• 2016 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2016

    2016 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2016

    by • on Dec 31, 16 • in 2016, albums, Lists • with No Comments

    2016, where do I begin? I should probably just accept that the debate regarding the worth and validity of the album as a medium will likely continue each year that I listen to music. If I do accept that, then 2016 was a strong effort on behalf of the “pro-albums” team. Many legendary musicians passed away at an alarming rate (at least it seemed that way), but many huge names returned with big new releases. Some were surprises (Beyonce, Frank Ocean “Blonde”), others were epic (A Tribe Called Quest, Bon Iver, Chance the Rapper), several

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  • 2016 Wrap-Up: Top Remixes of 2016 MIXTAPE

    2016 Wrap-Up: Top Remixes of 2016 MIXTAPE

    by • on Dec 30, 16 • in 2016, Dance, Electronic, House, Lists, Mixtape, remix, Remix Friday • with No Comments

    2016 brought on a lot of changes in remix-land that were not necessarily great, depending on your stake in the game. Soundcloud Go’s launch meant labels, acts, and producers could finally monetize the millions of listens on the service. However, that meant a massive amount of producers had their accounts disabled for copyright reasons, mash-ups went nearly extinct, and even hampered Hype Machine’s ability to have the freshest new music on the planet. My own remix listening experience was particularly hampered with 30 second previews (instead of full tracks) proliferating Hype Machine and the need

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  • 2016 Wrap-Up: Top Remixes of 2016 #10-1

    2016 Wrap-Up: Top Remixes of 2016 #10-1

    by • on Dec 30, 16 • in 2016, Dance, Electronic, House, Lists, remix, Remix Friday • with No Comments

    No surprise, but Kaytranada’s huge year with originals album 99.9%, also included quality remixes. The Montreal producer’s excellent takes on Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better” and Solange’s “Cranes In The Sky” were in heavy rotation, but Kay’s reinterpretation of a Janet Jackson track was once again my most played of the year. The Kaytranada flip of “Alright” balanced nostalgic energy with infectious tempo and a sample of Burnier E Cartier’s “Mirandolina”. Aside from numerous weekend listens, the track also ended up as my morning alarm clock for the majority of the year. Stream the top

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  • 2016 Wrap-Up: Top Remixes of 2016 #20-11

    2016 Wrap-Up: Top Remixes of 2016 #20-11

    by • on Dec 30, 16 • in 2016, Dance, Electronic, House, Lists, remix, Remix Friday • with No Comments

    I’m counting down my top 20 remixes of the year, leading up to my top 70 remixes mixtape. Stream individual tracks below and the full mixtape here. 20. The Knocks-Love Me Like That ft Carly Rae Jepsen (55.5 VIP Mix) Sometimes, it takes the artist closest to the original to make a quality remix. The Knocks managed to make their collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen even more infectious. 19. Jai Wolf-Drive ft The Chain Gang of 1974 (RAC Mix) RAC’s output of remixes did not grab my ears in 2016 like it did in the

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  • 2016 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of 2016 Mixtape

    2016 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of 2016 Mixtape

    by • on Dec 26, 16 • in 2016, Dance, Electronic, Folk, Hip-Hop, Indie, Indie Pop, JayeL Audio, Lists, Mixtape, R&B, Rap, Rock • with No Comments

    Considering 2016 ends in less than a week, there is not much time for a preamble or song by song analysis for this year’s top tracks of 2016. As part of my debt, I’ll offer and additional 10 songs to you, for a grand total of 70 of my favorite songs of the year. As always, the rules require the song (or album) to be released in 2016 (or the last few weeks of 2015) and covers or remixes do not count. The rankings are a bit arbitrary (the top 10 changed as many times

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  • MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 11-14-16 ft Marshmello, Bad Suns, The xx, Run the Jewels & more

    MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 11-14-16 ft Marshmello, Bad Suns, The xx, Run the Jewels & more

    by • on Nov 13, 16 • in Dance, Electronic, Folk, Hip-Hop, Indie, Indie Pop, JayeL Audio, Mixtape, R&B, Rap, remix, Rock • with No Comments

    Back at it again with a mixtape stuffed with the latest in indie rock, pop, dance, electronic, and even a bit of hip-hop. I don’t have much of a preamble this week as I’m still nursing my wounds from national and Metro Detroit political failures. I’ll only say that I hope this time of frustration (on all fronts) inspires a wave of classic and impactful protest music. New albums by Common and a newly reunited A Tribe Called Quest are incredible listens already. JayeL Audio 11-14-16 from jayelaudio on 8tracks Radio. JayeL Audio 11-14-16:

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  • Michigan Rattlers – Last Week

    Michigan Rattlers – Last Week

    by • on Oct 25, 16 • in Alt Country, Americana, Folk, Indie • with No Comments

    I offered a preview of up and coming duo Michigan Rattlers on my most recent mixtape, but their brief, but growing catalog has been on constant replay over the past month or so. “Illinois Sky” and “Sweet Diane” offer up approachable Americana with relatable storytelling reminiscent of Dawes and The Jayhawks. Graham Young and Adam Reed clearly have a penchant for narratives and tie in their Michigan (originated in Petoskey) experiences, including references to one of the Mitten’s most tasty IPA’s, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. New Rattlers track “Last Week” ratchets up the act’s alt

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