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Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine (Lido remix)

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Leave it to up-and-coming Norwegian producer Lido to execute such pure, unadulterated magic. His rework of Bill Wither’s classic is synth-punchin’ / trap slappin’ / symbol crashin’ thunderous bliss. It takes some balls to attempt a remix of such a timeless soul classic… Lido’s got balls and creativity to boot — this is the freshest, dopest remix of one of the most enduring (43 years old) anthems of the 20th century. New school meets old school, this is the future: fierce, elegant, and totally bangin’.

Here’s a bit of backstory: Lido’s unofficial remix of Disclosure’s hit single Latch was so fly that Universal pulled it from Soundcloud less than 24 hours of its inception on the interwebz. Lido retaliated by making more music, and this is it. Ain’t No Sunshine is jammy enough to tide us over until his forthcoming album’s release on Pelican Fly Records (June 9th, yeeee!!).

This track exudes the kind of fearless brilliance that fuels the current tides of change in the music industry. Producers and musicians who embody this vision are an inspiration to all of us— true innovation and balls to the wall creativity are not a thing of the past, nor will they ever be.

Moral of the story: when in doubt (or not), make more music.

And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know…

Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine (Lido Remix)

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Bill Withers – The Same Love (Whiskey Barons Rework)

It’s that lovely time of the week again. Here’s the thing — I don’t know if Bill Withers ever realized that his own work would be turned into a newly sexy re-creation. The rework brings us a funky slow house type beat, in that new instruments and sounds are introduced after every few bars. But what really slays me, can be heard around 4:20. I’ve always said that the fade in and out of vocals (or any beat for the matter), is one of my favorite moves that a producer can do. I know it might be cheesy, but how can you not feel excited when the beat is brought back to normal volume? No longer in the distance, you’re re-introduced to a sound that is more powerful than ever, one that draws a bigger picture than before.

Your love is like a a chunk of gold 
Hard to gain, and hard to hold 
Like a rose that’s soft to touch 
Love has gone, and it hurts so much.” 

These lyrics are so matter of fact and simplistic that it made me think twice. But here’s the realness: the build-up of this song, it’s multiple levels and personas, all play into one another but also manage, beautifully, to mirror a dissatisfied love. It’s build-up leads us to a place that is unsuspecting and still slightly wary, but all the more different from the beginning. Though there’s that underlying sultry bass that holds our hand, letting us know that no matter how much everything changes, how quickly things transition for the unsuspecting audience, the bass is still there. Which means that something is still there.

It’s strange, love. It’s been on a lot of our minds, I’ve noticed lately amongst my fellow EMPT writers. It’s always on our minds, I think. We’re all secretly hopeless romantics, I think that’s what initially attracted me to this blog in the first place. But I love the fascination among writers, because it directly mirrors the fascination that musicians have with it. It’s the only emotion that is so difficult to put a finger on, the only emotion that doesn’t lie on the tip of your tongue when trying to explain how you feel to your best friend who watches you cry or laugh hysterically, and yet, music works so well with it. Maybe it’s because the two ideas — music & love — are the same. They’re both difficult and easy to understand all at once, complex and easy-going, sexy and confusing, and ultimately, beautiful. Always. No matter how terrible the ride is, or how blissful the ride is. We can take beauty from both. It’s no wonder so many beautiful musicians are fascinated by love.

May your Thursday be filled with all of the above.

Bill Withers – The Same Love (Whiskey Baron Rework)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Septembre

A lot of exciting things are happening this month, Hear No Evil continues to lock in clients, EMPT did over 2 Terabytes of traffic last month which is flat out ridiculous for this underground baby, and moves are being made on a daily to keep things in motion – We get’s busy ya’ll. On top of all that I woke up not too long ago to work on this mixtape and I was in pure delight when I finally got to listen to this months LMDM. Steph and I call ourselves twins when it comes to music and the song selection, vibe, energy and good times represented in this tape couldn’t make that little inside joke more true. To put it simply, she killed it. All the haters who showed up last month, this tape is going to be tough to deal with so…

Don’t hold on too long cause that’s how them stories start out, and all the girls that played me eat your mother fucking heart out…- Drake (Unforgettable)

All the other mixtape makers who’ve followed our blueprint, we’re flattered but remember…

I’m We the best at, you know I ain’t no apprentice to this
Me and my ni%&a# we invented the shit
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We came into the business with this, The Originator, none greater
Jaz Steph-O finish this shit…” – Jay-Z (Jigga What, Jigga Who)

“There are a ton of amazing new indie and electro acts out right now. Lefse Records and Arcade Sound are two labels I always watch closely because they just seem to know how to pick em.

This month’s LMDM highlights a lot of new breakouts including Brooklyn based Bronze (unsigned), San Francisco’sBlackbird Blackbird (Arcade Sound) and Dominant Legs (Lefse Records), Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings (Old Flame Records), 19 year old Brooklyn based Oberhofer (7″ out on InSound now), Hamburg’s Dirty Disco Youth (Dim Mak) and Chicago’s My Gold Mask (unsigned). And with summer (sigh) over, these artists give us a lot to look forward to with a breath of fresh air in their respective indie and electro genres. Go get your hands on as much of their stuff as you can, support them and buy their EP’s/albums.” -The O.RI.GI.NA.TOR

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Tracklisting:

1. The Meters – Hand Clapping Song
3. Cloud Nothings – Hey Cool Kid
4. Au Revoir Simone – Tell Me (Clock Opera Remix)
5. Oberhofer – I Could Go
6. Bronze – Deep Freeze
7. Dominant Legs – Clawing Out At the Walls
8. Blackbird Blackbird – Pure
10. Bill Withers – Who Is He (Henrik Schwarz Edit)
11. My Gold Mask – Bitches (The Hood Internet remix)
13. Summer Camp – Ghost Train
14. Dirty Disco Youth – Minds Off (Teen Symmetry Remix)