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The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Well The Chainsmokers are at it again, making dope tracks with dope artists like Coldplay, ya big time, but man do these dudes stay humble.  EMPT has been supporting The Chainsmokers for years now, and regardless of the fact that they have made it big, we are talking Grammy winners, like WTF, I would never stop supporting them because of how fucking humble and cool they are!  Take note artists, don’t ever forget who you are or where you came from, I mean it’s just a Grammy, no biggie 😉 …

So just some cool insider stuff, apparently this collab was a secret for about 3 months, dope!  “This collaboration isn’t a testament to the ideal that anything is possible if you stay focused, passionate and set your mind to something than I don’t know what is!”  This dope new single collab piece as well as Paris, will be on their new upcoming album ‘MEMORIES… DO NOT OPEN’ on April 7th with 10 new tracks just as awesome as this one and oh ya, you can pre-order here if your getting a tickle in your panties (or boxer briefs!)

This track is awesome, extremely relatable on many different levels, great feel that is movie theme worthy for sure, if you weren’t sure about how you were feeling about getting the weekend started I think this will definitely set your mood right.  Thanks guys for sending this jam over to us, always much love!

Alright, I would love to stay and chat but I gotta get my weekend going cuz it’s gonna be a crazy one! xo


Bronze Whale x Popeska – “Imagine” (feat. Tom Aspaul)

Imagine. Construct a concept within your mind on a micro or macro level. Allow it to expand as your mind generates in new directions, but don’t just imagine – create. Turn imagination into reality.

It’s not always feasible, but if you’re afforded the ability, don’t allow your colorful, unique ideas to sink back into the seeming nothingness they emerged from. Contribute to the world around you when possible. I’ve attempted to carry this out as an exercise lately; whether it’s a broad yet high-reaching idea at work or seemingly small idea around friends, I’ve found it to be beyond rewarding to introduce an imagination-generated idea to the world. Not only does it have the attempt to come to fruition, but other people are able to mold and add to the idea until it becomes not just a product of singular thought, but a collective project that emphasizes the raw, wondrous power of a motivated humanity.

Bronze Whale, Popeska, and Tom Aspaul imagined. Hear the jubilant results for yourself below.


Mura Masa – Lotus Eater (Swindail Remix)

Today’s listening consideration: Swindail’s “Lotus Eater” remix, or in more explicit terms, a track in which loungey vibes, churning trap percussion, and a pan flute all intersect. It’s brain-stretching madness that warps along a spectrum where linearity is bucked and sounds teleport across time like a blackhole, starting at one end of the track’s internal universe and suddenly reappearing minutes (read: lightyears) away.

Much like that time hop, the longevity “Lotus Eater” has maintained throughout internet communities is fascinating as it continues to resurface time and time again. The track has become a molding clay in which artists collectively reshape into their own image; it’s a warming concept that speaks less toward the galactic scale I’ve been leaning on and more toward the beautiful microcosm that is human culture.

Here I sit, three years later, with Swindail delivering a new, glitchy perspective. A beautiful microcosm, indeed.


A Flock Of Seagulls – The More You Live The More You Love (Rhythm Scholar Starwave Remix)

I have definitely been needing my old school jams lately, so when I heard A Flock of Seagulls with a dope mix on it, I was like fuck yes thank you!  I was born in the 80’s, so I guess some would argue that I was more or less influenced by the 90’s but I always win this argument when I let everyone know that I have a brother who is almost 10 years older and therefor I was influenced by his tastes while living in the same household together.  I am just drawn to how upbeat everything was about the 80’s, everything from the music, the movies, and even the clothes were like, BOOM, in your face with just a whole lot of positive vibes.  Wish I could say the same for the day and age we live in now but fuck it right, at least there are great times to reminisce upon.  Knowing that once upon a time things really were pretty awesome should give us all hope that they can be awesome again.

There are a ton of video game sounds in this track that I am sure if you are as up on your old school jams as I am you can spot.  We all played video games back in the 80’s and 90’s even if you weren’t a video game head, I think they were just less intense, easier for more people to grasp.  I am really feelin’ this jam for it’s nostalgia that it fills me up with and yet doing something unique with some new production to spruce it up for millennium babies.

The more you live, the more you love.” #Truefuckingstory!

This jam is good for anyone even if you don’t remember this track, press play and enjoy your Tuesday! xx


Mainman – W.W.H.

Just to test it out, I decided to throw this song in a random mix with all of my favorite “white guy soul/yacht rock” songs to see how it held up. A couple of Hall and Oates and Steely Dan songs floated by, then some good ole Michael McDonald. Then a Joe Jackson song, although since he’s British he probably fancies himself too cool to be boxed into this group. Then on came Mainman, sandwiched by Christopher Cross on the other end. And you know what? “W.W.H.” fit right in perfectly! It passed a huge test. Next would be to play it for my dad and see if he starts tappin and groovin and acting all early 80-ish. If Mainman passes that test, this song is gold as far as I’m concerned. And if the song wasn’t enough, Funny Or Die premiered the wonderful time-warping video last week, check it here.

Plus, you gotta love the topic. I don’t know what the heck the initials “W.W.H.” stand for, but I do know that the singer is clearly trying to help someone keep with spiraling thoughts. You know, the “tiny thoughts” that eat away at your being like termites until you fall apart and “enter the void.” And think about it for a sec – where do these thoughts even come from? Whose voice are they? Not yours, i’ll tell you that much. Not many of the thoughts that stream through your head in a given day are yours. That’s why many meditation practices revolve around playing the role of an observer or witness to your thoughts, and NOT indulging them. You gotta be able to observe your ridiculous thoughts (you know they are) as a by-stander, and not pay them any attention. Your attention is the most precious thing you can give to anyone or anything, but that’s a whole other topic.

It’s like when you’re riding on the bus and some homeless guy gets on – already mid-conversation about something insane – and he’s gonna tell the rest of his story to whoever he locks eyes with. Don’t make eye contact or you’re in for 15 minutes of nodding your head politely while this guy rants and raves.

These tiny thoughts are the same. They’re nuts. They’re pure lunacy. They’re definitely not worth giving your attention to. If you can learn to indulge only YOUR OWN thoughts and laugh at all the other BS that floats through your head non-stop, you’re well on your way to gaining control of your life like never before.


Video: Lana Del Rey – Love

To be young and in love..”

This track literally gave me chills, goosebumps, deja vu, an out of body orgasm…  I don’t think I have ever been disappointed by Lana, and was ecstatic to find out she came out with a new track.  There is so much about this track that makes it amazing, the effortless classic vocals, sexy and fluid.  Next is the emotion and beauty from Lana both in the emotion she exudes in the lyrics and in her classic beauty that you don’t see very often, I can’t stop staring, everything about this is classic yet easily relatable and modern.  I could see this track being the theme for every new feature film, it fits in with so many genres because of it’s booming hook that really is so diverse if your mind is able to think beyond the confines of what we automatically categorize love to be.

Ahh to be young and in love (and so naive, ha).  I don’t really know what that feels like anymore, being in love, but I can’t wait to feel it again one day, it will be exciting, like jumping out of a plane with nothing but a parachute, I remember that feeling and I want it to be just like that.  Love for me the last few years was more like walking in eggs shells, no wait not even egg shells, more like walking on sand that has little shards of glass and you have to walk as carefully as possible not to get jabbed.  I want the feeling of falling out of an airplane, heart racing, uncontrollable laughter and you don’t even know why but you don’t need to because it’s all so natural and beautiful.

Thanks Lana, I needed this, the video is awesome in its own right, I need to end this post so I can go listen and watch this a few more times.  I hope you all have the same reaction.

Good day my loves xx

 


Geordie Kieffer – Tastes Like Chocolate

The 90s are back and better than ever! We’ve got Tommy jackets, way too much flannel tied around people’s waists, and on this new song from Geordie Kieffer, quirky music that reminds me of the days of Beck. I’m not sure I ever wanted those first two things back, but damn I’m happy to hear someone carry the torch of straight weirdness in 2017!

I feel like in the internet age with parody musicians all over YouTube like a plague, being funny in your music just hasn’t been cool anymore besides punchlines in rap songs. You’re either super serious about your music or making fun of a genre by playing it (*cough* Lil Dicky *cough*) and there’s no room in between. That’s why I’m especially happy to hear Geordie do his thing…he’s made a song that’s silly but also been stuck in my head like glue since I first heard it! It goes from alt-rock singing and weird synthesizer sounds to a mostly rapped chorus, all while talking about worshipping his new girl, and it feels like such an honest way to get across all of his different feelings for a new girl who he would do *anything* for. He takes all the elements of how his girl makes him feel and wraps them up into a fun, carefree time that makes me smile over and over again!


Volo – Crumble (feat. GIIA)

I’m closed and I’m open. I’m rushing through these years like flickering playing cards. Blooming into this or that. I grab on to the people who glimmer in the way I want to understand. To those who also shimmer with the curiosity to expand. I’m in an open relationship with everyone I meet. Observing how deep I crumble into their different defeats. I understand it’s not always my place to try to care and tweak. To offer people what I can feel they hunger for beneath.

It seems everyones hungry, for permission just to play. To take off all the ropes and baggage and breath out the heavy weight. And I hunger just to give it, regardless of their age. Maybe because I’m hungry to receive it and and feel like it could pave…pave a road to a lighter being, to truth, to love, to laughter. To finding others like me that revel in disaster. That welcome messy presence, that light up when things crumble. That wait with heated breath and bait because I know it makes me humble.

Love this track. It has ups and downs, opens slow and tunes into you. Leads you through a sadness before breaking, shattering into flutes that catch you in their rhythm like and like an ocean wave you into a soft surrender.


ILIVEHERE. – Coming Home

Home can mean a lot of things, whether it’s a place of past growth that incites nostalgia or a person whose presence is naturally comforting. When considering what home means to me, three specific instances come to mind; my family, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

No matter where my family resides, seeing my parents instantly puts me in a state of comfort. They’re the people who raised me, they’re my best friends, and coming home to them makes me feel complete. As for Atlanta, it’s the city where I was born and raised; seeing its skyline is enough to incite peace within my mind. When it comes to walking those streets, I’m flooded with waves of past memories, from dates at the Varsity to sneaking down to Little Five, all of which have a special place in my heart.

My third home in Los Angeles is a rather recent one. While I don’t have many memories to lean back on from four months of life here, it’s the city my dreams were made of as a teenager. It’s a place where artistic culture thrives, where music is fostered with care, and where my breath is routinely taken away. It’s where I now rest my head and where I so fortunately develop relationships that mean the world to me. It might not be deeply rooted in my past, but as I’ve transitioned into life here, it’s undeniable that I’ve been coming home.

 


Elephante ft. Nevve – Catching On (B-Sides Remix)

You know those songs that make you nod your head along like a bobblehead with an extra bouncy spring? Well if you don’t, you will now with this remix of Elephante and Nevve! B-Sides straight up kills it with an upbeat sound that makes me wanna break out my old shuffling shoes and neon hoops and get down this very instant…there’s no need for bells and whistles here, just a super fun synth and good vibes.

Of course I couldn’t talk about this song without mentioning its crazy good vocals and lyrics…Nevve sounds so damn smooth that I could just listen to her sing on repeat. And lyrically, all that talk about “love is languish” and “you string me along don’t you” hits *way* too close too home. It’s obviously wrong to blame someone for not giving me the perfect romance I have in my head, but sometimes things get tricky and it’s impossible to ignore how much it sucks at the time. You get an idea in your head of how your relationship should go, and when it doesn’t, it’s easy to feel betrayed…I mean we’re not perfect you know? We’re just human!

Anyways, if you’re feeling down about your love life, go cheer up and listen to this remix. Oh, and for the readers out there that somehow haven’t heard the original “Catching On”, today’s your lucky day! You can also listen to the equally amazing original below.