Single Mum checks out some singles; are they worth swiping right?

Hello, single mum here, ready to brutally stare into the eyes of single songs ready to be judged by me and myself, a irresistible duo that knows not a lot about music, but still enough to know that I have this urge to tell you all about these singles that had been popping out lately on my plate of must hears. As a single mum I think to be able to relate with singles quite enough to have some kind of connection with them, so let’s enjoy that the kids had gone to bed and nobody else is around, well you are here but it’s probably from a safe distance.. so uh, here we go swiping right on some singles:

First of all, I definitely needed to tell you about this very lovely single named ‘Escocesa by Matías. It’s super fresh, but in contrary to its super recent release date, the actual tone of sound and the singing by Matías over here is sounding as if he had been training for lots of years with some happy Hare Krishnas until Matías had reached a state in which he had become a wise guru that had outgrew its own masters, long enough to become a well aged spiritual leader that had disbanded from all earthly possessions and just found inner peace and love inside & had now established this state of mind into this single that Matías named escocesa. You can hear Matías’s kindness in his smooth and super friendly voice, one that had opened up all the good karma points to spread out the sound of calm enlightenment for you and all others that are blessed enough to enjoy this delicious sounding single:

As a single mum in this time of self isolation it’s great to know that you can count on a single hit maker named Disco Sam to sing a song on top of some easy going drums with a high eighties flavour. You don’t even need to be single yourself to enjoy this one as It’s clearly something that most people are now more and more having a hunger for. I think of listeners that had been first touched by the eighties revival, one that morphed in to vaporwave and now on its own got evolved into something more new and unique, so much so that I’m not really sure what the appropriate genre tag for it is anymore, but I do know that this is a new age in which Disco Sam seems to flourish quite beautifully, especially over here with his pretty single named ‘Touched You Again‘ in which his unique voice is making you feel him so passionately. He makes his point so well over here, making me think of loved ones that we can’t touch and hold at the moment in order to avoid a possible encounter with an unwelcome virus. Seriously, I’m feeling the passion and meaningfulness of Disco Sam over here, even so much that it kinda made me cry, but in a good way!

As a single mum reviewing singles for ‘yeah I know it sucks’ it must be said that lots of singles are being send over for my honest advice and opinions, but sometimes I ask around to some respectable colleagues (who might or might not be single) to hook me up with a single that needs to be shared and heard. One of these Wonderful colleagues that they call The Doll hooked me up with this single named ‘Domestika’ by Quinton Barnes & I was immediately sold. This single made my domestic day being stuck at home into one that became more tolerable, as it felt as if Quinton actually understood me even without personally knowing me or my existence in this world. It’s things like these that makes listening to singles so exciting. This one is so sensual, full romantic flavours, sensuality and feel good sexiness that it simply makes my collection of paperback romances seem like a pile of books whose pages can now be used as toilet paper, cause this song and sound makes all of the readable fodder into something I could do without. As without dirty details, addressing literally what it’s all about ‘Domestika’ by Quinton Barnes somehow has more love juice inside than a whole shelf of books in my house. Quinton’s voice and bedroom pop sound is just completely doing it for me, making me strangely feel good and beautiful inside – which to be fair, won’t happen a lot these days. You might need to hear this too as we all need some sensual love now:

Now that we all should feel good (or at least a little better) it’s okay to sweep right towards a more political single. One that I as a single mum of a good heart and spirit full justice can freely stand behind & I hope you (dear reader) will be behind this too. This single here is ‘black’ by free soil. Music wise it’s one that dabbles nice around in an intelligent sounding ambient drone, not one that is flying around our heads to film us from above to check if we are social distancing enough and stay in our houses as ordered by common sense, but indeed the music-form of the drone ambient spectrum. But it’s not just floating material that you can hear as this is what the big ones in the industry probably call a single that is protest music. One that doesn’t beat the drum or marches around in gigantic parades ready to start the rise of fascism by revolting against it, but by letting a android voice delivering the message like a soothing instructor who arms us all with the freaky warning that fascism is bubbling up these days. As a single mum I’m terrified by all this, but do feel that we need more singles protesting this rise, hopefully waking up the sleepy ambient communities on time to hopefully stop it before it’s too late.

Another single that had been send in and I felt (as a single mother hoping for a better future for my kids) quite passionate about was this super funky and emotive ‘Extinction Funk’ by Ringhold. One that textually points out the fact that the oceans had been once blue and the existence of a jungle being the greenest thing on earth, once a true thing but now slowly disintegrating in the shape of a dream. We must do a better job protecting nature is what this single seems to stimulate, while Ringhold provides the funky stimulant in which the lyrics are performed on top off like a monkey on a mission to save the last banana from a tree or a dolphin to find a oceanic spot not littered by plastic, oil or radiation. It’s nice to finger click along with a single like this while also going deeper into your soul with a message that ain’t so fluffy, but does it the funk way.

As single mum you got to understand that my taste and flavours are open and wide to all that comes my way. You can just look at the little list above and know that I like to speed date with a whole load of singles, ready to let them explore me as I explore their companion from a mutual safe distance. Sitting down with this single named Primordial Cadavers by Jaded Fields was one of those really special moments in my adult single life, creeping me out while at the same time feeling absolutely connected. Music that is like a disturbing noise ambient work that is loud and calm at the same time in which Jaded Fields poetically expresses itself like a tranquillised but confident smart monster who melodically menaces its way into the darker abyss of a place In which nightmares and dreams are balancing a fine line between them, like a hairy wolf with sharp teeth that still like to be stroked and cuddled with even though it also would eat you it it had been hungry for too long. It had my full attention but only listened to it when the kids had been out of hearing range, as somehow I expect them to wet their pants if they heard it full blast coming out of the speakers. It might be a bit scary for the little ones, you see?

Last but certainly not least (I have to wrap it up as kids might be waking up soon!) I spend some time with the single named World Interface by Son Moon & I fully recommend (if you love yourself) you have to do that too. It’s such a fine and handsome single, one that will bring joy and sunshine to the locked down household, music that will make you feel as if you had opened the curtains, could step outside into a warm summer’s day and embrace nature that had taken back what was once theirs. Think of green trees, exotic birds and special insects with colourful decorations that glitter in the rays of sun. It’s as if you could sniff the fresh air and be free from all the burdens of today, smoothly stepping around in a delicate dream world in which inner peace is connected with the outside world. Kids can stay in the room and enjoy the fantasy of a careless freedom in which going out isn’t dangerous for our health anymore, but just a blessing in which we can dance happily, beatless with the first touch of a pleasant summer that we in the year 2020 could only enjoy in the midst of our own imaginative minds. This single is beautiful! Handsome and a gracious outing for the entire family in lockdown mode.

So there is that, me the single mum and you, whoever you are.. together embracing the time to say goodbye while I seriously and simply wish you would enjoy these singles too. They are all out there waiting for your attention, probably staring at you right now with open eyes full of hope, but don’t snuggle up too much, keep your social distance and still enjoy their companionship hard and loud! Unless you are a cat, you probably only live once & these singles are there for you and only for you as recommended by single mum, the only single mum who knows what’s good for you single-wise.

Be safe & with love,
Single mum.

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soft verges – tapes from the attic

Artist: soft verges
Title: tapes from the attic
Keywords: diy experimental alternative experimental free improvisation improvised noise lo-fi noise Hamburg

Oh… wait a minute… don’t go on… don’t click away… soft verges… yes… my goodness… soft verges goes in like a touch of strums that will go straight to the heart… making the time ebb away in a very nice way, with soft verges being the acoustic self that is putting on the pleasantly soothing kettle full of personality on for your ears, like a nice blend of music to calmly sip and enjoy… one with a blossom-like audio flavour that is uniting soft verges’s acoustic instrument with a lovingly warm sounding voice that is coming across as a match made in heaven…

Together they complement each other, cuddle up and befriend as they rise up like a pure improvised sensation that feels as soft and favourable as if it’s material that had just got taken out of the washing machine-dryer combo! one that comes as if it had been an order to perform, ordered from nobody less than Mother Earth herself, making Melody and voice go straight through the mind, hands and mouth of soft verges, an artist who is going for our entertainment into on a trance-like musician state in order to perform for us the music that makes you go… oh… wait… let’s stop speaking… and just listen as… soft verges… yeah…

soft verges is doing its thing and you don’t want to run over it… it makes you want to stop doing what you had been doing and just listen… absorbing soft verges through your ears and hoping that no external sound sources will come in to disturb this wonderful session… I don’t want to blab along… I don’t even want to think about what nonsense to write to you.. I just want to listen to… soft verges… and be in the soft verges bubble as long as soft verges’s tapes from the attic is providing this warm and cozy place to feel loved and safely at home in… soft verges… such a pleasant listen & such a lovely honest moment of music performance… soft verges… wonderful… …so on the edge of soft …so…so …soft verges…

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Madeline Darby – What Is Love?

Artist: Madeline Darby
Title: What Is Love?
Keywords: experimental cassette electronic industrial minimal synth noise tape label North Carolina
Format: digital / tape
Label: Tribe Tapes

What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me – no more.

Madeline Darby has taken the difficult task to reclaim this question without the whole baby don’t hurt me part. Madeline Darby does this by naming a very out there, ‘eccentric album’ after these three words followed by the question-mark. An album that has seemingly experimental electronic music inside, material that comes within every track as a surprise, yet somehow oddly waving all of these surprises nicely together in their creative web of weirdness. You will be the confused spider waggling around in order to understand and explain this all. Maybe there is nothing to understand, maybe it just is what it is; a reason to boggle the mind by feeding it the abstract and the bizarre?

There are a words too, so if that’s love, than the question is probably answered within all of this , especially when we hear the track that is somewhere placed in the middle of it all, one that is also titled ‘what is love?’ As what else than this, could love be? Are you confused? Trust me you might not be the only one! Love is confusing…

“What is love? Is it something that is created?” Madeline Darby asks within it all & my obvious response (as a looney listener) is of course to say YES! It is created by Madeline Darby.

As to me ‘what is love?’ is simply this nicely done peculiar album created by the question asker and sound explorer Madeline Darby. The artist itself who functions as a personal goddess right here, creating something of a unconventional release that feels like the green sign to place Madeline Darby on a special pedestal of content creators whom is free from rules and regulations . Poetic and abstract Madeline Darby’s sounds are mingled and screwed, delivering more reasons to question things than possible answers, but all in all it’s a entertaining show. As Madeline Darby shouts militantly to follow the line it’s simply an demand you really shouldn’t refuse as this all might be cuckoo, it truly is interesting too.

We at yikis like to toss the honourable title of ‘artist’ towards everyone who made it onto our humble blog, but in the case of these weirdo experiments in which Madeline Darby’s voice is tripping out on the answering machine while delivering bizarre but fun happenings from one after another, it is fair to say that Madeline Darby comes across as a artist that deserves the title of being a true artist just a bit more than everybody else. I mean this release is art, ‘what is love?’ It’s freaking art! You can’t grasp it and that’s it!

It’s like looking at a collection of art pieces in a private show, things that you are intrigued by but maybe do not fully understand, yet you can’t let that be noticed as you stroke your chin among other convinced art lovers that do seem to know what’s going on. But trust me, they probably do too have no idea, but they certainly look more trained to not to appear baffled. I can only say that I like it, it’s strange, freaky, and to be fair; pretty fascinating. Just like love…?

It’s Music, different and apart, whimsical, strangely menacing like a disturbed persona trapped in the electric wires of a delirious matrix, that is something what I think, one in which this artist wobbles around within, while exploring noises, electric freakeries and a certain characteristic taste that seems to wave a kind middle finger to the established norms and rules of how music should be done and played. Is it punk? Is it poetry? Is it noise? Is it love? It’s ‘what is love?!

With the including of short ‘songs’ on this quirky album, it’s as if Madeline Darby is the kind of bam bam person who can channel the concept of being a human ghost box who is willingly receiving the craziest after life personas to star into these audio sculptures. Did I hear the spirit of Tobetta777 in there too? Some of them are easy to digest and even danceable, with cool rhythms to follow and others are simply unusual and probably thought provoking. Personally I might have become non the wiser, but did feel thoroughly entertained. Is it music, is it noise, lasers from outer space? Is it love? It’s intriguing and amusing and you can bewilder yourself with this curious case of art over at the following link, probably giving you hours of investigative listens.

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Ladonna Rama – Zentai Suit

Artist: Ladonna Rama
Title: Zentai Suit
Keywords: electronic dance electro experimental gay house koenji queer sydney tech house tokyo zentai Sydney

In the unthinkable time of a worldwide pandemic that we all seem to be living in, certain people start to be truly innovative or simply smarten themselves up in order to go around and be still as safe as possible. Psychos are going to the supermarkets with flame throwers so to be sure people keep two meters distance, hip eccentrics are doing the same trips while going out in gigantic petticoats to be sure people keep a safe distance as described by the world health organisation. Good on them! But what about face protection?

In the times that face masks are as rare as gold & as good as unfindable if you needed one to protect yourself from other people’s coughs or to keep the virus nicely for yourself (thank you for that!) , people also become more and more like little DIY Einsteins to solve the problem of this frustrating shortage. People start to massively order online thongs, now not to let the thin line tickle their anus, but to be worn over the mouth & nose as a protection mask; a great idea in the time of having no alternatives, but what if you are too kinky to own a thong, or are unable to get one in these time and day?

Also what about if you need a much more protective solution as you go out on your once a week mission to hunt for edible toilet rolls? I mean in times when governments say screw you all, everyone for themselves, you got to find a way to truly protect yourself in a way that no virus droplets can enter the nose, mouth and eyes & something that refrains you from infecting yourself when forgetting the important role of not touching your face!

Well, than the incredibly clever Ladonna Rama had come up with the intelligent solution that will avoid embarrassing stares and keep you completely covered from unwanted virus exchange! Ladonna Rama uses a all enclosing zentai suit to go into the health hazard that is the outside world and the jungle that is the local supermarket, fully protecting this performance artist from top to toe & probably still freaking out some people along the way & possible providing a nice smile here and there around the hidden faces of other shop-for-your-life shoppers.

It used to be unthinkable or considered super kink, but in times like these it’s simply a excellently smart move of Ladonna Rama, one that might be generating a great hype among other people out there, humans who are secret zentai lovers all along and now can come out of their houses in a style of crucial safety measures. Or simple introduce the zentai costume to new comers that are too terrified to go out without full body safety measures. You can probably order them online from a kinky shop & let them be delivered by one of these great heroes that are risking their lives by delivering them and other packages!

Just be sure that when you come home from your loo roll hunt to toss your zentai body suit immediately in the washing machine and disinfect any surfaces that you touched when opening the house & the bounties that you might have gotten along & tadaa: kink has saved the day! The kinky mind of Ladonna Rama is saving lives! Who would have thought?

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Rita Braga – Tremble Like a Ghost

Artist: Rita Braga
Title: Tremble Like a Ghost
Keywords: diy lisbon lo-fi london pop portugal rita braga electronic folk garage rock indie pop other pop psychedelia ukulele Violin Cartoon fun fun fun

Hey there! Let me stop you right here in your tracks:
Where were you when Rita Braga came out as a groovy ghost on the 12th of March 2020?

If you hadn’t been hooked to the screen with both eyes and ears open wide, had been a bit mystified at the time, you might have probably missed out on the biggest coming out news of many centuries combined. I mean, Rita Braga? The charming Portuguese avant-pop sensation? Has come out as a ghost?

If you had those unexplainable sensations in which you suddenly started to tremble like a ghost for yourself, you might simply have waved this appearance away as a fragment of your own imagination, one that nestled in your subconsciousness, ready to pop out at certain random times, easily recognised by singing along the ear worm that had planted itself in your head out of nowhere, making you tap your feet and snap your fingers in an unstoppable way. The days of denial are over!

…Many days might have passed and a quick search on the internet later might have been performed, but eventually you will find out that it wasn’t just some odd dream, a thing that you had made up yourself or something of the truly unexplainable kind. As indeed Rita Braga in ghost form does exist and with her excellent appearance comes a dance, a delicious factual toe wiggling song, music and a bunch of happy cartoonish spirits as her jolly friends. You will be entertained!

Rita Braga cannot come out as a exciting ghost in a more appropriate time than this, dancing around the graveyards, letting you stop you in your tracks as she is puzzling your mind with classic riddles, pulling you into a black and white cartoonish cartoon in which Rita is dancing the skeleton dance as her Japanese style face is glitching out as she happily drowns you in a joyful catchiness. A happy haunting!

One that is so jolly and quirky that it will ever let you go, visiting you in the day and in the night, making you sing and hum along this dangerous song until other people start to join in and they too get infected by the happiness of the spirit of Rita Braga’s music. A happy spooky happening that is brightly captured on screen by Martha Colburn, ready to proof to you that you didn’t lose your mind but visitors of the after life might not be a sign of creepy vibes at all!

With organ and bass, skilfully haunting violin (played by Galina Juritz) and a primitive drum machine, it’s this specter Rita her funny and witty soul that will deliriously get herself flying with a voice of the golden ages, happily spreading positive vibes in these times that we might just need them the most. Don’t think or swing to far ahead, but witness, except and experience this musical feast of an happy apparition right now, you won’t regret it!


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Kamura Obscura – Speleology : Kamura Obscura Live

Artist: Kamura Obscura
Title: Speleology : Kamura Obscura Live
Keywords: experimental japanese kamura obscura experimental electronic improv improvised music minimal minimalist vocal United Kingdom
label: linear obsessional

Close your eyes and slip into your cave costume, be sure to make yourself comfortable to a timeless time in which there had been no computers and neither telephones, but just holes to be holed up in.
This is the righteous moment to travel slowly through the mysterious caves in which Kamura Obscura is hiding away in. Not sure if this hideout was a place of self exile, or a hole to sit in while being ordered around by some heavy stick wielding cave people, but what for sure is that meeting Kamura Obscura in this setting is well worth the costume change and hefty travels through the darkness of this reality.

Don’t be afraid for all the upcoming strangeness, as there if no need to be wary for the seemingly unnatural sounds that might come at you from every corner, as they are all coming from the heart of Kamura Obscura, who is clearly self protecting these magical premises against unwanted intruders that you, respectable listener, can be sure that you are certainly not be classified as one of them.

You are welcome over here, as the caves and its mystique occupant is letting you easily step around, fierceful steps into this realm in which seemingly Kamura Obscura’s own crazy spells are keeping the cave walls stable and strong enough that they wont crumble. So claustrophobic music fans with a fear of being buried alive by a collapsing cave network have simply nothing to worry about.

This here will be your welcoming temporary home, a little light at the end of the tunnel in which Kamura Obscura is singing and playing, like a theatrical happening that is done for you in all the privacy that these caves has to offer you. You don’t need to be a prominent academic researcher to hear that the acoustics of the cave environment is pretty much phenomenal, the atmosphere is intimate and you can’t resist the fact that your heart will be ripped open (with your full on permission!) for Kamura Obscura to pierce through it musically. That’s the kind of stabbing that a person could claim as a positive thing to experience.

Expect in these caves a zone in which more Spells are being expressed, tones of magic are thrown around and ultimate drunkenness is getting achieved in your head as Kamura Obscura makes your mind tumble in comfortable confinement. You don’t need any intake of alcohol or a stack of loo roll while being enhanced and hugely entertained by Kamura Obscura.

Suddenly, and always at unexpected times and at random places within these caves, a certain relief comes, it’s in the shape of an applause that might as well been a unexpected bit of rain that splashes in your face. The kind that is splashed around in order to keep your mind together, as once deeply holed in while being in the companionship of Kamura Obscura you can’t dazzle too much! You could easily dwell in these caves and than have a chance to get lost in it forever, it’s simply so much better to stay in Kamura Obscura’s realm as the phenomena will be like a burning candle in the middle of the complex darkness.

Here Kamura Obscura continues to sing while her words are wobbling around in bright electricity. It’s like the multiple calls of an just invented religion that had been spread out in our ears and out of the cave’s magical chimney, all over the land and into all the ears of the clapping crowds that live all around it.

In these well wishers heads that are out there Kamura Obscura shimmers the knowledge of the Japanese people as they are seeing Godzilla without being drunk on sake. Cave drawings explain that they had been actively mutating thanks to the exploded Fukushima power plant radiation. Probably making their brains go super sensitive and their eyes go a little berserk.

This is not only self explaining why Kamura Obscura’s voice is sounding so severely different and mysteriously transformed from before the drastic nuclear event, but also making us quickly have a drastic flashback of all the miso soups that we ate through the last couple of years, reassured in order to take a good look at our own selves, realizing perhaps that we too had been slightly mutated; might this be one of the reasons that we are allowed into Kamura Obscura’s world? Is our love for Japanese food also the reason why we glow in the dark?

Things get a terrifying twist when Kamura Obscura performs for us the Breathing Bells, in which not only Kamura Obscura seems short of breath, also one of the clapping clappers has a freaky cough. Nothing to worry of course at the time of channeling these things, but still a little freaky as we wade through this cave of music in the nowadays, when a crazed virus is going after all of us; it’s a slight moment of vocalic terror.

Luckily the crowd of Kamura Obscura fans shouts a ‘Yeah’ to break the freakishness and Kamura Obscura throws itself in with a frisky sensation that is more magical and bewildering than before. We are in the middle of this cave complex, bewitched and in a state of jaws being dropped, the floors are being flooded with bassy synth and the ceiling slowly seems to be made out of intriguing ice.

In these Kamura Obscura caves we could never be bored, as things are like a strange but safe reality, a dream in which expressive sensations are finding the right tones to go and warm up your heart, as if Kamura Obscura had placed herself deeply in there with a little campfire of comfort and magical friendship, quietly blessing the adventurous with an immune system that is protected from the cold, the dank dampness, the lack of light and possible bear encounters that normal cave visits might come along with. Our primitive cave costume might not save us from hard nipples, but the spellbinding music of the intriguing cave occupier that is Kamura Obscura certainly does! A better place to be isolated in, one that enables you to be there for days without ever having to deal with boredom probably doesn’t exist out there. Find the opening of this cave complex and spend your time wisely:

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John Nap – John Nap EP

Artist: John Nap
Title: John Nap EP
Keywords: breaks drum & bass electronic idm san antonio glitch San Antonio

Just when I was about to take a long nifty nap and had big plans to slightly dream of sexy hot hunks in short trunks, there was the music of John nap. It was still a nap but completely different than I had expected it to be. Instead of dreaming sensually John Nap started to slap my face in an electric wakeup call of music, it would certainly give a break from the normal circumstances of the day (if those still exist these days) but snoozing away to dream land was a dream that bursted into thin air.

Now John Nap and his John Nap EP was starting to pump itself out of the speakers, it sounded sportive and active. Think of spandex sport clothes as music and cool breakbeats as the exercises to be all nicely pumped up about. Maybe… just maybe the delivery of John Nap’s EP could actually still be equally as sexy as that nice Nap that I had promised myself before the music had started to play and do its thing. So naughty!

For an EP it still got six excellent tunes to discover, making me think of an enormous sportschool in which cool muscles people of the future had come together to work out there admirable body parts. I close my eyes while dancing on these Acid sounds and active break beats and simply imagined being among them, surrounded by the smells of hot sweat, beautiful people lifting weights for the sake of lifting weights. Oh those fancy break beats and electric sounds truly seems to steer away from sleepy happenings and laid back stretching on a yoga mat!

It became more and more crazy, the sight that the alternate state of mind that my closed eyes and the very energetic acidic music of John Nap had cooked up for me was making me twirl around as if drunk from all those gymnastic enthusiasts, sport school fanatics and other fruitcakes that had been spending time in the gym for some kind of self glorification. I hooked myself into these John Nap sounds and started to run around in absolute madness, sniffing actively while slightly knowing that this was unprecedented and out of place, but I couldn’t help myself anymore…

The electronic activities of John Nap made me all kindly hyped up, dizzy , dazed and quite frankly a bit high from not napping, but actively participating in the music visuals band my own fantasies as catered by John Nap’s music. The time flew by with these active tunes that kept on happy slapping the spotters of fantasies that kept on flexing themselves around me. I loved it so much that I didn’t want to open my eyes anymore and even forgot about actually wanting to go for a real nap before John Nap took over with its lush ambient, snarky baselines and freaky beats to do happily some high kicks along with.

I had encountered a true tipping point when John Nap’s last track had stopped, making me fall back in reality, opening my eyes along the way and realising that we had been still in isolation and it was time for a complete different kind of nap time… the music had inspired but also exhausted me enough to jump into the Nap zone straight away. Hello hunks, here I come! And to you out there… why not have a break by tuning into the active zone of John Nap? Do it here:

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