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20syl – Kodama

Lorsque l’on cherche le sommeil le soir, on pense à tout et à rien à la fois. Face à soi-même, toutes les portes de notre subconscient s’ouvrent. J’imagine bien cette musique m’accompagner, le temps d’une nuit dans les méandres de mes rêves. Puis me réveiller et tout oublier.  Elle est toute aussi mystérieuse, entraînante et éphémère qu’un rêve.

Si le Kodama de 20syl est similaire à celui de Wikipédia (recherches profondes sur le sujet), il s’agirait, dans la culture japonaise, d’un esprit habitant les arbres, pouvant être à l’origine de l’écho. Ce morceau pleinement mystique m’embarque facilement dans cette légende et me permet d’imaginer d’où provient l’inspiration de 20syl. Si cela est vrai et que les deux sont liés, je trouve ça pleinement réussi.

Sans vouloir en faire trop, 20syl un génie! Je suis un grand fan, que ce soit avec Hocus Pocus au lycée, C2C plus tard ou  en solo, je trouve tout ce qu’il fait génial!

20syl – Kodama

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Monkey Safari – Coming Down (Hi-Life Radio Edit)

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We all need a good come down.

That is the moment when you have to hit the bottom. Sometimes for no other reason than to feel it. Like when you watch a sad movie just to make you sad. The come down is what makes the high points so sweet. The laughs so deep.

In a recent situation, we were in a perfect bubble we created. No fighting. The emotions were so strong but in the best way. You sweat when you think the other one is hurting. You get comfortable when you lay in bed. Plans are made in the future, thinking about calendars in 2016. What would we do next?

We don’t know the people in 2016. Who we will be then. And as perfect as all can seem, don’t we all get itchy feet? That settling feeling is the come down. The come down is when the world hits you and you slide down the wall to the floor. Arms too heavy to move. Arms tired from holding on. There is the intoxication, the high about the good times, but we find out more about ourselves in the come down. In the highs, your brain is foggy with joy and thoughts and nothing heavy. The come down is when the gravity hits. The world suddenly spins on its back and lets you flipand the heavy fog sets back in.

It’s just a come down. Calm down. The remix from Hi-Life does just that. The raspy vocals of Monkey Safari, the ability to sway to it. Not the feeling of a come down, but some place where you feel content. Not the high and not the come down. The limbo of life.

Monkey Safari – Coming Down (Hi-Life Radio Edit)

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EXROYALE — Give It Up (Ra Ra Riot Remix)

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As the Space Age kicks in and companies are beginning to use robots to do just about anything, we have to ask ourselves why we haven’t innovated in certain areas much faster. Hollywood feeds us the same shit over and over in different form with different actors. (see: Batman, Superman, Spiderman..) It’s as if creatively we have peaked somehow and somewhere down the line, but no one has taken notice.

I’m reading a book titled Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, in it the author describes America as one giant mall with a country attached and I couldn’t agree more. Consumerism in this great country of ours is at an all time high. Kids, parents, and grandparents are all trying to keep up with the Joneses and all trying to be the next Rockefellers. The hamster wheel that has become our newest version of the program titled America is slacking in the parts of humanity that inspire innovation.

Then we get to the music. People searching for fame rather than to create things unheard of have saturated this version of America I speak of. Very rarely do we get to hear good music from the selection of Arbitron darlings that they choose for you, and it’s even rarer that you will find it in a music blog or music discovery site because the same algorithms, and even executives that are running your options, have to pick them based on how much they can sell to you rather than how much it can inspire and impact innovation.

So we sit here with a dilemma (well, if we are you, we do) and while we attempt to keep up with the pop culture by outdoing one another’s sneakers, cars, cool new “indie” designer tees, big gold chains, and just about anything else you can fucking buy or sell, you sit there and are forced to follow what everyone else is listening to because how else would you discover anything cool, right? It’s hard to do so in between the time you have to pick out your next outfit, figure out your next dieting trend, or too busy listing the titles of Must See Blockbusters this summer from titles you have known your entire life.

EXROYALE‘s original version of “Give It up” is a smooth summery slower paced retro-futuristic blast of sunshine that mellows you out on the man-made beaches of Mars in the year 3355, but the Ra Ra Riot Remix you find yourself listening to on here is the version that you will hear at one of the Martian discotheques at night as you dance to the stars staring back at Earth with a cool retro lava drink in your hand, and while rocking your trendy space-aged robotic sneakers that just so happen to do all the dancing for you… #WearableTech

Ra Ra Riot’s Remix is a slight touch of innovation blended from the paltry options of sounds that we as a species have developed. Still, we are capable of so much more, and these dope ass remixers show us exactly how.

The true power exists in controlling peoples choices while allowing them to believe that they are the ones who actually decide.” —Cyrus Pavel

EXROYALE — Give It Up (Ra Ra Riot Remix)

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Grimes – Go (Feat. Blood Diamonds)

GO. That’s been the requisite action for me in the last 3 weeks.  It’s been LA to NYC, NYC to Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport to NYC and finally NYC to LA. Every stop literally filled with life changing events, revelations, realizations, missteps, mishaps and a fair share of mischief. Prior to my travels I’d been putting a lot of attention on my diet, getting in touch my thoughts and clearing my mind so during my travels I was well aware of everything that was going on in a way I’d never experienced before. Meaning there are times when we’re in the thick of it and only in hindsight do we truly understand what transpired.

We’re essentially slaves to our environment, temptation and influence and usually gain back control when it’s too late. That said, it’s interesting when the mind is clear and you have control. Suddenly what you’ve let slide in the past becomes immediately apparent and like playing a video game you decide to go left instead of right. When opportunity knocks you have to power to turn up and take advantage. When lust, temptation and romance is breathing down your neck you give it all you have . Essentially, when you focus on clearing your mind and body of the poisons related to the modern-day industrial food complex you become human again and you get the power to GO. How do you know your missing something you never know you had? The poisons are invisible, slow killers so we have to experiment with ourselves. Take a month and see what it’s like to not eat processed foods. See what that does to your mind and appetite for life. Get out of the pattern the yields the exact same results you know day in and day out and seek that 1 to 2% improvemnet. The results might shock you.

Dreams, they feel like memories when I dream of you
Time won’t stay, it’ll stretch itself out from a minute to days
And I’d like to think that we don’t dream to win it all
‘Cos I’ve been here…

I look at who I was before I started caring about these things and I can’t even recognize that person anymore. The worst feeling you can have is being in a shitty situation, knowing exactly how you got there and worst of all having been there before. Our ability to GO when life calls for it is the difference. That’s the difference between letting go of the bad things and getting to the new.

This isn’t the mid-twentieth century anymore when you have doctors advertising cigarettes or or saying that baby formula is better than breast milk for little kids. We’re in the Space Age and because of technology and science we know more about what makes humans GO then ever. If you’re feeling crappy because it’s Monday, I suggest you look into these things because the solutions and the power to change ourselves is in our hands. A huge portion of it is diet and exercise, that simple. Anyone who wants specific reading material send us an email, enjoy.

Grimes – Go (Feat. Blood Diamonds)

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BANKS – Change (Dream Koala Remix)

I’m in a very interesting place right now in my life because I’m in a complete state of flux. My business is changing, my love life has been a total mess forever and that’s changing, I’m certainly changing, my friends are all changing and though it’s unnerving, it’s also quite beautiful and fascinating. I mean change is the only thing that’s constant right? It’s only scary when you’re not focused on getting better because no matter how the flux feels, those rough emotions will themselves subside as you focus on higher truths.

I hung out with one of my old New York friends Antoine Karl and having gone through major changes in his own life he reminded my of one of his recent newsletter post about the beautiful Banks song aptly titled Change. I won’t put out his business here but after a wonderful evening his experience with the song resonated so much that I knew I had to share it with you guys. This song in particular is about the promise of change. We’ve all been in those relationships where our significant other does something to hurt us or we do something to hurt them and then everything falls apart. Someone then feels the sorrow needs to stop and tried to end it. The other than promises to change and for a myriad of reasons the offended party accepts the proposal and the cycle begins again.

The truth is though that the guilt the offender feels is only temporary and if that person isn’t truly and deeply understanding of their actions they will revert to the default human setting, i.e. “the world revolves around me and why should I be sorry for anything, it’s my right to do whatever I want and if someone doesn’t understand it’s their problem.” We’re all pretty much guilty of this type of thinking because it truly is the most basic, default human programming. In nerdy computer language it’s our machine code and it takes no effort at all to exist on that plane. Change however happens on a higher plane, and it is fundamentally impossible to do when you think the world revolves around you, it just won’t happen that way. Honestly, this subject deserves much more time than I have right now but it’s something that’s been on my mind after that amazing dinner with my old French buddies so I had to share. Great jam for your Sunday evening, enjoy.

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Ace of Base – The Sign

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While flipping through my music library last week, I came across Ace of Base’s “The Sign.” It’s a cheesy track, but at the time was groundbreaking in its fusion of reggae and pop melodies. This is the kind of song that everyone kind of knows, but no one knows anything about it.

Let me give you the lowdown. The album that featured “The Sign” (“Happy Nation”, 1992) sold 23 million copies worldwide. 23 MILLION. It’s one of the 50 or so best selling records of all time, just ahead of Oasis’ seminal “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.” Overall, Ace of Base has sold over 40 million records.

This quartet of Swedes (three siblings and a guy named Buddha) are one of the most random musical successes ever. You never hear about them in the media, and rarely hear any song other than “The Sign” on the radio. And yet a laundry list of big name and indie artists site them as a valuable influence: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Robyn, Yeasayer, Trust.

It’s moments like this when you realize just how big the world is. There are Chinese and Indian artists who have hundreds of millions of fans, yet most Americans have no idea who they are and will never hear their voices. The music industry – the economic profit model of music sales – is crumbling. But the music industry – the unending production of new music across the globe – is larger and more successful than ever. How wonderful!

I recently had a very random job filming a high school wrestling tournament for Fox Sports. Fox put me up in a hotel overnight, and as I arrived back after a long day behind the camera, I ran into a very masculine looking guy walking a tiny Chihuahua with its nails painted pink. I legitimately thought I was hallucinating, even more so once we got to talking and he busted into one of the best freestyle raps I’ve ever heard.

Every moment, someone around the world is making music. From the Chihuahua freestyler to the grandmother singing the children to sleep to Ace of Base, our lives are played out to a soundtrack created by those around us. Whether their songs stay locked behind closed doors or sell 40 million records without attracting notice, we owe all music makers our gratitude.

 

Ace of Base – The Sign

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Nao vs. A. K. Paul – So Good

I hope you’re feeling funky today.. that good kind of funk. I’ll take my funk in music as well as in beer. Yes, beer. Did you know- in Belgian sour beers, many Brew Masters intentionally input infections into their aging beer? This produces the “funk” much loved by myself. Go try one for yourself! This is fresh on my mind because I just tried an interesting beer called “Love Child No. 4″. It’s by-far the funkiest beer to touch my lips. Of course I went back for seconds!

Anyway, back to the music. Nao is a British soul singer from the East London Borough of Hackney. She partnered up with A.K. Paul for this fresh track. I scoured the internet for information on A.K., but the majority of sources reference him as “Jai Paul’s Brother”. Hopefully with the release of songs as catchy as “So Good”, he’ll become more distinguishable by name. He has done production work with Big Boi and Jesse Ware, among others, and seems to be shaking things up. Nao is brand new on the scene.

From steel drum-esque sounds to harmonious soulful vocals, this song is a work of art the whole way through.

Nao vs. A.K Paul – So Good

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Et Musique Pour Tous Presents Les Auteurs – Sarah Safaie

It was about time I came up with a properly timed conglomeration of sexy-time tunes and somehow sharing my endeavor with a bunch of awesome strangers was the perfect motivation for me to finally get my shit together… not to mention the practical real life applications involved ;)

I’m pleased to present the third installment of EMPT’s Les Auteurs series (aka Sarah’s cerebral-seduction-playlist). I laugh as I write this because I’ve been meaning to curate a proper sexy-time playlist for years.  It just turns out that my favorite jams out there at the moment all sort of fall into the category of seduction. Of course.

I’m hoping the trajectory of track-listings evokes something like ‘pure sex’ in your mind. I mean that in the post-ecstatic bliss-driven sense in particular. Something like perennial philosophy meets dope ass synths, etc.

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Broken Bells – Holing On For Life (Zed’s Dead Remix)

When I came to we were clearly in a post Apocalyptic place. It was a weird sensation because I kept looking at my cloths and I could tell this wasn’t all real because they weren’t mine. I was in a ’70 style stripe top and jeans and looked like I just walked through a dust storm. I was with P which made feel calmer. He always makes me feel calmer. I had never been here before but we started to walk around like we knew where we were going. The town all seemed to be covered in this reddish, chalky dust. I was walking a step behind him down a narrow allow way which was just tall, old grey brick walls and little European style facades.

As we emerged from the alley to the main strip on our way to a cafe, we stopped by the kids putting up fresh graffiti. It was in another language, almost alien looking and we never saw their faces. They just kept going. One of them had a speaker in his pocket where you could hear the muffled sound of NWA’s “Gangster Gangster“. I thought quickly about my friend E. We sang that song in high school when we got stoned in the car. We heard someone coming so P and I started running for the downhill cobble street leading to the cafe. It was only then I realised the sky was orange. All over orange.

Even though I was fully aware this wasn’t real at this point, I kept worrying about work I needed to do. I was thinking about work in a place like this. In a shirt that I don’t own. On a planet with an orange sky. But yes, I was thinking about how to format an excel comparing something unimportant. Here, it didn’t exist. I kept reaching for P’s hand grasping it and slipping out. Holding for life.

We got to the cafe, and the food was all neon blue, which apparently was the norm. People sought refuge here. The world or maybe just this town had recently gone through something recently, making this a place where you saw people with everything they owned. Which was no more than two or three knapsacks full of their wordily goods. Clothes and some framed pictures. A couple books. It is weird. Even here you see what people grab when they can only take what they feel that cannot live without. Which in the end, is still little.

I ordered a black coffee and the waitress who also didn’t have a face, or one that I could see gave off the impression she was confused by my order. She brought me a cup of red coffee a few minutes later. I reached out for P’s hand as my stomach turned a bit, like when you miss a step. And took a sip of the red coffee. He started to say something and I strained to hear it as I was getting distracted by his dimples.

And then I woke up. I hope it wasn’t important.

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Oddly, this dream made me think of the music video for this song. The original by Broken Bells, which is the combined awesomeness of James Mercer and Brian Burton, or the lead singer of The Shins and Danger Mouse. I find his voice haunting and comforting and the music is always whimsical and something dark, sexy. This remix from Zed’s Dead also packs on an extra layer of electronic edge. The beat changes under the chorus, “holding on for life” and it is nearly the pace of a racing heart. Pounding through the vocals and your chest.

Broken Bells – Holding On For Life (Zed’s Dead Remix)

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Jack Garratt — Worry

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My nights are broken up by the sounds of women I’ll never meet

Not too many months ago one of the greater loves of my life and I stopped communicating. This is the first time I am telling anyone about it because I wasn’t really sure if I was supposed to tell anyone.

Throughout my life I have learned that certain things are better kept to one’s self. I feel that when things are over it is best to move on with life as if everything is the same and very little has changed because what truly has changed? 

I’ve always been sort of the loner when it comes to things in general. I’ve always enjoyed movies at the theatre by myself without the distractions of questions and random commentary throughout, I’ve long enjoyed lengthy walks by the waterside or in parks alone left with only my thoughts and ideas, and I’ve never really been one to talk much to my friends or family about my personal relationships. There’s always been something so sacred within them to me that I always felt the need to simply keep all the emotions of them to myself because who wants to bother people with their gloats or problems anyway? I will never be that person.

“Worry” by Jack Garratt is a song that will either make you reflect on a recent lost love, or it will let you feel empowered by your own ability to move on. For me, it did a little bit of both.

Many times, when we are in relationships that we think will last forever, we give so many pieces of ourselves to our lovers as they do with us. Some of these pieces become impossible to get or give back because they become embedded into our memory banks, so they still exist long after we or they are gone. It is those pieces that pop their little heads out once in a blue that can bring sadness or melancholia when we least want, need, or expect it. It is those same pieces that can offer us peace, understanding, and a smile if we wish them to by allowing ourselves to take the experiences we had with that love and see them as just another brick in the foundation of building who we want to be.

Life has taught me that we shouldn’t be searching for who we are because how can we find things that don’t exist? Instead, it has showed me that we should be building who we wish to be because it is only then that we realize we can be anything we want.

As if I haven’t felt your breath in every step I take when the wind blows

 

Jack Garratt — Worry

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