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Angus And Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (Michael Brun Bootleg)

I love remixes, in my book there’s nothing better than the combination of styles and genres to make something new. Take this Michael Brun remix for example, the original is that classic Angus & Julia simple folk perfect for a lazy Sunday morning while the remix is pure late night drinks by the pool goodness. Brun absolutely crushes the production giving us a tasteful yet highly engaging version while staying true to originals brilliant simplicity.

Be my lover, my lady river
Can I take ya, take ya higher…”

Angus sings his love promises with a grace and passion that’s hard to resists. Contrasted by those aggressive drums and synths and you have a winning combination. Alright, much to do on this Monday afternoon but I had to make time to post this gem, enjoy.

Angus And Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (Michael Brun Bootleg)

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Benjamin Diamond – Little Scare

I remember when Passion Pit released Manners back in ’09, their sound was so interesting and sensational that you couldn’t help but getting lost in that world of feel good. I’m not sure why Benjamin Diamonds latest single Little Scare reminds me of that but within 10 seconds of hearing that synth and bass line interaction and I was drifting off into good thoughts and positive vibes.

All we have is a little scare
We don’t mind, and we don’t care
 
Remember, I thought you died
I hold you now won’t let you cry…”

The song is about a relationship that gets broken up by some tragic event or misunderstanding. Benjamin thinks he lost his sweetheart but they end up being together 7 years strong after the supposed scare. Looking back the two lovers gain perspective of the situation and call it a mere little scare. They say time heals all wounds and it’s easy to look back and fix something after it happens, I mean most people can have perspective after the fact. However, there are times when the consequences of the original event can be so damaging that the effects of what happen linger on forever so I think it’s important to practice perspective on a daily basis and not just as a reactionary method. One way to do that is by listening to beutiful music like this which help eliminate that soup opera tendencies we all seem to have when dealing with life’s challenges. Anyways, my mind runs off when listening to lyrics but this is a great one to put those Monday blues in perspective, enjoy.

Like a new day, Love will bring us back…

Benjamin Diamond – Little Scare

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Benjamin Diamond – Little Scare (Cosmo Vitelli Remix)

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Band Of Horses – The Funeral (Butch Clancy Remix)

I love Dubstep but some of it is so intense that I have to listen in doses, I mean the production style is so technical, compressed and wonderfully robotic that it leaves you yearning for a little human touch. Recently though, the theme with dubstep has been fusion and an eclectic and delightfully interesting array of remixes have been taking over the airways. My latest muse is from Detroit veteran Butch Clancy who takes on Band Of Horses’ The Funeral.

Dubstep is aggressive, energetic, exiting and flat out banging. I wouldn’t use any of those adjectives to describe The Funeral and it’s how Clancy captures that beautiful contrast that makes this song so good. I’d love talk this up a little more but I have a dinner to go to but maybe I’ll revisit it when I get back home, enjoy.

Band Of Horses – The Funeral (Butch Clancy Remix)

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Little Comets – Joanna (AMTRAC Remix)

First and foremost, wanted to give a Casey Kasem-like dedication, to a good friend of mine, Joanna (fittingly) a fellow music junkie, who was just released after an enduring stint in the hospital. We all know music can act as an elixir to any problems one might face in life as I hope this track is a testament to her speedy recovery.

From the UK’s Little Comets, Joanna is a solid original track but when AMTRAC put his touch on the song, he soared it to new heights. This remix feels seasonal and should remind everyone that spring and summer are right around the corner, especially for those are currently putting up with this relentless winter weather. The track has a celebratory feel to it which makes you just want to kick back and simply enjoy what life has to offer.

AMTRAC, from the bluegrass state of Kentucky, has released plenty of remixes which are equally as good, so dig deeper on his songs if you enjoyed this track. Hope the remix puts a smile on your face and gets your groovin on a good note.

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The Strokes – Machu Picchu et Take For A Fool

After five years apart, The Strokes have returned. The New Yorkers’ careers have been marked by many of the pitfalls that hamstring so many of their ilk- drug problems, rehab, etc. It’s all part of being a rockstar, and somehow one feels that the art would suffer without the lifestyle to inform and inspire it.

Now that three of the five Strokes are married with kids, it wouldn’t be that surprising if their music began to reflect their new-found stability; a safer, edgeless, sound, more at home in Westchester than Downtown Manhattan. Thankfully, with each new leak from their upcoming album, Angles (set for a March 22 release), that possibility seems less and less likely.

Yesterday, The Strokes released two more tracks from Angles. “Machu Picchu” and “Taken For A Fool” are markedly different from the earlier leaks, giving us further insight into the New York group’s new sound.

At first, “Taken For A Fool” almost sounds like Gorillaz cover. The bass line and back beat screams “Feel Good, Inc,” until the chorus washes it all away in a garage-rock wave of distorted power chords and grungy vocals. The contrast between the different sections of the song is wonderful- the shoulder tightening tension of the verses building perfectly into the anguished release of the hook.

“Machu Picchu” has more of a ska feel- the jangly guitars, the driving beat, Julian Casablanca’s narcotic vocals. It’s reminiscent of The Clash, in the best way possible.

Both tracks are up-beat and danceable, but this is rainy day dance music, perfect for long, grey Thursdays when the sky opens up and seems like it won’t ever close. Get off the couch, plug in your speakers, and shake off some of those early spring blues.

The Strokes – Taken For A Fool

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Like Diamonds – In This Together (Exclusive Premiere)

As many of you know, we like to go out of our way to find that new inspiring flavor for our readership. Today however, we didn’t have to go far because the band you are about to hear is part of the EMPT extended family and many of you are actually quite familiar with one its members…

Two months ago we premiered a concept album called Nights in Cuba by our good friend Dub Sonata. During our interview in his Mount Vernon studio Dub played me some rough tracks of his next project – Like Diamonds. They were rough to him but there was nothing undone about lead singer Luka Tacon’s delivery and the bands masterful blend of pretty much every style I’ve ever loved. If EMPT was signing artists, I would have signed them on the spot. I told Dub to keep me in the loop and make sure EMPT got the exclusive when they were ready to release and here we are with an amazing track your friend that’s heard everything has never heard.

In the night as I dream while she sleeps, could it be she’s dreaming in a fantasy that we made on our own where there’s nothing no distractions, we’re just in this together…

In This Together is a smooth late night banger about the blind sided nature of being in love. You ever think about your love interest and get lost in your admiration, indulging in all the details of your romance and basking in the feelings that come with it. If you’ve done that then almost by law you’ve stopped right in your tracks to wonder if that person feels the same way about you…

Is it something that she’s feeling too? Am I making an assumption or are we -
In this together?

No one likes the feeling of uncertainty but in my book that’s part of the excitement and romance of it all. Some people like to interrogate their partner about every single detail and before you know it all the magic is gone, I prefer the Like Diamonds approach which is quite simply – Do you feel that too? I like love through love songs and this song quickly became on of my favorites in that category.

You’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys in the months to come and it’s only a matter of time before the internet catches on. Check them out on Myspace, Twitter… you know the drill. Video after jump, enjoy.

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Starfucker – Death as a Fetish

Starfucker (the artist formerly known as Pryamiddd & as STRFKR – for those who prefer ear muffs) officially released their album today, Reptiles. Representing the city of Portland, Starfucker have produced a few notable tracks on the newest album release with Julius, Astoria and Bury Us Alive but the track with the rather dismal title, Death as a Fetish, happen to catch my attention the most. Ironically, the track  happens to have an upbeat feel which makes you want to rock side to side, break out air drums, and blast the tune as loud as possible:

I’ll never be good enough, quietly.

No, I’ll never be good enough, just like me.”

Starfucker has something to say when you listen to their lyrics throughout the album, especially in regards to the subject of death. As it may sound grim, they actually send a message of not fearing the inevitable and embrace the life you live. The band thrives the most with songs which have a fast tempo as the rest of the tracks on Reptiles are hit or miss. However, Death as a Fetish resonates their sound to a new level and their similar tracks make the listening worth your while.

– Joel

Starfucker – Death as a Fetish

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Remix Artist Collective

Above the Fold: Remixing with André Anjos of RAC from Justin Andert on Vimeo.

We’re big RAC fans around these parts and while most of you have seen the name you probably have no idea what it means so here’s an interview with the man who started it all – Andre Anjos, enjoy.

The Shins – Sleeping Lessons (RAC Remix)

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Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun (L’original et Yusek Remix)

OK! so barely getting back into the crib in LA at 3:34 AM – drunk as hell, I open up the fridge and take out some of the leftover BOMB ass sushi I had earlier tonight!  Laptop on the counter, I reach over and head for the itunes…. “EtMusique..” is literally one of the titles on my itunes play-list list.

SIDENOTE: Heard the latest “Le Miel du Mois” on EMPT this morning and I have to say that Steph is a beast and I am an extremely loyal follower to the max.  I mean, start up a cult and I am down!  Hari Krishna status! Regardless, the next song on the cue of the itunes EMPT playlist was – “Sun Of a Gun” by the ever so sexy, Ms. Oh Land!

My first time hearing Ms. Land’s work was on her bewitching track “Wolf & I” which was reviewed not so long ago on this blog.  Anyhow, staying true to her powerfully captivating sound, Ms. Land blesses us once again with an equally satisfying vocal performance on “Sun Of A Gun.”

Read as Oh Explains, in an interview to her audience, just how she came up with the concept for the record:

“Last summer I watched a beautiful sunset over Griffith Park and after three months of L.A. heat I wished the sun would stay down. This absurd thought inspired the title “Sun of a Gun,” a story about love. It’s about being stuck in rotation around someone who is not good for you. The feeling of wanting to release yourself from this person but not being able to. The sun is playing the main character. We’re dependent on it and rotate around it but it can be dangerous if it’s too much and we need to protect ourselves from it.

I often find that I get inspired to write songs from really silly thoughts. Conversations that make me laugh or a crazy idea… it triggers my creativity because it makes me see things in a new way. There are often many layers and different meanings in my lyrics. Like with “Sun of a Gun.” It’s a love story but also a tale about nature and the sun. “Once burnt twice shy, too much of your light made me blind.”- Oh Land

I could not have explained it any better than that and quite frankly who can’t relate to it?  Seems like we all have that one person, at some point in our lives, that we can completely attribute with totally being that individual in this song.  Sometimes it’s that one person that continuously contributes nothing but toxicity into your relationship yet somehow, something else about them keeps you in the vicious cycle that Oh Land so creatively turns into a good mood, feel good record.  As I find myself reciting the end of hook – “You Sun Of A Gun” – she gives it a fun yet bossy and dismissive tone that supply the listener with a touch of that “I don’t give a F” attitude.  That attitude is complimented by a steady and slightly aggressive bottom that is cooled out by her normal array of airy sounds and poppy feel good vibes.

I want to change my orbit, don’t care what you do now”…

“Sun Of A Gun” blesses the consumer with a good tempo, an extremely sunny vibe, perfectly placed vocals that allow it to have that harmonic retro feel, and a few great transient sounds like the xylophone (again – traditional oh land sound) which provide perfect balance to an already perfect performance.  Add some crispy, non intrusive snaps, good stacking on the snares, decent side chaining on the synth for a bit of the electric feel, some water and another Oh Land signature – easy to digest hook and Voila! Some more provocatively Vixenish Magic!

You go down, down, down
I fall out of love with you
Come back round, round, round
You sun of a gun
You go down, down, down
This time I won’t save you
When you drown, drown, drown
You sun of a gun, You sun of a gun”

The bottom in the song, along with Oh Land’s sexy main rhythmic vocals in the “oo’s” (whichtake place throughout the entire song) harmonizing over the heavy thump as the airy claps and angelic choir like background vocals smoothly mesh – carry this tune seamlessly throughout your ear canals and into your head, embedding those “oo’s” for guaranteed constant mental replay all day long.  As your auditory cortex is breached with her superior “oo’s” in the main vocal, which Oh Land states are inspired by Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” and the Medúlla album by Björk, and which I happen to think are a hell of a lot more captivating and musical than the two, you begin to see that the only downfall to Oh Land is her inability to recognize or realize her own commercially appealing pop sound that makes this particular song an easy crossover record into the commercial top 40 market. As stated in various interviews Ms. Land is on the constant search for what appears to be a new genre yet what we get here is something that simply put will sound great on top 40 radio.  The only slight breath of fresh air for Top 40 radio is her unique vocal signature, which in my world is HUGE enough to change the radio game up a bit and open the door for some more of the REAL talent that Miss Oh Land seems to constantly provide.  Nothing can ever beat a great musical ear and she my friends has two of those!

The song rocks in your head from the moment it wakes you up bright and early on a sunny Friday morning, all the way until check out time form work providing the basis for a great TGIF after work stint that hopefully leads you into an equally vibrant and sunny weekend!  Keep this song on replay as you clean on the weekend, get ready for work, or simply play it with the top down a la Sebastian (Cruel Intentions) mode on your way to wetter and bluer pastures…

In the final shot, Annette drives away in Sebastian’s Jaguar, putting his sunglasses on, with his journal by her side and fond memories of being with Sebastian playing through her head.

Ending on that last “Sun Of a Gun” at 3:17 and that killer Piano…

Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun

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Entre Les Lignes by Cyrus Pavel: Al Kooper et Jay-Z – Love Theme/Soon You’ll Understand

Watching demolition man I am realizing one thing.  That even when I first saw this flick at the movie theatre back in 1993 I thought then it was just as corny as today yet still loved it! LOL.  Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, the future, taco bell, and that hot black haired girl in the killer spandex… Oh yea, Sandra Bullock… back when she was HOT in a slutty way “you really licked his ass”…  The anticipation of possibly seeing her in a hot sexual position and maybe some form of brief nudity is what I can truly say was one of the key things that kept me watching. Anyway, time to turn the tube off and get to work!

Feeling Nostalgic I go back towards a gang of songs set up for play. Beat submissions for this rapper, entirely done song submissions for that pop star, records to review, records to reference, records to look out for and “Soon You’ll Understand” by Jay-Z… Yessss! BREAK TIME!  Play that:::

Listening to this awesomeness of a throwback, I love this record because Jay-Z puts himself at the vantage point of Manolo, who is Tony Montana a.k.a. Scarface’s best friend since Cuba. For those of you that haven’t heard, Scarface is a 1983 gangster film rated one of the top 10 gangster films of all time starring Al Pacino.  Google and Wiki the shit out of it and watch it afterwards if you haven’t.  Its quite the ride.  Tony (Al Pacino) & his best friend Manolo have a long history together as crimey’s and co-defendants tearing shit up! all in the name of Money, Power, and Pussy, way back since their law breaking days in Cuba.  Fast Forward to Miami as Manolo meets Tony’s younger sister, Gina during a visit to Tony’s mothers house. In the movie Cupid smacks Manolo in the face as he lays his eyes on Gina for the first time.  Completely mesmerized by her beauty, Manolo can’t conjure up two thoughts during the entire moment. After Tony returns to the car from speaking to Gina, Manolo comments on Tony’s little sisters “Beauty” and is quickly shut down by a loud yell and a subtle yet stern threat from his best friend/crime partner. As the song begins, Jay takes over and goes into some scenarios that although we don’t actually get to see see during the film, we safely assume take place.  Part of the entire grand finale to the movie is finding out that some of the things Jay-Z mentions, as Manolo in verse I of “Soon You’ll Understand”, surely took place.

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