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Capital Cities – Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast

I love a good love song.  Being the hopeless romantic that I am, whenever I see and hear lyrics that shout out sweet nothings to a loved one I tend to pay more attention than usual.  In this case, I’m so glad I did.

You are the one that makes it real
Even the sunlight doesn’t feel this good
Whoever said it could?

You are the kiss I don’t expect
Remind me never to forget my youth
I’ll leave it up to you”

Good music is all over the place these days and at every bend of every single corner of the digital construct that’s constantly being expanded like the universe in the Big Bang Theory.  Twitter, music blogs like our exquisite EMPT, Facebook, Spotify, live music venues, magazines, friends and a long list of music hosts in every realm imaginable contribute to the musical Big Bang that we are currently living in and experiencing daily, and I’ve come to find out and accept that I discover a new song, a new group, and a new genre I fall in love with every five minutes because of it. I’m a hopeless romantic remember?

With all that being said, what exactly isn’t there to LOVE about Capital Cities’s magnetically contaminated electro-pop/dance tune: “Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast”.  I say “magnetically contaminated” because somehow they’ve managed to fuse some form of unknown magnetic energy into their beautifully laid out synths, drum patterns, and string of out of the norm sounds that immediately capture the attention of your outer ear, and resonate thoroughly all the way through your cerebral cortex.  This unknown magnetic energy makes your upper body sway in all sorts of directions while your feet make it much simpler and just begin to uncontrollably dance all on their own.  This banger of sounds is then delightfully topped off with a unique tone that’s meshed from the blended vocals provided by frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, and that sonically allow the harmonies to resolve exactly the way we expect and want them to throughout the duration of the entire track.  The percussions behind the vocals at the chorus are so in sync with the tempo of the track that you are unknowingly and scientifically unable to physically resist.  Lyrics as a bonus, this hit record is one to last through the ages and bring you back to memorable moments that will last you a lifetime.

Do something cool with this song and if you’re reading this and about to hit play ― don’t. Download it, put it in your Iphone or Android, or even your B-berry, and save it for a spectacular moment to come that up until now has simply remained a dream in your bucket list.  If music like this provides the soundtrack to your memories then you’re in for one hell of a life!

Follow me, follow me somewhere
Follow me, follow me somewhere
Follow me, follow me somewhere out there” 

Live it.

Capital Cities – Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast


Afrobeta – Love Is Magic (DiscoTech Extended Remix)

Happy Thursday, everyone! I heard this song recently thanks to Hector and I have to say it’s been on my mind for a few days. I can’t stop thinking about it, playing it, listening to it, and smiling about it. I decided to wait until Thursday to post about it because I don’t think this is a Friday night banger, but I definitely want you guys to understand how much it resonates after the first listen. The thing about Friday night songs is that they’re always fun and they’re always part of a memory. But the downside is that sometimes we get caught up in the moment of fun and the song becomes a background rather than a focus. Which is totally absolutely one hundred percent fine! They both serve a purpose. But you understand why some songs deserve to be the focus, while others set a lovely background/soundtrack for the evening. If you haven’t noticed, I have a tendency to find Thursday jams. Maybe it’s because Thursday is my favorite day of the week, or because I always make an effort to listen to the best music on Thursday, before the haze of the weekend rush enters the picture.

I need you to believe I have nothing up my sleeve
Even if I disappear
I’ll always keep you in my focus
It’s true love not hocus pocus

I don’t want to write this post about love, despite that being the topic of this song. I find it so hard to write about love, it feels corny and not authentic. But I will say that it’s not coincidental that this song draws a connection between love and magic. But why? I leave that up to you to decipher.

 Afrobeta – Love Is Magic (DiscoTech Extended Remix)


Hot Chip – Motion Sickness

The sound of a crowd and the inaugural rhythm provide the gateway into Hot Chip’s fifth full-length, In Our Heads. Layer upon layer of drums and synths teleport you through the history of the universe. Don’t reach for the barf bag as you spiral through the space-time continuum.

“Motion Sickness” exhibits the band’s innate ability to create music that pours emotion and danceability. The rest of the album follows suit. If you’re already a fan, let this new one transport you. I found myself two-stepping on the deck of a pirate ship sailing through an ocean of nostalgia.

Remember when people thought the world was round…Remember when we both first felt the world is sound?”

If this is your first time, don’t be scared. Let your body do the thinking.

Hot Chip – Motion Sickness


Louie Austen – Glamour Girl

Cover of Louie's album Iguana

I always describe Louie Austen by saying:

“Imagine if Frank Sinatra were alive and he sang disco, dance and electro… That’s what Louie Austen sounds like.”

I love this guy, just look at the cover art for the album from which I took this track. And I’ve been sharing his music and spreading my love for him to friends of mine for years. His album Iguana is a jewel, for it’s diversity both musically and lyrically -from silly ones to not so silly ones-. Picking one track out of the album was hard, as some of my favourites are Passion For Life, Disco Dancer, If You Let Me Love You and of course, the one featured in this post.

What amazed me most is how few people I’ve met have actually heard one of his songs. He’s done collaborations as vocalist for specific works with people like Flight Facilities, Phonique, among others. Since his music speaks for himself, I’ll let you get acquainted with Mr. Austen. And please do tell me your thoughts in the comments section

This selection has been certified on dance floors, bars, lounges, dim-lit bedrooms and after-parties.

Louie Austen – Glamour Girl


The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

During an intimate performance at The Mercury Lounge on Monday night, The Heavy showcased some serious musical guns of steel for what wound up being a mind-blowing, not to mention meticulous, performance. I know you guys are familiar with the Heavy because they’re an EMPT favorite, but for anyone who’s just tuning in and doesn’t know, my friend (coincidentally named Ashley) said this the other night and I thought it was totally appropriate: “If James Brown, Cee Lo Green and The Black Keys all had a lovechild, it would be The Heavy.” The truth is that their live performance exudes just as much power and energy as you would imagine after listening to their recorded music. Front man, Kelvin Swaby, began the performance in a suave ensemble — suit and bowtie lookin’ real fresh — only to end the show sans suit jacket with an unbuttoned shirt. It’s like his appearance came apart according to how hard he was going in with each song, harder and harder with every bellowing sexy shout. That marks a true performer.

My favorite part of the performance had to be the encore. For some reason the venue was anti-encore I guess, because they almost played in total darkness. The band came back on stage greeted by cheers, but the lights remained off. They began singing, lights still out, and about halfway through the song, the lights came back on. I’m still not sure if that was planned, or if the venue people just gave in to allowing one more song…but it was awesome.

What Makes A Good Man is one of their latest singles, and I love it. I love the energy and the lyrics and how beautifully everything meshes together. No Time is just an all time favorite song off their last album, and it needs to be shared on this scorcher of a day.

Plug in and go go go to somewhere not hot!

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

The Heavy – No Time


Johnnyswim – Heartbeats

What I really liked about this track and that reeled me in was how the lyrics are not complicated at all in the context of feelings. Yet it expresses, in a very unique way, a feeling that most of us experience but don’t express – or don’t know how to put into words-: that moment when you feel something for that someone and you actually feel it in your heart, when it beats. As you can realize this is a feeling that can be experienced on one of those “We just shared a glance on the subway” to the “I’ve loved you all my life” moments.

Johnnyswim is a duo comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez hailing from Nashville. On the vocal side, she has a bit of Lauryn Hill and on the musical side, it’s a bit of Band of Horses meets some flamenco street band with the handclaps and all. They have a free EP called ‘Home‘ from which this track, in my humble opinion, stands out.

Johnnyswim – Heartbeats


Dillon — Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

I’d like to start this one post, my first one here at EMPT, by stating the fact and how happy I am to start contributing to a music blog that I respect so much for its quality and editorial. Don’t want to miss this public opportunity to thank Hec and Mollie. Do watch out for my posts and please do tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Without further ado, here goes my first:

The first time I heard this song I couldn’t make out the feeling it evoked and brought out in me.

It starts a cappella with the first verse — quite naked. And then, the piano comes in and the rest of the instruments follow; all the while Dillon‘s voice and the lyrics have the starring role.

For you I found a cell
on the top floor of a prison
just enough space for you to fit your feet in
if you go,
do let me know”

And while the original is good, I found this bootleg a month ago and I’ve had it on high rotation ever since. It’s faithful to the original adding just the right touch of beats and percussions. It has a special groove to it, keeps evoking feelings of melancholy with it’s mellow vibe yet you can’t avoid grooving to it when it starts kickin’. After the second time I had heard it I couldn’t get it out of my head, especially the chorus and that: cha chaa.

There are various remixes out there but this bootleg stands out. It’s a rare find and one that we, here at EMPT, truly believe you should get to know. Feel free to pair this one with those warm-up cocktails in your loft before heading out.

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive


Metric – Clone

Call me out
My regret
Only makes me stronger yet

Nothing I’ve ever done right
Happened on the safe side
It’s the other way
I’m missing everyone I know now

It’s too late in the day
It’s too late in the day to take you on all the right
I was afraid to tell you that

Back to that photograph
Can you clone me?
I look like everyone you know now…”

I haven’t heard lyrics that resonate with me so well in a while, so I felt it was only right to lay these out for you all.  I think these lyrics could resonate with anyone though, I mean think about it, did you ever do anything right by not taking a leap, taking a chance, living on the dangerous wild side.  Nothing good ever comes from playing it safe, lets be real here, Metric does a great job of displaying this in the lyrics without sounding too cliche, and that’s something I really appreciate myself because you can get so stuck on writing easy lyrics, or cliche ones, but finding that right twist to set them out from the rest but still know exactly what they mean is pure talent.

I really like Metric, their new album Synthetica is fire so you should really check it out.  It’s so funny I came across this track because I was just talking about them yesterday with a Big Boss from Warner Brothers, ya that’s right people know about EMPT over there, bad ass right!?  Anyways not too get too off track in my moment of excitement, but I just adore Emily Haines deep breathy vocals which give the lyrics so much justice and power.  I am really feeling this one today so I am gonna go ahead and put it on repeat, enjoy!

Metric – Clone


Fenech Soler – Demons (Minnesota Remix)

I keep running and I don’t know why,
I see my demons and I just can’t hide.
Say no! I wanna let go!…”

I love those lyrics because  it means one thing – man up, face the facts and do what needs to be done. I’ve recently been very infatuated with the concept of making the most out of the moment. I know that sounds cliche but how easy is it to take the moment for granted. As people who naturally love comfort we tend to forget the very real fact that any of us could be here today and gone tomorrow. That’s right, some random, totally unexpected shit could change the outcome of your life at anytime. It usually takes tragedy for people to understand the meaning of that but how does that saying go?…

Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by the their own…”

This song has the right attitude and when those humongous synths come in for the hook, well that’s just euphoric. Dwelling on anything is pointless, face it now, whatever it is and keep moving forward. The past doesn’t exist and the future is yet to come. Don’t commit the ultimate crime and disrespect for the beautiful life we’ve been given by taking the moment for granted because when you think about it that’s really the only thing we have, enjoy.

Fenech Soler – Demons (Minnesota Remix)


Carrie Wilds – Stay (Feat. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire)

The underground (The Weeknd) has changed the face of R&B forever. Hello Brooklyn, Welcome to the future.

Carrie Wilds – Stay (Feat. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire)