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Retro Culture – Weekend

Weekends are precious to me, a young 20-something “professional” who works the traditional 9-5 office job. I finally understand what “living for the weekend” means! I cram most of my life into those 8 days a month, sometimes sacrificing a vacation day in order to extend a weekend trip. Who really wants to fly to San Francisco and spend only 2 days there? Or anywhere lucrative for that matter? One of the hardest transitions from college was giving up my 3-day weekends! Two days isn’t enough time to relax and get sh*t done! Seriously! Who can I write a letter to about this? C’est la vie unless I start working for myself. One day…

Two days makes weekends more cherishable, to say the least. Priorities start to arise. Who will we spend these precious hours with?

Tell me where you’re going tonight. Maybe we can meet there

Retro Culture, a one-man band comprised of Matt Connelly, blends electronic sounds with hip-hop percussion in this slightly addictive track, “Weekend”. I particularly enjoy the voice manipulations that introduce the song during the first 30 seconds and extend fleetingly throughout the remainder of the song. Matt’s mellow voice mixes well with the dreamy synth. It sounds like it would perfectly fit into a love story about two lost souls, yearning for each other yet both unsure of its longevity. They met on a friday night, had a weekend fling, and didn’t expect it to get so deep. There was surely a connection, which neither party can forget. There’s a niggling feeling, as the next weekend rolls around, that they both feel; they both want to feel that spark again. They carry on as friends, but there’s an unspoken bond which neither has the courage to address. So they just go through the motions, knowing that each subsequent weekend is an opportunity to tighten the unspoken bond.

I don’t wanna see the end of this.

Take advantage of those two short days! Do you want to spend your precious weekend living in comfort and habit, binge watching Netflix and eating frozen pizza? Or will you be living novel experiences, possibly with a new companion?

A little fun for the weekend. 

Retro Culture – Weekend

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Rustie – Attak (Featuring Danny Brown)

I feel the need to apologise. Every Wednesday (being my day to write) has been a struggle and release. I realise that many people come to the site to take a break and read through some little thoughts or big thoughts, insight on music, etc. But I use it as a release too. Whatever I am thinking, whatever is bothering me, is released here this day of the week. And as of late, some of it reads a bit heavy. But I need a release, too.

As much of my recent posts may indicate, I am exhausted. Feeling overworked and actually had to schedule in time to do something fun between jobs and going back to school and a relationship and then just dealing with personal me.

So tonight I scheduled in time for fun and ended up at a cinema watching Austin Powers in a hot tub in an old tube station in London with a wrist wallet full of tokens to buy beer and it was amazing. The movie was one part, but then it just turned in to a dance party with a perfect playlist and a DJ dressed as a giraffe. I thought about the last few Wednesdays I have had and realised that I don’t remember going out on a Wednesday since I left LA for London almost six months ago.

Walking home, I couldn’t stop smiling even though part of my head was thinking about what I needed to do as soon as I got home and the other was, “I need to do this more often”.

I am grateful for the life I have and being able to do all of this and sometimes it takes scheduling a few hours of fun in to your calendar and sticking to it like it is the most important meeting of your day and ending up in a hot tub.

I feel like it is the part in the movie where the sort of cliche music comes on when the person realises they are fine and everything is as it should be. But since this is better than a movie and it is real life and EMPT, we have some Danny Brown instead.

Happy Wednesday. If you are on the other side of the world, make it a good night.

Rustie – Attak (feat. Danny Brown)

 

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The Weeknd — Devil May Cry (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Edit)

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There is something strange about the way people still follow the masses these days. This is not because they haven’t always followed the masses that it seems strange to me, but because nowadays we have more access to real-time information than ever, and maybe because by now we should be able to tell what is really, genuinely good, and what simply is being driven by bullshit fanfare.

Crowds gather and make lines at bakeries for peanut butter filled lobster tailed pretzels, the latest pair of Air Jordans of which I can’t even keep up with, and yet still look very much the same as the pairs they dropped years ago, and years ago before that; they wait in lines for movies of which the plots remain the exact same, and of which they have seen at least three or four times before it. They listen to the same songs over and over again as if playing the same games of tic tac toe with the same people.

Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.”  —Gerard Way

Is it the hunger to need to belong to a pack of nonsensical wolves that drives most of these sheep-minded people, or is it that we still have so far to go before we can expect our nation of individuals to act like individuals and think on their very own? And why can’t we follow one another when revolutionaries revolt? Why is that the only time that we choose to watch from afar until it is ultimately safe to pick a side, even when we know that one side is a lot righter than the other?

How long can we go on watching the devil laugh at us as we sit here in this beautiful jail cell we call America before we decide that we will no longer be slaves? Oh, you think this isn’t just a beautiful jail cell? Then explain Martial Law to yourself, and then take a brief look over at what’s happening in #Ferguson because that should make you keen as to what exactly our good ole #Murica has become.

By no means am I saying that we don’t have the safety of God-like powered nuclear weapons, but we also don’t have the basic freedoms and choices that they make you believe we do, and more and more, as our access to real-time events and information continues to thrive, we should open our eyes and research for ourselves. We should see that what’s happening in Iraq is nothing more than a few Oil Conglomerates (corporations) paying off their lobbyists and filthy politicians to get their agendas into the White House, and our brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, sons and daughters into the battlefield to fix it. Don’t believe me? Go do some research and figure out what oil refineries were “hijacked” by ISIS, and do some digging to find out who the benefactors of all these deals are? You know, who exactly allowed KNOC to come in and operate US controlled product in those fields in the first place?

Ask, questions.

This remix of The Weeknd‘s “Devil May Cry” is nothing more than a pensive dose of vitamins for me. It’s a deep house rework that very prominently explains: that out of all the darkness we may come to see and know, we the people, full of ever hopeful love and joy, will ALWAYS trump evil. Maybe you join the fight, or maybe you just listen to another tune that will rock your socks off.

Faces in the crowd,
Faces in the crowd will smile again
And the devil may cry,
The devil may cry at the end of the night.”
 

The Weeknd — Devil May Cry (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Edit)

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Mother – Easy

Life isn’t easy. Is that statement even relevant anymore?

At this very moment, I can go downstairs (I’m in Manhattan) and order a  juice containing some of the most nutritious vegetables in existence. All I have to do is tell the clerk what I want and he’ll make it or it’s already made, it’s that easy. Think about that for a second, that juice I can so casually order represents thousands of years of trial and error, humans exploring the world, poisoning themselves to see what was actually edible, figuring out how to use it for nutrition and medicine to survive, how to store it over time, how to grow it in abundance, then how to ship and distribute it, and all we have to do is order it over the counter. That little 12 ounce juice in your hand represents a process that took 200,000 years to develop, do you understand how futuristic your organic juice is, do you get that magnitude of that?

That’s just one example but that trial and error has happened in nearly every single aspect of human life and while there’s still so much to improve and refine, we’ve pretty much figured out how to survive. So two things can happen now, one is we use all this new-found time and ease to live more, explore, enlighten and take our inner power to full capacity. Two is we sit around and create manufactured realities, worry about irrelevant issues and disrespect the 200,000 years it took to create a world where literally everything is easier than it has ever been.

Aside from people with real medical and mental issues we’re at a time in history where we’re the ones who make life hard. I recently saw a video on YouTube about a girl who mentally and physically abused her boyfriend for liking a picture of another girl on Instagram – see it here. Her fear had her telling people that he abused her so he filmed her talking her craziness and hitting him…

Dog, are you fucking kidding!?

With technology we’ve gone from snails to supreme beings but we still act like it’s day one. We haven’t yet learned to run at full speed with our new-found power and understanding of the world. That guy is the victim of the cultural past and many guys and girls alike, myself included have been victims of these type of people, victims of not understanding that you can just move on. It was harder in the past but this problem has also been solved, we have access to literally millions of potential partners in the palm of our hands. That’s not an exaggeration. This is the Space Age, we’re not just human anymore, we haven’t been for a long time and while that’s a difficult concept to comprehend it’s a powerful one. 200,000 years of really fucking hard work has led to a time where life doesn’t have to be hard. This isn’t day one and if we really educate ourselves, live fearlessly and be grateful for all that has come before us we can take full advantage and truly live like no one before us ever could. Taking advantage of that is what it’s all about, enjoy.

Mother – Easy

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Freestylers – Signs ft. Tenor Fly and Spanner Banner

Hunter Thompson on the beach

The wonders of the Internet mean you’re reading this even though I’m far away, deep in the woods with no connection. It’s about fucking time. I really wish someone would have told me as a kid that vacation isn’t a right.

There’s a difference between a vacation and a trip. On a trip, you’re waking up early and going hard all day – hiking, sightseeing, eating food that may or may not make you sick as a dog. On a vacation, you’re sleeping in, kicking back and hopefully sipping a mixed drink at 2pm.

Trips usually make the best memories, and are definitely my personal preference. But right now, I’m on vacation, chowing on lobster and picking blueberries and not thinking about work or traffic or blogging.

I hope you all get a chance to get away this summer, because we all need a break from the usual (hence this Freestylers song, an unusual choice for EMPT but an instant chilla classic)

Ahhhhhh.

Freestylers – Signs ft. Tenor Fly and Spanner Banner

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James Blake – Life Round Here (Sh?m Bootleg Remix)

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The sweepy synths on this track got me swooning. So luscious. So sinister. I am sold. To remix a James Blake track and actually do it well takes not only courage but skill; therefore I’ve got mad respect for Sh?m [Pronounced: Shem-Question-Mark]. Who is he? I don’t know. Maybe some kind of magician. I just can’t help but be completely captivated by that slippery beat.

James Blake – Life Round Here (Sh?m Bootleg Remix)

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Le Youth – C O O L (Lane 8 Remix)

As long as you’re cool, right here is where you wanna be

These are the only lyrics in Lane 8‘s take on Le Youth’s “C O O L”. This is the type of music I can really jam to. It’s simple and enjoyable. It brings me to a happy, calm place- a place in which I don’t have to think. Audio stimulation is all I need in the moment.

So, I’ve been hearing a topic pop-up quite frequently lately (maybe there was a BuzzFeed article about it)- the cognitive differences between men and women. I hear things like, “men’s brains have compartments and they focus only on one at a time. And sometimes none at all.” While women, “think about 5 things at once and can never shut their brains off”. Ummmmm…. Thoughts on this from the audience? Seriously, write me a comment. I’m female and I don’t believe it this to be the case. I happen to turn my brain off fairly frequently, and I oftentimes feel like the “man” in the relationship; urging my partner to stop analyzing everything so much, to stop thinking. Be cool, go with the flow. Hey World, women aren’t always the most complicated gender!!

And this track is a case in point. When I hear a song like “C O O L”, I can’t help but to think about nothing. To just BE. Here. In the moment.

Sit, groove, enjoy.

Le Youth – C O O L (Lane 8 Remix)

 

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Dee Edwards – (I Can) Deal With That

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Sometimes it is necessary to take a break.

There was a point yesterday where I was siting at work (yes, we work in offices with horrible fluorescent lighting and mandatory skirts too) and nearly cried when I got another request for another project due two days before I ever saw it.

It is these times where you need a reality check the most. As much as I scorn the people who post those little quotes every day with their spirit phrase or whatever. I openly scoff, but deep down, I sort of love them. “If you fear failure, you will never go anywhere.” “Life is what happens outside your comfort zone.” “You are a victim to the rules you live by.” “Live each day….” you get it. So stupid, but something about it makes me feel like I just pet a puppy.

But I think it helps sometimes that you get your cheerleading squad going for you. However you find it. I called my boss which helped. And watched Bridget Jones with a bottle of champers and a good friend which really helped.

I like this song because it feels like the one you have on the walk back from a shitty place or situation and you realise it was a speck in the timeline and sometimes you just got roll with it. We made it this far already.

This song from Dee Edwards is great for it. And just like a great philosopher, there are gems interwoven in this one.

“I won’t bother trouble if trouble don’t bother me.”

Dee Edwards – (I Can) Deal With That

 

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Dylan n’ Krems — City Lights

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Some people are put on this planet for the rest of us to know that something bigger than anything we can see exists out there beyond where the stars and planets and galaxies live. They are put on our planet to illustrate that beautiful energy trumps everything, and so when we live through their deaths from this life, we are left with a black hole traditional to its nature, forming only to suck and slurp all of the other energy around it into its powerful gravitational pulls.

Last night, one of the most radiantly beautiful energies I have ever seen from afar passed away. He made me laugh, he made me feel bad, he made me feel the pains that he projected through his incredible acting skills, and he inspired me to be humble through his smile. Last night, the black hole that was left from Robin Williams’ death made me realize that just like the city that I love, ‘what looks beautiful from afar holds the potential to be just as dark’. That the things that shine bright from a distance can be full of flaws, cracks and darkness at their very barest cores.

Millions of people throughout this life and on this planet felt the same gravitational pull the same way I am still feeling it. The kind of pull that leaves you without much energy to want to do anything else but sulk in place. The kind of pull that almost takes our souls with it as they hang on to their dearest lives to stay right inside of us and continue living.

There was a time
When the rhyme came easy
The words they breezed
Cause you were by my side”

It’s hard for me to write about much considering the current mood, but I know that City Lights by Dylan n’ Krems deserves something more than a shadow from the death of one of the greatest minds of our times, so I sit here and let my fingers type as my heart wanders into memories of a face I will forever cherish, and my body bops with the pain of my heart to sounds so good they force my entire being to dance.

That’s how I know when music is good. It’s when it allows itself to be felt no matter what is happening around me. The kind of music that makes me cry when I’m having the time of my life. The kind of tunes that make me tremble when I know that there is absolutely nothing to fear.

My palpable heart is heavy at the moment, and I hope that you guys can forgive me if my energy brings yours down today, but I also hope that you can relate and understand. I hope that you guys can simply press play on this one and allow it to take you to whatever place it takes you to because that is what this entire thing that we call Et Musique Pour Tous is about. It is about where we allow the music to take us to. It is about the places that we never knew we would go rather than the ones we’ve always wanted to be in. It is about the loves that you could not see coming and that end up impacting your lives more than the ones you’ve always wished for.

Maybe you go for a long drive today. Maybe you take your board out for a spin, with wheels, or on top of waves. Maybe you break up with someone that has done nothing more than to hurt you these past few months, or maybe you decide to call back the person with the wonderful heart that they wear on their sleeves, and that you have been pushing to the side because you find yourself in the rat-race of searching-for-something-better rather than digging for gold in the river you have been standing on, full of it.

Today, I won’t tell you what this song should do for you because today, I don’t even know what it should do for me. All I know is that I am enjoying it in the background as my soul sheds some tears, and as I reflect on this life and the gift of living that I have found myself with for one more day, and although I don’t know where it will take me, I hope that beautiful music like this will continue to play into my ears until my day comes too.

“You know I tried so hard to save the day, 
But, I couldn’t—couldn’t bring it back now.
And tho I had the words to say, 
I couldn’t— couldn’t get the words.”
 

Dylan n’ Krems — City Lights

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Seekae – Test & Recognise (Flume Re-Work)

We must “be” before we can “do” and we can “do” only to the extent that we “are,” and what we “are” depends upon what we “think.”

We cannot express powers that we do not possess. The only way by which we may secure possession of power is to become conscious of power, and we can never become conscious of power until we learn that all power is from within.”

That my friends is the secret, and understanding that you control your thoughts is the solution to it all. Try to look at it in the simplest way – that computer, phone or tablet you’re using to read this was first a thought and then a material object. It existed in the internal world and then the external. Now look around you, everything you see comes from that same internal creative force. Now think about your life and everything that has happened to you. It all came from that same place.

So if everything you see came from the internal, it goes to say that everything you will ever need, everything there is, and everything there will ever be comes from that same place. The things you seek, the power, the success, and the happiness you want already exist within, it’s just waiting to be realized by your thoughts.

Test & Recognize is a fitting subject for this topic because it is the essence of understanding that power. We’ve been fed so much bullshit that most people wouldn’t even recognize truth when they heard it. Information is so diluted that facts, scientific findings, and history itself fail to teach or resonate with people. This is understandable because corporations have lied and manipulated things so that people don’t know what to believe.

So what do you do? You test & experiment. Break your pattern for 30 days to see what not eating a certain food does, turn off your phone for 24 hours to see how you feel, take a big risk and see if your fear was really merited. Take in any information that you feel is honest and then you think for yourself. In the Matrix Agent Smith was explaining to Morpheus that humans lost when we let machines do our thinking for us…

I say your civilization because as soon as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization which is of course what this is all about.

Today, Amazon’s algorithms make our buying recommendations, Pandora picks our music, and Google finds our answers. Our most powerful asset, our only asset, the very thing that created all we have, is being transferred to machines. Understand the power of your mind, reclaim that and never let it go. It is the source of everything and as we go deeper and deeper into the Space Age it will be more important than ever to evolve that power to new levels that surpass anything a computer could ever do, enjoy.

Seekae – Test & Recognise (Flume Re-Work)

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