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Brigitte Bardot – Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas

For all the newbies, this is some vintage EMPT. I’m reposting after a conversation with an old friend, enjoy.

I’ve been listening to a lot of ’60’s French Pop and ran into this amazing song about one of the worlds most common creatures – the flip flopper. While a serious topic indeed this song makes light of the consistently inconsistent nature of some people and I couldn’t agree more with that approach. Recently I’ve been feeling like Peter from Office Space, I got hypnotized and realized just how much we worry about some things that do nothing to help whatever problems or issues we may be having. I’m going start treating life like the interview with the Bob’s…

La vie! pour moi elle est magnifique
Faut pas que tu la compliques
Par tes hésitations

I’m starting to see that life is about love and that doesn’t really leave much room for anything else. Give it however you can, if it gets reciprocated cool if not still give it, if it gets misunderstood make it clear and if they don’t want it give it to someone who does. I guess it’s more a state of being than an understanding so it’s hard for me to explain.

I wish that we could talk about it, but there that’s the problem.” – LCD Soundsystem

Anyways, Bardot is a former model, actress, singer and animal rights activist most famous for her role in the controversial film by Roger Vadim Et Dieu… créa la femme (And God Created Women). While extremely vauge and playful, there’s something about this songs lyrics that just makes sense of the people who think so much they can’t feel and feel so much they can’t think. La vie!

Brigitte Bardot – Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas

Tu veux ou tu veux pas
Tu veux c’est bien
Si tu veux pas tant pis
Si tu veux pas
J’en f’rai pas une maladie
Oui mais voilà réponds-moi
Non ou bien oui
C’est comme ci ou comme ça
Ou tu veux ou tu veux pas

Tu veux ou tu veux pas
Toi tu dis noir et après tu dis blanc
C’est noir c’est noir
Oui mais si c’est blanc c’est blanc
C’est noir ou blanc
Mais ce n’est pas noir et blanc
C’est comme ci ou comme ça
Ou tu veux ou tu veux pas

La vie, oui c’est une gymnastique
Et c’est comme la musique
Y a du mauvais et du bon
La vie, pour moi elle est magnifique
Faut pas que tu la compliques
Par tes hésitations
{au Refrain}

La vie, elle peut être très douce
A condition que tu la pousses
Dans la bonne direction
La vie, elle est là elle nous appelle
Avec toi elle sera belle
Si tu viens à la maison

Tu veux ou tu veux pas ? hein !
Quoi ? Ah ! tu dis oui
Ah ! a a a a a a a
Et ben moi j’veux plus !
Ouh ! la la

Basic Translation

Do you want it or don’t you?
Either you do or you don’t.
First you say you black, then you say white.
It’s either one way or another.
 
Life is gymnastics and it’s like music.
For me life is magnificent, why do you make it so complicated by hesitating?
Do you want it or don’t you?
If you want it good, if you don’t want it, too bad.
If you don’t want it, I won’t make a big deal of it.
 
Life can be so sweet, as long as you push it forward in the right direction.

Rudimental – Feel The Love (feat. John Newman)

This song just came out and it bangs like few love songs do. John Newman has a passionate, raunchy and gritty voice. How does it sound on a drum & bass/dub step track? Amazing.

This video was shot in one take. There are no edits, no visual effects and no pre- planned choreography.”

This video was released yesterday and it features  Marquese Scott aka Nonstop known for his skills in natural stop-motion/slow motion dancing, pretty cool. Nothing gets my Friday going like natural talent and good music, enjoy.

Rudimental – Feel The Love (feat. John Newman)


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Cordova – Paradigm

Chances are you’ve never heard of Cordova but don’t hit yourself over the head for it, this is one of those side projects that we can only hope see’s the light of day again. The group is a collaboration between Vancouver’s U-Tern and AGK’s Roxy. The two came together and made one of my favorite dream/synth-pop records to date, Paradigm. This adventure of a love song is about a girl dealing with a dude stuck in a pattern of thinking that gets in the way of her love for him. She’s aware of the problem and makes exceptions hoping that he’ll break out of it and be the person she fell in love with but eventually realizes that she’s living a pipe dream…

You’ll never be the same it’s hard for me to let you know. But you’re never gonna change it’s time for me to let you go…”

We’ve all dealt with people who live deep in their paradigms, completely oblivious to anything anyone else might be dealing with. In a world where strong will and character is a rarity I admire people with those qualities. However, the second you believe you’ve found the way is the second you stop growing and that’s not something I can’t get down with.

Having seen all the true principles, do not keep any of them in your chest. Let go of them cleanly, making your heart empty and open, and do what you do in an ordinary unconcerned state of mind. You can hardly be called a maestro unless you reach this stage.” – Miyamoto Musashi

No matter how smart you are, how much you learn or what you think you know, if you let those thoughts define you and they become your paradigm the consequence is dangerous. Instead of flowing like water, being able to adapt and move through life you become like ice, stiff and breakable if you fall. Translated to love that means you have the potential of limiting what you can experience, closing yourself off to certain emotions and feelings. Moral of the story keep your mind and heart empty and open, enjoy.

Cordova – Paradigm


Miike Snow – Paddling Out (Penguin Prison Remix)

I’ve been rocking with the new Miike Snow album but for some reason haven’t felt compelled to post anything. Then this morning Penguin Prison sent me their remix of Paddling Out and well that’s a different story. Penguin Prison brings the song about surfing to the dance floor with their beloved brand of disco-infused synth stabs, a pulsing bass line and a high energy arrangement made for movement. All I can think of while listening to this song is getting to the beach, gotta get there asap, enjoy.

Miike Snow – Paddling Out (Penguin Prison Remix)


Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)

Wow, Madi Diaz’s sultry voice and Jensen’s vintage flavored production just turned this Tuesday morning into an ethereal experience. Everything about this song is beautiful. The arrangement is so seamless it’s hard to believe the song is actually four minutes short. The bass line, synth pads and guitars are a perfectly executed modern version of those classic 80s R&B love songs. The love song’s lyrics are about the one of the most important concepts in any type of relationship – trust. I’m a romantic but not in the Top 40 type of way. I tend to fall in love with character traits, people who are passionate about what they do, artists, purity, champions, honest expression and self-awareness. The older I get the less tolerance I have for anything less, it just seems lazy.

We’re in the business of hard work over here and one of the definitions of trust is ability. Someone who works to be reliable and responsible, a person you can depend on to step it up when their expected to, that’s romance to me. Anyways, you gotta love the way this track feels, enjoy.

Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)


Ryskee – Horrors of Love (Jamaica’s Sunshine Remix) [feat. Jenny Wilson]

Sunshine remix is right, the second this track drops you can’t help but think sandy beaches, topless cars and good times. Jamaica absolutely crushed this version of Ryskee’s Horrors of Love.

I’m not sure I can agree with them on the song topic though. Everyones been in a rough relationship once or twice and some of people get it worse than others. For many, emotions become jaded to the point they think there might inately be horror in love. Even worse, some may even come to expect and romanticize and celebrate these mistaken virtues. What ends up happening is that you get one person either subconsciously or consciously expecting, hoping for or even provoking the worse. That’s commonly referred to as putting up a wall. That’s fine but the second you do that with someone who has nothing to do with your unfortunate past, that’s the second you bring dishonesty and manipulation into the picture.

The past exist to learn from but you’re not supposed to live in it. Living in the past is perhaps one of the most dangerous mistakes anyone could make for a plethora of reasons. One being that you end up constantly reliving something that no longer exist. Two because you bring it to the present and therefor never end up growing. Lastly, because you end up having preconceived notions about people that lead to generalized approaches. People and events require flexibility because no one is the same. If you’re this rigid rock that won’t adept because you’re scared of what’s to happen if you open your mind you’re just making it hard for yourself.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

There’s a fine line between not making the same mistakes again and preventing the endless possibilities of life from happening because you’re living in fear. That said, there’s no such thing as horror in love but by associating bad experiences with potentially beautiful new ones you might accidentally bring horror to love, enjoy.

Ryskee – Horrors of Love (Jamaica’s Sunshine Remix) [feat. Jenny Wilson]


Alex Anwandter – How Can You Live With Yourself?

I was in a writing session last night and the topic of insincerity came up. Specifically about people who sell inferior products and go on living life like they didn’t just commit the ultimate violation. Perhaps to a fault, I’ve never been ok with making mediocre products and selling it to people as great. I know I can do it, shit anyone with half a brain and some charm can sell, but at the end of the day I just don’t feel right and it eats up me up. I’m not a salesman. Yet for some the goal of the game is not what’s being offered but what they’re getting in return for it. When that’s the case some people will do, say or sell anything to get results, even if the product isn’t as good as it could be. Like the title of this song says…

Como puedes vivir con tigo mismo?  How can you live with yourself? 

Don’t get me wrong, no one loves the big show, selling and performing more than me but I still believe in artistic integrity. Thank the universe for the late great Steve Jobs, for showing everyone that success and artistic integrity are not independent. Some morally twisted moron of a businessman must have manipulated the world into believing the only way to make large scale profit is to compromise and be cheap in your offerings. At $600 a share and growing I think Apple is shedding light on that idiotic, cancer to the cultural, aesthetic and artistic growth of the mankind mentality.

Anyways, I love it when music addresses complex societal issues behind a grooving feel good beat. With How Can You Live With Youself? Chilian artists Alex Anwandter does that to perfection. The track is infectious, it makes you think, it makes you feel good and most importantly it makes you want to move. My kind of track for the weekend, enjoy.

Alex Anwandter – How Can You Live With Yourself?


The Cardigans – Iron Man (Black Sabbath Cover)

If for some inexplicable reason you’ve lived in some sort of alternate reality that’s allowed you to live this long without indulging in one of heavy metals most bad ass songs then I send my deepest regrets. Though it’s Black Sabbaths biggest hit, it got very little airplay upon release but through the sheer power of awesomeness it got so many sales that it forced it’s way onto the charts. That’s how it’s done.

The songs literary-inspired lyrics are about about a dude who travels to the future and see’s the apocalypse. On his way back, he runs into a magnetic storm that turns him into iron (no relation to Marvel’s character). When back he tries to warn people about what’s coming but everyone ignores him…

Nobody wants him, he just stares at the world. Planning his vengeance that will soon unfold…”

He starts to get really mad at everyone for not believing what he knows and plots revenge. When he finally kills everyone and gets his vengeance he realizes that what he saw in the future was the apocalypse that he himself would eventually cause. Now I don’t know about you, but I appreciate a metaphorically infused song about a rebel Jesus time-traveler, there’s something you don’t hear every day.

The original version has one of the most addictive guitar riffs you’ll ever here. It’s loud, makes you want to drive fast, hit the ground running and obliterate anyone in your way, my type of song. The Cardigans cover I chose to post today couldn’t be more of a polar opposite but that’s why I like it. It amazes me The Cardigans can tranform such a head smashing song into such a laid back feel good experience. Anyways, an oldie but good from both ways, enjoy.

The Cardigans – Iron Man (Black Sabbath Cover)


Gossip – Perfect World

 

I haven’t been this excited about an album in a while. I’ve hungered for new material from Gossip, and while their older albums have proven successful in maintaining my appetite, I don’t know how much longer I can wait. Their forthcoming album is set to release on May 22nd, and Perfect World is the first single off the record. I’ll say right now, the difference is definitely obvious in this track. For starters, there’s the presence of a very prominent, but catchy, bass. It counters Ditto’s sultry vocals quite well. There’s a certain 80’s feel to it (bass, synth, tambourine?), but I think the different sound can really be explained by the introduction of several different sounds and instruments. Gossip’s older work is grounded in solid guitar-drum-vocal sounds, with the occasional heavy bassline and/or piano. Ditto’s vocals are also slightly toned down throughout, which works effectively in showcasing the bands ability to counter her powerhouse voice.

The new album also began as a collaboration with Mark Ronson, and was produced by Brian Higgins of Xenomania.

Enjoy!

Gossip – Perfect World