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LZRCAT — La Petite Mort

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that words make songs complete, but sometimes when great music is by itself without any words, it becomes the picture that is worth a thousand songs.

La petite mort, French for “the little death”, is an idiom and euphemism for orgasm. This term has generally been interpreted to describe the post-orgasmic state of unconsciousness that some people have after having some sexual experiences.

More widely, it can refer to the spiritual release that comes with orgasm or to a short period of melancholy or transcendence as a result of the expenditure of the “life force,” the feeling which is caused by the release of oxytocin in the brain after the occurrence of orgasm. Literary critic Roland Barthes spoke of la petite mort as the chief objective of reading literature. He metaphorically used the concept to describe the feeling one should get when experiencing any great literature.

The term “la petite mort” or “the small death” does not always apply to sexual experiences. It can also be used when some undesired thing has happened to a person and has affected them so much that “a part of them dies inside”.[1]

I have no idea where LZRCAT is from and it doesn’t matter. He has one of the few things that most aspiring producers lack, and that’s simply a nice library of killer sounds; sounds which he meshes together masterfully to create artistic acoustic pieces that delight the ears.

“La Petite Mort” is just one of the various pieces by LZRCAT, with a quick mention to the bottom end of Portal SXNTN, that incorporates some really hi-def sounds that instantly attract your attention. It’s a chilled-out two minute and twenty eight second cerebral high that takes you far away into times long gone, or moments presciently captured.

We expect to hear more from him soon—literally, and look forward to seeing what artists get up on his knack for picking great sounds to collaborate with the LZRCAT.

LZRCAT — La Petite Mort

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As Animals – I See Ghost (Ghost Gunfighters) [Star Slinger Remix]

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Wowowow. What a weekend. As many people are forgetting their resolutions of last month, I have decided to make some. The first and foremost being to stop working after hours and on weekends. Clearly, wanting to write about music is what I would love to spend my days doing, but I “moonlight” from 7:30am-10:30pm at an advertising agency. One thing you hear often in this line of work, is if you don’t show up on Saturday, don’t bother coming in on Monday. Blinded by the sexy suits (thanks for nothing Mad Men) and plagued with the ability to sell sunshine to Florida, I know this is my wheelhouse.

But my new resolution is one I plan to keep. This weekend I went to a bingo night at a club. It is exactly what you think it is, a night club that takes 10 minutes out of the dancing and boozing to play bingo, which is run by lingerie clad ball turners. Followed by more dancing, lounging, a very cold sit on the beach. And that was just 4 hours of what used to be a very work-riddled Saturday night. Sometimes you need to take a moment and live in it. You plan and work and make lists, and sleep, and eat, and shower, and then do it all over again. I got caught in it too.

So, if you are still wondering what you should do this year to make it better (or hey, plan ahead for Lent, whatever you’re in to) then do this with me. Take a break.

And then listen to this tune. Star Slinger, killing it this past year with a many a tune to listen to, is a producer from Manchester, England. He always seems to be able to integrate a strong percussion to each of his remixed songs. Adding in a fresh synth and a tone gives this track the energy you need to do nothing you need to do and everything you don’t.

Enjoy the time we got.

As Animals – I See Ghost (Ghost Gunfighters) [Star Slinger Remix]

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EMPT Presents: Balearea by Barry Poppins

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The kid Barry sent me this literally weeks ago but somehow in the endless waltz of learning, work, music and insatiable hunger for more that’s my life I haven’t been able to sit down and post it, until now.

For a quiet guy like me, one who enjoys the dwellings of solitude so much I rarely find myself alone these days. Lately though, I’ve been stepping back and taking time for myself and man is it helping. As I write this I’m at some random Cafe in Highland Park, listening to “Balearic” and enjoying an easy Sunday morning only California could provide. I don’t even know how I got here, but my new thing is just getting in my car and going…

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in the night
Been tryin’ hard not to get into trouble,
but I, I’ve got a war in my mind
I just ride, just ride…

Say what you will about Los Angeles but you just can’t beat this weather man, it’s 61 degrees, sunny as fuck and oh yeah, it’s February! Anyways, life on this end has certainly not been smooth sailing but I feel like things are finally coming back to a peaceful place and it most certainly has to do with stepping away from the things that just don’t agree with my disposition. It’s a hard thing to do, it may even be a little bit escapist in nature but sometimes you have to trust your gut and that’s all I’m doing.

This tape is the perfect soundtrack for Sunday. Put this on and go about your business, this is vibe music, sensual, sexy and feel good. This is Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, the type of shit you would place in the morning on a Yacht coasting off the south of France or at a 6am pool party in the Dominican Republic after you’ve been partying all night. It’s beautiful and euphoric chill out music curated at the highest level. Enjoy.

“This mix took me 6 months to finalize and is an ode to the “Balearic” realm of music that can’t be defined by words, only brisk, smooth sounds. It’s a collection of tunes that make me feel like I’m surfing on a rocket or floating on a Banana Boat. It’s a collection of songs that both calms and awakens me, if that makes any sense. For me, Balearic tunes are ones that can calm your nerves but make your nipples hard at the same time. And that is what these songs mean to me.”

Tracklisting:

Psychemagik – Wake Up Everybody
Late Nite Tuff Guy – I Can Feel It
Chris Malinchak – So Into You
Reverso 68 – Piece Together (Todd Terje Spinning Star Mix)
Classixx – Supernature (Hot Toddy Remix)
Appo – Cocaine
Mario Basanov – Caribbean Girl (New Found Land Remix)
Satin Jackets feat. KLP – For Days
Air Zaire feat. Patric Baker – Sanibel
Flight Facilities – Shine A Light
Laid Back – Fly Away (Poolside Edit)
Roy Ayeres – Everybody Loves the Sunshine

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Jenny and Johnny – Big Wave

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The 85 richest humans are worth more dollars than the 3.5 BILLION poorest.

Think about that.

Articles discussing this sickening statistic say that the 85 are “worth more than” the 3,500,000,000. Wrong. Worth is a structural idea, invented by humans intutitively at the rise of barter economies, that should never be applied to any living thing. Worth more dollars than, or doughnuts than, is appropriate. But never without the quantifying article.

It’s easy to decry money, to reject its centrality to modern society, to say we’d be better off without it. But in doing so, one discounts the literal evolution of human society from day one. Every aspect of life on this earth is directly tied to money, or “money”: objects to which we assign intrinsic value.

From shells and stones to numbers on a screen, the swan dive into the rabbit hole happened, and there’s no dream to wake up from.

That doesn’t mean we should ever stop pushing for a global society of equals. Even if such a utopian dream can never be achieved, every inch gained means improved quality of life for every human. These are thorny topics, rarely breached on non-comment driven music blogs, and I could tie myself into knots all day offering proof for this thesis or examples of why it’s correct. But neither you nor I have all day, and neither does the Internet, which some time in the not-so-distant future will cease to exist (That’s a fact, get over it.)

So I want to focus on those 85 billionaires, most of whom hail from the United States and Australia. Some are, of course, genuine believers in the idea of global equality. But are even they “doing their part”?

As National Parks cut staff and hundreds of millions of poor Muslims in Bangladesh await the certainty of rising seas, billionaires buy more companies and make more money. Where is the foresight?

My Bangladesh comment may seem out of place. It’s an issue that’s been in my head for years (full disclosure: I studied climate change science and policy at university) that never gets discussed in public forums: hundreds of millions of poor (as in under $3 adjusted) Muslims live in coastal areas of Bangladesh. Climate change projections slate those area as some of the first to be completely submerged by rising sea levels within 100 years. (This is happening. Please don’t buy the propaganda paid for from our friends at Exxon and spewed by their pawns in global governments.)

Where will those hundreds of millions go? India? China? Europe? The United States?

And what, when the inevitable becomes desperate reality, will the 85 do about it?

What will you do?

Jenny and Johnny – Big Wave

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Moby – Dream About Me (Booka Shade Remix)

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My father dreams of flying, circling with gulls among the billowing sails of the clipper ships pulling into harbor. He recounts his reverie in giddy excitement over a cup of coffee, his hair still tousled from the whipping wind.

My sister dreams of a haircut undesired. “You’ll need to cut it all off if you want to leave this place.”

My neighbor dreams of chocolate, a bathtub full of the good Belgian stuff that his grandmother used to give him when his mother wasn’t looking.

My friend dreams of the perfect wave, curling into a never-ending barrel she can ride into the sunset.

My grandfather dreams of angels in the clouds. They stroke their lyres and call to him. The warm light of a life well lived floods his bedroom.

My boss dreams of sleeping in, and having breakfast with his family. But the alarm sounds and he’s off into the dawn.

The woman sleeping in her car in front of my apartment building dreams of a time before. There had been a fire and a family. But no longer.

My cat dreams of lizards, scampering across his eyeline and dying with grace as he tears their bellies to shreds and purrs with pride.

I dream of losing all my teeth. First they fall out, one by one, before pouring from my mouth in a torrent. What does that mean?

You tell me your dreams when you wake up, huddled close for warmth. You tell me that you dream of adventure, of sleeping in, of flying, of a cozy winter night. You tell me what your dreams mean. Who am I to say if you’re right or wrong?

Who am I to ask, that you dream about me.

Moby – Dream About Me (Booka Shade Remix)

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Niki & The Dove — Last Night

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Last night, we got married in a taxi.”

Did I ever tell you about the time I fell in love and got married? Well, that happened. It was the Winter of 2009 when I met one of the most beautiful girls I have ever laid eyes on, and it all happened so fast.

We met out in the city, at a place in the Lower East Side called Stanton Social. I guess that the atmosphere, the music, the drinks and her smile contributed to the extreme intoxication of a whirlwind romance that I could never forget. Just a few days later we would end up living like a couple that had been happily married for decades, and the city was ours. We never ate in the same places twice, we never went to the same neighborhoods more than once, and we kissed everywhere. I guess that’s how one knows when they are truly in love—when all the two of you do is kiss like no one else exists on the planet, and as if kissing in any particular place is like the mandatory foursquare of love.

Being in-the-moment is something that you have to be bred to do or taught at some point because if you aren’t then it is almost completely impossible for you. Some people are meant for relationships and are completely miserable without them, others are not meant for relationships yet find themselves truly happy within them. Some people are meant to be single and are happy in their solace, while others that are meant to be unattached find the most misery living that way. “Last Night” by Niki & The Dove is precisely about solely living in-the-moment, where none of “what you are supposed to be happy or unhappy with” matters.

If you learn to live as if there is no tomorrow, well then that’s when you learn to remove those armors that you wear so well around your body and, more importantly, around that fragile and timid little heart of yours. You do so more because tomorrow and the day after, or the next five years after that don’t matter. You live for today and get swept away by the moments because doing so makes life more beautiful, and every single thing around you more fun.

Tomorrow can’t matter because if I have to leave you then it will only break your heart when I do, but if you stay with me today and live it with me to the fullest, well then we can be married until one of us has to go.

Last Night” is me and you falling in love and making love slowly, and then the hook chimes in to change the pace up on us as we move from place to place, truly living in-the-moment, and truly experiencing our surroundings to the fullest—no watching the same flicks, no eating the same old dishes, and no kissing on the same corners wearing the same threads over and over again.

I swear I love you, yes I love you like it’s not tomorrow
And I got no time, for second thoughts now
We’ve got tonight and then I have to go.”

Niki & The Dove — Last Night

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Cookin Soul x Trademark Skydiver x Young Roddy x Curren$y – Jet Life to the Next Life

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Unattributed quotes to live by:

Turn on, Tune In, Drop Out.

Keep It 100.

Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.

Pedal To The Metal.

I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.

Stay Fly.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Just Do It.

Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

Cookin Soul x Trademark Skydiver x Young Roddy x Curren$y – Jet Life to the Next Life

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Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy

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The end of January is a tough time. You are burnt out of winter. You may have made some New Year’s Resolution which you are still trying to commit to. You are probably over the solemn tunes of Winter in search of the delightful sounds of Spring.

Hopefully, this little number will answer that call.

Silver Timothy is a recent release from Damien Jurado. From the moment this song opens, you can feel the neo-psychedelic  tones pull you in. Reminiscent of an early 70′s tune where the soft sway of the dilapidated flower children stirs the sound waves in the room. Damien Jurado has been releasing music since the ’90s, and has just recently released his a new solo album Brother and Sister of the Eternal Son on January 21.

On this album you can find this among other soothing gems to rest your weary winter bones. My recommendation is playing this song as you pull down your dusty cut-offs and let a moment of light and Spring enter the air.

Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy

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Atlas Genius – Trojans (Lenno remix)

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This is the second article where we can show some love for Atlas Genius, the threesome from Australia. A group you can always count on to create and deliver songs with lyrics you can sink in to and dance around to. I realized I had noted the original song multiple times, then began hunting for the remix. Most good songs have a remix.

This particular remix came from Lenno. He is 18 and clearly knows his way around a good revamp. I always think of what I was like at 18 when I read about these young guns. They’re producing, touring the world, having an understanding and ability in music which leaves onlookers aghast. They are the doers and believers. It was not until my 25 year, I really felt I had the confidence of these guys where you look at something you are interested in or good at and say “I am going to do that. I can do that.”

I was feeling more like the lyrics to this song. Soaking in my first heartbreak and living on some pipe dreams. Take it in.

“Take it off
Take it in
Take off all the thoughts of what we’ve been
Take a look
Hesitate
Take a picture you could never recreate
Write a song
make a note
for the lump that sits inside your throat
Change the locks, change the scene
Change it all but can’t change what we’ve been.”

Atlas Genius – Trojans (Lenno Remix)

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The Chainsmokers – #SELFIE

I can’t tell you how excited I have been for The Chainsmokers to come out with their first original single #SELFIE!  Not only is it genius considering how obsessed this world is with themselves, but I don’t think anyone else could have done a #SELFIE track justice like Alex and Drew did.  We have been hangin’ with these guys from the beginning when they were DJing EMPT parties and man was that a fun time, it’s a beautiful thing to see your friends grow and their dreams become reality.  This track and video is hilarious, energetic, care-free, sexy, and they showed so much love to their fans and friends, making them feel completely a part of their vision…THAT’S LOVE!

This new year has been particularly different than the rest.  There is a new energy that just feels so different, maybe it’s because this world is vastly changing, the weather is as moody as ever, and what we know as art and creativity is jumping from planet to planet…KEEP UP!

In honor of hump day and the weekend approaching ever so quickly I thought it was only appropriate to post this track.  It only came out yesterday and BOOM the video came out today, believe me your going to be laughing, dancing and feeling really good after this one!  Go to itunes and purchase this track, come on people don’t be a stingy F%$k and go purchase it, I did!

Get your weekend started early, screw work, take a #SELFIE or two, enjoy!!

The Chainsmokers – #SELFIE

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