Sieren – Rebase

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Sieren, AKA Matthias Fric (Image via Bandcamp)

According to his LinkedinSieren is Matthias Fric, a software engineer by day at Ableton and an electronic producer by night. The track ‘Rebase’ appears on the Static Polymorphism. As the EP’s Bandcamp page describes it:

‘Rebase’ ratchets up the intensity, with sinister bass drones punctuated by strafing perc and hissing ambiance while

Also recommended on Apollo Records, check out Square Lines ‘Shingaya Square.’

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Shigeto – What Are We Made Of?

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Originally meant to be released on his next record, Detroit-based electronic producer and drummer Shigeto decided to drop a melancholic but hopeful tune early given the Presidential results last week.

This song was finished on november 8th, 2016 with the intention of using it for my next record. i sampled an inspiration to me, detroit artist, tyree guyton speaking at an event a couple months ago and used it in the intro because it spoke to me.
on the morning of november 10th a light went off in my head and realized the song had to be let go.

no matter how i feel or what i’m thinking about the 2016 election.
no matter who i voted for or even if i voted at all…

i’m thinking about what i’m made of right now.
i’m thinking about what we all are made of right now, what the world is made of right now.
i’m thinking about who i want to be and how i want to play my small part in this world right now.

this song and message comes from a place of love.

ALL donations for the track will be donated to Planned Parenthood

Thanks Shigeto and the Ghostly crew.

Duke Hugh – Butterflies

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Duke Hugh is a Dutch electronic producer. South London record label Rhythm Section International just dropped his debut album entitled Canvass.

While latin-beat ‘Butterfliesis a Gilles Peterson track favorite, the entire album grooves to put you in a dreamy state of mind. From his Bandcamp page:

Each song has its own essence, there is absolutely no filler and the entire double pack sits together as a perfect whole. Flirting with aspects of broken beat, Jazz, hip hop and dreamy electronica – Duke Hugh winds together a most idiosyncratic release equally at home on the peak time dancefloor as it would be for a long road trip. Canvas is a big statement from an artist who’s here to stay.

Nickodemus & Alsarah – The Crow

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Nickodemus is an electronic music producer and DJ from New York. His latest single ‘The Crow’ finds him collaborating with singer and songwriter Alsarah (Alsarah and the Nubatones). The result is a heavy hitting mixture of African and Arabic sounds. Peep Saagan’s Balearic house remix after the jump.

“The Crow” moves deep into 122 BPM stacking synth house that lyrically tells a story of ones identity in the metaphor of a Crow who looses his/ her feathers & tries to replace them with others. Saagan (the new project by super house producer Andreas Saag) turned in a beautiful melodic remix that turns deep Detroit with the sounds of Crows & Arabic strings.”

Download ‘The Crow’ on Bandcamp

You can’t schedule joy

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Remember why you started. (Image by Alice Achterhof)
“We make lists because we don’t want to die,” said Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco.

The problem with lists though is that we tend to include things we enjoy doing like writing, reading, meditating, along with other habits we should do, like exercise or our grocery shopping. When we fail to cross an item off the list, we feel like a failure. Said author and meditation expert Susan Piver on the obsession of getting stuff done:

I knew I had to give up trying to be disciplined in any conventional sense. It doesn’t work. And since the definition of suffering is trying the same thing over and over expecting a different result, I had to put myself out of my misery.

So she looked at her daily habits a different way. Instead of scheduling her to-dos, she instead did them out of sheer pleasure. She remembered why she pursued spiritual practice and writing in the first place and rediscovered a lighter, organic creative flow.

Once I remembered that my motivation is routed in genuine curiosity and that my tasks are in complete alignment with who I am and want to be, my office suddenly seemed like a playground rather than a labor camp.

If we want to be successful in any field, we have to do the work. Everything is practice. The problem lies in our interpretation of discipline and motivation. If the task becomes routine, the activity we once loved loses its purpose. But if we follow Susan Piver’s advice and convert tasks back into joyful exercises, we may be able to plan less and play with the process more.

I suggest that instead of being disciplined about hating on yourself to get things done, try being disciplined about remaining close to what brings you joy.