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Penguin Prison – Golden Train (Sam Sparro Remix)

I was a Tammany Hall last night checking out The Knocks and Penguin Prison, two bands that continue to make indie label Neon Gold a force to reckon with in 2011. I didn’t stay for The Knocks but I saw Penguin Prison and heard them perform a bunch of new material that got the party going. They have a song called Don’t Fuck With My Money that’s destined to be my favorite song when they finally have a studio version. That was my first time catching them live and I was very impressed with the energy and excitement those guys brought to the table, I highly recommend keeping an eye out when they come to your city.

However, the real story last night was a lesser known but very promising band called Like Diamonds. The group opened up the show with one of the most diverse and interesting sets I’ve heard in a long time. Someone looked over at me and asked what genre they played, I looked back and said I had no idea. The only word I can use to describe these guys is limitless, their sense of arrangement is fearless as they effortlessly switch from on style to the other from song to song. It’s much better heard then said and we should have some exclusives for you guys soon so stay tuned. Alright, time to run but I’ll leave you guys with Sam Sparro’s excellent remix of Penguin Prisons latest release Golden Train, enjoy.

Penguin Prison – Golden Train (Sam Sparro Remix)

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Tanlines – Real Life (Memory Tapes Remix)

The weather in New York City is absolutely horrid. It’s dark, cold, wet and plain ol’ dull. Desperate times like this call for a serious musical escapes which is why I’m posting the Memory Tapes tropically infused remix of Tanlines’ Real Life. Memory Tapes doesn’t stray too far from the original on this one but the changes he does make perfectly suit the songs heavily percussive sunset mood. As with all good tracks, the instrumental is nothing but a canvas to the lyrics that really give the song it’s meaning…

For a minute I was lost,
I looked out away
For a minute I was lost,
I looked out away.
I was looking for a home,
I was looking for a home.

Dealing with people from the past is tricky because they always have this memory of you that probably has little to nothing to do with the person you are in the present. Don’t get me wrong some people never change and it would be foolish to ever give them a clean slate. There are times however when change is genuine and letting go of the past is the right move. That’s what this song is about, trying to explain to someone that it’s a new beginning and whatever foolishness ruined the past is no longer around.

You might think I’m still that way,
It’s only natural
It was a past life thing,
It was a past life thing-
It wasn’t anything at all.

Alright, looks like I’ll have to keep this on repeat if I wanna battle these dreary conditions, enjoy.

Tanlines – Real Life (Memory Tapes Remix)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Fevrier 2011

There’s a million Valentines day commercials on TV, red is everywhere and I still had no idea it was already February until Steph sent me the lastest installment of LMDM. Who can blame me though, the city’s been dark and cold for who knows how long so I’ve made it my duty to zone out on all things music.

This month Steph is a facilitator because all you want to do while listening is escape to the surreal dreamscape she creates with the song selection and sequencing. Just listening to See of Bees going to Jamie XX to Fleet Foxes will instantly change your environment and put you in an extremely relaxed, balanced and creative mindset. Don’t forget though, this is a Steph mixtape and what goes down must come up and you could start dancing at any time with little to no warning. Once again, Steph kicks it up a notch cooking up a mix fresher than the rest leading me to title Steph and LMDM as your favorite mixtape maker’s favorite mixtape, enjoy.

I discovered Sea of Bees in Rough Trade, London. The opening track on the album is Gnomes, and I thought it was perfect to open the tape with that as well. Her voice is strong and a little different and I think it sets a great tone for February’s mix. Agent A & Omae is another band I found last month that you should definitely check out more on their bandcamp and download their whole album, its amazing. I could say something about each track, but I’ll leave it at that and let you decide which are your new and maybe some old favorites..”

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Sea of Bees – Gnomes
  2. Jamie XX – Far Nearer
  3. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  4. Foster the People – Helena Beat
  5. Agent A & Omae – Breathing 2007
  6. Polarsets – Morning
  7. Aydio – Deltitnu
  8. Slowwave – Pour
  9. Wine & Cheese – Make It With You
  10. The Naked & Famous – Young Blood
  11. Starfucker – Born
  12. Vadoinmessico – In Spain
  13. Candy Claws – Catamaran
  14. Tame Impala – Lucidity (Pilooski Remix)
  15. Ratatat – Mi Viejo


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Telonius – Hit Me (Original Mix)

In the deserts of Sudan
And the gardens of Japan
From Milan to Yucatan
Every woman, every man hit me!”

I’ve been in the city for a month now and it’s starting to feel like an eternity. Music and traveling have been synonymous for me since I was 4 feet tall and I’m starting to think I need it more than I enjoy it. The change of scenery, the different cultures, the people, the climate changes, the customs, the airport, I just have this deep appreciation for everything that is traveling…

In the wilds of Borneo
And the vineyards of Bordeaux
Eskimo, Arapaho
Move their body to and fro hit!

Anyways, Mondays mean go around these parts but no hustle can be effective without the right soundtrack so today I needed some real space age disco to get things going. Telonius’ cover of Ian Dury’s classic Hit Me With A Rhythm Stick is the perfect catalyst. The bass line groove on this song will have you this Monday feeling like Friday quick fast. Telonius smashed this cover but this song is so good to begin with that it’s hard no to do it justice. Alright, time to get off of this computer and on the run, it’s hard to sit still while listening to this, enjoy.

In the dock of Tiger Bay
On the road to Mandalay
From Bombay to Santa Fe
Over hills and far away…”

Telonius – Hit Me (Original Mix)

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Peter, Bjorn & John – Second Chance

What are surprise, more Swedish music on EMPT! Peter, Bjorn & John are back and they haven’t sounded this fresh since Writer’s Block

Yo career crook, nobody rep Brooklyn like me
Jigga-man, Volume 3, I’m back lookin like me.” – Jay-Z (So Ghetto)

Being able to provide your fans something new while staying true to the very essence that made them like you in the first place is truly the artists dilema. In my opinion The Beatles handled that problem the better than anyone. Constantly reinventing themselves and pushing the limits while never fully letting go of that magic that made so many people love them. Gimme Some is a deliberate attempt to keep it simple, make good music and make you feel good. Some people thought Living Things was too experimental and dark, well  you can put those thoughts to rest this time around. The band has abandoned the synths and samples and bought out the guitars to address your worries.

When you flew out of your mess you made a mistake flew all the way back…”

For some reason people never talk about PB&J’s song writing which is one of my favorite aspects of their music. Second Chance is about a person who keeps repeating the same mistakes over and over always expecting to find another chance. The lyrics and message are simple but the arrangement is so flawless and easily accesible that you can’t help but get lost in the song. It’s good to have these guys back, enjoy.

Peter, Bjorn & John – Second Chance

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The Holidays – Golden Sky

A girl named Catherine left a comment suggesting I checkout an Australian radio station so I did and came back with the subject of todays post, Golden Sky by The Holidays. This song was released back in May as part of the self-produced, recorded at home EP also titled Golden Sky. I love where music DIY production is headed because this sounds better than a lot of the big studio work coming out and that’s something to be excited about.

The last two days in the city have been pretty dark and ugly and all I can think about is beaches and friends, niether of which I’ve had enough time to enjoy as of late. Thankfully there’s always music because he feeling this song captures makes me feel like I’m in seventh heaven with nothing positive visions and admiration for what’s in front of me…

Now I’m dreaming of the most peculiar place…”

Some people live life constantly worried and they project that energy into the world around them which is no good in my book. As long as you’re being productive and paying your dues theres nothing to worry about and all worrying will do is create the very things you’re concerned about. The laws of attraction are very real and thoughts are things so be careful what you allow your mind to entertain because it will manifest itself. At the same time, constantly feeding and naturing good vibrations will bring that same energy into your life. Anyways, don’t mean to get all metaphysical on a Thursday morning but that’s what this song does to me, enjoy.

The Holidays – Golden Sky

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Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (Dave Sitek Remix)

First of all, thanks to everyone who downloaded and played the Casey Mendoza mixtape released yesterday. It broke all our records for most downloaded and most played tracks in one day, fresh. Thanks to Brobible.com for releasing it with us, we’ve got more on the way, let’s get it…

Alright, some of you may have wondered why I didn’t post the new Lykke Li stuff and today’s post is why – the remix…

After the show it’s the afterparty, then
After the party it’s the hotel lobby, then
After the Belve then it’s probably Cris
And after the original it’s probably this.. – Jay-Z

One of the best things about Lyyke Li’s debut album Youth Novels was the barrage of amazing remixes that came after it. Her style of singing and production is usually very ambient and mellow in nature which is exactly what they are going for. However, stip down those vocal tracks and you have this angelic voice that becomes the perfect ingredient for some drum heavy instrumentals. Seasoned producer Dave Sitek is well aware of that and use Lykke Li’s voice to perfection on this remix. Dave Sitek is a member of TV on the Radio and has been quite influential in the indie music scene so I would def check him out if you’re not familiar. Alright, its snowing up a storm in the city and I need to get some work done so press play and kick back, enjoy.

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (Dave Sitek Remix)

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EMPT & BROBIBLE.com Present: Gold For Breakfast Vol. 1 by Casey Mendoza


I hope ya’ll are in a party mood because today EMPT & BroBible.com announce the first mixtape from new DJ/production group Casey Mendoza, aka myself and Kevin Casey. If you’ve been to one of our Noctambule parties the energy in this tape will bring you back to the debauchery and possibly make you start jumping so be ready to move when you’re listening. Ideal playing time for this tape is no earlier than 11:20 PM or in the gym. If that Rex Ryan / Justice intro doesn’t get you going then you must be a Patriots fan but it’s ok Tom Brady lovers can enjoy the gold too…

Last year, hey we we’re under the radar that’s a good place to be F&^K THAT! The best place to be is when expectations are high, get use to it, it’s always gonna be that way…
 
We don’t give a shit if you give us your best game, we’re gonna give you our best game and we’re gonna beat the f*#k out of you. How’s that? Lets go get it!

If you’ve been here before you know how serious I take entertainment and that intro is exactly how I feel about what Casey Mendoza represents – showtime. We’re here to put on a show no one has seen before, we don’t care if other DJ’s are selling you short cause we’re coming strong. There’s all sorts of blends, mash-ups, mixes happening here with 3 or 4 songs playing simultaneously at times! It’s hard to tell where a song starts and another begins but here’s the tracklist for the curious ones…

Et Musique Pour Tous & BROBIBLE Present: Gold For Breakfast Vol. 1 by caseymendoza

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Tracklisting:

1. Intro:
Rex Ryan – Hard Knocks Speech / Justice – Genesis / Bill Conti – Going The Distance vs. Mobb Deep – Shook Ones (Casey Mendoza Blend)
2. Fedde Le Grand – Back & Forth (Feat Mr. V) / Steve Aoki – I’m In The House (Feat. Zuper Blahq)
3. Bombs Away – Big Booty Bitches / Kid Cudi – Embrace The Martian (Round Table Knights Remix) / Pursuit of Happiness (Them Jeans Remix)
4. Tiga – Beep Beep Beep (Crookers Remix) / Richard Vission & Static Revenger starring Luciana – I Like That (Original Mix)
5. Llyod Banks – Beamer, Benz, or Bentley (Scene Uptempo Remix) / Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock B-More Version)
6. Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock (Original) / Fat Joe – Slow Down (Ha Ha) / Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
7. Slick Rick – La Di Da Di / Red Cafe – Hottest In The Hood
8. Jay-Z – 99 Problems / Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Can’t Hot
9. Kanye West – Christian Dior Denim Flow
10. Estelle – I Can Be A Freak / Chemical Brothers – Do It Again / Hyper Crush – Ayo ( Prod. By Diplo ) / Katie Perry – California Gurls [Inner Party System Remix Edit]
11. Stromae – Alors On Danse (Kanye West Remix) / Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix) / Drake – Over
12. Drake – Forever / Tweet – Oops (Oh My) (feat. Milly Elliot) / Kanye West – Power
13. Outro:
Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy vs. DJ Quicksilva (Casey Mendoza Blend) / Vato – Speaking In Tounges / Red Cafe – I’m Ill / J.R. Writer – Go Cinderella / 9 (Elijah Wood) – “What Happens Next?”


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I Blame Coco – Quicker (Shook Remix)

Eliot Paulina Sumner aka I Blame Coco aka Stings daughter is slowly making her acension to the top of the indie pop world. By slowly I mean she’s signed to Island Records, released an album and is constantly working with the biggest music heads in Europe. On top of that she’s getting remixes by people like Diplo, Miike Snow and now EMPT favorite Shook. Don’t get it twisted though, the girl can sing and all those producers and writers behind her are putting together some high quality stuff.

If we could only be quicker and be quick to be kind.
If we could only be faster, then we could outsmart time.

I like this song but for some reason it got me thinking about time and why I don’t like the concept anymore. I go to California quite often but I live in New York City. When I’m in Cali time seems to pass so slow, the days couldn’t be longer and the overall perception is time is just chilled out. A New York minute on the other hand is blazing fast, there’s never enough time to do anything, the day is over before you know it and repeat. Anyone ever notice how slow and dreadful time is when you’re doing something lame like waiting at work, or how fast it goes on weekends? Seriously, where does time get off being so fickle?

I don’t know, I just have this feeling that time is irrelevant and constantly reminding ourselves of it does nothing but create a false sense of limits based on how a clock ticks or what day it is on the calendar.

I’m with Coco on this one be faster, get thing done and outsmart time by deeming it pointless. At the end of the day time is just good for keeping meetings but the sun comes up, the sun goes down, one day we’re young, someday we’re old. The hour on the clock has nothing to do with those inevitabilities. Oh snap, look at the time! I gotta stop rambling and get to my next meeting, enjoy.

I Blame Coco – Quicker (Shook Remix)

I Blame Coco – Quicker

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Samuel Jonathan Johnson et Jadakiss

Fuck….the…..frail shit….As we discussed last week with Raekwon and Ghostface, very few artists in the rap game really have that chemistry on the mic.  Another pair that do is Jadakiss and Styles P. of The L.O.X., and throw in Alchemist on the boards and you’re guaranteed to have something hard. “We Gonna Make It” is one of the standout tracks off the under appreciated Kiss the Game Goodbye album, and features the grimy street talk that fans of The L.O.X. are accustomed to.  Last year of high school I’ll never forgot one of my boys wanted to make the opening lines of “We Gonna Make It” his senor quote in the yearbook, needless to say the school disapproved.

Anyone unfamiliar with the work Alchemist has put it should take the time to really observe this dude’s discography.  Not just records, but certified classics almost all the way through.  His ability to take samples and turn them into something completely different has separated him from the rest. Alchemist beats have provided crack for underground acts like Dilated Peoples to some of the most well known and legendary artists like in rap such as Mobb Deep, Nas, and Ghostface. He also took the bold step to produce every track for his own albums.  The money chop for “We Gonna Make It” is from 3:23 mark of “My Music” by Samuel Jonathan Johnson.  Hard street record that could still get the right crowd moving in a club… rarity these days.

Samuel Jonathan Johnson – My Music

Jadakiss ft. Styles P – We Gonna Make It

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