• 2017 Wrap-Up: Top 100 Remixes of 2017

    2017 Wrap-Up: Top 100 Remixes of 2017

    by • on Jan 2, 18 • in 2017, Dance, Electronic, Lists, remix, Remix Friday • with No Comments

    2017 would not be complete without a recap of the best remixes of the year (at least for my ears). Remixes seemed to be everywhere this year as Spotify’s grip on the streaming music game expanding and reworkings being more important to new music promotion. New interpretations of some of pop’s biggest acts weren’t much of a surprise (see Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes), but indie remixes seemed to be more prevalent (see Local Natives, Minke, Portugal. the Man, Maggie Rogers). Ed Sheeran even landed 2 spots with “Shape of You” remixes

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  • 2017 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of 2017

    2017 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of 2017

    by • on Dec 30, 17 • in 2017, Indie, JayeL Audio, Lists, Mixtape • with No Comments

    This year’s top tracks list had a problem…too many good choices. Hence the 100 song list you see before you. As usual, the rules are that songs counted came out in 2017 (or late 2016, see: Michigan Rattlers, RTJ, and Kid Cudi) and are my most played and adored of the year. 100 songs also means that as much as I would like to write about each song, I’ll spare you the time and mention a few notes on my top 5. 1. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.: I was already obsessed with this song’s addictive

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  • 2017 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2017

    2017 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2017

    by • on Dec 29, 17 • in 2017, albums, Indie, Lists • with No Comments

    2017 – the year that felt like a decade for many people. Though there was not as much protest music as I expected, the year was filled with an avalanche of great new albums, despite the apparent demise of the format. Hip-hop brought its “A-game” thanks to outstanding albums from King Kendrick (more on him later), Vince Staples (despite my wife’s musing that Vince’s name could be that of a country singer), RTJ (of course), and a surprise record from Jay-Z. Returns from HAIM, Ryan Adams, Spoon, and The National were also welcome with strong

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  • MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 11-26-17 feat. Sure Sure, Wild Cub, Miguel, N.E.R.D. & more

    MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 11-26-17 feat. Sure Sure, Wild Cub, Miguel, N.E.R.D. & more

    by • on Nov 26, 17 • in Indie, JayeL Audio, Mixtape • with No Comments

    How do you explain a mixtape that was supposed to come out one month ago? Well, you can offer up excuses related to work, a conference in the Windy City, and a sunny Florida vacation, but I wouldn’t expect much sympathy from that explanation. Instead, I’ll explain that said mixtape was actually shaping up into 2 mediocre mixtapes. Instead, I opted for a ‘best of the last 2 months mixtape’ spanning my listening from October and November. Stream new jams from AUTONOMICS, Miguel, Moon Taxi, Tove Lo, & more below. The return of N.E.R.D. wins

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  • PREMIERE: Canaro – Depth

    PREMIERE: Canaro – Depth

    by • on Oct 3, 17 • in Dance, Detroit, Indie Pop • with No Comments

    Blog posts have been few and far between these days, but the new indie/electronic pop sounds of Canaro are certainly worthy enough to dust off the keyboard. The Detroit six-piece are now “three for three” when it comes to replay-worthy hooks according to my count with new track “Depth”. The intoxicating single spirals with Liz Shar’s celestial vocals and Cut Copy-esque synth that sounds retro without being a novelty. “Depth” adds to early favorites “Fell Too Hard” and “Guapical” that manage RAC and St. Lucia heights from the recently released, People Movers Vol. 2. “Fell

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  • MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 9-14-17 feat. ODESZA, Canaro, Sure Sure, St. Vincent & more

    MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 9-14-17 feat. ODESZA, Canaro, Sure Sure, St. Vincent & more

    by • on Sep 13, 17 • in Indie, JayeL Audio, Mixtape • with No Comments

    This mixtape didn’t get as organized as fast as I wanted, but here are another 32 songs to keep you busy this fall. Triumphant returns from ODESZA, St. Vincent, and Wolf Parade made for tough choices as this month’s mixtape opener. In the end, LCD Soundsystem’s most danceable effort from American Dream, “tonite” could not be denied as the top contender to kick off the set. Besides the JayeL Audio veterans, mixtape newcomers such as NVDES, Sure Sure, and William Wild impressed with repeat-worthy cuts. Speaking of songs worth multiple-listens, I’ve been stuck on Skip Marley’s

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  • MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 8-29-17 feat. HAIM, Canaro, RAC, David Myles & more

    MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 8-29-17 feat. HAIM, Canaro, RAC, David Myles & more

    by • on Aug 29, 17 • in Dance, Folk, Indie, JayeL Audio, Mixtape, Rock • with No Comments

    A lot has happened in the music world since 4th of July and I’ll admit, I’ve been hoarding a lot of music since that time. Arcade Fire put out a danceable new album with a side of social commentary, RAC stayed consistent with a solid sophomore album + an excellent remix (“Ordinary Madness”), and The War On Drugs released an ’80s inspired contender for album of the year. The good news is that this means you’ll be seeing not one, but two new mixtapes from me in the coming weeks. The first has fiery new

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