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EMPT Presents – W I N T E R : a n t i – s u m m e r 2 a by Ryan Radler

Ethereal – extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world. Press play on Ryan Radlers latest mix tape and that’s exactly how the music will make you feel, immediately. The effect is no coincidence and if you’re hip to the anti-summer/anti-winter concepts then you know that’s what these tapes are all about…

At the end of the day I think the mixes are really about how to navigate each season. Personally, winter has been killing me and this mix is literally some catharsis to cope with the stuff that comes. Cold, depression, lethargic lack of motivation…

I love finding alternative perspective to seemingly crappy situations so Ryans and I see eye to eye on anti-lameness methods. Listening to this tape while reading that makes me think of all type of reality alteration; if you haven’t noticed by now I’m big into Steve Jobs and if you’ve read Walter Isaacson’s book you’ll know all about Steve’s reality distortion field. At it’s most fundamental level it was a complete neglect and disrespect for any know limits, boundaries and expectations. Dig a little deeper and it was Steves ultimate tool for creativity…

Reality is maleable, we should all know that but we don’t. There’s no such thing as the “real world,” the only thing that exists is what we decide to bring into fruition. That may seem far fetched but think about it, if you’re feeling down one day and you put on your favorite song to cheer you up and it works then you’re effectively changing your “reality.” That’s why the world, it’s art, it’s people, customs, morals and standard are constantly changing. The concept runs deep, I mean just think about the things you don’t do because of what you have come to accept as possible in your life.

In the case of a n t i – s u m m e r  2 a rebellion never sounded so good. Talk about reality distortion, this hazy dream of a mixtape make the world feel like heaven as it effortlessly jumps from genre to genre, decade to decade and known to unknown. There are mixtapes all over the place but you’d be hard pressed to find two as unique and inspiring as Steph’s and Ryans and I think I speak on behalf of the entire EMPT army when I say how thankful we are to have these great artist bless us with their selections. Alright, I have to go face this bitter sunshine filled LA winter, enjoy.

W I N T E R : a n t i – s u m m e r  2 a

1. Dissolving – BON ACCORD
2. Tropic Fruit – POLOGRAPHIA
3. People Can Do the Most Amazing Things – KISSES
4. Windows Of The World – PETER JOLLY
5. Roscoe – MIDLAKE (BEYOND THE WIZARDS SLEEVE REMIX)
6. Open Your Eyes – PARTY GIRL
7. Everybody – BENOIT & SERGIO
8. Charlotte Wants to Dream – BETAMAXX
9. Take me Home – POOLSIDE
10. Animal – MIIKE SNOW (FRED FALKE REMIX)
11. Psychic Chasms – NEON INDIAN (ANORAAK REMIX)
12. Little Man – LITTLE DRAGON REMIX (TYCHO REMIX)
13. Escape City Skyscrapers – MONO IN VCF


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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1C by Ryan Radler

Alright it’s official, labor day has passed so it’s no longer cool for chicks to wear white and summer is fictionally over. You gotta love labor day, yet another completely random holiday with no real significance. I refuse to acknowledge this symbolic end of the season so until the sweaters and jackets are back in rotation it’s all s u m m e r: a n t i – w i n t e r over here baby.  Speaking of which, mixtape connoisseur Ryan Radler sent me his latest installment of the anti-winter series over the weekend and I’ve been keeping it all to myself. I’m like Gail Wynand with art, I get attached to it and I want to keep it all to myself except I have a EMPT and all I do is share music, oh the juxtapositions. This tape like all the others is skip free listening because the song selection from start to finish is fantastic. I mean Herb Albert in between Bath & Pandit, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music? Yes.

I have no medical or scientific findings to support this statement but I’m pretty sure that listening to Ryans tapes at least once a day may be a great way to lower cholesterol, relieve stress and regain youth. I mean try to listening to this with a frown, I don’t care what cosmically insignificant problems you’re dealing with at the moment, it’s impossible. I have to say, I’m a huge fan of all these tapes but on this Tuesday morning 1 C is spot on, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 C

1. Zimbabwe – NEW NAVY
2. Please Stay – SUMMER HEART
3. Aminals – BATH
4. Music To Watch Girls Go By – HERB ALPERT
5. Kathryn, My Love – PANDIT
6. Hands In The Dark – CHROMATICS
7. The Gaudy Side of Town – GAYNGS
8. Diet Mtn Dew – LANA DEL REY (OXFORD REMIX / RAD EDIT)
9. More Than This – BRYAN FERRY& ROXY MUSIC
10. Psychic Chasms – NEON INDIAN (ANORAAK REMIX)
11. Pocket – SAM SPARRO (THE PRESETS RADIO MIX)
12. History – GROOVE ARMADA (FEAT. WILL YOUNG)
13. The Old House Is Gone – ST. LUCIA
14. Punching In A Dream – THE NAKED AND FAMOUS
15. Hours – TYCHO

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 c by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juillet

This is really one of my dumbest flow’s ever, I haven’t slept in days…

I’ve been up for a good 27 straight at this point, I’m not sure. I went from a session with Fabolous on Wednesday night that ended at about 4 am, up again at 11AM for a meeting to finalize our new partnership to another session with Fab & R. Les that went till about 5 AM this morning. Of course I could have gone home to rest but I wanted to finish up the new LMDM for you guys before I leave for the holiday weekend – the show must go on. So many things are happening right now  and I’m so excited that I’ve literally lost the desire to sleep, I wouldn’t have it any other way. To all my partners, to Steph, to everyone who keeps making this life unforgettable, I appreciate everything we’re doing together, we’re really planting some big seeds, just a matter of time now!

I know that ni&@z would kill for this lifestyle, I’m looking forward to the memories of right now. Never forgetting where I came and no matter where I’m heading I promise to stay the same…”

– Drake (2010, Unforgettable)

Steph sent me this tape yesterday but as you can see there was no way I could have gotten it done but honestly this Friday morning/holiday weekend couldn’t be more appropriate for this sound. Just when all you mixtape makers thought you figured her out she smacks you in the face with yet another mad scientist blend of songs, tempos and genres only a music fiend of the highest level could conjur up.

I don’t follow any guidelines, cause too many ni&$z ride mine so change styles every two rhymes – Jay Z (1996, 22 Two’s)

Seriously though, Stephs got her own flow and it’s one of the reasons why LMDM has been such a big hit on this site and around the internet. All EMPT heads know what I’m talking about and if you’re now to this well then your in for a treat, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Julliet – I loooove summer for so many reasons. A reader from last year described one of the mixtapes like this: “like dancing around the edge of a pool late night with a drink and a cigarette and oversized t-shirts and sometimes getting pushed in and you never remember the photos that get taken but you laugh the whole time,” which I think also holds true to the Le Miel du Mois summer series of tapes for 2010. This entire mix is practically remixes, except a few, including the first track: When I first heard this Baby Jazz song called “The Song for the Season” with lyrics including “Yes, its Christmas time” I knew this was a perfect opener for the July mix… Happy Independence Month.

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download

Tracklisting:

1.    Baby Jazz – The Song for the Season (Holy Jam)
2.    Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
3.    Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (LightsoverLA Remix)
4.    Cold Cave – Life Magazine (Delorean Remix)
5.    Louis La Roche – Missing You (Feat. Ad-Apt)
6.    Minks – Funeral Song
7.    College featuring Anoraak – Fantasy Park (Moulinex remix)
8.    Cloud Nothings – Can’t Stay Awake
9.    Oh Land – Heavy Eyes (Trentemoller Remix)
10.    Polock: Faster Love
11.    Daniel Solar – Got The Funk
12.    Sneaky Sound System – When We Were Young (Breakbot Remix)
13.    Charlotte Gainsbourg – Time of the Assasins (XXXChange Remix)