James Murphy – We Used To Dance

frontman from LCD Soundsystem writing an instrumental piece of gooey wonder for the soundtrack to a Noah Baumbach film. It’s the stuff indie dreams are made of. From the movie While We’re Young, We Used To Dance by James Murphy is a dreamy expanse of twitching arpeggios, exploring the traumas and tensions of life and change, and is another notch on the experimental bedpost of one of the world’s most talented producers.

https://soundcloud.com/the-playlist-podcast/we-used-to-dance-by-james-murphy

With Nell & I – Runaway

As cities go, Bristol is a pretty cool blend of creativity and sophistication, oozing with a charismatic and laid back quality. With Nell & I embody the vibe of the city in which they live, this five piece semiacoustic band making a sound that is slender and authentic, a soulful folk blur of vocals, two acoustic guitars, cajon, two saxophones and flute. Listen to the enticing smooth sounds of Runaway here.

http://www.withnellandi.com/home

Wolf Alice – Giant Peach

Wolf Alice are back from SXSW and have a new album out. What’s different now from before? Well, they can play their instruments now. Despite evidence to the contrary, Joel, drummer from the band tells me how ‘We were shit, so we threw ourselves into learning our instruments. There was no excuse any more.’ Listen to them enrapture you with their snarling whirl of sonic magic on Giant Peach, ahead of the release of debut album My Love Is Cool in June.

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Photo by Emily Cheng for Impose Mag

Who am I?

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My parents always brought me up to do what felt right for me. Career choices, friendships, hobbies and study, the direction of my life should not be wholly dictated by other people, but in tune with the desires and needs that I as an individual have. Happiness and contentment is the goal, not accomplishment or achievement.

You would think that this might make things easier. But it’s a fallacy of the modern world and the younger generations that with all the opportunities and choices available, we are becoming more and more confused about the directions to take in life. A well paid job, a nurturing family, an artistic lifestyle. Living in a city or a village. A sandwich or a salad for lunch. Wearing heels, trainers, or loafers. All these choices are influenced by who we are. But who we are is not so simple.

Read the original on Alt Magazine.

World Happiness Day – what rocks my world

Travel

I love to explore, and think that the world is an amazing place filled with stimulating sights and experiences. Whether it’s sailing slowly along a river, navigating an underwater world, or racing fast out of an aeroplane, there’s so much to do and see. I’ve stayed in some amazing places and seen ways of life that have really inspired me, whether they be green living or passion fuelled and relaxed in a place that feels like home.

Reading

Curling up or stretching out with a good book is one of the most wonderful things in life. I’ve always found libraries a relaxing and calming place to be, and a safe haven in times of anxiety. I’m thrilled to learn just how good reading is for you, and that there’s even therapy from books.

Yoga

It’s hard to switch off, and I still have trouble twisting and stretching, but when I do yoga I feel a bit more connected to my body and am able to apply its principles to the rest of life. Plus it’s super fun!

London

Tired of London? Never. The most exhilarating, glittering, busy, gorgeous city filled with art, events, architecture, music, people, sights and sounds.

Music

It gives me tingles, makes my soul sing, expresses how I feel, gets me dancing, surges through my veins, shouts from my heart, and sounds bloody brilliant.

Friends and Family

People in my life are great.

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