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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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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3A by Ryan Radler

Ah yes Monday, Sunday’s hangover returns once again…

In recent news, the S&P downgraded the U.S. Credit and apparently no one knows what that means, the stock market is in shambles and it’s only getting worse, Big Boy from Outkast got arrested on drug charges, great times all around my friends. Thankfully, Mondays on EMPT now mean the release of a new Ryan Radler mixtape and let me tell you folk, there’s nothing like some good music to keep your perspective in these times. Last week Ryan sent me an email kicking it about the inception of these wonderful mixes and I’m posting here because it sounds like me an all of my friends every weekend and listening to the tapes it couldn’t make more sense. Anyways, I gotta go work on the music for a few restaurants but press play on another wonderful mixtape, check out Ryan on Facebook and try to ignore the 25% loss on your portfolio, it will get better as usual. Enjoy.

Back in my loft, I began dreaming of Summers-gone-by. I remembered one of my favorite summers back in 2008 in Van Nuys, CA.
1. Crashed random friend’s house + Belonged to gay x-pornstar (Scariest/Nicest guy I ever met)
2. One very clean, but very ghetto “above ground” Pool + Floating blow-up chairs
3. Blistering hot valley sun + Not a cloud in the sky! 
4. 12 pack of Corona + 12 slices of lime
5. The Bestest of Friends + One great little Basenji Dog named “Ghost”
6. The “Western Electric” Summer mix PodCast + A really powerful set of surround-sound computer speakers 
Item #1 through #5 were enough to make the day a perfect “10″, but it was #6- my friends’ Summer mix music on the stereo- that made the day live on in my mind, Without the music that made the soundtrack of my Summer, I might have forgotten all about this glorious time in my life. The mix was filled with summery Rock & Roll, Electronic, and Folk music infused with 70′s loungy vintage organs and horns with conga breakdowns and dirty jazz tones.. The podcast spoke to me. It reached out and grabbed me by the floaties and slowly drifted me around the pool. It popped the caps of my beers. It took all my calls and forwarded them to voicemail. It held my hand and kissed me on the cheek and told me everything would be alright- and it was.
I have searched high and low for this mix, but to no avail. No one seems to know where it came from or how to get it back. It was at this moment that I decided that instead dropping into my usual winter depression, I would begin my own homage to this one summer day and resurrect the Summer mix that I had loved so much back in Van Nuys. 

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3A :

1. Jump in the Pool – FRIENDLY FIRES
2. Make You Mine – MIAMI HORROR
3. Pacific Theme – BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
4. Un Homme Et Une Femme (Chant) – FRANCIS LAI
5. New Theory – WASHED OUT (RAC MIX)
6. Lisztomania – PHOENIX (Classixx Version)
7. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – I BLAME COCO
8. Puppets – DEPECHE MODE (ROYKSOPP REMIX)
9. Glad to Know You – CHAZ JANKEL
10. Heaven’s On Fire – THE RADIO DEPT.
11. Rad Racer – WORK DRUGS
12. Solitude Is Bliss – TAME IMPALA (MICKEY MOONLIGHT REMIX)
13. Zebra – BEACH HOUSE (RING TRACK REMIX)

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3A by Ryan Radler

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Fallulah – I Lay My Head (Shook Remix)

Ah another blissful tune from Fallulah has entered the realms of my strange and blessed world these days. As I multi-task a million different things at work, (something I’ve become sadly good at) I’ve been listening to two artists. Fallulah, and quite drastically different, Jay-Z/Kanye’s latest album, Wath the Throne…we’ll save that conversation for another post, though it is a truly fantastical album. That’s all I’ll say right now.

This remix of I Lay My Head is just as funky and head bobby as you’d imagine anything from Shook. He has an excellent track record in my books, having won my heart over with his remix of Ellie Goulding’s Lights. There’s a slight 80s feel to it, with the xylophone and piano combinations. Fallulah is a joy to listen to already, with a sweet angelic voice similar to that of Florence Welch/Bjork. Yeah, those are two really different singers, but they’re both wicked talented.

I’ve secretly wanted to write about Fallulah for a while since I heard Only Human, so this is a totally appropriate time to share the happiness by giving you not just one happy fun tune, but two.

-Ashley

I Lay My Head (Shook Remix) – Fallulah

Bonus:

Only Human – Fallulah

 

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Roy Ayers et Nas & DMX

You are looking at the man himself Roy Ayers.  In a time frame of almost 50 years (dating up until the present), Ayers has been releasing and working on projects spanning almost every genre of music.  The handful of Roy Ayers sampled beats I have made in my day never got placed onto albums, but about 100 other producer’s beats have.  Ayers’ record “Everybody Loves Sunshine” alone has been sampled 35 times! (at my last count) Anyway, here’s a video I came across of the legend discussing his feelings on sampling.  The more I learn about this guy the more I become a fan, doesn’t hurt that he seems like the nicest guy ever…

Now on an only-related-through-sampling note, I also caught an interview today with the recently released DMX.  The direction his life has taken him in the last few years is truly sad, and when you listen to X’s lyrics as far back as his first album, you can easily detect signs of a very prominent dark side to the rapper’s life.  Its hard not to reflect on his recent path during this guest verse on Nas’ “Life Is What You Make It”.

Life is too short to get caught up on some dumb shit; Wake up, 40 years old on some bum shit…..Now realize that you ain’t got shit; Not long ago, you was the man, on some hot shit”

Damn reality is harsh sometimes.  The man did get caught up, I just hope his story isn’t over.  Anyway, the track contains a sample of Roy Ayers’ “Vittroni’s Theme” off of the soundtrack of the 1973 movie Coffy.  Since this record isn’t much to really listen to, I threw in “Everybody Loves Sunshine” as well. Life is what you make it, let’s make it.

Roy Ayers – Vittroni’s Theme

Nas ft. DMX – Life Is What You Make It

Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves Sunshine

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Kimbra – Settle Down

“Is the sweetheart you married the husband you expected him to be?”

Spending a week in the Dominican Republic with family and then coming back to the city sure has made me realize that people here in New York seem…individualistic compared to the folks there. I don’t say this in a negative way. I’m not going to blurt out all of my family vacation here but I will share one litlle thing: every aunt/uncle/etc. I visited was curious about the same thing: “So Julia, no boyfriend in site?”

 It’s kinda funny really, how important family and marriage is for these people. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just had a little bit of trouble explaining what a liberal arts degree is and why I had to finish dealing with my studies before I uh…you know, started popping babies? Oh yeah, don’t even mention the fuss one or two made about the fact that I chopped my long locks off to a boy-cut. Ay Dios mío…

Then, since I’ve been back, I’ve started watching Mad Men for some reason, and this whole Marriage talk is being hammered into my head still. Hah, it’s like the Universe is trying to tell me something…

Overall the whole issue isn’t very serious to me, but I know it’s in the future somewhere I guess. Still, I always seem to approach the subject with humor and a bit of sarcasm. I think Melbourne-based Kimbra really gets at the subject in a quirky way with her single “Settle Down.” Kimbra loops her voice to create various beats that come and go throughout the track. The way she uses the term “settle down” (“I wanna settle down, I wanna bring you down”) sheds lights on a whole other meaning for the phrase.  The song is great, and the lyrics are quite funny I think; but the video really does it for me. Plus, this stylish lady is a delight to watch.

Kimbra- Settle Down

If a woman with a beautiful voice and a killer attitude slapped Mad Men it would look and sound like this. Don’t get me wrong though, I have no complaints about Don Draper.

Also, as a Bonus: Check out this beautiful song/video by singer Gotye featuring Kimbra; my friend linked me to this song and thus I found Kimbra, whose debut album “Vows” is due for release in September.

Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

-Julia

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Scattered Trees – Four Days Straight

This end of the month has never been more insane in my entire life. I’ve never felt so overwhelmed, happy, confused, and emotional all at once. Regardless, without the end of the month, I would not have discovered these three new artists. Scattered Trees, Rubblebucket, and Caveman are all playing shows in the middle of August in New York City/Brooklyn, and I cannot be more excited. The truth is that while all of these bands have different sounds, they all kind of carry a similar chillwave vibe. I cannot think of a better way to end July than with a cool beverage in hand, some outdoor speakers, and this song playing.

If you can, check out Rubblebucket, Scattered Trees, and/or Caveman in the upcoming month. August will be a tremendous month, music wise. So much good music to squeeze in before summer starts to end, and I have faith that we’ll be hearing some of the best during this time. I’ve also just remembered that Mercury goes into retrograde tomorrow. So there’s that. Terrifying, but also totally a reason to be spontaneous and tap into some new music that you may not have necessarily listened to before. I’ve found that music has been the only thing constant in my life while I’ve had several nervous breakdowns and such in the past week over finding a new apartment to move into. And you know what? It’s not really worth it. Because when it comes down to it all, everyone who is looking for an apartment will find an apartment. It’s incredible how powerful one’s mind can be in this period of time though, completely taking control with negativity.

Listen. Reflect. React. And be cool, that’s all we can do right now.

Scattered Trees – Four Days Straight

Rubble Bucket – Silly Fathers (RAC Remix)

Bonus: Cave Man – Old Friend

-Ashley

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O.C. – My World

Man listen, there’s no doubt you’re gonna bump this is in your system…”

A friend of mine and I were recently talking, and the topic of past/current/future relationships with women came up and my friend had an interesting point somewhere along the lines of “I always remember the relationship, but I never remember the build up, how we met, how I initially acted around her, or how I courted her…”  I can’t explain why, but this triggered a wide spectrum of thoughts in my head about the spontaneity and overall weirdness of life. I have always loved those spontaneous moments; whether they be hook-ups, getting a life changing phone call or text message, or getting locked on a downtown Boston rooftop at 4 am with no shoes on. There’s always a refreshing feeling when you do something out of the ordinary and against normalcy. I always remember the actual moment, but never remember the build up of how you even got to that point, it’s like the events leading up to the moment didn’t even matter. To me, that part of life is beautiful, the chance to wake up one day and unexpectedly be thrown into some sort of amazing experience that you will cherish forever is unmatched. The unexpectedness of life is truly a remarkable attribute and opportunity can knock when you least expect it.

It’s my world and I won’t stop, and if you stand in my way you’re bound to get dropped…”

Life can be tough, especially when things don’t go according to plan or work out like you want them too. It seems like sometimes you get handed more downs than ups more losses than wins and whatever other euphemism you want to use. Its times like those that truly put your will and patience to the test, and you really find out a lot about yourself. I find it odd, but awesome, that everything has a way of coming full circle and working out when you believe that you will make it and are able to overcome any hardships in your way. There’s a strange energy to the world, and I firmly believe that if you do the right thing, have humility, and treat those around you with love and respect, everything will work out.

I want the green like indo, a mansion, a car, a wife that’s never been a bimbo. Too much to ask? Well to me that’s simple. Wanna retire on a yacht call it the S.S. Minnow…”

O.C. – My World

-Pete

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