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Sheila E – The Glamorous Life

This week has been fabulous, to say the least, and last night just needed to be a calm one for me. There’s no sense in trying to force something amazing to happen, because guess what? It’s just not going to happen. Great things come along, they are not necessarily sought after or forced. That’s why the whole idea of planning out life is both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. I know that everyone around me makes plans for everything, and I do to a certain extent as well. But the best times of my life have been absolutely unplanned. So I’m constantly trying to find that balance between planning out, and just going with the flow. It’s hard, but kind of fun when you get it. I’m always busy too, and the idea of planning something out stresses me, but like I said, it is necessary, because everyone else works on that sort of agenda. A walking contradiction I suppose.

So I’m not going to lie, I came upon this lovely tune from the fabulous Julia Taveras, (fellow empt writer) and it just made my Friday so beautiful. I started my morning with it yesterday, and I’m doing the same today. Sheila E has the quintessential sound. The drums, the synth, the misleading intro, the saxophone…great things are happening all around, and this song just reminds me of that.

She’s got big thoughts, big dreams
And a big brown Mercedes sedan
What I think this girl
She really wants
Is to be in love with a man

I have a feeling that this is a tune everyone can appreciate, but not enough men can admit to loving. So go ahead and indulge. When music physically moves you, ya just gotta take it and go with it. Work your sexy.

Until next time,

Ashley

Sheila E – The Glamorous Life

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Novembre 2011

In my book there’s nothing better for a persons development then having to perform under pressure. The bigger the audience, the higher the stakes, the more to lose, the better. There’s something about those situations that requires you to simply man up and perform. It begs you to destroy your comfort zone, fail and constantly push yourself to get better at whatever it is you do. It also requires you to be out there all the time, in the mix, on hypothetical stage performing, trying new things and pushing it.

It doesn’t matter if your giving a power point presentation or at a bar making a move on a girl that caught your eye, it’s all the same. My friend D put me on to a Eleanor Roosevelt quote that has had a major impact on me lately – “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I love that and in my journey toward complete fearlessness I couldn’t agree more. Go out there, if it makes you uncomfortable do it just to feel that and conquer it, that exercise alone is worth gold. On the same token, there are many of us who want to be out there so much that we neglect the equally important self reflection aspect of things…

Do you need sometime on your own?
Do you need sometime all alone?
Everybody needs sometime on their own,
Don’t you know you need sometime all alone…? – Guns & Roses (November Rain)
Coming from an 80’s Rock star, the epitome of being in the mix 24/7 and meeting expectations, I’d say Axell was in the zone when he wrote that. Absence makes the heart grow fond of anything but it also gives you time to reflect and understand things on your own, without influence and that’s where the true answers lie. So you might be asking what does all of this have to do with LMDM? Well, one of the few times I get to fall back on my own are when I make these tapes and Stephs musical selections always have a way of getting these thoughts going. I’ve got another 3 or 4 hours before I’m in another wonderfully uncomfortable situation but right now I’m just going to kick it with LMDM and indulge in the ease of temporary solitude, enjoy. 

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Flight Facilities – Crave You
  2. Drums – Book of Revelation
  3. Atlas Genius – Trojans
  4. Bears – How to Live
  5. Breton -Pacemaker
  6. Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard
  7. Micachu & the Shapes – Vulture
  8. Future Islands – Balance
  9. Marius – Yester
  10. Flight Facilities – Foreign Language ft. Jess (Personal Touch Remix)
  11. Little Dragon – Looking Glass
  12. Moscow Olympics – Keeping the Avenues Open
  13. Kaskade & Skrillex – Lick It (ICE Mix)
  14. Badly Drawn Boy- Fall In The River

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Labi Siffre – My Song

As you can see I haven’t had much time to sit down and write these days. The cats I work with over in Cali are crushing it with new clients and it’s going to take a complete overhaul of my time management to keep up. In the face of endless work, my high expectations, people depending on me to contribute, lead and execute visions, I can only sit back and appreciate the fact that it’s all about music.

At this point I actually enjoy pushing the envelop, I’m developing a true love for challenges, a love for war and the grind. I’ve done it my whole life and it’s how I’ve gotten this far but in the last few days I noticed the amount of freedom I have in my life, I thought about my friends, my business partners and I saw the present for what it really was and in turn the future…

And I wonder, if you know what it means to find your dreams come true.”

I’ve been on the come up for so long and by no means am I satisfied nor have I accomplished anything close to what I want but in many ways I have because I’m already living a dream. My eyes are getting watery as I write this because I’m thinking about the first time I heard Sinatra’s My Way, the day I decided I would never settle, no matter what happened, rich or broke, hurt or healthy, I would never give in. Believe me, I’ve taken some serious losses in the name of true freedom but those words mean a lot to me. I’ve taken some big risk in the name of creativity and you’d think all of that would make these feelings subside but as time goes by nothing seems to change…

And I wonder if you know what it means to laugh as tears go by…”

I’m coming back to you guys talking about this because EMPT is part of that dream. EMPT represents my life in many ways and I’m thankful for everyone that comes here and supports the website –

This is my song and nothing can make it die
It’s been so long and it’s stronger, I know why
And I wonder if you really, really know that as long as I live I will sing my song for you..”

All the quotes above are from Labi Siffre’s My Song, an incredible song that literally started playing this morning when I sat to the computer. Aside from being a blissful coincidence it’s the perfect song to describe how I’ve been feeling. Kanye sampled this track for “I Wonder,” one of my favorite tracks from Graduation. I’m not going post Kanye’s version because it’s very different from the original in terms of meaning but check out Labi Siffre’s it’s a true classic, enjoy.

Labi Siffre – My Song

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Walter Sobcek – Miami (Pharao Black Magic Remix)

The illustrious Parisian based Walter Sobcek is back with his single “Miami.” We fell for Walter awhile back with “Traci’s Party,” still one of my most favorite discoveries. Walter is one of the first underground artists we posted about when we first started forthebeat nearly 2 years ago and we feel we’ve grown up right alongside him, only in this fantasy, we’re 16 and Walter Sobcek is our cooler older 20 year old brother, whose always out on the beach somewhere getting into trouble and throwing parties that start when its getting light out early in the morning.

The latest single is out on London’s Schmooze Records (Chilly Gonzales). Purchase link below.

Walter Sobcek – Miami (Pharao Black Magic Remix)

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Holy Ghost! – Some Children (Feat. Michael McDonald)

It feels good to be back in New York but man was this last trip to DR much needed. Hanging out with people down there really shows you how much New Yorkers stress and worry, about everything! Could it be that NYC’s celebrated hustle mentality is just a mask for peoples insecurities and anxieties? Does the city not sleep because it’s up all night worried about the next day? That’s not an easy question but in my quest for balance I can’t help but question the value of this mentality, I don’t even think it makes you more productive if that is in fact the goal.

People say things aren’t black and white I have a suspicion that they are and our very own human nature is the gray area. It’s all mathematics, cause & effect, 1+1. If you slack off, you have to catch up and if you’re catching up then you’re falling behind and all those things lead to to problems. It seems to me the gray area is our elaborate excuse justification system and they key to simplifying things is being disciplined enough to take care of responsibilities. Anyways, get things done but do it without the heart attack. If you have responsibilities that you ignore then you know the consequences, there are no surprises.

You don’t hear when I’m talking, you don’t hear what I’m saying…”

So what does this have to do with Some Children?, absolutely nothing. I love DJing this jam and it’s just one of those tracks I like to put on in the background to chill out with to gain perspective. That said, I’m gonna go cool and get all my shit done today to keep the universe in order, enjoy.

Holy Ghost! – Some Children (Feat. Michael McDonald)


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Mark Ronson Feat. Daniel Merriweather – Stop Me (Chicken Lips Remix)

Nowadays, I have this pressure to be on my “A” game at all times. I can clearly see every mistake I’m making, before I make them, knowing fully well what the consequences will be. Needless to say I am making less and less mistakes everyday and becoming somewhat of a champion at things. I can see clearly, how to obtain results. What kind of results? Any results. I know that if I party the night before, and choose to drink to get drunk, when I wake up the next day, I will have to pile up more work and manage my time accordingly. There is no other option. I have to work mind, body, and soul out, everyday, all day, on top of the long list of goals and ambitions that I carry around tucked away into a pack strapped onto my back. Literally, a pack strapped onto my back. You see, in order for me to always be on my “A” game, I have to have constant access to information and my work. I’m sort of my own mobile office nowadays. The simple reason for choosing not to be in my office, or at home, is because like I said earlier ‘I have to work mind, body, and soul out, everyday, all day’.

Anyhow, I’m saying this because I decided to write this post on the way from my last meeting of the day, to the movie theatre with a friend. Last night I spent a notorious NYC night out at a few low key, yet rambunctious venues. CMJ is in town, what can I say? It’s also just part of my job and it doesn’t look like it’s letting up anytime soon…

Mark Ronson Feat. Daniel Merriweather – Stop Me (Chicken Lips Remix)

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60 Minutes: Revelations from tech giant Steve Jobs



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Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down

Love is defined differently by others. My idea of love is in a different language than yours…

Loving someone literally means loving them in the various and sometimes endless ways they expect to be loved. That in itself requires a detailed understanding of the individual on hand. It means that you have to decipher how that person likes to be loved amongst a long list of other things that must be decoded, otherwise, they won’t be able to appreciate the way you love anyhow. Love is a different language, unique to everyone. How could the world communicate if we all spoke an entirely different and unique language? It would be impossible until we began to decipher all of the languages one by one. How long then would that take? Well, that’s how long it would take to love someone the way they want you to love them. Understanding the issues more now?

People just love to toss the word ‘communication’ around, not knowing that communication just means being able to speak the other persons language. That’s right, the language that only they know how to speak. When you communicate with someone you’re talking to all their past experiences, their mistakes, their trust issues, their loves, their heartbreaks and everything else good or bad they’ve had to deal with. Bad communication is either neglect for caring to understand that concept or just not caring at all. That’s when that other “C” word, compromise comes in. Thing is, compromising is never the real answer because it’s simply agreeing to the fact that two people couldn’t truly communicate themselves to each other. That said, don’t be surprised when the problem returns because it will…

So what happens then? Love Breaks Down. That’s it. Someone in the equation gets tired of trying. Either the person that needs to be loved in their stubborn own way, or the one that refuses to do so and not give in. Not because they are selfish or uninterested, but simply because they have no clue on what to do in order to change things…

Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down

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Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D.

Got a high tolerance when your age don’t exists…”

I just landed in the Dominican Republic for my gig tonight at their fashion week. It’s burning hot and I’m still zoned from my flight where I must have listened to my new favorite song A.D.H.D. for 2 hours straight. Chances are you’ve never heard of Kendrick Lamar but it’s time to get familiar because the dude for Compton is pure talent and he’s…

Got the cultivating music that be captivating he, who listens…” – Snoop Dogg (Gin & Juice)

Where do I even start with A.D.H.D.? The song is an encapsulation of everything and anything relating to modern youth experience in America. Some people will kill me for saying this but not since Reasonable Doubt have I heard an introspect that resonates so deeply in my experience and that of the people around me. The song writing is incredible, the irony of the hook, song title and lyrics and emotional play is pure genius. The balance of insecurity, confidence, party, serious issues, pop, underground drugs and girls is, well, life. I know a lot of song writers who always talk about doing something like this but actually pulling it off, damn. What’s really crazy is this is that this isn’t a conscious song, it’s not a party record, it’s not an attempt at anything. For lack of better expression, it’s just real talk…

I’m in the house party trip pin off my generation
Sippin cough syrup like its water, never no pancakes in the kitchen
Man, no wonder our lives is caught up in the daily superstition
That the world is bout to end, who gives a fuck? we never do listen
Unless it comes with an 808, a melody and some hoes
Playstation and some drank, technology bought my soul
Looking around and all I see is a big crowd, that’s product of me
And they probably relatives, relevant for a rebel’s dream
Yep, her president is black, she black too
Purple label on her back but that tab is light blue
She take it straight to the head, then she look at me
She got AD-HD…”

I could literally write an essay about this track but I have to get ready for tonight. Throw this one on, ride to it, chill to it and get familiar with Kendrick Lamar, I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the near future. I’m down here with Luka from Like Diamonds and as usual he’s ready to rock and this hotel is live with all the fashion stuff going on. I’ll check back tomorrow, in the meantime I got ADHD…

8 doobies to the face, f*%k dat…”

Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D.



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