It's 2014. If you're like me, you've probably heard about all you can of the songs Fancy, Chandelier and anything Pitbull. Don't give up though, there is some exceptionally great stuff out there.
I looked out over the crowd from the DJ booth. They lolled beneath the fumes for the first hour of the show.
So after revisiting Fatima I gave the other Elgo Records musicians a listen while browsing artwork by the visual artists signed to the label. Let me show you what I found.
My toes began to tap uncontrollably, trying to keep up with my swiveling hips. A long time fan of Mr. Oizo, a derivation of the French word oiseau meaning "bird," I was saturated with excitement. His dark lyrics and grimy house beats made me feel invincible.
I think that both electronic music and social media have extraordinary powers to teach us skills and theories about creative efficiency that will bind us to our generation in the most positive way.
I succumbed to trance's demand to let go of my mind and my duality and for a few blessed hours to become one with both the music and the sea of people experiencing this awakened state together.
Unusually we do actually have a fair split of male and female employees, something I don't often see within equivalent sized indie labels. It definitely wasn't like this in the beginning and I clearly remember multiple assumptions that I was the director's personal assistant in early meetings rather than the label manager.
We all are familiar with Día de los Muertos -- the white face paint, the illustrations of grinning skulls, the panoramas of skeleton musicians and dancers. However, there is still great confusion in America about what this holiday actually signifies. Although it takes place at the same time of year as Halloween and shares the theme of ghostly visitors, there are fundamental differences.
Seattle, a city that's been situated at the epicenter of music history on more than one occasion, is yet again home to one of the most remarkable new acts in America -- but don't expect a grunge or indie rock revival.
I first became acquainted with the husband and wife team called DVA (two) when I saw their video "France Trance." "Quirky" did not adequately describe this humorous little gem, in which a balloon sings in faux French before "getting popped."
If you can imagine standing in a crowd of hundreds and peering up at art installations/sculptures up to 100 feet high as they burst into flames in symbolic offerings, you would come away with feelings of awe, veneration, wonder and even dread.
Comfortably at No. 5 though, besting acts like The Spice Girls, En Vogue and Martha & The Vandellas, was Exposé. According to singer Jeanette Jurado, the '80s freestyle collective is all-too-grateful its music, now "classics," lives on.
No stay in Goa would be complete without a trip to Club Cubana, situated between Baga and Anjuna in the Arpora Hill. Dubbed the 'night club in the sky', the climb to the top is well worth it as its picturesque views are equalled by its hedonistic atmosphere.
A recent evening out on LA's famous Sunset Strip at hip new lounge Vaucluse, saw eclectic pop trio AKW play their fusion of acoustic, and ambient pop-rock in front of a trippy mural of Hollywood legend, Charlie Chaplin.
Today, many of these tracks have fallen into obscurity, but they deserve another listen, as they still sound incredible. In alphabetical order, here are my picks for the 90's best singles that missed the Top 50 (with accompanying video links).
I first encountered Helado Negro when Roberto Lange's ensemble included more people than could comfortably fit on a stage. ( I was invited to the show...