The Next Step

Hey everyone,

I know I’ve been away for a while, but I promise that i’ll be adding fresh poetry and tunes to my blog soon. In the meantime, check out my DJ mix for this month. It’s a blend of relaxing deep house that will get your head nodding.

Much love,
Dustin

Don’t Miss This Remix

I have been searching and searching for a Coldplay remix that does the original justice and at long last I have found one that makes me ridiculously happy. I first heard it on Above & Beyond’s “Group Therapy” radio show, and was instantly hooked. The Disciples do an excellent job of creating a dreamy atmosphere in this track. Give it a listen and see if you like it as much as I do. I’ll be keeping my eye on the Disciples to see what they come up with next.

Friday Nights – 4th grade

It’s finally Friday! Quick, go call your mom and ask if I can sleepover! Man, the office is chilly in here. Oh, what’d she say? What?? Aw… That’s too bad I was really hoping I could-….Wait, why are you giving me that stupid smile? She said yes?? YES! Let’s go, let’s go!

You know a shortcut? Okay let’s take it. Are you sure we can get there over this mountain? Oh, I see the fence now. Are you sure we can fit through there?

Yes!! Finally home time to play some pokemon and… What’d you mean we have to do homework first? But she assigned us SO much to do. Okay, fine.

My hand is in so much pain from these exercises. Yeah I finished that one, what number are you on? Dang! How’d you finish so fast?? Uhh okay I’ll help you with dishes once we’re done.

Okay so first we play pokemon, then yugioh, and after that we’ll just make up a game. Alright I’ll draw the map and my character while you draw your guy. Now let’s write a story.

I love sleeping over. Your house is so much bigger than mine. I don’t know why you think your sister is so annoying..she’s actually kinda fun. And your mom’s food is so delicious.

I’m getting sleepy. Chris, you still up? Chris?……. Chris?……. chris???

What is this show? Breakfast smells so good. Sure, thanks. Do you wanna duel after we finish our food? Oooh Digimon is on!!!

Hi mom! Yeah, last night was good. I wish I could stay longer. This is my second home.

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Kingdom Hearts

Hello everyone,

Here is a relaxing remix that I put together of Utada Hikaru’s “Simple & Clean.” Perfect for studying, riding the bus, or stargazing, my hope is that this tune brightens your day/night. If you enjoy it feel free to add it to your music collection as it is open for downloading.

Have a happy weekend :)

 

Going Off The Deep End

Hi everyone,

For your entertainment tonight I’ve whipped up some fresh deep house music. Feel free to dive in and if you like it you can even download it for free. 

Enjoy :)

Anjunabeats Volume 11 Review

For both lovers of deep house and main stage electronic music, this compilation showcases top notch tracks.

The first day that it came out, Anjunabeats Volume 11 shot up to #1 on the dance music charts on iTunes.

The compilation is made up of two discs. Disc 1 begins with deep, groovy house music with lush melodies that you’d come to expect from the Anjunadeep label. The opening track “You Would” by Thomas Schwartz and Fausto Fanizza sets the mood, slowly building to the kick drum with a pretty piano and swirling atmospheric pad sounds in the background. Also notably there is a remix of Above & Beyond’s classic, “Good For Me,” by Matt Lange. My personal favorite on this disc has to be Parker & Hanson’s “Gravity.” The piano is absolutely gorgeous and the progression of the percussive elements gives the tune a satisfying element. Another standout tune on Disc 1 is Boom Jinx and Meredith Call’s “The Dark” which quickens the pace with haunting vocals.

Disc 2 delivers the goods, so to speak, when it comes to Anjunabeat’s main stage acts. Many of the tracks on this end of the mix have hit the top of the Beatport chart’s as singles. The disc opens with Ilan Bluestone and Jerome Isma-Ae’s “Tension” which lives up to it’s name, building up a fair amount of tension and leading into an explosion of sound that Bluestone is becoming well known for. Following this, there is a remix of the classic “Anjunabeach” by Above & Beyond done by Genix and Las Salinas. This is a well paced track that feels uplifting and heavenly. The mix then hits two vocal tracks “Hey Now” remixed by Arty, and “Sticky Fingers” by Above & Beyond which are both quite tasty. The Beatport hits then takeover the disc (Code Red, Karma, and Hindsight). Personally my ears always perk up when I hear hindsight because I’ve fallen in love with the synth and timing that Audien has developed the track with. There are some mash ups that are just okay, such as “I’m On My Way To Mariana Heaven” and “Far From Needing Your Love.” Although they are interesting blends they don’t have the withstanding force behind them to keep them afloat. Oliver Smith’s “Evermore” was a beautiful surprise near the end of this disc. The arpeggios are so satisfying . Ilan Bluestone never disappoints, making a final appearance on the remix of the beloved OceanLab track “Satellite.” The result is mesmerizing and beautiful. The final track on this CD that I can’t help but mention is Andrew Bayer’s “The District.” The way that Bayer layers his mixes are magical, utilizing heavy drums, stunning pads, and beautiful toy box/ chime sounds.

Although I have spent most of this review raving about this volume, it is not without it’s faults. As I previously mentioned the mashups on disc 2 are mediocre. Another issue that I’ve encountered after listening to this mix about twenty times is getting bored with both tracks 8 and 9 on disc 1. Also, after “The District” there is a brief break before two more Above & Beyond remixes that feel somewhat unnecessary oddly enough.

Despite these drawbacks, this compilation does an excellent job at showcasing the Anjunadeep and Anjunabeats artists

My Brother’s Psychosis

You spent the better part of your teenage life in and out of patient programs

You, amid the chaos of inner schizophrenic delusions went to the church for love, and found only the police who happily escorted you to the hospital

They wouldn’t let you wear anything with laces because they feared you might hurt yourself or someone else. Even though we knew that you’d never hurt anyone. For five days you wore those toad green scrubs and ate what they fed you in styrofoam dishes.

We came to visit you every weekend and she who visited you every weekday while your fingernails grew as long as the stories you told in short, incomplete phrases.

When they released you from the hospital we all knew that you weren’t ready to come back. Tonight you dyed our bathtub a permanent pink. We don’t know how you did it. All we we could hear was the way that you gagged endlessly in the shower.

Mom kneels praying with sponges and bleach on the floor. Did you drink the soap? How did you perform this magic trick?

The mystery of when this will end is making me feel congested. I don’t want to hide you any longer. I don’t know how to love you anymore, please teach me how to.