I read a lot of articles that say email is the barrier that stands between a human and productivity. I believe it, too. I find myself going to work and struggling to get through my emails in a day’s time. What it leaves me with is time spent in meetings or reading and responding to emails. So when do I actually get work done? When I get home, mostly. And there’s nothing fun about that. So I’ve decided I’m going to start blocking time off on my calendar for a full hour to sit down and do work and not allow myself to read my emails for that hour. Probably nothing groundbreaking, but easier said than done. Good news is: I just created a new Listen While You Work playlist that’s just over an hour long, so it’ll be the perfect soundtrack for this work hour. Hope it’s helpful for you, too.
After teasing this Haddaway cover on Facebook, Jaymes Young has swiftly dropped the final version. His team has done a remarkable job keeping things interesting. We have received three very different sounding songs in about two weeks time, and they show no signs of slowing down. Expect a pretty lengthy mixtape by next month. Also on a personal note, this cover is perfect for me, since the original was definitely a guilty pleasure song growing up. No shame.
One good song can get you a long way in this industry but cannot make a career. It is actually surprisingly rare to find an artist that can consistently deliver gems. So far Jaymes Young is 2 for 2 in our books. “Wondering” actually improves upon our initial impression of him, and this is a great time for artists like him. I mean, suddenly we can group him with the likes of Mikky Ekko, JMSN, even Sam Smith–you know, these guys with huge voices and loosely electronic production. Ew, that sounds really un-fun, but the fact of the matter is with our huge intake of music, labeling artists like that simplifies the whole narrowing down process. Anyway, we’ll keep you updated on Jaymes Young.
Shouts to P&P for the premiere.
I have no idea who Jaymes Young is, and I don’t know if I want to know. His music can speak for itself. “Dark Star” is an entrancing debut single that is dark and haunting and rich and gritty in a similar vein as The Neighbourhood except with more electronic buzz around the production. The song does its job by striking the listener’s curiosity and exciting them for what is next in store for this artist.
UPDATE: Jaymes Young used to go by Jaymes McFarland (based out of LA). Listen to an old song of his here.