May 14, 2013
Biography | A Little About Magnifik
Sleeping, it’s good yeah. Know what’s even better than actually sleeping? Listening to music that makes you feel like you’re dreaming. And that’s Australian DJ and Producer, Magnifik‘s sound in a nutshell. Gentle, rich and fluid, Magnifik aka Ashley Feraude is carving an elegant niche for himself in the Australian electronic landscape, pioneering a sound that can only be described as ‘Dreamy.’ With tracks already featured on heavy hitting compilations including Ministry of Sound Chillout Sessions XIV, Hed Kandi Beach House 2012 and Defected Records Niki Beach Miami, Magnifik is set for some serious exposure this party season with the release of his full length album ‘Amateur.’ Out on iTunes now!
So click the Youtube Links or play the Soundcloud playlist to listen to a week in Magnifik’s shoes! Enjoy!Monday Morning Sounds Like | I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time Your Near) by Michael McDonald Magnifik Said: Most people like to start their Monday mornings with a very energetic track to get them all pumped for the dreaded work week. For some reason, I’m the opposite and prefer to be eased into the new week with a mellow track – specifically a retro classic at that. Why? Because I like being reminded that music has a history. Appreciating that gives me an insight into where music has been and where it is going. This might sound a bit pretentious, but take this track by Michael McDonald for example. Aside from the stunning melody line and the unique vocals, you might recognise the first few chords as the sample from a rather popular 90’s rap track. See, it’s fun knowing things like this! Wednesday Midday Sounds Like | Fortune by Little Dragon Magnifik Said: So, it’s hump day and we need something to get us up and over it, right? In my case, the midweek soundtrack is this deeper track by Little Dragon. By Wednesday I’m still stuck on the mellow vibe … but I can’t help it. This song’s flawless vocals and incredibly complimentary production never loses impact on me. At the same time, it’s very subtle and therefore does not disturb me from whatever mid-week workflow I’m in. Little Dragon just nailed a perfect balance of strength and subtlety with this song, you know – they’re distinctive without yelling, or shoving it in your face. Since I aspire to that concept in many ways in my day to day life, it’s the perfect mid-week companion. Not on Soundcloud – Listen HERE Friday Night Sounds Like | Baby I’m Yours by Breakbot
Magnifik Said:By Friday night I’m usually getting ready for my DJ or live set at a venue in town, so I need something with a touch of groove. That’s when I turn to Breakbot. It’s got groove alright! Thankfully, not in that ‘bangin’ to the max’ kind of way, but in a ‘remember good disco?’ kind of way. If you don’t believe me, just take a listen and I’m sure you’ll like at least one or two things about this track. I like a lot about it! Mostly that it’s feel good stuff, without being empty. You can also hear the 70’s influences in the production … see if you appreciate the past, you get to hear these elements in tracks like this. This is good driving music too – I swear I can get to gigs quicker when I have this playing in my car! Sunday Afternoon Sounds Like | Drive by Beacon Magnifik Said:It’s the end of the week and instead of wrapping it up with something familiar, I like to celebrate the upcoming week by exploring something new. My latest Sunday sound is this Beacon album, ‘The Way We Separate’. It’s got me interested because this band manages to inject soul into quite a polished electronic sound. Also, it’s different enough without crossing that fine line into a necessarily weird realm. And yes, again, it is mellow. When I DJ and produce, I get my dose of intense music in the lounges and clubs, so in my private time I like to listen to things that I don’t hear out all that often.
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Sunday. That glorious day of rest which means roasted meats, Yorkshire puddings and horrendous hangovers. So here’s some words I wrote and some tunes I picked for Twenty Something London‘s Sunday Music Mix #24. I’m hanging out with TSL on the reg since I’m their Music Editor so if you’ve got some time on your hands, you can read my ramblings here.
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Wednesday Morning Recovery Session Sounds Like | Adam Freeland with Silverlake Pills (Gui Boratto Remix)
May 8, 2013
This song is single handedly responsible for cutting hang over recovery time in half, I swear it’s sent straight from heaven. If you’re still feeling ropey or like you’re stuck on that boat from The Perfect Storm, throw No Turning Back in the mix for good measure or try adding bacon and a Bloody Mary.
I could go on for paragraphs about how Gui Boratto holds a special place in my heart. I could rant for hours citing how Gui has been instrumental in making me truly love minimal and progressive music, or how his tracks continue to have a haunting and timeless resonance that keep them cemented on my itunes playlist, or how Silverlake Pills is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest electronic tunes ever produced. But I think this music speaks for itself. Magic.
Some old dude once said that your friends are a reflection of yourself. I really hope that this is the case, as most of my friends possess a completely unfair combination of sublime music taste, devastating wit and supreme good looks which I can only ever dream of emulating. Cue this little playlist by my dear friend, Hank who has not only done my job for me but done a very fine job indeed! Being lazy has never been so beneficial.
Happy Disco Friday!
Achievement. It’s a funny and often unattainable thing. Lucky for me, I feel a self-satisfying sense of achievement quite often in my day to day life. Keep in mind that this is largely because my standards of what should be considered as ‘achieving at something’ are inextricably low. It’s cool, I know it. For example, most days just simply getting out of bed for me, is quite an achievement. Especially since I got that new IKEA mattress topper which makes me feel like I’m being hugged by a panda in a cloud while wearing a fur coat made of Andrex puppies.* Since my standards are so low (I know what you’re thinking – opening your eyes, rolling out of bed and turning on a lamp is an achievement, like, seriously?) you can imagine how mind-blowingly amazing I’m finding this video of Launchpad prodigy M4SONIC which landed in my inbox this afternoon. And just when I thought I was REALLY achieving at things. Dang.
Despite the fact that this isn’t the style of music I’d normally post on this blog, this guy’s musical co-ordination and sheer finger dexterity made me pick up my pen (keyboard?) after the first ten seconds. Truly outstanding.
*No puppies were harmed in the making of this post.
OFF Recordings. The Berlin-based label I can ALWAYS rely on to come to my aid when I’m in most need of Deep House deliverance. The label’s newest DJ/producer addition is Vanilla Ace, a London Deep House DJ who packs some serious soul power with the new EP Musicology offering a masterful fusion of supreme vocal samples and impeccable bass licks. I absolutely hate using the word ‘sexy’ at any point when writing about music but unfortunately in this instance it seems wholly appropriate – this music, ohff it’s sexy.
After being featured on this month’s Magic Tape Thirty Two by the Yoda of all things Disco The Magician there’s no doubt that 2013 will be nothing short of meteroric for Vanilla Ace. Following the EP, be sure to spin the latest OFF Recording Podcast Episode 96 mixed by Vanilla Ace. Deep House done well? It’s deceptively rare and a true delight indeed.
Sydney production duo Tony Mitolo & Alex Gooden aka AdaprtOrDie describe their sound as ‘Adult Contemporary Tekno’ and after my first listen to their remix of fellow Aussie’s Rufus I’m kind of inclined to agree. There is no resisting the fist pump to this one, just close your eyes, pretend you’re in the mid-nighties and go with it.
Pictured: Speaking of Australian culture, check out Bondi Hipsters. Sense of irony included.