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Bipolar Sunshine – Drowning Butterflies (Marce Reazon Remix)

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If you don’t have chills when this songs open, then you aren’t doing it right.

I am excited to get to write about a Bipolar Sunshine song again. This remix released by Marce Reazon, progresses perfectly adding in more playful synthesizers and base complimenting the light vocals of Bipolar Sunshine vocalist, Adio Marchant.

Highly recommend this song for your dancing needs for the weekend. Truthfully, I just want to wrap myself in his lyrics whenever possible.

“My fault, my pain
My soul, you take
But I keep on, you are my everything!
With my joy, my heart.”

Bipolar Sunshine – Drowning Butterflies (Marce Reazon Remix)

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VX — Pictures On My Wall

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To those of you who grew up with a stepfather, or maybe even a stepmother, that was kind of a jerk in your early years, this song will resonate profoundly.

Pictures On My Wall” is XV‘s tribute to the childhood heroes who became fathers to him.  A song about an adolescent trapped in the jail cell of a prison with his stepfather as the warden and finding solace, and an escape within the pinup posters he found in magazines.  These pinups and their music would become all the inspiration for aspirations that XV would need to one day successfully escape the warden’s stronghold.

It was a pin up, the magazines would print up
That made me pick that pen up, that kept a niggas chin up
That turned losers to winner, in that minute we would give up
Couldn’t die down the expectations they thought we’d live up
It was everything most parents hated
Niggas with dreams, wearin’ bling
Screamin’ that they made it.”

I can only imagine it to be hard for a man to raise another’s son, but it takes a man in full control of one’s self to never even remotely feel the need to resort to bullying and violence.  A real man inspires all.  Still, the respite and momentary flashes of happiness found within XV‘s collection of pictures weighed enough to balance those moments of pain and suffering away, and see him becoming the king, like his pinups, he once only dreamed he could be.

What I love most about his story was his ability to see a different world full of peace through his idols despite the reality of war and turmoil in his own everyday life:

And beef wasn’t allowed, Pac was next to Biggie, and Dre was next Eazy”

The chorus relies on an immediately deep and catchy sample from Montreal Love by We Are The Take as well as scratches from The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic, Juicy.  Overall, it’s a familiar, warm, sad, inspiring and beautiful song to listen to right now, and I for one have become a fan of it at the very least.

Enjoy.

VX — Pictures On My Wall

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Gayngs – Faded High

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The festivities have ended.

On New Years Eve my friend slow-cooked 10 lbs of pork shoulder. It came off the grill at 1am, and was completely gone by 2am. I was personally responsible for consuming at least a pound within 20 minutes.

Disgusting? Yes. Feel great in the morning? No. Cat licking grease from my face at 5am? Kinda cute.

It was an appropriate climax to the always wonderful and exhausting holiday season. Two plus weeks of feasting, drinking to excess, staying out late, hobnobbing at your parents’ random friends’ parties…there’s a reason we don’t do that all year.

We look forward to these few weeks because of their abnormality in relation to our regular routine. And we even place them on a pedestal. When else do you get fed and gifted and let off from work?

The holiday weeks are a drug that, when properly dosed, give us our fix and get us through the 350+ days til next year’s injection. But, like any drug, the weeks have a comedown.

After all the lobster and goose, the imported wines and local craft brews, you can only go down. Back to simplicity: buttered toast, an overripe banana, a handful of almonds.

Here’s a trippy Gayngs (a supergroup of 22 musicians including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) track to help you through the champagne-less days to come.

Happy New Year everyone.

Gayngs – Faded High

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Moses Sumney – Everlasting Sigh

Press play on this and just sit back, it’s an adventure. If you don’t know about Moses, now you know.

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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Decembre Best of 2013

I can’t lie, I’ve had this tape since mid December. I did have an extremely busy end of the year and going back to NYC for two weeks didn’t exactly help my productivity but that really has nothing to do with it. In fact this tape has been complete since Steph first sent it over. HP sent us one of their new Split X2 laptops, you know the one Clams Casino has been using for those beat making videos you’ve been seeing all over the net. Anyways, I didn’t want to take my army of technology with me on this trip so I put Ableton on the X2, got inspired, took it on my flight and did all the mix on it while on my way to New York. Gotta love the space age.

The truth is I have this weird thing with LMDM’s where I want to hold on to it for myself for as long as possible. I realize EMPT is this whole thing now and people have certain expectations that need to be met but I like to do what I feel and being the only one with LMDM for a little extra longer makes me feel good, sue me. Seriously though, I know it’s a problem, I promise to be better about it this year. Anyhow, Steph usually speaks through her selections but this time she graced us with some beautiful words and I won’t go on with my ramblings and distract much longer. We took a little extra time to mix and blend the tracks while keeping Stephs original track order in tack so I think you’ll guys like how this one flows. To make up for my hoarding and to step it up for 2014 I’ll be mixing all LMDM’s like this from no on, enjoy.

Putting this lmdm is always particularly special – for me, each year it’s a way to go through the endless lists of my favorite songs which in a way is to go through moment after moment after moment that made up my year – to sum up “a best of” – this took me exactly twenty minutes, at a quarter to midnight, BC I knew exactly what needed to be on this – so this is my version of a best of – each song is a piece of my year and perhaps of yours as well…each track is much more than that – it’s a distinct memory you repeat in your head bringing you back to that individual experience you associate it with. For me there’s a strong mix of emotion attached to each one and a definitive event, person, or both. Here’s to a full year-  of ups and downs, highs and lows, falls and beautiful mistakes but with each close of a year – comes a new opportunity – of renewal and most importantly, an open path – waiting to be taken…

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download
Tracklist:
  1. Sam Smith – Nirvana (TIPs Promised Land Remix)
  2. Nicolas jaar – With Just One Glance
  3. Coma les dilettantes (Roosevelt remix)
  4. Blood Orange – Champagne Coast (Clockwork Opera Remix)
  5. Foals – Bad Habit (Alex Metric Remix)
  6. Wolf Alice – Blush (Duncan Murray Remix)
  7. Vadoinmessico – Teeo (Crystal Fighters Remix)
  8. Miguel – do you (ah yeah remix)
  9. Hermitude – hyperparadise (flume remix)
  10. Vitalic- fade away (C2C remix)
  11. Ginger and the ghost – one type of dark (ta-Ku remix)
  12. Lafayette – Mauvaise mine (Jupiter remix)
  13. Kleerup and Lykke Li – Til we bleed
  14. Ultraista – Small Talk (whomever remix)
  15. Flight Facilities – Claire de Lune (them jeans edit)
  16. The Do – Bohemian Dance (YUS remix)
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Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami

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Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun have come together with a new tune to get all your wispy, dancy feelings moving.

The vocals are soft and delicate and the synths are sporadic and rough and somehow pull this song together to create an ultra-feminine and at the same time dirty sound which can only lead to an impromptu dance in your underwear.

Perfect tune for winter when you need to shake your cold bones and shake off this past year.

The lyrics are also wonderfully playful and dark. We need some more sounds like this one in 2014.

“She walking like a pale look at that ass
And I know she floats along as she goes
She owns the eyes as she flies right through the sound
Moving her body all around town
Hey, mami, hey, mami
I know what you want, I know what you want
I know what you want
Sooner or later the dudes or bodegas will hold their lips and on this ship
Going to terms on a shivery tip
But I, she don’t know the gravity she holds
As she cruise on the outgrows, all the kids standing tall.”

Sylan Esso – Hey Mami

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Cashmere Cat – With Me (LCAW Remix)

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I went to the Warehouse Project in Manchester, England last month. This is a night in England which welcomed the likes of Cashmere Cat, Captain Murphy, and Flying Lotus to name a few. We carpooled up with others going to this night. We ran around getting out cash and finally parking and pouring in to a cab which would take us to the abandoned ground floor of an old factory, I can’t for the life of me remember what the side of the building set although I tried to burn it in my brain. They estimated thousands were in attendance. Once we arrived we entered a sea of people all eagerly pushing through security to get in. All of them sweating and shaking in the cold filling up on their personal cocktails, energy bouncing between people, eyes catching and then parting. Kids hold their breath as they past the drug dogs and security like you would as a child passing a graveyard, trying to make it past and keep the bad out.

We entered and found ourselves pounding doubles and skipping from room to room, each playing different music with different vibes and different dancers and lovers. From the moment we entered I wrapped my arms around his and melted in to him. Becoming an extension to him, tossing our bodies together only releasing to find more booze or exit for a some air and cigarettes.  One of the big rooms we entered was thick and hazy, even though you can’t smoke inside. Sweaty bodies grinding against one another to the heavy base. You can feel the boom in your chest making each drink, each toke hit harder. I loved it. My only mistake was wearing a soft shirt as I have never been touched by more people in my life. At the same time, there is something about the human connectivity you feel when you walk through a wall of bodies and feel all of their fingertips grazing your sides, our arms. But this is the Warehouse Project and personal space and mental boundaries seem to be as nonexistent as the drug policy.

We were gliding around and landed in the room where Cashmere Cat was playing. I remember the room alternating from neon pink to blue, although his music may be some other color, but this is what it looked like to me. I was just happy to be there with him. My man.  It is strange when you are in a room with thousands of people and can only see one. Music wove around us making it impossible to hold still, all you can do writhe in the music and breath in the scene and look at one another. A night like this can only promise an comparable comedown.

I just wanted to be with you and you with me.

Cashmere Cat – With Me (LCAW Remix)

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Bahamas – Caught Me Thinking

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When I first heard “Caught Me Thinking,” I imagined a Vampire Weekendesque trio, nonchalant in skinny jeans, picking out lo-fi WASPafarian knockoffs.

That’s not a bad thing. At first listen, the track is a light plinky plank riff that doesn’t exactly capture the memory. It’s breezy undercurrent flows through barroom breakdowns and little disco stabs. And don’t forget the maraca!

What I first thought was dead wrong.

Bahamas is Afie Jurvanen, a solo artist based in Ontario, Canada. He, in hilariously clichéd, yet apparently still effective fashion, recorded his debut album in a rural cabin.

Now listen to the lyrics, the almost-country twang, the brit-rock bass. What first comes off as beach boombox fodder reveals itself as an introspective solo record better suited for a headphoned autumn train ride.

This is the only song I’ve ever heard by Mr. Jurvanen, and I have no idea where I got it. But I’m sure glad it came around.

Bahamas – Caught Me Thinking

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Ang Low – Can’t Describe Her

New years has taken a turn I did not expect, but hey there is meaning in everything and I believe you have to embrace all of it you can’t expect anything to go your way but you can go with the flow, Happy 2014.

My mood hasn’t exactly been sweet and buttery if you know what I mean with all this blistery coldness we are having in NY and the beginnings of a New year wondering what do I do next, but I need something upbeat and sexy, with love mixed in of course.  Ang Low did exactly this for me.  I don’t really have too much that I want to say, sometimes less is more as the saying goes and I found a quote that really made this track stick out for me and wanted to share it with all you beautiful and loving readers!

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” 

I hope everyone is enjoying the New Year and feeling love and warmth, and want to extend a special thank you to all of our readers, seriously where would we be without your support, so thanks and keep showing the no matter the imperfections!

Ang Low – Can’t Describe Her

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Entre Les Lignes by Cyrus Pavel: Troy Ave – Regretful

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Who here isn’t guilty of saying something to someone they love that they didn’t really mean?  How about, spitting this nonsensical shit out of your mouth and realizing before you could even finish the words coming out of your mouth that you shouldn’t have even said it at all?  Well, I know that I am, and I know that I have paid dearly for doing so, and I won’t even say that I didn’t deserve it because we do need to be accountable for the things that we say and do, especially when we intend them to hurt others, whether that pain we chose to inflict is out of our own frustrations, anger or despair, we do need to be taught severe lessons about learning to appreciate what we have when we have it directly in front of us.

I know you wanna be wit ya boy
But you can’t, and it’s stressful
I ain’t mean to break your heart, but I did
I’m regretful
And it would be a lie if I said
What we had wasn’t special
Although I had to let you go, you should know
I’ll never forget you, ooh”

Here at EMPT, we have consistently and constantly been a platform full of discovery.  Whether we are discovering things about our own selves, or new technologies, the world in general, or new music, we pride ourselves on historically having and continuing to pick up on artists and songs that have broken through the elusive barriers of the music industry.  Today is no different.

Regretful” is a song by New York City native rapper Troy Ave a.k.a POWDER!  What we love about Troy more than his constantly evolving music is him and his camp’s ability to study patterns and surgically implement them into his campaigns.  What I mean by that takes a microscope to understand, and this is what Entre Les Lignes represents: the microscope to music.

If you have not yet heard about Troy Ave don’t fret, you will.  The rapper has been shooting off rounds of ammo, in form of music/mixtapes, like there is no shortage of it in his armory, and as if the term cease fire never existed.  His path is clear, and his formula is a proven one that has been successful in the rap world several times over the past decade.  If you are lucky enough to have satellite radio in your car, then you have probably heard this song here and there and most likely brushed it off as a new 50 Cent track without skipping a beat.  Your head probably bopped to the catchy  hook and the aggressive boom baps topped off by the crispy loops; a formula found in several 50 Cent songs i.e. Window Shopper, Many Men, 21 Questions, and literally most of his biggest hits.  The formula is a clean crispy sounding sample looped every 4 bars tossed into hip hop heavy percussions for aggressiveness.  A balance that works well for a hardcore street rapper in allowing room for some mainstream-ability by having the sonic space to insert catchy hooks that won’t compromise their tough guy imagery.

Remember when the catchphrase “Juh, Juh, Juh, G-UNITTT” was everywhere?  Well, sonic signatures are another formula that have been successful, repeatedly, over the past decade or more.  From producers to artists in all genres, it simply works, and Troy has his own: POWDER!, which works to do exactly what it was designed to.  We can say that aside from being a strong point in his inspirations, he chose quite wisely to take several pages out of 50‘s own blueprints.  But aside from that, he is just very influenced by a subgenre of rap that is rarely seen anymore, and even less rarely found in new artists.

The trends in the rap world over the past few years have been a mixture of fused genres and rap subgenres.  Trap music, chopped and screwed, dubstep, etc, they get mixed in with the basic foundations of hip hop and delivered to audiences for a broader appeal.  With POWDER!, we get more of a barer street rap and rawer lyrics that are what they are and never pretend to be anything more.  Troy raps about the things that he feels, has seen, and the realities of growing up in New York City, a state that has seen extreme division within the classes, yet is so grand that the opulence is all anyone outside of it really cares about and/or sees.  But, that isn’t what Brooklyn is like, or Queens or any of the other boroughs for that matter.  Sure, we have things such as a new multimillion dollar sports center (Barclay’s), but just a few blocks away from that there are homeless children (more than 22,000 homeless children, The highest number since the Great Depression) who starve daily and can barely shower let alone get educated.  This is also a reality that some of the most popular rappers have ignored either because they don’t care or because they have never truly lived it.  But I digress, for now, and move along into what Troy Ave has done to ensure his success into the music industry over time.

Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me—or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, ‘How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant’.” —Lorde

Two of our favorite Jay Z tunes of all time are “Soon You’ll Understand” and “Song Cry”.  The appeal of these songs, and the simple formulas they carry are to make them super relatable to the listener.  One by projecting emotion through the rapper’s deliveryemotion that is felt strongly in the artist’s tone, and two by directing/dedicating the lyrics to several people throughout the song.  This is another proven and powerful formula, and this is exactly what Troy Ave does on “Regretful”.  He makes the subjects and lyrics relatable to everyone because who here hasn’t lost a love, been regretful of how a relationship went down, or lost a grandparent, or someone they loved very much and helped shaped the individual that they are today?  Right.  It’s a formula that when executed properly just can’t lose.

Last year Troy Ave released about 4 mixtapes and recently his first album, and although all of them have been independent releases he has managed to make appearances on some of the bigger rap tours of 2013, get his music played on all of the major terrestrial radio platforms and satellite radio, and continue to release material the way some of you continue to breathe to live.  It’s another blueprint laid down by 50 Cent that has proven successful for a handful of others that have followed similarly.  That formula is, at its most basic principle, to flood the streets with product.  A formula also found to be successful in the drug trade: flood the streets with good product, get them hooked and then sell, sell, sell.  It’s a formula only executed successfully by hard workers and people that are really ready and able to constantly push their limits on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

 Say your quote everyday: “no man is smarter than the next
It’s the one who works hardest that achieves success”  —Troy Ave (Regretful)

Regretful” is a simple song about regrets in love, and the memories of a dead grandparent who Troy obviously looked up to.  A sincere ode to apologies that he may not have been able to give otherwise, and moments of reflection that life may not allow the time for otherwise.

I’m a work in progress, I’m improving me”

To Mr. Troy Ave, keep pushing, keep releasing your music and we look forward to continue following your path to success in an industry that’s known for chewing people up and spitting them out into a limbo where we never here from them again.

POWDER!

Troy Ave – Regretful

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