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Crystal Fighters – I Do This Everyday

It’s a full house here; my roommates just returned from traveling. One of them returned from the Benicassim Festival in Valencia, Spain. She came back not only raving about the beach/festival experience, and she couldn’t stop praising a Spanish band  called Crystal Fighters.

Chrystal Fighters are a noteworthy group because, at least in this album, every track is super different, contributing to an unpredictable dynamic that keeps your feet moving. The variety of sounds combine rock, dubstep, and African beats.  These seemingly disperate genres are all adapted in a digital and unique way. These past days I’ve been having a lot of conversations about “The Ego” and the persona that we put forth to other people. What other race does such a thing, put up walls all the time to disguise who we are?  The lyrics of this song remind me of the idea that we need to be aware of the barriers we create for our selves.

“You have a Hammer, break down the wall”

Crystal Fighters – I Do This Everyday

-Julia

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Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend For Me (Zimmer Edit)

Back when I was producing Hip Hop I used to spend endless days digging through old records, finding the most random but amazing music. One of the songs I came across was this incredible live performance by a dude named Gene Chandler. Now Gene had two pretty big hits in the 60′s and was a huge part of the Chicago Soul movement but if you’re into soul chances are you’ve heard The Duke of Earl & Groovy Situation. What you probably haven’t heard is Rainbow ’65 Part 1 & 2. The song is basically 6 minutes of Gene serenading what sounds like a 100% female audience and absolutely destroying it. Talk about pure talent, I mean I’m not a teenage girl so this song doesn’t exactly speak to me but man does this guy put on a performance. In the world of controlled everything, it’s rare to hear total artistic freedom like this and boy do you miss after hearing something like this. Anyways, that’s not even the song I’m posting about but it’s the most memorable Gene Chandler experience I’ve had so I wanted to share. The subject of today’s post is actually an edit by DJ/Producer Zimmer of Gene’s disco classic Does She Have A Friend For Me. Zimmer sped things up a little,emphasized the funky bass added some drums and made the song Space Age ready, enjoy.

Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend For Me (Zimmer Edit)

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ASAP Rocky – Get High / Peso / Purple Swag

It’s been a while since Harlem put out something like this so you know I has to rep big…

The hip hop nation is in geopolitical disarray. Its biggest emerging stars of recent years — Drake andWiz Khalifa — are from Toronto and Pittsburgh, respectively, while the city that birthed it barely registers as a blip on the national radar. Needless to say this has long been a sore point for New York residents. Sure, the Big Apple still has its heroes — Queens-bred Nicki Minaj blew up last year — but only by adopting a more Southern approach and collaborators. At home perpetual minor starsJadakiss and Fabolous clog NYC radio playlists, street rap newcomers like Vado and Fred The Godson remain permanently trapped in the admirable-but-forgettable mixtape rapper mold and revivalists like Action Bronson and Roc Marciano get a fair share of critical love. But the phrases “talented enough” and “but sort of dated” seem applicable to all of the above in one way or another, with each of these rappers frozen in whichever era or trends that birthed them and hard wired to the machinations of a New York rap scene that barely exists anymore. Still much of the discourse surrounding these and other NYC rappers revolves around the city’s ever-desperate attempts to reestablish their position as a national force: Which rapper’s got next? Who among them can or will “save” New York? Presumably from skinny Canadians or Pittsburghians?

Harlemite ASAP Rocky (not to be confused with the downtown and phonetically similar but stylistically very different rapper Aesop Rock) is the latest entry into this conversation. A direct stylistic descendant of the last great (and too often unheralded) NY rapper and fellow uptown representerMax B, Rocky works in a similarly airy and drunk-or-lazy style that teeters between singing and rapping. But where Max, who is currently serving a 75-year prison sentence on murder charges, was bonded to the old model of underground distribution — CD-R mixtapes instead of Hulkshare links, shaky hand street DVDs instead of polished HD Youtube clips — to draw many ears from outside of his immediate locale, Rocky is naturally and almost sickeningly in-tune with the now of music distribution. The video for his breakout record “Purple Swag” looks like a Tumblr blog come to life, artfully shot and drenched in cool kid signifiers — the word “swag” (and, quite paradoxically, the words “fuck swag”), a lip syncing blonde girl in gold fronts, mixed race young and beautiful people doing young and beautiful people things like drugs and staring off into the distance.

The song itself is admittedly a little half-baked but nonetheless endearing, a two-minute tribute toPaul WallSlim Thug and Mike Jones’ 2006 hit “Still Tippin” and the prescription cough syrup that inspired that song. Rocky apes its cadence from Mike Jones and the production echoes the crawling orchestral vibe of the original. (Of course the most visible New York rap video in 2011 would be an ode to Houston rap.) The clip quickly amassed a couple hundred thousand views while being completely overlooked by the handful of old guard and mostly New York-based rap blogs that once dominated the internet rap conversation.

But for all of its buzz, “Purple Swag” is far from Rocky’s best record; that honor belongs to “Get High.” The video dropped last fall and was shot at a similar Beautiful Young People In Streetwear Who Probably Read Tumblr And Definitely Have Better Drugs Than You party, yet it fell on deaf ears, perhaps because it didn’t involve a white chick lipping the n-word (white girls armed casually with that word are so hot right now on the blog circuit). This is a shame because unlike “Purple Swag,” “Get High” is a fully formed song and not merely a soundtrack to a viral video. Guest rapper DeeFerg does most of the heavy lifting rapping, leaving room for Rocky to just float on the beat (lifted, randomly enough, from a Gnarls Barkley album cut). He self-harmonizes in a double tracked and emaciated wheeze and with a sort of understated sleaziness, filling space in much the same infectious manner as fellow Max Biggaveli disciple Wiz Khalifa. But Rocky’s more slithery than Wiz and his songwriting is less cloyingly anthemic but nearly as catchy. He has a knack for making out-of-key and almost-mumbled hooks (there are at least three here) feel incredibly big.

Surely it wouldn’t take much Googling to find the enthusiastic blogger or Youtube commenter claiming ASAP Rocky as the great hope set to instantly Bring New York Back. This is not that article. As of right now he simply stands as a small but promising hiccup in his hometown’s rap scene, the all too rare NYC artist that’s both modern and thoroughly engaging. Sometimes even the nation’s biggest city needs to take baby steps.

ASAP Rocky’s debut Live.Love.A$ap is set to drop in August.

ASAP Rocky – Get High

ASAP Rocky – Purple Swag

ASAP Rocky – Peso

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

Last week we experienced some major player hating from The Man that eventually led to a subpar release of anti-winter 3A. If you haven’t heard or downloaded that one yet check out last weeks post here and spread the word, the kid Ryan Radler is bringing nothing but heat and something that good should not be left unknown. We’ve had many set backs with The Industry & it’s minions in our day but every time we come back swinging even harder and this time it’s no different. We’re 4 weeks and running with exclusive releases of the absolute best summer mixtape series on the web and we couldn’t be more excited about it. When we’re done with the anti-winter series I’m going to do a post featuring all of them so you guys can see just what this guy is doing here. From the custom artwork to the limitless sounds, these tapes are bleeding style and we can’t take ‘em for granted…

I ended up spending the entire winter of 2011 developing all my mixes. Cold, blustery weekends you could find me snug in my loft researching and archiving the songs that I would then throw into Logic Pro for the fine-tuning mix sessions. In a cathartic twist, projecting myself into the Summer through the mixes actually made me forget the void left after the January heat wave in LA. I have channeled my “yearning for Summer” through these mixes and now, after many months, we have finally arrived!

We like to use music around these parts for all sorts of healing so that philosophy is right up our alley. Is it just me or does that blonde have really nice hair? Alright, I’m gonna go get all my work done to this fantastic soundtrack, you should do the same. Enjoy.

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

1. Bermuda – KISSES
2. Eastover Wives – DENT MAY
3. Got Blinded – TORO Y MOI
4. Gone for Summer – TEEN DAZE
5. Albatross – FLEETWOOD MAC
6. Stillness is The Move – DIRTY PROJECTORS (HIDDEN CAT REMIX)
7. She Comes Alive – BABY MONSTER
8. From the Morning Heat – CRAFT SPELLS
9. Tunnelvision – HERE WE GO MAGIC (TEEN DAZE REMIX)
10. Summer Samba (So Nice) [Samba de Verão] – WALTER WANDERLEY
11. Weak Condition – MAXX FEMM (PAUL LAYTON)
12. Wait and See – HOLY GHOST
13. Que Veux Tu – YELLE (MADEON REMIX)
14. The Bay – METRONOMY (EROL ALKAN REMIX)
15. Do You Believe – POOLSIDE
16. Freebirds – LOVER LOVER
17. Sun – CARIBOU
17. I Want You – MARVIN GAYE

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

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Electric Zoo Festival 2011 – Preview

There’s a lot to say about the third year of Electric Zoo Festival in New York City. It’s a big deal for us northeast coasters, because it is the biggest electronic music festival to happen on our side.  This year, for three whole days on Labor Day weekend, youngsters and oldsters alike will come together to rave and groove to the magnificent sounds of some of the world’s greatest DJs and electronic acts.

I had the chance to attend merely one day last year, (which was originally only a two day festival) and found myself completely blown away and mesmerized. It was a spectacular experience, one that could not be recreated elsewhere. There was something really mind boggling about being trapped on Randall’s Island, brimming with electronic music, surrounded by another island of solely concrete, (with the occasional scattering of trees, see: Central Park) that totally encompassed the festivities.

The lineup this year is pretty killer, including a lot of major electronic acts. I’m honestly torn between which day is going to be the best. Anyone who knows me also knows that I am the biggest electronic music nerd ever, so to be at a festival such as this, is not only awesome, (in the most literal sense of the word) but totally stressful. It can be difficult, if not tricky, to decide who to see when you’re actually there. I’d recommend planning ahead, or at the very least, sitting down with your crew upon arrival with a schedule to sort everything out. Yeah I know it sounds a little dorky, but you won’t regret it.

The festival itself takes place on the massive fields of Randall’s Island, where four different stages are set up for ultimate groove-age. This year’s lineup is majorly different from last year’s, (very sad to see that Chemical Brothers and Pretty Lights will not be returning, their sets were some of my all-time favorites) but there are still some incredible DJs scheduled to perform.

Let me get a little sentimental for a hot minute though, just to further lure you in. There’s something beautiful about music festivals in general, whatever type it may be. A concert experience is something you exist in solely for that moment, though due to the length of time that most normal concerts go on for, you may walk away with very little memory of the actual event itself. All you know, is that it was a beautiful experience and that it contributes to a bigger musical picture in your life. A festival experience is something you are more likely to remember very specific parts of. Chances are that you’re with your favorite people, enjoying an incredible atmosphere where all of your senses are tingling with happiness. If you’re not being stimulated via audio, you’re probably taking in some incredible views or artwork. The entire festival atmosphere is that of an escape to another planet, and we welcome it with open arms because musical experiences are often times what make up some of our greatest memories.

For your ears’ happiness and convenience, I’ve made a playlist of some of my favorite musicians that will be performing.  It’s not large, and it excludes a lot, but you can totally groove to it on this beautiful Saturday. Check it out here.

May you all have lovely, swagged out weekends.

-Ashley

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Ghostface Killah: “Watch The Throne” (Album Review)

With the exception of the Q-Tip produced That’s My Bitch we posted a while back, you may be wondering why we haven’t even mentioned Kanye & Jay-Z’s self-proclaimed “sophisticated ignorance,” and well the reasons are just to vast to get into. However, my boy Nate sent me an hilarious/amazing review by one of “Wu-Tangs elite” (dude that impersonates Ghostface) that pretty much says it all…

1. No Church in the Wild (ft. Frank Ocean) – Thought the beat was kinda average at first to be honest wit yall. But the shit been growin on me. The fact that Jay brought back one of his most boring flows…the same one he used on Pray off American Gangster…didnt help nothin tho. Yeezy drops his least EMPHASIZED bars in a minute n gets the green light from Jiggaman to bring autotune back. I dont kno what hour in the day this shit was recorded but it sounds like some 5 AM shit. In the end tho… both them niggas got the job done n start shit off on the rite foot nahmean. The victim of Breezy’s high pitched goon squad attack did his thing too.

2. Lift Off (ft. Beyonce) – I almost aint wanna even comment on this shit son…. I dont even kno what to say bout it yo. This shit sounds like the anthem the fairies in Ferngully would use to go to war against evil humans to or some shit b. This shit is like Shia LeBeouf in song form yo. Lissenin to this shit is like havin ya ears penetrated by a million microscopic dicks namsayin. Shit sounds like niggas doin aerobics on a magical cloud of daisies. How many meadows did Kanye cartwheel across before he decided to make this beat? Seriously yo…. Jus how many lily pads did the nigga skip across the pond on before he got inspired to make some shit like this? Definitely one a the worst songs Jay ever been involved in…thats includin those lame joints off Vol 3 wit Amil n Mariah or the worst songs off Kingdom Come….EVEN the Timbo joints off Blueprint 3. Like this joint is SOFT son. Guess thats why Jay only spit like 5 n a half bars on it. Its like the song Yung Berg would play before he goes n commits his latest string of L’s. Shit is jus terrible son…especially since it took like 6 niggas to produce this muthafucka.

3. Niggas in Paris – If you can ignore the homoerotic title the shit actually aint bad son. I prefer it once the beat changes up tho. It starts off soundin like some shit them Young Money niggas mighta left behind in the studio one day. Like I swear I can hear Gudda Gudda gettin his mediocre on in the background for the first 2:43 minutes. But then shit gets dramatic n its all good yo. it aint really the monster track niggas made that shit out to be tho.

4. Otis (ft. Otis Redding) – First off they need to not be actin like Otis Redding is a “featured” artist on this shit. Since when do niggas sample a dude n then call that shit a feature. Son aint even been alive for like 40 years b. Otis Redding is my dude tho…so dont get that shit twisted son. That bein said…this shit still goes nahmean. Folks been divided on this joint for a minute…but that aint stop the dozen hasbeen ass niggas who hopped on this shit from strugglin the fuck out on it (Im lookin at you DMX).

5. Gotta Have It – This shit probably the least Neptunes soundin beat the Neptunes ever produced yo. Not sayin thats a bad thing tho. Im glad they aint bring no bongos or space sounds to this shit g. Niggas is jus tradin bars on some back n forth shit n basically talkin bout the usual shit they do. Kinda jus a filler joint nahmean. It probably wont be the next single or nothin…but its still a ill joint namsayin. This shit also got The Godfather of Soul’s voice all over it…but they aint put “featuring James Brown” on the tracklist for some reason. Guess they missed that one.

6. New Day – “Me n the RZA connect”….thats a nice little quasi-hook rite ther namsayin. Sorry yo…this aint the 36 Chambers RZA…but it aint the “fuckin ridicalish” aint had a meal in a hot minute soundin RZA neither yo. It basically dont sound like a RZA joint at all son. He aint bring out the pointy ass rings n get on his BONG BONG shit or nothin but the god did his thing namsayin. Shit has Kanyes fingerprints all over it still tho.

7. Thats My Bitch – I aint the biggest fan a this shit rite here yo. It aint horrible or nothin but I remember when this shit was unleashed at the end a last year n it still aint grow on me like that. Its got all that retro hip hop shit happenin on it but I aint feelin the end results like that. Not sayin its wack….but I be skippin this joint usually.

8. Welcome To The Jungle – If Jay gon insist on usin this niggas bullshit ass beats still…the least he can do is make sure that Swizzy dont go near the booth yo. Ayo Snoop Budden…nobody gon need to hear you gettin ya “One hand in the air if you dont really care” on durin the hooks to no joints ever ever ever again son. Jus go back to contaminatin whats left of Alicia Keys n stop cashin in those favors niggas owe you to get on these high profile joints you malnourished ass lookin muthafucka. Son been urinatin wackness on these songs for years now b…. so can we jus acknowledge that the nigga got no business actin like he kno how to put together a hook now n stop lettin this whippet lookin muthafucka get near a mic?

9. Who Gon Stop Me – Now THIS shit is a problem yo. When it started the god was like ok cool….you kno…I was enjoyin it….the bassline was soundin like a lion growlin n shit. There wasa ill mood to it. Im diggin the joint namsayin….but then it starts really transformin into a monster after a couple minutes….n its like yo…we got a serious contender for best song on the album now. By the middle it sounds like niggas is drivin Lamborghinis around in the studio n drums is hittin like automatic weapons. I love this track son.10. Murder to Excellence – Another ill joint. Not a lot I can say bout it tho son. If you heard it you kno its jus a solid track namsayin. Like a lotta these songs its got a change up in the beat halfway through. If I had to guess Id say its probably Wyclef’s favorite song on the album tho.

11. Made In America (ft. Frank Ocean) – First of all son….Lionel Richie called from 1986 n said he wants his song back yo. Word. Sade jus holla’d on twitter to say this shit is soft as fuck namsayin. I think Elton John wants to conceive babies to this joint b. Drake said he gon soak in his lotion pool to this shit rite here for like a week son. I think Wiz Khagina is scissorin wit Amber Rose to this shit rite now as we speak yo. I heard this shit gon be used for the next Gwyneth Paltrow movie too. I dont kno how the same nigga that did Who Gon Stop Me had anything to do wit this shit but apparently he did nahmean. This shit sounds like two niggas hang glidin over the ocean together at sunset holdin hands son. I think this is bout to be on Yung Berg’s yoga playlist. I cant fuck wit this shit at all b. This shit is like audio lesbian comin out my speakers son.

12.Why I Love You (ft. Mr Hudson) – Its almost like they knew they couldnt end the album on that Made In America shit. Contrary to the title n the fact that it says “featuring Mr Hudson” on this muthafucka….this shit goes hard yo. Mr Hudson does his thing too son. I fucks wit this joint forreal forreal. Might even be my favorite tomorrow.

Bonus tracks:
13. Illest Motherfucker Alive – Ok now…when you call a song “Illest Motherfucker Alive” you really gotta live up to that shit son. This shit kinda almost lives up to the name of the song…but it aint that special yo. But Im not mad at it. Actually if Made in America n Lift Off made the album I dont kno why this shit is jus a bonus track namsayin. I think Breezy’s cousins are singin at the end a the song tho.

14 H.A.M. – This joint is still ass. Id rather listen to a whole Tyga mixtape son.

15. Primetime – This shit cool namsayin.  Aint like my favorite song on earth or nothin….but No I.D. aint go n “Timbaland” these niggas wit no bullshit ass beat at least. Son always comes through wit sumthin decent or better. This shit better than decent tho nahmean.

16. The Joy (ft. Curtis Mayfield) – This shit shoulda been a official track on the album b. I dont care how old it is now…I still love this joint. I guess they aint wanna give they fans all this old shit…which is cool namsayin. But…AGAIN yo… if Lift Off gon be on the album anyway…you might as well jus swap that wit some old shit that AINT softer than Game’s emotions b. N they put Thats My Bitch on the album anyway so maybe there aint no real excuse for makin this shit a bonus joint. But why these niggas got “featuring Curtis Mayfield” on this shit?  I think Jay n Ye better cut that shit out before it becomes a trend for these lame muthafuckas to start havin “featuring (insert dead artist here)” on they joints too b.

Word yo. The album might got some filler n a couple joints thats jus beyond wack…but its still a pretty tight project son. Niggas produced the shit outta this muthafucka b. This aint jus some shit where dudes looped up a beat n banged out some drums on top n called that shit a finished product namsayin. Nah yo…niggas put some work in to get this shit done par. Tone appreciates that type a artistry tho nahmean. But it aint like its all fancy tricks n aint no real magic happenin under all the bullshit smoke n mirrors n shit namsayin. Niggas straight went HAM on summa thses tracks son…but not on the HAM joint tho. Another thing I appreciate is that niggas tried sumthin original n new. Plus they aint flood this shit wit guest appearances from they artist rosters n turn it into the Firm album. Hate it or love it…its probably gon be like that rare joint where niggas memorize all the lyrics to it after a week either way. Anyways I give this shit a solid 4 Zeus slaps namsayin.

Aight peace.

Via: Big Ghost

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Flight Facilities – Foreign Language (Feat. Jess)

Nothing like a little nu-disco to start the weekend off right. Foreign Language compliments of Flight Facilities is pretty much the type of bachelor pad music many have come to identify with EMPT. Like 95% of music it’s a love song but romance over disco is unique because regardless of the emotion the beat still keeps you moving – metaphor for life? I think so. Jess Higgs crushes the vocal performance over the funky bass and guitar driven canvas. Last summer it was Crave You and now they’ve done it again with Foreign Language, the mysterious DJ’s know what the’yre doing. Alright, the weather is nice but there’s much to do to get ready for the weekend, enjoy.

Flight Facilities – Foreign Language (Feat. Jess)

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Fitz and the Tantrums – Winds Of Change

So much has happened in the last year, EMPT continues to grow, I’ve got a wonderful team of writers on the rise, Ryan Radler and Steph are coming with the freshest mixtapes on either side of the globe and all we havent even started. Still, I’ve had enough ups and downs this year to last me a lifetime but looking back…

 I did the shit to death, I guess I ain’t killin it this rhyme… I’m here to raise the stakes…” – Fat Joe (Safe to Say)

I was working on the music for a new restaurant in the city and I rediscovered one of my favorite songs from last year, Fitz & The Tantrums’s Winds of Change. This song is so simple yet extremely emotional an prolific. The lyrics are about the ever so painful process of moving on from someone you love. It’s always that much harder when you care about the person but sometimes even love can be work against you and you have to move on. It’s so easy to live in the past, to be sad about something you think you’re missing out on, it’s what we all do because it’s easy, comfortable and addicting. But have you ever thought of doing the opposite, thinking about the possibilities ahead, being excited and confident about the uncertain future?

The future, we found, to stay on higher ground… – Miami Horror (I Look To You)

Contrary to popular opinion the choice is yours. It’s soooo easy to use external factors as an excuse to dwell in self pity and not live up to your limitless potential. The truth is that it’s all mental and anyone who thinks different, we’ll just by thinking that they’re the antithesis of that truth. Avoid those people like the plague, it’s not an argument up for debate, the universe is mental, everything around us from airplanes to little amazing phone you’re using to read this was a thought first. Our minds are the most powerful things on earth and that’s something we shouldn’t take for granted.  The truth is that ur mood, feelings and emotions are ruled by the thoughts we chose to value. It’s been said many times before that thoughts are things and your paradigm is what creates the reality you live in. We gotta be ruthless against unworthy thoughts because our minds are incredible but the subconscious is a slave to you and thus will manifest anything you give it – good or bad. Anyways, I really love this song and it got me thinking this morning. Take a listen as you keep those thoughts in check, enjoy.

Fitz and the Tantrums – Winds Of Change

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Aout 2011

Like the flowers needs the rain, like blind man needs his cain, I need you…

If you haven’t noticed mixtapes are a big deal around these parts but there’s none more significant than our beloved LMDM by Steph Lund. Month after month, no matter the weather, you can come here and find a new fresher than the last mixtape and for that we’re so thankful. I don’t know about you guys but my months don’t feel like they can’t start until I hear the tape and since music is a drug that means I’m pretty much addicted to LMDM. Actually, I know I’m not alone, I’ve seen some other addicts tweeting and commenting when the tape isn’t out in time…

Like the darkness needs the night and the moon glow needs the light, I need you…
Like a person needs his soul like the winter needs the cold, I need you…
Like the fire needs the air I won’t burn unless your there, I need you…” - Frankie Beverly & Maze – I Need You

Somehow Steph always manages to put it all in perspective with songs that make you sit down chill out and think and then immediately after another to make you get up and dance. I don’t let too many girls play with my emotions but when it comes to LMDM I’m daytime television baby. Alright, the day is young but there’s much to do so check out the new disclaimer and take a ride, enjoy.

There are many ways to listen to LMDM but I highly recommend you do as I do – press play, sit back and put your trust in Steph. A lot of thought was given to the sequence so no fast forwarding, no rewinding, no flipping, just listening…

Beirut’s Port of Call is my favorite track off of their new album, so I wanted to open the mix with it. I also included Air France’s new song, which after a bit of a hiatus, its exactly what I could have hoped for. Not everything is new which I think makes for a more interesting lmdm like the Santogold remix which means more to me in using it two years later than when it first came out. Andddd its August…”

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Beirut – Port of Call
  2. On-The-Go – In The Wind
  3. Chrome Sparks – All There Is (feat. Steffaloo)
  4. Discovery – Osaka Loop Line
  5. Errors – Supertribe
  6. Santogold – You’ll Find A Way (Switch and Sinden Remix)
  7. Holiday Shores – Phones Don’t Feud
  8. Air France – It Feels Good to Be Around You”
  9. Neon Indian – Polish Girl
  10. Wise Blood – Someday (Stroked Tribute)
  11. Atlas Sound – Spring Time Instrumental
  12. Donora – I Think I Like You
  13. Priors – What You Need (Le Crayon Sidechain Edit)

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Wu-Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple

My thoughts must be relaxed, be able to maintain, cause times have changed and life is strange…”
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about how this next year really has the potential to be a big one for us. We got that awkward first year as a post grad under our belts and are beginning to learn the ways of the world and are prepped to blaze a path of our own. It’s crazy to think that this could be a “make or break” year for me considering that I am still so young and still have so much to learn and experience, but that’s how I am approaching it. I’ve been learning that it’s up to me to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way, and even though I have a strong belief that everything works out in the end, not a damn thing is gonna work out if I don’t get out there and work for it.
I wanna have me a phat yacht, and enough land to grow my own cess crops. But for now it’s just a big dream, cause I find myself in the place where I’m last seen…”

It’s tough not to get excited about the future, especially when everything is starting to look up, so I have to constantly remind myself to stay grounded and focus on the present. I often let my mind drift with daydreams of grandeur, that I occasionally lose sight of what’s going on in my life at this very moment. I’m so lucky and feel so blessed to be surrounded by the people I associate myself with and work with that I have to remember to embrace the present while building towards the future. I know that I want everything so bad and as fast as possible that I forget how much hard work it takes to get the top. Fortunately, everyone I know works their ass off at what they do, and I constantly draw inspiration and humility from them and force myself to work harder and smarter for everything I’ve always wanted. It can be a slow process to get where you want to be in life, but I’d rather grind hard myself and reap the benefits than have everything handed to me on a silver platter. This has always been one of my favorite Wu joints, Ghostface’s verse is arguably my favorite of all time. I have always loved that raw emotion in hip-hop and no one brings it realer than Ghost. I frequently go back to this track whenever I’m in need of inspiration or need to refocus on my life.

Wu-Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple

- Pete

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