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Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)

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Sky Ferreira is a promising artist still searching for a voice that will separate her from the pack. Unknown Mortal Orchestra have found their voice, but it’s unclear where they go from here. Their confluence on this remix offers a glimpse of possible futures for both.

Ferreira, the latest indie-ish pop chanteuse to bubble up has been grinding since her early teens. Her earliest public work was posted to MySpace, where she was “discovered” and ushered into the studio. Since then, she’s worked with notable producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Best Coast) and Garbage front woman Shirley Mason, and attracted media attention for a drug possession arrest. It’s been an upward climb to an opening slot (along with Icona Pop) on Miley Cyrus’ world tour.

Really, Sky? I get the appeal ($$$$) but somehow I don’t think that’s where your fan base lies. Her future just isn’t as a tween-facing pop star.

Rather, it’s as an indie darling with mainstream vocal abilities. The original “Everything Is Embarrassing” is cowritten and produced by Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange (formerly Lightspeed Champion). Basically, it’s a Blood Orange song, in construction and lyrical progression, sung by Ferreira, who could have easily been swapped out for Solange without missing a beat. And it’s her most popular song to date. Coincidence? I think not.

Enter Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the intensely weird future lo-fi project from multi-instrumentalist Reuben Nielson. Their albums and remixes are tied together by a sense of a detached intensity and intricate lyricism. Their sound is unmistakable: ambling guitar plucks and fuzzed-out cymbals and muted bass.

This remix is the best of all worlds. Ferreira sings in Hynes’ nu-R&B repetitive styling over a classically meandering UMO instrumental, which almost sounds like it’s broadcasting through an old radio from miles away. Nielson’s voice is unique, surely, and well suited to UMO’s sound, but, as a huge fan, I hope to hear some feature vocals on new material. The production is so good that it can elevate any singer, pushing him or her out of their natural habitat and into the woozy world of UMO.

 

Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix) 

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Fevrier 2014

I know I know, it’s the middle of March and we’re just releasing LMDM Fevrier, we’re naughty bloggers but I promise these delays will stop! We have a great team of writers but I personally work on LMDM so if I don’t get around to it, it just doesn’t happen. On top of that my life for the last two years has been a high speed race man, I haven’t had much help so it’s taking a while to figure out how to be freakishly productive while maintaining some resemblance of a life.

As many of you know I went from being a producer & blogger to the Creative Director of The Playlist Generation and it’s been no walk in the park. From selecting the music that plays at all The Standards, PF Changs, Intermix stores, Baccarat to brag about a few, the kid barely has time for much else. Part of the reason why I haven’t handed off LMDM is because it’s one of the few times when I can turn off and escape from being the curator and dive into someone else’s world. Sure I could go listen to some name brand DJ mix the same tracks everybody and their grandma is playing in sets but I like that boutique, custom made, one of one high touch type shit. You know that Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Steph Lund type shit.

Like all the beloved tapes that have come before it, LMDM Fevrier is an adventure. This one is particularly beautiful and romantic, strictly for the space age lovers. The tape speaks to selectivity which in this age of over saturated everything is more important than ever. It’s so interesting how Steph manages to tell such unique stories every time, I know I’m preaching to the choir but this shit is fresh, don’t sleep folks. I won’t even pretend like I can rationalize the selections but just know that all things are considered a blend of styles and genres only Steph can mastermind.

I’ve had this one since the end of February  but with SXSW and a ton of work I just haven’t gotten around to it. Besides that I wanted to make it using a new toy HP sent me a couple of months back, the ol’ Split X2. So yesteraday I went to a coffee shop, learned some new software and mixed the tape on a touchscreen, welcome to the space age. You know you’re doing something right when you get the cool young folks at corporations hitting you up about collaborations. Hopefully we can do more along these lines to build up this operation and offer you guys even more. Anyhow, press play on this beautiful thing and get that Monday feeling right, enjoy.

Tracklist:

  1. Metronomy – I’m Aquarius (Panic Bomber Is a Taurus Bootleg Remix)
  2. Pixel Fix – Rosa
  3. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru
  4. We Have Band – Someone
  5. Ben Pearce – What i Might Do – Club Mix
  6. HNNY – No
  7. Bronze Whale – Say It (Baile remix)
  8. Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form
  9. Cat Power- Ruin (Etcha edit)
  10. Wise Blood – Alarm (the drum version)
  11. Blood Orange – Chosen

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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…

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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 Novembre 2013

I just watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World while working on the November edition of LMDM and it really made me think about how we live our lives like we’re not going to die one day. If your days were numbered, which they actually are, would you have the same fears, what would you cherish and value, would you lose your inhibitions, your safety nets, would your culture matter, would you try all the things you keep thinking about, what would you do? It’s fascinating how the idea of living free sounds so radical but that’s what the social engineering does, it makes you stop when you should go. It makes people who speak out against the programming sound like they’ve lost their minds, are immature and don’t have a grasp on reality…

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – Orwell

It makes fear comforting and fearlessness rebellion when it’s actually human nature. My life is challenging right now, not for any imaginary matrix created problem but because I’m trying to regain power over my creative nature and lose the programming that I’ve come to realize is trying to guide my actions…

Dear God, I wonder can you save me? Illuminati want my mind soul and my body.” – Jay-Z

Thank the moon and the stars for music man because sometimes art is the only place I can go to find truth. I say sometimes because there’s also a deliberate dumbing down of art and culture for the purpose of blurring the lines between trash and high quality but that’s another subject on its own. But that’s why in the age of excess the true currency is taste, selectiveness and honest sources. That my friends is why LMDM resonates. It’s not a tape that’s trying to accomplish a marketing goal, Steph isn’t trying to convince you of anything, we’re not trying to sell a damn thing…

Now before I finish, let me just say
I did not come here to show out, did not come here to impress you
Because to tell you the truth when I leave here I’m GONE!
And I don’t care what you think about me – but just remember
When it hits the fan brother, whether it’s next year, ten years
Twenty years from now, you’ll never be able to say
That these brothers lied to you JACK!”

At the end of the day EMPT & LMDM isn’t what we do, it’s what we love and I hope that we can continue to offer that distinction with absolutely no compromise. Long time LMDM listeners know the first song always makes a statement and Wolf Alice’s Blush is what got this whole post in motion –

Don’t chicken out it’s all good, you’re allowed to be what you could…”

That ethereal vibe, emotion and beauty is carried out throughout the entirety of Novembre 2013 which twist and turns from acoustic to electronic in the most interesting and futuristic way only Steph can pull off. You can really lock into this duality in the middle with the Romare track which is just incredible. Yet another work of art to add to this amazing collection. I know I’m all over the place today but that’s where my life is right now, I can’t see the limits of my own thinking and I don’t want to, I just want to express it and I don’t want to wait. Steph’s tapes always give me a platform because they’re so full of life and awesomeness, press play & enjoy.

Every LMDM is created from memories and experiences, so it should come across and feel like its an ongoing story… the last song to me always feels like it could be the first..because like all of our world’s – its about that ongoing, ever-changing, up and down, but above all, amazing, path …”

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Tracklisting:

Wolf Alice – Blush
H-Town – They Like It Slow (Star Slinger Refix)
Tanlines – Not the Same
Prince Innocence – Golden Hour
Wise Blood – Spider Web
Jake Bugg – Simple As This
Romare – Down the Line (It Takes A Number)
Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
The Babe Rainbow – Love Forever
Matthew Lee Cothran – No Way Out
Blood Orange – Chamakay
The Growlers – One Million Lovers
Coma Cinema – White Trash VHS
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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Juin 2013

It’s what y’all been waitin’ for ain’t it,
What people paid paper for damnit!” – Kanye West (Barry Bonds)
 
We know you all have a craving, we sensed it because so do we. This months Juin installment of LMDM couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.  Summer is finally here, our senses are on overload and what could be more satisfying to alleviate your crave then this.

If you’re an addict of LMDM, then you already know that each installment is going to be flawless in some way.  I can’t say one is better then the next because each one really does satisfy a distinct craving,energy, and each one is to be remembered for how it satisfied us.  Steph is the ultimate psychic to all of our musical taste buds.

Buddhists would say not to hold on to your cravings, let them go, and sometimes I could agree but I think healthy cravings are a part of life as long as your aren’t destroying your body and your spirit.  If whatever you are doing makes you happy then I say why not, because no mind is alike.

“My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.”  -Ayn Rand
The way each track compliments the next is unbelievable, it pretty much helps you to visual each day in its progression as it should be for the rest of the Summer; wake up, call in sick to work, grab a beer out of the fridge for breakfast, go to the beach, get a little tipsy, take a little cat nap before the night begins, maybe a little sex if your lucky, wash away the day, start all over, dance like you don’t give a F*&k, let the night take over your mind and body…Repeat tomorrow!
We can’t thank Steph enough for making sure we all didn’t go through withdrawal, it was getting close but it looks like we made it! Crave no more you sexy animals, press play and enjoy this sweet sweet Summer magic!

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Tracklisting:

  1. Miguel – Do You (Ah Yeahh Remix)
  2. Whitesquare – Sucker For Love
  3. Blood Orange – Champagne Coast (Clock Opera Remix)
  4. Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This
  5. Vadoinmessico – Teeo (Crystal Fighters Remix)
  6. Young Dreams – Fog Of War (Baio Remix)
  7. Bipolar Sunshine – Rivers
  8. Bear Mountain – Congo
  9. Devendra Banhart – Mi Negrita (Daniele Di Martino Edit)
  10. Sóley – Pretty Face (Nico Pusch Bootleg Remix)
  11. Max Frost – White Lies
  12. Classixx – Holding On
  13. Deptford Goth – Feel Real
  14. Bedroom – In My Head

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Decembre 2011

I’ve never been a big fan of looking back, sure it’s comforting to reminisce about the good old times…

Hey you know everybody’s talking about the “good old days”
Everybody! The good old days
Well, let’s talk about the good old days…” – Gladys Knight

But in my mind the past does more harm than good. If you think about the past so much you’re going to constantly be ignoring what’s happening to you right now. The past is good for one thing and one thing only – educating yourself, learning from your mistakes and those of others, otherwise it should be avoided like the plauge. Your current situation is a result of your past thinking and thus your future situation will be a result of your thinking right now! However, if you keep thinking the same sh*&tty thoughts because you can’t stop thinking about the past you’re going end up with the same result. It will happen over and over and again and you’ll just be wondering why but the past is why…

Life is like a treadmill ni*#@s running in place, 
Getting no where fast, a whole year done passed…” – Jay-Z (It’s Like That)

Like I said, the value of the past is education, it’s the only way to break the pattern. Otherwise it already happened and if you really think about it, it doesn’t even exists anymore, it’s literally just in your head. My conductor, the late great Walter J. Turnbull always told us – “you’re only as good as your last show.” That always stuck and it means more to me now than ever. Think about your job, say you’ve put in years of service but if you start screwing up today it’s good bye. If you’re in a relationship, those first months or years we’re wonderful but if you stop showing love, caring to impress, to improve and always keeps things fresh things are bound to go sour…

You’re only as good as your last show” – Walter. J. Turnbull

So what does all of this have to do with LMDM? Well, if you’ve been following LMDM these years you’ll know that this ruthless forward thinking mentality is at the very nature of Steph’s mix tape series and listening to this special version inspired all these thoughts. For those unfamiliar with the series this is a great way to get to know it, here’s why

Instead of a “best of” 2011 artist and songs mix,  our end of the year mix is a compilation of the best of LMDM’s of 2011. I tried to chose one track from each month, of the past 11 LMDMs but that was tough and turned into two select tracks per month, because lets face it, 22 tracks is better than 11 and I wanted this holiday tape to be a BIG one. Every LMDM I listen back on reminds me of what I did that month and the little moments that made the month, and piled on, that made the year. …Here’s to Hec and EMPT moving to LA and to a bigger better faster stronger 2012.

That said, here’s to the future, enjoy.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Dark Colour  – Don’t Let It Stop (Avril 2011)
  2. Of Oceans – In Love, Not Limbo (Janvier 2011)
  3. Gold Panda – You (Janvier 2011)
  4. Vadoinmessico – In Spain (Fevrier 2011)
  5. Fleet Foxes- White Winter Hymnal (Fevrier 2011)
  6. The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix) (Mars 2011)
  7. Ravens and Chimes – Division Street (Mars 2011)
  8. Raleigh Moncrief – Lament for Morning (Avril 2011)
  9. Siriusmo – Idiologie (Mai 2011)
  10. Pepeiano – Flesh Rails (Mai 2011)
  11. Hurricane Bells – The Waiting Song (Juin 2011)
  12. Body Language – Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix) (Juin 2011)
  13. Chrome Sparks – Show You My Way (Juillet 2011)
  14. Jonathan Johansson – Blommorna (Niva Remix)  (Juillet 2011)
  15. Neon Indian – Polish Girl (Aout 2011)
  16. Santogold – You’ll Find A Way (Switch and Sinden Remix) (Aout 2011)
  17. M83 – Midnight City (Septembre/Octobre 2011)
  18. Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk (Septembre /Octobre 2011)
  19. Brenton – Kensington System (Septembre/Octobre 2011)
  20. Flight Facilities – Foreign Language ft. Jess (Personal Touch Remix)
  21. Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard (Novembre 2011)
  22. Fall in the River – Badly Drawn Boy (Novembre 2011)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Novembre 2011

In my book there’s nothing better for a persons development then having to perform under pressure. The bigger the audience, the higher the stakes, the more to lose, the better. There’s something about those situations that requires you to simply man up and perform. It begs you to destroy your comfort zone, fail and constantly push yourself to get better at whatever it is you do. It also requires you to be out there all the time, in the mix, on hypothetical stage performing, trying new things and pushing it.

It doesn’t matter if your giving a power point presentation or at a bar making a move on a girl that caught your eye, it’s all the same. My friend D put me on to a Eleanor Roosevelt quote that has had a major impact on me lately – “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I love that and in my journey toward complete fearlessness I couldn’t agree more. Go out there, if it makes you uncomfortable do it just to feel that and conquer it, that exercise alone is worth gold. On the same token, there are many of us who want to be out there so much that we neglect the equally important self reflection aspect of things…

Do you need sometime on your own?
Do you need sometime all alone?
Everybody needs sometime on their own,
Don’t you know you need sometime all alone…? – Guns & Roses (November Rain)
Coming from an 80’s Rock star, the epitome of being in the mix 24/7 and meeting expectations, I’d say Axell was in the zone when he wrote that. Absence makes the heart grow fond of anything but it also gives you time to reflect and understand things on your own, without influence and that’s where the true answers lie. So you might be asking what does all of this have to do with LMDM? Well, one of the few times I get to fall back on my own are when I make these tapes and Stephs musical selections always have a way of getting these thoughts going. I’ve got another 3 or 4 hours before I’m in another wonderfully uncomfortable situation but right now I’m just going to kick it with LMDM and indulge in the ease of temporary solitude, enjoy. 

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Tracklisting:

  1. Flight Facilities – Crave You
  2. Drums – Book of Revelation
  3. Atlas Genius – Trojans
  4. Bears – How to Live
  5. Breton -Pacemaker
  6. Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard
  7. Micachu & the Shapes – Vulture
  8. Future Islands – Balance
  9. Marius – Yester
  10. Flight Facilities – Foreign Language ft. Jess (Personal Touch Remix)
  11. Little Dragon – Looking Glass
  12. Moscow Olympics – Keeping the Avenues Open
  13. Kaskade & Skrillex – Lick It (ICE Mix)
  14. Badly Drawn Boy- Fall In The River

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