Favorite Songs 2013

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My Top 10 (From @rangelifercrds #FavSongs13)

10. High Water “Someday” (free download)
9. Foodman “Tekuno
8. Four-Tet “Human Once Again (Grimes)” — clean download HERE
7. King Krule “Easy Easy
6. Gold Panda “Trust
5. Express Rising “Horse Opera
4.  AyGeeTee “Carry Out
3. Two by @icecoldchrissy – Jaqkquil “Sit Deep” & Coyote Clean Up “Wild 4Ever
2. Tycho “Awake
1. The Range @therangejames So many jams on his LP “Nonfiction” & EP “Seneca” can’t pick just one!

My favs from #LFK and family:

Rooftop Vigilantes “Outlet Village
Hospital Ships “Come Back to Life” (free download)
Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk “Let’s Listen to Souvlaki and Make Out
Y(our) Fri(end) “Bangs
Fourth Of July “Drinking Binge” (free download)

Special shout-out to one of my all-time favorite Range Life-released tracks from this year:

1,000,000 Light Years “Sevens” (free download)

 

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Favorite Songs 2013

Favorite Songs 2012

From @rangelifercrds #FavSongs12 posts on Twitter:

Gold Panda “Mountain”, MP3 link: Lower Frequencies
Pangea “River”, MP3 link: Ad Hoc
Evian Christ “Fuck It None Of Ya’ll Don’t Rap”, MP3 link: Ad Hoc Soundcloud
Teen Daze “Brooklyn Sunburn (Lushlife Remix)”, MP3 link: Cause Equals Time
Mungolian Jet Set “Tocatta”, MP3 link: Pitchfork
Mount Eerie “Distorted Cymbals”, MP3 link: Captain Obvious
Gold Panda “4”, MP3 link: Stereogum
Yalls “Dim Touch”, Stream link: Ad Hoc
Cloud Dog “Drift”, MP3 link: Soundcloud
Mister Lies “Dionysian”, MP3 link: Pitchfork
Porcelain Raft “Unless You Speak From Your Heart”, MP3 link: Chromewaves
Coke Weed X “Ryback”, MP3 link: Range Life
Coke Weed X “Ryback (Say My Name Remix)”, MP3 link: Range Life
And, via @RichardPrichard, Karriem Riggins “Double Trouble”, Video link: YouTube
Favorite Songs 2012

Favorite Songs of 2010, #3

(This is our 3rd annual “Favorite Songs” series. It’s a forum for Range Life friends and family to share and celebrate the songs that moved us and meant something to us in 2010. Songs are presented in no particular order. We’re posting weekdays until we’re spent, so keep checking back. Submissions are welcome! Send a song link and whatever you want to write to zach@rangeliferecords.com)

Song: “You (Seams Remix)” by Gold Panda

Song Link: Rcrd Lbl or Soundcloud

You know how on the Soundcloud player you can insert time-specific comments? I meant to write in “HOLY SHIT” at the 0:37 mark, cause I couldn’t believe Seams was actually keeping that digital pulse going in the mix, much less building on it. But, yeah, the whole song is kind of a “HOLY SHIT” – a total flip of the Gold Panda original, which isn’t even recognizable until 3:20. The sleight of hand he does with the weaving rhythms between 2:40 and 3:20 is the freshest and most fun electronic music got in 2010, and it got plenty fresh and fun. The problem is that we don’t really have a vocabulary for articulating the dynamics, connections and moving parts of a song like this – it’s visually calculated (thanks to ProTools et al) but aurally ultra-abstract.  I’ve been searching through music-terminology books for reference and thinking about fugues, overtures, ternary form and still – crescendo! – all I’ve got’s “HOLY SHIT”.

Zaguar

Favorite Songs of 2010, #3

Favorite Songs of 2009, #7

(This is our second annual “Favorite Songs”series. It’s a chance for Range Life fans, friends and family to shout-out and share some of the songs that made 2009 better, dancier, more deeply felt, more memorable and enjoyable. Songs are presented in no particular order. Submissions are welcome! Send a song link and whatever you want to write to zach@rangeliferecords.com.)

Songs: “Quitters Raga” by Gold Panda and “Portofino” by Teengirl Fantasy

Song Links: “Quitters Raga” HERE. “Portofino” HERE. (Both Pitchfork).

“Quitters Raga” was my most-played song of 2009, followed hot on it’s heels by “Portofino”. That’s probably because I always listened to them together, in this order. Might seem kind of OCD but the combination of these two tracks never failed to please and if I ever did find myself listening to just one and not the other, I did so with the distinct feeling of missing something. They were excitement and calm, window and mirror, brilliance and ambience linked together by technological empowerment, software pushed into symphony.

“Quitters Raga” – fuck, man. It’s uncanny how much of a sense of the Modern World it captures. It’s a song about momentum, about action. About people, cars, subways, shutters, mouths, clouds moving. It’s HD video of city crowds translated into muli-colored soundwaves; a sonic tapestry of consciousness within the crowd – the window reflections, the shifts of space, our stop-action minds spliced with the meta-thrill of missing frames. I love it’s worldliness, the beautiful chaos of a bazaar; the way it’s voices communicate in tone and feeling what isn’t otherwise understood. If you haven’t navigated traffic with “Quitters Raga” blasting or walked to work with it on repeat in your headphones or bumped it at home, staring at your speakers, swearing they were folding into staccato origami, then your ’09’s due for an UPDATE.  This is the pulse of music right now, the World Map in a digital nutshell.

At 2 minutes, “Quitter’s Raga” steals your breath, like a dive in the pool after chilling in the jacuzzi. “Portofino” then is the sound of melting back into the tub. I can’t get over how luxurious Teengirl Fantasy’s sounds sound, like they’ve discovered sonic tones for cashmere, fleece, fur. In the Music Industry of some parallel universe, “Portofino” is the high-end shit, with the fortunate dropping fortunes to fill their ears.

Just listen to the layers in “Portofino”. Sounds are stacked. The opening loop’s like sun through the branches. The snare’s a jellyfish, tendrils spreading and clamping. Then a beat with tracers. The wash of the tide. An old organ calypso. Locusts in the trees. Chinchilla synths. The voices of statues pushed through digital prisms. A laser drawing neon arcs in the sky. When I first heard “Portofino” I blipped “This song’s kinda cool but the structure is puzzling…” It just has so much going on. Even after hundreds of listens, I’m amazed at how fresh it sounds, how complex and yet comforting it is, how much steam’s still rising…

Time to jump back in the pool?

– Zaguar

Favorite Songs of 2009, #7

Late Summer Mix

Girl singers. Surf Bop. Garage Pop. Sun-dazed cut-and-paste. Lot’s of new discoveries. I’m pretty thrilled with this “Late Summer Mix”. Get it while it’s (still) Hot! (And a big shout-out to Pitchfork’s Forkcast, the breaking wave for new music this Summer.)

1. Best Coast “Something In the Way”
2. The Babies “Meet Me In the City”
3. Gold Panda “Quitter’s Raga”
4. Teengirl Fantasy “Portofino”
5. Eternal Summers “Lightswitch”
6. Almighty Defenders “Bow Down And Die”
7. Vivian Girls “When I’m Gone”
8. Rainbow Bridge “Big Wave Rider”
9. Best Coast “Sun Was High (So Was I)”
10. Pink Priest “Field Of Orgasms”

Late Summer Mix