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EMPT Premiere: COUNTRYCLUB – Another Time

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After offering up their debut single and video “Woods” (Music Video , EMPT Exclusive ) last year, Countryclub (the Brooklyn, NY based indie duo consisting of Lauren Musacchio and Dan Cohen), have emerged from the studio once again for their next Brooklyn serenade.

Submitted for our approval, is the group’s latest, and aptly-titled —“Another Time”.

Adding to their haunting melodies, DIY electro rhythms and confident arrangements that caught our attention the first time around, this one cranks up the introspective dial a few melancholy notches. The lyrics tell a story that’s both infinitely personal and universally familiar—what happens when we’re confronted with our past, and how exactly do we reckon with the sea of emotions that comes with the “ebb and flow” of a relationship in constant flux. Are we pensive? despondent? ….or defiantly hopeful?

“Another Time” also showcases Musacchio’s fantastic vocal range and texture, along with Cohen’s rugged & clever musicianship (including a Sonic Youth-esque guitar solo at the end). This mixture of beauty & grit is what really separates Countryclub apart. The track gloriously builds to one final, potentially life-altering, moment when Lauren asks “Why can’t you stay?” (we’ll let the listener answer that question).

So please sit back with a lemonade wherever you are and enjoy the Summer while it lasts… but enjoy the drama and the journey of “Another Time” forever….

Countryclub will be performing in NYC including this Thursday 7.14 at Pianos in the Lower East Side. An EP is also due out this year, which is Produced & Mixed by David Sisko (remixed // Ninjasonik, Roxy Music, Au Revoir Simone, Goldfrapp, Cut Copy, Ava Raiin)


BLU J – HDLCK

Imogen Heap’s vocals have been sampled and remixed a seemingly infinite number of times over the years, yet a producer always comes along and reimagines her work in boundary-pushing ways. The newest release from Blu J does just that as the San Francisco producer(s) flip of “Headlock” turns the Speak For Yourself mood-setter into a gritty future-house cut that belongs on the nearest hazy dance-floor ASAP.

Another aspect of the cycle of Imogen Heap remixes is the inevitable rediscovery of her discography. After a few spins of “HDLCK,” I’ve found myself immediately switching over to Speak For Yourself to immerse myself in its sublime nature and reconnect with a wealth of favorites; “Hide and Seek” receives multiple listens, of course, but “Clear the Area” and “I Am in Love with You” are personal must-spins as well.

And that all goes without considering Sparks or Ellipse, two other brilliant electro-pop records whose only separating factor from Speak For Yourself is the lack of an internationally-renowned track. There’s little doubt I’ll be digging into those albums as the week progresses, and between every revisiting, “HDLCK” will continue to receive well-deserved plays of its own.


B-Sides – Killers On The Loose (Feat. Nevve)

As if Nevve’s debut appearance on VOKES “Backroad” didn’t have enough gorgeous vocal goodness, the faceless enigma has returned with an absolute smash called “Killers on the Loose.” It features production from a major talent in B-Sides, and when combined with Nevve’s performance, it’s become impossible to stop listening to this song; to be real, the massive chorus is more infectious than the waters at this year’s Olympics while inspiring many thoughts.

While the title of the song may sound a bit grim considering the startling amount of “killers on the loose” on the news these days, the beauty of the soundscape along with Nevve’s angelic voice gives the concept a whole different feel. In a time where the world seems like it’s fucked up beyond repair, inspiring people to recognize the carefree, kind, and compassionate feelings inside them that can sometimes lie dormant is the best thing someone can do for someone else.

“Oneness” is a vague concept that people don’t give too much thought, but just think about what would happen if we were all inspired enough to realize that we are all truly the same being. The same energy. The same thoughts. If all of humanity could somehow set their guards and their egos aside, and realize that we’re all the exact same minds with the exact same emotions and feelings, wouldn’t things change drastically? If you cut up a piece of paper into 100 little pieces of paper, it’s pretty clear that all of the pieces are the same. Literally cut from the same cloth. So one piece is obviously no better than another piece. It can’t be because it’s cut from the same piece of paper. What if then someone grabbed some of the pieces and colored them in. Some red, some blue, some black, some green. Now they’re different. But you know where the pieces came from, so their colors don’t matter, you know they’re all the same. But if you took someone else and showed them the pieces of paper, all in different colors, and then told them over and over again that certain colors are better than others, they’d begin to believe you wouldn’t they?

Humanity is just so separated from our origins that all we can see are our differences. But what if we were able to remember we’re all just pieces of paper cut from the same bigger piece? I don’t think there would be any more “killers on the loose,” much less many other issues of our day. This beautiful song is a smooth step in the right direction.


RKCB – Elevated (Joe Mason Remix)

Joe Mason flipped The Chainsmokers’ “Inside Out” on a remix teeming with pure jubilance earlier this year, so his fresh take on RKCB’s “Elevated” is a welcomed addition to these ongoing summer months. It’s an ethereal track from top to bottom, and as RKCB utters “elevated over me” at its vocal climax, the transition into fluid, warping synths results in future bass excellence.

It’s one of those tracks that’s undoubtedly best heard while laying in a field, headphones on, joint in hand, all the worries of the world slowly washing away as the sun shines on brighter with every moment.

With an obvious knack for reimagining artists’ vocals in new spaces, expectations are high for the young Australian producer’s eventual solo material. We can’t wait to share it when that time comes.


VOKES – Backroad (Feat. Nevve)

Riding down backroads without a set destination has been a consistent solution to stress throughout my life. I’m at ease when the GPS is off, stretches of nature take over my line of sight, and music that soundtracks those aimless treks courses through the air.

Of course, the addition of a romantic interest on those rides can result in an even more fulfilling experience. On their new collaboration, VOKES and Nevve channel that notion in a gorgeous fashion that finds them trading velvet-smooth vocals. As the latter croons, “Come on boy, let’s go, take a ride down the backroad,” the song reaches a sense of warmth that makes it a necessary addition to summer cruising playlists.

Even without an s.o. by my side, it goes without saying I’ll have “Backroad” in the mix next time I head out to explore whatever new sites California has to offer.