My good friend Matt D’Emic has recently dropped a couple of playlists that I think are definitely worth a listen from any fan of The Economix. Without Matt’s encouragement and guidance during my early ventures into the blogosphere I may have never made a home for myself in this wonderful world of online music. I reached the event horizon of the black hole that is MP3 blogging when Matt showed me Hype Machine, the website that serves as my primary tool in finding new music.
For people that constantly share music, opinions, and thoughts, Matt and I diverge significantly in how we listen to, curate, and explore music. I’d liken my own style to the intensity of a laser beam – extremely focused on individual songs or artists and how they relate to each other in meticulously ordered playlists. This occasionally leads me to overlook the broader scope of the music industry and the innumerable relationships between artists that make it a truly exceptional thing to explore. Matt does not seem to have this problem. He is more like a floodlight – a broader, more relaxed approach to a complex industry that takes into account the total body of work of each artist and their development over time. You can see that in his playlists – they’re meant to be put on shuffle and just vibed to. Order doesn’t matter, only mood.
Take the time to flip that shuffle button on and press play. “watch me unfold” is an ideal playlist for when you’re being “a freak in the sheets” (Matt’s own words), while “forest fires” is a collection of Matt’s favorite hip-hop songs. Hip-hop is an under-addressed area on this blog so I definitely appreciate any insight into that genre. Check out the playlists below and give him a follow on Soundcloud.