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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Septembre 2012

A person named Hadders (if thats your real name) left this comment on our wall last week and it said…

Hi EMPT, I’ve been following EMPT for the last 2 years and my welfare depends deeply on your LMdM mixes. They’re unbelievable. Can’t wait for the next one and thanks for the music…”

That made my day and it got me going enough to wake up this morning and finally put together the September 2012 edition of LMDM and unbelievable would be the best way to describe it. As usual, Steph manages to make an amazing tape that is a complete 360 degree turn from the last –

Well, tell me then which of these various styles you think is the best then huh? 
The best I hear is the combined, the best of all styles. Put them together.”

I forget what movie I got that from but it’s the best way to try describe Stephs style – a constantly evolving blend of everything great music has to off.  I love that. If you take a look at the world around us, it seems like everyone is trying so hard to be something, to be classified, defined and identified. There are benefits to that and it certainly is comfortable and makes thing easy to understand but my problem with such thinking is that the second you become so defined you’ve instantly limited your experience. I’m not just talking about music here, it applies to all facets of life and can lead to severe lameness if not carefully observed. You ever meet someone who has it all figured out? It’s boring. The only thing constant is change and that scares a lot people but it’s a beautiful thing, the world keeps moving, everything grows and develops and in my mind that’s something to embrace. That’s the vibe LMDM gives me because I never know what to expect. Each tape continues to seduce and keep me on the edge and it’s wonderful. So Hadder (if thats your real name), I’ll join you in thanking Steph for this great experience. From start to end, month after month it truly is unbelievable, enjoy.

12 tracks for September. With one bonus. A month that rolls from one season to the next, September leaves us desperate to keep the sun but the season will change no matter how bad we might not want it to. heres to celebrating what was and whats to come… “

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Tracklisting:

  1. Crystal Fighters – At Home (Passion Pit Remix)
  2. Elite Gymnastics – Here in Heaven
  3. ALPINE – Hands (Goldroom Remix)
  4. Yuno – Sunlight
  5. Night Panther – Snudge
  6. Silent Rider – I Was A Bomb
  7. Cheers Elephant – Leaves
  8. ODESZA – Above The Middle
  9. Chromatics – Circled Sun
  10. Teen Daze – The Future (Jess Ruins Remix)
  11. Pale Seas – Bodies (Tropics Remix)
  12. Work Drugs – License To Drive
  13. Bonus: Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Aout 2012

Man I have to be the luckiest guy around to have Ryan Radler sending me a mixtape one week and Steph Lund another the very next. I mean, I hear mixtapes all the time, but not once in my online scavenger hunts have I run into such unique tastes and diverse quality. Cheers to the to the best, most eclectic and tasteful, mixtapes in the game.

Every time I hear the the latest installment of LMDM it’s my new favorite. Steph gets better every time so that makes sense, but Aout 2012 is something special. From top to bottom the tape is sensational. It’s loaded with so much emotion & passion it almost broke me down while I was putting it together this morning. I’m pretty good at controlling my emotions but music is where it all comes out and it’s a beautiful thing.

Steph has amazing taste and it’s in full effect here, but these aren’t just a few good songs in a row, there’s a story being told throughout. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first but when I asked Steph why the tape was hitting me so hard she went on and told me how much she’s experienced this month, and then it all made sense. Whatever you do, DO NOT SKIP through it, your experience will be diminished greatly if you do.

The story begins at the end as Snowden sings what could be considered the theme of this novel — “there’s no way to go back now”… When you care about someone even the bad times can have this comforting effect, and the end finds a way of repeating itself many times over. Its such an interesting place and the first half of this tape captures that essence perfectly. The moment builds up into Thony Ritz’s Remix of Spandau Ballet, it comes at the most perfect place and it will rock any music lovers world. From there the story continues and you can’t help but feel like every song is a conversation, thought, or experience. I don’t know the details but it seems to come from a bittersweet perspective of someone who tried, felt as if they had done the right things, and still, things just never felt right. The sweet part comes from having learned from the experience and knowing that all is not lost, which is why the tape ends with Winter Beats, a song that to me is pure romance and is letting us all know that: ‘no matter what happened, the hope is forever alive and the story is far from over’…

Until next LMDM, enjoy.

Current stand out album is the new 7 track EP from Bear Mountain, two tracks are on this mix and it was hard to not put all of them on here…watch out for this Vancouver act. Another stand out is UK artist Florrie – she sings while she plays the drums and is unsigned. Can’t imagine that will stay for too long… favorite summer track right now is Honey Claws remixed by Bronze Whale
Hope summer + the sun never fades….

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Tracklisting:

    1. Snowden – The Beat Comes
    2. Bear Mountain – Two Step
    3. Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right
    4. Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
    5. Bear Mountain – Congo
    6. Pop Etc – Keep It For Your Own
    7. Spandau Ballet – True (Thony Ritz Remix)
    8. Florrie – Shot You Down
    9. Friends – Friend Crush (Jake Bullit Remix)
    10. Sin Fang Bous – Catch the Light
    11. Jamie xx – Far Nearer (SKUFL Remix)
    12. Fredrik – Chrome Cavaties
    13. Yung Life – Isn’t This
    14. C2V – You Can Be The One
    15. Py – These Strings (Face + Heel Rework)
    16. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Windshield Smasher
    17. Delorean – Real Love (Pional Mix)
    18. I Break Horses – Winter Beats

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Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right

Every once in a while you hear a track for the first time where the lyrics resonate just as much as the music itself, so much so, that they create a scene in your head. When I hear certain songs, I immediately envision a made up movie in my head. Maybe it’s this secret fantasy that I have, where I end up curating the soundtracks for movies.

For this track, I imagined a man and a woman eating ice cream and walking down a street somewhere in Brooklyn. Maybe in Williamsburg? They had just gotten into a fight but the cure to their troubles comes in the form of ice cream cones, the man knowing that his woman is always happier after eating chocolate ice cream. The man reflects for a moment on how far he’s come with this woman and how much his love has grown for her over the past two years. He’s already been through the motions good and bad with her: gone crazy from arguments, lost sense of self, gained clarity of life, etc. But for once in his life, he feels right. He knows that he’s doing okay, because she sticks around and lets him buy her ice cream.

The reality of the situation is that Cheers Elephant is an adorably psychedelic pop rock band that embodies the kind of modest sound that your high school friends’ band tries to go for but doesn’t quite always successfully deliver in real life. Cheers Elephant, however, successfully delivers and you can tell via this song. The very beginning reminds me of high school for some reason, when I’d go to shows at the local “indie” venue and geek out over cute boys with guitars. Coincidentally, these guys are cute and they also have guitars. Go figure.

The video is an equally entertaining bit of melancholia that pairs perfectly with the song as it follows the charming band members around, showing us how they seem to be doing all right at life. The vocals also remind me of Arctic Monkeys now that I think of it.

If you live in a city where car culture is a big thing, then crank down your windows and enjoy this song with your hair free and your sunglasses on. Since I don’t own a car, I’ve just settled for my living room speakers and an omelet. It’s almost the same feeling, trust me.

Draw and line, grab a pin, pop and deflate it
Livin’ lies you’re never gonna grow up
You’re pickin’ sides to teams that never show up
Oh baby baby baby you could end up anywhere…. I don’t care, cause!

I’m doin’ it, right!

Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right