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Afrobeta – Love Is Magic (DiscoTech Extended Remix)

Happy Thursday, everyone! I heard this song recently thanks to Hector and I have to say it’s been on my mind for a few days. I can’t stop thinking about it, playing it, listening to it, and smiling about it. I decided to wait until Thursday to post about it because I don’t think this is a Friday night banger, but I definitely want you guys to understand how much it resonates after the first listen. The thing about Friday night songs is that they’re always fun and they’re always part of a memory. But the downside is that sometimes we get caught up in the moment of fun and the song becomes a background rather than a focus. Which is totally absolutely one hundred percent fine! They both serve a purpose. But you understand why some songs deserve to be the focus, while others set a lovely background/soundtrack for the evening. If you haven’t noticed, I have a tendency to find Thursday jams. Maybe it’s because Thursday is my favorite day of the week, or because I always make an effort to listen to the best music on Thursday, before the haze of the weekend rush enters the picture.

I need you to believe I have nothing up my sleeve
Even if I disappear
I’ll always keep you in my focus
It’s true love not hocus pocus

I don’t want to write this post about love, despite that being the topic of this song. I find it so hard to write about love, it feels corny and not authentic. But I will say that it’s not coincidental that this song draws a connection between love and magic. But why? I leave that up to you to decipher.

 Afrobeta – Love Is Magic (DiscoTech Extended Remix)

Hot Chip – Motion Sickness

The sound of a crowd and the inaugural rhythm provide the gateway into Hot Chip’s fifth full-length, In Our Heads. Layer upon layer of drums and synths teleport you through the history of the universe. Don’t reach for the barf bag as you spiral through the space-time continuum.

“Motion Sickness” exhibits the band’s innate ability to create music that pours emotion and danceability. The rest of the album follows suit. If you’re already a fan, let this new one transport you. I found myself two-stepping on the deck of a pirate ship sailing through an ocean of nostalgia.

Remember when people thought the world was round…Remember when we both first felt the world is sound?”

If this is your first time, don’t be scared. Let your body do the thinking.

Hot Chip – Motion Sickness

Louie Austen – Glamour Girl

Cover of Louie's album Iguana

I always describe Louie Austen by saying:

“Imagine if Frank Sinatra were alive and he sang disco, dance and electro… That’s what Louie Austen sounds like.”

I love this guy, just look at the cover art for the album from which I took this track. And I’ve been sharing his music and spreading my love for him to friends of mine for years. His album Iguana is a jewel, for it’s diversity both musically and lyrically -from silly ones to not so silly ones-. Picking one track out of the album was hard, as some of my favourites are Passion For Life, Disco Dancer, If You Let Me Love You and of course, the one featured in this post.

What amazed me most is how few people I’ve met have actually heard one of his songs. He’s done collaborations as vocalist for specific works with people like Flight Facilities, Phonique, among others. Since his music speaks for himself, I’ll let you get acquainted with Mr. Austen. And please do tell me your thoughts in the comments section

This selection has been certified on dance floors, bars, lounges, dim-lit bedrooms and after-parties.

Louie Austen – Glamour Girl

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

During an intimate performance at The Mercury Lounge on Monday night, The Heavy showcased some serious musical guns of steel for what wound up being a mind-blowing, not to mention meticulous, performance. I know you guys are familiar with the Heavy because they’re an EMPT favorite, but for anyone who’s just tuning in and doesn’t know, my friend (coincidentally named Ashley) said this the other night and I thought it was totally appropriate: “If James Brown, Cee Lo Green and The Black Keys all had a lovechild, it would be The Heavy.” The truth is that their live performance exudes just as much power and energy as you would imagine after listening to their recorded music. Front man, Kelvin Swaby, began the performance in a suave ensemble — suit and bowtie lookin’ real fresh — only to end the show sans suit jacket with an unbuttoned shirt. It’s like his appearance came apart according to how hard he was going in with each song, harder and harder with every bellowing sexy shout. That marks a true performer.

My favorite part of the performance had to be the encore. For some reason the venue was anti-encore I guess, because they almost played in total darkness. The band came back on stage greeted by cheers, but the lights remained off. They began singing, lights still out, and about halfway through the song, the lights came back on. I’m still not sure if that was planned, or if the venue people just gave in to allowing one more song…but it was awesome.

What Makes A Good Man is one of their latest singles, and I love it. I love the energy and the lyrics and how beautifully everything meshes together. No Time is just an all time favorite song off their last album, and it needs to be shared on this scorcher of a day.

Plug in and go go go to somewhere not hot!

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

The Heavy – No Time

Johnnyswim – Heartbeats

What I really liked about this track and that reeled me in was how the lyrics are not complicated at all in the context of feelings. Yet it expresses, in a very unique way, a feeling that most of us experience but don’t express – or don’t know how to put into words-: that moment when you feel something for that someone and you actually feel it in your heart, when it beats. As you can realize this is a feeling that can be experienced on one of those “We just shared a glance on the subway” to the “I’ve loved you all my life” moments.

Johnnyswim is a duo comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez hailing from Nashville. On the vocal side, she has a bit of Lauryn Hill and on the musical side, it’s a bit of Band of Horses meets some flamenco street band with the handclaps and all. They have a free EP called ‘Home‘ from which this track, in my humble opinion, stands out.

Johnnyswim – Heartbeats

Dillon — Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

I’d like to start this one post, my first one here at EMPT, by stating the fact and how happy I am to start contributing to a music blog that I respect so much for its quality and editorial. Don’t want to miss this public opportunity to thank Hec and Mollie. Do watch out for my posts and please do tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Without further ado, here goes my first:

The first time I heard this song I couldn’t make out the feeling it evoked and brought out in me.

It starts a cappella with the first verse — quite naked. And then, the piano comes in and the rest of the instruments follow; all the while Dillon‘s voice and the lyrics have the starring role.

For you I found a cell
on the top floor of a prison
just enough space for you to fit your feet in
if you go,
do let me know”

And while the original is good, I found this bootleg a month ago and I’ve had it on high rotation ever since. It’s faithful to the original adding just the right touch of beats and percussions. It has a special groove to it, keeps evoking feelings of melancholy with it’s mellow vibe yet you can’t avoid grooving to it when it starts kickin’. After the second time I had heard it I couldn’t get it out of my head, especially the chorus and that: cha chaa.

There are various remixes out there but this bootleg stands out. It’s a rare find and one that we, here at EMPT, truly believe you should get to know. Feel free to pair this one with those warm-up cocktails in your loft before heading out.

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive

Metric – Clone

Call me out
My regret
Only makes me stronger yet

Nothing I’ve ever done right
Happened on the safe side
It’s the other way
I’m missing everyone I know now

It’s too late in the day
It’s too late in the day to take you on all the right
I was afraid to tell you that

Back to that photograph
Can you clone me?
I look like everyone you know now…”

I haven’t heard lyrics that resonate with me so well in a while, so I felt it was only right to lay these out for you all.  I think these lyrics could resonate with anyone though, I mean think about it, did you ever do anything right by not taking a leap, taking a chance, living on the dangerous wild side.  Nothing good ever comes from playing it safe, lets be real here, Metric does a great job of displaying this in the lyrics without sounding too cliche, and that’s something I really appreciate myself because you can get so stuck on writing easy lyrics, or cliche ones, but finding that right twist to set them out from the rest but still know exactly what they mean is pure talent.

I really like Metric, their new album Synthetica is fire so you should really check it out.  It’s so funny I came across this track because I was just talking about them yesterday with a Big Boss from Warner Brothers, ya that’s right people know about EMPT over there, bad ass right!?  Anyways not too get too off track in my moment of excitement, but I just adore Emily Haines deep breathy vocals which give the lyrics so much justice and power.  I am really feeling this one today so I am gonna go ahead and put it on repeat, enjoy!

Metric – Clone

Fenech Soler – Demons (Minnesota Remix)

I keep running and I don’t know why,
I see my demons and I just can’t hide.
Say no! I wanna let go!…”

I love those lyrics because  it means one thing – man up, face the facts and do what needs to be done. I’ve recently been very infatuated with the concept of making the most out of the moment. I know that sounds cliche but how easy is it to take the moment for granted. As people who naturally love comfort we tend to forget the very real fact that any of us could be here today and gone tomorrow. That’s right, some random, totally unexpected shit could change the outcome of your life at anytime. It usually takes tragedy for people to understand the meaning of that but how does that saying go?…

Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by the their own…”

This song has the right attitude and when those humongous synths come in for the hook, well that’s just euphoric. Dwelling on anything is pointless, face it now, whatever it is and keep moving forward. The past doesn’t exist and the future is yet to come. Don’t commit the ultimate crime and disrespect for the beautiful life we’ve been given by taking the moment for granted because when you think about it that’s really the only thing we have, enjoy.

Fenech Soler – Demons (Minnesota Remix)

Carrie Wilds – Stay (Feat. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire)

The underground (The Weeknd) has changed the face of R&B forever. Hello Brooklyn, Welcome to the future.

Carrie Wilds – Stay (Feat. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire)

Danny Brown – Grown Up (Explicit)

Alright my friends I have something a little different for you today and I am really stoked about it.  I am a huge hip-hop/rap head, if you have driven in my car with me then you already know this and we haven’t had enough of this genre on EMPT lately.  When I heard this track Grown Up by an independent hip-hop recording artist Danny Brown I was like DAMN I feel this.  I have never heard of this guy Danny until now, which blows my mind cuz he is great, and I love finding new hip-hop that blows my mind like this.  He kind of reminds me of a mix between the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest. And Seriously this video is too good, in my opinion its genius and 110 percent entertaining, yup your welcome, this is a rare find my friends, I kinda want to be this little kid in the video just not given a S*&t, HA!

Never ever quit I just kept on pursuin’
Teacher always asked me what I was doin’

Whoever thought I’d be the greatest growin up..”

Danny’s been gaining respect in the rap game for a couple years now by getting friendly with 50 Cent and Tony Yayo and eventually getting signed to Fools Gold Records where he came out with his album XXX in 2011.  This cat is on the top of my list right now, he obviously knows what is going on because he has fun catchy lyrics and a great flow which is key since I feel like hip-hop is one of the most complicated genres to master.  I think we will be seeing Danny Brown move up pretty quick.

Watch the video and press play on this magic right here, enjoy!

Danny Brown – Grown Up (Explicit)