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Playlist – Dec 2008

Ah how time flies! Missing ZoukOut, specifically Above&Beyond was a bummer; running the race of my life at the Standard Chartered Marathon though was exhilarating and I’ve never experienced such fatigue and exhaustion before. Nonetheless I have no regrets whatsoever and heaven forbid that I’ll be retarded again next year to sign up for it :>

Here are some brilliant tunes I’ve heard this month :

JES – Imagination (Kaskade Remix)

Ferry Corsten feat. Betsie Larkin – Made Of Love

Oceanlab – Sirens Of The Sea (Above&Beyond Club Mix)

Armin Van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel – In And Out Of Love

Arnej feat. Josie – Strangers We’ve Become (Intro Tech Dub)

Have a fabulous Christmas and a stunning 2009!


December 19, 2008 Posted by | Music | 1 Comment

Prop 8

One reason why I named this blog Insipidity, was to create and promote awareness of certain issues which I felt were not getting enough attention that it should rightfully deserve. Of course this blog is only as active as its user (namely, me) is, and I’ll take the blame for that. But while I’m here, I shall waste no time and get down to business.

First off, I’m extremely proud and overjoyed that Barack Obama came out tops in the final polls of the Presidential Election. Democracy prevailed, young people came out in throngs to fight for their future, and history was made in the form of the first Black President.

However, I wanted to bring to light a more sensitive issue, perhaps overshadowed by Obama’s victory but nonetheless just as important to many around the world – Prop 8.

Proposition 8 is a California State ballot proposition that would amend the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman. It would overturn a recent California Supreme Court decision that had recognized same-sex marriage in California as a fundamental right. The official ballot title language for Proposition 8 is “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.” The entirety of the text to be added to the constitution is: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Here’s the ever vocal and passionate Keith Olbermann: Gay marriage is a question of love. Full text can be found here.

Up to this day, I still get uncomfortable stares followed by a forced smile when I inform people that I’m not homophobic, and yes it’s actually possible to not be homophobic but yet still be straight.

I present to them a short logical argument : When did you choose to become straight? Likewise, gay people did not choose to become gay, at any point in their lives. They were always gay, but perhaps their gay tendencies were suppressed by social norms and hence the “coming out of the closet” for many differs from person to person.

I’d also like to touch on Olbermann’s point on religion being anti-gay :

With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field on which we all live, in favor of unhappiness and hate… this is what your heart tells you to do? You want to sanctify marriage? You want to honor your God and the universal love you believe he represents? Then Spread happiness—this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness—share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Does it even make any sense that if there is a particular divine being, he created gays (well-knowing that they would be gays of course) and placed them among straight people, only to have straight people wreck and cause so much misery in the lives of homosexuals?

Here are some of my observations :

  • Straight people and gay people were in actual fact meant to live peacefully together.
  • The divine being made a mistake, gays should actually be straight.
  • The situation is at it should be, and this is how the divine being planned it all along because he enjoys division and discrimination among his creations.

#2 is scary…. imagine what other mistakes might have occurred. Were straight people meant to be gays actually, and the human race should have become domesticated pets to our dogs and cats who could reproduce “normally” ?

#3 is probably a subtle hint that you probably chose the wrong divine being to worship, if there was one at all.
I do hope Prop 8 gets abolished and maybe, hopefully, a signal or some sort will be sent out to Singapore and its largely homophobic citizens. This is a plea for humanity, and let us recognise and embrace it.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Awareness, Religion | 1 Comment

Playlist – Nov 2008 Week #1

People usually cringe when I describe to them the lengthy journey to school and back, but frankly I don’t see it that way. It’s actually a rare opportunity that forces and places me away from all my other vices, and allows me to get lost in (usually) trance music. Now this can seem a little strange, because why do you need to be forced to engage in an activity you already enjoy? I can’t say I have a precise answer though, but then again I haven’t really been known as “normal” according to close friends.

Anyhow, here are some of my favourite Ibiza-styled tunes, taken from Armin’s Ibiza special at Amnesia@Ibiza. Enjoy!

Hybrid – I Know (Keenan & Anderson Remix)

DJ Tatana – Spring Breeze (Martin Roth Summer Style Remix)

Andy Duguid feat. Leah – Wasted

Sunlounger feat. Zara – Lost

Filterheadz vs. Eric Prydz – A Day Without Pjanoo (AVB mash)

November 5, 2008 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

Above & Beyond Anjunabeats Volume Six Preview

Would you like to experience an out-of-this-world surreality for the next 30 minutes? I know I do 😀

Above & Beyond began 2008 playing to 1 million people on New Year’s Eve in Rio (thought to be the largest live DJ gig ever) – an auspicious start and another milestone in their fast-rising journey to becoming “one of Britain’s biggest dance outfits” (The Sun).

Anjunabeats Volume Six’ is the next instalment in their highly successful label compilation series and features the pick of the label’s artists across Anjunabeats and housier offshoot Anjunadeep. Including numerous exclusives, as well as their own productions and remixes, Above & Beyond’s mix illustrates once again why both labels are magnets for electronic dance music connoisseurs.

Currently ranked No.6 in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs Poll, Above & Beyond were recently voted 11th in Mixmag’s list of the best dance acts of the past 25 years. Their weekly radio show is a regular fixture in the iTunes music podcast Top 10, mirroring the success of their recent OceanLab album, ‘Sirens Of The Sea’, which was a Top 10 seller in both the UK and US iTunes sales charts.

However, statistics tell only a fraction of the story. Their rise to global attention is seen through the eyes of tens of thousands of music fans worldwide each weekend. Now captured on their Youtube channel, Tony, Paavo, and Jono’s exploits have taken them to all four corners of the earth. Highpoints in recent months include selling-out London’s Ministry Of Sound, a monumental show in Beirut, a trail-blazing visit to Bolivia, and a bus tour across the USA, including a career-defining performance at the Coachella festival.

CD1 of ‘Anjunabeats Volume 6’ showcases the Anjunadeep sound, the deeper, atmospheric-end of the Anjuna spectrum that’s attracted champions such as Sasha, James Zabiela, and Desyn Masiello. Highlights include tracks from Jaytech, Komytea (aka Michael Cassette), Joonas Hahmo, Paul Keeley (‘ASOH’ as featured in Zabiela’s Glastonbury Essential Mix), Joonas Hahmo (‘Cocktail Bar’), Andy Moor (‘Fake Awake’), and more.

CD2 features the classy melodic trance sound that Anjunabeats is best known for, and includes Oceanlab (‘Breaking Ties’ – A&B Club Mix), the eagerly awaited club rework of one of the OceanLab album’s standout tunes, Super 8 & Tab (‘Elektra’), Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann’s Madness’ (I Prefer This Mix), and others.

CD 1
1. Paul Keeley “Paper Jet”
2. Komytea “Professional Killers”
3. Paul Keeley “A Sort Of Homecoming (Michael Cassette Remix)”
4. Signalrunners “Meet me in Montauk”
5. Joonas Hahmo “Cocktail Bar”
6. Proff “My Personal Summer”
7. Jaytech “Groove Nova (Oliver Smith Tech Mix)”
8. Johan Vermeulen “Do not Cross”
9. Jaytech “Pyramid (Dinka Non Melo Mix)”
10. Andy Moor “Fake Awake”
11. Tritonal “Lights Over Austin”
12. Myon & Shane 54 “Not A Lot Left”
13. Oliver Smith “Horizons”
14. Joonas Hahmo “Tampere By Night”
15. Mat Zo “Defined”
16. Oliver Smith “Restless”

CD 2
1. Signalrunners & Julie Thompson “These Shoulders (Club Mix)”
2. Sundriver “City Lights”
3. Boom Jinx & Oliver Smith “Sunrise”
4. Adam Nickey “Shift”
5. Thrillseekers feat. Fisher “The Last Time”
6. Super 8 & Tab “Elektra”
7. OceanLab “Breaking Ties (Above & Beyond’s Analogue Haven Remix)”
8. Nitrous Oxide “Show me”
9. Adam Nickey “Slider”
10. Kandi & Neuman “Let Go”
11. Oliver Smith “Cirrus”
12. Super 8 & Tab feat. Alyna “Delusion”
13. Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann “Madness (I Prefer This Mix)”
14. OceanLab “Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix)”

Personally I can’t wait to dive into CD2 when it’s finally out !

September 21, 2008 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Obama-Biden ’08

I’m sold.

I’ve been talking to some hardcore republicans lately, americans that are actually living in the US, and it seems to me that a major reason why they’re McCain supporters is because of his “experienced resume”. Now let me ask you, speaking from a logical point-of-view, why would someone who has endured and experienced the hardships of an actual war as a P.O.W, want to stay in Iraq for another 100 years? In fact, he’s totally fine about it too.

In my humble opinion, this borders upon being pretty ludicrous because 2 years in the army was more than enough for me to see that not a single person enjoys being sent overseas for their tour of duty, especially not when you’re surrounded by hostile foreigners who are more willing than not to view your presence as an invasion and compromise towards their national security. What would make them think that way, you ask? Well, how about building a military base in Iraq that’s bigger than the Vatican?

Nope, but Senator McCain doesn’t see it this way. Not after 6-ish years as a P.O.W. in Vientnam, along with many more years serving the army. There’s no debate really about Bush being the worst US president of all time; various polls shows his popularity plummeting and you don’t even need to look far when every issue of your newspapers report his policies failing miserably. And yet, McCain voted for Bush’s policies 90% of the time. Is this REALLY the kind of experience you would want your future president having?

Choosing Sarah Palin was a purely strategic move to garner any disillusioned Hillary voters, made even more clear once you come to realise that McCain has only met her once prior before choosing her to take the seat of Vice President. Well, I thought, that might actually work if you totally disregard the fact that Palin openly stated that she didn’t like Clinton’s ‘whining’. What’s more, Palin is actually pushing for Creationism to be taught in Science classes all over in America. Are the kids of the future generations going to learn too that virgins can successfully give conceive, and the Earth is flat and barely a few thousand years old ?

Just to make matters clear, being religious is one thing but imposing one’s religious views onto the millions of kids in school is a whole different story. While being religious, Obama has rightfully decided that science be taught in science classes.

I eagerly anticipate the upcoming presidential debates.

August 30, 2008 Posted by | Politics | | 2 Comments

Every once in a while…

… you’ll encounter an event that sets you on fire. It heightens your senses and of all of a sudden, if only for a few brief moments, you become acutely aware and more conscious of your surroundings. You understand what it means to be truly alive at this point, and proceed to savour these moments for as long as it persists.

I genuinely felt this way after reading this guest post on Mr. Wang Says So. Heck, you know it’s got to be really good to force me out of semi-retirement and make such a lazy bugger like me blog about this right? On to the good stuff.

Taken from this post, I highly recommend reading the comments posted too. The guest writer who wrote this was Adrain Tan, who also wrote The Teenage Textbook/Workbook series which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Life and How to Survive It

I must say thank you to the faculty and staff of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information for inviting me to give your convocation address. It’s a wonderful honour and a privilege for me to speak here for ten minutes without fear of contradiction, defamation or retaliation. I say this as a Singaporean and more so as a husband.

My wife is a wonderful person and perfect in every way except one. She is the editor of a magazine. She corrects people for a living. She has honed her expert skills over a quarter of a century, mostly by practising at home during conversations between her and me.

On the other hand, I am a litigator. Essentially, I spend my day telling people how wrong they are. I make my living being disagreeable.

Nevertheless, there is perfect harmony in our matrimonial home. That is because when an editor and a litigator have an argument, the one who triumphs is always the wife.

And so I want to start by giving one piece of advice to the men: when you’ve already won her heart, you don’t need to win every argument.

Marriage is considered one milestone of life. Some of you may already be married. Some of you may never be married. Some of you will be married. Some of you will enjoy the experience so much, you will be married many, many times. Good for you.

The next big milestone in your life is today: your graduation. The end of education. You’re done learning.

You’ve probably been told the big lie that “Learning is a lifelong process” and that therefore you will continue studying and taking masters’ degrees and doctorates and professorships and so on. You know the sort of people who tell you that? Teachers. Don’t you think there is some measure of conflict of interest? They are in the business of learning, after all. Where would they be without you? They need you to be repeat customers.

The good news is that they’re wrong.

The bad news is that you don’t need further education because your entire life is over. It is gone. That may come as a shock to some of you. You’re in your teens or early twenties. People may tell you that you will live to be 70, 80, 90 years old. That is your life expectancy.

I love that term: life expectancy. We all understand the term to mean the average life span of a group of people. But I’m here to talk about a bigger idea, which is what you expect from your life.

You may be very happy to know that Singapore is currently ranked as the country with the third highest life expectancy. We are behind Andorra and Japan, and tied with San Marino. It seems quite clear why people in those countries, and ours, live so long. We share one thing in common: our football teams are all hopeless. There’s very little danger of any of our citizens having their pulses raised by watching us play in the World Cup. Spectators are more likely to be lulled into a gentle and restful nap.

Singaporeans have a life expectancy of 81.8 years. Singapore men live to an average of 79.21 years, while Singapore women live more than five years longer, probably to take into account the additional time they need to spend in the bathroom.

So here you are, in your twenties, thinking that you’ll have another 40 years to go. Four decades in which to live long and prosper.

Bad news. Read the papers. There are people dropping dead when they’re 50, 40, 30 years old. Or quite possibly just after finishing their convocation. They would be very disappointed that they didn’t meet their life expectancy.

I’m here to tell you this. Forget about your life expectancy.

After all, it’s calculated based on an average. And you never, ever want to expect being average.

Revisit those expectations. You might be looking forward to working, falling in love, marrying, raising a family. You are told that, as graduates, you should expect to find a job paying so much, where your hours are so much, where your responsibilities are so much.

That is what is expected of you. And if you live up to it, it will be an awful waste.

If you expect that, you will be limiting yourself. You will be living your life according to boundaries set by average people. I have nothing against average people. But no one should aspire to be them. And you don’t need years of education by the best minds in Singapore to prepare you to be average.

What you should prepare for is mess. Life’s a mess. You are not entitled to expect anything from it. Life is not fair. Everything does not balance out in the end. Life happens, and you have no control over it. Good and bad things happen to you day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment. Your degree is a poor armour against fate.

Don’t expect anything. Erase all life expectancies. Just live. Your life is over as of today. At this point in time, you have grown as tall as you will ever be, you are physically the fittest you will ever be in your entire life and you are probably looking the best that you will ever look. This is as good as it gets. It is all downhill from here. Or up. No one knows.

What does this mean for you? It is good that your life is over.

Since your life is over, you are free. Let me tell you the many wonderful things that you can do when you are free.

The most important is this: do not work.

Work is anything that you are compelled to do. By its very nature, it is undesirable.

Work kills. The Japanese have a term “Karoshi”, which means death from overwork. That’s the most dramatic form of how work can kill. But it can also kill you in more subtle ways. If you work, then day by day, bit by bit, your soul is chipped away, disintegrating until there’s nothing left. A rock has been ground into sand and dust.

There’s a common misconception that work is necessary. You will meet people working at miserable jobs. They tell you they are “making a living”. No, they’re not. They’re dying, frittering away their fast-extinguishing lives doing things which are, at best, meaningless and, at worst, harmful.

People will tell you that work ennobles you, that work lends you a certain dignity. Work makes you free. The slogan “Arbeit macht frei” was placed at the entrances to a number of Nazi concentration camps. Utter nonsense.

Do not waste the vast majority of your life doing something you hate so that you can spend the small remainder sliver of your life in modest comfort. You may never reach that end anyway.

Resist the temptation to get a job. Instead, play. Find something you enjoy doing. Do it. Over and over again. You will become good at it for two reasons: you like it, and you do it often. Soon, that will have value in itself.

I like arguing, and I love language. So, I became a litigator. I enjoy it and I would do it for free. If I didn’t do that, I would’ve been in some other type of work that still involved writing fiction – probably a sports journalist.

So what should you do? You will find your own niche. I don’t imagine you will need to look very hard. By this time in your life, you will have a very good idea of what you will want to do. In fact, I’ll go further and say the ideal situation would be that you will not be able to stop yourself pursuing your passions. By this time you should know what your obsessions are. If you enjoy showing off your knowledge and feeling superior, you might become a teacher.

Find that pursuit that will energise you, consume you, become an obsession. Each day, you must rise with a restless enthusiasm. If you don’t, you are working.

Most of you will end up in activities which involve communication. To those of you I have a second message: be wary of the truth. I’m not asking you to speak it, or write it, for there are times when it is dangerous or impossible to do those things. The truth has a great capacity to offend and injure, and you will find that the closer you are to someone, the more care you must take to disguise or even conceal the truth. Often, there is great virtue in being evasive, or equivocating. There is also great skill. Any child can blurt out the truth, without thought to the consequences. It takes great maturity to appreciate the value of silence.

In order to be wary of the truth, you must first know it. That requires great frankness to yourself. Never fool the person in the mirror.

I have told you that your life is over, that you should not work, and that you should avoid telling the truth. I now say this to you: be hated.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. Do you know anyone who hates you? Yet every great figure who has contributed to the human race has been hated, not just by one person, but often by a great many. That hatred is so strong it has caused those great figures to be shunned, abused, murdered and in one famous instance, nailed to a cross.

One does not have to be evil to be hated. In fact, it’s often the case that one is hated precisely because one is trying to do right by one’s own convictions. It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be accommodating and hold no strong convictions. Then one will gravitate towards the centre and settle into the average. That cannot be your role. There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself. Popularity is a sure sign that you are doing something wrong.

The other side of the coin is this: fall in love.

I didn’t say “be loved”. That requires too much compromise. If one changes one’s looks, personality and values, one can be loved by anyone.

Rather, I exhort you to love another human being. It may seem odd for me to tell you this. You may expect it to happen naturally, without deliberation. That is false. Modern society is anti-love. We’ve taken a microscope to everyone to bring out their flaws and shortcomings. It far easier to find a reason not to love someone, than otherwise. Rejection requires only one reason. Love requires complete acceptance. It is hard work – the only kind of work that I find palatable.

Loving someone has great benefits. There is admiration, learning, attraction and something which, for the want of a better word, we call happiness. In loving someone, we become inspired to better ourselves in every way. We learn the truth worthlessness of material things. We celebrate being human. Loving is good for the soul.

Loving someone is therefore very important, and it is also important to choose the right person. Despite popular culture, love doesn’t happen by chance, at first sight, across a crowded dance floor. It grows slowly, sinking roots first before branching and blossoming. It is not a silly weed, but a mighty tree that weathers every storm.

You will find, that when you have someone to love, that the face is less important than the brain, and the body is less important than the heart.

You will also find that it is no great tragedy if your love is not reciprocated. You are not doing it to be loved back. Its value is to inspire you.

Finally, you will find that there is no half-measure when it comes to loving someone. You either don’t, or you do with every cell in your body, completely and utterly, without reservation or apology. It consumes you, and you are reborn, all the better for it.

Don’t work. Avoid telling the truth. Be hated. Love someone.

You’re going to have a busy life. Thank goodness there’s no life expectancy.

While avoid telling the truth is debatable, there is a certain warped sense in it and unless I misinterpreted what Adrain is trying to say, it can be summed up in a word – Tact.

There are tons of quotable quotes in there and it boggles me how long did Adrain actually take to write this speech7 ( With someone of his calibre, not too long I’d expect )

When you’ve already won her heart, you don’t need to win every argument. ”

One has to wonder how many divorce cases could have been prevented if only the husband had come to know of this.

That is what is expected of you. And if you live up to it, it will be an awful waste. If you expect that, you will be limiting yourself.You will be living your life according to boundaries set by average people. I have nothing against average people. But no one should aspire to be them. “

This definitely puts things into perspective. I have the good fortune of having parents that did not seek to impose their expectations on me the moment I opened my eyes, and instead stressed the importance of having a personal opinion and an independent mind which will reason and make decisions for myself.

It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be accommodating and hold no strong convictions. Then one will gravitate towards the centre and settle into the average. That cannot be your role. There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself. Popularity is a sure sign that you are doing something wrong. “

I couldn’t agree more with Adrain here. There is only one life and you’re the person in charge. When it comes down to certain issues, there should not be any compromise. Take for example, any election. There’s absolutely no reason not to vote for a candidate if he’s the one that you believe in, even if it’s at the risk of being shunned by the rest of the community. Likewise, I’ve come to respect people that has been conveniently labelled as “weird” or “strange” because if you actually take a moment and look closer, it’s almost always that they are the happier ones and not you.

Finally, you will find that there is no half-measure when it comes to loving someone. You either don’t, or you do with every cell in your body, completely and utterly, without reservation or apology. “

A speech brimming with inspiration, which I hoped have touched others as well.

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Eye of the storm

What better way to understand the recent tragic incidents than to be part of the system and procedures for 2 weeks?

I jest, of course. Brooding humor that veers towards the darker side always seems to appeal more, to me at least.

June 15, 2008 Posted by | Random Musings | Leave a comment

Playlist – June 2008 Week #2

Ohhh man it’s been a while and while I’ve been travelling to destinations unknown, it’s clear that while people come and people go, they’ll always come back. Haha couldn’t resist stringing them up in one lame nonsensical sentance.

A little background information about Arnej :

Music first claimed a presence in Arnej’s life during his childhood, which saw him endure the musical taste of his father. The various genres of music continuously bumping in his household conspired to turn him off from music and drive him towards the more conventional interests of a small town boy.

Music regained weight in Arnej’s life at the tender age of 14, when an early computer-composed electronica track snagged his interest. What followed was a stretch of exploration and experimentation within the multifarious realm of music. Before long, Arnej transiently settled into Euro dance, eventually stumbling upon Psy and Goa trance in the mid 90’s. He devoted his attention to the works of Man With No Name, Astral Projection and Hallucinogen. Back then, the trance sound he grew passionate towards, was still in the process of establishing an identity. By the late 90’s, though, trance had carved out its niche in the music community and Arnej’s interest in it expanded accordingly. “Entranced” by its complex soundscapes and harmonies, he at long last set about taking the journey into music production. Although the road of a producer has had its fair share of curves and bumps, Arnej’s commitment to his craft hasn’t lessened in the least bit as evidenced by his ever-growing body of work.

Arnej – Rendezvous (Destination Unknown)

I remember first listening to this months ago and I went ” WHOA what is this ?! ” Call it love at first listen, I salute Arnej for daring to portray trance in a different light where few have succeeded. I truly can’t even begin to describe how much I love this tune.

Arnej – People Come, People Go

There’s nothing that quite takes my breath away like a dose of fresh crisp trance music coupled with pictures that succinctly encapsulates the raw beauty of Mother Nature. A good reminder that there’s so much more to life than the millions of meaningless goals we chase and pursue each day.

Arnej – They Always Come Back

Excellent track to get the party mood going, in my opinion.  Just listen to them screaming! Gives me goosebumps just imagining if I was there, seriously.

On a side note, Coldplay just released their new album,  Viva La Vida (literally translating to Living the Life)! Can’t wait to have a go at it 🙂

The one and only reason that I can give for the lack of “proper” blog posts is, World of Warcraft. To anyone who’s reading this, unless you wish to be horribly addicted to a game which requires you to invest nothing but time and MORE time to be good at it, and in the process become absolutely apathetic and insipid to what’s going around you, stay far away from the likes of MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games). You have been warned.

June 10, 2008 Posted by | Music | | 3 Comments

Playlist – May 2008 Week #3

The theme of the week shouldn’t be too difficult to notice upon glancing through the songs 🙂

Mr Pit – Love You More

After listening to it once on GDJB, it’s been stuck in my head ever since. Assaulting me when I least suspected of it, this is one of those addictive and immense tracks that made me remember why I love trance so much. I’d love to see a remix top this original mix!

Mariah Carey – I Stay In Love

And I know we said let go
But I kept on hanging on
Inside I know it’s over
You’re really gone
It’s killing me
Cause there ain’t nothing
That I can do
Baby, I stay in love with you

And I keep on telling myself
That you’ll come back around
And I try to front like ‘Oh well’
Each time you let me down
See I can’t get over you
Now no matter what I do
Baby, baby
I stay in love with you

Probably my favourite female singer of all time, and in my humble opinion the most phenomenal female artiste of our time, MC has again and again produced chart-toppers which oozes of her trademark soulful melodies. I haven’t really had time to seriously listen to her latest album, E=MC²; but there were a few gems that I took a liking upon the first hearing. The rest were … meh. Anyhow, I kinda fancied this tune and forsee it to be huge!

Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love

Saw her perform live on Ellen ( Was channel surfing because the judge was taking WAY too long reading out the final verdict on the Pedra Blanca case ) and she was impressive, to say the least. I have a feeling this song has been flooding the airwaves for the past few months, but I have better things to listen to than mainstream pop when 90% of them sounds more like noise than music.

The actual MTV can be easily youtube-d but rights to embed has been taken away, unfortunately.

May 25, 2008 Posted by | Music | | 1 Comment

Playlist – May 2008 Week #2

Mmmmm it’s been a while huh. The worst part of exams would be this apathetic seclusion from the world that a student has to embrace.

Kaskade & Deadmau5 – Move For Me (Original Mix)

These 2 are fast becoming some of my favourite DJs/producers. Kaskade really knows how to churn out quality vocal tracks while Deadmau5 is sick with remixes. Put them together, and the only question that comes to mind is ” Why didn’t this happen sooner? ” Think blueberry + pancakes, sushi + wasabi, chips + salsa sauce… you get the idea.

Sunlounger feat. Zara – Crawling (DJ Shah Rework)

If you’re chilling out at the beach , enjoying the breeze with your preferred drink in your hand, this is one of the essential songs that should be playing in the background. DJ Shah is famous for his balearic-sounding tunes and this is one of his masterpieces. Indeed, this track does a great job at blurring the boundaries between deep progressive trance and ambient music.

Sarah Mclachlan – Sweet Surrender

You take me in
no questions asked
you strip away the ugliness
that surrounds me
Are you an angel?
am I already that gone
I only hope
that I won’t disappoint you
when I’m down here
on my knees
And sweet
sweet surrender
is all that I have to give

Tragic yet beautiful – I find her description apt in many ways. Sarah Mclachlan is such a talented performer that she gives me goosebumps whenever she sings live.

May 17, 2008 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment