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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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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Julliet 2013 (Mini-Mix Series)

Damn, it’s been a while since we released LMDM… So much has happened – Steph got engaged, is constantly on the move, I’ve been 100 miles and running at The Playlist Generation and life has generally been on full throttle but we wouldn’t want it any other way. To say the least, balancing art and business is no walk in the park and we can’t fake the funk so if it doesn’t happen organically we’d rather not do it at all. We don’t do this for money…

I live for the funk, I die for the funk…” – Notorious B.I.G.

So apologies for recent months but Steph had a great idea to get us back in the game that will make it all better. Each day for the next 4 days we’ll be releasing an LMDM mini-mix to add a little funk to your brain. We’ll start at July and make our way to the present. Now that’s how you return to the scene but…

Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years!” – LL Cool J

Damn right, this is not our first rodeo and the internets most beloved is years in the game now. It blows my mind whenever I think about it.

As many of you know, Steph curates LMDM top to bottom with each song being a chapter in the long form narrative that is our beloved mix tape. This time around the stories are just as compelling yet in a shorter form which is completely reflective of our current lifestyles. When you’re on the verge of so much change it’s hard to lock into one vibe. You’re inspired and you want to take in the whole world because so many forms of expression connect with you. That’s what it means to love something, to want every single inch of it. Listening to the kaleidoscope of genres, styles and emotions covered in these tapes show us not only how much Steph loves music but also how much she keeps things moving.

Treat it like boxing, stick and move, stick and move…” – Biggie

Art imitates life and right now these little LMDM blast make a lot of sense to me because exploring, absorbing and keeping on is just what the doctor ordered. I have an unfair advantage since I’ve heard them all but this series is awesome and I think all the LMDM loyals will have a great time listening. So without further ado here is the Julliet 2013 Mini-Mix to keep things off. Next one drops tomorrow, enjoy.

Tracklisting:

  1. Foals – Bad Habit (Alex Metric Remix)
  2. Fryars – Cool Like Me
  3. Haim – Don’t Save Me
  4. Vadoinmessico – Cave
  5. London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years  (Kids of The Apocalypse Remix)
  6. The National – This Is The Last Time

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Steph Lund: Ruckus Rhythms Interview

We’ve come a long long way together, through the hard times and the good. I have celebrate you baby, I have to praise you like I should….”

Reading Stephs feature on Ruckus Rhythms nearly brought a tear in my eye man. I’m so proud of everyone that helps make EMPT happen these days but no one has been with me longer than Steph, that’s the bottom line. We have a loyalty to the music that’s beyond any regular affection most people have and that’s a beautiful thing, not many understand that but we do and that’s why she’s my twin. I’m so proud of what LMDM has become, Steph and how it continues to inspire others. Who wouldn’t have thought right Steph? Enjoy.
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Steph Lund regularly contributes to the NYC based music blog Et Musique Pour Tous (EMPT). Her contribution isn’t in the form of a daily post, but instead a monthly playlist called: “Le Miel Du Mois” She is my music aficionado idol and yet I know nothing about her. This interview is meant to shed some light on the mystery that is Steph Lund and of course give us a very special guest Playlust (found at the bottom).

Your “Le Miel Du Mois” inspired me to create the P L A Y L U S T. How long have you been putting that together for EMPT?

Steph: That’s awesome. I’ve been honored to be able to create Le Miel Du Mois since April 2009- that was our first mixtape and still one of my favorites. I opened it with a Whitest Boy Alive track – Erlund Oye, I mean he’s a Lund…:)

How did that come to be?

Steph: I met the founder of Et Musique Pour Tous, Hector, through a mutual friend. We were at a concert a few months into our friendship and I ran the idea by him – At the time, I felt like it was something music blogs were lacking – a monthly curated playlist that focused on up-and-coming artists and remixes.

Do you DJ at all?

Steph: I do, but only with EMPT’s Hector – I haven’t put time into it as I should so I’ll only trust him to be there next to me. We do select parties in NY and LA if we feel passionate/ excited about them – Hec is amazing- he has played some incredible places – I’m envious where he’s traveled to for it

What are the top three ways you find music?

Steph: HYPE MACHINE, first and foremost. Spotify – listening to others playlists (Nicolaas Jaar,Pitchfork, etc) and artist and remix submissions to forthbeat’s twitter account– I usually can tell if I’m into something ten seconds in, and if I’m in love, about thirty seconds in

What’s one song you’re playing on loop right now and are seriously risking burning out on?

Steph: So many! I have a repeat problem- and not just with songs – current rEpEaT PrObLeMs are:

Foals – “Bad Habit” (Alex Metric remix)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Under the Earth” (my wake up track)

Hermitude- “HyperParadise” (Flume Remix)

and Angel Haze – “Werkin Girl”

This summer has been St Lucia – “All Eyes On You” for wayy wayyy too long (still is…)

Can you tell us more about your own music blog, forthebeat.com, and what made you want to start it?

Steph: So forthebeat was started as a placeholder- it sounds a bit odd but my friend and I who started forthebeat wanted to throw parties with bands we loved through shows we curated – the idea was to have these parties once every 4 months.

When we started reaching out to managers, we wanted a page to refer them to so they could have a reference for who we are. Then ABC News Amplified partnered with us for our CMJ shows and we started using the blog to post info on our parties and it grew from there. We did one of the first New York shows for Sleigh Bells – that was amazing to be a part of. We also worked with We Have Band,KissesHooray for EarthDominant LegsWisebloodPhantogram, and more. (Some photos here from those shows)

I’m the only one that posts on it anymore, and its not a pressure-do it every day or even every month thing – I do wish I had more time to post though. Maybe after the summer.

What do you do for a living?
Steph: I run a public relations firm – I head the Brooklyn office for a London based agency.

If you could tell our readers about one band they have to see live the next time they come to town, who would it be?

Steph: See Foals. See Beirut. See Solange. All have been hugely impresssionistic shows.

Can you tell us an anecdote of the most memorable time that you made a Ruckus?

Steph: I would say the entire year of 2009, which is when we started forthebeat. We were VPs at our jobs by day and running around to shows and parties every night. Can’t beat NY for that…

“S T E P H L U N D – L U S T”: These are the top tracks Steph is bumpin right now:

via RUCKUS RHYTHMS

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Alex Metric – Scandalism

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It’s all about elevation, you know? Isn’t that a big part of music’s appeal? It is for me. Fact of the matter is I don’t consider myself a spiritual person. A big aspect of this – a symptom, a catalyst, I’m not sure – is that it’s hard to give myself over to anything at all. Except for music, except for stuff like this.

Epiphanic. That’s all that needs to be said about this Alex Metric track.

But I go on. Scandalism sounds like it was transported from some parallel universe that’s a few years further in development than ours. One where raves and EDM shows hew even closer to events with spiritual significance than they do in the here and now. This is lazer light show gospel music. This is a hymn for the young, alive, and full of life. That organ-like synth peel at the beginning lends to this vibe. The cascading keyboard arpeggios and chime-like bell noises don’t hurt it, either. There’s plenty of 80s aping goodness in here too. So much of the production has this soft-focus glow to it. The white noise “wooshes” that billow through the background also lend the entire thing a breezy, airy feeling.

There’s also this sense of restraint, a couple marks of maturity here and there. The builds progress with purpose. As a result, the melodic crescendos are all well earned and more pleasurable as a result. But even in the midst of poise and consideration, there are moments of pure joy. I’m looking at you, synth lead that first comes in a little after the two-minute mark. Hot damn.

Scandalism shimmers, shines, and it’ll leave you aglow. Let this wash over you.

Alex Metric – Scandalism

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Music

Two Door Cinema Club – Sun (Alex Metric Remix)

A lot of electronic music makes you feel like you’re on drugs. But it’s rare to find electronic music that makes you feel like you’re on really, really good drugs. Alex Metric is a moon rock of a producer. The London-based rage mountain-climber had a stand out year in 2012, releasing a free EP (Ammunition) and adding a slew of remixes to his already lethal catalogue (that  “Quicksand” Remix is Hall of Fame).

Metric is obviously no new kid on the block (although many try to ball like him), as he’s long demonstrated an uncanny knack for making a proper bang0r, both original and remixed. The cool thing about Metric’s remixes is that they’re anything but simple. He takes vocals–generally from the indie pop/rock realm, and completely flips them on their asses, transforming them into something barely recognizable and something totally awesome. And he manages to generate builds and drops that don’t feel generic and cliched.

He’s done it again, this time with Two Door Cinema Club, and the result is a late entry into remix of the year. Expect to see even more of Alex Metric in 2012, as he’s got a slew of collaborations, a monster EP forthcoming (maybe even an album?), and I imagine some main stage, headlining performances worldwide.

I’m far away, I know I’ll stay, I’ll stay right there with you and though it might be too late, What would you say? What would you say? What would you do?

It’s pretty hard imagining never seeing or even speaking to my family, my friends, and everyone I love ever again–and I think this remix captures that emotion in a really weirdly deep way. There hasn’t been much sun in anyones with a heart’s lives lately, and while music is certainly no magical cure, it can still offer a nice reprieve and give us some warmth in these coldest of times.

Two Door Cinema Club – Sun (Alex Metric Remix)

Bonus:

Alex Metric – Anybody Else

Purchase the Sun EP here–you’re gona want a 320 of that remix, and real good speaker to play it on.

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Music Remixes

Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)

Last week in Hollywood, I finally got the opportunity to catch a live set from DJ and producer, Avicii, who left me awe-struck with his energy-boosting/harmonic mixing which has given new life to the EDM scene over the last year. Avicii wasted no time when he jumped on stage by immediately utilizing his bottomless inventory of tracks he’s produced and remixed. One of the opening tracks caught me by surprise as the distinguished vocals of Depeche Mode were coming into play over a slow progressive buildup. I continued to dance in confusion and laughing to myself on whether this 80’s track was really being bumped into a EDM set. Two minutes later as the anticipation and energy built,  the crowd chanted in harmony, “…reach out and touch faith!” just then I knew Avicii just spun a gem of the past. The next morning, I tuned into Personal Jesus remixes, while Avicii dropped the Eric Prydz remix, I ended up enjoying this remix by Alex Metric the most.

As I do appreciate several artists of our past time, I’ll be the first to admit, Depeche Mode never really registered with my music taste, however, some of their tracks such as Personal Jesus prove through remixes, they can withstand the test of time. So while listening, put this song in perspective, given it’s been nearly 22 years since it’s release, that Alex Metric’s remix can make the dance floor groove as they once did in 1989:

Put me to the test
Things on your chest
You need to confess
I will deliver
You know I’m a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith

Your own Personal Jesus
Feeling’s unknown and you’re all alone
Flesh and bone by the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I’ll make you a believer
I will deliver
You know I’m a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith
Your own Personal Jesus
Reach out and touch faith”

The British DJ and producer Alex Metric has a handful of legit remixes and seems to be progressing quite nicely with each track he releases. Those into EDM, Alex teamed up with Steve Angello on a track a few months ago which I included below titled, Open Your Eyes. So reach out and touch faith while rocking out with your own Personal Jesus.

Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)

Steve Angello & Alex Metric – Open Your Eyes (Original Mix)

– Joel

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