Some good music

As most of you know, I write about music from time to time for Leisure Lab, and I’ve recently come across a few albums that really stand out as creative, unique, or just enjoyable. The most recent of these is So Many Ways by Lay-Far, a deep house producer from Russia. This record is filled with jazzy, soulful house, and it’s just a pleasure to listen to. Another recent favorite of mine is Cosm’ethic by Tommaso Cappellato and Astral Travel. If you like spiritual, mind-expanding jazz music then this record will really blow you away. And, saving the best for last, I want to tell you about Personal Life, and their album Morning Light. Robert Strauss, Stuart Lisbie, and the rest of the Personal Life group have made a beautiful Jazz Funk album that reminds me a lot of Incognito (and that’s a big compliment). The song “Distance Can Be Sweet” is my favorite track from the release. Go listen to this one as soon as you...

Inspirations: Erik Rico

Producer, singer, and songwriter Erik Rico is a big inspiration for me.  I recently got to interview him about his views on faith, and you can check that out right here: uplftmnt interview with Erik...

Inspirations: Makoto

I love Makoto’s music, and the Human Elements album has long been a favorite of mine.  Makoto jumps genres on the record in an expert fashion, artfully mixing chillout and drum and bass music.  The songs’ soulfulness draws them all together. Previously you could only get Human Elements on CD and vinyl, but Good Looking is finally wandering into the era of digital music, and releasing the album for download (more on that at Leisure Lab). While “Time” featuring Cleveland Watkiss is the central single, and one of my favorite drum and bass songs ever, Makoto made a cohesive album with Human Elements, and every song shines.  The record is an inspiration for me, and one I think you should check out if you don’t already own...

Inspirations: Groove Salad

I’ll be honest with you: I’ve been trying to get onto Groove Salad for years. Groove Salad is the online radio station from SomaFm that focuses on downtempo music. I’ve listened to it for a long time, and I always find inspiration there. They play downtempo / ambient music, which is definitely laid back, but not so chill that it puts you to sleep. That’s because the songs are always heavily groove-oriented. Fila Brazillia, Luke Vibert, Boards Of Canada. Great music. So you can imagine I was pretty excited when Groove Salad added “The Last Resort” to rotation! I’d be listening anyway, but it’s a nice bonus that one of my songs is now included alongside artists such as Moby and St....

Inspirations: Nightmares on Wax

The music of Nightmares on Wax is a big influence for me, and “Date with Destiny” is probably my favorite N.O.W. song. It’s great summer music, and the video illustrates that perfectly. And if you like chillout music, “Les Nuits” can’t be beat. Classic instrumental hip hop and downtempo...

Interview with Bluey

A while back I got to email with Bluey of Incognito about musical genres, and of course I was ecstatic about it.  Well the group has just put out a new record called Surreal (which is amazing by the way), and Bluey took time to tell me about it.  Part one of that interview is online now at Leisure...
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