No Doubt – Settle Down (Baauer Remix)

I know it began and is supposed to be a product of “the streets”, but trap music probably has a better sense of humor than any other genre.

I’ve noticed that great creative works meant for a wide audience all have one thing in common – they can’t take themselves too seriously. The work of commensurate craftsmen lacks soul. The journeyman can look back, but doesn’t have much acumen for innovation. Pure melody can certainly be pretty, but how can it engage you another level outside of the awe and knee-jerk wonder? It swings the other way of course; comedians tend to make anything a joke and musical punchlines tend to be one note.

A mix, then. A bit of humor sprinkled into a well constructed composition that aims to please with catchy atmosphere, mix in the occasional flash of technicality, and all of a sudden we’re audience to a musical masterclass. This Settle Down remix from Baauer is definitely cooking, in case you didn’t get where I was going yet.

Of course, like so many great reworks, the Harlem Shaker is tearing down and rebuilding some solid source material. The original mix of Settle Down is classic No Doubt: it’s an upbeat bounce that doesn’t skimp on the good vibes. All well and good. Then Harry Bauer Rodrigues swings in with his palette and brush and paints in vibrant, bright colors. The result is enchanting.

Many of the samples are happy to flitter through the background, like the upswinging alarms and the clips of chirping birds. The manipulated “Hey Oh”s from Gwen Stefani have been tweaked into some Harry Belafonte ish. The kick drum cuts through pretty hard, with extra punctuation on the attack. This thing could be playing from the speakers of some futuristic cabana with the sound spilling out onto the synthetic sand of a technobeach where the tides and water temperatures are controlled by the people in attendance. The song is the soundtrack to space age sun worship, in other words.

I’ll be honest, I was in a bit of a funk before this came on. Turns out, this is one last cure for what I’m sure will be my final case of winter blues. Hence the trees and sun and positive vibes in this post. Huh, a piece of music having an emotional reaction on the listener. Who could’ve imagined?

No Doubt – Settle Down (Baauer Remix)


Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Octobre + Novembre 2012

Dwayne Carter Jr. is full of good lines but the following is hands down my favorite…

If I die today it be a holiday…”

If there’s ever a moment in my life when my perspective is so off or I’m doing something so terribly against my true nature that makes me feel otherwise then there’s something wrong. Life is too short to be dishonest with yourself or others and nothing matters that much to put up with bullshit from anyone. I’m lucky to have music, it’s the thing I love, it’s what I do for a living, it’s what makes me happy and it’s never let me down. The more I get into it, the more fulfilling and inspired I am and I thankful for it.

Which brings me to todays post. It’s important to have something to look forward to every day, week, month, year. Keep yourself going and make everyday interesting however you can. For many of us here and our readers of course, one thing that’s made our days and months better is the release of LMDM, our first and most beloved mixtape series by Steph Lund. Recently, I’ve gotten a few angry emails, frustrated request and desperate music love letters from folks asking about the tape. If it’s gone forever, why we’re slacking? etc. We appreciate it all and we listen, if there’s anything that keeps this train going is the passion we have for music and knowing that others share it with us. That said, there’s no excuse, Steph and I are just busy mofo’s these days. We both left NYC this year and have been 100 miles and running since keeping up with our clients, personal lives and so on. EMPT and LMDM we’re created on and still run on pure love so bare with us as we learn to manage the new demands. That said, we’re playing catchup and brining you a combined Octobre & Novembre that is pure concentrated amazing. Decembre soon to follow.

As is customary this tape is nothing like those before it and perhaps the only thing it shares with the them is the amazing feeling you get while listening to it. This one in particular has a great balance, I haven’t seen Steph in a while but I can tell these are the good times. I won’t Speak for her but just know that every song fantastic and the fast forward button is worthless while listening to this, enjoy…

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

  1. Chromatics – Lady (YUS Remix)
  2. Roosevelt – Sea
  3. St Lucia – September
  4. Absofacto – Backfire
  5. Robosonic – Thankful
  6. Saint Michel – Katherine
  7. Civil Twilight – River (Ra Ra Riot Remix)
  8. Roosevelt – Soleil
  9. Crystal Stilts – Dark Eyes
  10. Y Luv – Driftin
  11. Nicolas Jaar – Mi Mujer
  12. First Aid Kit – Winter Is All Over (Baauer Remix)