Who says the french touch is dead?
I’ve been sitting on these tracks for a minute. It’s been three months since the last installment of Music is What Feelings Sound Like, having deprived you of vibes for long enough, let’s get straight to the music.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Pictures (KJ Remix)
Marie Madeleine – No Love La Muerte (feat. Pauline Ohanna)
Bonobo – The Keeper (Banks Remix)
The Weeknd – The Party The After Party (Sango Remix)
ESG – UFO
Superman Lovers ft. Herr Styler & Cristine – C’est Bon (Punks Jump Up Remix)
Schoolboy Q – Blessed (Obey City Edit)
Bondax – Just Us
Dems – House (Evil Nine Remix)
Lianne La Havas – Forget (Shlohmo Remix)
Rokhsan – 1000 Years
Blawan – What You Do With What You Have (Original Mix)
For those of you who don’t know who Downlink is, hopefully a glance at the giant “R” above is a good enough clue. Downlink, or Sean Casavant, is one of Rottun Recording’s (label of Excision) original three musketeers, making Datsik, Excision and Downlink among the first to produce the modern dubstep we know today. Casavant exploded onto the scene with songs like “Factory” and “Ignition” (linked below), and has continued to produce similar hard-hitting songs while managing to remain untainted by the inexplicable appeal of talent-less and worthless brostep.
I got an amazing opportunity to interview Downlink for a term paper I wrote about dubstep, and thought it’d be interesting to share some of what goes on behind the purported ex-lumberjack’s (Downlink’s career previous to music production, as told to me by NumberNin6) creative process, background, and just miscellaneous dianabol steroids legal tid-bits. Some questions were, of course, more academically relevant, but I hope you enjoy the rare chance to see a side of music beyond the partying, drugs, sweating, etc.!
Some tunes while you read:
How did you come up with your DJ name? What does it mean (if anything)?
I was just trying to come up with a spacey name while working on a track. I was working on a slower computer and was bouncing stuff down a lot so I was constantly going back to my nintendo while waiting for the computer to bounce stuff. I was playing the Legend Of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The main character in the series is named Link. I went back to my computer and started looking up a glossary of outer space terms on the internet. When I read Downlink it jumped right out at me. I read the meaning of the word and was sold.
Greetings earthlings. 2012 kicked off with a whirlwind of events for me but I’ve finally come down from the clouds and back to reality. For many, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate reality check. It’s a date (or not) in which all people have to face their relationship status head on, whether they like it or not. A day when guys either sack up and serenade, or tuck tail and run. A time when girls eat an absurd amount of chocolate, either out of heart shaped boxes or cartons of ice cream.
On the single side of the fence? Don’t despair. We still have music. And where there’s music, there’s dancing. And where there’s dancing, there’s nothing but positive energy in the air. Whether you’ve already found that special person to cuddle with, or if you’re just looking for some cuddy, having a little background music is never a bad thing.
So here are some of my all time favorite ballads. I hope you enjoy.