lan)", "The Wizard"
James Blake // "Love Me In Whatever Way", "Timeless"
David Bazan // "Kept Secrets"
LNZNDRF // "Future You"
Skepta // "Man", "Text Me Back"
Blood Orange // "Best to You (feat. Empress Of)", "Desirée" 
Tycho // "Division"
The Japanese House // "Face Like Thunder", "Swim Against the Tide", "Good side in"
Miguel // "waves - Remix (feat. Kacey Musgraves)"
AK Paul // "Landcrusin'"
Jim James // "Here In Spirit"
Father John Misty // "Real Love Baby"
BRONCHO // "Fantasy Boys"
Lindstrøm // "Closing Shot"
Beck // "Wow"
Red Hot Chili Peppers // "Dark Necessities"
Paper Route // "Chariots"
COIN // "Talk Too Much"
Kendrick Lamar // "untitled 06"
Rihanna // "James Joint"
The xx // "On Hold"
Lord Raja // "Butterfly on a Jet"
Mark Pritchard // "Beautiful People (feat. Thom Yorke)"
J. Viewz // "Into the Light (feat. Wild Cub)"
Aphex Twin // "CHEETAHT7b"
Warpaint // "New Song"
Obliques // "Lightweight", "On Trial"
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein // "Stranger Things"
Maggie Rogers // "Alaska"


BEST NON-2016

 

BEST ALBUMS

Kurt Vile
b'lieve I'm goin down...

ESPRIT 空想
virtua.zip

Wolf Alice
My Love Is Cool

Thundercat
The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam

Moby
Hotel Ambient

John Roberts
Glass Eights

Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar
good kid mA.A.d city

Jamie xx
In Colour

J Dilla
Donuts

Nas
Illmatic

My Bloody Valentine
Loveless

 

BEST SONGS

Kurt Vile // "Pretty Pimpin"
Kindness // "A Retelling"
Sampha // "Without"
Martin Denny // "Hypnotique"
José James // "CODE"
J Dilla // "Workinonit", "Waves", "Stop", "Mash", "Time: The Donut of the Heart", "Two Can Win", "Anti-American Graffiti", "Gobstopper", "Bye."
Kendrick Lamar // "These Walls", "Institutionalized", "Momma", "Alright", "How Much a Dollar Cost", "Complexion (A Zulu Love)", "Mortal Man", "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe", "The Art Of Peer Pressure", "Money Trees", "good kid", "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst", "Poe Man's Dreams"
Nas // "N.Y. State of Mind", "The World Is Yours", "One Love", "Represent"
Moby // "Swear"
DJ Shadow // "Midnight in a Perfect World"
The Pharcyde // "Runnin (Instrumental)"
The Cure // "Boys Don't Cry"
Wolf Alice // "Bros", "Your Love's Whore", "Moaning Lisa", "You're a Germ"
Lindstrøm // "The Magnificent"
ESPRIT 空想 // "Withyou.Wav"
Thundercat // "Song For The Dead", "Them Changes"
My Bloody Valentine // "Soon", "Only Shallow", "I Only Said",
Sonic Youth // "Incinerate"
Swervedriver // "Duel"
Freddie Joachim // "Waves"

TOP MUSIC 2015

TOP 10 ALBUMS of the YEAR

MADE IN HEIGHTS
Without My Enemy What Would I Do

Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell

Mutemath
Vitals

Yøuth
Start Again EP

Made Of Oak
Penumbra EP

Death Cab For Cutie
Kintsugi

Tame Impala
Currents

Milo Greene
Control

All We Are
All We Are

Christine & The Queens
Christine & The Queens

 

 

TOP 15 SONGS of the YEAR

Yøuth - "Father"
Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Justin Bieber - "What Do You Mean"
Kelela - "Rewind"
DIIV - "Dopamine"
CHVRCHES - "Never Ending Circles"
Christine & The Queens - "Tilted"

Warpaint - “No Way Out"
Jack Ü  - “Where Are Ü Now”
Grimes - “REALiTi (Demo)"
Death Cab For Cutie - “No Room In Frame”
MADE IN HEIGHTS - "Panther"
Jamie XX - "SeeSaw"
The Weeknd - “Can't Feel My Face"
Beck - “Dreams"

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OTHER FAVORITE ALBUMS of 2015

Justin Bieber
Purpose

Kacey Musgraves
Pageant Material

Lucy Rose
Work It Out

Mark Ronson
Uptown Special

Neon Indian
VEGA INTL. Night School

Noah Gundersen
Carry the Ghost

Say Lou Lou
Lucid Dreaming

Small Black
Best Blues

Snoop Dogg
Bush

Telekinesis
Ad Infinitum

The Arcs
Yours, Dreamily,

 

 

Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

Amason
Sky City

Carly Rae Jepsen
E•MO•TION

Chris Walla
Tape Loops

CHVRCHES
Every Open Eye

Disclosure
Caracal

Four Tet
Morning/Evening

Hans Zimmer
Interstellar Score

Holy Ghost!
Works for Hire

Hot Chip
Why Make Sense

J Dilla
Dillatronics

Jamie xx
In Colour

José González
Vestiges & Claws

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OTHER FAVORITE SONGS of 2015

Justin Bieber - “Sorry” & “Company”
Kanye West - “All Day”
Kendrick Lamar - “Alright” & “King Kunta” & “i”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - “Downtown”
MADE IN HEIGHTS - “Pirouette”
Made of Oak - “Pinebender”
Major Lazer - “Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)”
Mark Ronson - “In Case of Fire” & “Daffodils”
Martin Courtney - “Vestiges” & “Northern Highway”
Neon Indian - “Annie”
Niki and the Dove - “Play It on My Radio”
Noah Gundersen - “Halo (Disappear / Reappear)”
Percussions - “Digital Arpeggios”
Ratatat - “Cream On Chrome”
Say Lou Lou - “Blue on Blue”
Tame Impala - “The Less I Know The Better” & “Cause I'm A Man”
Thom Yorke - “Youwouldn'tlikemewhenI'mangry”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “Multi-Love”
White Sea - “Never A Woman”

Alabama Shakes - “Don't Wanna Fight No More”
Albert Hammond Jr. - “Power Hungry”
Amason - “Älgen”
Beach House - “Bluebird”
Best Coast - “Feeling Ok”
Blood Orange - “Sandra’s Smile”
Carly Rae Jepsen - “Gimme Love”
Chelsea Lankes - “Down for Whatever”
Chris Walla - “Kanta's Theme”
Christine and the Queens - “iT”
D'Angelo - “The Charade” & “Sugah Daddy”
Death Cab For Cutie - “Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”
DIIV - “Bent (Roi's Song)” &  “Under the Sun”
EL VY - “Return To The Moon”
Eves The Behavior - “TV (Warpaint Remix)” & “Electrical”
Hot Chip - “Huarache Lights” & “Started Right” & “Easy To Get”
J Dilla - “Dillatronic 04”
Jamie xx - “Obvs”
José González - “Let It Carry You” & “Leaf Off / The Cave”

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FAVORITE NON-2015 ALBUMS

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FAVORITE NON-2015 SONGS

DIIV - “How Long Have You Known”
Real Estate - “Had To Hear”
The Whitest Boy Alive - “Burning”
Kindness - “House”
U2 - “Love Comes Tumbling”
Thom Yorke - “The Eraser”
The Cure - “Pictures Of You”
Kanye West - “Through The Wire”

Jurassic 5 - “Great Expectations”
Kanye West - “Homecoming (feat. Chris Martin)” & “Spaceship”
Kenny G - “Silhouette”
Kindness - “Cyan” & “For The Young” & “Gee Up”
Kleerup - “Rock U”
Lauryn Hill - “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
Led Zeppelin - “Four Sticks”
Linkin Park - “Enth E Nd” & “Frgt/10”
Loose Ends - “Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)”
Massive Attack - “Teardrop”
Mew - “The Zookeeper's Boy”
My Bloody Valentine - “Soon”
New Order - “Love Vigilantes”
The Notorious B.I.G. - “Juicy” & “Juicy (Remix Instrumental)”
Primitive Radio Gods - “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand”
Prince - “I Wanna Be Your Lover”
Pure Bathing Culture - “Pendulum”
Radiohead - “Codex” & “Morning Mr Magpie” & “Staircase”
Real Estate - “Crime”
Silversun Pickups - “Lazy Eye”
Sky Ferreira - “You’re Not The One”
The Smiths - “This Charming Man”
Snoop Dogg - “Drop It Like It's Hot”
The Strokes - “Machu Picchu”
Talib Kweli - “Get By”
Washed Out - “Feel It All Around” & “Get Up”

 

A Tribe Called Quest - “Electric Relaxation” & “Bonita Applebum”
Talking Heads - “This Must Be The Place”
Alvvays - “Adult Diversion”
Anita Baker - “Mystery”
Aphex Twin - “Flim”
Bastille - “Flaws”
The Beach Boys - “Good Vibrations”
Beck - “No Complaints” & “Soldier Jane”
Ben Howard - “Conrad” & “She Treats Me Well”
Blakroc - “On The Vista (feat. Mos Def)”
Blood Orange - “Bad Girls”
Boy & Bear - “Southern Sun”
Boyz II Men - “U Know”
Change - “Got to Get Up” & “Change Of Heart”
College - “Teenage Color”
Daft Punk - “Around The World” & “Da Funk” & “One More Time”
DIIV - “(Druun)” &  “Air Conditioning”
Dr. Dre - “Still D.R.E. (Instrumental)” & “The Message (Instrumental)”
Empire Of The Sun - “Walking On A Dream”
The Features - “This Disorder”
Four Tet - “Angel Echoes” & “Love Cry” & “Sing”
Here We Go Magic - “Alone But Moving” &  “Make Up Your Mind” & “Over The Ocean”
Holy Ghost! - “Dance a Little Closer” & “I Wanna Be Your Hand”
Jai Paul - “BTSTU (Demo)” &  “jasmine (demo)”
Jay Z - “N***a What, N***a Who (Originator 99)”
Joe Jackson - “Steppin' Out”
José González - “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”

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