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C2C – Down The Road

C2C is a French Electro Dj band, 4 times DMC world champions (2003-2006) and 1 time ITF world champion (2005). The 4 group members are @djgreem, @atomathome, @DjpFeL and @mr20syl and met during their teenage years. The four members have been very active on the French musical scene and for what it’s worth; to this day, their live performances remain extremly popular, totalling more than 7 million views on Youtube. As they say, they use their turntables as instruments.
Since their teenage years they never stopped working together, featuring on each other’s albums, but 2011 is the year when they finally reunited to produce C2C’s first album.

C2C’s first EP « Down The Road » was released on the 23rd of January 2012. Since then, The EP benefits of great critics and success from both audience and medias.

Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments

Just because we saw Jessie Ware at the Pitch Festival Amsterdam last week. As Last.fm says, ‘one of the most exciting vocalists to emerge from the UK underground’. The last couple of years she has been working with some of the most respected producers, but it all started with her 2010 collaboration with producer SBTRKT for the track Nervous.
Inspired in the ’90’s by singers as Lauren Hill (interview ‘One to Watch’ with the Guardian) her debut album ‘Is more soul than you’d think’.
“Malleable” is how she describes her voice: “If they want a big vocal, I can do a big vocal. If they want smooth, I can do smooth. I’ll do what they want,” she smiles’.

Valentine feat Sampha:

John Frusciante – The Will To Death

Just found out about John Frusciante, former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Frusciante (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Frusciante) joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers at eighteen years old and with and recorded five studio albums. Frusciante has an active solo career, having released ten albums under his own name.

Just waking up in the morning gotta thank God

……with an awesome tune ‘Moon’ of Little People

WILDCOOKIE feat. Freddie Cruger – Heroine

Just because Wildcookie (http://www.last.fm/music/Wildcookie) makes incredible jazzy hiphop.

Lyrics:
Heroine made my favorite jazz
Every one of them had a heroine
Heroine made my favorite jazz
Every one of them used a heroine

Wildcookie is Freddie Cruger and Anthony Mills. Mills is no stranger to the world of music. In 12 short years he has toured extensively with Harry Belafonte’s All-Star Band, recorded with Krs-One, Amy Winehouse, Leela James, Maxi Priest, Snow, Sizzla, Dead Prez, Doc (Esthero), Sly Dunbar, Chinna Smith and Grace Bumbry. Mills has written over 1000 songs in this time

Freddie delivers the wide range of productions, on which Mills can put his vocals on. . Sometimes this results in jazz songs. For example, ‘Heroine’ is a tribute to the greatest inspiration for good jazz. The number consists of a simple drum rhythm.

‘It’s just that the failures don’t write books’

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Just because I read this great article ‘Happiness is a glass half empty’ by Oliver Burkemann for The Guardian.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/15/happiness-is-being-a-loser-burkeman

An great article about that it’s our relentless effort to feel happy, or to achieve certain goals, but that this fact is precisely what makes us feel miserable. Some great paragraphs from the article:

1) Another problem with our reluctance to think about or analyse failure – whether our own or other people’s – is that it leads to an utterly distorted picture of the causes of success. Bookshops are stuffed with autobiographical volumes such as the one released in 2006 by the multimillionaire publisher Felix Dennis, entitled How To Get Rich: The Distilled Wisdom Of One Of Britain’s Wealthiest Self-Made Entrepreneurs. It’s an entertaining read, conveying a similar message to many of the others: that to make a fortune what you need is stubbornness and a willingness to take risks.
But research by the Oxford management theorist Jerker Denrell suggests that these are just as likely to be the characteristics of extremely unsuccessful people, too. It’s just that the failures don’t write books. You rarely see autobiographies of people who took risks that then didn’t work out.

2) Over the last few years, the German-born psychologist Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues have constructed a series of experiments designed to unearth the truth about “positive fantasies about the future”. The results are striking: spending time and energy focusing on how well things could go, it has emerged, actually reduces most people’s motivation to achieve them.  

3) Psychologists have long agreed that one of the greatest enemies of human happiness is “hedonic adaptation” – the predictable and frustrating way in which any new source of pleasure we obtain, whether it’s as minor as a new electronic gadget or as major as a marriage, swiftly gets relegated to the backdrop of our lives: we grow accustomed to it, and it ceases to deliver so much joy. It follows, then, that regularly reminding yourself that you might lose any of the things you currently enjoy can reverse the adaptation effect. Thinking about the possibility of losing something you value shifts it from the backdrop of your life back to centre stage, where it can deliver pleasure once more.

4) Incremental-theory people are different. Because they think of abilities as emerging through tackling challenges, the experience of failure has a completely different meaning for them: it’s evidence that they are stretching themselves to their current limits. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t fail.

5) But the deeper point is that possessing an incremental outlook is a happier way to be, whether or not it leads to any outstanding success 

6)  Perfectionism is one of those traits that many people seem secretly, or not-so-secretly, proud to possess, since it hardly seems like a character flaw. Yet, at bottom, it is a fear-driven striving to avoid the experience of failure at all costs. At the extremes, it is an exhausting and permanently stressful way to live: there is a greater correlation between perfectionism and suicide, researchers have found, than between feelings of hopelessness and suicide.
 

Koop – Come to me feat. Yukimi Nagano