I just finished my second to last semester of college, and it was a really frustrating semester. Let me preface this by saying that I am not going into the same industry as my major post-graduation, which right off the bat is frustrating. As you would expect, senior bioengineering courses are massively time consuming and detail-oriented. I could not even pretend to give a little bit of a shit about cell biology. My schoolwork suffered, and I could not do the things I wanted to with music. It was suffocating. I think I grew a beard just to feel control over part of my life (even the beard is kind of out of control).
When I came across the phrase “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” popularized in the ’60s by psychologist Timothy Leary, I could relate to the sentiment. In college, it is so easy to get wired in and lose sight of what is important. Per usual, music dragged me out of this rut, and I got really inspired by Kevin Abstract and Tyler Mitchell‘s “Echo” music video and The Internet‘s recent album Ego Death (in fact, the mix includes two tracks by their guitarist Steve Lacy).
This mixtape is a direct result of the light extracted from those projects during a dark time in the life of Arjun Grover.
I remember nights in November, last year I was stressin’ out, yeah / I remember nights in December still stressin’ ’bout Novemeber, oh yeah
NOTE: The SoundCloud mix is missing track 4 (“Meredith” by Dorian Concept) and track 17 (“Melting” by Kid Cudi).
“Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.”
― Mr. Miyagi
Oliver is tackling nu-disco in a big way. What the heck is nu-disco, you might ask? Great question. When I say it, I’m thinking it’s a modern-day take on 70’s-style disco. It’s heavy on the synths and has a beat that’s impossible not to bop along with. For you visual learners, imagine this: I listen to “MYB” by Oliver and have a disco ball in the room, am whipping my back and forth (I said it), and am doing some modern-day take on the running man in true white girl fashion. I might look like I’m on speed. Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. I might whip out some aerobics-style moves. It’s all about moving your body (you catch that?). All I can say is this is one of the best dance songs I’ve heard in a hot minute.