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Ember Island – Need You (Mysto & Pizzi Remix) [PREMIERE]

Ember Island

First of, this track is a banger. Second off, you ain’t never heard it cause we’re premiering it today. Two in one day snitches…

Everyday I’m hustlin,’ everyday I’m hustling.’ – Rick Ross

When I got out of college I used to be in Roc The Mic day in and day out. Sleeping on couches, making beats, eating chinese food, rolling around with OG Juan. You know the “struggling artist” life. On that producer circuit you know everybody and one the names I remember from that time was Mysto & Pizzi.

What your name be like?” – Baby (Grindin’ Remix)

It’s one thing to have your name ring, it’s another to be about it. Let me say something, every time I’ve heard the name Myst & Pizzi, I’ve never been let down. They’ve had that sound since I can remember. So when I heard this Ember Island remix, well, here we are. The track is a roller coaster of feelings, styles and general purpose swag. The production is sophisticated and tasteful. It’s your choice to get up and dance, or lay down, light a zoot and vibe. It takes skill to do that, to give everything and nothing all at once. Your experience is your choice, I like that.

Ember Island made a beautiful song, if you don’t know make sure to check it out. It’s a heartfelt song about remembering what someone met to you…

Love, say you still need me, cause I still need you.”

These days my views on the topic are a little different. I’m so thankful for the people in my life, they mean the world to me but I realized the person I needed the most was me…

The one you are looking for is you.” – Osho

Life, culture or whatever you want to call it has this way of making you think that what you seek is external. Be it love, happiness or success, we see these as things we need to find on the outside. But we’re born fully equipped man. You are everything you want to be, you’ve always been that. All we need to do is realize it. Looking for validation on the outside makes us forget who we are. Let’s be real bruv, sometimes the person you need to love the most is yourself. If that’s not in place you’re gonna have a hard time with everything else,

Oh yeah, this is another free one you cheap bastards! Enjoy.


Leopard – 3 A.M. [EMPT YOUTUBE PREMIERE]

I know a lot of the EMPT faithful has wondered where in the world I’ve been. The answer is on a journey to this exact place. Talking about the past is against law but all you need to know is I’m still here, still rockin’…

Still up in the ends, man still see me,
Trapping ain’t dead, my connect’s still breathing… – Section Boyz

On that note, I’m re-launching the YouTube channel with a bang. We’re doing it with an exclusive from a bass loving crew from Montreal called Leopard. Top of class up and coming talent you never heard of? I was just having a laugh fam, I never left.

We’re still here, it’s just that we’re out of sight…” – Barry Manilow

You might not know them yet but a look through their Soundcloud will show these ain’t no rookies. Spend some time listening and you’ll hear the technique doesn’t get more official. Don’t expect them to fly under the radar for much longer. From low key jams, to go nuts big festival bangers (all my HARD fest people listen to American P.O.V.).  Leopard is 360 degrees of style. Remember the name, you’ll be hearing it again.

Their EP is dropping on Sunday for the free, that’s right, free.99, you cheap bastards. Go checkout their pages, show Leopard love. Bump this fly instrumental as you torture yourself at work waiting for the weekend.

Subscribe to the EMPT YouTube channel below, we’ll be flooding that with music since it doesn’t need all this damn writing. Enjoy.


Foreign Air – In The Shadows

Yesterday I ended up in a YouTube wormhole that led to a compilation of Trump’s funniest moments. In-between the hilarity was a pretty profound statement made by the Donald. When asked if he’s ever asked God for forgiveness…

I am not sure I have, I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

I love that attitude man. I think it’s exactly how you can stay in the present and moving forward. The ego and pride are the haters of progress. They’re what get in the way of recognizing your actions. They make you care about things that just don’t matter and look outside of yourself. Usually the best thing to do in all situations is to take yourself out of the equation. To put your energy toward solutions. That’s impossible to do if you think the world revolves around you. You don’t need God to help, you don’t need the world to understand your struggle, it’s not that deep.

But there’s a million reasons to romanticize the past and they all start with the ego. Good or bad, sad or happy, memories make for good movies in the minds eye. So good you’ll watch them over and over, all the while ignoring the life unfolding in front of you.

I lose my mind, I lose my mind to forget you…”

That’s exactly what happens. Why? Because it’s not real man. Like I said a couple of days ago, once something happens it goes from realty to virtual reality. You might as well put on an Oculus Rift and go indulge in your memories. There’s nothing wrong with that, just be mindful, know you’re in the shadows.

I related to this song once upon a time, so much so that I would dive into music like this. I can still do it, especially when it sounds this good but now I know I’m watching a movie. It’s just not real anymore. I’m where Foreign Air is, I took back my Halo, reclaimed my mind and got back to living. Don’t victimize yourself, don’t blame others. Agree with his politics or not, the Toupee speaks truth, you just have to do what’s right. For yourself, and everyone else. Enjoy.


Shallou – Heights

I just realized that my wanna be OCD is spilling over into how I look at music. I now find myself creating these strange mental groupings of my favorite songs. No matter how much I may love certain tracks, I just can’t play them next to each other. It appears most music I love get sorted by the mood I need to be in/am in when I listen to them. Not in an obvious “don’t turn up at a friends funeral” way. In a more personal way where the common threads have more to do with my life than the genre or track itself.

There’s a group of songs I love to play when I’m feeling extra cool, extra confident. Another group of songs I love to listen to when I’m feeling nostalgic. A group I enjoy when I’m zoned out working on something. And so on. Each song branded along with a memory deep in my mind long ago. Now it represents a feeling that I can indulge in by pressing play. Each song usually remains in it’s designated file, rarely venturing out into other feelings. They understand their job, and they do it well.

But every once in a while there’s these unpredictable outlier songs that enter my world. A song that somehow compliments two completely different moods. Throwing off my organized mental files. A good example for me is The Fixx “Saved By Zero.” Something about it transcends my OCD-fueled boundaries. I enjoy playing it when I’m feeling like an unstoppable force. And just as much while replaying memories from my past. I’ll never know why, but the song just works that way for me. And so I admire it’s dual-nature. It makes me wonder if the band dealt with both feelings when they wrote and recorded it. How much of a bands energy at the time of creation engrained into the song forever? That’s definitely a question for another time but these 2-sided songs make me think about that, a lot.

Shallou’s “Heights” is the newest double-threat in my life. I’ve been enjoying it’s soundscape while marveling at the ways it rocks the boat. At first it locked itself into my “feel-good, get-ready-for-the-day group.” But after a few days the tones of the instruments somehow moved onto more somber territory. It moved to a completely different group of songs, but could transition back to happy town at anytime. I grew fond of it’s unpredictability, and so my respect for the song grew. But it’s also confused the shit out of me. Now when i’m feeling great, I’m scared to play the song for fear it may pull me back into a painful memory about a lost love. On the flip side, what if I want to indulge that painful memory by playing “Heights.” And it instead makes me feel happy and confident? Pick a lane Shallou’s “Heights,” PICK A LANE!!! One thing I do know is that when a song confounds me such as this one, it’s a winner.


Mind The Journey – Rose Colored Glasses

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Recently my son’s mother accused me of living my life through Rose Colored Glasses, and then last week on my personal blog I wrote why there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And this week, I believe all of that much more than last. Here we are.

I’ve been reviewing music submissions for a great new platform that pays me for organizing our submissions emails for us, and pays us to listen to those submissions that we would have received anyway and provide feedback as to why decline a submission. It exposes us to new audiences, but it also lets artists know that if they want some serious attention paid to their copy/cut-and-pasted emails, they have the option to pay for access to our attention spans. Time, after all, is money, ‘no?’

My process is the same. Search high and low for a tune that makes me feel something.

Watching the pilot episode of Vinyl on HBO last night, I found myself relating to the blond intern (Jamie Vine) from Kew Gardens, Queens in NYC who pitches a band called Nasty Bits. It’s not that she digs their sound, it is the fact that they make the crowds feel something, good or bad, that she loves. That’s what I look for in music: for the music to make me feel something. Make me remember a moment in time that felt the same. A split second from a love affair that had the same sounds. A long distance drive in the rain through the Fall’s foliage. Anything.

At the beginning of this track, I hated it. It starts off loud and obnoxious like something we would expect to jump out at us while listening to a new Kanye or Kendrick Lamar album. The abrupt sounds almost make me skip this altogether until the next submission. And then something changes.

The reason that there is nothing wrong with seeing things through Rose Colored Glasses is because the rose colored glass is the mix of the world that takes place first, in your mind, and then the one here, in which things that already took place in your mind must be executed. Rose Colored Glasses are a filter of those two worlds happening harmoniously.

At 00:53 seconds, the tune changes. The sonic chaos is gone, and a beautiful mixture of sounds warmly takes over. The song slows its pace down, and the vocals follow suit. I dig what it’s saying. I put it on repeat and purchase the track for $1. If you dig it too, you should support this kind of imaginative, edgy, non-traditional and risky experimental approach to music. I personally hate when something sounds too familiar to me.

When faith is tried, will you turn to what’s inside