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You Must Listen To This V.01

My first DJ job, in a sense, was putting together 4-6 hour mix-tapes for parties at Washington State U. at the house I lived at with 3 other friends. We'd haul in a few or more kegs, jam our house full of people and rock it out until the cops made us stop. The more things change the more they stay the same huh? I was still a year away from my first DJ job spinning vinyl but that didn't stop me from wanting to share my extensive music collection with other people.

That is and always has been my primary reason for wanting to DJ. An intense desire to share the music I love with other people. I'm hoping you all will appreciate and give a listen to some music that perhaps you've never been exposed to before. Something that you won't hear in the clubs.

First up is one of my all time favorite producers Bent comprised of Englishmen Nail Tolliday and Simon Mills. Two fiendishly clever producers with a penchant for injecting their music with a sense of humor (more evident on their first album Programmed to Love), a polished sound and lush textures. The music varies anywhere between lush, dreamy downtempo to songs you wouldn't be surprised hearing on pop radio to jittery, guitar fused vocal tracks.

Intercept! is the duo's 4th full album release and it's quite obvious they know what they're doing. Quality production abounds. Bent never stays in one place for too long both within an album and from one album to the next.

Bent employed former Simian lead singer (now Simian Mobile Disco) Simon Lord who injects a consistency to the famously varied Bent sound on Intercept!. Though Bent previously hired almost exclusively female singers in their previous releases they show a deft touch in retaining their trademark quirky lush sound that I didn't think possible with a male singer.

Standout tracks here include:
To Be Loved with it's anthemic second half and repeated lyric "All I need is to be loved by you."
Stay Out All Night a lullaby about people afraid of the dark who sent children to bed and stay out all night. Yeah it doesn't make sense but it doesn't need to.
As Seen From Space soothes the soul with soft piano and angelic choir (I featured this one on My Definition of Chill Vol. I).
The Handbrake is a beautiful jingly pop ballad which if I had my way would the sort of song pop-radio stations would be playing.
After All The Love ends with another ballad complete with crickets chirping, harmonica, whistling and soaring string section.

I'm trying out Lala to stream the album. You might have to sign up via their site to listen. I'm working on finding the easiest solution to post music here. Email if you have any issues.

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