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Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC Remix)

Now this is how you do a remix. Bloc Party is coming back late August with a new album called Four and Octopus is their first single. The original has the band doing what they do best: a healthy mix of neo-punk and singer/songwriter poetics. Personally, it’s great to hear a band stick to their guns and not change their whole image with each album. Bloc Party has made a name for themselves with their sound, why fix something that’s not broken? Okay – perhaps that’s going out on a limb ’cause there’s definitely artists who’ve changed and I’m still loving their stuff but I’m sitting here trying to imagine them doing an arena rock album and I’m laughing out loud. I like Bloc Party for Bloc Party. Don’t change boys, you rule as you are.

BUT! If they were to ever experiment within the electronica realm, I’d be on board. RAC has given us a fantastic remix. It’s got a beat made for some twenty-something party. Kele Okereke’s voice isn’t altered from the original mix, but his falsetto combined with the pulsing beats during the verses is hypnotic. The production here is addicting. It’s got me unusually hyped for a Wednesday night. The guitar break at 2:21 builds for a solid 30 seconds with each layer of production getting added on as it jumps the octave finally dropping to the chorus leaving us – the listeners –  to just let go and dance.

Mary Anna said it’s a no-go
She don’t feel like, she don’t think so.”

Mary Anna needs to loosen up in my opinion and do what RAC wants us to do with this remix. Bloc Party + minimal dance influence is A-OK in my book.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkeUFRK4i7w

Bloc Party – Octopus (RAC Remix)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Decembre

That’s right fool, it’s December 1st and that means a new version of your favorite mixtape maker’s favorite mixtape: Steph Lund’s Le Miel du Mois: Decembre edition. I haven’t told Steph yet but she’s outdone herself yet again. There are so many different spices, seasonings and flavors in this that I think Raekwon is going to have to share the Chef nickname with someone from the new generation, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Decembre

Le Miel du Mois: Decembre features some of my favorite artists, some I have loved a long time (Bloc Party, Sebastien Tellier, Phoenix) and some new favorites (Telepathe, Delorean, Neon Indian). Four artists featured are French, in anticipation for my trip to Paris this month, enjoy and ecoutez: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sebastien Tellier, Phoenix and Soko. Soko is a French model/actress. I included her song “I’ll Kill Her” which first debuted in 2007, but came back in my life recently when listening to DJ AM’s “Elton John Part 3,” I can’t stop listening to it and wanted to include it on this month’s mix, because, well the lyrics are just kind of amazing: s’amuser.”

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1.    Telepathe – Chrome’s On It (Gold Panda Remix)
2.    Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait (Feat. Beck)
3.    Sébastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)
4.    Mystery Jets – Half  in Love with Elizabeth (Delorean Remix)
5.    Glasser – Apply (Tanlines Remix)
6.    Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)
7.    Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Three Fingers Remix)
8.    Soko – I’ll Kill Her (JD7’s Killer Mix)
9.    Neon Indian – 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know)
10.    Fool’s Gold – Nadine (Memory Tapes Version)
11.    Holly Miranda – Waves
12.    Kasper Bjørke – Young Again (Edit)
13.    Bloc Party – Hunting For Witches (Crystal Castles Remix)
14.    Freelance Whales – Starring
15.    Glass Candy – Computer Love
16.    Natureboy – Heart to Fool

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Septembre

It’s the first of the month, so cash your checks and get up.” – Bone Thugs

Aside from the usual check cashing  and up getting, the first of the month is always exciting for us because it means a new version of Steph Lund’s Le Miel du Mois premiere’s on E.M.P.T. Since it’s inception back in May Le Miel du Mois has been downloaded over 800 times, and that’s not counting the nearly month long shut down we had to overcome. This popular mixtape displays a broad yet refined taste in countless genres, styles and feelings – quite fresh. This is one that needs to be listen to the whole way though as all the songs come together to paint a coherent experience. So without further ado, here are some words from the mastermind herself, enjoy.

Septembre. septembre. les feuilles. le vent. The beautiful feeling of fall across your neck, buzzing through your hair, down to your legs making you run faster and faster until you fall oh into fall into fall into fall. This mix is a little bit softer than the summer mixes. The second to last track is Fever Ray. I was first introduced to Fever Ray a few months ago, when I received it in the mail from The Album Club. If you haven’t heard about the UK’s TAC yet, I suggest you check it out here: http://www.thealbumclub.com/concept.php. Fever Ray is the debut solo album from The Knife’s frontwoman, Karin Dreijer Andersson. I love Karin’s voice, ever since I fell in love with Röyksopp’s “What Else Is There” released in ’05. She is eccentric and eclectic and sometimes her vocals and lyrics scare me, but nevertheless keep me wanting more:

Fever Ray’s If I Had A Heart lyrics:

This will never end
cause i want more
more, give me more, give me more”

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juin

It’s June and traditionally that meant warm weather in NYC but instead were still dealing with this annoying winter/spring/summer hybrid that won’t seem to go away. Fortunately, there are other things to look forward to in the new month, one of those happening is right here on EMPT – Le Miel du Mois. Courtesy of Steph Lund, Le Miel du Mois is a downloadable mixtape full of amazing songs, covers and remixes. This months is fantastic so I’m writing a post about it and highly recommending you check it out. Here’s the song list along with two of my fav’s from the tape, enjoy.

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1. The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
2. Futurecop! – N.A.S.A
3. Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter
4. The Foals – Red Socks Pugie
5. Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
6. Paul and The Patients – Complaint 15
7. The Twelves – When You Talk
8. Phoenix – Rome
9. Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Breakbot Remix)
10. Kevin Drew – Safety Bricks
11. French Kicks – So Far We Are
12. Peter Bjorn & John – Up Against The Wall
13. The Lust Puppets – We Smoke Fags
14. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
15. DiscoTech vs Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place (Gigamesh/DiscoTech Remix)
16. Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life

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Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter

The EMPT secret weapon Steph Lund reminded me of a great but highly overlooked Bloc Party track called Your Visits Are Getting Shorter. The track is from Bloc Party’s third album Intimacy and is probably so neglected because it was released as a bonus track in the digital release of the album. Nevertheless, its actually one of the stronger tracks from the work and certainly worth a few listens. I’ve had it on repeat for the last 30 minutes or so.

Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter

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Bloc Party – One Month Off

Quality hate your ex music. Cool video.

Bloc Party – One Month Off