New “New Order!”

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New Order debuted their first new song in nine years at Lollapalooza in Chile last night. The video/sound quality isn’t the best, but it sounds like an auspicious sign of good things to come from one of my all time favorite bands. Can’t wait for their new album. No word yet on when it’s coming out…

Wow! another sufjan stevens remix!

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…and this one’s especially awesome. It’s sounds kind of like what would result if Odesza or Two Inch Punch remixed Sufjan. This remix is from Scooter Oyama or “Go Yama” on Soundcloud, and it’s just delightful ear candy. It has a chill vibe and unique sound that must be heard.

Check it out here:

https://soundcloud.com/goyama/historical-ufo-society-sufjan?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter

Chill Instrumental Playlists

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I’ve had some requests lately for the chill instrumental playlists I use sometimes in my classes, so here they are in one post. It’s not just music for yoga, it’s good, chill, mostly electric stuff that can be used as background/chillout music anywhere. Feel free to click on the link then “follow” them on spotify.

My favorite one ever is the first one listed:

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/2qGmz4oW6bYiJun9sQAZjh

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/1tmdZieIRTXxxTmq4lEVU5

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/72ZHxxz2G8Qb8qh1UI5oY1

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/6VyAtKTC7omkZvHi6V8x2U

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/7xckTShHoBuxadx4n4Qj63

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/3LvXeZMpeGh3FKTnTJ4Il4

Alt-J “Breezeblocks” (Sebastian Carter Remix)

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Check out this awesome remix of Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” by Sebastian Carter and follow him on Soundcloud to get his other remixes. I actually like this version better than the original song. The beats work perfectly; it’s chill and downtempo with a bit of trap.

And if you “like” his Facebook page, you’ll get access to free downloads.

https://soundcloud.com/sebastian-m-ller-4/alt-j-breezeblocks-sebastian

Local Natives Remixes

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I got so excited when I saw someone post a new Local Natives remix today, but when I listened to it I didn’t really like it. So I decided to do a little research and look for better ones. There are an astounding number of remixes of their songs out there. After sifting through so many, these gems came out on top.

“Wide Eyes” (Teen Daze Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/local-natives/wide-eyes-teen-daze-remix?in=local-natives/sets/stems-1

“Cards & Quarters & Green Lights” (The Hood Internet) technically a mashup featuring John Legend and Andre 3000

https://soundcloud.com/local-natives/cards-and-quarters-and-green-lights-the-hood-internet-remix-local-natives-vs-john-legend-and-andre-3000

“Breakers” (Superhumanoids Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/local-natives/breakers-superhumanoids-remix

“Ceilings” (Sebastien Carter Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/sebastian-m-ller-4/local-natives-ceilings-1

“You & I” (Varyant Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/varyant/local-natives-you-and-i

and, tied for best remix of “Heavy Feet”:

“Heavy Feet” (Beach Heart Everything Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/beach-heart/local-natives-heavy-feet-beach

“Heavy Feet” (New Shapes Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/newshapes/local-natives-heavy-feet-new

If you’re in love with Sam Smith….more remixes from him and others

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Check out these remixes of songs by Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Jaymes Young, and Sam Smith. The first two is on the “chill house” side, the third is a little more on the dub step side, and the last is just an amazing house remix of Sam Smith’s “Money on My Mind” because you can never have enough Sam Smith.

I’ve also included a live acoustic version on Sam Smith’s “Latch” that is simply beautiful. This guy’s voice is unbelievable.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich “Atlas Hands” (Thomas Jack Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/benjamin-francis-leftwich

Benjamin Francis Leftwich “Pictures” (FlicFlac and Bearson Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/benjamin-francis-leftwich-2

Jaymes Young “Moondust” (Sound Remedy Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/edmtunestv/moondust-sound-remedy-remix

Sam Smith “Money On My Mind” (MK Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/marckinchen/sam-smith-money-on-my-mind-mk-remix

Sam Smith “Latch” (Live Acoustic Version)

https://soundcloud.com/samsmithworld/latch-acoustic-live

“This Is How The Wind Shifts” beautiful new video from Silverstein

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Silverstein made a beautiful sort of “mashup” of two of their shorter, interlude-type songs from their latest album and wove the songs together for a short but beautiful video that was powerful enough to give me chills and compelling enough to make me watch it multiple times in a row.

The imagery is simple and effective; the sun, the moon, the water, and fire are all layered into the video just as artfully as the two songs are.

Silverstein has been one of my all time favorite bands for years, and they’ve managed to refresh and refine their sound and songwriting with each new album in a way that few bands have. This video is just one more simple thing that makes me admire the dedication and passion that Silverstein always pour into their work and the true appreciation they have for their fans. Plus I always love when I can listen to songs I love with a new perspective, even if they only last for a minute and a half…