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White Arrows – Coming or Going (RAC Remix)

Stop the presses I’m back!…” – Fat Joe (The Incredible)

It’s official, RAC is on the indie music Alchemist. I like to post different artists everyday but this guy has so much fold that I’ve literally had to force myself to hold back from posting a new one everyday. I mean talk about imagination, some of these original tracks are so different that you can help but listen in amazement to these guys reinventions. Anyways, this dude deserves an award or something for absolutely mastering the remix niche. EMPT to RAC, we see you man! Alright, somehow it’s Monday again and there’s much to be done but you can count on some good music to help you get through it feeling good and in style, enjoy.

White Arrows – Coming or Going (RAC Remix)

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Aretha Franklin et Mos Def

Any DJs from the pre-Serato era can most likely relate to thinking in the currency of records; twenty dollars = 4 records. Since this was my mentality, throughout high school I was a regular at Music Factory in The Bronx, and somewhere around 11th grade I copped the Mos Def 12″ for “Ms. Fat Booty”, with “Mathematics” on the B-Side.  Since this vinyl was equipped with two exceptionally dope instrumentals along with acapellas for each song, it stayed alive in my practice rotation for years, ultimately becoming on of my favorite records I ever owned.  I was always fascinated with the beats in rap songs, so the first thing I would do when I opened a record was check the credits for the producer.  The B-Side was another Primo classic, and “Ms. Fat Booty” was by a new name to me at that time, Ayotollah.

Producer Ayotollah is a wizard with the samples, and although fairly unknown he has constructed classics for countless New York based MCs like Ghostaface Killah, Guru, Talib Kweli, Cormega, and another Sample Saturday post “My Life” for Styles P.  His sound is largely based on soul samples, like in this case he uses the rare Aretha Franklin single “One Step Ahead.”  He starts “Ms. Fat Booty” with the chorus section of the beat, which is constructed with the 0:53 and 1:21 part of the sample.  Without listening to the original, it would be impossible to tell that this segment was put together with two pieces because of the way they seamlessly flow together.  The verse then comes in using a loop from the 0:36 mark.  Small chops are sprinkled on top to complete the boom-bap masterpiece.  My favorite Mos Def record to date.

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty

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Foals – Miami (Jono Ma and Franklin Furter Remix)

I’ve been dealing with a bunch of nonsense lately so excuse the no post yesterday. Also, for all the people who texted and emailed asking about the Le Souk party stay tuned EMPT will be back on the road in no time. I’ve been up since 6 today ready to rock so I put on iTunes and the Jona Ma and Franklin Further remix of Miami came on, wow, talk about swing. I’ve been trying to post it for a while but couldn’t find the right time, today felt right. I don’t have time to discuss this song like I would like to but let’s just say this…

Let’s have a toast to the douchebags, let’s have a drink to the assholes.” – Kanye West

Music is love for me so to have a toast to all the jerks of the world couldn’t be more in tune with Bachelor Pad way, I wish you losers the utmost success at failure, enjoy.

Foals – Miami (Jono Ma and Franklin Furter Remix)

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Ben L’Oncle Soul – Seven Nation Army

And the nu-soul movement continues… Two weeks ago we were talking about Eli “Paperboy” Reed and now we have another incredible artist by the name of Benjamin Duterde aka Ben L’Oncle Soul. This dude is French, he sings Soul in French, it’s authentic and quite fresh. In case you were wondering French soul is nothing new, Motown Records actually has a French division and that’s how this Soul man got discovered but French soul in 2010? You don’t see that everyday and I like it.

Duturde gained recognition in 2009 when he released an EP called Soul Wash. The EP covered songs by The White Stripes, Katy Perry, the Spice Girls and Gnarles Barkley. I’m posting The White Stripes cover today and as your will hear it is absolutely amazing. Apparently, Ben is pretty well known in Europe and his EP reached the Top 5 in French album charts. My Parisian informants are slacking for not telling me about this sooner! Alright, we’re 4 days away from the weekend so add some French soul flavor to your hustle and make that money, enjoy.

Ben L’Oncle Soul – Seven Nation Army

Ben L’Oncle Soul – Soul Man

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Crookers feat. Miike Snow – Remedy (Magik Johnson Vocal Mix)

A week ago my hosting company called in saying that EMPT outgrew it’s server and did over 1 terabyte is traffic. They congratulated me and the readers for our music addictions but  told me that I owed them $10,000 in fees, right. They basically wanted to blame me for their accounting mistakes so yesterday, I didn’t wait around and removed myself from the hosting. Today EMPT is hosted on a bigger, badder, faster and better service – how you like me now f&*c@rs.

No we won’t back down from anything in search of a remedy…”

I really love that line and it pretty much sums up how I feel about a lot of things. Dealing with nonsense is pretty much inevitable but as we all know it’s how you handle it that counts. Sometimes it’s best to attack, sometimes it’s best to retreat but no matter what you have to be in pursuit of the solution. I woke up this morning feeling like I drank 5 cups of coffee and with all the drama in the NYC this Magik Johnson Vocal Mix couldn’t be more appropriate.

Crookers feat. Miike Snow – Remedy (Magik Johnson Vocal Mix)

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Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (MYNC’s Payback Mix Remix)

The Whiskey Bar last night was mayhem and pure inspiration in equal portions. Richie Rich walked into the bar, went straight to the mic and let the fashion world know that Kristine Elezaj is coming. Kristine then got on the bar and lit up the room to the point that we all got emotional thinking about how hard she’s been working to get to this point and how much love there was in the room for her during the performance, it was quite fresh.

Live and correct I will  we bring it to your set
I  We got now, I We don’t care who got next…” – Jay-Z (Hovi Baby)

Alright I have about 5 minutes of spare time today in between meetings and after last night I’m having a hard time sitting still and talking, time to do. I still had get on EMPT and give ya’ll something for the weekend and MYNC’s Payback Mix Remix of I’m Not Alone couldn’t be more appropriate. This song is bliss and dance at the same time. When those chords come in 44 seconds into the song you can help but escape and then the drums kick in and you can’t help to want to move. On top of that the trick still has a very relaxed overall feeling so you can sit at work and brainwash yourself to feel better about the next few hours before freedom. Anyways, time to go but enjoy this weekend anthem, peace.

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (MYNC’s Payback Mix Remix)

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N.E.R.D. – Hot-N-Fun (Boys Noize Remix)

Fashion week kicks off today and the EMPT crew is headed to the Richie Rich after party at the W Hotel to see our friend Kristine Elezaj bring down the house  - La vie en rose. We use to dream about this stuff…

Jay’s favorite line – “Dog, in due time”
Now he look at me, like “Damn, dog, you where I am”
A hip hop legend.
I think I died in an accident, cause this must be heaven… – Touch The Sky

I’ve been in show business since I was 9 and to still feel that little kid excitement about the journey is a blessing. All your EMPT readers, you guys help keep this thing exciting, all my friends, you are greatly appreciated, let’s keep rocking.

Head to the ground
I don’t ever want the beat to stop
Speaking up without a sound
You try to call me, but you’re breaking up… – Sky Ferreira (One)

Well it’s Thursday and the festivities are beginning so I wanted to post one of my favorite tracks to throw on at parties, the Boyz Noize Remix of N.E.R.D.’s Hot-N-Fun. This track is dark, sexual and aggressive, the recipe for a good dance party.

Homebody she’s dancing for a reason…

Alright I have a million things to do before this show but play this and get ready for the weekend, enjoy.

N.E.R.D. – Hot-N-Fun (Boys Noize Remix)

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Holy Ghost! – Static On The Wire (RAC Remix)

I hear your voice in fragments darling…”

I think this pretty much settles it, André Allen Anjos’s the Portuguese producer also known RAC (Remix Artist Collective) is officially my favorite remixer of 2010. I was reading about famous producer Mutt Lange who despite his extremely successful career might not exactly ring bells for you. Mr. Lange was a producer who was all about taking his ego out the work and bringing the best out of the artist. Would you believe me if I told you the same guy that produced the Backstreet Boys was also responsible for AC/DC? How about Def Leppard, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams and Billy Ocean – believe it or not they were all produced by Mutt Lange. That type of versatility is amazing in my eyes so when I see RAC remixing so many different artist and styles I can’t help but think of what this guy is going to be like in the future.

As I was thinking about this I went and did some research of Anjos only to find that he shared my exact thoughts on the subject. This remix is amazing, enjoy…

One of the main reasons I started RAC was out of frustration with the current remix scene. I was just plain bored with the lack of variety at the time. Things have definitely come along just in the past year or so with more and more bands remixing each others songs. I strive to create remixes for music lovers who want to hear the song re-invented, not just re-interpreted and chopped up. I hope people experience the original songs in a different way that not only complements the original, but takes them somewhere else.

The idea behind RAC Vol 1 was simply to celebrate that idea by compiling songs that we felt should flow together, and just like most DJs create an in-depth organic mixtape of sorts without the need to stick to particular genre. I love all of the bands included and it’s probably the only “mix” on which you’d hear both Robbers On High Street and Chromeo. One of the main criteria when choosing the bands was the variety intended, but above all, the quality of the original songs. Many artists have remix albums that are simply collections of past work, but this one was built up from the start for this purpose.”
-André Allen Anjos (above photo by Jon Duenas)

Holy Ghost! – Static On The Wire (RAC Remix)

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Stars – Dead Hearts (LightsoverLA Remix)

You might know LightsoverLA from the ridiculously good Two Door Cinema remix we posted a while back. This time around I’m posting their remix of Stars’ Dead Hearts and man talk about  a perfect Monday morning song. The vocals on this track are mellow, relaxing and hopeful to ease back into the painful world of work but the drums are dub step inspired and banging to keep you energized and thinking of the come up.

Tell me everything that happened, tell me everything you saw.
They had lights inside their eyes, they had lights inside their eyes…

Amy Milan and Torquil Campbell sound like their eternal lovers on this track as they have a conversation about whatever strange encounter it sounds like Amy had. Given the album cover and title of The Five Ghost one would think Amy had a ghost encounter and Torquil was trying to find out who they were and what happened. However, the supernatural experience is something of a metaphor for a relationship that they are reflecting upon. The kids she’s referring to are themselves and she’s remembering how happy and exited they once were – they had lights inside their eyes. Comparing this old reflection of herself made her realize how unhappy she was and how all the love is pretty much gone – Dead Hearts.

I could say it but you wont believe me
You say you do but you don’t deceive me
It’s hard to know they’re out there
It’s hard to know that you still care

I could say it but you wont believe me
You say you do but you don’t deceive me
Dead hearts are everywhere”

The memory of what they once were raises questions but also brings back emotions they once knew possibly reviving the dead hearts. This is a fantastic song and the remix takes it over the top. Definately sit back when you have a break and relax to this one, enjoy.

Stars – Dead Hearts (LightsoverLA Remix)

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Incredible Bong Band et Nas

In 2002, Nas found inspiration in his feud with Hova and his own mother’s passing to drop his most personal album to date, God’s Son. The album covers themes such as religion, violence, and his own emotional experiences during that time.  In a period where most artists were going the safe route when picking beats for their albums, Nas went the other way and used non-mainstream hip-hop producers like Alchemist and Salaam Remi. The result was one of Nas’ most revealing work, and was generally well received amongst fans and critics.

Now let’s get it all in perspective, for all yall enjoyment made a song yall could step with.”

“Made You Look” was the first single off of God’s Son and brought forth a very classic hip hop vibe.  The song was produced by one of my personal favorites Salaam Remi, who also did 5 other cuts on the album, and is most recently responsible for the modern-day classic “All I Want Is You”.  In a very interesting video interview that inspired this post, Remi speaks on the making of “Made You Look” and how the Incredible Bong Band’s “Apache” sample he was chopping was intended for…. Ricky Martin, of course.  In a technique he says he picked up from Large Professor, he slowed down the sample to make sure his chops were perfect, and in doing so heard the loop as it is on the Nas record.  I will always remember the day I first heard this bump because it was unlike any other singles coming out at that time.  It was a risk, it was a statement, and it worked. (K.Casey/P.Walsh)

Incredible Bongo Band – Apache

Nas- Made You Look

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