Invigorating Study Jam: Kiara Sound Medik Remix

I’m not going to lie. I have had a bit of down time at work lately (in fact,yesterday was my last full day!), if you cannot tell by the sudden surge of posts. And, as coincidence, most of the stuff I have written lately is about music. I’ve been trying to write and re-write and re-re-re-write my resume to include my final coop. I don’t think I have been so tedious or so horribly hit with professional writer’s blocker ever. Anyway, I’ve been jamming to a lot of music to inspire me, hence all the music posts.

Anyways, the next song I’m writing about is a remix of Bonobo’s “Prelude + Kiara,” which as you may know, is my favorite song of all time. OF ALL TIME. While I still like the original better, this remix by Sound Medik is a nice change of pace and really wakes up the senses.

You can also download the song for free via these weblinks: (Courtesy of VanCity Sounds)



Study Playlist: Gramatik

I first listened to Gramatik when Aniket introduced me to the album “Street Bangerz” in April this year. I wanted to listen to some of his songs before attending a concert at the Blockley, but we decided not to go since a 76ers versus Bulls game was happening the same night.

Since then, however, I have grown a fondness for non-lyrical music and songs with samples in it thanks to Aniket, who also introduced me to Bonobo and Pretty Lights (on the same label as Gramatik). I actually like the old-school hip-hop vibe that the songs have. It makes for great study music (which is when I listen to music most).

My favorite song that I have heard so far is “Victory” from volume 3 of the album set. It’s pretty epic. I love orchestrated pieces, and I think anything with strings almost always makes a song awesome. If I am walking somewhere or at the gym, I feel like such a boss when this pops on my Ipod. I feel like it should be featured in an NBA or Nike commercial, or something.

My second favorite song is “Boom Bap Reinstated.” This one is a bit more cheery and upbeat than the previous.

The following two songs have that old-school vibe I was talking about because of their sample choices. I really love how cool they sound! The first is “I’m Doing My Thang,” and the second is called “Hit that Jive.”

Finally, the calmest song out of my choice favorites is “Smooth While Raw.” I really like the mellow guitar in the song combined with the strong beat. It’s a bit on the jazzy side as well.

Hate to Sound Hipster, but…

So I was sitting with my dad in the car listening to Z100 (which I rarely get to do now a days), and the song “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida pops onto the radio.



I was rocking out a bit, but I typically don’t like Flo Rida. Then, I realized “OMG I totally heard of this song before, but from somewhere else!” After shuffling through my mp3 player, I realized it was one of my favorite songs Aniket gave me from Pretty Lights (Usually associated with wubwubwub-ness of dubstep. Stop judging!). Here is the Pretty Lights version and their remix of their own song.




And then I saw some YouTube comments, and apparently the song was later also sampled and remixed in “Levels” by Avicii.



To which another commenter rebuttled that the use of the lyrics and tune was first used in the 1960’s by  Etta James in “Something’s Got A Hold On Me.”



The evolution of music! First sang by Etta in the 60’s, sampled by Pretty Lights, remixed by Avicii, ripped by Flo Rida, and probably used in even more songs from other artists!

And here I thought I was going to go all hipster on you and say “HAHA! I heard it first before it got too mainstream.” Wrong again 😛 Grandpas & grandmas, moms & pops all over the world have got me beat.

And this post would not be complete without a Disney hipster meme.

Bonobo Concert in NYC

As of today, this blog post has been put on the back of the (bunsen) burner for a full month now. Shame on me.

On Friday before classes started up for the fall, September 16, Bonobo was playing in New York City! The concert is part of the ROCKS OFF Concert Cruise Series. Basically he played on a boat, and it was pretty cool.

Taking off at the Bedford-Stuyvesant area (in fact we passed by a Stuyvesant football game), the boat we were on was dubbed the “Queen of Hearts.” Boarding started at 7pm, so we made our way to NYC from Philly on the 3pm bus (which turned out to be a 3 hour ride of traffic haha). After celebrating our safe arrival in the Coldstone in Times Square, we took the 1 train uptown.

At first it was pretty cool, being on the boat and all, haveinga bar on board that I could finally order drinks from now that I’m over 21. But once the boat started moving, the sites were so pretty! I tried taking pictures, but alas my hands were shaky.

We rode right along the Hudson River, making our way past the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. There were a couple of times I think people were jamming so hard that the boat was about to tip over, but thank God it’s little putters kept puttering O.O

The DJ playing while we were waiting for Bonobo was pretty decent, but oh man everyone knew when our expected DJ started playing his iconic tunes. I got a short video of one of my favorite songs by him “Kiara.”


And here is a clearer version of Prelude+Kiara, so you can enjoy it as much as I do ❤



I wasn’t really expected to dance or enjoy myself too too much (after all, I was nervous because it was my first concert), but man I couldn’t help myself when I heard those beats! There was an amazing reggae/Bob Marley mix I need to find. It was so sick!

And of course there was your share of questionable substances, alcohol abuse, and heavily make-uped girls being all “sexy,” all of which I ran away from. But all in all I came out unscathed and had a great time. Of course, sadly the night had to end. Famished we made our way to a Five Guys burger place and stuffed our faces. The Megabus was for 1am, so of course it was a journey just getting back to Philly and home safetly.

Overall, I don’t think I will ever go to a concert outside of Philly without a place to crash, but it felt good to rebel once and experience a night concert.