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Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)

 

Road tripping down south to the sandy dunes of the Outer Banks. We’ve made this a tradition of painful laughter, heavy drinking and tangled relationships. But the friendships remain true and I wouldn’t trade these people for the world. Passing between walls of wind and sand with nothing ahead but a stretch of slow road, we toast the struggles of each past year and the understanding of those to come. These are the moments of nostalgic sound and hearty sing-alongs.

Neil Young opens that nook in your soul and fills it with the shared angst of existence. The song was originally released in 1972 on Young’s album Harvest, and the narrative prevails still 40 years later.

Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.

Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t get lost.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you.”

Sound Remedy doesn’t fight with the nature of Old Man, but instead boosts the self-reflection with his special brand sweeping electronic sound. SR hails from Chicago with music born in his blood. Both his parents are Juillard-trained members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With a rapid-fire output of music over the last two years, SR has remixed a wide spectrum from Beethoven to Wiz Khalifa. And this boy can rip it. Take an extra dose of his medicine with his Band of Horses remix.

Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)

Band of Horses – The Funeral (Sound Remedy Remix)


Visitor – Coming Home (Lifelike Remix)

On September 10th, Visitor will finally unleash their “Coming Home” EP, equipped with a Pu Pu Platter of remixes courtesy of Lifelike, Viceroy, FM Attack, Vanguard and a slew of other sexy music making superheroes. The EP was teased what feels like over a year ago in a Fear of Tigers podcast in which he unleashed Lifelike’s remix, and is a two pronged work of surreal, new wave electro-pop anthems.

Like anything Visitor births, “Coming Home” is an essential, roller coaster piece of electro-pop driven by synths, melting 80s-ish vocals, and sugary lust. It’s the type of song that transports you inside of a Sega Genesis, when you ran around in circles with Sonic the Hedgehog racking up gold circles with that silly haircut and shoe combo, and bringing a world of pain unto Doctor Eggman. (Note: if they make that game for the Wii, these songs definitely belong on the soundtrack.)

All I have to listen to in iTunes now is this rip of Lifelike‘s remix, which once again demonstrates his utter mastery of that dreamy French touch sound. While I doubt the incessant stuttering “Cuh” intro from the rip will be a part of the official release, it’s kind of grown on me. Keep an eye out for the other remixes and the next time you’re heading home from a rough day at the office or for a family reunion, toss this one on. It’ll set the mood.

Visitor – Coming Home (Lifelike Remix)

Bonus:

Their remix to Lifelike and Yota’s party anthem is a late night babymaking machine/workout playlist gem.

Lifelike – Love Emulator (Visitor Remix)


Capital Cities – Nothin’ Compares 2 U

To identify with a track means several things. One, you are trusting in an artists’ capability to dictate your emotions. This is first and foremost. Two, you feel something while listening to the track. That’s the part where your emotions are in someone else’s hands. Whether you feel terribly, euphoric, or like listening to the same track all day, acknowledge those emotions. Let the lyrics permeate your soul if you start to feel one way, and sink in all the way. You have nothing to lose.

Capital Cities tackles the noteworthy Sinead O’Connor track with a funky and loving edge. There’s nothing ballad about this song, except perhaps for the breakdown at the chorus. I wouldn’t even call that ballad-like. It’s more of a build-up to a steep and steady mellow flow, complete with trumpet and tambourine. The ending is just as abrupt as the shift from fast-paced funky to dramatic lyrical admittance. By beginning with a distant beat that comes in after the first :23 seconds, the song slowly winds up to an already timeless and happy masterpiece.

To be compared to a past lover is to continue living in one direction, which is fine in some regards. But for the purpose of where I’m at in life right now, it causes me to reflect. There’s nothing that we can do about emotions, all we can do is acknowledge them. We must, it’s only when we deny that we hurt ourselves more. So if you’re all hung up on an aspect of the past, be hung up on it. But like Mollie said in last week’s Aretha Franklin post, if you’re a step ahead at all times by being aware, then you’re a step in the right direction. Not that I’m suffering heartbreak necessarily at this moment, but that notion can be applied to any emotional aspect of life. And I think it’s one that’s always best kept in mind.

What are you hung up on this week? I hope it’s something that you aren’t denying. Embrace it, and keep moving forward.

Capital Cities – Nothin’ Compares 2 U

 


Falcon Punch – Whenever You Call Me

The first time I was introduced to the sultry sound of Falcon Punch was around a year ago right here at EMPT, when I ran into his dynamite debut single “Where You’ll Stay.” I love when things come full circle, and when I was sent this track a little while a back by FP, it immediately went into heavy rotation. Another display of dark, island Congo-esque funk, Falcon Punch dug around his crate, came out with The Spinners’ chart topping hit from 1972, “I’ll Be Around,” and added his delicate touch.

The result is a smooth chune that will start your day (and week) off on the right foot, and is the type of track built for a gentle sunset or midnight hot tub dip. Plug this one on when you’re with someone that makes you feel at ease, someone that makes you know that everything is going to be just alright. Someone who you know, through thick and through thin, will always have your back, and will always be around to ease your troubled mind on the other end of that telephone line. Someone who will be there.

Falcon Punch – Whenever You Call Me

The Spinners – I’ll Be Around


Django Django – Hail Bop

“British psychedelic quartet”, gotta love that description, I know I do.  That’s exactly what I thought when I played Django Django’s Hail Bop but I couldn’t quite think of the words if that makes sense at all.  The use of the drums, bass, and synth mixed with the vocal harmonies are really catchy, I immediately felt like I was driving down an open highway and all these different streams of color were zooming past me, YA I know, totally psychedelic.  I love when music can make your mind create these really weird scenarios apposed to the typical musical scenarios about love, or tropical beaches, or parties.

When I was searching around the internet I was hoping their would be a video to go along with this track, and sure enough my wish came true but the images my mind came up with weren’t exactly what these guys had in their minds but still crazy and weird enough to keep your ears and eyes glued wondering what the hell is really going on.

If your not out at the beach or doing something super cool, and sitting home working like I am then you should definitely take a little break and bring a little psychedelic vibes to your day, enjoy!

Django Django – Hail Bop


Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

Aretha Franklin is one of my favorite musicians hands down.  The Queen of soul has been belting song after song for half a century now and her beautiful voice stays exactly the same.  This women has had quite a career, winning Grammy’s, singing for presidents, always being compared to Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, another two of my favorite females musicians, but her voice was one that you could most definitely tell apart from the rest.  I am always trying to mimik her vocal range and do warm ups specifically to her music.  I don’t think a day goes by that you won’t hear me singing or humming one of Aretha’s tunes.  There is so much sexiness and dynamic to her voice and her presence that you just want to melt and then jump back up and laugh and dance.

The lyrics in One Step Ahead are so amazing, so thought out and right to the point.  Heartbreak is one the of the hardest things to go through.  One minute you feel like your in bliss and the BAM, your heart breaks in two and it’s like someone shot you right in the heart with a gun.  NO, I am not exaggerating!  The bottom line is, which Aretha sings so perfectly, is that as long as you are a step ahead of the pain that you are feeling then that’s a step in the right direction, you can’t go backwards and fall into the same old mess and the same old games.  Being ahead just a bit still makes the senses feel that person that deep down inside you still crave.  This is the ultimate short love story that makes the most sense, because sometimes when you love someone and you take that step ahead, just sometimes, you come back to that person and you can find that bliss again, and then it’s not always a step backwards, but a step in the right direction.

I’m only one step ahead of heartbreak 
One step ahead of misery 
One step is all I have to take 
Backwards, to be the same old fool for you 
I used to be 
I’m only one step ahead of your arms 
One kiss away from your sweet lips 
I know I can’t afford to stop for one moment 
Cos I’m just out of reach of your fingertips 
Your warm breath on my shoulder 
Keeps reminding me 
That it’s too soon to forget you 
It’s too late to be free, can’t you see? 
I’m only one step ahead of your love 
I try and yet I can’t take two 
Seems like I’ll have to take that one step backwards 
Cos one step ahead is a step too far away from you.”

Maybe on this wonderful Friday you can take this beautiful song and apply it to a person or a love you may be longing for or lost, or maybe you’re saying to hell with it, they had something great and now I am gone, gone and ready to flirt and party my ass off tonight!

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead


Kimbra – Build Up (George Fitzgerald Remix)

It’s raining here in New York and the sky is the most incredible shade of grey. The clouds are moving fast and hazy light beams peak through with the breaks in the approaching storm. I decided to walk my way home to my apartment today despite the rain and actually enjoyed not having an umbrella for once. As I turned onto 2nd Avenue to head downtown, this track came on. Oddly enough the wind began to race up the Avenue and throw the rain directly at my face. I looked to the sky as Kimbra’s ethereal “oohs” crescendoed through my headphones; I felt like I was in a movie and the camera was panning away as a scene of me walking through the gloomy city faded to the credits. It’s one of those moments that don’t seem real looking back on them because of how perfectly everything surrounding you lined up. Anyway, the moment has passed and this track is what I have left to hold on to.

To be honest, this track is exactly what I needed this Wednesday. I’ve been nursing coffee all day to fight away any sense of tiredness that may creep its way through my body. Thank the musical gods for George Fitzgerald for turning an incredibly (yet oh so wonderful) downer of  song into something that’s ambitiously working to get you moving. Fitzgerald takes the title seriously here and builds the track up out of an ambient minute and a half intro and then drop us into a lush sound-garden of groovy synths and a bouncing electronic beat. Kimbra’s ability to go from an airy, atmospheric tone to a full chest voice within three words is shown off here; complimenting the tension she’s singing about. She wants the prize but not the race; the boy but not the chase.

Need the pulse to feel alive
All the world’s just made it seem all quiet
This has all become far too loud
I like you more when you don’t make a sound
You will come back home when I call
Left no sign, nothing at all
Sorry you won’t fit inside my heart.”

Somehow the contrast between the somber lyrics (which are severely edited down here) and the galaxy-riding production works. Two lulls in the track make for two build ups and two let downs. Unlike the Kimbra’s original song, Fitzgerald’s remix leaves us on the build-up. It simply ends. One last bah-bum-bum and it’s over; clean, simple, and refreshing…just like my walk through the rain. Breathe out guys, we’ve made it over this week’s hump.

Kimbra – Build Up (George Fitzgerald Remix)


Joey Bada$$ – Waves

If you’re looking for a summery Hip Hop Mixtape full of old school grooves and new school riffs, then look no further than Joey Bada$$ and his debut mixtape, “1999.”

The Brooklyn based youngin (he’s 16!) cites Notorious BIG as his biggest influence and pays fine homage to his idol. He’s got that ill flow, those tight rhymes, some funked out production on his side, along with, like Biggie, a predilection for cannabis.

It’s impossible to listen to this coming out party without some head nodding and a bounce in your soul. Joey Bada$$ has got a style and a sound that bring you back to the golden age and give you some hope that if you dig deep enough, you’ll discover the future of Hip Hop is actually in decent hands.

Like an easy wave that lets you coast in rather than thrust you around, Joey Bada$$ has a very kind swag.

Joey Bada$$ – Waves

Bonus:

Mac Miller – America (feat. Casey Veggies & Joey Bada$$)


Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Aout 2012

Man I have to be the luckiest guy around to have Ryan Radler sending me a mixtape one week and Steph Lund another the very next. I mean, I hear mixtapes all the time, but not once in my online scavenger hunts have I run into such unique tastes and diverse quality. Cheers to the to the best, most eclectic and tasteful, mixtapes in the game.

Every time I hear the the latest installment of LMDM it’s my new favorite. Steph gets better every time so that makes sense, but Aout 2012 is something special. From top to bottom the tape is sensational. It’s loaded with so much emotion & passion it almost broke me down while I was putting it together this morning. I’m pretty good at controlling my emotions but music is where it all comes out and it’s a beautiful thing.

Steph has amazing taste and it’s in full effect here, but these aren’t just a few good songs in a row, there’s a story being told throughout. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first but when I asked Steph why the tape was hitting me so hard she went on and told me how much she’s experienced this month, and then it all made sense. Whatever you do, DO NOT SKIP through it, your experience will be diminished greatly if you do.

The story begins at the end as Snowden sings what could be considered the theme of this novel — “there’s no way to go back now”… When you care about someone even the bad times can have this comforting effect, and the end finds a way of repeating itself many times over. Its such an interesting place and the first half of this tape captures that essence perfectly. The moment builds up into Thony Ritz’s Remix of Spandau Ballet, it comes at the most perfect place and it will rock any music lovers world. From there the story continues and you can’t help but feel like every song is a conversation, thought, or experience. I don’t know the details but it seems to come from a bittersweet perspective of someone who tried, felt as if they had done the right things, and still, things just never felt right. The sweet part comes from having learned from the experience and knowing that all is not lost, which is why the tape ends with Winter Beats, a song that to me is pure romance and is letting us all know that: ‘no matter what happened, the hope is forever alive and the story is far from over’…

Until next LMDM, enjoy.

Current stand out album is the new 7 track EP from Bear Mountain, two tracks are on this mix and it was hard to not put all of them on here…watch out for this Vancouver act. Another stand out is UK artist Florrie – she sings while she plays the drums and is unsigned. Can’t imagine that will stay for too long… favorite summer track right now is Honey Claws remixed by Bronze Whale
Hope summer + the sun never fades….

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download

Tracklisting:

    1. Snowden – The Beat Comes
    2. Bear Mountain – Two Step
    3. Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right
    4. Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
    5. Bear Mountain – Congo
    6. Pop Etc – Keep It For Your Own
    7. Spandau Ballet – True (Thony Ritz Remix)
    8. Florrie – Shot You Down
    9. Friends – Friend Crush (Jake Bullit Remix)
    10. Sin Fang Bous – Catch the Light
    11. Jamie xx – Far Nearer (SKUFL Remix)
    12. Fredrik – Chrome Cavaties
    13. Yung Life – Isn’t This
    14. C2V – You Can Be The One
    15. Py – These Strings (Face + Heel Rework)
    16. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Windshield Smasher
    17. Delorean – Real Love (Pional Mix)
    18. I Break Horses – Winter Beats


Blackbird Blackbird – Waikiki

San Francisco’s Blackbird Blackbird, formerly Bye Bye Blackbird, has a knack for soundscape-like and ethereal sounds. With Waikiki though, the speed gets turned up a bit, giving the listener a boost and making the song both uplifting and danceable. The chillwave musician is known for often tweaking nature samples, and it really  gives a new spin to the genre. The thing that got me hyped about this track was honestly those recurring flute sounds throughout. I was actually away from the computer while this was playing and had one of those run-across-the-room-to-see-what-song-it-is moments.

It was an influx of sounds that I was getting that made me want to play the track again, the harmonious flute sounds, the electric drums and that shackly sample subtly in the background, it’s all there, and it transports you somewhere else, like a fantasy techno-island-village. It’s also not a very long track so it catches you off guard when it ends as you’re juust getting into it.

If you’re itching for a little escape, preferably a psychedelic and tropical sounding one, this is your pick.

Blackbird Blackbird – Waikiki