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81Neutronz – Orion (EMPT Premier)

Close your eyes.

It’s hard to listen to this track and not be taken away into the constellations. It’s hard to listen to Orion and not be overwhelmed by a sense of timelessness and adventure. A nostalgia for worlds, knowledge and experiences written in code, hidden in our DNA. It’s in the stars, the answers lie in the constellations and our relationship is symbiotic, we are the stars.

Time is illmatic, what is now already was, what’s coming is already here. Few are aware of the truth, it’s out there but it’s not spoken of anymore, even fewer use it. They’ll make you doubt your intuition but it’s in us, you don’t have to think about it because you feel it. This world, it’s just a projection, do you get the feeling that you can change it too?

That’s the tension and wonder captured in this songs intro but then comes the resolve and at 00:53 seconds everything changes. You spent your whole life trying to create something and here it is, here’s that moment. Open your eyes and be overwhelmed by this awe inspiring dream like landscape you’ve created, a new world. This is happiness so take a deep breath and smile. Life is beautiful, love erupts and conquers all fear. You are free to be yourself, to create as you wish. You belong to no one, no one belongs to you, we coexist in harmony now. The limits are gone and you realize that you are nothing which makes you everything, you have access all the knowledge of the world with that simple understanding. This is the future, Welcome to the Space Age.

Orion is the first single from NYC based artist 81Neutronz and this lush, ethereal, epic, adventurous sound is called Terraform. It’s sole purpose is to inspire and bring out your inner creator. In Sci-Fi Terraform is the process of making worlds habitable for earth life but being the concept romantic I am I also take that as realizing your own self and manifesting the world you want right here on earth. That’s what great creators do, look at Elon Musk’s Hyperloop and how that will literally revolutionize our concept of transportation. Fully digest what Steve Jobs did for music, communication, books, computers, learning and tell me he didn’t literally Terraform earth. This track inspired thoughts of grandeur, thoughts of the natural power within us and our ability to create beyond what politics and programming say is possible. Enjoy.

81Neutronz – Orion

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New Navy – Breathe

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As catalogued before on this very site, I am a nut for Australian bands. A recent find is New Navy, a duo from the Sydney area (as opposed to the far-away Perth, home to the Tame Impala/Pond/endless associated projects scene). Their sound is close to Two Door Cinema Club, though it leans more acoustic.

I don’t think New Navy will make a big splash any time soon, though I hope I’m wrong for their sake. They just aren’t different enough from their more successful sonic peers to make an impression live or on radio.

“So why are you writing about them?” you ask. One reason: they covered Télépopmusik’s “Breathe.”

“Breathe” was my teenage years. It’s minimal, funky house was (and remains) the ultimate song to drive, smoke and fuck to. And growing up in Los Angeles, I did plenty of driving ;)

It isn’t often that a Scottish folk singer-songwriter living in California pairs up with a live-performance French house trio to produce a global hit, especially one so utterly different as “Breathe.” Even now, you won’t hear anything like it on your local radio station (unless it’s a college station or KCRW, which all EMPT readers should be listening to online on a regular basis).

New Navy’s cover stays true to the original’s roots as a chiller, but is otherwise a complete pop-rock update. Tropical guitars flutter over a cowbell-driven beat as the vocoded vocals maintain their proper place in the background, and you can’t help but nod  your head and reach for your sunglasses.

If you dig, I recommend checking out New Navy’s label mates on the Future Classics label (including EMPT favs Flume and Jagwar Ma). Labels like FC are responsible for most of the good music you hear these days, as the big boys are focused on paydays above all else (see: ArtPop controversy). Some other fantastic labels: Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Modular Recordings, Friends Records, Fort Knox Recordings…I could go all day.

But I’ll stop here, so you can get to listening.

New Navy – Breathe (Télépopmusik cover)

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Paperboys – Boatdrinks

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Øyvind “Vinni” Sauvik and Ole Aleksander “Pope Dawg” Halstensgård.

I am in absolute awe of the awesomeness of these names. The two Norwegian MCs are Paperboy, a hip-hop group with little to no internet presence, but more than enough lyrical prescience.

Two standout stanzas:

1. “Koolaid and cannabis I’m sick of these scavengers
i’m like a anarchist standing in panic demanding damages
they only flash cameras at muthafucking amatures
wanna trade a good review for some bandages?”

2. “Yo, whatever turn of events
it’s only paper that’s concerning ma gets
this tournaments leaving permanent dents
I’ve got a burning of earning cents and I’m bent
only human, thinking bourbon or rent? hmmm..”

l’m not a big “conscious” rap guy, though Kendrick has definitely moved the needle for me. And you know those Norwegians, always conscious. But I dig Paperboys, and I respect them for continuing to utilize grassroots efforts to push out music in a tough commercial environment.

Enjoy the track, and give Vinni and Pope Dawg some love next time you’re in Norway.

Paperboys – Boatdrinks

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Kodaline – All I Want (Everything Everything Remix)

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I remember sitting in my sister’s ’03 Pontiac Grand AM (One which I later inherited in the summer of ’04). This car held some magical music moments for me, until the tape player got the Culture Club tape stuck in it for its final year on earth. This car  is where I remember hearing Elliott Smith for the first time. It was Between the Bars and one of the first times in life I remember feeling deeply saddened by a song. Not just a song which that exacerbated the seemingly perpetual feeling of anxiety and self doubt all teens seem to harbor, but one where if the music didn’t chip some part of your soul or heart away the lyrics would surely do the job. I loved it. It may be more of a feminine notion, or maybe it is actually human, but sometimes you want to feel that darkness. Kodaline has created a song which has a similar affect. Sans Pontiac.

I think we all have the songs we listen to when we want to bleed without bleeding. It seems that the things people do that effects us the most, we usually can’t see.

“But If you loved me
Why’d you leave me?
Take my body
Take my body
All I want is,
And all I need is
To find somebody.
I’ll find somebody like you.”

This remix was created by Everything Everything and takes arguably one of the best sad songs released as of late, and creates a more upbeat sad song (oxymoron). Bringing in some additional higher vocals and well-placed drums, the songs deep elements still stand, but now rests on a catchy, percussion heavy base. I recommend listening to both the original and then this one for an easy roller coaster of emotion. Everything Everything is a British rock band that highlights their musical dexterity in this remix.

Kodaline is an Irish rock band specializing in music which is lightly dotted with some pop-y sounds and still emotionally charged and well done. “Music should have a purpose, you know. Our purpose is honesty.” Well put, gentlemen.

Kodaline – All I Want (Everything Everything Remix)

If you have a moment, you should watch the music videos of the original song as well. Just relax and let it out.

Kodaline – All I Want (Part 1)

Kodaline – All I Want (Part 2)

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The Chainsmokers vs. Tove Lo – Habits

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Needless to say I am glad New Years is over, I can’t say this was a memorable one for me since I was in bed before midnight, but on the bright side I got to have a beautiful home cooked Dominican meal from my second family.  I think that’s the way New years should be, spending time with loved ones and not caring about all the hype.

2014 hasn’t exactly started off the way I wanted it too but I can’t say I am surprised, and I am willing to be optimistic and ride with what it’s giving me.  I am shooting my first music video this coming week and then off to LA to visit with some friends, attend a crazy party at the Roosevelt and see some of the west coast fam.

Enough about me, The Chainsmokers, Alex & Drew couldn’t have hit me up at a better time with my mood being so melancholy and needing something upbeat to get me back in the right mind set for the new year and what’s ahead!

I gotta stay high all the time to keep you off my mind.”

I love these boys little equation/description about the track and I think it gives it all the justice it needs!

 2 Dudes + Monday         Habits Acapella / Sour Patch Kids

——————————   x   —————————————————–      = This Son
10 Degree Weather             (Beef Stew x 2 Beers)
Happy Saturday, press play, get your blood pumping, and get your sexy asses off the couch!
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Bipolar Sunshine – Drowning Butterflies (Marce Reazon Remix)

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If you don’t have chills when this songs open, then you aren’t doing it right.

I am excited to get to write about a Bipolar Sunshine song again. This remix released by Marce Reazon, progresses perfectly adding in more playful synthesizers and base complimenting the light vocals of Bipolar Sunshine vocalist, Adio Marchant.

Highly recommend this song for your dancing needs for the weekend. Truthfully, I just want to wrap myself in his lyrics whenever possible.

“My fault, my pain
My soul, you take
But I keep on, you are my everything!
With my joy, my heart.”

Bipolar Sunshine – Drowning Butterflies (Marce Reazon Remix)

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VX — Pictures On My Wall

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To those of you who grew up with a stepfather, or maybe even a stepmother, that was kind of a jerk in your early years, this song will resonate profoundly.

Pictures On My Wall” is XV‘s tribute to the childhood heroes who became fathers to him.  A song about an adolescent trapped in the jail cell of a prison with his stepfather as the warden and finding solace, and an escape within the pinup posters he found in magazines.  These pinups and their music would become all the inspiration for aspirations that XV would need to one day successfully escape the warden’s stronghold.

It was a pin up, the magazines would print up
That made me pick that pen up, that kept a niggas chin up
That turned losers to winner, in that minute we would give up
Couldn’t die down the expectations they thought we’d live up
It was everything most parents hated
Niggas with dreams, wearin’ bling
Screamin’ that they made it.”

I can only imagine it to be hard for a man to raise another’s son, but it takes a man in full control of one’s self to never even remotely feel the need to resort to bullying and violence.  A real man inspires all.  Still, the respite and momentary flashes of happiness found within XV‘s collection of pictures weighed enough to balance those moments of pain and suffering away, and see him becoming the king, like his pinups, he once only dreamed he could be.

What I love most about his story was his ability to see a different world full of peace through his idols despite the reality of war and turmoil in his own everyday life:

And beef wasn’t allowed, Pac was next to Biggie, and Dre was next Eazy”

The chorus relies on an immediately deep and catchy sample from Montreal Love by We Are The Take as well as scratches from The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic, Juicy.  Overall, it’s a familiar, warm, sad, inspiring and beautiful song to listen to right now, and I for one have become a fan of it at the very least.

Enjoy.

VX — Pictures On My Wall

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Gayngs – Faded High

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The festivities have ended.

On New Years Eve my friend slow-cooked 10 lbs of pork shoulder. It came off the grill at 1am, and was completely gone by 2am. I was personally responsible for consuming at least a pound within 20 minutes.

Disgusting? Yes. Feel great in the morning? No. Cat licking grease from my face at 5am? Kinda cute.

It was an appropriate climax to the always wonderful and exhausting holiday season. Two plus weeks of feasting, drinking to excess, staying out late, hobnobbing at your parents’ random friends’ parties…there’s a reason we don’t do that all year.

We look forward to these few weeks because of their abnormality in relation to our regular routine. And we even place them on a pedestal. When else do you get fed and gifted and let off from work?

The holiday weeks are a drug that, when properly dosed, give us our fix and get us through the 350+ days til next year’s injection. But, like any drug, the weeks have a comedown.

After all the lobster and goose, the imported wines and local craft brews, you can only go down. Back to simplicity: buttered toast, an overripe banana, a handful of almonds.

Here’s a trippy Gayngs (a supergroup of 22 musicians including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) track to help you through the champagne-less days to come.

Happy New Year everyone.

Gayngs – Faded High

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Moses Sumney – Everlasting Sigh

Press play on this and just sit back, it’s an adventure. If you don’t know about Moses, now you know.

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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Decembre Best of 2013

I can’t lie, I’ve had this tape since mid December. I did have an extremely busy end of the year and going back to NYC for two weeks didn’t exactly help my productivity but that really has nothing to do with it. In fact this tape has been complete since Steph first sent it over. HP sent us one of their new Split X2 laptops, you know the one Clams Casino has been using for those beat making videos you’ve been seeing all over the net. Anyways, I didn’t want to take my army of technology with me on this trip so I put Ableton on the X2, got inspired, took it on my flight and did all the mix on it while on my way to New York. Gotta love the space age.

The truth is I have this weird thing with LMDM’s where I want to hold on to it for myself for as long as possible. I realize EMPT is this whole thing now and people have certain expectations that need to be met but I like to do what I feel and being the only one with LMDM for a little extra longer makes me feel good, sue me. Seriously though, I know it’s a problem, I promise to be better about it this year. Anyhow, Steph usually speaks through her selections but this time she graced us with some beautiful words and I won’t go on with my ramblings and distract much longer. We took a little extra time to mix and blend the tracks while keeping Stephs original track order in tack so I think you’ll guys like how this one flows. To make up for my hoarding and to step it up for 2014 I’ll be mixing all LMDM’s like this from no on, enjoy.

Putting this lmdm is always particularly special – for me, each year it’s a way to go through the endless lists of my favorite songs which in a way is to go through moment after moment after moment that made up my year – to sum up “a best of” – this took me exactly twenty minutes, at a quarter to midnight, BC I knew exactly what needed to be on this – so this is my version of a best of – each song is a piece of my year and perhaps of yours as well…each track is much more than that – it’s a distinct memory you repeat in your head bringing you back to that individual experience you associate it with. For me there’s a strong mix of emotion attached to each one and a definitive event, person, or both. Here’s to a full year-  of ups and downs, highs and lows, falls and beautiful mistakes but with each close of a year – comes a new opportunity – of renewal and most importantly, an open path – waiting to be taken…

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download
Tracklist:
  1. Sam Smith – Nirvana (TIPs Promised Land Remix)
  2. Nicolas jaar – With Just One Glance
  3. Coma les dilettantes (Roosevelt remix)
  4. Blood Orange – Champagne Coast (Clockwork Opera Remix)
  5. Foals – Bad Habit (Alex Metric Remix)
  6. Wolf Alice – Blush (Duncan Murray Remix)
  7. Vadoinmessico – Teeo (Crystal Fighters Remix)
  8. Miguel – do you (ah yeah remix)
  9. Hermitude – hyperparadise (flume remix)
  10. Vitalic- fade away (C2C remix)
  11. Ginger and the ghost – one type of dark (ta-Ku remix)
  12. Lafayette – Mauvaise mine (Jupiter remix)
  13. Kleerup and Lykke Li – Til we bleed
  14. Ultraista – Small Talk (whomever remix)
  15. Flight Facilities – Claire de Lune (them jeans edit)
  16. The Do – Bohemian Dance (YUS remix)
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