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Khruangbin – Master of Life

I think music has had periods of everything; time’s when the virtuoso, complex artist came on top. Other times that call for over-the-top production to make up for a thin performance. But in the best of times, it is always about one small, despicably overlooked thing: the feeling. The groove. That je-ne-sais-quoi that reals you in time and time again. That thing that simply can’t be replicated. That feeling that only comes with personal experience, through introspective even visceral living, through tears and smiles. Feeling Life can be just as powerful as it is beautiful, and many times it can knock us to our knees if we take our eyes off of it. I guess all I’m trying to say is this band made me feel before it made me think. And that’s unusual for someone that’s been working in the music industry for the past decade.

So strip down a band of its vocals, free it of its public’s expectation, And listen to the feeling they lay down for you. That guitar.

The band name, not sure, but I think its pronounced “Smooth-af”.

Father John Misty – Real Love Baby

Sofi Tukker – Deja Vu Affair (Callie Reiff Remix)

Callie Reiff’s remix of the subtly mesmerizing “Deja Vu Affair” is a prime example of a remix done right.

With its newfound extroversion, the track moves from stoned-with-headphones-on territory into the maroon walls an upscale electronic club, glossy coating and all. Bouncing at a body-swaying pace, it’s perfect for champagne-in-hand dancing before it’s eventual drop which might lead to a few bottles popped. Of course, as a last semester senior in college, the only bottles I’ve popped up until this point are of the $4 Andre variety, but I digress. The vibes are all present, ready for your local nightlife to consume.

With that being said, put on your Saturday’s finest and peep Reiff’s Sofi Tukker remix below.

Benjamin Earl Turner – Humble Pi (Prod. by Who Is This Guy)

Damn I don’t know why I just got to this.  Haven’t really been on top of looking through our submissions, it would take me pages and pages to explain Mom and work life to you if you don’t already know what that 24/7 life is.

I really like this dude Benjamin, his vibe, the comedy in his lyrics, the natural improvisation that you hear throughout the track, it’s all very organic and natural the way it flows and I am all about that ORGANIC life these days, don’t give me anything that is fucking processed.

Benjamin seeks to establish himself as a master wordsmith and lyricist within the Hip-Hop genre, as well as expand the current reaches of the musical style. By exploring storytelling, soul music, spoken word influence, lullaby, post-rock instrumentation, electronic alternative, gospel, the capabilities of a loop pedal and ukulele, classic and modern jazz, blues lyric, contemporary funk, folk harmonies, movie scores, as well as studying foreign forms of music and whatever else he can find, Benjamin is seeking to hone in on a new sound.’

I am a sucker for some good Hip-Hop, especially if it doesn’t sound like all the rest, everything just blends together these days where you are like, wait, didn’t I just listen to that? Naw homie, not this track, I’ve been vibin’ to this all morning as my little babe sleeps soundly, probably vibin’ to some hip-hop in her dreams, (insert laughing cry face emoji)..

If you want to hear more from Benjamin Earl Turner, and you should, click here.  I have so much to do, getting some freedom tonight to go out and let my hair down, lookin’ all sexy and fly, ya that’s right I am totally feelin’ myself these days.  Only good vibes, sexy strides, all eyes on me!  Thanks to this track this morning, that line resonates hard.

Happy Saturday my EMPT loves.

Rangleklods – Young and Dumb

Dad, mom told me you used to want to be a rock star when you grew up.

–          You’re mom’s right little dude.

–          So…what happened?

–          I spend a lot of time smoking weed, chasing women, having more fun than my level of productivity deserved. I was young and dumb.

–          Dad, how in the hell did you discover how toturn CO2 into Ethanol?

–          They all thought I was out of my mind. But I kept at it because I was stubborn. Then, it all happened, “accidentally”. I was lucky, I was willing, I took a risky chance. I was young and dumb.

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About the track: It’s an odyssey; crunchy intro leading into an electro indie bass line and beat, falling into a German Techno vibe and culminating in an exquisite drop. Unfortunately, Rangleklods are no more. But this is a work of artistic genius, way ahead of its time.