Apollo 440 - Gettin High On Your Own Supply

Apollo 440 – The Machine In The Ghost

A piano, a trumpet, a guitar and a synthesizer walk into a bar. And then everything begins to swirl…

We have this concept of the “ghost in the machine”. But what if at the heart of the ghost there is a machine? With its mysterious textures, this song explores the concept, making use of samples and playing with unexpected sounds. Beware this one. It may throw your mind off balance without a moment’s notice.

Apotheist - Salvation

Apotheist – Salvation

Some songs just want to rip subwoofers apart. They want to shake walls, drive neighbors nuts and rearrange the listener’s innards. This tight-rhythmed bass-feast works in headphones too, but one day make sure you let it tear through some thousand watts equipment!

It may be tempting to say it’s repetitive, but there’s some clever construction here. The main theme only serves to emphasize changes of tone and breaks in the rhythm. Listen carefully and, for heaven’s sake, move your body! Dubstep at its best!

Bobby McFerinn - Simple Pleasures

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy

This is the sound of history. The sound of wisdom touching society and transforming swathes of it. It’s a song that touched billions of souls and will continue to echo throughout history as one of the pearls of the 21st century or even the 2nd millennium. Yes, it’s that large. And what’s even more mind-blowing is that Bobby hasn’t used a single instrument other than his body to produce this masterpiece. Now go and listen to it a hundred times and continue to be amazed at finding something new every time and let this wisdom permeate every atom of your body.

Ugress - Unicorn

Ugress – Lost In Time

Time’s short, so this tune doesn’t waste any second to reach its climax. It takes us on a quick ride through groovy beats, it rushes to the spicy blend of dreamy voice and echoed synths and then immediately proceeds straight to the dancefloor.

And then, just when you think you got it, it’s over. Thanks the Gods of Technology for effortless rewind capabilities (aka “abusing the replay button”).

The Hu - Yuve Yuve Yu

The HU – Yuve Yuve Yu

Blasting with originality, here’s a piece featuring heavy metal riffing combined with Mongolian throat chanting and other traditional Mongolian instrumentation. This stuff sounds so damn good that I feel a new metal genre emerging!

But what really stands out from this ground-breaking work of art are the lyrics. These words are a slap in the face of a way of life that has spread like a cancer in the world: hypercosumerism and rampant individualism (hyperindividualism). Oh, and the video is freakin’ awesome too!

Social Activism and Treading Carefully

Social Activism and Treading Carefully

Throughout history stretches a long list with names of activists that were persecuted, tortured and even killed. Sometimes, their suffering or death only accelerated the changes they fought for.

But there’s an even longer (and mostly unknown) list with the names of hidden activists. Those that have treaded carefully and taken fewer risks in order to ensure their safety and thus, the longevity of their work. These are the little-known heroes that operated patiently, within the confines of a system (and often working around the system), changing it from the inside, slowly but surely (and often collaborating with the “outsiders” more than we will know in this lifetime).

What determines the success of a message? The shock and confrontation approach, or a slow and careful process of sculpting society? A sprint prodding others to act, or a marathon of implementation? The answer is: any mix of the above. That’s where an activist’s strategy comes into play. And let’s not forget that chance also plays a role.