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Kool G Rap – Fast Life (Feat. Nas)

The time has come. We gotta expand, the whole operation, distribution. New York, Chicago, LA. We gotta set our own mark…”

I always like to look for inspiration in weird places and its crazy how a certain event or relationship can make you more determined than ever. This life game has a certain knack for throwing you curveballs when you least expect it and there’s no rulebook or manual on how to handle these situations or fix these problems. The whole growing up and maturation experience is a challenging one for anybody, and lately I’ve been doing a lot of contemplating on the whole definition and society’s perceptions of “adulthood” and “growing up”. I see a lot of my peers beginning their careers by going the 9-5/suit and tie route, and although I will never hate on another person’s choice, that shit is just not for me!!

9 to 5 is how to survive, I ain’t tryin’ to survive
I’m tryin’ to live it to the limit and love it a lot…” – Jay-Z (Reasonable Doubt, 1996)

I can’t help but feel that lifestyle inhibits creativity and can put someone in a box. There’s no doubt that choosing that route has its benefits; stability, prosperity, paid vacation, sick days and a lengthy career, but there comes a point when you realize that one of life’s greatest achievements and experiences is building something of your own and sharing your creativity with the world. By choosing to take an alternate path to success, I have come across many scary moments and the feeling of self-doubt and self-depreciation can become crippling, but there comes a point when you realize that despite all the doubt and fear you have to do what feels right no matter how hard that is. I am currently going through one of the most confusing and grueling times of my life, but all this confusion has made my will and determination to succeed that much stronger. From here on out I am 100% focused on my future and building towards greatness.

Champagne dreams, and caviar wishes…”

Recently, I have been creating some incredible memories with some amazing people, ones that will no doubt last forever in my mind and have really inspired me to take control of my own life and leave a mark on the world. Time has been flying by recently and I have been bumping Kool G Rap and Nas’ classic “Fast Life” as the soundtrack to these fast times. As N.O.R.E. once said, “G Rap?…if you don’t know about G Rap, you don’t know about rap!”

Kool G Rap – Fast Life (Feat. Nas)

– Pete

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 a by Ryan Radler

A few weeks ago I saw a message on our Facebook page from a dude named Ryan Radler that read –

EMPT, you have inspired and supplied me with the icing on the cake for my Summer Mix projects. I need to give credit to you and your hard work at Et Musique Pour Tous. Please check out my mixes if you have time…”

I was flattered and most of our partnerships and relationships happen this way so I decided to take a listen. Long story short, your boy Ryan Randler is on point and we’re starting a new summer mix tape series featuring his work…

At the end of the day I just want people to have a rad summer and listen to this music while they kick it at the pool, beach, lake, etc etc!

“Sounds like a dream to me…” Pretty cool mission statement huh? The vibe Ryan creates with these tapes is lush, chill, cool and amidst the oversaturation of electronic music, extremely refreshing. The tape is eclectic with all sorts of genres and styles coming together seamlessly for a very rich and unique experience. Listen when I tell you folk, this is pure Columbian uncut quality here and without a doubt one of the best summer mixes you’ll hear. We’re all about the best so we’re glad to help pave the way for this fresh talent and we’re happy to make EMPT his stomping ground.

We’re looking forward to much more from Ryan so stay tuned for the next weeks installment. In the meantime, check out his Facebook page, press play, lay back and dream on. Enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 a :

1. Happy High – BYE BYE BLACKBIRD
2. Shark Ridden Waters – GRUFF RHYS
3. Mudzimu Ndiringe – HALLELUJAH CHICKEN RUN BAND
4. Kaput – DESTROYER
5. Brindo (Album Version) – DEVENDRA BANHART
6. Cult Logic – MIIKE SNOW
7. Kim & Jessie – M83
8. Music Makes The Sound Of Music – THE INCREDIBLE MOSES LEROY
9. Venus – SANTO & JOHNNY
10. Is This On Me? – ELITE GYMNASTICS
11. White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix) – OH LAND
12. The Truth (Sam La More Remix) – PNAU
13. Drop (Kings Of Convenience Remix) – CORNELIUS
14. Meeting Place – THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS

EMPT Presents – Summer: anti-winter1a by Ryan Randler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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Pink Floyd – Money

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon changed rock & roll forever. It is one of the greatest rock albums ever made and if you’re not hip to it yet I highly suggest you get familiar.

Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and your O.K.
Money it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team
Money get back
I’m all right Jack keep your hands off my stack.
Money it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the hi-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

Money it’s a crime
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re
giving none away…”

Pink Floyd – Money


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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Les Brown et Amy Winehouse

It’s hard not to notice the difference in Amy Winehouse’s appearance on the cover of her 2003 album Frank in comparison to the latest images released of her during her final attempt at a tour earlier this year.  Her untimely death was as equally sad as it was unsurprising.  A fight against substance abuse is a battle often belittled, but the unfortunate reality is this fight has been lost by so many of music’s greatest minds.  And yes, I look at Amy on that level.  In an industry of so many cloned artists Amy Winehouse paved her own way through superior talent and unique style, both things for which I will remember her by.  Frank and Back In Black are offspring that will Live On, Live Long.

Amy Winehouse – Help Yourself

Les Brown feat. Doris Day – You Won’t Be Satisfied

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The Glitch Mob 7/22/2011

I’ve been a sucker for the Glitch Mob since one of my best friends showed me “Drink the Sea” last year. I fell in love with their strange, rather glitchy but eclectic sound. They are a revolutionary electronic act, whose sound is pretty incomparable to anyone else in the field. They remind me a lot of Ratatat, aesthetically, because they both do something that no one else really does. There is something really raw and primal to their music, giving them a really smooth tribal quality.

I was able to experience the danced out craze that is the Glitch Mob in concert last night, and all I can say is wow. The entire show was so well-orchestrated, and all of the members in Glitch Mob behaved so professionally, decked out in dress shirts and ties. They were so kind and thankful to be in New York, it was really adorable.

Honestly, I’m a little mind-blown right now. Phantogram and RJD2 opened for The Glitch Mob, and they were nothing short of incredible. I was surprised by how people didn’t really seem to know RJD2 though, because when we got there, there was a lot of talking going on and not much dancing. It was still really beautiful, but I’m just surprised more people weren’t dancing. I think this can only be attributed to the generally young crowd that seems to inhabit Terminal 5 on any given concert evening, but I actually thought this crowd, (for once) was a little older and a little more mature…Until I saw sixteen year olds screaming at the top of their lungs. Guess not.

Phantogram also blew me away, with their fly lead singer, Sarah Barthel. Rocking a Karen O. hairstyle, she headbanged, and played the hell out of the keyboard. It was really hard to not dance to.

All I can say is that the Glitch Mob was able to make me dance way more than I expected, and that’s all I’m ever trying to do. Their sound was perfect too, not too heavy on the bass. They also opened their set with Daft Punk, which was probably the wisest move they could’ve made because it was such a crowd pleaser.

They closed the show with their remix of the White Stripes, Seven Nation Army. Talk about a sexy swagged out song to begin with, when the Glitch Mob put their spin on it, it was just too much to handle, in all the best ways. Terminal 5 as a venue tends to be rather unreliable, because most of the shows are 16+ which means the crowd can get a little young, prematurely drugged out, and out of control. However, last night was a smashing success on all fronts. Bravo, Terminal 5.

I took a couple of photos on my really lousy little flip phone, but their visual set was really something else.

-Ashley

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army – (The Glitch Mob Remix)


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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Julliet 2011

I know a lot of you have been waiting but I finally got the new LMDM from Steph and once again it’s nothing short of amazing. Steph is super busy these days and I know how much work goes into making something this good every single time so on behalf of all EMPT heads I’m saying thanks, a month wouldn’t be the same without a dose of LMDM.

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…

No need to doubt, I’ll show you my way.
No need to doubt, just stick with me…” – Loud Valley

I’m always curating music for brands these days and I rarely get to sit back and just enjoy someone else’s work. That’s why I cherish these tapes more than ever because I get to just sit back and go on Steph’s adventure. This one like all the others is a trip from start to finish so check out a few words from the mastermind herself as I go indulge in LMDM Julliet, enjoy.

Two amazing albums came out recently: Beirut’s new “Rip Tide” and Hooray for Earth’s “True Loves.” I can’t stop playing them. Go buy them and support the artists,  from start to finish, they are both amazing. Both bands are also touring this (end of summer/fall) so look out to see if they are coming through your city…this mix is a much lighter summer tape – for the winding down- half falling asleep-drink in your hand- smile on your face – sun about to call it quits – type of evenings. Hope you enjoy.”

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

Tracklisting:

  1. The Soulettes – A Deh Pon Dem
  2. Chrome Sparks – Show You My Way
  3. Jonathan Johansson – Blommorna (Niva Remix)
  4. Architecture in Helsinki – City Calm Down
  5. Coma Cinema- Shy Water
  6. Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way
  7. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Sophia In Gold
  8. Ladylike Lily – I’m Terrified of Being
  9. Four Tet – Angel Echoes
  10. Foreign Born – Vacationing People
  11. Ian Matthews – These Days (James Taylor cover)
  12. Yeasayer – 2080
  13. Rubblebucket – Silly Fathers (RAC Remix)
  14. Nightfall on Family Mountain – Minikon

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The Weeknd – Remixes

2011 has been a good year for The Weeknd: an EP that boomed on the internet, teaming up with a good production team, a large fanbase in a matter of months, and now one of his tracks is headlining the new season of Entourage. When I found out about his House of Balloons EP  in the Spring I was all over those tracks. Some call it ‘hipster R&B’, some call it ‘Swag’, either way i’ve found many people who agree: The Weeknd is great for baby-making or just having a fun (and dirty) night. With Summertime, I’ve been scouring the remixes that started popping up everywhere. Some are kind of uninteresting, adding little to what House Of Balloons already had. But I did find two that just nailed it for me.

The first is a Downpour remix of “High for This”. Yes, being ‘high for this’ won’t hinder your enjoyment of this song. DJ Downpour, from Portland Or., mixes this one and manages to keep faithful to the melody of this song while still throwing in some dubstep during the chorus. The track starts slowly, cranks up, slows down again, and then cranks up again…Kinda like sex. (Did I just say that?).

The second track is a Circle Edit of “Glass Table Girls”

This one is more appropriate for socializing I think, or getting ready to hit the streets. I always think of this track as two separate songs because it’s divided in two parts but one leads up perfectly to the other. The second part of the track has that catchy Siouxsie And The Banshees “Happy House” sample which arrives right at the middle with a steady beat to carry out the rest of it.

Uninhibited, reckless fun and deep, steady beats; that’s what The Weeknd will give you, and these remixes keep you going the same way.

So don’t blame it on me girl

Cause you wanted to have fun

The Weeknd – High For This (Downpour Remix)

The Weeknd – Glass Table Girls (The Circle Edit)

-Julia

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Boney M. – Rasputin

I heard this song a couple of weeks ago for the first time from my hip-to-it friend Julia, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have it on repeat from the minute I heard it. In all honesty, I think it’s really important to take a trip back every once in a while, just to appreciate what was actually responsible for the creation and inspiration of the swagged out music that we have today. I find this to be extremely true especially with disco music. It’s so fascinating to me these days that so many DJs have taken disco to a whole other level, because there are now so many different types of the funkadelic groove that used to exist in solely one way back in the 70s.

After being introduced to Boney M, I went ahead and listened to some of their other tunes. There’s something really incredible about being able to create music that translates the same kind of emotion now, as it did back then. It just makes me want to groove, jive and boogie. You kind of have to watch the video though in order to fully appreciate it, because it’s so weird and yet, so right. I love the introductory guitar, with a sound as clear as water, followed by the unexpected drop into pure disco. The female singers are incredible with their hands in the air, grooving like gypsy wedding dancers, (that one goes out to my buddy Dan, he’s famous for his own fabulous gypsy wedding dance at parties…)

“Rah rah Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen, there was a cat that really was gone.”

-Ashley

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Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

Quick post for your Monday. When I stumbled on this new track by Calvin Harris last week, I was reluctantly starting to cringe. Reason being is the new direction Calvin had been taking as of late was straying way too much off the deep end in the EDM scene. Tracks like Awooga are great for any other EDM DJ but he has so much more talent as an artist to be producing tracks of that caliber. Bounce steered back in the direction of his disco feeling beats, however, the track still wasn’t really registering with the old Calvin tunes I grew to love.

That’s why when I heard Feel So Close, it was more of a sigh of relief. His sound may not bring additional EDM crazed fans to see him spin at clubs but as long as Mr. Harris continues down this path, his distinct sound will last way beyond the fads of the short-lived electro sounds he had been producing. The readers which feel this track lacks the extra umph, check out the remix from dubstep masters, Nero, as they put together a remix which has the blog world buzzing. Enjoy.

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (Nero Remix)

- Joel

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The Persuaders – Trying Girls Out

I’m not a one girls guy, and they know it.
When it comes to love I don’t lie,
and the girls respect me for it.
Ain’t gonna say my nose can’t be over
but right now there’s just too many fine ladies out there to choose one from…”

The Persuaders – Trying Girls Out

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