The Burning Ear July 2018 Spotify Playlist

Poolside tunes got some extra love this last month – perhaps wishful thinking on our part, as we pushed through some particularly gnarly heatwaves. But we had some great tunes to help us do the pushing. What did you find burning up your speakers this month?

As always, be sure to follow us on Spotify to stay current on what we’re digging – only a few days into August, and we’ve already got some slammers on rotation.

[PREMIERE] Touch Tone – “Perfect Lover (feat. Van Bobbi)”

Those of you “in the know” have been loving this song for a while now – it was featured on VINYL MOON Volume 011: Night Eyes – but today, “Perfect Lover” is officially released for all of your digital listening desires! And it couldn’t have better timing, because it’s a bonafide summer jam. Touch Tone’s disco rhythms pump along to rich, deep, synthy goodness. TBE favorite Van Bobbi makes singing instantly catchy hooks seem like child’s play. There’s already a light show in my head as he chants the title lyric, silky backup vocals crooning out “Oooh”s like nobody’s business. Time to get those dancing shoes re-soled. We’ll see you under the disco ball.

Remix Roundup 76 – [Part 1.] – Whethan, Emilia Ali, DUAN, and Bayonne!

I’m back kids. In case y’all don’t remember me (Joel), I used to run these here Remix Roundups. I won’t bore you with my life story, but lot has happened since then… I started the nationwide party “Dance Yourself Clean“, a record label “Lights & Music Collective“, and a music project w/ a couple friends called “Back Talk” (see remix in part 2). That’s great and all, but we all know you’re here for the music, so lets get to it. Below are a gaggle of remixes I’ve been listening to over the past six months or so. Part 1 of 2.

[PREMIERE] Quiet Domino – “Mystery Cup”

It’s easy to slap a Thom Yorke comparison on any left-leaning electronic song with falsetto male vocals, but “Mystery Cup” is much more than another copycat track indebted to King Of Limbs. A unique skittering percussion loop keeps things active even at the most minimal moments, but manages to never interfere with Quiet Domino’s voice as it echoes and rolls down unseen hallways. The way he builds the song slowly around the melody hits paydirt in the middle of the track, when soft pads and added vocal layers bloom into every corner of the sonic space. Making a transition feel simultaneously huge and subtle is no easy feat, but “Mystery Cup” is a masterclass in these understated flourishes. Somewhere, Thom is nodding slowly in approval.

If you want to hear Quiet Domino turn up the funk (which obviously you do), dig into “Slo Mo” below.


The Burning Ear March 2018 Spotify Playlist

I always wonder if longer days and warmer skies correlate with a shift in music listening habits. Looking back at the last month, I’m noticing glossier sounds and happier themes, like we’re pre-gaming for vacations and picnics already. But we gave plenty of love rainy day tracks, too – lots of songs channel slushy snow and gray mornings. Do you find your listening changes with the weather? Or is it something that stays unmoving, a steady sentinel against the howling winds and buffeting winds?

If nothing else, you can count on one thing – we’ll always be here to provide a steady stream of excellent tunes. Be sure to follow us on Spotify for playlists with the music we’re loving, and check out past playlists from previous months.

The Burning Ear’s February 2018 Spotify Playlist

It’s been a coooooold February here at TBE headquarters. Unfortunately, the office codes are pretty strict and shutdown our daily bonfires, so we’ve relied solely on the fiery heat of our choice jams to keep us warm. Which has worked out pretty well, to be honest. The dancing has led to bonus cardio, and we’ve burned off at least one of our chocolates from Valentine’s Day. Maybe we should start a fitness site, too.

If you want to be part of our trial team, just check out our Spotify playlist below. Supplements come in the form of more sweet tunes, so be sure to follow us to stay warm until the sun comes back.

The Burning Ear’s January 2018 Spotify Playlist

Supposedly, only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, which is why The Burning Ear is suggesting a brilliant new idea: Retroactive Resolutions. With Retroactive Resolutions, you decide what your resolution was after the first month of the new year, giving you the chance to accomplish something you’re already mostly done with anyway, or to check off a to-do item whose solution is sitting in front of your face.

For instance, if your Retroactive Resolution was to discover and support more new music, all you’d have to do is dig into our Spotify playlist from January, and BOOM! Resolution achieved. Aren’t you just a go-getter?

Be sure to follow us on Spotify for a head start on February! After all, you’ve gotta keep this resolution up all year, right?