The art of escaping real life

These are the most baller ZAFT uniforms I’ve seen

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French photographer Denis Rouvre was in Japan documenting the survivors of the March 2011 tsunami when he discovered the colorful community that would inspire his “Cosplay” project.

Cosplay is the art of costuming in the style of characters from movies, comic books, manga and video games. But Rouvre had a different perspective on the people behind the elaborate costumes.

“I was immediately intrigued by their dual, split personality, this way of taking cover and living in a virtual world and making it so real,” he said. “In this work ‘Cosplay,’ it is almost the anti-hero notion that is my point of interest. They live in a virtual world as if to reach a meaning of their life.”

He wanted to capture the characters they represented, allowing the cosplayers to control their poses and style. Although very open to being photographed, the real people behind the characters didn’t want to provide…

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2013 In Review

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Ladies and gentlemen…I HAVE RETURNED! I have gone through some crap in the last six months that have caused my absence, but now that it is mostly resolved, I am going to bringing this back to life. To start, here’s a recap of all the good stuff I’ve listened to in 2013. There will be many tracks that have not bee mentioned. Trust me, they will be.

Notable Tracks: God, where do I start? All of the tracks are notable, so some cherry picking will have to be done.

Lorde – “Team”

Hat tip to Kotaku for putting this Kiwi on my radar. I don’t care that she’s 17 and looks 42, she sounds legit, and with the exception of Royals (which I have heard too damn many times), Pure Heroine is fucking A. This is my favorite song on the album, just beating out 400 Lux. The percussion line (like in 400 Lux) is my favorite thing about the tracks. The lyrics are simple and to the oint, and everything she does is melodic.

Locomotif – “Onirica” and “Black Hot Coffee”

When the crap went down, for some odd reason, I was pulled toward indie music. I trash indie music on theregular because most of it is derivative sounding, baseless, pretentious crap. Locomotif, like Lorde on the pop side of things, is complicatedly simple. Straight meody, straight harmony, simple percussion line. The music itself makes the track. “Onirica” sounds like there was some dub/dubstep influence that’s visible, but trying to fly under the radar, and it is not unappreciated. “Black Hot Coffee” plays indie straight, but doesn’t try to do anything that it’s not. The lyrics are especially great (the chorus is my favorite bit). As I write this, Locomotif reminds me of a clean indie version of Late Night Alumni (which is one of my favorite bands ever).

Eir Aoi – “Sanbika”

This is an insert song from the anime Kill La Kill. It’s made by the same guys who brought us Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann so a) watch this, watch this now and b) it’s awesome, which means the music is awesome too. The main themes are cool, butthe way this is used in episode 3 is just…well see for yourself. Awesomeness starts 24 seconds in and doesn’t end until the clip does. The second song, “Before My Body Is Dry” nearly made this list, but is on the Ohayocon list that will be posted sometime this week:

 

Aly & Fila feat. Fady & Mina – “The Journey (FSOE 300 Anthem)”

Aly & Fila have been on my radar for awhile, but it’s their theme or Future Sound of Egypt that did the job for me. If you needed to find the definition of modern uplifting trance without vocals, then listen to this, and be amazed. I put the radio and full versions because it is that good.

Colette – “Infatuation”, “Oasis”, “Electricity”, “Physically” and “Hotwire (Sonny Fodera Classic Mix)”

The first lady of house is back on the scene and still not taking prisoners. Colette was my first electronic show EVER, and a decade later (my God!) she still doesn’t disappoint. These tracks are drenched in 80s, in contrast to everything before Push which was more 70s influenced, but more so a deeper house than you would assume from her. “Infatuation” and “Oasis” are a throwback to her Push era sounds, “Electricity” is completely vocoded up in the best way possible, “Physically” is almost a thought experiment, but Sonny Fodera’s rework of “Hotwire” is Colette wrapped up in a little pill of total lounge clubbing goodness

Samir Maslo – “I’m in Love with You”

This was one of my favorite wind down tracks from a night a drinking during winter. It has heavy doses of John McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”, which is more recognizable to me, and probably everyone else here as Warren G’s “Regulate”. Honestly, that is the sole reason why it’s on this list, though the tempo change and vocals work well too

Morcheeba – “Gimme Your Love”

Morcheeba has been around for awhile, but it was only recently that started taking her seriously. This track is a great reason which I should have earlier.

Sébastien Tellier – “L’amour naissant”

The first time I heard the Sébastien Tellier’s name, he was being driven onto a stage for Eurovision 2007 on a golf carts, taking helium whippits to sing France’s entry “Divine”. The next time, was two years later when his track “Kilometre” formed the backbone of my Synthesizers Akimbo playlist. He’s back and at it again, this time changing it up and being semi-serious with L’amour naissant. This track is everything I had assumed I would not want to listen to, but instead, it’s the perfect night closing track.

Honorable Mentions (either already mentioned in a previous post, or good enough to mention, but not for a full blurb)

Antimatter People – “Only Ark”

Gianluca Bezzina – “Tomorrow”

Federal Lights – “Cobra”

Chihara Minori – “Kono Sekai wa Bokura Matteita”

Caro Emerald – “Tell Me How Long”

Trident – “Blue Field”

Gabriel & Dresden feat. Molly Bancroft – “Tracking Treasure Down Revisited”

Rover – Silence to Navigate

Late Night Alumni – “The Promise”, “Summer Lies”

Kaskade feat. Late Night Alumni – “Why Ask Why”

Tracklist:

  1. Antimatter People – “Only Ark”
  2. Bonobo feat. Szjerdene – “Towers”
  3. Lorde – “400 Lux”
  4. Lorde – “Ribs”
  5. Lorde – “Team”
  6. Gianluca Bezzina – “Tomorrow”
  7. El Sueño de Morfeo – “Contigo Hasta El Final”
  8. Wax Tailor feat. Jennifer Charles – “Heart Stop (Radio Edit)”
  9. Dynas feat Wrekonize, LMS and Rich Medina – “90 Degrees”
  10. Michiko – Stuck On You (Lemongrass Samba De Sol Remix)
  11. Vampire Weekend – “Don’t Lie”
  12. Federal Lights – “Cobra”
  13. Locomotif – “Onirica”
  14. Locomotif – “Black Hot Coffee”
  15. Chihara Minori – “Kono Sekai wa Bokura Matteita”
  16. Caro Emerald – “Tell Me How Long”
  17. Severin – “The Edge of a Sunday (Breakbot Remix)”
  18. Chela – “Romanticise”
  19. Annie – “Hold On”
  20. Annie – “Back Together”
  21. Late Night Alumni – “The Promise”
  22. Kaskade feat. Late Night Alumni – “Why Ask Why”
  23. Basterd Keaton – “Till the End”
  24. Eir Aoi – “Sanbika”
  25. Trident – “Blue Field”
  26. Zedd feat. Foxes! – “Clarity”
  27. Danny Dove – “The Chant (Radio Edit)”
  28. Timofey & Lyya Rokk – “Fever (Ibiza Mix)”
  29. Aly & Fila feat. Sue McLaren – “Mysteries Unfold”
  30. Soundlift – “Freedom”
  31. Aly & Fila vs. Fady & Mina – “The Journey (FSOE 300 Anthem)”
  32. Gabriel & Dresden feat. Molly Bancroft – “Tracking Treasure Down Revisited”
  33. Emma Hewitt – “Crucify (Cold Rush remix)”
  34. A Girl and a Gun – “Russian Winter (Manteeny Remix)”
  35. Des McMahon feat. Carly Burns – “Pure Poison”
  36. I Break Horses – “Faith”
  37. Daft Punk – “Contact”
  38. Colette – “Infatuation”
  39. Colette – “Oasis”
  40. Colette – “Electricity”
  41. Colette – “Physically”
  42. Colette – “Hotwire (Sonny Fodera Classic Mix)”
  43. Samir Maslo – “I’m In Love With You (Original Mix)”
  44. 5 Reasons feat. Patrick Baker – “Night Drive In Moscow (Satin Jackets Remix)”
  45. Morcheeba – “Gimme Your Love”
  46. Artful & Ridney feat. Terri Walker – “Missing You (Ridney Re-work)”
  47. Sangar – “Material Man”
  48. Kylie Minogue – “Skirt (Switch Remix)”
  49. The Hundred in the Hands – “Young Aren’t Young”
  50. Kalweit and the Spokes – “Liquor Lyles”
  51. Late Night Alumni – “Summer Lies”
  52. Rover – “Silence to Navigate”
  53. Bonobo feat. Cornelia -” Pieces”
  54. Sébastien Tellier – “L’amour naissant”

So, what the hell is this really? (The First Post)

That’s the question isn’t it? So one night, after years upon years of thinking how I could get my quite randomly diverse music taste out into the world, it comes to me in the middle of a biscoff and strawberry jelly sandwich: TUMBLR! I figured I needed a badass name, or at least a pretentiously electronic one, and thus Project Skylon was born! Then, sometime after that had been posted, and a few Spotify failures later, a coworker told me how I was totally not using tumblr correctly and he’s right. I finally found it in myself to set up this WordPress site, and shell out the cash for the domain.

So, what the hell is this, really? This is my attempt to get my musical whatevers out in the world. I mix a pretty damn playlist that spans many genres and types from house to rock, reggae to classical and back again. You ever hear of trance death metal? By the time I’m through with you, you will.

So watch this space in the coming days, weeks, months and any other time interval you care to list, and hopefully we’ll explore some bomb ass music together

The Playlist Crafting Process

And now the $64,000 question: How in the holy hell do you make these crazy lists? Well my sons and daughters today is the day you find out how.

Step 1: Listen to AN ASSLOAD of music. Okay, maybe not literally an assload but I listen to a lot of music from varying sources. Okay, maybe not the radio. Definitely not the radio, unless it’s Sirius/XM, in which case The Beat is what’s up.

Step 2: Pick which songs make the cut. Look, just because it’s got big full notes and nice measures doesn’t mean I’m gonna get all aural with you. I’ve got standards. You’ll get a sense of my sound as we go along. Also, no old tracks. If an older track appears on a compilation album that was released this year, then it can find a place on a current list, but I try to trim those out. I like to keep my lists as up to date as possible, given the fact that some tracks aren’t available to the US because we only listen to apparent dreck. Older tracks have their own playlist, which will also make an appearance here sooner or later

Step 3: Who goes where? This is the part where I’m going to lose most of you with some kinda hippie shit. For every set of spatial and temporal coordinates, there is a corresponding sound frequency. Put with less pseudo-scientific arrogant bs: for every time and place, there’s a song, or at least a wave. It’s not something you can search for specifically, and most people don’t feel it consciously but when a time, place and song intersect, an sweet feeling is created but not in a crappy teenybopper romcom way. Now, I’m not saying I’ve got the magic stick, I can’t actively search out those intersections, but I do have a sense of biaxial temporality

tl;dr I can kind of hear the energy of the song and place them in the appropriate order so that when you play it, you get the right “sound” for each part of the day. Since the playlists progress through the year, the music changes with the seasons as well.

Step 4: What’s in a name? The last, and one of the most important parts to the playlist is the name. Until it’s ready, the list stays in a beta mix, because it don’t mean jack if you don’t remember what you’ve listened to, so they all get catchy names, temporally appropriate to events in my life. Once everything is done it becomes an official Hazy Mix playlist, ready for use in various applications, from work commutes, to smoking spliffs on a Saturday afternoon, and if you’re not careful, you just might learn something.

Still tl;dr? Okay: I pick which songs go well together for a given part of the day, and string them along. There. Doesn’t sound too mysterious right? Anyone could do this, yeah? No. Well, yeah, anyone could, but mine are special, damn it! You’ll see!

FYI: Just a Quick Word on Track Listings

Before I get into the hardcore posting of playlists–because it’s taken me this long to find a way to do this that works–I just want to take a moment to explain (again) on why I include tracklists. There’s really only three reasons for that, so if you’d like to follow me to the next <p> tag.

First and primarily, because as sweet as the Spotify library is, there are plenty of tracks that are not available in the US, don’t officially exist, or are otherwise unavailable to them. In other words, I’m just too damn cool for school. But seriously folks, I do have a lot of obscurely found tracks, and people should know who they are.

Second, because of the aforementioned availability issue, there will be tracks which will not appear in the playlist, unless you jacked my laptop. If that is so, be warned, I chased down the last person who attempted it in bare feet, without my glasses. But seriously, the missing tracks are stored locally, so I can see them, but you can’t. So I’m telling you what you’re missing.

Last, because of the previous two reasons, the missing tracks create gaps in the playlist window, thus, your list will not have the correct order. The tracklist I give you will be in the right order, and thanks to my current boss who gave me this idea in the interview for my job, I will include an embedded link to a youtube if one exists.

Now I know I could have said that in one, maybe two reasons, but I decided to break it down because, you know, freedom.