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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Avril 2011

I got an email from one of our readers telling me about a site that flat out ripped off the entire EMPT style, I mean we’re talking a straight bite here. I have no problem with people borrowing from us but completely stealing our names, concepts and vibe doesn’t make any sense to me. EMPT is a complete reflection of me and my friends and I won’t sit here and watch people pose as us -

You gotta see what I’ve seen, look where I’ve looked
Touch what I’ve reached, and take what I’ve took
You gotta go where I’ve gone, walked where I’ve walked
To get where I’m at to speak what I talk… – Beanie Sigel (The Truth)

I won’t say much about this but be yourself dude, think of your own ideas – if you want to use our stuff ask us and we’ll collaborate but don’t flat out steal, we love you but that’s just corny. We put a lot of heart into EMPT and that’s something you can’t duplicate. Take the time to do the same thing and it will get your site a lot further because in the end -

Biters can’t come near…” – Nas (Halftime, Illmatic)

Anyways, I’m a little taken by this so I’ll let Steph introduce yet another wonderful installment and my favorite mixtape in the entire world -

I’ve been lucky to have traveled a bit lately and had a lot of time to walk and just think and listen to both new and old. There’s a lot of electro-inspired tracks in this mix, but on the slower side of things- tracks I’ve listened to in my recent trips to Paris and London, walking alongside the grey skies and dim-colored collages. This isn’t a fast mix, it’s a much slower ride, getting ready for spring. It’s not quite here yet, but its coming…”

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Tracklisting:

  1. Raleigh Moncrief – Lament for Morning
  2. Baths – Aminals
  3. Ellie Goulding  -  Lights (Shook Remix)
  4. Dark Colour – Don’t Let It Stop
  5. Alex Winston – Sister Wife (Star Slinger Remix)
  6. Metronomy- A Thing for Me (Breakbot remix)
  7. Grandchildren- Cold Warrior
  8. White Hinterland- Icarus
  9. Elden Calder- Where You Go
  10. The Heavenly States  -  Model Son
  11. Mayer Hawthorne – The Ills
  12. Cults  -  You Know What I Mean
  13. Holy Other – We Over (Physical Therapy Extended Remix)
  14. Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind (Pixies Cover)
  15. Isbells  -  Reunite
  16. Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song
  17. Lawrence Arabia – Look Like A Fool

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Bibio – K is for Kelson

Subject: Good Stuff for warming weather

That subject and a link to this song was the entirety of an email I got from my college buddy Will. The song he was talking about was Bibio’s K is for Kelson and  his brief description couldn’t be better. Eclectic is pretty much the only way to describe Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio’s style. The muti-instrumentalists experimentation is fearless and his limitless imagination makes his latest album Mind Bokeh an exiting and unpredictable adventure very much worth the listen.

K is for Kelson is a summer anthem where a world of influences come together to create a feel good concoction perfect sunshine lounging. Rumor has it Bibio played all the instruments on the track, which is impressive considering Archtop, Jazz Guitar, Electric Bass guitar, Rhodes Electric Piano, Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer, Wine and Whisky Bottles filled with water, Various Shakers, Brandy Glass, Hand Claps, Chinese Silk Fan (as kick drum), Bermibau, Voice, Talk Box. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. My LA friends are basking in their 80 degree glory while NYC is only getting glimpses of nice weather right now. However, you put on a song like this and the world seems to light up. I’d love to stay and kick it some more but I’ve got some hotels and restaurants that want some music so I’ll have to cut it short, enjoy.

Bibio – K is for Kelson

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Steely Dan et Kanye West

Steely Dan’s eccentric lyrics were known to often portray true-life accounts of the world that surrounded the west coast hippie in the 60′s and 70′s. Witty and often sarcastic song themes touched on love, affairs, crime, and of course drugs.  “Kid Charlemagne”, the opening track of their fifth album The Royal Scam, was loosely based on one of the most intriguing real life characters of this entire era; the king of psychedelics Owsley Stanley.  One of the culturally influential characters that American history class tends to leave out.  Between 1965 and 1967 Stanley produced and distributed over 1.25 million hits of LSD.  His production of the drug alone served as a major catalyst of the hippie movement, and eventually the biggest LSD “party” in history during the summer of 1967 in San Francisco, better known as the Summer of Love. Trippy man.  Stanley’s story reads like a true legend, as the day before LSD became illegal in California, the Los Angeles Times headline about his life read “LSD Millionaire”.  Even ten years after the height of his popularity, he still was an inspiration to a writer’s mind.

Here’s a argument against people that like to say Kanye only samples soul music.  His record “Champion” off his Graduation album, starts with the 0:34 mark of “Kid Charlemagne”.  Yeezy lets that chop run out as it says “Did you realize.  That you were a champion, in their eyes”, with “eyes” landing on the down beat.  He cuts the sample abruptly at the 0:40 mark of the Steely Dan record, and triggers it again at the end of the bar on “their eyes”.  If you listen beyond where Kanye ended his chop, the record takes on a whole different feel as the chords change, so by using this specific piece of the sample he was able to capture the exact feel he wanted for his record.  From Owsley Stanley to Kanye West…. it’s an American Champion thing.

Steely Dan – Kid Charlemagne

Kanye West – Champion

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Tim & Jean – Come Around

I’ve been keeping my ears to the Aussie music scene and the latest craze over there is Tim Ayre and Jean Capotort aka Tim & Jean’s Come Around. One is 15 years old and the other is 18, is it just me or is music getting a lot younger all of a sudden? I love it. There’s a lot of hype behind this feel good banger and it’s well deserved because these guys nailed it on all angles.

I can’t complain with what I got in this life, possessions only make it hard to feel alright -
That’s why is so much harder for people to smile…”

You can’t go wrong with thoughts like that. If you want more out of something the first step to getting it is to being thankful for what’s already there. When you fully appreciate, understand and exploit whats immediately available to you is when you’re ready for the next thing. Many of us are always thinking about the better option and get caught up in it’s allure. The problem with that is that there’s nothing concrete about it and dreams without action won’t get you far. Moral of the story, take a look around you, take a lot at what you’ve got and treat it like gold because it is. Don’t get me wrong, keep your eyes and mind on the prize at all times but use what’s you have now as the tools to get you there. Don’t worry about how, why or how long it will take – just get to it and everything will manifest itself in the process.

You see what good feeling music does to me? Anyways, this song is an instant mood changer. If you’re feeling down it’s going to get you up, if you we’re already up you’ll be soaring.

Tim & Jean – Come Around

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Holy Ghost! – Wait & See

Holy Ghost! sent me their new song and I wasn’t sure if I was listening to a remix of Chaka Khans Ain’t Nobody or a new track from the upcoming album. DFA as a label is known for bringing it back and the artists never shy away from their influences. Wait & See has hints of that classic 80′s fast life feel,

The song addresses an issue a lot of people have with their love interests. His girl promises she’ll always be upfront with him but he’s not sure if he can believe her. In this situation you have two choices, you can torture yourself with endless thoughts of betrayal, translate that to your relationship and drive your partner crazy -

Now the problems with me are in you?

In my book this approach only makes things worse and as the lyric says all you do is bring that energy to your partner. Overwhelming someone with insecurity in the name of love is not exactly how you show love so sometimes you need to give a little trust do what Holy Ghost! says – Wait & See. So far the Brooklyn kids have released nothing but heat so expect this self-titled album to due April 5th to be a good one, enjoy.

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See

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Phantogram – When I’m Small (RAC Remix)

Back in 2009 we thew a CMJ party with forthebeat featuring some rising stars in the indie world – We Have Band, X-Wife, Electric Tickle Machine, Sleigh Bells and Phantogram. Till this day it’s one of our favorite events and it’s no surprise all of those acts have gone on to do great things. Anyways, I was looking through my submissions today and found an RAC remix of Phatograms When I’m Small, a song first premiered on Steph Lunds September ’09 installment of Le Miel du Mois. All the bands were great live but Sarah absolutely crushed the performance of When I’m Small and RAC doesn’t make bad music so it was a no brainer.

Show me loveYou’ve got your hand on the button of
Showing loveYou’ve got your hand on the button now

I have no idea what the song is about but the instrumental was so strong on the original that it justified Sarah’s beautiful obscurity. The RAC team understands vibe better than most and they completely capture the energy of the lyrics while creating something completely new. They turn the song it into a chilled out banger that makes me think of 4 PM drinks on the Mondrian poolside. I think it’s been a month since I left the city and I’m starting to feel restless, time to start thinking about the summer travels. Alright, much to do today so kick back to this and let the get feelings roll, enjoy.

Phantogram – When I’m Small (RAC Remix)


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Justice – Civilization

After releasing their new single as part of the Adidas All In campaign there’s been a huge buzz around the return of the French electro house kings. It seems like the entire world stops whenever Justice releases something new and I love it. In the days before the internet, new album and single releases were the talk of the town. You would be walking down the street and all of a sudden a car drives by playing a new track, you call your friend and ask him if he’s heard it but he hasn’t. Then you would both sit in front of the radio until it got played. These days you hear about a new track, type it in on google and 10 seconds later your in your room listening to it from laptop speakers.I love the ease the internet provides but we’re definitely missing that element of drama and mystery that use to surround releases not so long ago.

Justice has always been heavily influenced by old school Rock & Roll and Civilization is no different. The track starts of like a late 60′s psychedelic rock epic and switches off into that simple and classic Justice sound we’ve all come to love. A lot of Justice fans will probably say this is a little soft compared to their old stuff but I would remind them that it was released as part of an ad campaign so I wouldn’t expect much more like this from the album. Nevertheless, a well produced and exciting banger, enjoy.

Justice – Civilization

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Jacques Renault – Look At You (GRVRBBRS Re-work)

Let’s keep the weekend party music going, this time with GRVRBBRS classy remix of Jaques Renault’s Look At You. The song starts with sultry vocals repeating Look At You. You immediately drift off to somewhere exotic reminiscent of a 007 film. I picture myself dressed to the nines out and about somewhere chic, super sexy and cool at the bar grabbing a drink as I turn to look over my shoulder and she walks in…

Bright red dress, tall slender brunette with the most amazing smile. You look right at her eyes as she catches your glimpse, scans the room, and quickly catches your eyes again before you retreat, with a smile. As she walks over to your side of the room you anticipate that very first “Hello”… Much to your satisfaction a cheeky English accented “hello” is what you are greeted with and to all of this, the night has just begun. Seems like the Look At You’s at the very beginning were more of a stutter step in awe of her beauty than the smooth spy tone after all.

Throw on your newest and proudest dancing shoes and get ready to paint the town red. That’s the vibe that this GRVRBBRS (Grave Robbers) rework will give you from start to finish. The song screams city nights with a sexy set of disco synths that will have your head bopping uncontrollable and your energy and vibe feeling just right.

If you can catch these guys live go check them out. The Berlin duo’s live show is rumored to be quite the dance filled set boasting live bass and guitars along with the usual computer and keyboard synth setup. Sounds interesting. Shout out to the GRVRBBRS (Grave Robbers) for providing some good reworking to Jacques Renault’s Look At You that tucks itself in seamlessly into any day and night time feel-good dance music play lists out there.

- cp’11

Jacques Renault – Look At You (GRVRBBRS Re-work)

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Yelle – Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix)

This track was produced by a 16 year old, you read it right, a 16 year old. Madeon is a teenager from France dropping bangers for places he can’t even get into. You may not know him but you’ll def know his remixee Yelle who is synonymous with French pop and house scene. The heartthrob nature of these lyrics confirm that but once again we witness the power of the producer . Madeon transforms the songs bubble gum feeling to a passionate, dramatic and exciting French electro house epic. If you were thinking about staying in tonight be careful playing play because this is going to make you move, enjoy.

Yelle – Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix)

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Kid CuDi – CuDi Zone (KillaGraham Remix)

CuDi Zone is hands down my favorite song from Man on The Moon. CuDi has a very clever way of blending concepts of ambition and dreams with his love for smoking Mary Jane. However, if you manage to listen through the fog you’ll find endless gems and insight worthy of some serious rumination. The original Cudi Zone is about Scotts struggle to find himself in the face of disbelievers and his non traditional ambition.

So my advice is when the lights start flashin
‘N’ I’ll be zonin’ all alone n’,in the place where my mind is goin’,
Filled with songs and no-ones knowin’
And the devil in a hopping dress tryin’ ask me for one dance.
He think he slick but my guardians protects me from his wrath,
So in my place no hate shall enter, livin’ I’m up there up there
Copin’, Copin’, Floatin’, I will find peace somewhere…”

One of the reasons I’m big on Cudi is because I share his passion for individuality. Some people associate that with the clothes they wear and all sorts of material things but for me it’s a uniqueness of thought, freedom of personal perspective and ideas.

I swear by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” – John Galt

There are so many social customs that have been around for so long, we learn them from an early age and never even think to question their validity. Meanwhile we’re making countless life decisions and question our human instincts because of concepts and ideals that could be easily outdated and make no sense in the modern lifestyle. Anyways, Cudi Zone is a track you listen to for lyrics but today I’m posting more dance floor friendly version by Orlando based producer/DJ KillaGraham. Listen to Cudi Zone at home and listen to this remix on the road, it still has the energy and emotion of the original but gives you some free space to indulge in your own thoughts, enjoy.

I’m my zone,
I’m feeling alright, I’m feeling alright
When I’m zoned,
I’m feeling alright, I’m feeling alright
I forget about it all… “

Kid CuDi – CuDi Zone (KillaGraham Remix)

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