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The Peach Kings – Little Things

It’s 5 AM and I’ve been up since 4:30 with more energy than I’ve had in years…

Winds of change they blow in my direction…”

I spent the last year of my life trying find the proper business relationship and man it’s been nothing but ups and downs. At the end of the day, you can find a million ways to view a situation but some people are simply full of crap so it can really be a waste of time to give them a chance if your guy says otherwise. We have a tendency to see things as we’d like them to be instead of what they are so these days my new mentality is reality and it’s never felt better. Life is short, I know it sounds cliche but you really can’t take that truth for granted, that’s why I’m so down with the ASAP movement right now. There’s zero tolerance for shady folks and anything getting in the way of living gloriously & full out loving A$AP doesn’t even exist. We can’t be afraid of resets, life is full of endless possibilities so embrace them…

This is my ending and my new beginning, Alpha & Omega places, it’s like a glitch in the matrix…”

With the ASAP attitude it’s nearly impossible to be bothered by anything because there’s only one option: do what is immediately necessary to fix the problem. Feeling tired, go to the gym as soon as possible, sex is boring with your girlfriend or boy friend? try something new as soon as possible, someone making your feel bad? Move on as soon as possible. Don’t be bitter, just stay active and be better.

Naturally, I’ve had Little Things by The Peach Kings on repeat for the last hour or so. This wonderful tune fits the mentality to perfection and this early in the morning it’s that much better. Alright, I’m gonna go run some hills in central park, enjoy. Live Love A$AP.

The Peach Kings – Little Things

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Freeway et Creative Source

 

Whenever  an early ’00s Roc-A-Fella joint pops up on my Itunes I immediately get nostalgic and end up spending a good portion of my day shuffling through the endless amount of classics they dropped during that period. Just look at the lineup Dame Dash was putting on wax: Jay-Z, Memph Bleek, Cam’ron and The Diplomats, Beanie Siegel, the State Property collective, all backed by Just Blaze and early, hungry Kanye production.  An unbelievable time for East Coast hip-hop, and we as fans certainly reaped the benefits with a strong effort dropping seemingly every month. Despite the tremendous amount of talent amassed at the Roc during this time, the MC that always stuck out to me was Philly native Freeway. The first time I ever heard Freeway was on his hit single “Flipside” and I was immediately drawn to his atypical flow and aggressive delivery, it was unlike anything else coming from the Roc stable at the time. Free has also been one of the most consistent MCs to put out music over the last decade. While many other artists seemed to fade into obscurity after the Roc disbanded in the mid ’00s, Free has hustled and dropped a strong catalog of albums including the standout Stimulus Package where he teamed up with Seattle beat maker Jake One.

Whenever Free, Beans, and Hov got together on a track the outcome was always tremendous. Their chemistry was unmatched, and I believe that stemmed from them fucking with each other on both a competitive and friendly level, and no song better illustrates that relationship than “What We Do”. Arguably the strongest collab effort from the trio, “What We Do” features each MC spitting bars attempting to outdo each other all with no chorus over fire Just Blaze production — the true essence of hip-hop. I recently watched the video for this track and it got me feeling very sentimental about the early Roc-A-Fella dynasty. With crews running around these days wearing skinny jeans and women’s clothing, it’s important to look back at the Timbs and black hoodie era and remember that hip-hop wasn’t always this soft. I have it on good authority that Freeway’s next project will leave people thirsty for more gutter music. Catch Just Blaze’s dig around the 2:10 mark.

-Pete

Creative Source – I Just Can’t See Myself Without you

Freeway – What We Do

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Givers – Meantime (RAC Mix)

Don’t get stuck in the meantime, no such thing as the meantime…”

Those are the last two lines in this song and what a way to go out with a bang. I don’t know if it’s human nature or some strange pychological comfort but we have this tendency to settle with the initial intention of doing something else later. Don’t get me wrong, everything is a process so in that undertaking you’re quite likely to engage in unfavorable things but then again how many people do you know with a legit plan that they are actually following through on? So for many, the thing they temporarily settled on becomes their permanent reality and those old plans are so far so gone. This is a place known as the middle or as Givers puts it in this song, the meantime.

F#&k the middle cause the middle do a lot and a little…” – Styles P

That’s the place where people get lost in thought, live in indecision and indulge in all the comforts of doubt and insecurity. I say comforts because I’m starting to realize that anything that makes you live in your head instead of out in the world is psychologically easy, even when it feels or leads to negative results. That’s probably confusing but what I’m saying is that losing is easy and winning is hard so naturally many of us go for the comfortable and easy path. This applies to everything in life be in love, business, physical health you name it. Everything takes constant hard work, discipline and dedication. When you’re passionate or in love with something it may seem easy but in reality you’re just willingly putting in the work so it doesn’t feel like labor.

In this song for example, the girl is caught up in her world of doubt and insecurity and her self-inflicted limits don’t allow the relationship to be what it should…

All your wasted time, caught up in your mind
Your line, your mind, yes your line
All your wasted lines, caught up in your time, your time
And all this time you lost you will learn again.”

Dealing with those issues, communicating them and working them out is the hard part but she doesn’t do it. Instead she looks for the easy way out but always ends up coming back to the relationship because that’s what her heart tells her. In the meantime she’s causing her partner all this grieft but because she loves her he puts up with it. This probably sounds familiar to some of you…

If they say why, why? Tell them that it’s human nature…” – Michael Jackson

Long story not so short, get use to doing the hard thing. Popular culture hasn’t exactly been the greatest influence in helping us understand the way things really work so fight your urge to live in your thoughts, get out there and face reality. Don’t give yourself a warmup period, don’t “get ready,” life is short and then you’re on life support so get up and make the necessary changes RIGHT NOW because there’s no such thing as the meantime, enjoy.

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. – African proverb

 

Givers – Meantime (RAC Mix)

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MyKill – Falling

It’s Wednesday but it feels like a Monday, is that weird? I’m okay with it for now, because I know when the weekend rolls around it’s going to be a really blissful surprise. Regardless, last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time. This is very relevant to this swaggy track you’re about to hear, so bear with me. This friend of mine is someone I would call my musical equal, because I think we’re on exactly the same level of love for music, in every regard. Ever since we met last year, we’ve been sharing music with one another, already knowing how the other will feel. It’s safe to say that his taste in music is excellent, and lucky for him, he’s a DJ too. (Maybe I should say lucky for the people who get to listen to him at work, because it’s so hard not to dance…)

Anyways, we were at a party together over the weekend when he started to DJ, and he threw down this track. I was sitting at the time and couldn’t help but stand up and groove. This track kind of made me realize when I listened the next day, that my summer was totally over but that good things were happening all around.

I think it’s only fair to include a Boney M. video in this post too, because I know you need it on this surprisingly beautiful Wednesday.

What if all we had to worry about was producing feel good disco tunes and maintaining our afros? How beautiful would that be?

MyKill – Falling

-Ashley

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler

I was in complete denial about summer ending till I went to the Caribbean this weekend and felt that amazing Cabarete beach weather – yeah summer is over. I’ve been traveling a lot my whole life, there’s something about waking up in different countries within a matter of days that does it for me. I’ll never take that for granted and music has made it possible so cheers to that.

I woke up this morning still feeling like an islander but regaining my New York State of Mind and the first thing I did was put on the new anti-winter tape. The weather in NYC is fantastic, it’s in that perfect limbo between hot and cold, it feels like change and this new tape compliments that to perfection. The opening sequence here is wonderful, Trophy Wife to Poolside’s blissful cover of Harvest Moon and then Fleetwood Mac and on and on, all I could do was lay in bed with a smile. Ryan has a knack for blending traditionally unrelated beautiful music in a way you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else and I highly appreciate it.

We sparked a doobie at like 8 am on Sunday morning after our DJ set with the one of the executives behind the weekend long event. Long story short, he was telling us how his companies creative approach is to introduce people to art they’re not familiar with. He goes out of his way to fly in acts from around the world to give the Dominican audience something new and refreshing. I loved hearing that and listening to Ryans eclectic selection brings me right back to that moment. Life is full of endless possibilities, limitless offerings and  keeping an open mind to explore all of it makes ones experience that much richer. Anyways, press play in the latest installment of anti-winter, start your day off in style and expand those musical horizons, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n  t i – w i n t e r 2c

1. Canopy Shade – TROPHY WIFE (PRODUCED BY PLAID AND TROPHY WIFE)
2. Harvest Moon  – POOLSIDE
3. Sweet Little Lies – FLEETWOOD MAC
4. Strange Days – THE DOORS (THIEVERY CORP.)
5. Chlorophyl – MILLIONYOUNG
6. So Free (Feat. Paula Abdul) – SHINE 2009 (JENSON SPORTAG MIX)
7. Surf Erie – MONSTER RALLY
8. Self Control – SUNDAY GIRL (YOUNG EMPIRES REMIX)
9. Sun Goddess – HENRY MANCIINI
10. Southern Shores – BONFIRE
11. Record Collection (Perseus Karaoke Mix) – MARK RONSON ( PERSEUS MIX)
12. Self Control (Young Empires remix)
13. ’99 Style – POKA
14. Beach Slalom – BOS ANGELES
15. TLC – FISHING
16. The Devil Gives Me Everything Except What I Need – WILLIE WEST
17. Promise Me Eternity – MOOD RINGS
18. Blue Moon – ELVIS (THE SUN SESSIONS)

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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A$AP Rocky – Trilla

First of all, DR was off the hook! We played on the beach to an amazing crowd, Dynasty Electric absolutely lit the place on fire and everyone had an epic time. Of course we had the music banging louder than the rest so the police showed up to shut us down at about 3:30 AM right in the middle of the madness. Somehow the owners convinced the cops to let us back on and the party just got wilder after that, we ended up rockin till about 6:30 in the morning and somehow I woke up in a beach chair about an hour before my flight back. That was hands down one of the best times I’ve had in a while so thanks to all the sponsors, ShaveUrLegz and all party animals that rocked with us the whole night.

Needless to say, I’m taking it easy this week so I’ve been gravitating to music with a laid back disposition and A$AP Rocky’s latest work Trilla is on the money. Since our feature on the Harlem, NYC native a few weeks ago A$AP has pretty much taken off, his record Peso is getting spins on Hot 97 and the bloggers have embraced him with open arms. The A$AP crew calls their brand of music Trillwave and I can’t get enough of it. It’s slow, it’s stylish, it’s not dance music and it’s new. I love old school Hip Hop as much as the next man but old school fanatics are taking nostalgia a little too far. It’s gotten to the point that I think all the love for the past is holding the genre back from growing and expanding it’s expression. Old heads like Jay-Z aren’t going to do it, it’s going to happen with the youth so it’s nice to hear some new voices taking a crack at it. Anyways, NYC is finally making headlines in the Hip Hop world and it feels good to say that, enjoy…

East coast mother f&$kers making all the noise, all the noise..”

A$AP Rocky – Trilla

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Et Musique Pour Tous @ Cabarete Beach (Dominican Republic)

That’s right folks, Kev and I are headed back to the Dominican Republic tomorrow to play at Cabarete Beach after a performance that same night from Brooklyns own Dynasty Electric – fresh. If this is anything like our other parties in DR we’ll be at the Viva Whindam Resort from 10PM Saturday night till an unknown time the next day. For all our DR readers make sure to get in touch with me or someone from ShaveUrLegz.com if you want to go.

I’m so grateful for these opportunities, my life has been a non stop dream so far and only my favorite Weezy line can describe how I  feel…

If I die today, it’d be a holiday…” 

I leave on a red eye in the morning and as usual my day is stacked with things to do before our departure. That said, I‘ll leave you guys with the latest and greatest mixtape from our homies over at ShaveUrLegz, enjoy.

I Spy (Metronomy Remix) – Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

I Stand Alone (Gigamesh Sunlight Remix) – Theophilus London

Weekend – Class Actress

Madder Red (Hermanos Inglesos Remix) – Yeasayer

Getaways – Big Talk

When The Night Falls (Chromeo Cover) – Mayer Hawthorne

The Wall (Shook Remix) – Louis La Roche

Oh Bauer – Jeans Team

Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) – Massive Attack

Video Games – Lana Del Rey

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2Pac – I Ain’t Mad At Cha et Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of Tupac Shakur. While I originally planned to get this post up yesterday, it proved difficult to choose the right song being that the man had an incredible catalog of classic records. His versatility remains unmatched, no rapper could seamlessly flow between subject matter like ‘Pac could. Whether it be a party track (“I Get Around”), a battle record (“Hit ‘Em Up”), a song for his mother (“Dear Mama”), or some hardcore gangster shit (“Ambitionz Az A Ridah”) you could always feel his passion and love for the music through his words and delivery. The man accomplished more in his 25 years than most do in an entire lifetime, and his legacy and cultural impact is up there with the likes of John Lennon and Bob Marley. Rest In Peace to a man who will live forever through his music.

-Pete

2Pac – I Ain’t Mad at Cha

2Pac – Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find

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Röyksopp – Shores of Easy

I have to say that I’ve been quite the fan of Röyksopp for sometime now. They certainly have a knack for doing things to my ears that I will probably never understand, but have come to enjoy so much nonetheless. In this past week, I’ve learned a few things. I’m at a new apartment in Williamsburg and I love it a lot, but I’ve come to know that there are way more families in the neighborhood than I expected. One of them happens to live next door to me. This isn’t an issue to me, and I wouldn’t have known until I received a knock on my door at midnight on Friday, from said neighbor, asking me to lower my music because I was waking up the baby.

DANG. I happened to be playing Röyksopp. How are you even going to hate on them? Their music is soothing, and if anything, I don’t think it was me that woke up their baby. Or Röyksopp for the matter. So I’ve learned that I can’t blast music from my beautiful sub-woofer speaker combo at any given time of the evening, which is sad…but manageable.

Anyways, Röyksopp has also released two new tracks recently that seem to be getting a lot of internet buzz. You already know how I feel about them…so I know you’ll trust me when I say that these are best enjoyed under chill circumstances. Sit back in your comfy chair, and go ahead and play away. Just because I can’t blast music late at night, doesn’t mean you can’t.

-Ashley

Royksopp – Shores of Easy

Royksopp – This Shirt (RYXP Edit)

and one of my older favorites:

Royksopp – You Don’t Have A Clue

 

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R N I G H T S: a n t i – d a y 1a by Ryan Radler

I’m a hundred miles and running right now so I have no choice but to make this a quick one.

Ryan sent me a brand spanking new mixtape over the weekend and talk about perfect timing! My BB won’t stop buzzing with emails, I have music to produce, restaurants to curate, DJ sets to finish and all in the before Friday when I fly out to DR to spin at a beach party. Life is going fast right now and I have no intention on slowing up. Anyways, Ryan says this is a pensive tape but for those of us in the fast lane it’s more like the perfect balance. Gotta run but here are the notes I was sent regarding this tape, pretty much says it all, enjoy.

For all those who live in the fast lane, the new Anti-day series

THE HARD SELL
Ok so this week, I was hoping we could drop my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX: anti-day 1a. It’s a departure from the norm and could be a nice way to “mix up” the feature/series. The theme is a little more pensive and dare I say even a bit sensitive? I would suggest a WARNING to only play this thing at night when the mood is right. It’s sort of like in the movie Gremlins but opposite I guess. LOL. And anyways- Space Age Bachelor Pads only really come alive at night right? Mine does! HAHAHA!
Below is a short anecdote about my own personal experience with the mix:
MOONLIGHT DRIVE
I recently took my girl out in my 1983 Gold Datsun 280zx (“Goldie”) for a moonlight drive all over the hills and valleys of Los Angeles. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate moment to kick on my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX 1A.
It was a very hot day in LA so we also had the luxury of an unusually warm evening. We drove up the 110 freeway from Downtown  to Pasadena and beyond, weaving in and out of side streets and neighborhoods unknown. The bright, white moon was low in the sky, drifting behind the tall palm tree silhouettes- sometimes disappearing behind a hill of pine trees- only to reappear across a valley of orange street lamps and blinking buildings.
Halfway through the mix I realized that my acceleration and turning were being less directed by me and more by the beats and melodies of the music. The mix completely took over the steering wheel just like in Knight Rider or Iron Eagle!

s u m m e r n i g h t s: anti-day 1A

1. I Look To You – MIAMI HORROR (TIM FUCHS MAKE OUT REMIX)
2. Arcadia – APPARAT
3. Blood Bank – BON IVER (DUOSSEUDO REMIX)
4. We Are The People – EMPIRE OF THE SUN
5. Roll On – DNTL (FT. JENNY LEWIS)
6. Golden Age – BECK
7. The Night – FRANKIE VALLEY
8. A Fond Farewell – ELLIOT SMITH
9. E-bow The Letter – R.E.M.
10. Codex – RADIOHEAD
11. Life Is A Gamble – MARVIN GAYE
12. To The Lighthouse – MEMORY HOUSE
13. Was – VINCENT GALLO
14. I Wanna be Adored – STONE ROSES
15. I Cried Like A Silly Boy – DEVOTCHKA

EMPT Presents – S u m m e r N i g h t s 1 a by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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