The weather in late February is as unpredictable as, well, the weather. For instance, today in Nashville it was nearly 70 degrees. That was good. However, it is supposed to rain all weekend and get cold again by the end of next week. That’s too bad. Never fear, though–rain or shine, some good tunes are in the forecast. Here’s a playlist for when the fleeting (and often sleeting) weather has you feeling some type of way. Enjoy listening as you ask yourself, “What is this Weather?”
As my mother once told me, “Disco never died in Europe.” Although it is glaringly obvious that our transatlantic cousin continent has embraced electronic music more than we ever have, I was still taken aback by her statement. When I initially decided to study abroad, the last thing I expected to find was a time capsule of a 1970s discothèque in the heart of Prague. But there I was, wading through a crowd on that iconic glowing Tetris floor while loops of reverberating vocals flooded the club. Disco had, in fact, not died at this one hole-in-the-wall locale. It seemed surreal, but moms are typically always right — my case was no exception.
My favorite thing about electronic music is that possibilities for creating different instrumental tracks are endless. One thing that I do on a daily basis is find different remixes for a song and listen for new combinations of beats, chords and synth effects that mix well with the main melody. It’s definitely interesting, and it’s taught me a lot about different sound effects that I can incorporate into my own music.
Above all, listening to remixes is a lot like listening to a song for the very first time. Oftentimes, I will hear a song and wish that it were a little faster or slower, with a little more bass, or a few extra beats here and there. Remixes can make these ideas into reality, and it’s really cool to hear someone make variations to a song in the exact way that you had envisioned. Other times, a remix can show you a version of a song that you never expected would work. Either way, it’s a lot of fun.
Below are 10 of my favorite remixes/ covers (in no particular order)
Following the release of the Rites lineup, one of the most common complaints I heard was that Future had no business being invited to perform. Many of these critics complained that his lyrics left something to be desired. Others found the songs repetitive. Even then, others found him too simplistic and not deep enough. People have a right to their opinion, but in this instance I think many critics of Future and trap music in general are doing themselves a disservice by ruling out the genre. All the things that give trap rap a bad name are the same things that give it a valid place on the musical spectrum. Let’s take a look.