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MS MR – Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)

Starting to write about a song is the hardest part. When you listen to a song for the first time, you don’t try to analyze why you like it. You just get to be swept up in it. Trying to explain why you like something is always the hardest part, I feel. When I listen to this song, I don’t want to put it under a microscope, I want to get wrapped up in it. When I get a piece of cake, I don’t want to explain why I like it, I am busy eating that piece of cake. This, by the way, is good cake.

MS MR released this track last year, and rereleased it on their debut album Secondhand Rapture which came out in May. The duo creates music that makes you feel lonely and happy and sad and content. If there is one thing I hope our generation of music is known for (let’s all be honest, I think we are still working towards our “rock and roll” type contribution), I hope that it would be the female vocals that have become power houses bridging various genres of music with folk, electronic, pop, and country. These blurred lines in musical genres are keeping things interesting.

This song can be as heavy or light as you like though. Surface value is a catchy dance song (made more so by CHVRCHES remix). But the lyrics read more like the poetry of a tormented lover through the entrancing voice of the lead vocalist.

“Make ash and leave the dust behind
Lady diamond in the sky
Wild light
Glowing bright
To guide me
When I fall
I fall on tragedy

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind
So dark and foul I can’t disguise
Can’t disguise
Nights like this I become afraid
Of the darkness in my heart

CHVRCHES took this already amazing song and added their signature synthpop sound. This only adds to the anticipation of their debut album release in late September of this year.

MS MR – Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)

EMPT Presents: Indaba Music Weekly – Akbo “Petrichords”


Channelling the vibe of his fellow frenchmen Daft Punk and the en vogue “big synth” sound of Kavinsky, Akbo shows us why some of the deepest house music is coming out of l’Hexagone.

With a slowly filtered intro and a storm overlay that helps build the tension, Akbo artfully begins to build the song. “Petrichords” is dark with an immediately catchy bass line. A heavily vocoded and obfuscated voice seems to egg you on to “dance”, but the voice is otherworldly. It’s as if there were hands from the grave protruding through the dance floor moving the occupants feet, pushing them to dance slowly, and in perpetuity. When the build comes to a head, Akbo deftly uses harmony to further the overall feeling of the track, using descending major chords that eventually cycle around to a major tonic. But it’s not the major that music 101 classes would try to classify as “happy”, it’s a spiral toward something else.

Akbo – Petrichords

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?


All I know is that this song is catchy as f@#$%. Before this track I had never actually listened to the Arctic Monkeys, but this one’s a real gem and I can’t get it out of my head.

“Cause there’s this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow and I play it on repeat. Until I fall asleep”

The tune is almost too sticky; it’s got a personality of its own. After one listen I found it continuously looping in my brain, like a memory stuck on repeat. It brings back the sort of bittersweet nostalgia that hurts so good. Is there a cure for being a hopeless romantic? An insatiable tendency to romanticize the past– constantly reconstructing what ‘was’ and what ‘could have been’ may not be very conducive towards the attempt to live in the present. When listening to these lyrics it is only inevitable that remnants of the past resurface…

“Do you ever get that fear that you can’t shift
the type that sticks around like something in your teeth?”

This song is a metaphor for the general stickiness; how we encounter karmic attachment with that one other soul that makes us want to crawl back… There’s probably a decent reason why we had to let this person go, but as Blaise Pascal once said, “the heart has reasons of which reason knows nothing.” It makes you wonder why there certain people seem to be stickier than others.

“Maybe I’m too busy busy being yours to fall for somebody new.”

Objectivity holds no place in the heart; even if theoretically you may be better off dating someone else, you find your mind drifting back to thoughts of the one who made your heart bleed. Sometimes you just have to let the rationalizations melt away, trust in the universe and go with your instinct… primal magnetism trumps all, y’all.

“So have you got the guts? 
Been wondering if your heart’s still open and if so I wanna know what time it shuts. 
Simmer down and pucker up.”

To love, sometimes you must renounce the comfort zone. It means turning your back on a life of mediocrity; forsaking a numb existence of zombitude and taking the risks necessary to pursue what feels real.

After all,  it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that *zing*.

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

EMPT Classic: Large Professor – I JusWannaChill

There was a time when the music in Entourage and How To Make it In America was so closely in sync with EMPT that I use to joke to my friends that someone who picked the music must have been checking out the Space Age. A few years later in a Wired interview with Scott Vener, the guy responsible for selecting music, it turns out that was actually the case –

How to Make Sure No One Else Finds It: Don’t Reveal Those Blogs to Prying Journalists

“I use Et Musique Pour TousRollo & GradyStereogum.”

Check out the whole interview here.

One of the songs this happened with was Large Professors I JusWannaChill, I remember posting that and then two weeks later hearing it on How To Make It In America and looking at my friends like what is going on!

Anyways, this is a classic hip hop track that represents exactly how I feel right now. I recently met a very spiritual person who told me that I needed to rediscover the chilled out and relaxed part of me that’s been suppressed by a lack of love expression and acceptance in my life. The problem is that in order to find your zone you have to clean out the trash and get rid of the very things that cause the friction. You simply can’t move into the future while dealing with the past. You have to get past it and the people who are close to you have to as well. You just gotta approach it with love, let things happen and keep it moving.

That’s not always an easy process but if you’re dedicated to flying high that’s exactly what you have to do. I’ve been dealing with some love challenges recently and there things that are making me act out of character. I don’t mind because I find myself growing in the process, learning more about trust and believing in people. There’s always something positive to gain from every situation and when you know that you know that no matter what happens you’re going to be ok. To anyone trying to test what I love, you’re officially fighting yourself cause…

I don’t wanna ill, I just wanna chill and keep my hands around a hundred dollar bill.”


Original post February 25th, 2010


Back In The Day New York City 1996:

I was 12 years old when I heard this song and it’s been my mantra ever since.

I don’t wanna ill, I just wanna chill and keep my hands around a hundred dollar bill.”

Some people would disagree but I think a persons mood is a decision you make based on your perspective. Thoughts are things and we manifest our own reality so if you focus on something negative don’t be surprised if that negativity comes into fruition. For example, you can choose to be mad at someone and have a crappy day by focusing what pissed you off or you can focus on how to make the situation better. Of course, its easier said then done but it really is an option that most simply ignore.

But nevertheless, in 3-D’s Large Profess
With what I would call a bullshit-proof vest”

I get so confused when someone acts hostile because in the grand scheme of things it just doesn’t matter. I think this applies to love, business and everything in life. So the next time someone brings some negative energy your way tell them to hold on a minute, go to iTunes and put this records on. Enjoy.

Shit, I’m wit cha, I ain’t mad at cha
Got nuttin but love for ya, do your thing…” – 2 Pac

Large Professor –  I juswannachill

.WAVs Boat Party – August 2013


A Friday night in New York City presents itself with endless opportunities from week to week when it’s not summer, so you can imagine my excitement when I was told about this party happening on Friday, that will bring together all of the best things of summer and music. An outdoor range of music performances from multiple talented and party-worthy DJs, spanning the hours of 9pm to whenever the party decides to end sometime in the morning. Performances start at 9pm and then things start getting a little more wild, a little less tame, and a little more sexy at midnight when the ship (yes, there’s a cruise) departs. So of course I’ll be there. And if you like dancing and meeting strangers in strange situations, this might be the perfect way to finish out the end of the summer.

The event takes place on Friday, August 23rd. In writing that, I’ve only just realized that it is almost the end of August which is baffling. Where the hell did this summer go…? Here’s what I have to say about that: if there’s anything you should have done, haven’t done, want to do, do it. Because I look at the summer time the same way I look at a new year — as a time for opportunities, a time to expand on your pre-existing ambitions. Broaden those horizons and take some risks! It’s almost over and if you walk away without having done anything for yourself that is noteworthy, well, the fading tan come Fall won’t be your only disappointment. So go out there and find the one you love and tell ’em. Apply for that new job. Move to that new apartment that you thought you couldn’t get your hands on. If you want it hard enough, you’ll get it. I have only one goal, and that is to buy a decent enough mixer, go to parties, and make people dance.

That said, here’s a fantastic classic that will also make an appearance at .WAVs. I’m in a nostalgic mood and this song reminds me of the days where I learned how to scratch. Enjoy!

Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock