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Mos Def – N****s in Poorest

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a place and a time for everything but I’m glad someone shed some awareness on this poison. Mos Def is nice!

No, I don’t worry.
I tell you, I am a man who believed that I died 20 years ago, and I live like a man who is dead already.
I have no fear, whatsoever, of anybody or anything.” – Malcolm X

Mos Def – N****s in Poorest


Robotaki – The Boys (Instrumental)

Before anyone jumps out the window I’m aware that this was in fact a remix for a certain K-Pop group, but for reasons we don’t need to explain that group will be left unmentioned on EMPT. However, this instrumental is pure Nu-Disco glory and the 20 year old producer Preston Chin aka Robotaki will indeed be mentioned because when it comes to this style young is running with the best. I’ve been following Robotaki for a while and I have to say, this is one of those upcoming producers worth keeping an eye out for. His current catalog is full of gems, with almost every record hitting the mark, fresh.

My new thing in LA is waking up super early, it’s the only time there aren’t a million cars on the road and I can actually have enough space to do one of my favorite things – drive fast. If you haven’t noticed I’m somewhat infatuated with the concept of time and life in the fast lane is one of the few times where I actually feel like I’m moving at a decent enough speed to keep up with it. It was actually on one of my 6 AM trips that I was lost in thought and suddenly caught myself pushing 120 mph on the 101. The sun was barely out yet and my iPhone’s EMPT playlist shuffled to The Boys remix. Talk about a great driving song, I mean the big drum breakdown at the 3 minute mark pure energy. Without even knowing I was flying to this jam, the kid Robotaki’s got it going on.

To further elaborate on my obsession with time I’d like to talk about my favorite word right now – momentum…

From the beginning of Queen there was such momentum that I never had any time to do anything else. My energy was 95% focused on the band. – Brian May

That my friends is how you create and do amazing things. To have something that gives you so much fulfillment that you can literally spend all your time on it is a rare and beautiful thing. It’s so easy to get distracted in this world, especially by the people you keep around. Contrary to popular opinion I don’t believe in the traditional sense of compromise, I think you should do what you want and align yourself with an inner circle people who share your disposition and only compromise within those terms, it’s the only way I see to truly be free. Doesn’t mean avoid people, that’s ridiculous, Doing it another way is like constantly giving up bits and pieces of yourself to placate others and by the time you’re done you have this different version of yourself that makes no sense. Our thoughts and feelings are influenced and guided by so many things that have nothing to do with us. We constantly settle for others to be more like them but what everyone deserves is to be ourselves, that’s why…

There’s nothing more noble and beautiful than a warrior with no distractions…”

I’ve been like this since I was little and that’s whats beautiful to me. Growing up an entertainer you miss out on a lot of things so a lot of the traditional loves people have, a lot of those needs just don’t exists in me but I’ve been blessed to have seen and and done so much at a young age that I have some unique romances and loves that constantly drive and inspire me. At the end of the end the day it’s about what’s important to you because one mans distraction might be the others desire. I just know that right now, with Robotaki in the background, nothing or no one to distract me and seeing how this Space Age Bachelor thing has come to life in front of my very eyes I just gotta keep going, enjoy.

Robotaki – The Boys (Instrumental)


Justice – On’n’on (Rick Rubin Remix)

Rick Rubin is legend. His discography is flat out ridiculous, I mean from Jazzy J to Johnny Cash to Justice and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Who else can claim such a diverse spectrum? What really makes him special is how authentic his work was regardless of style or genre. He has a way of staying true to the music that very few can do and even fewer can do well. This Justice remix for example is so current, so on point that it might as well had been produced by an 18 year old French kid. Of course then you hear the percussion break down, mature production decisions, perfect vibe and immediately realize this is no rookie, this is a strange and rare balance of everything great, this is Rick Rubin.

I was having a conversion with a close friend about how everyone is either trying to be in the past or in the future yet the hardest thing to do, and to me the most important is to be current. It’s analogous to living in the past or constantly thinking about the future when you should be in the moment. This might sound strange but if you think about it, being current is about as futuristic as one can be. The future though eventually a reality is nothing but a concept, thus what is happening now is the future and you can’t get further than that until you actually get there…

Forever – is composed of nows…” – Emily Dickinson

Living up to the past or future is cool in theory but that’s all it is. If you really want to be in the future learn to keep up with time, enjoy.

Justice – On’n’on (Rick Rubin Remix)


As An Artist…

Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them.

I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that thoughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back. 

If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back so much. You have to be willing to take whatever you have done and whoever you were and throw them away. 

The more the outside world tries to reinforce and image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artist have to say, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.” Any they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.”


Calvin Harris – Flashback / Bounce (Alfonse Remix)

On my way to Vegas I finally got around to checking our Soundcloud submissions and the first thing I came across was two remixes from a new British dude named Alfonse, it was love at first listen. Every now and then the universe randomly brings EMPT these great new talents that deserve much more credit then they’re getting, Alfonse is one of them. His sound is mature and refined so I’m not sure how new he is to the scene but if you didn’t know him by now get ready to start seeing a lot more from this guy…

A mild-mannered electronic-noise-maker by day, with nightfall Alfonse becomes a towering musical marauder wielding an array of synths. His sound fuses infectious electro hooks and dancefloor-friendly grooves with something darker and grungier. Live, he mixes musicianship with electronic trickery to create a huge sound, with help from a drummer and guest vocalists.”

I took that straight from his site and usually I don’t do that but I really couldn’t have said it better myself. The Calvin Harris remix is what originally caught my attention but then I dug deeper into his catalogue and quickly realized home boy was the real deal, I recommend you do the same. Subtract for example is a track he performed entirely on an iPad, check out the YouTube video, it’s quite fresh.

On another note, Vegas was up to it’s usual trickery. We got in early to take a bunch of meetings and then all of a sudden a restaurant owner is telling us about how great his mixology program is and offers us “the best vodka in the world.” I hate Vodka but he was right. Anyways, on to the next meeting, somehow more amazing drinks, the most ridiculously beautiful bodied girls and then our last meeting is was José Andres’ Jaleo which is easily one of the top 3 tapas places I’ve ever been to. Aside from Le Bernadin in NYC, I haven’t seen many other chefs mix flavors so fearlessly and use food so creatively. If you ever make it out to the city of sin go to the Cosmopolitan and eat there, you won’t regret it. The next day I made a conscious effort to avoid the Vegas lure but did go see Foster the People at Marquee which I must say was pretty damn good. Now if you haven’t been there yet, look out for your favorite DJ and go asap. The sound system is from a company called Funktion-One and it will literally change your life. I’ve been to many clubs around the world but this one bangs like no other, it’s a music heads dream. Anyways, I went from the city of sin to the city of angels and it’s back to business.

Spend sometime with these Alfonse tracks because the dude is on point, enjoy.

Calvin Harris – Flashback / Bounce (Alfonse Remix)

Bonus: Had to post this Gotye remix, Alfonse killed it and of course that Gotye is so hot right now…

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Alfonse Remix)

 



Memory Tapes – Wait In The Dark (Jensen Sportag Remix)

There is something so inspiring about a one man band.  All you music maniacs know how hard it is to create music, the hours, blood and sweat that is put into it.  Dayve Hawk, whose alias is Memory Tapes does it all, every instrument, every sound and experimenting with different chords to produce an ultimate vibed out track.  Slap on a remix to this already vibrant track and you have magic.

Not only can we all agree on the sound but the lyrics are so resonant, poetic, with such a broad meaning. This isn’t just about love but about getting what you want when you want it and we are all very capable of this.  It’s manifesting and physically going for what your manifesting, we can’t always live in our heads.

But I want her to stay up for the whole night
And if we touch after I’m wake, you feel the mound, I never say
And I want her to stay up for the whole night,
This is it don’t make me wait,
This is it don’t make me wait,
This is it don’t make me wait, you’re saving up for tomorrow,
And I say it’s too late”

There is much to get organized here in NYC so I have to get going, but put this jam on and remember anything you want is possible all on your own, you are your own producer, dream big!

ENJOY

Memory Tapes – Wait In The Dark (Jensen Sportag Remix)


Wildcat! Wildcat! – Mr. Quiche

Jesse Taylor, Michael Wilson, and Jesse Carmichael have known eachother and made music together since they were 14 years old. This recent collaboration called Wildcat! Wildcat! exemplifies quality taste, sexy beats, and beautiful thoughtfulness in songwriting…

Wildcat! Wildcat!  – Mr. Quiche

via Ryan Radler


Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Queens

Whenever someone finds out what I do the first question they ask me is what my favorite type of music is. Like clockwork my mind immediately drifts into the epic world of all the music I’ve consumed and by the time I come back down to earth I always say the same thing – I like everything.

Look at my record cases, you’d think I was tasteless…” – G.O.V.

And it’s pretty much the only honest answer I can give. However, there is one genre that’s pretty much like a drug to my mind and that’s psychedelic rock. I usually have to dig back to the 60’s to get my fixes hallucinogenic drug inspired tunes but in my latest trip to Arizona one of the restaurant manager put me on to my latest muse, the two girl psych-opera collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

Epic, adventurous, rock & roll, emotional, atmospheric, disturbing, powerful, romantic, challenging, painful, beautiful titanic. There are moments where I get reminded of bands like Supertramp and they go off to who knows where, it’s hard to describe their sound but listening to songs like Queens completely distort my senses, I know I’m listening to music but the experience is borderline visual, I recommend listening with good headphones or in your car…

The key to Yamantaka’s sound lies in their uninhibited admixture of East and West, their commingling of the band’s ancestral musics with more contemporary genres to explore the complications and contradictions of dual identity. By simultaneously inhabiting a variety of cultural forms, the band shatters the comfort with which colonialist cultures have appropriated the image and art of Asian and First Nations peoples to assemble a wholly new hybrid form. This is Noh-Wave, and it draws from both pop and J-pop, British prog and Japanese psychedelia, punk rock and Iroquois core, black metal and Chinese Opera, noise music and Noh theatre. The resultant sounds could be seductively soft (as heard on “Hoshi Neko”) or electrifyingly loud (as heard on “Reverse Crystal // Murder of a Spider), but they’re invariably the stuff of a visionary new approach to popular music. –GL 

Word. In the age of nu-disco, Bon Ivers, James Blake’s and Chromeo’s it’s ironic that the most bad ass sound I’ve heard in a long time comes from two ladies, fresh. If you ever hear of them performing anywhere near you I highly recommend making your way there. The shows are complete with art installations and enough performance art to make you question your whole culture. Rock on Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, rock on.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Queens


Luca C & Brigante – Lucio

And we’re back… As many of you know I’ve been a hundred miles and running since moving to LA and with my renewed love for hard work and execution I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon. I’ve never worked a day in your typical office but for some reason high level corporate execution of companies like Apple fascinates me right now. This company is making life changing products that are revolutionizing industries left and right. They’re making an impact on contributing to the world like almost no one else, I mean the latest iBooks textbook and publishing tools will literally change the way we learn. Now we’re all spoiled, always ready for the next best thing but if you take a moment to think about it you’ll realize just how amazing all that is…

I see God in the instruments and mechanisms that work reliably.”

I don’t know about you but I find the current state of technology, all the innovation and forward progress mind blowing. You got 3D printing on the way and who knows what kind of ridiculous changes that will lead to. There are always those sultans of doom out there who think the world is going to crap and nothing is getting better but avoid those pessimist like a plauge. Sure not everything is perfect but man there world is taking leaps and bounds right now, don’t be afraid to appreciate it. All this has led to my new mantra about life – break the threshold. That basically means constantly push your own expectations to ridiculous heights. Look at everything being created right now, that’s not even touching the surface of our potential. Be grateful, appreciate but never stop going, we are limitless in every way possible, amaze yourself.

So why am I posting Lucio in face of all this futuristic human talk? Well for one this is the Space Age and two, it’s an amazing, laid back, great feeling love song…

To feel in love, it’s life and living
You meet someone and you start breathing…

Love is typically associated with human romance but is it possible to fall in love with concepts, ideas, art and life? Absolutely, and right now I’m in love with greatness. People that work hard and push themselves to create and do the so called unimaginable marvel me. My whole life I’ve admired the exceptional and at this point I’m not concerned with being much else…

Ni%$@s is this and that, I’m just the best…” – Nas

That’s what I want EMPT to be, the best. These other sites can have every single song ever made, they could be up on every thing but for EMPT I just want this best, they can have everything else. My new found love for hard work is breathing a new life into me and this LA sunshine makes it that much better. Couldn’t think of a better jam for this Monday morning, enjoy.

Luca C & Brigante – Lucio


Gotye – State of the Art

If you’re anything like me, you’re obsessed with all things Gotye related. Not only has he proven himself as a remarkable musician, but his artistry often times leaves listeners in awe, again, like me. Something I think about a lot, is how we can all rave about albums and say that every track is truly phenomenal, or that every track is terrible. Vast descriptions that summarize an entire album, without attention to each specific track. (This applies to the general people, not necessarily people who get paid to write about music…they try to put together quite the in depth review) But it’s always difficult to pick out new songs to specifically seek out on the album, besides what is offered as, “hit singles” or whatever you end up hearing on the radio. It’s difficult to stray from these songs that have been declared as the ones you should listen to, by whomever it may be — the producers or the musicians themselves. But what happens to be so beautiful about music, is that it is a social art. It’s something that brings us together, not only because we may find others with similar tastes, but because it offers itself as something we can talk about with each other. If we like a song that is not widely received or discussed, we can share it. And because we’ve received the OK from whomever the recommend-er was, that this song is in fact great by at least one other person’s standards, subconsciously, we feel that we may just like it too. And that makes it just as significant as the single, or the over played radio song.

That’s how it works. And that’s why I bring you this song. Because I do feel that the entire Making Mirrors album is remarkable, to say the least, but it’s easy to get lost or obsessed with two songs that have happened to acquire much attention. The point is to stray away from that, because once you do, you’ll find something like this.

Enjoy :)