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Labi Siffre – My Song

As you can see I haven’t had much time to sit down and write these days. The cats I work with over in Cali are crushing it with new clients and it’s going to take a complete overhaul of my time management to keep up. In the face of endless work, my high expectations, people depending on me to contribute, lead and execute visions, I can only sit back and appreciate the fact that it’s all about music.

At this point I actually enjoy pushing the envelop, I’m developing a true love for challenges, a love for war and the grind. I’ve done it my whole life and it’s how I’ve gotten this far but in the last few days I noticed the amount of freedom I have in my life, I thought about my friends, my business partners and I saw the present for what it really was and in turn the future…

And I wonder, if you know what it means to find your dreams come true.”

I’ve been on the come up for so long and by no means am I satisfied nor have I accomplished anything close to what I want but in many ways I have because I’m already living a dream. My eyes are getting watery as I write this because I’m thinking about the first time I heard Sinatra’s My Way, the day I decided I would never settle, no matter what happened, rich or broke, hurt or healthy, I would never give in. Believe me, I’ve taken some serious losses in the name of true freedom but those words mean a lot to me. I’ve taken some big risk in the name of creativity and you’d think all of that would make these feelings subside but as time goes by nothing seems to change…

And I wonder if you know what it means to laugh as tears go by…”

I’m coming back to you guys talking about this because EMPT is part of that dream. EMPT represents my life in many ways and I’m thankful for everyone that comes here and supports the website –

This is my song and nothing can make it die
It’s been so long and it’s stronger, I know why
And I wonder if you really, really know that as long as I live I will sing my song for you..”

All the quotes above are from Labi Siffre’s My Song, an incredible song that literally started playing this morning when I sat to the computer. Aside from being a blissful coincidence it’s the perfect song to describe how I’ve been feeling. Kanye sampled this track for “I Wonder,” one of my favorite tracks from Graduation. I’m not going post Kanye’s version because it’s very different from the original in terms of meaning but check out Labi Siffre’s it’s a true classic, enjoy.

Labi Siffre – My Song


His & Hers


Walter Sobcek – Miami (Pharao Black Magic Remix)

The illustrious Parisian based Walter Sobcek is back with his single “Miami.” We fell for Walter awhile back with “Traci’s Party,” still one of my most favorite discoveries. Walter is one of the first underground artists we posted about when we first started forthebeat nearly 2 years ago and we feel we’ve grown up right alongside him, only in this fantasy, we’re 16 and Walter Sobcek is our cooler older 20 year old brother, whose always out on the beach somewhere getting into trouble and throwing parties that start when its getting light out early in the morning.

The latest single is out on London’s Schmooze Records (Chilly Gonzales). Purchase link below.

Walter Sobcek – Miami (Pharao Black Magic Remix)

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Holy Ghost! – Some Children (Feat. Michael McDonald)

It feels good to be back in New York but man was this last trip to DR much needed. Hanging out with people down there really shows you how much New Yorkers stress and worry, about everything! Could it be that NYC’s celebrated hustle mentality is just a mask for peoples insecurities and anxieties? Does the city not sleep because it’s up all night worried about the next day? That’s not an easy question but in my quest for balance I can’t help but question the value of this mentality, I don’t even think it makes you more productive if that is in fact the goal.

People say things aren’t black and white I have a suspicion that they are and our very own human nature is the gray area. It’s all mathematics, cause & effect, 1+1. If you slack off, you have to catch up and if you’re catching up then you’re falling behind and all those things lead to to problems. It seems to me the gray area is our elaborate excuse justification system and they key to simplifying things is being disciplined enough to take care of responsibilities. Anyways, get things done but do it without the heart attack. If you have responsibilities that you ignore then you know the consequences, there are no surprises.

You don’t hear when I’m talking, you don’t hear what I’m saying…”

So what does this have to do with Some Children?, absolutely nothing. I love DJing this jam and it’s just one of those tracks I like to put on in the background to chill out with to gain perspective. That said, I’m gonna go cool and get all my shit done today to keep the universe in order, enjoy.

Holy Ghost! – Some Children (Feat. Michael McDonald)


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Mark Ronson Feat. Daniel Merriweather – Stop Me (Chicken Lips Remix)

Nowadays, I have this pressure to be on my “A” game at all times. I can clearly see every mistake I’m making, before I make them, knowing fully well what the consequences will be. Needless to say I am making less and less mistakes everyday and becoming somewhat of a champion at things. I can see clearly, how to obtain results. What kind of results? Any results. I know that if I party the night before, and choose to drink to get drunk, when I wake up the next day, I will have to pile up more work and manage my time accordingly. There is no other option. I have to work mind, body, and soul out, everyday, all day, on top of the long list of goals and ambitions that I carry around tucked away into a pack strapped onto my back. Literally, a pack strapped onto my back. You see, in order for me to always be on my “A” game, I have to have constant access to information and my work. I’m sort of my own mobile office nowadays. The simple reason for choosing not to be in my office, or at home, is because like I said earlier ‘I have to work mind, body, and soul out, everyday, all day’.

Anyhow, I’m saying this because I decided to write this post on the way from my last meeting of the day, to the movie theatre with a friend. Last night I spent a notorious NYC night out at a few low key, yet rambunctious venues. CMJ is in town, what can I say? It’s also just part of my job and it doesn’t look like it’s letting up anytime soon…

Mark Ronson Feat. Daniel Merriweather – Stop Me (Chicken Lips Remix)

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Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down

Love is defined differently by others. My idea of love is in a different language than yours…

Loving someone literally means loving them in the various and sometimes endless ways they expect to be loved. That in itself requires a detailed understanding of the individual on hand. It means that you have to decipher how that person likes to be loved amongst a long list of other things that must be decoded, otherwise, they won’t be able to appreciate the way you love anyhow. Love is a different language, unique to everyone. How could the world communicate if we all spoke an entirely different and unique language? It would be impossible until we began to decipher all of the languages one by one. How long then would that take? Well, that’s how long it would take to love someone the way they want you to love them. Understanding the issues more now?

People just love to toss the word ‘communication’ around, not knowing that communication just means being able to speak the other persons language. That’s right, the language that only they know how to speak. When you communicate with someone you’re talking to all their past experiences, their mistakes, their trust issues, their loves, their heartbreaks and everything else good or bad they’ve had to deal with. Bad communication is either neglect for caring to understand that concept or just not caring at all. That’s when that other “C” word, compromise comes in. Thing is, compromising is never the real answer because it’s simply agreeing to the fact that two people couldn’t truly communicate themselves to each other. That said, don’t be surprised when the problem returns because it will…

So what happens then? Love Breaks Down. That’s it. Someone in the equation gets tired of trying. Either the person that needs to be loved in their stubborn own way, or the one that refuses to do so and not give in. Not because they are selfish or uninterested, but simply because they have no clue on what to do in order to change things…

Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down

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Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D.

Got a high tolerance when your age don’t exists…”

I just landed in the Dominican Republic for my gig tonight at their fashion week. It’s burning hot and I’m still zoned from my flight where I must have listened to my new favorite song A.D.H.D. for 2 hours straight. Chances are you’ve never heard of Kendrick Lamar but it’s time to get familiar because the dude for Compton is pure talent and he’s…

Got the cultivating music that be captivating he, who listens…” – Snoop Dogg (Gin & Juice)

Where do I even start with A.D.H.D.? The song is an encapsulation of everything and anything relating to modern youth experience in America. Some people will kill me for saying this but not since Reasonable Doubt have I heard an introspect that resonates so deeply in my experience and that of the people around me. The song writing is incredible, the irony of the hook, song title and lyrics and emotional play is pure genius. The balance of insecurity, confidence, party, serious issues, pop, underground drugs and girls is, well, life. I know a lot of song writers who always talk about doing something like this but actually pulling it off, damn. What’s really crazy is this is that this isn’t a conscious song, it’s not a party record, it’s not an attempt at anything. For lack of better expression, it’s just real talk…

I’m in the house party trip pin off my generation
Sippin cough syrup like its water, never no pancakes in the kitchen
Man, no wonder our lives is caught up in the daily superstition
That the world is bout to end, who gives a fuck? we never do listen
Unless it comes with an 808, a melody and some hoes
Playstation and some drank, technology bought my soul
Looking around and all I see is a big crowd, that’s product of me
And they probably relatives, relevant for a rebel’s dream
Yep, her president is black, she black too
Purple label on her back but that tab is light blue
She take it straight to the head, then she look at me
She got AD-HD…”

I could literally write an essay about this track but I have to get ready for tonight. Throw this one on, ride to it, chill to it and get familiar with Kendrick Lamar, I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the near future. I’m down here with Luka from Like Diamonds and as usual he’s ready to rock and this hotel is live with all the fashion stuff going on. I’ll check back tomorrow, in the meantime I got ADHD…

8 doobies to the face, f*%k dat…”

Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D.



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Mima – Oigo Voces

Good Evening,

I have some news that will delight you.

Apart from partially disappearing from the face of the Earth due to many many computer mishaps, I’ve been living in a world almost completely En Español. But, with the winter approaching, I’m beginning to settle down on my feet again. You know, I’m not sayin’ I’m about to forget how to have fun, but coming back to Earth and really focusing on your work a few times each year is necessary.

To celebrate this comeback, I’m going to share a little gem from Puerto Rico, Yarimir Cabán, alias MiMa. Personally, I’d been out of touch with her music since I moved to NYC, but her second album was just released a few days ago and it is a lovely comeback! The album was produced by Mark Underwood (DJ Nature) and Yarimir Caban (MIMA) and mixed by Stuart Sikes (Cat Power and The White Stripes). I think that what attracts people to her music has to do with the the graceful mix of sounds she produces, she has a pretty steady audience in the Caribbean and in some places in the States. This new album especially shows a wide range of experimentations with various genres; you’ll hear some punk, some funk, some brazilian influences, and some soft drum and voice experimentation.

I felt that out of the whole album, this song, Oigo Voces (I Hear Voices), would ring more with the EMPT crowd. In this song, she’s talking to a ghost, about what it’s like to be dead. No, it’s not a Halloween post (or is it?), so I’m thinking that what she’s trying to say has to do with the fact that, as Ashley was saying before, we’re all going to be “ghosts” one day. So, why not enjoy air? And why not enjoy the seasons? And why not enjoy a cup of coffee and a cigarette, and wasting time once in a while? And why not enjoy working hard for what we want in life?

Wake up! I mean, if not now, when?

Nunca he estado muerta, pero si estado dormida

(I’ve never been dead, but I have been asleep)

-Julia

Mima – Oigo Voces

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The Heavy – Short Change Hero

Feels weird that I haven’t posted in almost a week. There’s really no excuse. Well there is, I mean I’ve been totally swamped  with work and academia in this past week. But that’s the lamest of excuses. I feel like it’s only going to intensify in the next couple of weeks…but I’m kinda into it. Honestly, I’ve never been more eager to learn in my whole life. Maybe it’s just because I know that the end of my brain’s ability to be a sponge is nearing. I learned last week that I have about two to four years left of brain expansion, then it’s just shrinkage from then on. No more retaining, just forgetting. Is that sad? I don’t think so. It’s just real. You may as well live really hard in these next two years and experience, learn and interact as much as possible. I’m saying a weekend spent partying with your friends is beautiful, but what about going to a totally new place? Or learning about a group of people that you knew nothing about previously? New York City is such a playground. And I don’t mean just Manhattan — the boroughs are where it’s AT. Go to Brooklyn. Go to Queens. Explore, take a train across the country to the west coast. It’s only a few days time, and who knows, you may see a side of the country and yourself that you hadn’t seen before.

Anyways, music right? This track right here is beauty. I heard it last Friday and have been waiting to write about it since. I’m a sucker for bold punches that emerge from a deceiving intro…which is kind of what this is. It’s funky sexy in a should be in a Quentin Tarantino movie kinda way. When the cool rolls in with the actual vocals, all hope is lost and you just have to let it weave it’s lusty tune  into that part of your brain where songs get stuck.

I just really like these guys, and I’ve included a second track of theirs. Can ya dig it.

Short Change Hero – The Heavy

How You Like Me Now – The Heavy

Ciao for now beauties,

Ashley

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