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Vadoinmessico – Teeo (Crystal Fighters Remix)

Happy July! What a beautiful weekend it has been. I came across this song last week on a run. I like to download music to my iTunes without necessarily listening to it so that the experience is raw and emotional when I’m out and about. This came on just as I was approaching the middle of the Williamsburg bridge on my run, a tricky spot seeing as I sometimes turn around halfway if I get too hot…As soon as this track started to pick up speed, I found myself doing the same. I love the way the vocals are chopped up and served like a raw sushi delight, delicate and flavorful. I wanted to chop up my own pace so that it matched the beat, flailing my arms and shaking my butt, since it’s New York City after all. No one really cares. But I didn’t do any of that. Instead, I finished the rest of the bridge and turned around just as I’d hoped I would.

There’s truly not a better feeling in the world than being able to successfully reach a goal, even if it’s just a running distance goal.

I think this is the perfect track to kick off July. It’s light and airy but present, the kind of tune that will happily get stuck in your head. It’s strange and rare that we find tunes stuck in our heads that we actually enjoy.

And with that, happy listening!

Crystal Fighters – Teeo (Crystal Fighters Remix)

 


Peter Doherty – Siberian Fur

The sing talk method that Peter uses in this track is something that I am really fond of and that I love to do with my own music, it gives a song a richer poetic feel as well as becoming more of a story which for me gets me to latch in to the lyrics much more.  Sometimes I can get caught up with just how good the beat of a song sounds.

We also all know Doherty for his media stint with Kate Moss and the big drug incident but sometimes these are the things that also draws me to an artist to see how they can take their gritty lifestyle and bring it out so romantically and beautifully in music.

Siberian Fur was originally written by Peter Doherty’s friend Peter Wolfe, also known as WOLFEMAN is a consistent collaborator with Doherty.  Doherty’s voice was the perfect swagger for this Jazzy/ funky track, alone with the beautiful folk guitar, and accordion, you get a bit swept away by the not so overpowering brush of romance in the feel of this one.

Happy Jul 1st everyone, Summer is really flying by, enjoy!

Peter Doherty – Siberian Fur


Birkii – Holy War (Reflex Remix)

I was walking home from work the other day, I think it was Wednesday, and one of the songs playing randomly on my iPhone was Birkii’s Holy War (Reflex Remix). It made me feel like it was friday for those 5 minutes. I’ve been a fan of REFLEX since they put out Wavering. Especially the JBAG Remix of that tune. I bought it and played it so much I had to stop listening to it.

When I heard their Holy War remix the first thing I thought was: holy crap, this is a summer song with a bassline and personality. It’s safe to say this remix is not formulaic. So, in true Yaqui fashion I dug in more. And this is how I met Ludmilla -one half of REFLEX with André Dalcan- through SoundCloud’s message system. When I asked Ludmila about how this remix came about, this is what she had to say exclusively for EMPT:

Birkii send us the parts. It’s a promo gift to announce her EP of remixes soon.
We would like to give some happiness with our “REFLEX” project. We’re from south of France, just near from the sea so, our music is made with much of ‘sun’ ! We want to make people happy, we want to share with them our frame of mind.”

I couldn’t have put it in better words. I don’t know if it’s my love for the South of France but I’m in love with REFLEX. Their Wavering EP is on iTunes and that JBAG remix I told you about is so cool -or hot- that it will be featured in the upcoming compilation Kitsuné Soleil on July 2. Other suggested songs by REFLEX are: Fallin and the original Wavering Mix.

As for their style, it’s very interesting that among the genres or categories like synthpop and balearic, REFLEX is trying to coin the term ‘seadisco’ to describe their stuff; meaning “chords that remind you of the sun and the sea.

So, hit play, start clappin’ them hands and let the weekend begin!

BIRKII – Holy War (Reflex Remix)


Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Extended Mix)

It’s been six months since I left the big apple for the city of angels. I took the Creative Director job over at The Playlist Generation and I love it so there hasn’t been much looking back. But LA isn’t New York and to a kid use to the the New York minute that slow LA pace can get to you. Needless to say when that plane started pulling into JFK, a landing strip I’m all too familiar with, it felt good to finally be back home. I get to see all my friends and family and the occasion calls for something big and these days few do big like the boy wonder Madeon.

This The Night Out remix was released a few weeks ago Martin Solveigs EP and talk about a hype beast. I like Madeon for many reasons but something that always stands out to me is how uplifting and feel good his tracks are. His chord progressions never go into the dark side and it’s a conscious decision on his part that I appreciate and totally dig. Bump this and get the weekend started right, enjoy.

Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Extended Mix)


CNN – L.A., L.A. (Marley Marl Kuwait Mix)

Capone-N-Noreaga, also know as CNN, ya that’s right I am bringing you another hip-hop duo, classic joint that made heads turn.  Capone and Noreaga both from Queens, NY. spent their time in and out of jail striving to make their mark while developing their debut album The War Report.  Anyone who knows good hip-hop knows about these cats, but they definitely have gone through Hell and back. Both being tossed from different labels, like Penalty, Def Jam and Tommy Boy and eventually being split apart by Def Jam this is a real musical struggle with some damn good talent that we need to relive and appreciate.

Alright now Marley Marl has also been through his share of beef, for those of you who don’t know he is one of the most influential producers in the history of hip-hop..Ya that’s right!  A producer for the Juice Crew, which for those who are knower’s included Big Daddy Kane, Bix Markie, Roxanne Shante, seriously the list goes on, is the S*&t.  Having three artists that helped to shape the world of hip-hop is incredibly boss!

L.A. l.A. big city of dreams
But everything in l.a. aint always what it seems
You might get fooled if you come from outta town
Cuz we comin from queens and gets down..”

I love these hip-hop jams to get the weekend started and everyone pumped up.  I hope that everyone can relive these talents whether you grew up knowing them or not, so let’s get turned on!

Enjoy!!

Capone-N-Noreaga – L.A., L.A. (Marley Marl Kuwait Mix)

 


Netsky – Puppy

Well. You guys know what I’m going to say before I say it, but it’s Thursday! So happy. It’s steamy in New York, just how I like it. It’s a true test of how much one can be pushed until breaking point. And the weather is so out of our control, which is what makes it even better.

Totally unrelated, my office is dog friendly. I get far too distracted by their presence, but I like to think that it actually helps me achieve happier work while I’m in the office. So let’s just say that’s the case. Today an adorable lil guy came in out of the blue (still don’t know who or why he’s here) and I immediately spazzed for 1.5 seconds at my boss. Coincidentally, I found this song almost right after the dog encounter. What the hell you guys, is the universe trying to tell me that I must get a puppy?

Okay fine I give in. I’ll quit life and settle down with a dog.

In all seriousness, this track was perfect upon first listen. It’s a little more high energy than what I’ve been posting about recently, but if you recall a post a couple of months ago aboutPrototypeRaptor, then you’ll hear the similarities. Very jazzy-inspired tones, and then a brief sample every now and then. I’m not entirely sure why it’s called Puppy…But maybe it’s because the feeling it gives you is similar to that of a brief encounter with an adorably spastic puppy dog? You know where they start jumping up and down and licking your ankles, and then eventually one of their ears flips inside out and they can’t get it to go back (this part actually bothers me, I’m always the one to flip it back but then it’s a lost cause because they just don’t stay still.)

See? There was a focus to this post. This week has been amazing for my musical encounters, and I was really happy to find this track. It’s adorable and synthy but also just so full throttle summer jam material. I hope you guys like it and feel free to comment!

Netsky – Puppy


Fuel Fandango – Always Searching

The first time I heard them was a weekend or two ago. I was hosting an after-party after going out and someone grabbed my iPad and took to Spotify to search for it. They played a couple of songs but I didn’t pay much attention. As you can imagine there’s a certain state to after-parties and whatnot. Fast forward to two days ago. In gratitude for sending a list of friends a playlist I did for ShaveUrLegz one of them sent me back a list of 15 songs she couldn’t stop playing lately. The first three were in bold and were by Fuel Fandango. In the same order she listed them, I played them.

The first was the one featured in this post. I looked it up on Spotify and hit play — quickly switching windows to my browser. As I read some articles online and left the music as a background tune I realized that twice in less than 60 seconds I got goosebumps, it’s fair to say that the first one was unconscious and it was only the second time that I noticed it. Immediately I went back and switched to my Spotify window to pay more attention to what I was listening. It was only then when I started to realize the sheer magic of this group.

This is -most probably- the biggest musical slap-on-the-face I’ve experienced in 2012. Freshest thing in music I’ve heard since The xx.”

The mixture of spanish guitars and flamenco infused sounds, the accent when she goes bilingual from english to über passionate spanish, the synths, the hot funk of the percussions, the backing vocals of a male member with a thick spanish accent (very much unlike the girl who’s the lead)… Oh God. It was just too much. I hit pause and went online to see the video. Lucky was I that the “official” is a live rendition of this song [featured in this post].

To see that woman sing and watch as the veins in her neck were coming out in proportion to the stage of her falsetto — was nothing short of mesmerizing. Hector summarized it pretty well: “I’m an instant fan”.

I know our posts feature one and one song only but I would be selfish if I didn’t invite you to also check out The Engine. Both songs out of their self-titled album.

When music is this bold, rich, heart-warming, goosebump-enducing and has that much taste put into it, it’s very difficult to not only catalogue but to attach a specific moment to goes with it. I can only imagine what catching them live feels like.

“La clave está dentro de ti, 
el impulso que te lleva a sentir 
La llave que abre 
tu alma”

Please sound off in the comments as I am very eager to know your thoughts about this band and what they’re putting out.

Fuel Fandango – Always Searching


Action Bronson – Steve Wynn

Action Bronson is arguably the best pure Hip Hop lyricist of the modern generation of rappers. His flow is formless and deep rooted in the highly complex and sophisticated styles of Wu-Tang members like Ghostface and Raekwon. Referencing everything from high end cuisine, medical practices, Jewish traditions, noble prize winners, presidents, sports legends to Vegas moguls like Steve Wynn, Bronson is a true student of not just the Hip Hop but all forms of entertainment and society. Everything is presented in romantic fly language rhyme patterns that never takes itself to serious and easily bring you into Bronson’s glamorous lyrical mind. If you haven’t experienced it yet I highly recommend a listen. In a time when hip hop lyrics have been dumbed down to “swagger,” it’s quite the refreshing treat.

Action Bronson – Steve Wynn



Class Actress – Weekend (Casa Del Mirto Remix)

Absolutely priceless track to be posting on this Wednesday!  Yes, the weekend is going to be here in 2 seconds and I am really especially excited for this weekend.

I really enjoy this track for a couple different reasons, the first one is that I relate to Elizabeth Harper, and I think it’s important to be able to relate to some of the artists you enjoy.  She originally started out as an actress in Los Angeles, but decided that she favored music instead and moved to Brooklyn to pursue a music career.  Brooklyn is definitely a mecca for some great musicians, the art/entertainment scene here is unlike any other.

Elizabeth’s lyrics are so simple, but that isn’t a bad thing at all, in fact it’s pretty genius how she explains this connection between two people, how you can get so wrapped up with a person, and not just because you love each other, its much more then that, this person is your best friend, someone you love to be around, whether your going to find a great restaurant together, enjoy a good movie, a cocktail and then maybe later tearing the sheets off the bed.  It’s amazing to be able to share such a close connection with a person because it’s not so often that you do, I couldn’t have been happier to find this track and the video.

The original is obviously nothing far from fabulous but the Casa Del Mirto Remix gives it this chillwave/electronic/synthy dreaminess that I think the lyrics relate so well too, the sound in this remix gives it a whole other attitude is what I am getting at.  The original has this indie 80’s electronic thing going on so it’s almost like friendly vs. romantic, a sound can completely change everything from the meaning of the lyrics to the energy of the track.

I pace the room every time you leave
Fall apart because you’re all I need
You make me late for work
You make me late for church
So hard to leave

So bring it on
Bring on the weekend
Bring it on
Bring on the weekend..”

I hope everyone has something to be very excited about for this upcoming weekend, if not then make something exciting happen, enjoy!

Class Actress – Weekend (Casa Del Mirto Remix)

Class Actress – Weekend