Playlist Of The Weekend: Best Music 2k14 Q1 by Jaya Prime

I’ve been listening to Jaya Prime for years, and if you don’t believe me, go listen to his Dreamstep mix. He’s thrown together an hour of tracks you won’t find anywhere else, and after listening to it, you’ll be mad about that. Inventive, cutting-edge production from Dirtwire, Nick Leon, FUME, Phutureprimitive, JacM, Bluereso, K.Sabroso & more. Seriously. This list isn’t for you weekend warriors, but if you want to hear where some of the sounds you’re hearing at clubs or festivals are going, check this out. And give Jaya Prime all the love, as this guy eats big room for breakfast.

Midnight Music: Kove – Way We Are (Dub Mix) [Deep House]

Since I yammered about Kove a little while ago, I’m delighted to say that the track has been picked up, and EDM.com brings us a reworking of the tune that shimmers with quality.  The deep, techy, but still perky envisioning of the original D&B is music to my ears. There’s the necessary competent build with some slicing & dicing of the vocals in just the way your rooftop party deep house should sound. This has some potential to get pushed into some sets, especially with the break into super old school styles halfway in. The sound is very now. While I feel like a catastrophic douche for writing that, I think it’s true in a lot of ways. The retro feel given some modern bounce, in addition to the proper usage of vocals pushing into a deeper, less anthem-y sound. Listen and you tell me if I’m right?  (via EDM.com)

Midnight Music: The Beatles – Blackbird

For Throwback Thursday, I wanted to bring it all the way back to 1968. There’s a lot of perfection in this tune. If you’ve never heard of it, I’m frankly astonished, but I can’t ever judge anyone’s blindspots. The chords and the build are deceptively spot on. The imagery has been sliced and diced a thousand different ways, so I won’t comment on what the words mean. I’ll leave that to you. I used to listen to this and many other Beatles songs with my Dad. What songs do you still listen to that your parents passed to you?

Zachary Levi, Mashable Video & Bert (Yes, That One) Remind You To Go Outside.

This is wonderful. Grover, Kal Penn, Bert, and Zachary Levi come together to get your ass out of the house. “Subscriptions to those clouds are free” is one of the best lines I’ve heard in a bit. While it took Pigeons to get Bert out of his house, now that it’s finally nice in the city, go out. I don’t know, go check Instagram on the Highline or something.

David Bowie Gets Into Inspiration, Ziggy Stardust (PBS Digital Studios)

Blank on Blank continues to be one of the best aspects of PBS Digital Studios on Youtube. Master Bowie talks about the difficulty in writing for himself, but the ease with which he can write for a persona he creates. It’s kind of stunning how spot on he is, but for any fan of Bowie, his genius and consistency, ability to let things go when they need to, and continued evolution over the years come as no surprise. Enjoy the video and get to work on your own Ziggy.

Burial’s Rival Dealer Inspires Short Film By Ben Dawkins

This is an exquisite little short done after some awesome people in the UK listened to “Rival Dealer” by Burial. Hyperdub was approached by Ben Dawkins, who wanted to use the track to score a short, sweet, awesome film. They were all over it , and we have this potent, riveting and masterfully shot thing to enjoy because of it. Hey labels, get on this. Find directors who make movies with your music. We’d watch it.