Lights On

by Strange Majik

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Robert Krczal for me a state of the art of the NY Nightclub Sound Cosmos at the moment. A unique new Studio Sound some big stars maybe looking out just at the Moment. I wouldnt be surprised if soon some people will knock at Flow Studios door... Favorite track: Lights On (feat. Phase One and Melanie Charles).
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Jesse Captivating fusion of hip hop and psychedelic rock. Favorite track: Daddy's Shoes (feat. MC Elijah Black).
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After crafting out a couple reggae infused remixes for Nicole Atkins and for The Casket Girls, Pattillo heard something thumping in just the right way. On a random walk home from his Nolita studio, he happened upon a musical collective called The Lesson. It was live music at its best moment: before anyone with bad ideas could get their hands on it. He met several young undiscovered singers and MCs. He came back night after night, and, for weeks, all he did was watch. Then the collaborations began, and the album "Lights On" started to take shape.

Like Beck’s Odelay or Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz and Deltron 3030 collabs, Pattillo experimented with morphing genres of vintage soul, 60's guitar psychedelia, and organic hip hop. Inspired by Stevie Wonder's clavinet, Eno’s landscapes, and Gil Scott Heron’s candor, “Lights On" evolved into a collection of tracks that--without any master plan--arrived at what Marvin Gaye once called “a funky space reincarnation.” Guitar washes, bass breaks, fuzz riffs, background howls: the studio sounds coalesced with the spirit of what was happening… unplanned, full of feeling, fresh.



No autotune was used on this record.

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released January 20, 2015

MC: Elijah Black (Livin' It/Daddy's Shoes)
MC: Phase One (Lights On)
Vocals: Melanie Charles (Lights On/What's It To Ya)
Vocals: Kennedy (Workingman)
Vocals: Fiona Silver (Love That I Got)
Vocals: Valerie Broussard (Love Will FInd U)
Backing Vocals: Rebecca Martos (Diggin' On The Higgs)
Chain Gang: LA Jeff (Workingman)
Bass: Chris Gaskell (Diggin' On The Higgs)
Drums and Percussion: Felipe Torres
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys, Beats, Treatments: D. Pattillo aka Strange Majik

Recorded at Flow NY in 2014.
All songs written and produced by D. Pattillo
Additional lyrics: MC Elijah Black (Livin' It/Daddy's Shoes)
Phase One (Lights On)
Mix and Master: D. Pattillo

Cover Art: Bianca Gonzalez Marra

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David Pattillo aka Strange Majik has been nominated for an Emmy for the "Live From The Artists Den" television series, produced the debut album of an up and coming Motown artist for super producer Linda Perry, and for the last few years has fronted The Dead Exs singing and crafting a blues guitar finger style in backwater dives around the country. He even hosted a year long UK radio show. ... more

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Track Name: Lights On (feat. Phase One and Melanie Charles)
C'mon c'mon c'mon yeah

Keep a light on, gonna light the way
Gotta keep on, gotta keep the faith

I speak like it's a rally/living thru peaks & valleys/bearing my truth flying the coupe/as New York alleys/I'm raw, yet pristine/a fiend/deal with demons of mine/still a phenom with rhymes/dream like Luther the King/within power of God/peace how Ghandi would sing/with this light I'm a ride/til this very glow looks like the sun in your eyes/even from depths below/Maya Angelou we rise...we here to let ya know...huh???

Oooh ahhh turn your lights on keep your lights on

Keep a light on, gonna light the way
Gotta keep on, gotta keep the faith

Day to day/yesterday today/yester ways became future dues that's paid/every move you make/feels like test of faith/fail you fetal in shame/ducking within the shade/finger in blame/where life bring ya you may linger thru the flame/residing inside trenches/alive but it's like death/abiding with lose grip/gets tighter with time spent/you binding like double helix reaching like whats next keep your lights on...

Oooh ahhh turn your lights on keep your lights on

You gotta give it to the right one oh yeah
Living with the lights on...alright
Yeah what you getting high on...my my
Living with the lights on......living with the lights on......

Got my vision up in a vice/trying to make an incision on life/when scars heal what's left is a mark I made/my mind sprays/when light decays/I fight to remain/quiet within chaos/stillness becomes a seance/building to aviate where feet don't understand/even deeper as my footprints pass along the sand/while the waves just wash away my skin of the past/a baptism this a raptism a I'm new man keep them lights on!!!

Oooh ahhh turn your lights on keep your lights on

© 2014 D. Pattillo, R. Isaac
Track Name: Livin' It (feat. MC Elijah Black)
Are ya living it?
Are ya living it right?
Are ya living it right now?
Are ya living it right?

12 million ways to die, choose none
I rather stay alive while I'm underneath the sun
Nightmares got me on the run
Woke up, took a red pill
I might be the one
On the battlefield, angels and demons
But why would a vegan be down with beefing?
So on the next plane I'm leaving
I'm on the next plane with first class seating
Eyes closed trying to find a reason
Food for thought, be careful what you eating
I'm cooking up tofu in the kitchen
Young but I'm old school with with the visions
Add it up like a mathematician
It's mad nutritious
We're all taking part in this cataclysm
On the coldest night
Drive slow on this road of life

Are ya living it?
Are ya living it right?
Are ya living it right now?
Are ya living it right?

When he hold the mic
Its like he hold a knife
Chop it up like salad
For the sake of the ballad
How long does it take balance
Or feed your soul with these ancient talents
'Cause life ain't nice when there ain't grub
Silent nights when there ain't no love
Shine your light when there ain't no bulb
High off life when I'm low on drugs
Close to the edge but he ain't gon' budge
If I fall I then I fly
Pardon me as a soar through the sky
Kick up my feet on cloud 9
Laid back all I needs a sofa
Tired of living la vida loca
Let your subconscious be free
Relax your mind, dream easy

Are ya living it?
Are ya living it right?
Are ya living it right now?
Are ya living it right?
Track Name: What's It To Ya
I'm running with the tight crowd
I'm running with the uptown
I'm covering the streets yeah
I'm getting on the low down
I'm covering all the bases
I'm ripping all the right moves
I'm loving on the ladies
Delivering the right grooves

Whoa.......

She was my lady
But she cut me like a razor
She'd take you on a weekend
She rip ya like a laser
She tell ya that she loves ya
She only give you one chance
She's off to make a new life
Cause you didn't have the finance

Whoa....

You know I changed my ways
You know I'm grooving just the same
I'm clearing out my space
I'm in the confidence game
I got a secret that I keep
There ain't no reason to tell
I'm on the inside game
With a mademoiselle

Whoa....

Whats it to ya if you if your loving
Whats it to ya if you're game
You know I'm better when I with ya
You know I'm in the hall of fame
You and me we got a good thing
Let's take a sunny holiday
Let's get a condo on the beach ya
And watch the ocean roll away

Whoa....
Track Name: Daddy's Shoes (feat. MC Elijah Black)
Do you know what u do when you do what you do
Can you feel me too?
You got your money blues
Filling up your daddy's shoes

Do ya do ya do ya know it?

Poppa was a rolling stone, me I'm just a stoner
Maybe if I roam the globe I can find a home or
Place that'll be warmer
Was colder how you treated mama
Life goes on
Where I'm from it's just the norm
Found silence in the storm
Fire in my heart
Tyrant in my home
Had me hiding in the dark
Glad the angels followed me
Mama kept me off the streets
But I could hear the pain in her voice when she talk to me
Similarities
In which reality
Has captivated casualties
Emancipated family
Broken chains
Broken frame
But the picture remains
Still got nothin but love at a different age
I'm getting older now the wisdom's getting stronger
You getting older now I wish we could live longer
So many chances, but what would you give to make it right
Lets say a prayer Before we say goodnight

Do you know what u do when you do what you do
Can you feel me too?
You got your money blues
Filling up your daddy's shoes

Feels like deja vu
Hot up in the kitchen cant break my cool
Cant front like I aint like you
Zoned out thinking of a master plan
First I gotta find a way to be a master zen
Take it past the pen
Cant go to the past again
I see it in your eyes, so passionate
Quite irrational
Life quite fast ya know
That make my heart beat rather slow
Out the concrete like the blackest rose
Oh gardener, once you plant your seed
You must find a way to take care and give it what it needs
How can I survive
Wasn't built for 9 to 5
But what I create will give your soul, body, and your mind a high
Silent cries
As I wonder when will mama find
A little bit of hope
For the little bit of dollar sign
Don't need a telescope just to see that we are stars who shine
Regardless of the harder times
I'm glad hat you're a part of mine
So many chances, but what would you give to make it right
Lets say a prayer before we say goodnight

Do you know what u do when you do what you do
Can you feel me too?
You got your money blues
Filling up your daddy's shoes

Do ya do ya do ya know it?
Track Name: Workingman (feat. Kennedy)
The world is running out of precious time
You pushed me over the thin red line
I had enough of making minimum wage hey
People in the neighborhood we fillin with rage
Yeah you feeding me a GMO
I'm wearing China made from head to toe
You got your money and your diamond in the back hey
We're lifting cell phones at the radio shack
You keep us stupid cause you're clever like a king
We got the numbers yeah you feel the sting
We getting higher getting organized
Some of the 99 percent are bound to rise
You might be worried in your gated mansion
Feel the pressure cooker oppression
Don't you rely on daddy's Wall Street plan
Better watch your back don't underestimate the working man

The plan was put together long ago
Don't let the masses know the knowledge you know
You know we're talking bout the new world order
Governments and corporations blurring the border
All the princes all the diplomats
Secret societies and many fat cats
Gonna test you fill you up with meaningless sex
Gonna give you super sonic megaplex
Control the media control the chiefs
Own the satellite and the cable tv
Go on and get your channels get your free app
They got you dialed and they know where you're at
Tracking the data of the consumer
Selling information to the highest bidder
GIve it away get along get along give it up to the upper hand
Better keep it straight don't underestimate the working man

Who can you blame who can you trust who can you burn
Everyday there is a lesson to be learned
Too far along, cashed out and much too late
Who's gonna be the one to give it to ya straight
Tell the children tell the fathers and the moms
We're building networks while you're building bombs
I do believe there is no us and them
But can you trust your fellow citizen
Get it up get it out get it on and raise the flag
Your baby's dreaming in a body bag
A soldier's wasted life for world control
No meditation gonna spare the soul
You got your guns you got your lock and load
You gonna hole up in a lead fox hole
We gonna bullet proof the minivan
Better watch your back don't underestimate the working man

©2014 D. Pattillo
Track Name: Love That I Got (feat. Fiona Silver)
I look out my window I get out on the street
I feel the energy of the people passing me
I get a little stressed it's like a competition
I see the wall street banker against a musician
I see the men in suits costing more than my rent
I see the ladies taking numbers with no love intent
My daddy told me in this world it's the difference you make
It's about the love that you give not the love that you take

I wanna show you the love that I got
I wanna groove to the beat of my heart
No one controls us no trip no duress
Making something real out of this mess

We got the digital flow coming down a broadband pipe
We go the information highway and the land of hype
We got the overload overlords and the NSA
And the government is watching every move we make
I could say I don't care but it gives me the creeps
How a corporation sells this information on me
It's not like I'm ascetic you know I have my fun
But I'd like to keep it poetic when the justice is done

I wanna show you the love that I got
I wanna groove to the beat of my heart
No one controls us no trip no duress
Making something real out of this mess

I get so downhearted with my neighbors today
Feels like the we found the money and got lost along the way
Once we were all little kids trying to do the right thing
But our parents got twisted on a wedding ring
We got control we got the best we got the better than the rest
We got the shortcut big butt easy access
But are we better off now than generations long ago
Or just chumps in a corporate reality show

I wanna show you the love that I got
I wanna groove to the beat of my heart
No one controls us no trip no duress
Making something real out of this mess

(c) 2014 D. Pattillo
Track Name: Love Will Find U (feat. Valerie Broussard)
It's a lot to ask on a night like this
When the the edge of love is a precipice
You wait you cry you hate you lie
And tear the walls from your insides
The world is cruel the world is basic
Better strike out than to run the bases
Just keep your eyes on the game at hand
Take another swing take another stand

Everywhere love will find you
Anywhere you go

It takes a fool and it takes a friend
You come to rely and you come to depend
The others seem cool they look complacent
But your kind of love's got no replacement
Now loneliness is your companion
Goes deeper than the Grand Canyon
Some days are down some days are high
Confidence is tough to come by

Everywhere love will find you
Anywhere you go

Oooh Oooh Oooh Oooh
Oooh Oooh Oooh Oooh ooooh
Love will find you everywhere you go

You talk it through you work it out
But nobody can tell you what it's all about
We're all searching just like you
True colors ain't black and blue
Deleted photos and boxes of things
You used to say love will give you wings
Feeling grounded like a overbooked flight
Too many dark days and violent nights

Everywhere love will find you
Anywhere you go

Oooh Oooh Oooh Oooh
Oooh Oooh Oooh Oooh ooooh
Love will find you everywhere you go

©2014 D. Pattillo
Track Name: Country Road
I get away when I wanna go
I'm kickin back on a country road
Sky is clear and the air is clean
Nobody there gonna bother me

I get high
I get low
I go where you don't know
I go up
I get down
I go anywhere I get out of town

I get away when I wanna go
I'm kickin back on a country road
Sky is clear and the air is clean
Nobody there gonna bother me

Too far too soon
I was running hot
In the afternoon
Too fast too smart
I let it get away
I let it take my heart

I get away when I wanna go
I'm kickin back on a country road
Sky is clear and the air is clean
Nobody there gonna bother me

All that you wanna be free like me

©2014 D. Pattillo
Track Name: Love On High
Close your eyes look inside

Love on high

Let go get high let your soul fly

Love on high

Every morning love is dawning

Love on high