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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Septembre 2013 (Mini-Mix Series)

First off all, this mini-mix is amazing. As usual Steph’s selections are fantastic but the story told and vibe really take it over the top, DON’T SLEEP people! Ok, on to todays thoughts…

Can we get much higher?”

They say never forget where you came from so every now and then when I realize how far I’ve come I try to relive those olden days. Lately though, that exercise is becoming more and more challenging because I’m starting to think that phrases like “never forget where you came from” are one of the many social mechanisms designed to uphold the trap and create limits. I read a post on Cyrus Pavel that sums it up quite nicely…

Everything we know, we are taught.  Everything we “believe” has been curated into our ideologies.  But what about those things that exist out there which we still have no idea of?  Unearthed elements to the periodic table, technologies that will wire our brains to manipulate our own bodies in order to take flight. 

When people are electrocuted and thrown far distances, it is the result of sudden and very violent muscle contractions and not the result of the shock, which means that we have the ability within us to do much more with our bodies than we have been taught.  “Taught” being the key word. 

You might think that if we wanted to be immortal, we could, but we don’t know how to do so yet.  One might say that love isn’t supposed to be forever, yet we don’t know what kind of life exists after death, so maybe, just maybe, love is the only thing that does continue on. 

But, we have a lot to think about, both you and I, because if things are that easy then we truly have not really evolved much as a species.  In the interim, machines are rising like a sci-fi flick at exponential rates, and we’re still asking ourselves the same questions that Socrates and Plato did…

The LMDM Septembre Mini-Mix starts with Wise Blood’s Alarm, which just explains it all right now…

I can’t think, with someone sitting right in from of me. I need my personal space…

Constantly in front of all of us culture, television, music, screens, the matrix. Don’t accept conventional wisdom and protect mind. Like I said, the zone this tape captures is fantastic. It’s thoughtful, chill and banging at the same time. The best art captures the full spectrum, Stephs art does that effortlessly. The whole mini-mix series so far is knocking my socks off, enjoy.

Tracklisting:

  1. WiseBlood – Alarm
  2. Lorde – Million Dollar Bills
  3. Clubfeet – Cape Town (Panama Remix)
  4. Micachu & the Shapes – Low Dogg
  5. Bonobo – Cirrus
  6. Serren – Control Me (Feat. American Folly)
  7. Keys and Krates – Dum Dee Dum

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Clubfeet – Cape Town (Panama Remix)

Clubfeet - Cape Town

I’ve been on a bit of an Australia kick lately. Today’s badassery comes from two separate Aussie bands, Clubfeet and Panama. The track is Panama’s remix of Clubfeet’s ‘Capetown’. The original track (and its AMAZING accompanying video), is a bouncy, soulful dance jam. Clubfeet, a critically acclaimed Aussie five piece synth/pop band, have two fantastic records under their belt. Capetown is off of their newest and is one of its better cuts. Their music is complex, versatile, and perfect for any dance party, anytime.

Panama brings the disco even harder with their remix. The track starts with a tight piano cluster. Clubfeet’s airy vocal + deliciously almost-sarcastic lyrics (“everybody buy me a drink, it’s my birthday”), come in soon after. Panama keeps it sparse and punchy, adding in a simple but memorable slap bassline and driving  drumbeat. The result is pretty damn close to perfection.

Australia’s indie dance scene is kicking it hard, and this track is no exception. Clubfeet just finished a tour with Panama, making this collaboration even more excellent. Hopefully they’ll make their way to the states soon. I’ll be right in the front row dancing.

Clubfeet – Cape Town (Panama Remix)

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Clubfeet Feat. Chela – Heartbreak

I don’t support the Jets, but, like Clubfeet, I support Wonder Years.

Let’s take a trip to “Heartbreak Hotel” where even the winners aren’t getting laid. Clubfeet describe their newest single (part of an upcoming album) as “that fleeting moment of happiness before things begin to slide” and that pretty sums up their entire sound, and this song, very well. Cause Clubfeet make what I can only describe as intertwined, bittersweet electropop for star-crossed lovers. Couple that with the angelic voice of Chela and you get a post-summer anthem that eases us into the fall: another pearl has sprung from the shores of Melbourne.

It’s a shit ton of emotions wrapped into a really tight, melifluos package. It’s a song that is beautifully sad, and would be right at home on a recent list I stumbled upon (that can be summed up by Radiohead). Like “Baba O’Riley” (a prime example), these types of songs have a painfully nostalgic  sound.

Songs with this trait essentially simultaneously embody pessimism and optimism–there’s something totally fulfilling and painful about listening to them. They come from a dark place and touch upon sad subjects. But beneath the angst and pain, springs some feeling of hope. And of course, all the right chords are struck that pluck away at your soul.

It’s not the Melbourne based band’s first foray into this type of sound, but this one is on an even higher pedestal, and just pushes all the right buttons. For the uninitiated, Clubfeet are like a diet Miami Horror, a little more downtempo, a little less disco-infused, but just as painstakingly awesome.

But Chela’s voice, which was also the driving force on Fifteen, truly propels the song. Just as Kimbra (before she sang with that pale dude) was the magical key to one of Miami Horror’s breakthrough tracks, Chela seems to have that exact same touch. Like Kimbra, Chela has just simply got the “it” factor–and in Goldroom and now Clubfeet, was featured on the perfect tracks. I don’t know if her musical/songwriting chops match her vocals, but she sounds like the next star in the making from down under.

While I’ve never been to Melbourne–or anywhere in Australia for that matter–the vibe constantly coming out of there is just unparalleled. Between acts like Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, and ze Horror, it’s an oasis of promised land for G.O.O.D. music.

“I just want your tears to drown out my sorrow, I don’t want to start again tomorrow.”

From heartbreak–and really, any major disappointment–the only way to recover is to keep fighting for what you love. If getting your heart shatters feels anything like this song, then I’m clearly missing out.

Clubfeet feat. Chela – Heartbreak

Equally lush:

Clubfeet – BrightLightsBigCity (Mercury Remix)

 

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Treat My First Like My Last & My Last Like My First

I’m just, tryin to stay above water y’know
Just stay busy, stay workin
Puff told me like, the key to this joint
The key to staying on top of things is treat everything like it’s your first project, know what I’m saying?
Like it’s your first day like back when you was an intern
Like, that’s how you try to treat things like, just stay hungry” – Notorious B.I.G. Interview

I love hearing Biggie say that, it never fails to remind me how important it is to stay fresh, active and always pushing. Have you ever noticed how people always put their best foot forward in the beginning but when they get comfortable you’re left with a mediocre version of what you initially met. It’s amazing how we have the nerve to wonder why a boss might be unhappy or why a lover may lose interest.

The key is to treat everything like it’s your first project…”

Stability and routine are important aspects in the pursuit of happiness and success but repetition can kill you if that’s all you do. For example, remember that first time you went for a run after slacking for a while? You were dying but pushed your way to finish line and now that same run is no problem and you do it everyday. That’s good and all but if you don’t push yourself to feel like you did that first day every now and then you’re getting nowhere fast. You gotta find a way to put a little extra into the things you do because it makes all the difference. I mean if you’re going to do it just to get by what’s the point really? Also when you give something everything you have and it doesn’t work out, you don’t have to think twice about it. So don’t be afraid to show a little passion, go the extra mile or be exhausted after that workout. Always remember what the first time felt like and indulge in that feeling of newness and challenge, it will make your try harder and give more every single time and that’s where it’s at.

Anyways it’s Friday folks! I have all my boys coming to pre-game the evening, the weather in New York City is autumn bliss and there’s nothing but good music in the background, time to be unstoppable. I’ve been listening to the following collection of songs all morning and will probably continue to do so all day so I thought I’d share that with you, enjoy.

Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis (Crystal Fighters Remix)

Kavinsky – Nightcall (Feat. Lovefoxxx)

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris (VOODOO FARM DUBSTEP REMIX)

Chip Tha Ripper – The Truth

Birdy Nam Nam – Jaded Future

Pompeya – 90 (Korablove Remix)

Clubfeet – Last Words (RAC Maury Mix)

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