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Raleigh Ritchie – Stay Inside

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This is a track I listened to once, then put on repeat for another few turns. The voice of Raleigh Ritchie is absolutely captivating. This young R&B stunner comes from Bristol, UK and exudes a calmness in sadness in this song. But once you have a watch at his recently released video you will read all of this as seductive.

The whole of his 3-track album gives the listener a taste of his soulful vocals and rhythm. His ability to create a  current sound for the R&B genre is clear. Not since Frank Ocean have I been this excited about a solid, profound artist. See below to download the whole Middle Child EP. He will be one to watch in the coming months.

Raleigh Ritchie – Stay Inside

BONUS: Have a look at his video for Stay Inside. Lovers, you’re welcome for the eye candy. Here is a link to his site where you can download his 3-song EP, Middle Child,  for free.

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EMBRZ — Make Your Way

On rainy days, I love losing myself in endless daydreams of the alternate realities of my life that could exist somewhere out there, and, endless trances of reflection of the life I do find myself in. When a song can instantly put me into that mood I begin to appreciate music as my drug of choice.

Whenever a song can make me feel anything at all, I tend to immediately gravitate right towards it. Whenever a song can make me feel somehow at peace about my life, I tend to adore it right away instantly falling in love with it, and this is exactly what EMBRZ‘s “Make Your Way” makes me feel.

Now, I’m not saying that this peace that I feel in those moments about my life can’t be somber in tone, in fact, sometimes I don’t even know what their mood is, but nevertheless I feel an overwhelmingly peaceful vibe about everything, as my ears and entire body take it all in and soak it all up. I guess this is why they do refer to this type of sound as chillwave because of its natural tendency to make us just chill, but it’s that feeling of uncertainty about what to feel that keeps me listening to it on repeat for hours at a time—lost in its entirely too beautiful chord progressions and the ethereal synths that play them out more like the smooth ripples of a lake caused by a light summer wind than rough ocean waves breaking on the coastline.

Have you ever had a day where you just feel like crying, but completely uncertain as to why? You’re not sure if your sad, or mad, or mourning a recent loss of some sorts. You’re not even sure if there is anything that you should feel any of this stuff about, but with almost overwhelming certainty you are positive that the tears you feel swelling up in your soul should be pouring out of even shut eyelids. Maybe it’s the weather outside that helps to create this uncertainty in emotion, or maybe it is just a defense mechanism in you that has allowed your heart to forget whatever it is you feel you should be crying about, leaving an empty space in it where a song like this can fill itself into, and so “Make Your Way” does exactly that, fitting itself seamlessly into that emptiness inside of you, mellowing you out and leaving you to daydream and reflect about all of those things that once were, could have been, are here right now, and will come tomorrow.

they make your way to me.”

We just ride.

EMBRZ — Make Your Way

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EMPT Exclusive: The New York Groove Mix by Barry Poppins & Falcon Punch

I’m not guilty
You’re the one who’s guilty
The lawmakers and politicians
The Colombian druglords
All you who lobby against making drugs legal
Just like you did with alcohol during the prohibition
You’re the one who’s guilty 
-Nino Brown, New Jack City (1991)

There are several things that I realize and think about every day. They’re all mostly spurred by the fact that I reside in and remain prideful of New York City, but they have to do with all facets of life. Today, I thought for a long time about the history of Ancient Egyptians. Many find the idea of Ancient Egypt extremely fascinating. It’s not even just Ancient Egyptians that have a rich history, but any culture that dates back to ancient times. When we really think about it, any culture that exists successfully today, is because of a struggle in the past. And while that is true for many, only some rise above to further expand on that name that their ancestors fought for.

When I think of societies that have conquered all to rise above, I can’t help but think of New York City. I could say that I’m biased, but even if I didn’t live here and even if I wasn’t such a proud born and practically raised New Yorker, I would still look at this city in awe as so many people do from other parts of the country and world. The city itself is built on precarious grounds, both physically and metaphorically. Everything about its history is evident in the way it carries itself every single day. No matter how many skyscrapers go up, no matter how many condos replace artist lofts, and no matter how many expensive urban organic markets try to weasel their way into my food loving heart, there’s always that organic flavor that seeps up through the cracks of the slightly slanted sidewalks, that remind us that we are walking on greatness. Every single day that I walk out of my apartment and onto my charming little block in Brooklyn, into the subway and onto the island of Manhattan, I remember that this city is also inevitably going to sink. And that makes me feel very real. Because that sinking, the fact that the end is always in sight even if it’s not exactly clear when, is a constant reality check. Maybe that’s just one reason for why we are such a rare and strange breed of human, here in New York.

This exclusive mix from our friends over at Weedmaps, speaks to all of these special little quirks that I’ve highlighted. It’s a beautifully real combination of human beings doing incredible things, and a classic style that is what so many have come to think of when they think of New York’s scene. It’s a unique and emotional roller coaster of the struggles, the joys, the beauty, and the ugliness, all at once. And those qualities, too, are what make this city so difficult and yet, so right, for so many people. Nearly every single one of us who lives here can emotionally relate to the fact that there ain’t no love in the heart of the city, and that it ain’t all good, and that’s the truth. 

You can stream below if you’re at work, or save it for later if you want to dance and love on this for the rest of your days.

Tracklist:

1. Woody Allen – Manhattan
2. Gil Scott Heron – New York City
3. Roy Ayres – We Live In Brooklyn Baby
4. Walt Clyde Frazier – Acrobatic
5. Odyssey – Hang Together
6. Rayko – Broadway
7. Nino Brown – Aint No Uzis Made in Harlem
8. Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
9. Digable Planets – Graffiti
10. NAS – NY State of Mind
11. De La Soul – All Good
12. Bobby ‘Blue’Band – Ain’t No Love (RollerRadio Edit)
13. Susanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
14. Boney M – New York City
15. Bill Withers – Harlem
16. Lou Reed – Take a Walk on the Wild Side
17. Stevie Wonder – Living for the City
18. Kiss – Back in the New York Groove

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Souls of Mischief – 93 Till Infinity (Remix)

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The week has begun. Two days down, too many to go. The commute was hell, rubberneckers held up traffic and a baby cried on the train. Finally home.

You’re just trying to chill.

Here in Southern California, we don’t just say chill, we live it. We kick back by the pool in the middle of February, because its 80 degrees out yo! We do yoga literally every day. We drink wheat grass smoothies. And we occasionally smoke that bomb bud, though I personally gave that aspect up some time ago.

Though NorCal may shit on us, we embrace them as our brothers and sisters. Got beef? Chill. See, NorCal wasn’t always jacked up on tech wealth an insecurity. There was a time, back in, oh, ’93, when all of Cali chilled as one.

I was but a babe then, so don’t take it from me. Souls of Mischief were chillin in the bay, and spreading the gospel from coast to coast. “’93 Til Infinity,” the group’s all-time rap classic, has but one message: “This is how we chill, from ’93 til”

Til the sun consumes itself and swallows the earth. Til the universe collapses. Til infinity.

This remix came to me unlabled, and no amount of Shazamming has turned up any info about it. All I can say is that Souls over a liquid beat is so chill its frozen. And not like Adele Nazim frozen. I’m talking glazed in ice crystals frozen, diamonds dripping from the chain, that real Arctic shit. Hop in the ride with A-Plus, Phesto, Tajai and the best of the bunch, Opio, and take this Sunday slow and easy with a fresh beat and an eternal, five letter message.

Souls of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity (Remix)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Mars 2014

I can’t waste any more time doing things I don’t want to do…” – La Grande Belleza

I haven’t seen that movie but that didn’t stop me from being taken by such profound words. Since the day you’re born, your parents have an idea of who they want you to be. Marketers know how they want you to think so you buy, bankers want you to spend so you’re in debt, politicians want to influence your beliefs to vote, lovers want  to see you in their own image and on and on. We come into this world trying to find ourselves in the face of such powerful external influences that you can’t help but wonder when you’re truly being yourself. You can waste a lifetime trying to find purpose in someone else’s story…

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” – WarGames

Are you willing to disappoint, are you willing to be selfish, are you prepared to be an individual, perhaps even an outcast? It seems the path to the self is full of negative connotations but are you willing to do what it takes, are you willing to be Howard Roark to make your name?

For me it’s music. Some people call it an escape but to me it’s more like tuning in, it’s not fading away it’s more real than our commonly accepted reality…

You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” – Lennon 

I’ve been listening to LMDM Mars while writing this and that’s what it makes me feel, it makes me want to make a greater effort to be me. It makes me want to be around people who are themselves, express themselves without inhibition and not in the childish loud phony way either.

And it took so long to be on my own, when the morning comes I hope your ready for it… – RAC

This version of LMDM moves like a seasoned marathon runner, pacing him/herself with masterful precision. Like a kid who read The Tortoise and The Hare and decided you could be both and win. LMDM break all the rules, follows no guidelines and sets no precedents. No two tapes have ever been the same and the adventure will be an evolving, ever-growing limitless form of expression that inspires me and so many to create in the same way. We’re going to be making a big push here, with some new things coming in the near future but today we’re saying thanks again to Steph for continuing to put together one of the most consistently dope and unique mixtapes out, we’re grateful to bring it to ya’ll, enjoy.

UPDATE: LMDM Mars is streaming live @  WynwoodRadio.com. Tune in quick fast.

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Tracklist:

  1. Millionyoung – Hammock
  2. Deorro – Five Hours
  3. RAC – Ready For It (Feat. St. Lucia)
  4. Black Atlass – Blossom
  5. Faul – Happy Endings
  6. Ricoshëi – Perfect Like You (Stereotronique Bootleg Remix)
  7. Yacht – Psychic City (Clasixx Remix)
  8. Roosevelt – Around You
  9. We Were Evergreen – Daughters
  10. London Grammar – Hey Now (Tensnake Remix)
  11. Black Atlass – Paris
  12. Still Corners – The Trip

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Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)

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Sky Ferreira is a promising artist still searching for a voice that will separate her from the pack. Unknown Mortal Orchestra have found their voice, but it’s unclear where they go from here. Their confluence on this remix offers a glimpse of possible futures for both.

Ferreira, the latest indie-ish pop chanteuse to bubble up has been grinding since her early teens. Her earliest public work was posted to MySpace, where she was “discovered” and ushered into the studio. Since then, she’s worked with notable producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Best Coast) and Garbage front woman Shirley Mason, and attracted media attention for a drug possession arrest. It’s been an upward climb to an opening slot (along with Icona Pop) on Miley Cyrus’ world tour.

Really, Sky? I get the appeal ($$$$) but somehow I don’t think that’s where your fan base lies. Her future just isn’t as a tween-facing pop star.

Rather, it’s as an indie darling with mainstream vocal abilities. The original “Everything Is Embarrassing” is cowritten and produced by Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange (formerly Lightspeed Champion). Basically, it’s a Blood Orange song, in construction and lyrical progression, sung by Ferreira, who could have easily been swapped out for Solange without missing a beat. And it’s her most popular song to date. Coincidence? I think not.

Enter Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the intensely weird future lo-fi project from multi-instrumentalist Reuben Nielson. Their albums and remixes are tied together by a sense of a detached intensity and intricate lyricism. Their sound is unmistakable: ambling guitar plucks and fuzzed-out cymbals and muted bass.

This remix is the best of all worlds. Ferreira sings in Hynes’ nu-R&B repetitive styling over a classically meandering UMO instrumental, which almost sounds like it’s broadcasting through an old radio from miles away. Nielson’s voice is unique, surely, and well suited to UMO’s sound, but, as a huge fan, I hope to hear some feature vocals on new material. The production is so good that it can elevate any singer, pushing him or her out of their natural habitat and into the woozy world of UMO.

 

Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix) 

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Romare – Down The Line (It Takes a Number)

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There’s no denying the gravitational sway of this track. Irresistible in every sense of the word, this throbbing bass line will arrest you. As I always say, there’s nothing like a voluptuous beat paired with some primal grunting to get you in the mood for … well, the weekend.

This track oozes a certain savoir faire reminiscent of the spirit of *jazz.* Romare is a brilliant British beat-maker whose work (see album: Mediations on Afrocentrism) emulates a sort of rare feeling of release, echoic of the true nature of jazz as a historically experimental art form. He samples unique excerpts from speeches, interviews, and film recordings— all in all, it’s a melange of sultry brilliance that screams liberation.

Many thanks to Bonobo for including Romare on his Late Night Tales album. This is pure innovation equipped with a magnitude of resonance that may render you in a state of perpetual (subconsious?) gyration for the rest of your day. Dig.

Romare – Down The Line (It Takes a Number)

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Jamie XX – Sleep Sound

Ca fait depuis septembre que j’ai déménagé à la ville de Mexico DF. Depuis Juin 2012 on est au quatrième déménagement.

Ca fait quatre pays, quatre villes et deux continents en deux ans. C’est quoi ce bordel ? Et après on dit qu’on devrait jamais oublier ces racines.

Ce n’est pas donne, c’est sure. Nonobstant, s’il existe un moyen dont je retrouve mon enfance, de recréer mon début: la douceur du sommeil.

Quand je dors, je pense à rien et je pense à tout.
Je mange sans le besoin de chier.
Je baise des femmes fatales sans visage.
J’écoute de la musique de cosmonaute et je me balance dans les étoiles.

Certes, je ne sais plus d’où je proviens. Certes, je n’arrive pas à préciser mes racines. Mais au contraire à ce qu’on pense, ceci ne me limite guerre ; j’ai la liberté de rêver avec les yeux ouverts.

Jamie XX – Sleep Sound

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Möwe – Call You Home (Kelvin Jones Bootleg)

Home (həʊm/noun) - a place where something flourishes.

This is a dedicated to the lovers. To the grinders. To those of you writhing to the beat of this tune as you shuffle through the tracks here. Whether it is the pounding base that starts the song off, giving your body the tempo to work off of or just your general mid-week slump you are pulling through.

What makes a song special? A song that you listen to and immediately you feel connected. Like a welcomed “Killing Me Softly” feeling that you actually crave as you feel what they feel. Their words are your words. Your empathy takes hold and you start to mutter the words under the vocals until about one minute in when you just get in to it. I had that moment as I was listening to this song in a coffee shop. Mind you the seats around are filled with suits and power skirts and large rain jackets draped over the back of the wooden set-ups. But sometimes you cannot help but let it out. Which is what Kelvin Jones did beautifully.

This remix of Kelvin Jone‘s original has given this song legs, and these legs are moving. After listening to his acoustic original, and then this remix, you will find a home in his words. Each verse drenched in emotion and sung as it were a plea to a lover. A shot in the dark. A search for his light.

Möwe produced this very delicious remix for us to enjoy. Cheers, lovers.

You got those eyes (that) stare into my soul
You get that smile when I’m giving you my all
You’re the brighter side of things
You’re the lighter side of life
And all the joy that you bring
Is why I need you in my life

(But) Can I call you home
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
I just wanna let you know
In my mind I call you home”

Möwe – Call You Home (Kelvin Jones Bootleg)

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Metal Mother – Mind_Off

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According to Metal Mother’s Facebook page, band interests include “Transdimentional pursuits, psychic collaboration, risky business, nature, machines, mutant lyfe.”

Her (Oakland-based Taara Tati) video for “Mind_Off” will help you picture exactly what those interests entail. Disintegrating baby sumo wrestlers? Check. A cracked out Jell-O feast? Also in there.The track is off Metal Mother’s debut album, IONIKA, which sounds like Grimes at Burning Man. Tati’s high-pitched voice, commanding yet friendly, preaches alien sermons over a variety of convoluted, beat driven instrumental tracks.

Metal Mother is part of the “Post Primal Collective,” a bay area group of artists who seem intent on exploring every fucked up and awesome corner of the human consciousness. Their output doesn’t seem aimed at making it big at all, and rather at collaborating and performing for arts sake. I can only imagine what one of their parties would be like.

As a generation of jobless intellectuals and artists collide with the reality of urban rent, I expect many such experimental collectives to gain prominence in the coming years. Thank god. Often, these groups produce the most cutting edge work and truly drive cultural narritaves without meaning to. They are wellsprings of inspiration, affecting every person who stumbles across their work. Whether you like Japanese wood block-style S&M portraits or not, they’re likely to stick in your brain for a while.

I feel the same way about “Mind_Off.” Nothing groundbreaking here, but rather an extension on a theme, a successor to Fever Ray in some ways. This song finds its way to the back of your brain, and flickers to life as the lights dim, its haunting drums leading you into a darker dream than you may have expected.

Metal Mother – Mind_Off

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