First off, a big thank you to Music You Need for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this beautiful music scene. I currently live/work around San Francisco and have been for the last 5 years. Life here is simply gorgeous here, for lack of a better term.
A little history of my music taste, I grew up around Washington DC constantly listening to my mother’s soul, jazz and blues on the radio till I was 8. Grooving to The Supremes, The Temptations, The Commodores and all the other ‘The’ bands I wish I could think of. I learnt to play drums with my brother and father who both play piano. I had a serious addiction to beats from a young age. Then my family moved to Sri Lanka for the next 10 years. During which I listened to anything from Linkin Park, Sugar Ray, Korn, Will Smith, Led Zeppelin, Incubus, Paul Simon, and so on. Only when I moved to Oxford (UK) to study for my undergrad did I really start to become picky with my taste. I started to lean towards primarily electronic dance music. Artists like Simian Mobile Disco, Groove Armada, Carl Cox, James Zabielia, Chemical Brothers… the local scene. Now living in the San Francisco area, I’m influenced by friends and the music scene available here. My taste is still evolving though, recently I’ve been moving away from electro and more towards deep/ambient/techno/chillout/glitch electronic music.
What I’m trying to say is, MUSIC IS INCREDIBLE. The musical journey you experience through your life time is yours and yours alone. From the people you meet, the tracks you stumble upon, the shows you go to, these affect you over your lifetime. I believe there is at least one track out there for everyone that will make your ears orgasm, you just need to search and find it. Taste changes over your lifespan, it doesn’t stagnate.
I want to express how important it is that you seek out the music that you love. The music you love (and need! ) is by you and you alone! Friends and family may have similar taste but no one is going to be exactly like you. So don’t ever let anyone shit on your music taste. The variety of music we get to choose from in this day and age just baffles me. It is one of the many reasons I love this world. OK, enough ranting from me…maybe more later.
We love PBRs here in San Francisco, so taking a cue from that, why wouldn’t we also love the PBR Streetgang? (PBR actually stands for Patrol Boat Riverine, the boat from the movie “Apocalypse Now”) This duo, Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe from Leeds (UK) are one my recent favorite deep house artists. They already wow-ed me with their last EP At Dez, which gained much recognition on the Beatport charts. They released a teaser clip of their new single You Ready May of this year, never would I have thought a pitched down vocal of Grammy award winning artist, Missy Elliot would fit so well in this track…but it does and it complements the deep groovy bassline so very well. Overall, this track makes me feel exactly how I think deep house should make me feel… sexy.
They finally released the full version on Sept 17th. Enjoy!
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