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The Raveonettes – Forget That Your Young

It’s 4:30AM, I haven’t slept in at least 20 hours and I’m about to catch a red eye to the Dominican Republic to DJ this evening at a spot called Fellini – live fast, die old. I got my little brother with me and we’re doing it up, come party if you’re on island.

I’m trying to create a little calm before the storm so I’ve been repeating one of my favorite Raveonettes tracks, Forget That Your Young. I heard this song on the radio while I was in Vegas after a very long night and it was the perfect healer for the party towns overindulgence. That said, I’m gonna sign off and get in the zone, big show to put on tonight enjoy.

The Raveonettes – Forget That Your Young

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Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Tensnake Remix)

What’s up EMPT nation, I’m gonna slow it down a tad with this post and embrace this Thursday with a track which resonates the aura of it’s sexy time. This remix by German native Tensnake, teleports me back to the 90’s with it’s slow R&B feel, which I heavily familiarized myself with while growing up.  The remix has been getting a lot of play out in LA already and seems perfectly suited for a summertime evening. The original track is just as worthy but has more of a up-tempo electronic-rock feel which you should definitely check out as well.

Little Dragon hails from Sweden, which doesn’t surprise me at all at this point, as it seems every great band or DJ has been exported from the Nordic country recently. The lead singer of the band, Yukimi Nagano, has an undeniable allure with her vocals as she grabbed me instantaneously the first time I heard Ritual Union. Little Dragon is legit and we should all be heavily anticipating their third album which drops later this month, so go out and support quality music when they tour in your stomping grounds this fall. Enjoy.

Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Tensnake Remix)

Little Dragon – Ritual Union

- Joel

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TV On The Radio – Red Dress

I’ve been out of circulation for the past week, and now I’ve returned to the reality that is my computer and parent’s home. I’m here for a couple of days just to bask in the warmth that is my hometown neighborhood, and I must say that there’s nothing better. While I will be ready to return to Manhattan in a couple of days, I am so happy to be blasting TV On The Radio constantly for all within a half mile distance to hear. It’s loud, punky, and totally kosher in my books. I’m just trying to spread the love.

The reality is that I’ve developed a long-lasting, long-term relationship with TV On The Radio. We’ve been through a lot together, and even though I’m a recent fan, I can probably say that they will stick around for me. There have only been a few other artists that can safely achieve that status in my books, including Andrew Bird, Beyonce, Fatboy Slim, and Regina Spektor. It’s an eclectic group that includes many other names that I won’t list right now, but they’re the only music that remain constant in my life. As someone who is always looking for the best new sounds and musical language, it’s comforting to know that there are a few musical stables in my life.

TV On The Radio has done a remarkable job of returning from their two year hiatus to provide us with awesome tuneage, which I thank them for. If I were to meet them, I’d probably be speechless, like many. Not because I’d be overwhelmed by their celebrity status, but because what I’d really want to ask them, is whether or not the lyrics actually ring true to their lives. Having lyrics that speak just as loud as the music itself is something I’ve always admired and I think it’s a musician’s most important, and difficult, job. If you can successfully speak in two different languages, (music vs. lyrics) in one song, then you are in fact a modern day Mozart. While there are bands that can achieve this, I believe TVOTR has done so seamlessly.

So, I happened upon this fabulous remix of Red Dress by the Glitch Mob. And I must say, that as someone who is a huge electronica nerd and junkie, the Glitch Mob does it for me. Their sound can only be described as modern day psychedlics, to me, and combined with the awesomeness that is TVOTR, I don’t think this track can do any wrong. Maybe it’s because the Glitch Mob just takes it in an entirely different direction. While this technique has proven itself fatal in other situations, it works really well here. It’s not necessarily new and fresh for ya’ll, but it’s totally diggable, and should receive as much attention as possible. You can listen to my favorite version of the original, here, via David Letterman.

TV On The Radio – Red Dress (The Glitch Mob Remix)

And to further woo you:

TV On The Radio Second Song (off Nine Types of Light)

Cheers,

Ashley

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Tm Juke and The Jack Baker Trio – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

If you haven’t noticed by now I love covers, especially when it’s an acoustic cover of an electronic song. Fedde Le Grand has a knack for simple but extremely infections rhythms and licks. Tm Juke recognized that and turned it into a bad ass guitar driven jam made strictly for the dance floor.

I’m starting to desperately crave the sound of real guitars, drums, horns and bass recently. There’s so much great electronic music happening but too much of anything is no good so I’ve been finding my balance in these interpretations. Balance truly does make everything better, if you get sick of something try something else and come back to that other thing and you’ll appreciate it that much more. Unlike many of the other outdated institutions there’s no pressure to be monogamous with your music so take full advantage of that my friends because it’s a beautiful thing. Alright, I keep forgetting Monday was a holiday and it’s throwing me off. I only have another day before leaving for the Dominican and there’s much to be done, enjoy.

Tm Juke and The Jack Baker Trio – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

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Mitzi – Morning Light

So much good is happening right now because of this little blog, I don’t even know where to start. For one, I’m going to the Dominican Republic this Friday to spin a place called Fellini. There are some EMPT soldiers down there that are creating a cultural revolution by bringing the Space Age flavor to the Caribbean and it’s time to go rock the island. You guys know how we feel about entertainment and going above and beyond to put on a show. Well these guys are flying in cats from all over to do the same so I’m hyped to be a part of this movement and it’s only just begun. I feel so lucky to have you guys come here and support what we do, it makes all this possible…

And I wonder if you know what it means to find your dreams come true?”  – Labi Siffre

If you happen to be in DR this weekend hit me up, it’s going to be epic.

On top of that we’ve got a new party were curating on Sunday’s at Beekman Beach Club and talk about a hidden gem. If you haven’t been there this place is great, it’s right on the peer and the bar is all sand so it feels like you’re in Montauk at Surf Lodge or something. Luka Tacon from Like Diamonds will be there spinning so expect nothing but the best music wise. For those who didn’t make it Noctambule this is great way to experience the EMPT beach lifestyle, come check it out.

I barely sleep these days and I’m usually up before the sun so the song of todays post is pretty much my latest anthem. Girls have this thing about going to sleep together which is nice and all but there’s so much living to do man, so much to learn that I can’t just check out that easy so I have to say…

Don’t wait up sleep well tonight, we’ll meet again in morning light
Far away across the night, we’ll meet again in morning light
Tomorrow comes in my mind, we’ll meet again in morning light…”

Mitzi is an Austrilian band that came into the scene with the undeniable All I Heard EP. So far I haven’t heard a track from these guys that I don’t like. Their productions are simple but groovin’, their lyrics are to the point but effective and it all comes together to create a spot on vibe, not an easy task. Alright, the saga continues and there’s much to do this week so press play on some good music and get it started right, enjoy.

Mitzi – Morning Light

Mitzi – All I Heard

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes et Jay-Z

One of my good friends Pete Walsh, who has assisted me in many-a-Sample-Saturdays, hit me up late Thursday night with this entire entry written out in a BBM msg.  One of me and Pete’s all-time favorite verses, Scarface/3rd verse/”This Can’t Be Life”, was the perfect representation to real life for him, so this week is his…

Amidst the everyday hustle and grind of life it can sometimes become easy to forget what’s truly important and what really matters. We are all guilty of becoming consumed by work, social events, and the desire to reach the top…so much so that we sometimes lose focus on what makes life so great. This week a close friend of mine tragically lost his brother. Upon hearing the news, I was instantly grounded and everything else I had going on suddenly became so infinitesimal.  I reached out to my brothers (both biological and adopted) and let them know that I loved them and would always be there for them. I can’t even fathom the pain and hurt that the family is feeling now, but I hope that my friend can find some comfort in the fact that he has so many people in his corner looking out for him and praying for him.

I couldn’t help but go home and throw on “This Can’t Be Life” after hearing the news. I have always loved Scarface’s verse in this song, and on this particular listen the lyrics hit so close to home that I was overcome with emotion. The combination of ‘Faces raw emotion mixed with Kanye’s soulful production make this one of the most sentimental verses in hip-hop history. I encourage everyone to take a minute out of their hectic lives and reach out to the ones they cherish and let them know you love them.

Amen.  This IS life.  Peep 0:17 in “I Miss You”.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – I Miss You

Jay-Z ft. Beanie Sigel, Scarface – This Can’t Be Life

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Avicii – Fade into Darkness (Vocal Mix) (Alex Prigenzi Edit)

Four days later and I’m still relishing in the afterglow that was the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas this past weekend. After the cluster-fuck which took place at last year’s EDC in LA, 240k peeps managed to show up in the desert to get their groove on and shed off good vibes to some of the best DJ’s in the world. With minor hiccups this go around, I’ve gotta say this was a truly remarkable concert going experience. The annual music festival is a prime example that Americans have now shown, we can get down to Electronic music just like the European’s, but in our own unique fun way. By adding Vegas as an emerging hotspot for the EDM scene, we now have a city which can at least be mentioned in the same sentence as Ibiza. We’re not quite there yet, but give it around three more years and you could truly see Americans finally embracing electronic music and step outside the verse-chorus-verse mentality. There always has been a subculture involved into EDM but now the scene is about to become mainstream as more and more people begin to finally open their ears and hearts to the genre.

One of the tracks I heard there which refuses to exit my brain is a new vocal mix of the track Penguin by Avicii. Fade into Darkness demonstrates there’s more to the EDM genre than just the continuous untz-untz, by adding slick new vocals and elegant piano chords, you wind up with a thematic piece of work.  I was anticipating a similar set I had just heard back in April from Avicii but man, he delivered a brilliant distinctive set and funny thing is, this kid is only 21 years old. Avicii has already been owning Hype Machine for the past year and this new vocal mix is another piece of work to add to his already substantial collection of well produced tracks.

Avicii – Fade into Darkness (Vocal Mix)

If you’d like to hear his live set from EDC which was streamed on Sirius Radio, here is the download link:

Avicii – Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 – Live Set

– Joel

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The Gossip – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)

First of all, this cover is absolute fire.

Aaliyahs Are You That Somebody is one of the most stylish R&B tracks you’ll ever hear. It was so ahead of it’s time for 1998 that only in the last 3 or 4 years has contemporary R&B really surpassed it’s innovation. The song showcased the talen of a young Timbaland, Static Major and Aaliyah, sadly two of those 3 have passed away but not without leaving their mark. That said, it takes some style, personality and a big voice to cover such a song and The Gossip’s Beth Ditto is lacking in none of those departments. The Gossip flips this jam to perfection opting for a minimalist drum and bass production putting Beth front and center. There’s so much over production these days that it’s rare to find a song where it’s all about an artist and pure expression. Beth reinvented this song in the best way possible and I had to share with you all. R.I.P. Aaliyah & Static Major.

The Gossip – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)

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Everything I Love

The world at my sneakers,
Gold pieces moulded with Jesus features,
Give streets the fever from the way I spit the Ether,
Came on the scene at 19 a gritty fiend for -
Money, power, respect, get it by any means uh.


New Yorker, slick talker, walk like a brick flipper,
Decimal doctor, multiply to get richer,
I’m a entrepreneur, I’m the heart of the city,
I’m a part of the sewers, I’m the honorable…


I taste the dirt in my sweat, that’s from the Harlem struggle,
All in my swagger that’s the reason why I got my hustle,
I got the highest stature, Miami diamond flasher,
I got you caught in the most flyest and stylish rapture.


My signature next to Christopher Wallace, get it honest,
My first album through to him, that was my biggest project.
Now I’m the illest known to walk like the illest soldier,
And when I smoke, only roll up with the illest doja
You sit and mull it over my venom a killer cobra,
It’s Harlem USA I diddy bop and shop with Oprah…” – Diddy (Everything I Love)


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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Frends

Thanks to everyone that came out to Noctambule last week –

You could have been anywhere in the world but you’re here with me, I appreciate that.”

It was dope kicking it with a bunch of you so thanks for all the love, I can’t tell you how much it means to me.

Anyways, I’ve been going from gig to gig since that party and have probably slept a good 12 hours total in the last 3 days. Nevertheless the show must go on and the week is just beginning so let’s keep it up. I’ve been playing a lot of dance music lately and as much as I love it listening to nothing but four on the floor will drive anyone crazy so I’m in dire need of a break. I’m talking polar opposites here, no synths, no quantization, dirty, lo-fi sounding music to refresh the palate. That’s where Ffunny Frends by Unknown Mortal Orchestra comes in. I love it when a simple, not really great sounding song can still connect. Music is so flashy these days, so clean and perfect sounding and I’m the first to appreciate it but it’s always nice to remind ourselves that there are other ways to make music and express ourselves. This fuzzy guitar driven jam has summer lounging written all over it. I’m going to lay back and play this on repeat for another 10 minutes or so before getting back to work, enjoy.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Frends

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