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Game 171 - Grammy Nominated

Cee Lo Green - F*ck You

I knew some heavyweights would be nominated for this and didn't try to overtake them through the usual means. I wanted fire! And Cee Lo Green's quirky song does just that. A typical love gone sour song but with a lot of humour as well. Of course seldom do you see an expletive thrown around like it does here, but it adds to the effect. This girl has ruined the guy's heart! This Motown style pop ballad is brilliantly executed with some very confident sparkling Cee Lo vocals, and there's no surprise Bruno Mars was involved in the writing. There's hardly any moping (well maybe except for that "why...." bit) but it is pretty hardcore and fun. I'm happy for it to finish 12th in the final and I got Monzanator to like it too. Of course those who cannot stand the f word can listen to the sanitised radio edit (Forget You).



I see you driving round town with the girl I love
And I'm like "F*ck you"
If the extra change in my pocket, wasn't enough.
I'm like "F*ck You and f*ck her too.
Said, if I were richer, I'd still be with ya.
Now ain't that some sh*t.
And although there's pain in my chest
I still wish you the best, with a "F*ck you"



Game 172 - 172 seconds or less

The Searchers - Love Potion No. 9

I got this one right out of my mothers CD collection, at two minutes long it seems like a rollercoaster ride. Quite a neat, simple but fun song. It's actually a 60s rock take on The Coasters. The best bit is the lyrics are so descriptive of what is happening. See below for a sample, everything in the song can easily be visualised and experienced. Top 6 finish was very pleasing.



She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
She said I'm gonna make it up right here in the sink
It smelt like turpentine and looked like Indian ink
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink.
I didn't know if it would stay all night.
I started kissing everything in sight.
But when I kissed the cop down on 34th and Vine.
She broke my little bottle of Love Potion No. 9.



Game 173 - Better Than The Original

Liste Noire - A Song For Europe

In comparing against the original: 1 – This week the category was “Better Than The Original” – Do you think your song is much better than the original?
huh. I'll leave that to your own interpretation. The cover is very different, more directly, energetic with heavier use of synth and a goth vibe, while the Roxy Music original is more admittedly more solemn, intimate and haunting as an exemplar of arty, glam rock of the early 70s, a treasure in its own right. At the very least, this cover is a fair tribute imho. I'm thankful they sang the French bit at the end too.

It did better than my first send by Liste Noire (Non Grata) at least. Thanks especially to @The Crow for his support, he might also like their other stuff like Non Grata or some of their earlier work as Velvet Condom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC6O8nzfx3A



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Hi Matt! As starters, I've put their album 'Brace' in a spotify list. I'll listen to them next week. Thanks again for this fantastic song!
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Hi Matt! As starters, I've put their album 'Brace' in a spotify list. I'll listen to them next week. Thanks again for this fantastic song!
funnily enough, I've sent two songs from them for BSG but I haven't actually listened to that particular album in its entirety yet (especially their 2016 stuff).
So I went to check it out just now and boy it's really good fun. Thanks for reminding me to investigate that myself. The arrangement in Faith Encore is particularly awesome.
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Game 174 - History

Midnight Oil - Power and the Passion

Really some of the best of punk rock displayed in this iconic Australian song, of course not to be appreciated enough on BSG yet again. For me, it is a very balanced song, great guitar riff, drumwork (includes a nice solo in the middle), memorable chorus, killer lyrics and trumpets to finish. It is quite possibly one of their heaviest works to date. As to the historical component, the song criticises the Americanisation of Australian culture in the early 80s, and the consumerist ideals that took over as a result. There are references to Big Mac (fast food imported from US), Pine Gap (a US military base in AUS) and Uncle Sam. Indeed there was a great cultural change in Australia.




I see buildings, clothing the sky, in paradise
Sydney, nights are warm
Daytime telly, blue rinse dawn
Dad's so bad he lives in the pub, it's a underarms and football clubs
Flat chat, Pine Gap, in every home a Big Mac
And no one goes outback, that's that
You take what you get and get what you please
It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees

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Game 175 - Three Word Songs

Roxy Music - More Than This

Roxy Music's More Than This is probably one of the most romantic sophisti-pop songs I've heard, and really demonstrates the sonic experimentation prominent in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Interestingly, the chorus is more subdued than the verse, but generates a feeling of longing, which continues with the extended instrumental of synths and whirring guitar to create an ethereal soundscape. A fitting endpiece to their catalogue, which still sounds fresh 35 years later despite being definitively 80s!




I could feel at the time
There was no way of knowing
Falling leaves in the night,
Who can say where they're blowing
As free as the wind, hopefully learning
Why the sea on the tide, has no way of turning.
More than this, you know there's nothing
More than this, tell me one thing.
More than this, no there's nothing.

It was fun for a while,
there was no way of knowing
Like a dream in the night,
Who can say where we're going.
No care in the world,
Maybe I'm learning why the sea on the tide,
has no way of turning...

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Game 176 - Open

Mark Lanegan Band - Emperor

Mark Lanegan has been doing some stuff for a while, but this comes from his latest release and caught me immediately with its jangly guitars and the driven chord progression. I love the raspy but cool vocal it showcases and there is also a nice guitar solo in the middle as well. Most reviews were quite positive towards the song and in line with this, it finished 5th in the final which is a respectable result.



Those who enjoyed it should also listen to Goodbye to Beauty


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Game 178 - The Old Era/The New Era

Godley and Creme - An Englishman In New York

Those familiar with my appreciation of 10cc will have figured this send was probably mine, indeed Godley and Creme form the experimental half of that band but split off to focus on some independent projects and later, video production. This song is incredibly quirky both lyrically and musically with a set of strangely alluring hooks at every turn. Perhaps a little repetitive and long winded at points but it is neatly presented like theatre! The use of extra percussion (xylophone) and horns (trumpet) add to that effect. I didn't expect to make the finals and this song fell short, but I was pleased to hear some positive responses to this song from the likes of Shvedbarilescu and Beat, who acknowledged the wealth of ideas and the musical versatility in this group. Even Silent Bird who couldn't award it points said it was the best song he's heard from them, but it wasn't his type of music, and that is fair enough. Also pleased to get high points from a mixed bunch: fufu, Milan (rare!), SilverPersian , TF102, The Crow and wayitis.



Strange apparatus
You've never seen
Strange apparatus, even stranger theme
Street alligators
Big Anglophile
Will navigate us through a change of style

I came, I saw, what manner of beast is this
New York, you talk a little bit left of centre
A scream, a shout
New York is throwing its weight about
Walk tall, walk straight, spit the world right in the eye
The stranger the wood the straighter the arrow
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Game 179 - Previously Unnominated

Methyl Ethel - Ubu

I stumbled upon this Perth band recently and this song was particularly catchy, with a mix of art attached, and reminded me of Metronomy with an ABBA influence in the middle. The phrasing of the lyrics (as with @JMG 's splendid winner), and the tone really attracted me, it really creates a cold, haunting atmosphere that something has gone awry. Splendid video to go with it too. Really if people listen to it carefully, the pace is varied well and picks up appropriate towards the end. Now, why "Ubu"? Ubu is a reference to a play in 1896 about a treacherous power hungry King called Ubu who is finally removed (see the head chopped off?), and the swirls in the video pay respect to this as well. I suspect the song deals with a friend trying to help such a person get back to reality before they are fully captured by their power hungry intent?

I knew it would be tough in such a big game with 53 participants! It finished 2nd in the semis but choked big time in the final, with Wally and chastaniac non voting not helping me. I suspect after 50 songs, dropped to 20, people may have had mixed opinions on it. also must be noted all the finalists finished with over 100 pts, and the distribution was very even for a change. Perhaps that "why'd you have to go and cut your hair" line was too repetitive? It certainly would have fared better in a standard game with a mix of better known artists (which is a dilemma really, sending your best for 'specific games' could hurt you as the competition could be deeper, that said standing off against well known vultures is hard too!). However, my record with Australian artists sucks, just a shame it finished so badly, really shouldn't be worse than Harry Styles At least there were enough people to enjoy it.



I thought I saw you on the street on the corner at the bar
Thought I saw you in the car in the shadow at the park
Saw you waiting in the dark
For someone to explain just how it ended this way
I thought I saw you on the street on the corner at the bar
Thought I saw you in the car in the shadow at the park
Saw you waiting in the dark
For someone to explain just how it ended this way
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Game 180 - 20th Century

Charles and Eddie - Would I Lie To You?

For this theme, I decided to pick something from a decade in which I rarely send, the 90s. This Charles and Eddie track is one of the staples of the 90s, delivered in a smooth crooner style with soulful vibes. It is quite an easy listen and there are some nice vocal moments as well, the harmony in the chorus in particular. The song does somewhat come off as comical in parts given the nature of the song (guy pleading with girl that he is completely faithful to her). I was a bit disappointed with its finish, it made the final but didn't break through the top 15. I did notice a pattern - those who voted highly for Macy Gray also tended to appreciate this track a lot.




I'm telling you, baby, you will never find another girl
In this heart of mine (In this heart of mine)Look into my eyes, can't you see they're open wide?
Would I lie to you, baby, would I lie to you? (Oh, yeah)
Don't you know it's true, girl, there's no one else but you?
Would I lie to you, baby, yeah? (Would I lie to you?)



Game 181 - Psychedelic Songs

Nosaj Thing - The Fog

I anticipated many traditional psychedelic entries of the 60s (and this was confirmed) hence I took a slightly different direction going for the feel. My song generally is listed as ambient, glitchpop but there are elements in there which could be described as mood altering or psychedelic. Nosaj Thing's Drift album is quite an alluring work, it immerses you into some deep space and arouses acoustic senses you never thought you had, thus I felt this would be an interesting song to send.



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Game 182 - Electronic Music

Kavinsky - Pacific Coast Highway

Kavinsky is a contemporary French house artist who has worked with Daft Punk, is best known for his thriller soundtracks, one featured in the movie Drive (Nightcall). The track I picked her is the B-side of that track, and is homage to synthpop of the 80s. It is a dramatic cop chase through the busy streets with high tension and stakes, and the song captures this perfectly. It is truly an adrenaline pumping track but does have its ebbs and flows, building its way to climax, and then dropping off again, but never to fade completely. The key change towards the end is one of my favourite aspects of this song. It's a shame some people dismissed it as overdramatic, so it missed the final cut by a small fraction. Duh, it's a cop chase, like out of an action movie. Of course if you use your imagination and allow it to run free, this track will make you feel like the mad hero behind that cruiser.



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Game 183 - The Eighties (3)

Mondo Rock - Come Said The Boy

Well probably wouldn't have done well to pick an artist I failed to make finals with prior. Same result. Maybe it was a bit tacky to some people. Anyhow this song is better than the other one I picked, it was quite a popular song in Australia and the song's vibes are definitive 80s, with some nice guitar licks and an almost threateningly enticing vocal. However it was controversial to the Catholic Church (a song about loss of virginity). Mainly went for the nostalgia factor. However I at least got good reception from histery.



Oh, but come said the boy, let's go down on the sand
Let's do what we wanna do, let me be a man for you
Just say come with me boy, just take my hand
I'll let you see what you wanna see
Come on be my man for me


Game 184 - Excellent, 5+

Karen Mok - The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships

Not my best pick admittedly, but I like this more than the other KM song I sent which was a cover. This one she wrote herself, and decides to be a bit creative with the vocal delivery, almost delightfully poetic (uses triplet phrasing which is common in Chinese poetry, and the name of this song is derived off a Marlowe poem) and somewhat sensual (the video adds to this effect). The playfulness of this song is quite unique. Overall this is an example of classic meets the sophisticated and modern, with obvious jazz touches. What she is singing about is fairly confusing to interpret but it seems to be about being a sexy and confident woman, neatly emphasised by the chorus, which is just spellbinding flow. I was disappointed it didn't make finals. Seems people are selective regarding non-English songs.



看我转身 一舞倾国也倾城
席卷红尘
谁不好胜 谁叫上天不平等
来吧 青春别等.

Kan wo zhuan shen, yi wu qing guo ye qing chuen
Xi zhuen hong chuen
Shei bu hao sheng, shei jiao shang tian bu ping deng
Lai ba qing chuen, biao deng.

Watch me twirl around
A dance that launched a thousand ships
Taking the world by storm
Who doesn't want to be a winner?
Nature didn't create us equal
Come on while you're young, Don't wait



Game 185 - Middle East/Maghreb

Farid Al-Atrache - Hebbeena Hebbeena

I wasn't originally going to play this edition but last minute sent this song. It had previous been sent on the MTF BSG game in the world music edition and just fell short of the final, but I took to it so much because of how traditional and adventurous it was that I wanted to introduce players here to the song. Now Farid is a very respected traditional singer and oud player born in Egypt and later moved to Syria and Lebanon. This is actually a traditional belly dancing song which was later featured in a movie he starred in. Apparently it also featured on a foreign radio channel of the GTA game series

It is a very joyous song which abundant Middle Eastern instruments making up the track and leading Farid through his singing. I don't think everyone would identify with this style of singing but to me it is very harmonious and deep. There is a section of the song where the instruments die down and we get to see Farid exhibit a warming solo. Although quite long, overall the diverse elements making this song make it a very worthwhile and beautiful listen. I'm glad Silent Bird and N.M. enjoyed it, and some other players acknowledged afterwards they probably enjoyed it more than they had awarded it points. This makes 4 straight semi final losses now, hopefully I pick up subsequent games.



Lyrics available: Habena Lyrics Translation in English, Sung by Farid-al-Atrache

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Game 186 - Non English Vol. 2

Sai Yoshiko - Aoi Garasu Dama

I decided to go with a Japanese track this time round. The track is from Yoshiko's third album Taiji No Yume (A Foetus' Dream, released 1977), which is very progressive in its overall feel, with some psychedelic nuances as well. I think it is an amazing sonic experience all around, quite orchestral in parts with the arrangement. Her vocal is more heavily toned in this piece than in her usual folky selections. It is quite dreamy all round, and the song is supposed to represent waves surrounding her (being some mysterious person she beckons), and the bass driven conclusion which speeds up is a fine ending to such a sensual journey. The cover art itself features a cat watching above Yoshiko in a placenta, quite vivid imagery. It came second which I am quite happy with.



Sai Yoshiko's career was rather short, for an artist of so much imagination and vocal control, not releasing anything after 1978 till 2008. But she produced some brilliant and almost otherworldly tracks especially in her first three albums. Here are some of these gems.





I leave the entire album for you, it's quite a dream to sit through:



おまえはあたしの 海になれ omae wa atashi no umi ni nare
淋しいあたしの 海になれ。。。 samishii atashi no umi ni nare...
no umi ni nare
no umi ni nare
no umi ni nare



Game 187 - Unknown 1960-1975

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire

I incidentally discovered this track while trying to find suitable songs for this theme. Seeing it was psychedelic and had nice charismatic feel about it, I felt confident about its chances to finish well. It is quite a crazy frenzied track and Arthur Brown showcases quite an interesting vocal range. Some brilliant runs in it, whether he is whispering "You've been living like a little girl, in the middle of your little world" or shouting/cackling "Burn!!!". I think overall the track was very catchy for its time, with great variety within, really a nice gem to share with TF. And AB really made it out to be performance, with a helmet that lit ablaze, and black and white facepaint. I managed to grab the win with this song, so very pleased.





You've fought hard and you saved and earned,
but all of it's going to burn.
And your mind, your tiny mind,
you know you've really been so blind.
Now's your time, burn your mind,
You're falling far too far behind.
Oh no, oh no, oh no, you're gonna burn!


Now that I consider it, it is probably warning about hellfire.

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And now mega flops...

Game 188 - Open

Brand New - Same Logic/Teeth

I seldom send indie rock for that matter, so it was a gamble to start with, and it didn't pay off. This was from their newest album released a good 9 years after last (2009) and I picked this song which some say summarises their varied musical career choices and trying out so many things. It is a bit angsty (the lyrics in particular), and I found it quirky with mixed elements and vocals that have been compared to Modest Mouse, though the same theatrics may have thrown people off. I suppose it could be better live. Anyhow I had complained Pitchfork and other critics, and listeners had rated the album on average 85% and above, even 90% so it was disappointing TFBSGers rated it so badly and rejected it outright. However to me it's better than all the generic boring indie rehash TFBSG desperately loves. Thankfully at least one person really enjoyed it, thanks Igorche



But you're no tailor, you're no surgeon, none of your cuts go very straight
Every new layer you uncover reveals something else you hate
And then you cracked your head, and broke some bones
And when you glued them back together you found out you did it wrong
Well this is the same logic that got us into trouble the first time
(When we discovered we could use)
The same logic to get us out of trouble
And shake off all the people we abuse



Game 189 - Baby You Were Born To Flop

24Herbs ft. Janice Vidal - Wonderland

Send something that probably would be overlooked for finals...well I couldn't resist sending this one. It is humorous trashy Cantopop from Hong Kong. 24Herbs is a rap group and I caught wind of them thanks to a video game called "Sleeping Dogs" - really GTA set in Hong Kong where you are an undercover cop breaking into the Triad society. So their music is rather hardcore at times (see examples below). This one though is more tongue in cheek, have fun. Janice has a really smooth voice going. Members of 24Herbs make it sound as campy as possible with lyrics like "i'ma make you my lady, and maybe we can make some babies." "she's so wet, showered in Moet,...she said rap me a song I like street poets". Overall it is delightfully terrible yet musically it can be enjoyed.
However the worst parts are in the Cantonese rapping, if you only understood what was being said "Ngoh yiu zhi, ni dui nogh yeo yi si, Nei yung gan geh heung sui hai mat yeh paai ji. OMG. You So pretty. Yau dik mat yeh sui yiu jik goon hoi hau wa ngoh ji"
(I really need to know what your intentions are towards me. Tell me what brand of perfume you're wearing...Whatever it is you need, just let me know). I obviously expected it to flop and it did, but not before Litotes and N.M. gave it big pts.




Hey Boo You're so fine
Enticing me I'm a make you mine
Like a diamond in the rough,
you shine
You fine what's ill,
leave the rest behind
I'ma make you, my lady and maybe
We can make some babies
My Bonnie, partners in crime
We'll be together for the whole nite


A couple more 24Herbs songs for those with strong hearts

 





Game 190 - Instrumental

Frank Klepacki - Under Construction

Frank Klepacki is best known for his soundtracks that he composed for Command and Conquer series PC games under Westwood studios. He also created the soundtrack for Dune 2 (1992), and then remodelled these with new tracks for Dune 2000 (1998). Dune 2000, like the aforementioned games are RTS (real time strategy games) where you have to build an base and raise and army to fight against enemy factions. Loosely based off Frank Herbert's Dune universe you control one of three great houses to wrestle control the planet's resource of spice melange. The game is actually available for download online. I find the soundtrack on the whole very creative, diverse and even fit for film soundtrack. Some further comments from song thread I made.

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It is some unreal shredding Also see the first track I present below.

I also leave a few interesting tracks for those who liked my selection. I'm sure @Perun would also take to these had he voted. I could have been a bit more ambitious perhaps:




I had actually wanted to change to this one but sent it bit late, Adey got a bit confused and kept the original link so I decided not to pester him further. The mixed percussion in this one is pretty cool and I might resend for another edition:



and this one is a slow building track but the progression is almost seamless and the climax is incredible, at about 2.5 minutes you don't know what hit you, then the drop...



As you can see from these tracks Frank Klepacki is quite a versatile artist who plays with symphonic instruments to create his soundscapes.
As to the track I picked: It's also good to hear some less used instruments like the harp, and tubular bells, with strong booming bass and drum track underneath to wrap it together. Overall vibe is majestic and crisp, the flow is quite seamless and builds with subtle variations in intensity (fitting track title) especially towards the finale.



This one was actually featured in the game Dune 2 under a different name "Faithful Warriors" - 8 bit version


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I also need to update my all time favourite tracks from others, been a while since I did that. Coming soon.

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Re: Matmagix's (mediocre) Song Game History

Game 191 - Too Cool For School

Phife - Dear Dilla

For my chosen theme, I actually ended up nominating something rather more lowkey and 'personal'. Phife is one of the legendary artists behind A Tribe Called Quest, and this song is a tribute to the late Philip D Yancey (known as J Dilla, or Jay Dee) who passed in 2006 of lupus, a rare blood disorder. Phife would later also lose his life to Type I diabetes leading to kidney failure. It finished at 19th in the final which is expected given that I did pick a lowkey track, but the nuances within are quite cool to me and Phife does a nice job with the verses. The mood is quite sombre, and indeed one does wish these two artists could still be around spreading their hiphop gospel.



Jay Dee, flip another beat for me, Jay
Jay Dee, flip another beat for me, Jay
Jay Dee, flip another beat for me, Jay
Jay Dee, flip another beat for me, Jay


Game 192 - Hey Boy Hey Girl

Jessica Mauboy - What Happened To Us?

I decided to pick a duet, which was quite popular on pop radio in 2011. Jessica Mauboy is an Australian indigenous artist who I thought could use a bit of exposure. Sadly most people complained about the use of autotune (which was mild if you compare with some other songs) and it didn't fare well, and the lack of the previous pop crowd didn't help its cause either. But given the mehness of the overall theme, I wasn't too upset but it does restrict my 'nostalgia' path options for the future.




Game 193 - What the Folk!

Gabor Szabo - Galatea's Guitar

Gabor is a Hungarian artist known for incorporating elements of Hungarian traditional folk into jazz settings. I was a bit worried whether it would fit after Javi mentioned he considered it more jazz because of its inherent complexity, but anyhow, it is a fantastic piece that shows immaculate attention to detail and adds layer upon layer, in a trance like fashion. Although the guitar is supposed to be the essential star of this piece, with beautiful melodic phrases, the impact of the accompanying percussion, the deep bass strings are not at all lost. It starts off slowly, revealing some delicate stringwork, before the deep bass and percussion sets in to carve a neat rhythm, while the finale outs everything together in a hypnotic framework. It finished 4th place which is quite neat, but probably would have done even better in another edition.


Well done to Simona Halep on finally achieving her GS dream at RG. Never say die!

Li Na | Carla | Sloane | Venus | Kerber | Dasha

Evonne Goolagong-Cawley - Australian Legend: 14 GS - 7 singles

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Game 194 - Movie Star

Bliss N Eso (ft. Rob Curly and Dizzee Wright) - Coolin'

The theme was movie star, pick a song you would like to play if you were featured in a movie. I kinda went the deep end with this track, it's crazy, fun and refreshing all in one. Bliss N Eso's is an Australian hiphop group and "Off The Grid" is one of my favourite 2017 albums, quirky, cheeky and unbounded, with some nice pop flavours going around. The cast is interesting and they invite many collabs to spice up the work. "Coolin" is no exception, the writeup is exciting from the start and keeps building up. The fact the song has so many varied loops and corners is something you hardly notice in pop music these days, and even better when it comes out of a hiphop track. The lyrics themselves are pretty 'off' at times. In general the song uses youth lingo and talks about relaxing in your own world regardless of what others might say about it. Slightly rebellious but also empowering and positive. The pre-chorus and chorus are perhaps the highlights, one could chant to that all day.

"Show up to the spot with the lik, take a shot, roll a spliff, like my music's so loud.
That vibe is my way to get high with my mates every day, every day.
Pull up to the spot with my people on a vibe yo, coolin' with my fam yeah my clan is super fly ho,
coastin' in my combi like a calm breeze through them palm trees, so, can I get a witness?
Yeah that's the ticket..."


There are some relatively silly moments in the song (tickle my balls? ) but that just adds to the spice. Overall, the mixed combination of the rappers who complement each other and signify each verse independently, but cohesively makes this very delightful to listen to. Dizzee's verse pushes it into very chill territory. The song didn't make the final and I'm not surprised. Hiphop generally has never had full support, and this being a contemporary hiphop track may alienate some listeners, not least with some expletives thrown in (though by no means in a malicious tone). I'm glad @TennisFan102 (as always), and even an oldie like Monzanator found it fly at least. Keep coolin' y'all. I also hope Silent Bird gets to listen to this sometime, it would probably be his anthem.

Also @JMG I wished you have played you missed both the times I decided to send Bliss n Eso (the other time was MTF with the Tear the Roof Off track - see below )



Yes, I get zen with the ocean, this shit is fucking awesome
I write rhymes out here floatin’, so welcome to my office
I never conform to the norm, I'm a fuck you to the system
I got independent co-pimpen in my blood that’s how I’m livin’
Now everyday is a weekend so every day is freedom
Thank you for putting me here, to all ya haters {kiss kiss}, I love ya’ll


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Here are some additional tracks from Off The Grid I can't get enough of:

I will apologise for the mf word being replayed hundreds of times in this one, but aside, this is probably their most 'charmingly'delightful track with so many easy hooks, and they sample from at least two songs (one being Hoodoo Gurus - Miss Freelove 69 for that guitar hook, and the other coming in past halfway being...well @Random Run can tell me that one )



A creative piece hardhitter about popular culture. Watsky's double time part is pretty intense. Chorus



And something a bit less insane and honest...



Well done to Simona Halep on finally achieving her GS dream at RG. Never say die!

Li Na | Carla | Sloane | Venus | Kerber | Dasha

Evonne Goolagong-Cawley - Australian Legend: 14 GS - 7 singles

Dare to dream!

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