Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes

Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes (Gabriel & Dresden Chillout Mix)

Imagine deserted roads getting lost between misty hills. From above, a lonely car is like the sun among the clouds. Somewhere, a song is playing. A voice descends from the cold heavens. The sound flows like tame rivers.

A song to float on. To travel, to let go, to dream, to calm down, to disconnect, to imagine on.

Also, this is one of those cases where the remix is clearly better than the original (this is, of course, a subjective opinion).

Argatu - Culese Din Cartier

Argatu – Asta-i Hora-n Falticeni

High-pitched flutes and other traditional instruments are chained with a bassline and pounded by synth-drums. Ethnotronic is a genre that fuses ethnic vibes with electronic influences. In this case, the ethnic ingredients come from Romania, a country in Eastern Europe (where I happen to have been born). A “hora” is a traditional dance and Falticeni is a city in Romania, located in the historical region of Moldavia.

Samael - Eternal

Samael – Together

Leave it to metal heretics Samael to create a song that straddles genres and defies categorization. It blasts off with rock-solid percussion and heavy riffing, but then turns into a melancholic story about love. The occasional voice distortion may sound awkward at first, but trust me, it’s there for a reason*.

* everything is everywhere for a reason 😀

RJD2 - Deadringer

RJD2 – Ghostwriter

Built almost entirely out of sounds from the past, this song is a master class in the art of sampling. Around a dozen instruments and some three layers of vocals dance together these 5 minutes. And no matter how good trumpets are at stealing the show, each instrument gets its time playing the membrane.

As a form of art, music shines through how it allows the harmonious fusion of decades worth of creation into a single new work. In the hands of a great composer, all sounds make friends and it all ends up sounding fantastic!

Note: the remix of the song is also awesome. Seek it out.

Ignorance vs Knowledge - As Mental Defense

Ignorance as Mental Defense

It is said that „ignorance is bliss”. It’s a well-known and controversial saying. Ignorance, by most current definitions, is a bad thing. The dictionary definition is “the condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.” But this definition covers a very wide range of conditions. Being uneducated is, admittedly, not a good thing. However, the state of being uninformed or unaware may, in some cases, be helpful towards one’s life. How so? Read on.