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Lykke Li – Little Bit: The Remixes

I started binging on Youth Novels again and with that comes all the amazing remixes the album has inspired. Perhaps the most remixed track from the album is Little Bit, I can think of about 8 off the top. From what I gather this song is about a “friends with benefits” type of relationship that she is scared of taking to the next level…

Lykke Li – Little Bit (AutoErotique Bootleg Remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Reprise de Drake)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Gigamesh Remix)

And for you i keep my legs apart
And forget about my tainted heart
And i will never ever be the first
To say it
But still I,
Yes you know I..I..I..”

Most chick flicks and love songs are so mawkishly sentimental and unrealistic that I completely shut them out. Lykke Li, however, expresses a very realistic and relatable version of love, one that I can really identify with, good stuff. Here are 2 of my favorites including a pretty good cover by Drake. No, I didn’t forget the Death to the Thone remix, I just think the drum sounds they used are a little to happy hardcore sounding for a Lykke Li song. Anyways, these will do your Tuesday right, enjoy.


Sebastien Tellier – Roche

This video for “Roche” off of Tellier’s album Sexuality dropped recently and it is half lo-fi pop Côte D’Azur beach vacation glamour and half Jodorowsky inspired acid trip. This album was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk, and I think a lot of people slept on it, so here for your listening pleasure is the track that inspired the above video. I for one am already breaking out the shades and the champagne picnic set.

Je sens la chaleur de l’été…

Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo)


Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Knightlife Remix)

I’ve been lazy about posting this remix, partly because I’ve heard so many versions of Hearts On Fire that I didn’t think I could bare sitting through another one. Not surprisingly though, Knightlife did a great job with this one, those Aussies make dance music like Jay-Z sells “ice in the winter, fire in hell… I am a hustler baby, I sell water to a whale.” But I digress. The remix has that late 90’s lounge vibe going on, I remember being dragged  into torturous NYC shopping sprees with girls and having only this music in the background to keep me sane. So for me, that sound (light at the end of the tunnel) will never get old. Here’s Hearts On Fire, again. Enjoy.

Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Knightlife Remix)

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Beruit – La Llorona

Beruit – La Llorona

Owen Cook directs and animates Beirut’s “La Llorona” off of their recent double EP, March Of The Zapotec/Realpeople Holland. The cinematography could easily pass for an Oscar-nominated digital short, though “La Llorona” will more likely be appreciated by the MTV2-insomniac-YouTube-loving set (assuming this alleged audience actually exists).  With fluid illustrations of an uncomplicated, subtly poignant time, the video is an apt interpretation of Beirut’s sad yet celebratory waltz.  The lingering notes in “La Llorona” seem left over from this simpler, more provincial era.

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Fred Falke – French House Remix King

Will French disco house ever get old? I don’t think so. Besides Don Diablo, I don’t many other producers with as many high quality remixes as 33 year old bass player turned producer, Fred Falke. Notice I said high quality, I know there are producers who release something new every two days but we’re talking about mixes that can last, that are many times more engaging and fulfilling than their original counterparts. Anyways, Falke is French and looks more like a member of a jam band than house producer (which should explain the picture of Little Boots). His sound is infectious, uptempo yet never overbearing. Think of it as the perfect background music for your bachelor pad dinner parties. He did some of his most notable non-remix work fellow French co-producer Alain Quême, also known as Alan Braxe, a key figure in the French Electro scene. Together the duo produced what some would describe as very tasteful and glamorous dance music – check out Bliss. Sadly, the two have recently parted ways but continue to make great music. Here’s are some EMPT favorites. Enjoy.

Sneaky Sound System – I Love It (Fred Falke Remix)

Little Boots – New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)

PNAU – Embrace ft. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke Remix)


Lily Allen – Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs Cover)

I like Lily Allen ; ) Mostly for her perspective and charm but it’s really starting to look like success treating this PYT very well, yahtzee! That or Katy Perry calling her self a skinner version of Lily Allen must have motivated a little gym campaign – Thank you Katy Perry.

Not sure if Marc Ronson produced this cover but the impressive horn arrangement and drum break really make you think so. I enjoyed the Kaiser Chief’s version but this one is in another league. Very impressive production and fantastic lyrics. EMPT Favorite.

Great ruins make for a greater glory. The only thing growing is out history… It don’t matter to me, cause all I wanted to be was a million miles from here, Somewhere more familiar…
And oh my God I can’t believe it, I never been this far away from home.”

Edit: Both this track and the Kaiser Chief version were in fact produced by Marc Ronson, it’s from a compilation called Pokerdice Presents Marc Ronson. Thanks random dude in the comments.

Lily Allen – Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs Cover)


N.A.S.A ft. Barbie Hatch, RZA & John Frusciante – Way Down

Wow. What starts out as a few blue jays and cardinals lampin’ on a power line turns into something…different. The video might be a little too simple but I’m loving the vibe of the track and the watercolored, hand drawn style. N.A.S.A is currently touring with their star studded album The Spirit of Apollo. If you are in the New York area check them out at Le Poisson Rouge next Saturday, March 12th.

N.A.S.A ft. Barbie Hatch, RZA & John Frusciante – Way Down


Island Life

And were back… I spent a very long weekend out in Nantucket hanging out in beaches and picnicking in pastures, so let’s just I’m not exactly thrilled about returning to the concrete jungle but so it goes. I’ve vowed to spend the entire summer next year far away from New York City so I’m posting a song which pretty much explains how I feel in when I’m on island and doing it my way…

One time super model, actress and Andy Warhol muse, one can help but wonder when or how Grace Jones ever found the time to actually be a recording artist. Yet she did, and she did it well. La Vie En Rose is one of my favorite songs of all time. It is overwhelmingly romantic, glamorous and dreamy. The album it appears on is called Island Life, a title which couldn’t be more appropriate for this song. The track is an instrumental till about 2 minutes into the song, a rare and risky production decision that couldn’t be more fitting. Enjoy.

Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose

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KiD CuDi – Dat New New (Viking Remix)

Viking was recently called out on HypeM for cheating the charts and loving his own music but when we broke this record a few months ago that was far from the case. Most of you may not know the original version of this song, partly because of the production, which was for a lack of a better word, lacking. However, this remix is great, it brings a whole new life and evergy to an otherwise decent song.

KiD CuDi – Dat Dat New (Viking Remix)

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The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

One of my favorite songs growing up. It’s about a dude who loses his girl and is sad but can’t show his emotions because well, Boys Don’t Cry.

Misjudged your limits, Pushed you too far.
Took you for granted, Thought you needed me more.
 
Now I would do most anything, to get you back by my side
But I just keep on laughing, hiding the tears in my eyes.
Cause boys don’t cry.”

Get a grip girly man! Big fan of The Cure, post-punk/new wave was my bloodline during the skateboarding/bmx days. Great song.

The Cure - The Cure: Greatest Hits - Boys Don't Cry

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry