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Gotye – Puzzle With A Piece Missing

I am excited to celebrate breaking 30,000 words for Et Musique Pour Tous with an exceedingly lazy post. You see, I’m caught with my proverbial pants down tonight, far from home with someone I love, at least half a bottle of Bourgogne and seven Drake’s Bay oysters settled comfortably in my belly.

Writing for this blog is truly a pleasure, but there are days where I’m like, oh shit, I have to write a post. Because, as Jalen Rose (and the O’Jays, and Jimmy Cliff) says, gotta give the people what they want. I’ve been writing for EMPT for almost exactly a year, approximately 80 single spaced pages in size 11 Cambria. Imagine if I’d devoted the hours to learning ukelele…

If I had, I’d be sitting alone or with a small group, tinkling out simple chords. Instead, I am honored to share music for all. Some people play, some sing. I write.

My love for Gotye is well established, especially for his first album, “Like Drawing Blood.” “Puzzle With  A Piece Missing” is a true masterpiece, winding the through smoky hallways behind a creepy carnival tent. I could get meta per usual, but I’ll leave it at that. Though it may be apocryphal, the oysters and fine wine serve as my cupid’s arrow tonight.

Much love to the fans, exit stage left.

Gotye – Puzzle With A Piece Missing

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Et Musique Pour Tous Presents: Les Auteurs — Samantha Sanders

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Welcome to another installment of Et Musique Pour Tous Presents: Les Auteurs. I took me a while to decide on a theme, and as it goes, my theme is a non-theme! I simply want to capture the ephemerality of moods.

The relationship between mood and music is important to me, and I’m a big proponent of using music in all facets of my life.Other than purely listening for pleasure, playing music is either to elevate my current mood or redirect my emotions to put myself in a different state of mind. Music is with me everywhere- to jazz me up in the morning when I realllly don’t want to get out of bed; to ride along with on my bike to get me up those hills (using only one earbud for safety!); to motivate me to get that laundry done; to calm me down when my mind is in a tizzy; to DANCE along to when I want to expend some energy! It permeates through my entire lifestyle. I love that music can move you, both mentally and physically.

Music is a great companion, and has been a big part of my life since high school. The music blogs of the internet were the best thing I could have discovered during that time. I was the “new girl” most of my childhood and as a result of sporadic seclusion, I always found things to engross myself in outside of school and athletics. In 7th grade it was breakdancing, in 8th I had a mild obsession with soccer ball juggling and foot tricks, in 9th I landed on music and stuck with it. Believe me, it was a better fit than breakdancing.

So in high school I would scour the web for music to fit my eclectic taste; I liked the idea of listening to outlandish things, to things I thought my peers had never heard of. I liked introducing my friends and family to interesting sounds. These sounds were so diverse I noticed I had almost a mood library on my computer, not just songs. I began to learn how to create aesthetics based solely on music, and I also learned how a disconnect between situation and sound can alter perceptions of a situation. Go ahead, put that Big Freedia vinyl on the turntable while hosting a quaint dinner party and see how your guests react. Hopefully your current mood is captured by at least one of the songs in this playlist. Enjoy!

- Samantha

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The Fans Deserve Better

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Disclosure & Friend Within – The Mechanism

At Coachella this year Lana del Rey bought us in to her fascinating world of retro futuristic glamour, Flosstradamus turned the place into an absolute zoo with their hip hop meets punk mosh put over the top style and Disclosure simply brought groove to the Space Age. Those three acts couldn’t be further apart from each other in every way possible but that’s the beauty of festivals, it let’s you curate you’re own experience. The later really stuck with me for some reason, there was something about that clean but groove infused sound mixed with the beautiful natural landscape and wavy people that felt good. The Disclosure visual show is simple but extremely well done and captivating. The juxtaposition of it all made for a perfect recipe in timing and timelessness. It’s hard to not like Disclosure when you hear them, it’s hard not to love them when you see them live.

The Mechanism is a song that dropped a few days after that Coachella set. There’s a speech in the song that perfectly captures my moment in life right now.

So one of the things I need y’all to do for me is you gotta know that it’s coming. 

That’s such a powerful, deep message. In life you can catch momentum and lose momentum for myriad of reasons. Sometimes they’re external but most often it’s our own cognitive biases that allow us to be our own worst enemies. We work so hard to get to a certain point but a large majority of people break down when they actual manifest the very thing they wanted. It’s like they never really believed they could do it in the first place that when it happens it shows. Your mind will create whatever you want, respect your mind because the second you think something you better believe the universe is in action…

And once you know it’s coming, once you know it’s coming, stay in the zone!
Stay in your body. Increase your maximum level. …”

When the day comes, when the stage lights go on and it’s time for you do be who you wanted to be so bad keep believing in yourself. The zone is what got you there, the zone is what’s going to let you ride the wave -

It’s one simple reason..
The mechanism of incessant, incessant, habitual conceptualization.
Creation of ideas, goals and frameworks that are turned over.
Completed, to the friend within…

This is the secret they don’t want you to know: The only tool you need, the one that has allowed the most powerful men in the world to reach unheard of levels of success, rulers to dominate, spiritual leaders to heal and influence, the one tool that has made every single thing around you possible is at your disposal right now. It’s not money, it’s not guns. This tool created those too. It’s your mind. It’s the mechanism that makes the world go round, enjoy!

Disclosure & Friend Within – The Mechanism

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Lovebox – London 2014

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I don’t know how to start this shit, yo…”

It is truly an experience to walk around Victoria Park, London during Lovebox, the DJ and hip-hop festival held each summer. The line-up was enough to attract half of London, primarily the group you find in the early hours of the city’s night spots. The grounds were littered with empty cartridges and discarded butts and cups. Bodies occupied the dingy, clear spots of dust and grass on the outskirts of the multiple stages around the grounds.

Life is parallel to Hell, but I must maintain”

The crowd was on their cocktails and the music was pounding from the Big Top and Main Stage. Sweating bodies pulsated through the heat and the punching of rappers spitting in the air was enough to get the crowd wet.

The conundrum we all face is which headliner to see. My inner college student was aching to run to see M.I.A but the New Yorker  in me held strong about 20 metres from the stage for Nas playing the entirety of Illmatic along with some other hip-hop tributes he laid out. It was the biggest hip-hop sing along I have ever been apart of. Nas played in to the whole thing. It had been 20 years since this debut album came out. The album came out in what would arguably be considered the golden age of hip-hop. With various producers, including DJ Premier of Gang Starr creating some of the most memorable tracks the genre has seen to date.

So what you sayin’? It’s like the game ain’t the same”

The energy around the stage was immense. Thousands of people creating clouds over the landscape, girls running through the valleys of people with handfuls of £5 jello-shots and lit joints. It appeared everyone there was having a moment with the lyrics, at times giving the impression of reading along with a preacher and he is saying your favourite verse. Eyes were locked on Nas has he would sing and then hold the mic to the crowd who sang along with intense admiration.  Producing and hip-hop may have evolved since this milestone, but the love for hip-hop is alive and well.

I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death
I lay puzzle as I backtrack to earlier times”

Nas – N.Y State of Mind

 

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ZHU — Faded

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When I look back at the best moments of my life they are mostly those nights that seemed as if they could never end. Nights filled with taxi rides, bright city lights, dancing, bar-hopping, making-out, late-night snacks, more drinking, more dancing, more making out, and a LOT of music going every single second of the night. If “Faded” by ZHU were the soundtrack to a trailer of these nights, it would be supplemented by images of steamy black and white sweaty and sensual dancing. Picture this dance scene from the film The Matrix Reloaded, (go ahead, put it on mute and let this track play instead) only that instead of a cave somewhere in the distant future near the Earth’s core, we are all in some underground abandoned train station that NYC has all but forgotten even exists.

Baby I’m faded
All I wanna do is take you downtown”

I once drove a lamborghini through the streets of Dubai on my way to one of their more upscale clubs in a tuxedo. That night I felt like I was unstoppable. I felt as if the world were mine and that any of the dreams I had ever had could come true within the blink of an eye. I can’t really pinpoint what part of it all made me feel that way—was it the music, was it the rumble of that Space Age supercar underneath my feet, was it the gorgeous woman I was with, was it the exotic land I was flying through that added to the surrealism of it all, or was it a mixture of every piece of that evening in its entirety: the pouncing sounds, the powerful vibrations, the intoxicating kisses and touches lit by lights that seemed to emanate from a city built into a video game? ‘I dunno’. All I do know now is that if Faded had been the soundtrack to that particular evening it would have made everything more perfect than I already remember it to be. More flawless, more powerful, more intoxicating…

I apologize for going off on a tangent stemming from these memories of mine, but it’s what ZHU‘s delectable tune made me do. I hope that somehow it does the same for you—you know, make you remember a moment when you felt at your most powerful, going from 0-300 with not a care in the world as a minimalistic Sade-like vocal whispered seduction into your ears too.

Baby I’m wasted
All I wanna do is drive home to you”

ZHU — Faded

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ParadisFM – Garde Le Pour Toi

Riches to riches.

In order to propagate the current business model the matrix uses the concept of success as a tool to keep people dreaming. I.e. if you work really hard that will lead to the all the success and accomplishment you need to be happy. Similarly, the concept of retirement is used to keep us looking into the distance while wasting our lives away in linear pre made patterns. It’s an assassination of the moment.

Further and even more perplexing is the fact that success is often measured by antiquated currencies. You can have a $200,000 a year job and spend 14 hour days in the office, work 2 weekends a month, barely see your family and what little vacation you take must be kept short at risk of being fired. Your money is worth less and less due to the currency wars, quantitive easing and taxes. So even with “success” as we currently know it are you really successful in these conditions?

In the Space Age we’ll need to leave behind the already fading and failing currency of the past and understand the true currencies of the future – time, privacy, information and mobility. No longer can we wait to be successful or for the ever elusive retirement to enjoy life. All of those concepts are traps. How mobile are you, can you work from the road today to go explore Saigon? Or are you obligated to be at the same place every single day, at the same time, every week of every year?

You’ll always be in jail ni$&@, just minus the bars…” – JAY Z

It’s time to redefine success by understanding that we already have it. This concept that we’re born unsuccessful and then have to work our way up to “success” is a fallacy. Just like retirement is flawed in the sense that we give up the best years of our lives in the present to have some pot of gold in the future. Life is happening now and we already own success. Just like science discovers things that were already there, we have to realize that everything we want already exist, we just have to have the right perspective, look through the right magnifying lens and manifest it. The idea that corporations will set our path and be our guards has been proven to be nonsense. Microsoft is going to lay off 18,000 employees and they’re stock will go up because of it. That’s the old age, take control and be your own guard. Welcome to the Space Age.

ParadisFM – Garde Le Pour Toi

 

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Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish

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Another brushfire belches acrid smoke
into our lungs.
The city stained with ash,
gray as the sky.

Last time fourteen young men were swept up
in the blaze and killed in an instant.
The town held a candle light vigil.
Oxygen, in the end.

Red sun setting, mirrored in flames
that creep up, floor by glass-paneled floor.
From the top of the hill, the city burns,
before night’s coolness fades all to silhouette.

Poignant films are planned,
imbued with misplaced resonance
that no one is looking for.
Based on a true story.

These are the facts, or, most of the facts.
The rest we enhanced for entertainments sake.
What really happened, guess we’ll never know.
Just appreciate the artistry.

From pulp to press to printout,
curling waves of bleached wood
cut fresh from the soil
some miles away.

Clouds hang mixed with residue,
a roiling mass, a vortex turning.
In the eye of the storm a woman dances.
Doesn’t she know?

Careless how quick we forget
after the darkness has passed.

Infinite sky, space;
Hurtling out into blackness expanding
and disappearing over the event horizon,
lit by flares of gas and dust.//

Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish

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Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving

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Hardcore will never die, but you will. :-)

On that note, Jamie xx stepped in for Benji B on BBC Radio 1Xtra last week and made for a f@#king phenomenal two hour mix featuring exclusive, unreleased material from some of the sickest producers around these days— James Blake premieres a new track at the 30 minute mark along with some exclusives from John Talabot and contributions from Modeselektor among others…

He opens the set with his latest release, All Under One Roof Raving. In short, this track is a six minute rave in yo brain. Listen with your best pair of cans and lose yourself in *steel drum heaven*. The vocal samples are weird and perfect, featuring excerpts from British artist Mark Leckey’s 1999 documentary Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore. Definitely a must-see based on these sick-ass samples.

Cheers & thanks to Jamie xx for being brilliant as always.

Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving

 

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A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions

A lot of people wonder why EMPT hasn’t rushed to become some sort of Pitchfork type deal. Business people from well-respected companies come to us with corny proposals and we turn them down. They look at the rebel kids like we don’t know what we’re doing because they don’t understand our intention. Why? First of all, it’s because we would never violate the love people have for us by exposing our audience to anything we didn’t think was the absolute best…

We think you’re a joke shove your hope where it don’t shine…” – Santigold

Secondly, in this world where everything and everyone is in a constant buy & sell pendulum Space Age Bachelor Pad Music is NOT FOR SALE.

Why do I say that ’cause I gotta speak the truth man,
Doing what we feel for the music is the proof man…”

Third, we just don’t care about poser related complications. EMPT has nothing to do with money, fame, ego, recognition, power or admiration but everything to do with expression of the selfless beings we aspire to.

It’s always been like that but now more than ever I find myself basing all my life decisions on that type of thinking. If we’re not careful the marketing complex can make us think material things are what dictate what we should do. I.e. I need a nice car so that means I need a great job. That’s false though and it should be the other way around. You should reflect internally on what it is you feel and base your decisions from the inside out…

You gotta make moves, never ever ever can you fake moves.”

Excursions is the opening track on Tribe’s The Low End Theory, one of the rawest, hardest, dopest and flyest Hip Hop albums you’ll hear. That line up there is the hook and in its simplicity lies a truth that is essential in the journey that is life. We all know the difference between real and fake but not everyone is willing to face the fear that usually leads to poser like decision-making. What’s worse than knowing you’re doing something fugazi and pursuing it anyway?

You must be honest and true to the next, don’t be phony and expect one not to flex…”

There are consequences to sell out activity. If you rob a store you must be prepared to go to jail because you either accept or understand the risk. If you fake moves you have to understand there are consequences for that too.

So as you go into your Friday, press play and let the abstract take over your mind with realness. Let that Art Blakey walking bass line take your deep into the cultural melting pot that is hip hop music. Let that Bob Power sound engulf you with rawness. Take am excursion to the boogie down and let Q-Tips anti-posing lyrics stick in your head. Stay true.

A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions

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