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Digitalism – Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)

Keep it up don’t stop, don’t lose your pace…” – NewVillager

I talked about my infatuation with living fast yesterday and the feeling seems to be getting stronger by the second. What do you do when things are going well,  keep moving. What do you do when shit hits the fan? Rock on.

I got a press release from COOP Music announcing the June 20th release of Digitalism’s 2nd LP entitled I Love You, Dude. Their first album, Idealism, was released back in 2007 and played an important role in cultivating the sound that pretty much dominates both current underground and mainstream styles. If you missed that I highly recommend a listen. It’s face paced, energetic and banging, perfect for the fast life. Idealistic was a popular track from the album and this A-Trak remix is deserves a revisit, enjoy.

Digitalism – Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)

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Chilly Gonzalez – You Can Dance (Gemini Club Remix)

There’s a beautiful moment 31 seconds into this song that completely captures the way I feel right now – live fast…

One life to live, notice you get no sequel. So I truly got to live this like my last movie.” – Jay-Z (Hola Hovito)

I have no interest in taking my time anymore, instead I want to challenge that concept and do things as fast as possible with no compromises. The world we live in is fascinating and the possibilities are endless, that’s something I don’t want to take for granted. Life is to good to ever be mad or sad but we give some things so much meaning that we make it hard for ourselves. Take a walk on the beach, give that meaning. Go outside for a run and look at the trees, think about how nice it is you can run, some people can’t do that. There’s so much so appreciate yet just as much to help us forget.

Anyways, not trying to get all hippie on yall but music like this brings good thoughts so I’m going to make sure I keep it in rotation. Gemini Club killed this remix with a simple but energetic and engaging arrangement that just makes you want to go, go, go.

Let’s keep the party going…”

Chilly Gonzalez – You Can Dance (Gemini Club Remix)

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Foals – One (Swedish House Mafia Cover)

My boy Nick has been trying to get me to watch a documentary about the Swedish House Mafia called Take One for about two weeks now. I kept forgetting to do so but I finally got around to it last night and now I can barely sit still from the inspiration. There’s nothing particularly crazy about the video but you get to see the guys rock out to ridiculous crowds and some interesting insight into the dynamic between the 3  house stars. All of this leads up to the grand finale when you’re taken right into the making of One, which any party animal will tell you was the biggest house record of 2010.

Kevin and I have played the original version of this track way too much so I wont post it but I recently ran into and amazing cover by the Foals that’s well worth the listen. Transforming a club banger to and indie/electro rock jam and making it interesting isn’t easy so props to the Foals for getting it done. The covers breathes new life into the song and you can expect to hear all over summer parties soon. I love covers, especially when done well like this, enjoy.

Foals – One (Swedish House Mafia Cover)

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Andy Williams et Hi-Tek

Ok, let’s see…where did it start at?  Well it started in a high rise Manhattan apartment building overlooking the Hudson River…wait, who I am kidding it started years and years before that.  My brother Hector has one of the most extensive musical minds of anyone I’ve ever met, and this comes from a lifetime of constant exposure and involvement in all things music.  I can’t count the number of conversations me and him and have had about sacrifice… sacrifice of many common place things to ensure we live for our music.  The songs that are chosen to be posted on Et Musique Pour Tous and the words that accompany them are a reflection of that type of lifestyle. After one of many common discussions with Hector that continued deep into the morning hours, I would often crash wherever my body shut down, and wake up to a new post on EMPT based on the same principles and theory of music we discussed, and any partly formed conclusions our exhausted minds came to.  This is music and life intertwined at it’s best, this is EMPT.

When things are brought about in such a natural way, it gives them a special quality that cannot and will not be duplicated.  As of late there have been some posers building sites directly off what their eyes see of Et Musique Pour Tous through their computer screen.  It’s too bad for them that this thing was built not just from a group of kids with a passion for music, but also an original idea.  And at the helm of that group of friends is somebody who’s life experience in music, in it’s entirety, built this website.  Now THAT’s where it started at.

In true Sample Saturday form we shall still break down the Hi-Tek produced record “Where It Started At” featuring the all New York rapper lineup of Jadakiss, Papoose, Talib Kweli, and Raekwon The Chef.  The first chop of Andy Williams’ “Love Story” that we hear is from the 0:44 mark with him saying “where do I start?”.  The loop that follows that chop is used as the main section for the verses, with each one being split up by the sample “with her first hello” from 0:51.  Now breaking down a Hi-Tek beat is not as easy as many other producers’ work, because there are a lot of small horn and string chops taken from various parts of the sample, and slid into the sequence with grace and real expertise.  I always enjoyed how in many of his tracks including this one, Tek mixed his drums more contained in the beat, not popping out over the sample but more sitting comfortably with the sample.  Something he does best.  New York is where it started at.

Andy Williams – Love Story (Where Do I Begin)

Hi-Tek ft. Jadakiss, Papoose, Talib Kweli, and Raekwon – Where It Started At

-KC

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The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (White Sea Remix)

Just attended my 2nd show of The Naked and Famous last night (pic above), they validated again to me, they’re here to stay. Their album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, was hands down my favorite album of 2010. As their fame grows, the Kiwi’s are starting to make their presence known to the rest of the United States. Their distinguished electropop feel with catchy hooks continues to echo in my head for days. It’s refreshing to see a band with such potential hit such a high note on a freshman album, however, they now have set the bar high for themselves. I hope when they return to the studio, they can build off their momentum.  Everyone knows of Young Blood by now I’m sure, but this crafty remix from M83’s side project, White Sea, has given the superb track a unique feel. Morgan Kibby captures the essence of Young Blood by adding a slow build into a choppy takeoff:

We’re only young and naive still
We require certain skills
The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Can’t help myself but count the flaws
Claw my way out through these walls
One temporary escape
Feel it start to permeate

We lie beneath the stars at night
Our hands gripping each other tight
You keep my secrets hope to die
Promises, swear them to the sky”

I can’t stress enough to give TNAF’s album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, a listen immediately if you haven’t already done so. White Sea adds to their brilliance as if you enjoy M83, you’ll hands down enjoy anything from them as well. Enjoy your Saturday while you retain your Young Blood.

The Naked & Famous – Young Blood (White Sea Remix)

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– Joel

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Holy Ghost! – Wait & See (Flight Facilities Remix)

DFA recently released the new Holy Ghost! song and it was met with mixed reviews. Flight Facility recently released a remix of the song that I think we’ll all agree gives the track the vibe we were all looking for the first time around. Check out the original post for some more info, enjoy.

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See (Flight Facilities Remix)

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MNDR – I Go Away (The Oos & Ahhs Dubstep Remix)

This is my anthem…

I’m hyped about this track, not only because the lyrics pretty much explain my philosophy on life, but also because I’ve been vibing with the The Oos & Ahhs to bring you this exclusive remix. Ya know, giving you that new new is what we’re all about.

MNDR’s I Go Away is a song about thinking, acting, speaking, creating and living freely. In life one is bound to encounter know-it-all’s who are deeply in love with their ideals and convictions and will stop at anything to impose them on you. We’re also exposed to endless customs, traditions and conventions that try to define our behavior and approach to living. It’s easy to follow such blueprints because little thought is required.

Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” – 1984

Though there’s a romantic simplicity to living by convention, the world is in constant change and keeping a flexible and open mind is pretty much the only way to not be left behind. Creativity doesn’t extend to just art and we have the power to imagine and cultivate any life we wish to lead. The world is filled with many examples of successful rebels who do so.

The original version of I Go Away nailed this point beautifully, but left you craving more energy due to it’s slower pace and atmospheric production. That’s exactly what this remix is about – a passionate and energetic interpretation that gives serious life to the message of independence…

Stay true, see it through they say.
Tick tock, time just slips away.
And when the air is clear
The way I go is the way I feel…”

Many times we question our intuition because it is not in accordance with what others want or what is generally accepted. Bottom line, you can never be afraid to be yourself or try something new. Living by someone else’s standards can create a serious dependency and can lead you on a path that takes you further and further away from yourself – Stay true…

I know some people are on auto-hate when they see the word Dubstep in a song title, but like all things it can be crackalicious when used tastefully. I’ll be rockin’ with The Oos & Ahhs so expect more heat in the near future, enjoy.

MNDR – I Go Away

MNDR – I Go Away (The Oos & Ahhs Dubstep Remix)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Avril 2011

I got an email from one of our readers telling me about a site that flat out ripped off the entire EMPT style, I mean we’re talking a straight bite here. I have no problem with people borrowing from us but completely stealing our names, concepts and vibe doesn’t make any sense to me. EMPT is a complete reflection of me and my friends and I won’t sit here and watch people pose as us –

You gotta see what I’ve seen, look where I’ve looked
Touch what I’ve reached, and take what I’ve took
You gotta go where I’ve gone, walked where I’ve walked
To get where I’m at to speak what I talk… – Beanie Sigel (The Truth)

I won’t say much about this but be yourself dude, think of your own ideas – if you want to use our stuff ask us and we’ll collaborate but don’t flat out steal, we love you but that’s just corny. We put a lot of heart into EMPT and that’s something you can’t duplicate. Take the time to do the same thing and it will get your site a lot further because in the end –

Biters can’t come near…” – Nas (Halftime, Illmatic)

Anyways, I’m a little taken by this so I’ll let Steph introduce yet another wonderful installment and my favorite mixtape in the entire world –

I’ve been lucky to have traveled a bit lately and had a lot of time to walk and just think and listen to both new and old. There’s a lot of electro-inspired tracks in this mix, but on the slower side of things- tracks I’ve listened to in my recent trips to Paris and London, walking alongside the grey skies and dim-colored collages. This isn’t a fast mix, it’s a much slower ride, getting ready for spring. It’s not quite here yet, but its coming…”

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download

Tracklisting:

  1. Raleigh Moncrief – Lament for Morning
  2. Baths – Aminals
  3. Ellie Goulding  –  Lights (Shook Remix)
  4. Dark Colour – Don’t Let It Stop
  5. Alex Winston – Sister Wife (Star Slinger Remix)
  6. Metronomy- A Thing for Me (Breakbot remix)
  7. Grandchildren- Cold Warrior
  8. White Hinterland- Icarus
  9. Elden Calder- Where You Go
  10. The Heavenly States  –  Model Son
  11. Mayer Hawthorne – The Ills
  12. Cults  –  You Know What I Mean
  13. Holy Other – We Over (Physical Therapy Extended Remix)
  14. Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind (Pixies Cover)
  15. Isbells  –  Reunite
  16. Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song
  17. Lawrence Arabia – Look Like A Fool

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Bibio – K is for Kelson

Subject: Good Stuff for warming weather

That subject and a link to this song was the entirety of an email I got from my college buddy Will. The song he was talking about was Bibio’s K is for Kelson and  his brief description couldn’t be better. Eclectic is pretty much the only way to describe Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio’s style. The muti-instrumentalists experimentation is fearless and his limitless imagination makes his latest album Mind Bokeh an exiting and unpredictable adventure very much worth the listen.

K is for Kelson is a summer anthem where a world of influences come together to create a feel good concoction perfect sunshine lounging. Rumor has it Bibio played all the instruments on the track, which is impressive considering Archtop, Jazz Guitar, Electric Bass guitar, Rhodes Electric Piano, Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer, Wine and Whisky Bottles filled with water, Various Shakers, Brandy Glass, Hand Claps, Chinese Silk Fan (as kick drum), Bermibau, Voice, Talk Box. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. My LA friends are basking in their 80 degree glory while NYC is only getting glimpses of nice weather right now. However, you put on a song like this and the world seems to light up. I’d love to stay and kick it some more but I’ve got some hotels and restaurants that want some music so I’ll have to cut it short, enjoy.

Bibio – K is for Kelson

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Steely Dan et Kanye West

Steely Dan’s eccentric lyrics were known to often portray true-life accounts of the world that surrounded the west coast hippie in the 60’s and 70’s. Witty and often sarcastic song themes touched on love, affairs, crime, and of course drugs.  “Kid Charlemagne”, the opening track of their fifth album The Royal Scam, was loosely based on one of the most intriguing real life characters of this entire era; the king of psychedelics Owsley Stanley.  One of the culturally influential characters that American history class tends to leave out.  Between 1965 and 1967 Stanley produced and distributed over 1.25 million hits of LSD.  His production of the drug alone served as a major catalyst of the hippie movement, and eventually the biggest LSD “party” in history during the summer of 1967 in San Francisco, better known as the Summer of Love. Trippy man.  Stanley’s story reads like a true legend, as the day before LSD became illegal in California, the Los Angeles Times headline about his life read “LSD Millionaire”.  Even ten years after the height of his popularity, he still was an inspiration to a writer’s mind.

Here’s a argument against people that like to say Kanye only samples soul music.  His record “Champion” off his Graduation album, starts with the 0:34 mark of “Kid Charlemagne”.  Yeezy lets that chop run out as it says “Did you realize.  That you were a champion, in their eyes”, with “eyes” landing on the down beat.  He cuts the sample abruptly at the 0:40 mark of the Steely Dan record, and triggers it again at the end of the bar on “their eyes”.  If you listen beyond where Kanye ended his chop, the record takes on a whole different feel as the chords change, so by using this specific piece of the sample he was able to capture the exact feel he wanted for his record.  From Owsley Stanley to Kanye West…. it’s an American Champion thing.

Steely Dan – Kid Charlemagne

Kanye West – Champion

via KevinCaseyMusic


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