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My monthly soundtrack.

MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for July 2013

Sometimes I feel like Rip van Winkle, waking up from what seemed to be a short period of sleep and realizing that I skipped decades. It’s eerily scary and at the same time relieved.

Why relieved?

Because when one feels that time just flew by, it means that they were so busy and having a great time to notice the passing time. True?

July was certainly that — very busy. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

So, yet again, here I am listing down the 10 songs that had made the passing time bearable and enjoyable.

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MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for June 2013

It’s the end of my birth month and it was like a music Roller Coaster ride for me, composing a list that includes new, old and not so old tracks that I had on repeat for the whole month of June.

I felt like the universe itself had dictated what I listened to this month. I don’t know how that happened, but whenever the climate changes or with every drop of rain that fell down from the sky, I see signs around me that would generate a song in my head and would then reverberate through my consciousness, pushing me to listen to find that particular song in my extensive mp3 music collection.  

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MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for May 2013

I know I’m really cutting it close, but this portion of my blog makes more sense by scheduling it at the end of the month. So here I am again, listing down the most played tracks on my mp3 player this month. I’ve even have most of the songs in this list played on my radio show when my partner asked what are my top picks for the week and would usually let me pick 2 out of the 3 we allot in the segment.

Anyway, May was . . . shall we say . . . a trip down memory lane for me. It’s probably because after such a long time, I’m composing songs once again.

Am I inspired? Or am I trying to prove something?

I think the answer is both. I am proving something to myself; that I still have it and the other part is I’m inspired by all the new things around me and the records I recently got my grasping hands on. 

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MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for April 2013

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It’s officially “Bikini Season” here in my country. It’s hot — most of the time — and dehydrating. But despite the discomfort, one tends to think of holidays and vacations, especially when one lives only 45 minutes or less from the nearest beach, and the best part is . . . I get to play songs that it seems not appropriate to play or listen to during the colder or rainy months. 

Summer tunes have always brought a kind of festive emotion that I love basking in and just getting into “the groove.” There are those that I’ve loved through the years and then some that I recently got introduced to and loving every single note of it. 

And since the pilot post in this segment was quite fun and simple to create, I’m thinking of making this a monthly thing.

So, without further ado, here’s my playlist for April. I also need to remind y’all that my list is not strictly for one music genre or year/month/day it was released. These are just songs that I love listening to for this month and are proving to be the most played tunes on my player.

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MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for March 2013

I am one of those people who often modify my listening playlist. With numerous of genres to tap into and thousands of songs in my hard drive, I can’t help being changeable. Listening to songs over and over again can sometimes give me a migraine even if it’s my favorite song. It must because of sonic waves or something. Therefore, I create monthly playlists.

Note: Do not be confused with the All-Time Favorites list. This is a monthly thing.

Just like in radio station countdowns on most requested songs, my eardrum’s most requested songs can be very varied. Sometimes, all-time favorites stay and get different ratings among the 100 songs (at least) on my playlist and might not make it to the top ten. Some gets resuscitated from their long slumber and re-enter my world because I miss them. There are some I just discovered and trying to drown in it until I’ll eventually put them to in suspended animation. And then, there are those that just kinda make my heart soar.

So, what are the top ten tracks on my playlist this month? Here they are: (Please click on the song to watch the video.)

1. Passion Pit – Constant Conversation

I discovered this track a few weeks ago when I was searching for more Passion Pit fix. The cool, almost seduction undertones really get me in the mood to just chill and relax. It’s a nice accompaniment to a balmy evening while thinking of what good things I did that day.

2. Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love 

Ra Ra Riot is one of those bands that has a distinct sound. Even without knowing who the artist is, just one note is a dead giveaway. I fell in love with them with “Boy” and my loyalty is solidified with this pop-ish, upbeat track that is quite reminiscent of some of my favourite New Wave bands.

3. Walk The Moon – Anna Sun 

This track made me want to daydream about someone to snuggle with – a hopeless daydream considering I’ve been single for years.

4. DJ Tiesto featuring Dizzee Rascal – Bad Behavior 

I actually stumbled upon this about a year ago and it’s a song I personally – and silently – dedicate to Tom Hiddleston. I have a massive crush on him and for some reason, hearing this makes me think of him and all the bad behavior I want to mentally do to him. Psycho much? Nah.

5. Tegan and Sara – Closer 

I’m fixated with this twin duo, maybe because they’re ubercool. Closer is the first track I fell in love with and the feeling is getting stronger.

6. 5.6.7.8’s – The Barracuda 

Okay, I’m a complete 90s lover because I grew up in that decade. It featured a lot of unique and extremely lovable characters as well as music. 5.6.7.8’s sound blended well with the avant garde Japanese style and I had so much fun watching them. I was also not surprised that they were included in the Tokyo Drift soundtrack.

7. The Joy Formidable – Whirring 

A very definitive band that made me a fan with Cradle, the first single I heard from them. But then, my adoration upped a level when I heard Whirring and Austere. With a new album out, I just know The Joy Formidable will go places.

8. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier

I have this predilection to like a song not just because of its beat or melody. Biffy offers heart-warming lyrics cased in a solid melody that is without a doubt their signature sound. Black Chandelier is one of those songs that I probably might include in my list of all-time favorites after I deafened myself listening to it perhaps a thousand times.

9. Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee

I know by now that you noticed my preference with upbeat indie sounds. It’s a way for me to keep my adrenaline up because those who personally know me will agree that I can get bored so easily. Escapee is like a shot of steroids for me . . . keeps my blood pumping.

10. Robot Koch – Overnight featuring Jahcoozi (King Cannibal Remix)

Seductive sounds are also one of my preferences. I use it to seduce my imagination from coming out of hibernation whenever I feel like writing. Robot Koch has several tracks that I love to use from time to time and Overnight is one of those I overuse lately.

So there you go. As you can see, they’re not the typical top of the pops list. Regardless of when it was released or the popularity in the Billboard Charts, my playlist is much diversified. They’re my own “likes” that I just want to share. Enjoy!