SONG OF THE DAY: Deniz Koyu – “Ruby” 

Yes, the EDM world has been saturated with stadium/progressive house tracks that feature similar three-chord melodies and THAT big drop-out. To stand out, it takes some creativity, and when I first heard “Ruby” on a YouTube video some guy recorded at a festival, I thought Jean-Michel Jarre had redone elements of “Chronologie” for 2013.  It is really hard to describe that kind of twirling synth, when it feels like the sound is moving around in space, circling around you.  Imagine the phaser effect that DJs use, but in the hands of a musician. Deniz Koyu brings the same kind of magic to progressive/stadium house with “Ruby” that he did with big room tribal on “Tung.”

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Deniz Koyu – “Ruby”

SONG OF THE DAY: Kris Menace – “Entity of Matter”

Rather than ‘Entity of Matter,’ this album should be titled “Entity of Healing Matter.”  This past week, I’ve been quite ill and have been listening to these 12 tracks in the background almost constantly.  The soundscapes remind me of classic Jean-Michel Jarre, experimental synth work with melody and beats, but nothing so overbearing or overblown as to cause discord. The tracks also have a universal warmth and somewhat of a healing vibe to them – kind of like mom’s chicken soup or that warm, comforting blanket in audio form.  Adding to the effect are the simple yet visually stimulating .GIF graphics that accompany the track.  Staring at them subtly change might remind you of early Windows visualization or just simply help you zone out a bit and relax. So yes, this is great music to experience higher states of consciousness with, but it is also great to chill and relax with as well.

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