The concept for this playlist was built around the line in the opening track by Chance The Rapper that says “I woke up this morning / I woke up this morning / Gotta smile when I say that shit / I woke up this morning!”
I’ve been thinking a lot about that line since I first heard the song. I could go into a long monologue about ‘what a time it is to be alive,’ but honestly I don’t feel like sharing all of that today in my own words. I’ll share a few, but mostly I wanted to put together a playlist of songs old and new that sum up my feelings about the world.
It’s funny – I think I get a certain way at the end of every year as my team is putting together our Best Songs of the Year playlist; I think it makes me pause and think about what music really means to me. It’s weird to be able to connect so deeply to the words and art of people you don’t know at all. But when you do feel that sense of connection, it’s a really beautiful thing.
This is a collection of songs that I feel a connection to. It’s a mix of all-time favorites, recent favorites, and songs by some new artists I’m into. For one reason or another, each song gets me excited to wake up each morning. And I’m thankful to be reminded of what a gift that is.
The Tuesday after Labor Day is always a toss-up. On one hand, the extra day off means a longer weekend and a shorter work week, but on the other hand, Labor Day Weekend is always jam packed with shows, festivals, or just backyard pool parties that make today just a little bit harder than it should be. Luckily, my carried-over hangover from the weekend means I’m staying in bed all day, looking for new music to get me over the hump, and my hunt for auditory bliss this morning has led me to the perfect remix for all the weekend warriors looking for a little bit of musical medicine to start the week off right.
It should come as no surprise that this masterful piece of music comes from the hands of Robotaki. The Toronto-based producer has been on an absolute tear this summer, with massive remixes of Autograf’s “Dream” and Tyler Touche’s “Act of God” that have all showcased a different style for the versatile producer, and he’s donned yet another sound for his remix of filous’ “How Hard I Try.”
Soft, angelic piano chords, gentle synth pads, and a bubbly bass line provide a mellow backdrop for James Hersey’s ethereal vocals, as Robotaki expertly crafts a remix that is tender, mellow, and sexy all wrapped up into one.
Holding true to his versatile sound, Robotaki takes a complete left turn on the second half of the remix, as the soft, sultry vibes is infused with a grittier edge. The gentle arrangements are gone, and in their place stand electro-infused synth stabs, cleverly chopped vocal samples, and a thumping bass line that even dares to enter the future bass arena at times. This remix is nothing short of stellar, so check it out below.
This track is the perfect chill song to play in your car on a ride around town in the summer, and if the rest of the previews from his EP are any indication, smooth records are something filous does with the best of the best. James Hersey does an incredible job on the track, lending his perfectly controlled vocals the likes of which we first heard on “What I’ve Done” to tie the overall package together nicely.
Listen to “How Hard I Try” below, and listen to filous’ EP, “Dawn” due out tomorrow!