The song I listened to most in 2013

Liam Bailey ”When Will They Learn”

This song crept into my world on a music swap via a close friend. Isn’t that always the way? I’ve always had a thing for music that’s chill. I need it actually. It helps balance me out musically. I rage and play so much hype music at shows that when it comes time to board the plane the next morning, after 3 hours of sleep the only way I can function in the airport is to retreat back to music. Hoodie up, shades on, ipod in chill mode on half power, coasting through the TSA agents and early morning commuters like a zombie… straight to my seat on the plane. Once there, I hit repeat a few more times till I knock out. (electronic device ON the whole trip too, WHAT?!?!)

Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t go full Enya. That shit has to have a pulse. A groove. It has to connect with my soul, my core. I’m pleased to say there are a lot of good ones in my crate. Here’s the thing though, when I find a tune that does all that AND has a reggae vibe to it, it’s pretty much a wrap. Those usually anchor to my soul forever. Picture that one Bob Marley tune that no matter where you are, as soon as you hear it, it brings you back to center. This is that tune for me in 2013. I’ve played this thing so many times, I’ve lost count. As soon as I hear the intro keys, my shoulders drop and I exhale.

What’s really awesome is that it’s also infectious (tunes like this usually are). The groove, the lyrics, all positive. What’s not to like? My girl heard this a few times and was like… “Hey, what’s that song that goes… Oh, I… Oh IIIIIII? I really like that one, will you give it to me so I can listen to it on my ipod?”

What’s even more amazing is now, whenever we both need to wake up and I know we’ll be struggling in the morning due to 4 hour sleep, I’ll throw that tune on as my alarm. Right as I roll over to hit snooze, I’ll catch her crack a smile right before her eyes open. Love that shit. Sets the tone for the entire day. The power of a good tune, right?

MIX MONDAY

MIX MONDAY – 2 NEW (free) mixes I’m connected to – DL Links included. Pass ‘em on. Enjoy.

1) King Fantastic – Gangster $h!?. The mixing & scratching sounds awfully familiar. I wonder who did this as a favor 2 his friends ;)
https://soundcloud.com/kingfantastic/call-my-lawyer-mixtape

2) Brillz – Dope mix. There are 2 tracks in here we did together. One is unreleased.
https://soundcloud.com/thump/mixed-by-brillz

3) *Bonus* - Z Trip BBC HIP HOP MIX – In case you missed this 2 weeks ago. No DL link tho, sorry.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01m2brq