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MyKill – Falling

It’s Wednesday but it feels like a Monday, is that weird? I’m okay with it for now, because I know when the weekend rolls around it’s going to be a really blissful surprise. Regardless, last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time. This is very relevant to this swaggy track you’re about to hear, so bear with me. This friend of mine is someone I would call my musical equal, because I think we’re on exactly the same level of love for music, in every regard. Ever since we met last year, we’ve been sharing music with one another, already knowing how the other will feel. It’s safe to say that his taste in music is excellent, and lucky for him, he’s a DJ too. (Maybe I should say lucky for the people who get to listen to him at work, because it’s so hard not to dance…)

Anyways, we were at a party together over the weekend when he started to DJ, and he threw down this track. I was sitting at the time and couldn’t help but stand up and groove. This track kind of made me realize when I listened the next day, that my summer was totally over but that good things were happening all around.

I think it’s only fair to include a Boney M. video in this post too, because I know you need it on this surprisingly beautiful Wednesday.

What if all we had to worry about was producing feel good disco tunes and maintaining our afros? How beautiful would that be?

MyKill – Falling

-Ashley


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler

I was in complete denial about summer ending till I went to the Caribbean this weekend and felt that amazing Cabarete beach weather – yeah summer is over. I’ve been traveling a lot my whole life, there’s something about waking up in different countries within a matter of days that does it for me. I’ll never take that for granted and music has made it possible so cheers to that.

I woke up this morning still feeling like an islander but regaining my New York State of Mind and the first thing I did was put on the new anti-winter tape. The weather in NYC is fantastic, it’s in that perfect limbo between hot and cold, it feels like change and this new tape compliments that to perfection. The opening sequence here is wonderful, Trophy Wife to Poolside’s blissful cover of Harvest Moon and then Fleetwood Mac and on and on, all I could do was lay in bed with a smile. Ryan has a knack for blending traditionally unrelated beautiful music in a way you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else and I highly appreciate it.

We sparked a doobie at like 8 am on Sunday morning after our DJ set with the one of the executives behind the weekend long event. Long story short, he was telling us how his companies creative approach is to introduce people to art they’re not familiar with. He goes out of his way to fly in acts from around the world to give the Dominican audience something new and refreshing. I loved hearing that and listening to Ryans eclectic selection brings me right back to that moment. Life is full of endless possibilities, limitless offerings and  keeping an open mind to explore all of it makes ones experience that much richer. Anyways, press play in the latest installment of anti-winter, start your day off in style and expand those musical horizons, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n  t i – w i n t e r 2c

1. Canopy Shade – TROPHY WIFE (PRODUCED BY PLAID AND TROPHY WIFE)
2. Harvest Moon  – POOLSIDE
3. Sweet Little Lies – FLEETWOOD MAC
4. Strange Days – THE DOORS (THIEVERY CORP.)
5. Chlorophyl – MILLIONYOUNG
6. So Free (Feat. Paula Abdul) – SHINE 2009 (JENSON SPORTAG MIX)
7. Surf Erie – MONSTER RALLY
8. Self Control – SUNDAY GIRL (YOUNG EMPIRES REMIX)
9. Sun Goddess – HENRY MANCIINI
10. Southern Shores – BONFIRE
11. Record Collection (Perseus Karaoke Mix) – MARK RONSON ( PERSEUS MIX)
12. Self Control (Young Empires remix)
13. ’99 Style – POKA
14. Beach Slalom – BOS ANGELES
15. TLC – FISHING
16. The Devil Gives Me Everything Except What I Need – WILLIE WEST
17. Promise Me Eternity – MOOD RINGS
18. Blue Moon – ELVIS (THE SUN SESSIONS)

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous


A$AP Rocky – Trilla

First of all, DR was off the hook! We played on the beach to an amazing crowd, Dynasty Electric absolutely lit the place on fire and everyone had an epic time. Of course we had the music banging louder than the rest so the police showed up to shut us down at about 3:30 AM right in the middle of the madness. Somehow the owners convinced the cops to let us back on and the party just got wilder after that, we ended up rockin till about 6:30 in the morning and somehow I woke up in a beach chair about an hour before my flight back. That was hands down one of the best times I’ve had in a while so thanks to all the sponsors, ShaveUrLegz and all party animals that rocked with us the whole night.

Needless to say, I’m taking it easy this week so I’ve been gravitating to music with a laid back disposition and A$AP Rocky’s latest work Trilla is on the money. Since our feature on the Harlem, NYC native a few weeks ago A$AP has pretty much taken off, his record Peso is getting spins on Hot 97 and the bloggers have embraced him with open arms. The A$AP crew calls their brand of music Trillwave and I can’t get enough of it. It’s slow, it’s stylish, it’s not dance music and it’s new. I love old school Hip Hop as much as the next man but old school fanatics are taking nostalgia a little too far. It’s gotten to the point that I think all the love for the past is holding the genre back from growing and expanding it’s expression. Old heads like Jay-Z aren’t going to do it, it’s going to happen with the youth so it’s nice to hear some new voices taking a crack at it. Anyways, NYC is finally making headlines in the Hip Hop world and it feels good to say that, enjoy…

East coast mother f&$kers making all the noise, all the noise..”

A$AP Rocky – Trilla


Et Musique Pour Tous @ Cabarete Beach (Dominican Republic)

That’s right folks, Kev and I are headed back to the Dominican Republic tomorrow to play at Cabarete Beach after a performance that same night from Brooklyns own Dynasty Electric – fresh. If this is anything like our other parties in DR we’ll be at the Viva Whindam Resort from 10PM Saturday night till an unknown time the next day. For all our DR readers make sure to get in touch with me or someone from ShaveUrLegz.com if you want to go.

I’m so grateful for these opportunities, my life has been a non stop dream so far and only my favorite Weezy line can describe how I  feel…

If I die today, it’d be a holiday…” 

I leave on a red eye in the morning and as usual my day is stacked with things to do before our departure. That said, I‘ll leave you guys with the latest and greatest mixtape from our homies over at ShaveUrLegz, enjoy.

I Spy (Metronomy Remix) – Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

I Stand Alone (Gigamesh Sunlight Remix) – Theophilus London

Weekend – Class Actress

Madder Red (Hermanos Inglesos Remix) – Yeasayer

Getaways – Big Talk

When The Night Falls (Chromeo Cover) – Mayer Hawthorne

The Wall (Shook Remix) – Louis La Roche

Oh Bauer – Jeans Team

Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) – Massive Attack

Video Games – Lana Del Rey


2Pac – I Ain’t Mad At Cha et Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of Tupac Shakur. While I originally planned to get this post up yesterday, it proved difficult to choose the right song being that the man had an incredible catalog of classic records. His versatility remains unmatched, no rapper could seamlessly flow between subject matter like ‘Pac could. Whether it be a party track (“I Get Around”), a battle record (“Hit ‘Em Up”), a song for his mother (“Dear Mama”), or some hardcore gangster shit (“Ambitionz Az A Ridah”) you could always feel his passion and love for the music through his words and delivery. The man accomplished more in his 25 years than most do in an entire lifetime, and his legacy and cultural impact is up there with the likes of John Lennon and Bob Marley. Rest In Peace to a man who will live forever through his music.

-Pete

2Pac – I Ain’t Mad at Cha

2Pac – Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find


Röyksopp – Shores of Easy

I have to say that I’ve been quite the fan of Röyksopp for sometime now. They certainly have a knack for doing things to my ears that I will probably never understand, but have come to enjoy so much nonetheless. In this past week, I’ve learned a few things. I’m at a new apartment in Williamsburg and I love it a lot, but I’ve come to know that there are way more families in the neighborhood than I expected. One of them happens to live next door to me. This isn’t an issue to me, and I wouldn’t have known until I received a knock on my door at midnight on Friday, from said neighbor, asking me to lower my music because I was waking up the baby.

DANG. I happened to be playing Röyksopp. How are you even going to hate on them? Their music is soothing, and if anything, I don’t think it was me that woke up their baby. Or Röyksopp for the matter. So I’ve learned that I can’t blast music from my beautiful sub-woofer speaker combo at any given time of the evening, which is sad…but manageable.

Anyways, Röyksopp has also released two new tracks recently that seem to be getting a lot of internet buzz. You already know how I feel about them…so I know you’ll trust me when I say that these are best enjoyed under chill circumstances. Sit back in your comfy chair, and go ahead and play away. Just because I can’t blast music late at night, doesn’t mean you can’t.

-Ashley

Royksopp – Shores of Easy

Royksopp – This Shirt (RYXP Edit)

and one of my older favorites:

Royksopp – You Don’t Have A Clue

 


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R N I G H T S: a n t i – d a y 1a by Ryan Radler

I’m a hundred miles and running right now so I have no choice but to make this a quick one.

Ryan sent me a brand spanking new mixtape over the weekend and talk about perfect timing! My BB won’t stop buzzing with emails, I have music to produce, restaurants to curate, DJ sets to finish and all in the before Friday when I fly out to DR to spin at a beach party. Life is going fast right now and I have no intention on slowing up. Anyways, Ryan says this is a pensive tape but for those of us in the fast lane it’s more like the perfect balance. Gotta run but here are the notes I was sent regarding this tape, pretty much says it all, enjoy.

For all those who live in the fast lane, the new Anti-day series

THE HARD SELL
Ok so this week, I was hoping we could drop my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX: anti-day 1a. It’s a departure from the norm and could be a nice way to “mix up” the feature/series. The theme is a little more pensive and dare I say even a bit sensitive? I would suggest a WARNING to only play this thing at night when the mood is right. It’s sort of like in the movie Gremlins but opposite I guess. LOL. And anyways- Space Age Bachelor Pads only really come alive at night right? Mine does! HAHAHA!
Below is a short anecdote about my own personal experience with the mix:
MOONLIGHT DRIVE
I recently took my girl out in my 1983 Gold Datsun 280zx (“Goldie”) for a moonlight drive all over the hills and valleys of Los Angeles. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate moment to kick on my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX 1A.
It was a very hot day in LA so we also had the luxury of an unusually warm evening. We drove up the 110 freeway from Downtown  to Pasadena and beyond, weaving in and out of side streets and neighborhoods unknown. The bright, white moon was low in the sky, drifting behind the tall palm tree silhouettes- sometimes disappearing behind a hill of pine trees- only to reappear across a valley of orange street lamps and blinking buildings.
Halfway through the mix I realized that my acceleration and turning were being less directed by me and more by the beats and melodies of the music. The mix completely took over the steering wheel just like in Knight Rider or Iron Eagle!

s u m m e r n i g h t s: anti-day 1A

1. I Look To You – MIAMI HORROR (TIM FUCHS MAKE OUT REMIX)
2. Arcadia – APPARAT
3. Blood Bank – BON IVER (DUOSSEUDO REMIX)
4. We Are The People – EMPIRE OF THE SUN
5. Roll On – DNTL (FT. JENNY LEWIS)
6. Golden Age – BECK
7. The Night – FRANKIE VALLEY
8. A Fond Farewell – ELLIOT SMITH
9. E-bow The Letter – R.E.M.
10. Codex – RADIOHEAD
11. Life Is A Gamble – MARVIN GAYE
12. To The Lighthouse – MEMORY HOUSE
13. Was – VINCENT GALLO
14. I Wanna be Adored – STONE ROSES
15. I Cried Like A Silly Boy – DEVOTCHKA

EMPT Presents – S u m m e r N i g h t s 1 a by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous


Sample Saturday – Isaac Hayes et Jay-Z: Can I Live?

We invite you to, somethin epic y’all know?
Where we hustle out of a sense of hopelessness
Sort of a desperation
Through that desperation, we ‘come addicted
Sorta like the fiends we accustomed to servin
But we feel we have nothin to lose (everything to gain)
So we offer you, well, we offer our lives
What do you bring to the table?”

I was twelve years old the first time I heard Can I Live. Jay-Z’s lyrics were superb, the album was a glimpse into the mind of an ambitious yet at the time mildly successful hustler with dreams of overcoming harsh socio-economic conditions and making the most out of his opportunity. Reasonable Doubt in general was an introspective journal, a raw look into the often neglected internal conflicts of life in the underworld.

 Whoever said illegal was the easy way out, couldn’t understand the mechanics and the workings of the underworld…”

The album addresses the pressures of youth in the ghetto, morality, dreams, realities, materialism, inequalities and the inherent challenges of overcoming such conditions. The concepts and ideas are presented with an elegance and clarity that makes it worthy of best selling author. By no means did I live a hustlers life but I grew up around all of it. It was in my vision, in my family and constantly making me question and challenge my path. From a young age the duality of my life would have me shaking hands presidents one day and  around drug dealers, hustlers and rebels the next – “Laughing hard happy to be escaping poverty, however brief…” 

This album dissected concepts that I vaguely understood but fully related to and it rocked my world. It was my coming of age, it was poetry, it was Jay-Z at his absolute best.

My mind is infested with sick thoughts that circle like a Lexus,
if driven wrong it’s sure to hurt you
Dual level like duplexes…

The two verses are classic. Everything is represented – confidence, struggle, success, failure, confusion, growth, ambition, I mean it’s so loaded that till this day I’m impressed by the Jordan-esque zone Jay was in at the time…

When it boils to steam, it comes to it
We all fiends, gotta do it, even righteous minds go through this
True, the street schooled us to spend our money foolish
Bond with jewelers and watch for intruders
I stepped it up another level, meditated like a Buddhist
Recruited lieutenants with ludicrous dreams of
Gettin’ cream, “let’s do this!” It gets te-di-ous
So I keep one eye open like C-B-S
You see me stressed right?!

Both verses lead up to one of my fondest memories as a young, the epic question that summarizes his hunger, his will and desire to finally get his chance. It was three words –

Can I Live?”

I swear to you the first time I heard that my eyes watered up. I’d never heard such a musical progression combined with words of frustration and hope like that. I thought about everything I wanted, everything I was doing and I froze… Have you ever wanted something so bad that you’re willing to put everything you have into it? You work day and night for it but you still haven’t quite got it, all you what is a chance to show yourself, your moment in the spotlight, your moment to live?

Looking back now it was a combination of a lot things that made me feel that way. One major factor was Issac Hayes mind blowing incredible arrangement. When you’re young everything is new to you and with all the music that I’d heard in my life up to that point I’d never experienced such an epic moment as when those horns come in on the chorus. Jay enhanced that 10 fold with three words and it’s a moment I’ll never forget. I’ve recently started to understand just how great some of the best rappers are as song writers. We tend to overlook that for whatever reason but listening to the original it’s hard to imagine the song without Jay on it and that serves to show just how well he connected with that instrumental. Classic all around, enjoy.

I’d rather die enormous than live dormant…”

Jay-Z – Can I Live

Isaac Hayes – The Look of Love

Rocafella y’all…


The 2 Live Crew et Santigold

Welcome September – Asides from back to school (for some of us, ha!) this week has been pretty uplifting between an electrified zoo weekend, and a fashion filled week. Maybe it’s just a change of season, but there’s something different in the air. The warm days of summer are starting to go away, but don’t be sad my friends, chillin is for all seasons!

Hangin’ on the corner, lookin’ real sporty
Coolin’ with the fellas while downin’ a 40
Nothing to do, just killin’ time

I recently watched Boyz N The Hood again, and I have I couldn’t keep my ears from perking up at the soundtrack. I know, I know, I don’t live in South Central, and I’m not friends with Ice Cube. But there is something about this track that just helps me remember that you have to take things easy sometimes. I urge you to have a laugh with le lyrics because it’s clearly what some boys are talking about when you see them hangin’ in the corner  (So the bitches walked by and my dick popped out!). Picture this: you’re walking out of class/work/whatever, you’re looking good but you’re not really trying. You turn the corner see a group of  kids howling at you: “Giirrl, so much meat and I’m on a diet!” or, if you’re in my block: “Mujer, tanta carne y yo a dieta!”

What does the girl/foxy lady answer?

I know what’s been mad, you really don’t

Try to hold a light to me, I’m a lady  

The Benny Blanco remix of Santigold’s “I’m a Lady” that Hec sent us a while ago says it! This track has a smooth beat mixed with Santigold’s sharp vocals. These lyrics are strong and uhh…well I gotta say it’s lighting up the inner feminine-womanlover in me.

Where ma ladies at.

-Julia

The 2 Live Crew – Hangin’ Out

Santigold – I’m a Lady (Benny Blanco Remix)

 

 


DJ Shadow – This Time (I’m Gonna Try It My Way)

Around this time last week I was cruising around in the Dominican Republic with my boy Saloman from ShaveUrLegz.com, the weather was amazing and then Salo played this jam and man did it take over the moment…

This time, this time I’m gonna try it my. I’m gonna live it my way…”

All my life I’ve this overwhelming vision of a life lived without settling, a custom made, tailor fitted experience I could look back at with a smile. One of my all time favorite songs is Sinatra’s My Way and I always tell my friends if I ever die, don’t cry just play that song really loud and keep rocking.

When I heard this song I was immediately trying to figure out who sang it, Salo made some calls and was told DJ Shadow was the artists. I could see Shadow remixing something like this but I knew there was no way on earth he was the original composer. It turnes out the origin of this song is actually pretty cool…

This sample originates from an (apparently) 40-year old studio reel found in an abandoned recording studio in the Bay area that was about to be shut down. The only writing on the reel was some yellow tape labeled “Joe”, hence I decided to put Joe as the artist for the original track. 

The original person who found the reel in the studio and introduced it to Shadow converted it to mp3 and posted it on Soulstrut.”

Origin aside this is one of those rare  and special tracks that make you reflect on the past, the present and the future with great confidence and wisdom. They say a wise man learns from the mistakes of others and while that’s certainly true you’d have to live in isolation to completely avoid life’s challenges. Also, any successful person (however you choose to define success) will tell you that making mistakes, losing, struggling and overcoming all those things is a very important part of winning…

There was a dream wanting to come true. But dreams you know they need to be followed through…

Ain’t that the truth. We all like to fantasize about our dreams but rarely take into consideration the hard work that goes behind it. To all the highly ambitious people out there, it’s important to develop a love for the process because that’s the reality that will bring that dream into fruition. I have to tip my hat off to Shadow and the guy who found the sample for this one. Had it not been for them this amazing song could have been lost forever and this “Joe” guys experience would have never been shared, enjoy.

DJ Shadow – This Time (I’m Gonna Try It My Way)