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La Femme – Sur La Planche

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Vive l’été!

Quand je suis sur la planche, tout est bon.

Et quand nous sommes sur la planche ensemble, alors…c’est comme nous sommes le monde, et rien d’autre existe.

La Femme – Sur La Planche

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John Hancock – Left Me

Want a happy summer jam? Well here you go! Easy peasy.

But seriously, John Hancock has created this upbeat, toe-tappable track, a perfect pairing with your summer shenanigans. He somehow turned “sad” content with accompanying elements that exude pure joy. “Left Me” defies the quintessential love song about separation, adds a tropical groove, and leaves the hook for you to grab hold of.

I tried and tried to move on with my life. You keep returning so I never get it right

I’ve been a witness to this countless times. Whether it’s been friends or firsthand experience. We’ve all been that person not wanting to give up on the relationship. Having hope that maybe one more encounter will reveal one last glimmer of survival for the relationship. Maybe it will, but it could just as easily prolong the heartbreak for both of you!

Anyway, enough of that relationship stuff.. plug in your headphones and jam out to this! The video is worth a look too.

John Hancock- Left Me

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EMPT Presents: Summer Heat by Barry Poppins

I’m a fan of the Phish.

There, I said it. And it’s not because I like to bounce around rooms. It’s because of their covers. Ever since I saw The Last Waltz, I have been completely inebriated by musicians exiting their comfort zones and singing songs that they d
have been not became and singing songs that they did not create. That love carried over to my first (or second, who can remember) Phish concert when LSD and the band’s Talking Heads cover (Cities) collided and absolutely floor me. That love of covers has translated into a love of remixes and edits when it comes to electronic music, specifically: disco. From remaster of the universe Todd Terje to Greg Wilson (featured on this mix), that love has become real, and bordered on an obsession. It’s not to say that the originals don’t do the job, but simply put, I’ve got a thing for remixes and hearing the familiar tune in an unfamiliar, newfound way. From the slight edit to the total overhaul, they just do it for me. This mix is a blend of the Balearic and the Funky, but throughout, you’ll hear both old and new songs re-imagined, as they make up the majority of the 90 minute mix. From Gwen Stefani (yes, really Hector) to Bob Marley, this mix represents my personal, aural journey from the last year and a half, with a slew of artists I’ve come to admire and blast on repeat. Whether you’re at work or getting ready for the weekend, this mix is intended to bring you to the place we all wish we were: right by the beach, mon!

Tracklist:

Half Baked – Right Near the Beach
Gwen Stefani – Rich Girls (Greg Wilson Edit)
LUXXURY – Travolta Fever
Dr. Packer – Islands in the Sky
Greg Wilson – Summer Came My Way
William de Vaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (FKJ Remix)
Falcon Punch & Roller Radio – Never Enough
Nore en Pure – Come With Me (Satin Jackets Remix)
The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On (Fingerman Edit)
Delegation – Heartache No. 9 (Breixo Edit)
Disclosure – Latch (DJ AA Ibiza Bootleg)
The Establishment – Love Like This
Bob Marley – Exodus (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
Late Nite Tuff Guy – Do U Wanna Get Down
The Backwoods – Breakthrough
Flight Facilities – Foreign Language (Rocco Raimundo Edit)
Nora en Pure – You Are My Pride (Croatia Squad Remix)
Chris Malinchak – So Good to Me

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Banks – Drowning (Glass Animals Remix)

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The current trend in music appears to point all signs to female sirens singing the tragic tales of love. Lana del Rey, Lorde, Birdy, and Daughter are a few who come to mind who could have all been friends or dated the same guy. But if you ask any girl, we have all dated him.

Even if we are not anymore, there is something about all of these girls and their sad songs that keeps us all pining for more. I feel like it must be something we all do when you get dumped or stood up or pulled around, that you immediately put on that mix. The one that lets you feel sad because you want to. The sane thing would obviously be to listen to happy music and think happy thoughts. I think most people are little masochistic though. There is something we all get from it. Picking the scabs of those emotions. Sharing the battle scars from lovers.

This remix takes the wickedly dark and catchy track from BANKS and spins it into realness. Glass Animals have been getting quite a reputation around London with their not-to-be-missed live shows and ability to get you grooving to a sad song. Dave Baylay from Glass Animals released this track and the outcome is some funky instrumental getting you up and BANKS vocals bringing you down.

So add this one to your break-up mix.

Banks – Drowning (Glass Animals Remix)

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Greg Hvnsen — Don’t Go

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We stood on the corner of Little West 12th and Washington that day. Right after a night at a rooftop right across the street. The entire night I knew that this would be the last time I saw her. I knew that we could not be friends because I would always want more. I knew that these exact words would crush her, but I could not leave that moment without them going unsaid.

Inside, I guess I had hoped that she would stop me after spewing those very words out of my mouth, and that she would recant her request for us to be “friends forever”, but I knew that even if she did I could not live my life that way. I couldn’t live a life wondering about what things could have been—wondering if ten years down the line I would realize that I had to change the trajectory of my very own life to be all hers, and wondering if in-between that decade she would come to realize that I had always been the one. So I spit those very words, and as the tears came down her eyes and I began walking away, I heard her whisper two words: “Don’t go”. 

I,
I could walk away from you;
It isn’t that hard to do, 
I could do it if I wanted to.”

We love looking at old pictures because they remind us of moments of perfection captured in time. Moments that we think somehow that we could never get back, or that we could never replicate. Mostly, we are correct about never being able to get that exact moment back again, but what we fail to realize is that we can never get any moments back exactly how they happened. In the next five minutes you will not be able to be who you are right now again. In the next few years the love or loves of your life won’t be who they are now, even if they are the same person you are with today. So what we have to come to learn on our own is that simply because we cannot recreate one specific moment in the fabric of time, that it does not mean that all of our next moments won’t get better and better..

No two seconds in your life will ever be the same. No two moments will ever taste exactly like another, nor will you ever again live this very minute of your life.” — Paul Hudson for Elite Daily

Don’t Go is a midsummer night’s dream while your laying in the grass looking up at the sky wondering exactly what you are doing here, and wondering exactly who the next love of your life will be, and where they are going to come from. It is that moment when you jump off of a yacht into the water because you have nothing better to do than to forget someone who just walked away from you. And, it is solely just a very solidly mixed tune with a bottom-end so heavy that it reminds our hearts to beat no matter what, even when are hearts want to wither away into a dreamless state of mind, or an endless coma that we never have to face this reality again because of.

I don’t know much about Greg Hvnsen here, other than what is on the soundcloud page that he submitted this song from, but when I reached out to him to ask about the song, he wrote back: “I wrote it as therapy for myself, but hopefully other people can relate and it can help them too.“. This struck the biggest chord with me, aside from every single guitar chord on this beautiful jam because I could completely relate. It is the reason that I myself write every single day: ‘as therapy for myself‘. 

To the girl that I walked away from on the corner that day, I did hear your whispers, but if I had turned back around and ran into your arms, I would have just crushed myself, and you in the long run. I will always love you too. xx

Yeah, I’m on the move, I can-can’t look back (No way)
Screaming “No regrets, no regrets at all”
Wasting time, I can’t get that back
Uh, so everyday I go hard” —No RegretsPusha T. 
 

Greg Hvnsen — Don’t Go

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Gotye – Puzzle With A Piece Missing

I am excited to celebrate breaking 30,000 words for Et Musique Pour Tous with an exceedingly lazy post. You see, I’m caught with my proverbial pants down tonight, far from home with someone I love, at least half a bottle of Bourgogne and seven Drake’s Bay oysters settled comfortably in my belly.

Writing for this blog is truly a pleasure, but there are days where I’m like, oh shit, I have to write a post. Because, as Jalen Rose (and the O’Jays, and Jimmy Cliff) says, gotta give the people what they want. I’ve been writing for EMPT for almost exactly a year, approximately 80 single spaced pages in size 11 Cambria. Imagine if I’d devoted the hours to learning ukelele…

If I had, I’d be sitting alone or with a small group, tinkling out simple chords. Instead, I am honored to share music for all. Some people play, some sing. I write.

My love for Gotye is well established, especially for his first album, “Like Drawing Blood.” “Puzzle With  A Piece Missing” is a true masterpiece, winding the through smoky hallways behind a creepy carnival tent. I could get meta per usual, but I’ll leave it at that. Though it may be apocryphal, the oysters and fine wine serve as my cupid’s arrow tonight.

Much love to the fans, exit stage left.

Gotye – Puzzle With A Piece Missing

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Et Musique Pour Tous Presents: Les Auteurs — Samantha Sanders

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Welcome to another installment of Et Musique Pour Tous Presents: Les Auteurs. I took me a while to decide on a theme, and as it goes, my theme is a non-theme! I simply want to capture the ephemerality of moods.

The relationship between mood and music is important to me, and I’m a big proponent of using music in all facets of my life.Other than purely listening for pleasure, playing music is either to elevate my current mood or redirect my emotions to put myself in a different state of mind. Music is with me everywhere- to jazz me up in the morning when I realllly don’t want to get out of bed; to ride along with on my bike to get me up those hills (using only one earbud for safety!); to motivate me to get that laundry done; to calm me down when my mind is in a tizzy; to DANCE along to when I want to expend some energy! It permeates through my entire lifestyle. I love that music can move you, both mentally and physically.

Music is a great companion, and has been a big part of my life since high school. The music blogs of the internet were the best thing I could have discovered during that time. I was the “new girl” most of my childhood and as a result of sporadic seclusion, I always found things to engross myself in outside of school and athletics. In 7th grade it was breakdancing, in 8th I had a mild obsession with soccer ball juggling and foot tricks, in 9th I landed on music and stuck with it. Believe me, it was a better fit than breakdancing.

So in high school I would scour the web for music to fit my eclectic taste; I liked the idea of listening to outlandish things, to things I thought my peers had never heard of. I liked introducing my friends and family to interesting sounds. These sounds were so diverse I noticed I had almost a mood library on my computer, not just songs. I began to learn how to create aesthetics based solely on music, and I also learned how a disconnect between situation and sound can alter perceptions of a situation. Go ahead, put that Big Freedia vinyl on the turntable while hosting a quaint dinner party and see how your guests react. Hopefully your current mood is captured by at least one of the songs in this playlist. Enjoy!

– Samantha

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Disclosure & Friend Within – The Mechanism

At Coachella this year Lana del Rey bought us in to her fascinating world of retro futuristic glamour, Flosstradamus turned the place into an absolute zoo with their hip hop meets punk mosh put over the top style and Disclosure simply brought groove to the Space Age. Those three acts couldn’t be further apart from each other in every way possible but that’s the beauty of festivals, it let’s you curate you’re own experience. The later really stuck with me for some reason, there was something about that clean but groove infused sound mixed with the beautiful natural landscape and wavy people that felt good. The Disclosure visual show is simple but extremely well done and captivating. The juxtaposition of it all made for a perfect recipe in timing and timelessness. It’s hard to not like Disclosure when you hear them, it’s hard not to love them when you see them live.

The Mechanism is a song that dropped a few days after that Coachella set. There’s a speech in the song that perfectly captures my moment in life right now.

So one of the things I need y’all to do for me is you gotta know that it’s coming. 

That’s such a powerful, deep message. In life you can catch momentum and lose momentum for myriad of reasons. Sometimes they’re external but most often it’s our own cognitive biases that allow us to be our own worst enemies. We work so hard to get to a certain point but a large majority of people break down when they actual manifest the very thing they wanted. It’s like they never really believed they could do it in the first place that when it happens it shows. Your mind will create whatever you want, respect your mind because the second you think something you better believe the universe is in action…

And once you know it’s coming, once you know it’s coming, stay in the zone!
Stay in your body. Increase your maximum level. …”

When the day comes, when the stage lights go on and it’s time for you do be who you wanted to be so bad keep believing in yourself. The zone is what got you there, the zone is what’s going to let you ride the wave –

It’s one simple reason..
The mechanism of incessant, incessant, habitual conceptualization.
Creation of ideas, goals and frameworks that are turned over.
Completed, to the friend within…

This is the secret they don’t want you to know: The only tool you need, the one that has allowed the most powerful men in the world to reach unheard of levels of success, rulers to dominate, spiritual leaders to heal and influence, the one tool that has made every single thing around you possible is at your disposal right now. It’s not money, it’s not guns. This tool created those too. It’s your mind. It’s the mechanism that makes the world go round, enjoy!

Disclosure & Friend Within – The Mechanism

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Lovebox – London 2014

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I don’t know how to start this shit, yo…”

It is truly an experience to walk around Victoria Park, London during Lovebox, the DJ and hip-hop festival held each summer. The line-up was enough to attract half of London, primarily the group you find in the early hours of the city’s night spots. The grounds were littered with empty cartridges and discarded butts and cups. Bodies occupied the dingy, clear spots of dust and grass on the outskirts of the multiple stages around the grounds.

Life is parallel to Hell, but I must maintain”

The crowd was on their cocktails and the music was pounding from the Big Top and Main Stage. Sweating bodies pulsated through the heat and the punching of rappers spitting in the air was enough to get the crowd wet.

The conundrum we all face is which headliner to see. My inner college student was aching to run to see M.I.A but the New Yorker  in me held strong about 20 metres from the stage for Nas playing the entirety of Illmatic along with some other hip-hop tributes he laid out. It was the biggest hip-hop sing along I have ever been apart of. Nas played in to the whole thing. It had been 20 years since this debut album came out. The album came out in what would arguably be considered the golden age of hip-hop. With various producers, including DJ Premier of Gang Starr creating some of the most memorable tracks the genre has seen to date.

So what you sayin’? It’s like the game ain’t the same”

The energy around the stage was immense. Thousands of people creating clouds over the landscape, girls running through the valleys of people with handfuls of £5 jello-shots and lit joints. It appeared everyone there was having a moment with the lyrics, at times giving the impression of reading along with a preacher and he is saying your favourite verse. Eyes were locked on Nas has he would sing and then hold the mic to the crowd who sang along with intense admiration.  Producing and hip-hop may have evolved since this milestone, but the love for hip-hop is alive and well.

I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death
I lay puzzle as I backtrack to earlier times”

Nas – N.Y State of Mind

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ZHU — Faded

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When I look back at the best moments of my life they are mostly those nights that seemed as if they could never end. Nights filled with taxi rides, bright city lights, dancing, bar-hopping, making-out, late-night snacks, more drinking, more dancing, more making out, and a LOT of music going every single second of the night. If “Faded” by ZHU were the soundtrack to a trailer of these nights, it would be supplemented by images of steamy black and white sweaty and sensual dancing. Picture this dance scene from the film The Matrix Reloaded, (go ahead, put it on mute and let this track play instead) only that instead of a cave somewhere in the distant future near the Earth’s core, we are all in some underground abandoned train station that NYC has all but forgotten even exists.

Baby I’m faded
All I wanna do is take you downtown”

I once drove a lamborghini through the streets of Dubai on my way to one of their more upscale clubs in a tuxedo. That night I felt like I was unstoppable. I felt as if the world were mine and that any of the dreams I had ever had could come true within the blink of an eye. I can’t really pinpoint what part of it all made me feel that way—was it the music, was it the rumble of that Space Age supercar underneath my feet, was it the gorgeous woman I was with, was it the exotic land I was flying through that added to the surrealism of it all, or was it a mixture of every piece of that evening in its entirety: the pouncing sounds, the powerful vibrations, the intoxicating kisses and touches lit by lights that seemed to emanate from a city built into a video game? ‘I dunno’. All I do know now is that if Faded had been the soundtrack to that particular evening it would have made everything more perfect than I already remember it to be. More flawless, more powerful, more intoxicating…

I apologize for going off on a tangent stemming from these memories of mine, but it’s what ZHU‘s delectable tune made me do. I hope that somehow it does the same for you—you know, make you remember a moment when you felt at your most powerful, going from 0-300 with not a care in the world as a minimalistic Sade-like vocal whispered seduction into your ears too.

Baby I’m wasted
All I wanna do is drive home to you”

ZHU — Faded

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