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Falcon Punch – Where You’ll Stay

I’ve been on the road a lot lately so I haven’t had time to check out submissions but this morning a song submitted by a dude called Falcon Punch caught my eye and I’ve been rocking to it ever since. I’d never heard of producer/DJ Avery Henderson before but his song description mentioned how the track samples Delegation’s Darlin’ (I Think About You) and that’s when I knew I had a fellow crate digger on my hands. Darlin’ is a deep cut from the late ’70s barely heard here in the states so props to Henderson for bringing it back.

Anderson takes the minimalist approach on this one by simply adding some drums and flipping the arrangement to make it mostly instrumental. His edit highlights the tracks amazing bass line and guitar groove making it perfect for all your Space Age lounging needs. Anyways, Falcon Punch gives me a good reason to introduce the EMPT army to Britain’s Delegation, enjoy.

Falcon Punch – Where You’ll Stay

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Museum Of Bellas Artes – Days Ahead

LA was nothing short of a dream, great times, food, weather and good people but it sure is nice to be back in the big apple. As many of you know EMPT has been a relatively small operation and though we’ve been able to do some great things a big issue has been where to go from here. For some people it’s as simple as finding investors and reworking things to run as a business. For me it’s a lot harder because my loyalty is to the music and doing anything that would compromise our vibe is just out of the question. At the same time, my dream is to take music entertainment to a whole new level so I have to surround myself with a team looking to do that same. You can’t win a championship without having all the right teammates so I went to LA with that in mind and I’m excited to come back to NYC with what I think is a monumental partnership for the future of EMPT.

The new single by Museum of Bella Artes couldn’t be more appropriate for the occasion. We’ve made some great memories so far and I thank each and everyone of you for coming to our dance parties, checking out the site everyday and sending us so much love. The past has been beautiful but right now it’s all about the Days Ahead baby!

So here’s a toast to all we’ve done and everyone that’s helped us get to this point. Our commitment is to you and we’ll keep doing our best to give you an unrivaled experience by putting quality above it all. You’ll be hearing more and more about my new friends as things develop so expect some cool things in the not too distant future, enjoy.

Museum Of Bellas Artes – Days Ahead

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Dirty Vegas – Little White Doves

Oh man, the days have gone by (no pun intended) since Dirty Vegas last made noise with any type of hit, but Little White Doves might have changed their one-hit wonder status. Days Go By was made popular by the infamous2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial which gave the notion that anyone playing the track in the car would somehow make you break into compulsive robotic movements (Dave Chappelle perfectly captured it’s ridiculousness back in the day – watch here). The track initially has this over-the-top 80’s pop feel with the vocals, which might tune out some listeners at first, but not going to lie, after a few listens, the track is catchy as hell. The British trio actually broke up for a few years but have reformed and release their new album Electric Love to the masses 2 weeks ago.

This track is bound to create some fun remixes, those into EDM, the EC Twins & Remy remix already made this track club friendly. Don’t be surprised if a few days later, you catch yourself randomly humming Little White Doves out loud, whether you want too or not.

Dirty Vegas – Little White Doves

– Joel

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Alexander – Truth (White Arrows Remix)

Alexander Ebert’s Truth is one of my Top 5 favorite songs in 2011. Without getting too into it the song is about exploring and dealing with your dark side, issues and weaknesses in order to see the light in yourself and in turn see it in others. Throughout the jam Alexander explains his struggle and comes to the conclusion that the darkness is a necessary part of the positivity he’s trying to achieve.

The truth is that I never shook my shadow
Every day it’s trying to trick me into doing battle
Calling out “faker” only get me rattled
Want to pull me back behind the fence with the [cattle]
Building your [lenses]”

Reminds me of yin and yang which basically says that opposites only exists in relationship to each other and that there is a very complex and natural interdependence between contrasting forces. It’s not everyday you get this type of honesty and introspection in music so I def don’t take this one for granted.

Anyways, I woke up this morning to find a brand new remix of this song by the White Arrows in my inbox. I’m in LA so I thought I’d show the locals some love before getting the day started. They did a great job bringing the Western inspired original to the Space Age.

Alright, these LA mornings don’t get old man and I have to go outside and soak it all in, enjoy.

Alexander – Truth (White Arrows Remix)


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Snoop Doggy Dogg – What’s My Name? (Hot 8 Brass Band Cover)

I landed in LA yesterday, got to the Standard had an amazing dinner at Comme Ca, woke up this morning to an inspiring view of LA, it’s safe to say I’m feeling a little California love here. Kev slacked on the Sample Saturday post this week so in honor of my return to Hollywood I’m posting a gem guaranteed to light up parties this summer. DJ’s you can thank us later…

Snoop Dog took over Hip Hop in ’93 with the release of Doggystyle, an album which is arguably one of the greatest party records of all time in any genre. The album was incredibly well produced by Dr. Dre who masterfully blended Snoops legendary style and flow –

It’s the bow to the wow, creepin and crawlin
Yiggy yes y’allin, Snoop Doggy Dogg in…”

with his own brand of G-Funk, live instruments, back up singers, random samples, banging bass and all sorts of eclectic goodness. This is Hip Hop at it’s finest so if you’re not hip to that album I highly recommend you check it out.

Tru Thoughts, one of the most famous and well respected indie record labels released a compilation to celebrate their 10th anniversary. One of the cuts on the album was a cover of Snoops first single from Doggy Style Who Am I (What’s My Name. I love horns so when I heard what New Orleans group The Hot 8 Brass Band did to this song I literally jumped up in excitement. This is straight up New Orleans flavor, it’s drunk, it’s loose, real, feels extremely good and brings an completely new life to the Hip Hop classic. All the Brookyln heads who BBQ on the rooftops this one is especially dedicated to you…

Why don’t you come up to the roof, smoke a couple of blunts, have a good time…”  – Workaholics

I know Mondays are supposed to be boring but the sunshine has me in full party mode and for that I can’t apologize my friends. Anyways, I’d love to stay and chat but I gotta go hit the town, enjoy.

Snoop Doggy Dogg – What’s My Name? (Hot 8 Brass Band Cover)

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name)?

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The Oos & Ahhs – 2084

Alright, make sure you’ve paid your health insurance bills cuz here’s a handbanger that can easily break ya neck. The Oos & Ahhs homage to the classic Orwell novel is highly charged with buzzing bass, explosive synths, and dicing strings, leaving you ready to hit the gym or run from the Thought Police.

With iPhones secretly tracking our every location, search engines collecting our personal data, and sattelite surveillance monitoring the planet, it seems impossible to escape the powerful presence of today’s version of the Ministry of Truth. The freedoms and luxuries gained from technology, like everything else in this world, come at a price.

They could lay bare the utmost detail of everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.”

When you bump 2084, I want you to feel the powerful message at the core of the instrumental: Make use of your freedom, go hard and have the time of your life. You better get to it because, trust me…

We’ll be watching you!”

The Oos & Ahhs – 2084

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Cris Cab – All of the Lights (Cover)

Cris Cabs cover of this song is the best one of heard thus far and I hate to say for all the Kanye fans but I like it better than the original. The production manages to blend elements of ska and modern hip hop to perfection and there’s enough bass to make the pavement crank so turn it up!

All of the Lights is my favorite song from My Dark Twisted Fantasy. I grew up a performer so that song symbolizes something that my conductor, the late great Dr. Walter Turnbull instilled in all of us at a very early age – embrace the pressure, the expectations, the music, the spotlight and give the audience your all, then give them more. I remember being 13 years old and spending hours on end in rehearsals, Doc would have us practicing day and night till every single detail, note, dance move was mastered to perfection. When it was showtime you better believe we were beyond ready and we wanted everyone to feel it…

Turn up the lights in here baby, extra bright I want ya’ll to see this…”

I’m a long ways from traveling with the choir but that’s the same philosophy I apply to EMPT and pretty much anything I do in life. Doc showed us that you can get by giving people what they expect or you can put your heart into it, go the extra mile, be creative and give them something they’ll never forget.

Want you to see everything, want you to see all of the lights…”

Anyways, I’m yapping about all of this because I got an email last week from one of our San Francisco readers that shows you can bring that creative energy to all aspects of life. Ethan R. has been a long time reader of EMPT and he sent me a wonderful email showing love and letting me know about his upcoming high school prom. He said his girlfriend Sarah is an even bigger EMPT fan so he went out of his way to see if we could help him get her to prom in style. Everything we do is for our fans so that email meant the world to me and there was no way I was going to say no to such a romantic and creative request. That said, I dedicate this post to the California love and am happy to put it up for all to see – Spotlights, Street lights, Flash lights, Strobe lights…

So how about it Sara, you going to let our boy Ethan take you to prom?

Cris Cab – All of the Lights (Remix Cris Cab Cover)

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Blackbird Blackbird – Hawaii (Niva Remix)

First of all this remix is a midsummer nights dream. Christian Niva is one of my new favorite musicians and what a surprise he’s from Sweden. Can one of our Swedish readers hit me up and tell me what’s causing all this amazing music to happen over there?

Like many modern musicians Niva is a one-man-band-man. Meaning he produces, sings, writes and DJ’s. Many people associate him with the chillwave movement and listening to this remix and his single Ghost In My Head I won’t be the one to disagree.

My new goal in life is to do as much as possible in the least amount of time. You think of people like Tupac who died so young but somehow accomplished more than most people do in an entire lifetime. Nobody wants to go early but if that we’re the case and you left tomorrow what kind of legacy would you be leaving behind? People like Tupac, Bob Marley, Che and countless others did so much in so little time, it’s pure inspiration –

Only the good die young… – Billy Joel

I’ve been a hundred miles and running and constantly trying to make sure I’m making the most out of my time but every now and then you have to lay back, soak it all in and get ready for the next wave. On this beautiful Tuesday morning these songs fit the mood perfectly. There’s much to do today but for next few minutes I’ll be laid back chillin, enjoy.

Blackbird Blackbird – Hawaii (Niva Remix)

Niva – Ghost In My Head

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FM Belfast – New Year

FM (Fun Music) Belfast is preparing to release their sophomore LP Don’t Want To Sleep this June and their latest single is starting to get some serious love around these parts. The song is called New Year and it’s a feel good anthem destined for all your summer mayhem. I love songs with lyrical mantras and this one is full of them –

You won’t be young again…

Youth is a state of mind but age is certainly passing so I love being reminded of this fact simply because it puts whatever problems I’m having into perspective. I was having a conversation with my friends about a girl he was getting to know. Long story short he went on a few dates but the girl ended up being lame, didn’t want to do anything, was full of reservations and he would have had to spend months to get her to open up.

This is not a knock on the girl because everyone has a choice to live how they want. If you want to sit on your couch watching Mafia Wives for the rest of your life then so be it but man what a waste. I mean don’t we want to go through life making memories?! Doing as much as possible, getting the most out of this blessing called life. I’ve definitely spent a lot of time catering to other peoples fears, worries and insecurities. When you care for people I guess that’s what you do but now I’m starting to realize just how precious our time is. Life is limitless yet everything we do from our jobs to our relationships can create barriers masked as ideals, loyalties, comfort and security.

I don’t know about you but I want do everything, I look at people like Anthony Bourdain traveling the world checking out every cool restaurant ever made and I get excited. Anything that stops you from living life as you see it needs some serious examination. Anyways, happy songs give me fearless thoughts which is why I need them in constant rotation, enjoy…

FM Belfast – New Year

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Edwin Van Cleef – Lisztomania (Feat. Jane Hanley), Phoenix Cover

This cover has been out a few weeks but this is for those who have yet to stumble upon this amazing cover of Lisztomania by UK native, Edwin Van Cleef. The cover features a different spin on the vocals from Australia’s Jane Haley who sings with fervor giving the track a new vibe to groove to. The track seems suited for a chill Sunday and to jump start your month of May on a good foot. Enjoy.

Edwin Van Cleef – Lisztomania (Feat. Jane Hanley) Phoenix Cover

– Joel

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