Articles tagged with Spring

March 29

As the weather gets increasingly springy, I dig deep into my Winter music finds and try to find those tracks that had too much of a warm weather feel to be played when I got ‘em. It’s like Spring cleaning. This track is exactly the reason why I go to all this trouble.

Slow It Down, straight outta Glasgow, released this jam to the world last Fall, but as all of our little green pals start unfurling and popping out of the ground, it’s only now that this cut feels right. Similar to Tiger & Woods, Slow It Down specialize in loopy, proto-house edits of 80s R&B and boogie tracks.

Coming at us from the era when Michael, Whitney, and the Jets ruled the airwaves, and possessing that same happy glow that Janet Jackson’s “Escapade” has, Narada Michael Walden’s “Divine Emotions” melds that irrepressible feel good vibe to a throwback boogie bassline. Slow It Down works the grooves of the extended cut for a while before letting a few happy chords to work their way in and finally lets loose with the song’s chorus about midway in. Grab the free download, follow Slow It Down on Soundcloud and pick up the original, within minutes, everyone you know will be telling you to wipe that stupid grin off your face.

/// Brian Blackout

March 21

Back from SxSW, I could write endlessly about how stellar Airbird‘s first show was, how Chad Valley caused a mini dance party to erupt, or how Mike Simonetti dropped that great Trentemøller bootleg of Springsteen’s State Trooper. But, though I saw many excellent shows and DJs, it’s been covered to death.

It was shorts weather in Tejas, but here in Brooklyn it’s still sunny days and crisp nights, the promise of Summer merely peeking out coyly from behind the clouds. Spring is a time for infatuation too, and Lindsey Buckingham is in Trouble. Not trouble, Trouble. As in, Lady Trouble.

The Fleetwood Mac frontdude recorded this shimmering ode to pitter pattering hearts and warm embraces in 1981. I was 3 years old when this hit the airwaves so I don’t really remember it, but Prince Language gave it a loving dust off for one of the sublime Editions Disco series. The folks at Future Classic have uploaded this out of print beauty so that you can hear it, but you can find the original easily, and it’s almost as lovely.

// Brian Blackout