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Al Green – Simply Beautiful (King Most Redirection)

Phew baby! What a beautiful re(direction) of an already exquisite song. When I heard this edit, I almost thought it was an edited original. Like an original recording of the song that had not been released. The thing I love about these kinds of edits (and by these kind, I mean old soul/jazz track edits — Nina Simone, Billy Holiday etc. “Remixed & Reimagined”) is how much respect is given to the original. I’ve been really into these “edits” lately, because they play with the song in such an simple way. This track doesn’t necessarily feel like a “remix” where bleeps and robot sounds are tossed around (though let’s be honest, we love those bleep/bloop/robotics in their own context), but a vision of the original artists work. I’d like to say that if the same technology were available during the recording of the actual original, perhaps it would have come out like this in the beginning.

Edits and remixes will always exist to throw a spin on something that already exists. Chances are we’ve listened to the song so many times that the lyrics are unknowingly grained into our heads, so a remix creates a new feeling. If it’s done right, it sticks just as the original song did, recreating the experience of our first listen. If it’s done wrong, it can ruin a perfect song. With that being said, I hope you enjoy this edit as much as I do!

Al Green – Simply Beautiful (King Most Redirection)


Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)

OH YEA! I love a banger at the beginning of the week, particularly some good dubstep remixes!  Loui Rose Allen, a new female artist sensation from the UK, had me at her incredibly sexy voice.  Adventure Club did an incredible job of making this already head turning track into fire.  When I see Adventure Club’s name attached to someone else’s track I immediately want to listen to what they have done.  One of my favorite jams that they remixed was Metric – Collect call, and Flight Facilities – Crave you, and now this track is definitely going to be on repeat in my car for the next couple of days!

I gotta run out the door, and get a bunch of things done before my studio session tonight, but I wanted to make sure and get your heads in the right place on this Monday morning.  Have a great week, enjoy!

Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)

 


Spoon – Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke Cover)

I wanted to give everyone a little something different this evening while the sun is going down and a new week is about to begin.  Bring It On Home To Me, for those of you who don’t know, is a soul song from the early 1960’s that was written and recorded by singer/songwriter Sam Cooke.  There is nothing I enjoy more then some good ol’ soul music, the beautiful gentle notes from the piano, the deep sultry voices.  It makes you feel so good, I mean you could honestly be in the worst mood right now and I guarantee that your mood will be boosted by listening to some soul music.

One thing about soul music is that I feel like being in its presence, live is the most affective way to listen to it.  I love going to soul and jazz clubs in NYC, I am telling you there is no way in Hell to fake this genre of music, you literally feel the energy coming off the artist on stage onto everyone in the audience, its literally breath taking.  I haven’t gotten enough sultry Male vocals lately and this just did the job for me.  If you haven’t stepped foot into a soul or jazz club, please do so for an incredible and very real experience.

Spoon does a beautiful job of recreating this track without taking away the energy and the feeling that you get from the original but giving it more of an indie/soul spin that the younger generation can relate to as well as experiencing the original version.  His vocal energy is marvelously done without spoiling the original version and this is something you have to appreciate because to capture that same energy is very hard to do.  So I really had to give you guys another post this evening with a double dose of love in it with the cover track and the original, so press play get lost in the rest of your Sunday, enjoy!

Spoon – Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke Cover)

Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home To Me


The Temper Trap – Fader (The Knocks Remix Feat. Samuel)

I really enjoy both versions of this track for different reasons.  The Tempers Traps original version has the vibrant rock/indie up tempo vibe where you hear it and you just want to jump around where ever you are.  The way the drum and bass kick in right away with the high energy harmonies being a perfectly precise instrument all on their own, makes for one great high energy track.

But then I can never resist a remix, especially a really good one by The Knocks whom I have mentioned before are a really great duo, paired with Samuel and you’ve got something special to listen too.  When you think of an electronic remix you might think fast uptempo, but they slow down the Fader track very nicely so that you feel like you are in a more dreamy vibe probably in front of a pool or a beach on this gorgeous Sunday with a drink in hand admiring the view whatever that may be, use your imagination!

It shows a lot of great diversity in the track and the artists that are handling it with obvious care, to be able to give it two great distinct vibes so that you can play them back to back and yet its like your not repeating the same track but two very different ones.  I wanted to give you fine readers something upbeat and also a little more relaxing to vibe out to this Sunday, so press play and don’t even worry for a second what’s on your agenda for tomorrow, enjoy!

The Temper Trap – Fader (The Knocks Remix Feat. Samuel)

The Temper Trap – Fader

 


Dragonette – Let It Go

I am a huge fan of Dragonette, her energy and attitude which you hear in her vocals and every word that comes out of her mouth, it’s very real, it’s not forced.  This is something I am always noticing first hand when I am listening to more and more artists especially female artists, of this generation, a lot of them seem like they are forcing something , believe me you can always tell, and why would you want to listen to someone who isn’t feeling what they are telling you, you wouldn’t!

The creeps in this video will go to great extremes to ensure you’re always happy, even if it means leaching happiness from other unsuspecting humans and condensing it into pills to feed to you. The weirdos think you need help keeping your thoughts light and your mind vacant. We think you should let it go.”

Everything about this track screams high energy and an honest attitude, you even see it in the video, with the carefree, dance how you feel it, just “let it go” attitude.  Dragonette definitely has a hint of outrageous in her style, but never trying to hard, some of us are naturally outrageous and I say embrace that if your born with it!  I needed something high energy with that 80’s vibe which if you haven’t noticed really gets me going every time, and with the positive lyrics this couldn’t be a better package to get your Saturday moving and forgetting about the week that is now well behind you.  Dragonette is touring all Summer and I really need to get on some of those tickets quick, not only that but if your a fan of The Knocks, which I most definitely am, they will be touring with Dragonette in September.  These tickets are sure to sell out so get your asses on the cool kids train and snag some tickets!

Alright enough chatter, press play and have a great weekend, enjoy!

Dragonette – Let It Go


Flight Facilities – With You (Feat. Grovesnor)

I love this track but I was stumbling around trying to figure out what to write which would intrigue you all and stumbled upon the official video and I was snagged upon the first couple seconds which is really difficult for me since I am not normally the biggest fan of music videos.  This track has it all, sound, vocals and some damn entertaining animation which gives the track all the justice that it needs, enjoy.

Flight Facilities – With You (Feat. Grovesnor)


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire (Little Daylight Remix)

So I actually saw Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros in concert (totally by chance at the last minute, which is the best way to go into a concert), and I feel like this post is only appropriate because it’s the remix track I’ve been waiting for for these guys. I can tell you that the the live experience of ES&MZ is exactly what you’d imagine: free, fun, and loving. There’s so much love. And there’s a lot of people on stage, as you may already know. I’m pretty sure I counted ten, but I also think that number fluctuates with every concert. That’s just how it is with them.

This track is sweet and simple and another one to add to the summer playlist. It kind of makes you feel like you want to gather all of your friends in a circle and dance with your arms/legs flailing. But it’s also got the mellow sensual touch of an afternoon at Bonnaroo chillin’ with the homies on a Mexican blanket. (Yes, I wish I was going to Bonnaroo. It’s fine.)

Anyways, the song is off their sophomore album which you can buy on iTunes. It’s worth listening to, especially at this time of year. They’ve always been a summer band to me, especially with their outdoors feel. I think the best atmosphere to see them in concert is probably outdoors too, with the sun slightly burning your shoulders because you forgot to prepare. But you don’t have a care in the world because your hands are just up in the air and you’re swaying from side to side and your sunglasses are sliding off your nose because you’re starting to sweat and it’s summer.

This remix is really beautiful to me too because while it probably doesn’t intend to sound ’80s, it does a little. Edward Sharpe’s distant-sounding voice paired with a choir during the chorus and the echoes of his female counterpart towards the end of the song make it feel like an ’80s movie anthem. I say this in the best way possible, you guys. The ’80s were a great time for the arts and I truly feel that a song that embodies any sort of ’80s quality is one to love.

I want to know what we’ve been learning and learning from. Come dance with me.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire (Little Daylight Remix)

 


Goldroom – Fifteen (ft. Chela)

 Born out of Los Angeles synthpop trio NightWaves, Goldroom is Josh Legg’s solo effort and production alias. An amalgamation of dreamy synths, emotive vocals, and tropical disco grooves, Goldroom paints the soundscape of summertime in Los Angeles.”

Josh Legg definitely does an incredible job of capturing the LA vibe, chill, seductive, with a flow that makes you feel like your part of the defining moment in some movie.  I have been in LA for the past couple weeks working on my own album project and I definitely see how lethargic the LA vibe can make you.  I haven’t fallen into the trap yet, I think it takes a little longer then a couple weeks but this track couldn’t sum up the vibe of LA better for me.  Its kind of got this 80’s/90’s plot music going on, like 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, that build up, that defining moment I was just talking about.  This is the kind of music I want everyday in my life, and Australian Native Chela with her soft effortless vocals, really gives this track that dreamy LA vibe that so many of us crave and yet afraid of at the same time.

I think summer has officially started and the weekend is quickly approaching as it does in the summer time, so press play and don’t give a thought to where your mind goes…

ENJOY!

Goldroom – Fifteen (ft. Chela)


OK Go – End Love

Chicken Little is a bird of pure intentions and emotions. The story is about one chicken’s search for courage and reason (through hysteria and fear mongering). “End Love” tells a similar story, and not just because of the refrain. Lead singer Damian Kulash croons with encouragement and sincerity.

No one’s gonna catch you if you can’t just let go. No one’s gonna love you if you can’t let love show…And it’s end love, the sky is falling.”

OK Go, initially a strictly defined “pop rock” outfit, matured and rebelled with Of the Blue Colour of the Sky in 2010. Cutting ties with EMI and Capitol Records, the band re-released its album under their newly formed independent label, Paracadute Recordings. Paracadute is the Italian word for parachute. Escape route, anyone?

Their songs are sometimes delicate and fragile, dancing through the affections of love. Others are anthemic ballads of triumph and purpose. Known for their choreographed and colorful videos, the band creates a world of imagination, shapes and colors bursting to life. For another homage to childhood, check out the life-size Mousetrap in “This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg Machine version).”

OK Go – End Love


EMPT Presents: Kitsune America LA Release Party Mix by Jorge BonjOur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s right people, there is another Kitsune Party on June 9th in LA at the Echoplex!  The Kitsune party’s have been showing NYC a lot of love lately and has kindly decided to give you LA folks some love so I would definitely get yourself looking all sexy and go check this party out!  This mix has sexy summer flavor written all over it, so take a listen to this awesome playlist and get yourself pumped for the party this weekend! Tickets

Tracklist:

Emil & Friends – Royal Oats
Them Jeans – Starlight
Oliver- I Need You
Childish Gambino – Heartbeat (Them Jeans Remix)
Punks Jump Up feat. Dave 1 – Mr.Overtime (Gigamesh Remix)
Classixx – I’ll Get You (feat. Jeppe) (Gigamesh Remix)
Dinosaurs With Guns – ( Them Jeans Remix )
Even Though – (Teen Daze Remix)
BeatauCue feat. Kenzie May – Slow Down (DWNTWN Remix)
DWNTWN – See My Eyes
Selebrities – Regret