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Pretty Sister – Tension

Pretty Sister is a master of making of sultry music that you can feel the tension through, so it’s only fitting that the Z-Funk pioneer comes equipped with a new one called “Tension”. It’s a perfect summertime jam that demands listening at high volumes with good vibes flowing and no end to the day or night in sight. Him and White Gold provide the perfect one-two punch as Pretty Sister delivers high octane, high stakes vocals with an epic undercurrent while White Gold is cool as a cucumber with a laidback flow draped in audible elegance.

The man known as Pretty Sister caught me attention years ago and has continued to keep me locked in with a sound that’s so uniquely his. It’s funk for a new age that stays true to the genre’s roots while making it palatable for the 21st century listener who wants something fresh and new. It’s a serious talent to be able to attract listeners that wouldn’t otherwise engage with a genre, and to that end, Pretty Sister is owed tons of credit. Let’s give this man a round of applause and get down to the endless dance ready jams he’s providing with some tension, tension, and release.

3rdCultureKid – MTO

Best known as a collaborator with Gorgon City (whose name seems to have truly returned to the spotlight lately), LuLu James returns to her solo roots as 3rdCultureKid. Spurred by a trip to her hometown in Tanzania, “MTO” finds James at a sonically immersive avenue that quickly sets itself apart as one of my favorite songs of 2018. Her vocals alone are such a moving force – it’s impossible to not feel overwhelmed with emotion as the melodies across the entirety of her range are enough to spur a visceral experience. She’s a gifted storyteller who paints vivid pictures with every word uttered across languages – even simple lines like “every day in the river we play” are soaked with picturesque appeal as her stunning voice is backed by a swirling electronic undercurrent.

There’s so much music right now that feels disposable, tailor-made for playlists and ready to be consumed before it’s forgotten once the playlist is updated by its curator with a new crop of sounds. “MTO” offers a counter to that sentiment – James delivers a piece of art that’s grounded in a rich sound that transcends time and space. The intersection between her cultural heritage and her life as an electronic vocalist offers a resulting effort to be appreciated for years to come. It’s a blessing to be struck so immediately like this by a song as all these thoughts have spilled out upon my first few listens; I’ll cherish this moment and continue returning to “MTO” without a doubt.

ayokay – Swing Swing

The vibe of this single’s art has everything I love about California…palm trees, beautiful skies, and a sensory overload of neon lights. It thus only makes sense that I’m loving the music that comes along with it! ayokay has delivered a new one called “Swing Swing” and it’s a sleek little tune that hits all the right electro pop notes with a cool ease. The production is enveloped with layers of warmth and ayokay’s vocals give it a personal feel that ups the levels of audible comfort even further. It’s a perfect lead into the coming summer months.

Simply put, I want to kick back and relax to this single. An evening on the beach as the sun sets, surrounded by friends, not a care in the world except soaking in the purity of the moment. There’s so much value to being an active participant in the present. Rather than letting everything fade to the background behind your thoughts, separate yourself from the internal dialogue and experience what’s in front of you. It’s so easy to get lost in one’s self, but you’re setting yourself up for a much more fulfilling life from minute to minute and second to second if you choose to engage. Get out there and swing, swing.

pluko – need ya (ft. Nevve)

A couple of my favorite artists in pluko and Nevve return to the EMPT pages with a straight up smash of a track that I can’t get out of my head. This one is called “need ya” and it’s layered electronic music at its finest with little touches like synths that twinkle away into the soundscape (think a massive kaleidoscope that you can hear) and a straight bumping hook. As usual, Nevve lays down next level vocals that elevate the track to even further heights as she sweetly proclaims “baby I need ya.” It’s all a recipe for a track that’s impossible to shake and immediately makes you want to press play again.

I recently wrote about cutting people off, but this time I’m writing about those we need. We’re individuals with our own perspectives, sure, but we’re also social creatures by nature. We need people around us who trigger those endorphins of love whether it’s platonic or romantic – they’re an essential part of what makes us tick from day to day. In a massive city like Los Angeles, it’s so easy to lose sight of those people when you’re caught up in the cycle of grinding at work day in and day out, especially when it’s work you love to get lost in. We owe it to ourselves to take a step back and show some love for the ones we need!

Aire Atlantica – Cut You Off (ft. KOLE)

Aire Atlantica is one of the most talented young producers in the game right now and his new one “Cut You Off” couldn’t make that more apparent. Featuring a fellow rising talent in KOLE, the two artists lay out a raw track that bucks all the traditions of electronic influenced pop music. It’s grungy, smokey, and fits into the new wave of producers reacting to maximalist production with a stripped down sound – digital interfaces are being traded in for guitars and a rockstar ethos. The hook in particular is a pure ear worm that digs its way into the depths of your skull with KOLE proclaiming “I, I, I just wanna cut you off.” It conjures up images of a sweaty, packed out venue moving in unison to the song’s utterly coercive vibes.

Due to its title, this release also has me thinking about cutting people off. There’s a friend in particular who offered a true “in” to the community in my line of work, but her behavior was embarrassing and utterly destructive. People who I wanted to rub shoulders with were in arms reach, but I had to decide whether I valued my work or my well being more. Fortunately, I made the best decision and cut her off – it’s awkward, sure, but I prevented any sort of scenario that could have tanked my well being in an instant. Cheers to making the tough decisions for the betterment of self.

Bronze Whale – Gold Grain ft. Jet Horns

Austin based duo Bronze Whale, consisting of Aaron Jaques and Benny Alley, are no strangers to the music scene. The guys have been continually paving their own way whether it was remixes, original content or artwork that they create themselves. More recently the guys discovered their abilities in singing and songwriting when Benny decided to hop on a track. Since then their sound has started to flourish, incorporating indie electronic music with soul elements and even some hip hop in the drums.

On their last track ‘Patterns,’ the boys received an upload from Mr. Suicide Sheeep, a premiere with Magnetic Magazine, a Hype Machine #1 and also got it licensed with Play Network, distributed in Korea and in Apple Music’s Today’s Chill.

Now the boys follow it up with their release ‘Gold Grain,’ featuring Jet Horns on part of the production along with Benny on the verses. The song bounces with wth minimal elements from their signature breakbeat drums to Benny’s unique voice and pulsing saw synths. With such a signature sound and lots of content ready, you can be sure this will be a good year for the Bronze Whale duo.”

Oh hey there! It’s been a while, but I am here for you today to deliver an exquisite Summer track.  Ok so it’s not exactly Summer, but you understand what I am saying.  The Summer vibes are everywhere right now.  Rooftop parties have started, ladies in sundresses, dudes rockin’ muscles tee’s and sporting their favorite kicks.  People are much happier when they aren’t freezing their asses off and I couldn’t have been happier myself to receive a track in my inbox that symbolized everything we all are feeling with the sun rays upon us, ( sorry Cali people you don’t count, you are spoiled with that sunshine everyday!)  If you want to get more of what you are hearing then check out the fan link!

I have some more exciting stuff to share.  I think I have mentioned that I wrote my first book and I am shopping it to agents as we speak, so for now you cannot get a copy, but you can keep yourself updated.  So check out my Instagram @mollieerin14 and check out my website Single AF World,because once all is said and done I will be giving away some free EMPT merch and Single AF merch!  Exciting right?!  Almost as exciting as Summer (wink wink).  Enjoy this fabulous Monday and if you aren’t then put this baby on repeat! xx



Carter Reeves – Pay Day

It’s Friday and you know what that means – that’s right, it’s pay day baby! Time for the collective masses to cash those checks and fantasize over how to spend their hard earned money over the coming 72 hours. Maybe they’ll head downtown and hit the bars or hit the pier and get some game time in before catching those infamous West Coast waves, but either way, it’s the best possible outcome after a week of nose to the grindstone work. Work is obviously an essential part of life, especially if you love what you do like myself, but you’ve gotta go all in on things that make you feel happy and fulfilled during your free time too.

The carefree vibes on this new Carter Reeves’ new single absolutely nail the thrill of “making a buck or two” and the ever-relaxing kickbacks that ensue; from how I see it, “sand in my hair for the past four days” sounds like a dream come true. Reeves does a picture perfect job of delivering such a relatable story as you can hang on to every word and find an endless amount of ways to relate or simply throw it on in the background and mirror his experience in real time. While it’s totally different in sound and style, “Pay Day” is such an amazing follow up to “Fly High” that shows just how much versatility as an artist that Reeves has to offer. There’s no doubt I’m gonna try to hit the beach this weekend with “Pay Day” turned all the way up and good times in tow.

HOANG – Don’t Say (ft. Nevve)

Nevve is an absolute favorite of mine – the project has been the key element to so many of my favorite songs since its stunning female vocals emerged onto the scene a couple years ago. Thus, I couldn’t think of a more perfect voice to be a part of brand new producer HOANG’s debut single. It’s called “Don’t Say” and it finds the versatile electronic talent laying out a bed of ethereal sounds that hit all the right sonic pockets for maximum impact. It’s sugary sweet goodness that you can’t help but keep coming back to again and again.

There’s also a nostalgic element to the track that makes you feel like you’ve been here before as it teases out a range of emotions from past and present. Much like the picture for the single cover, it’s like a warm summer day that overwhelms the senses and leaves you in a wholly content daze. Days of youth spent wandering around in nature with an eager sense of discovery intersect with a current sense that there’s still more out there to experience. Embrace the inspiring feeling “Don’t Say” offers and go forth!

KREAM – Deep End

KREAM takes dance-ready electronic music to tasteful territory on his new single (complemented by some museum ready single art to match). Titled “Deep End”, it’s an ultra smooth track with an infectious groove that whisks you in immediately. There’s a tinge of melodrama to the track that runs through its mood, yet it still makes me feel genuinely good while listening. On the other hand, the song’s title makes me consider how I went off the deep end for months without even realizing it.

My life looked good on the outside and I thought I felt okay, yet I was in shambles on the inside. Friendships were drifting away as we saw each other less and less, my self care had dwindled to a bare minimum…I desperately needed a change. Over the past few weeks I’ve taken the necessary steps to right the ship. I have a written to-do list that helps me break down all the little things that add up to me feeling good. I maintain contact with the universe daily, I reach out to other people in order to avoid a self-centric existence, I write my thoughts on paper, the list goes on and on. It’s all part of a slow and steady evolution toward me living my best life.

The Russ Liquid Test – Fanghorn

Bass music is in a fascinating space as it seems to be in the midst of a renaissance where artists like Ivy Lab, LSDream, Rezz, and a countless list of others are pushing low-end sounds to their limit. While The Russ Liquid Test are generally associated with the funky live cornerstones of the scene like Griz and Gramatik, their newest is a part of that deep down revolution. Called “Fanghorn”, this single has a deceptively danceable groove while grimy bass wobbles churn at the song’s core, putting the proverbial nose to the grindstone.

The versatility of this track is a testament to how talented The Russ Liquid Test are as a group. You could imagine “Fanghorn” being dropped during an outdoor Tipper set in the sweltering Florida heat with hula-hoop dancers and pockets of fans dancing freely as much as a sweaty, packed downtown venue collectively raging en masse for an Excision set. The possibilities for their music are virtually endless which is such an exciting prospect! The balance they strike reminds me of Bassnectar who I could totally see dropping “Fanghorn” during a set – fingers crossed we can manifest that and make it a reality.