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A Tribe Called Quest – We The People

This track is appropriate for many different reasons, in fact the entire album is.  I can’t fully explain the emotions I felt in anticipation for this album or what I felt when I listened to it.  It’s everything I thought it was going to be and more, but who knows maybe I am biased because I have been a huge Tribe fan since I was a little girl thanks to the musical influences of my older brother.  “We Got It From Here…” is the 6th album from the group and features an array of amazing artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Elton John to name a couple, a lot of artists who are making a difference in this world with their lyrics, messages that have meaning in the here and now of history, love, hate, humor and a great memory of Phife.

So many meanings I could get into but we might be here for days and honestly I am so exhausted by politics right now that I don’t have the energy to get into it.  The personal meaning this album had for me (one of them) is that your family is your family no matter what the issues.  Family doesn’t have to be the folks you are blood related too.  Some of my closest family are people I am not even related too, but they are people that I know if I didn’t speak to them for years I could call them tomorrow and we would be able to reconnect like no time had passed. I think in this New Year one of the most important things to remember is anger doesn’t help us, fighting only sends us backwards…I literally just watched a kid dancing around in his living room across the street from my house as I write this, it made me smile.  Having a kid myself has allowed me to remember to just let go and just dance like no one is watching.  This world is so caught up in all the petty shit.

I pray to whomever is out there listening that my daughters generation can make this world a better place, a happier place, I think it’s possible.

Happy MLK Day.  “We The People..” has taken on a whole new meaning in this country, think about what it means to you?

DROELOE – In Time (Feat. Bella Doron)

I allow few things in our world the complement of being called meticulous. It is an adjective reserved for the synthesis of computer chips, the inner workings of a clock, the complex anatomies of our bodies…and Droeloe music production. High praise indeed.

In my humble yet critical opinion there exist no more detail-oriented electronic producers than the duo known as Droeloe, who hail from the Netherlands but provide little biographical information. On their latest offering — In Time (feat. Bella Doron) — Synthetic plucks and syncopated claps and pops mesh intricately over a steel plate of industrial bass, creating an elaborate matrix that conjures visions of some dark, fastidious god of the machine. The same can be said for their iconic ‘zZz’ release. I wonder if the two that make up Droeloe are in fact robots themselves, calculating sonic mosaics in metal brains that would drive most humans mad to behold.

Occasionally I contemplate The Singularity; i.e. the hypothesis that the invention of artificial super-intelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in a powerful AI that would far surpass human intelligence. Basically, The Matrix — a future where machines could run the earth while us inferior humans die out, victims of limited and therefore obsolete understanding.

The only reason I mention this at all, is that in an era of cyborg dominance the machines might very well allow Droeloe to be the last humans left, providing a mechanical soundtrack to annihilation of life as we know it…motivating emotionless agendas, and fueling the automated hedonism of machines as they dance.

CUT_ – Tune In Tune Out

I am all about some feel good beats right now, something that makes the sun shine even when the day is gloomy and cold.  I am learning how to use Logic Pro, I am noticing certain technicalities in music that I didn’t before and I think that is part of the reason this track jumps out at me.  There is break in the beat that I almost thought may have been a mistake at first and quickly realized it wasn’t but it grabbed my attention, so I am focusing on what grabs my attention and trying to use it as a teaching tool.

I am always excited to learn something new, there are a million things in this world to learn about.  The more you learn the less you have to depend on other people, you can do it all yourself, how convenient right!?  I have had many moments where I was dependent on someone else because I trusted their word, only to be left with disappointment.  Words mean nothing, action is everything. Trust yourself, you can teach the human mind and body to do anything you want it too

I am really diggin’ this electronic pop duo that hails all the way from Amsterdam.  The arrangement and synth is really good in this track and not too complex, just the right mix of musical ingredients.  The european jams catch my attention quite a bit, there is just something in the water over there, I really need to start doing some more jet setting.  I really have no excuses. “You have a kid” some might say, well that’s no excuse, she needs to see the world!

Hangovers, football, brunch, whatever button has been pressed for you on this Sunday, don’t fret cuz tomorrow is a holiday so you can keep the weekend going however your little heart desires.  Press play on this one and tune yourself back in.

PatrickReza – Lights Out (Feat. Abhi The Nomad)

One day I’m writing about dancing with the lights out to “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”, the next day I’m writing about a song called “Lights Out”! Today’s song comes from 23 year old producer Patrick Reza and rapper Abhi The Nomad though, so the vibes are *much* different. And before I go any further, I’ll admit that while I dig electronic music and hip-hop separately, I’m not a fan of hearing them together…but this one is an exception.

Patrick Reza’s production hits so hard, not only during the massive drops, but during Abhi The Nomad’s verses too. It’s one of those songs that goes from making me nod my head to head-banging along like I’m Bassnectar, and damn is that a good feeling! Of course, I also have to give Abhi props where props are due. His lines are simple while just as tough as Patrick Reza’s production (“don’t get in my way, get in my way, or it’s lights out, lights out”), and as a whole, I feel like I could run through a brick wall when “Lights Out” is playing. Now that I think about it, “Lights Out” would actually be perfect for a weight lifting session…time to add this to my gym playlist and up the gains!

Jose Gonzalez – This Is How We Walk On The Moon (Thomas Jack Remix)

People get so caught up in “the experience” that comes with an electronic song when they talk about hearing it live…it’s like the music isn’t as important as 100,000 watts of bass or enough strobe lights to cause a seizure. For me, it’s still all about the rhythm, and man does Thomas Jack bring plenty of that on this fresh remix. He takes “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” by José González and turns the perfect rainy day song into a dance floor hip shaker, no body shaking bass or laced drugs required!

Press play then close your eyes and imagine being in a pitch-black club when this song drops…that house beat driving everyone’s bodies back and forth, moving together like a bunch of synchronized swimmers at the Olympics…it’s what made electronic music so beautiful in the first place. Everyone’s thoughts and worries are left outside the door to tap into their human desire to feel good, no matter what’s happening outside that door. They’re all different people with different backgrounds and different lives, but on that dance floor, they become one. A sense of community is so important to electronic music, and instead of basing it off of how enjoyable the lights are while rolling, the music is what everyone is there for. What an image! And hey, I’ll admit I’ve never heard Thomas Jack before this remix, but man…if this is how his music makes me feel, then there’s no doubt I’m keeping my eye on him in the future.

It’s a lifestyle…

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Alexx Mack – Whatever I Want (BRADLEY ALLAN REMIX)

I keep having these vivid dreams. He is always tall, very strong, not just in physic, but his voice and touch.  He treats me like a queen and normally when I have dreams like this I push away but lately I am more confident in what I want, so now in these dreams I welcome this tall stranger, whom I seem to know very well in my dreams.  You are probably already thinking really erotic thoughts before I have gone any further into this and yes some of these dreams are sexual but they are much more than that.  This isn’t porn this is true love, the way this person adores me in these dreams is something I haven’t experienced in a very long time, sadly.  I have always been one to love very passionately, but I guess you could say I spent my 20’s getting the short end of the stick in the love department, I was taken for granted, you live and you learn.  I have spent almost the last 2 years pushed away from love or even wanting it, focusing everything I have on my daughter, the truest love I have ever known, my work and of course family.  I can only assume that these recent reoccurring dreams mean that maybe I am ready for love, a partner in crime, someone to share my craving for adventure and to be a father figure and a man my little bear can look up too.  Thankfully there is no desperation in my loins, desperation leads to disappointment, but every now and then dreams do come true and a girl can dream can’t she…wink wink!

This track would probably be on the soundtrack to my dreams of my strange but beautiful new love affair, I really like the original, but if you know me then you know I am a sucker for a good remix which Bradley Allan does so well.  Back in the day on EMPT I posted a lot of Marina & The Diamonds tracks and this reminds me in production and lyrics.  Great sound, feels good and all I want these days are things that feel oh so good.  Press play and enjoy my loves!


Yoke Lore – Hold Me Down (Gilligan Moss Remix)

Happy New Year!  Sorry it has taken us this long to give you a 2017 post but you know how it is when you are deciding how you want the New Year to start out.  In my case everything came full throttle and not everything was folded perfectly as I would have liked it to be when I got to the other side.  Never the end of the world in my book.  In short we had some glitches with the blog as you may have noticed, posts disappeared, the music was put on hold, but the world would have to freeze over before we figure out a way to fix things and make you forget there was ever an issue…Issue? What issue? EXACTLY!

Moving on shall we!?  In my book a New Year means things are only going to get better.  We are always going to give you the same great quality of music, writing and emotion that we always have here but we have some surprises up our sleeve for the coming months, maybe some parties maybe some cool swag.  I don’t know, you all are just gonna have to stay tuned but it’s all gonna be great.  Whatever fears or worry or anger you might have going into this New year over what culminated months before, let it go people, you cannot predict the future as well all know, so live in the moment and try to focus on the great things you have, I know you all have something great you can focus your energy on.  Ignore all the negative hype on social media, on the news, in the paper, turn it all off and remind yourself why life is so fucking awesome and if that doesn’t work we will do our best here to make you remember!

So finally as I know you all have been patiently waiting, here is some new music Yoke Lore, if you aren’t aware here is a small bio:

Brooklyn Project Yoke Lore is the new musical venture of Adrian Galvin, previously of Yellerkin and Walk The Moon.  Yoke Lore layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soul beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird to tell ‘the stories of how we are bound’. Galvin’s song starts with the folksy timbers of a banjo and add echoing waves of vocals and percussion to create unforgettable pop music with tactile sincerity and conviction.”

There you have it.  Thank you to everyone who supports and love this blog, we are going to keep grinding for you all and giving you more and more of what you want and need.

Happiest of New Years to you all, start it off good!

Emma Sameth – 2AM

I’m a night owl by nature; whether it be the glare of a Macbook or glistening of the stars, my eyes are generally fixated on a source of light long after the sun has set. Over the past summer in particular, I would lay in the dark while skyscrapers’ static light and police cars’ dynamic mixture of red-and-blue permeated in tandem through the blinds of my downtown apartment window. If I couldn’t fall asleep, I would slip outside onto the balcony and watch the city slowly move along; an occasional car turning onto our street here, a person fixated on their phone or inhaling a cigarette there.

My senses were never overwhelmed with the medley of sights that took place during the day. Even if my mind was racing with anxiety, it was a time in which I could engage in self-healing and feel at peace within the framework of a massive, complex metropolis. Her story isn’t the same as mine, but something about Emma Sameth’s “2AM” conveys the vibes that I experienced in that apartment and on that balcony. The gorgeous, effects-tinged vocals amidst an expansive atmosphere remind me of my sense of organic humanity meshing with the constructed world which I called home. Only weeks away from my permanent return to Los Angeles, it takes me back to the experience of fading into the night once more.

Oren Yoel – Call Me Remix (Blondie)

I’m all for modern producers remixing classics. It can re-introduce the original to a younger audience while also refreshing the track for those that grew up with the song. But it’s a slippery, delicate and dangerous slope for obvious reasons. Basically you really better understand what you’re doing and remixing, and deliver something that truly builds on a classic. Much, much easier said than done. I’ve checked out many attempts this year, and none were very memorable. Really, I can’t remember any of them…

Until this one! Slept-on producer Oren Yoel’s take on Blondie’s uber-classic “Call Me” is pure remix/trap/big drum/EDM-hiphop hybrid porn. Yoel clearly understood what kind of edge was needed to actually add to the original, not just mail in a remix so he could say he remixed it. You might know Yoel from his production on Asher Roth’s massive debut album “Asleep In The Bread Aisle” or his variety of work with some singer named Miley Cyrus, but if this is any indication of where he’s headed as an artist, we’re all in. It’s a smart, well-crafted remix that not only does total justice to the original, but becomes it’s own winner of a song.