The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?


Do you ever put on a song and immediately start jigging? That’s how it is when I press play on The Preatures’ “Is This How You Feel?”. The bass & guitar mesh well together in a Fleetwood Mac-esque sound. The male singer, Gideon, has a verse sandwiched between lead female vocalist Isabella’s, who takes the spotlight throughout the song. The pair balance really well together; she slides her way back into the verse seamlessly. I hardly noticed her takeover until writing this post!

The content of this song is simple.. we’ve all been there. Liking someone and being in the dark about how they feel toward you. Part of the mystery is fun, but the unknown brings on an uneasy feeling- a feeling of something that needs to burst open. Hey how about you sing this song to your crush and see how she/he reacts? Joking of course, but how about you take the plunge and just ASK!

Shake it right tonight”

The sound of the Australian band sounds rather like a pop tribute to the 70’s scenario of dance house-based compositions. Along with Fleetwood Mac, their sound is very reminiscent of HAIM, so if you’re into singing along to something upbeat, you’ll take a liking to this track. As a child who grew up with music-centric parents, I can definitely empathize with the sound of this track. Might you?

The band’s style varies tremendously song-by-song. You’ll notice this on their EP titled “Is This How You Feel”, released back in 2013. Also be sure to check out their latest album: “Blue Planet Eyes”.

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Music Remixes

EMPT Presents — S U M M E R: a n t i – w i n t e r 1 e by Ryan Radler


Whether we like it or not, a new month approaches like a long lost relative, familiar out of necessity but still foreign with the possibilities that it brings. August is one of my favorite months of the year, and in the summer, because it’s absent of annoying holidays and tedious celebrations that all really commemorate the same things. Not to be cynical or anything, I’m really not, it’s just that my brother is born in August, and Ramadan for the past couple of years has ended in August, which makes it a really spiritually happy month. It also makes the start of September feel like a new year, which puts me in a clear head space, prepared for the remaining months in 2013.

For this month, my musical selection and soundtrack to my everyday routine has been picky. More picky than usual, actually. I want something that speaks to the end of a beautiful nostalgic time, while simultaneously fueling my energetic brain for the ambitious future that lies ahead. Which is why I was pleased to hear this edition of Ryan Radler’s beloved mixtape series. I think something that we like to talk about, and something that I am always aware of, is the power of a well crafted, finely curated mix-tape. While we tend to love mix-tapes that tell a story, I have a vast appreciation for those that successfully transition in and out of songs in a way that matches the flux and wavelike movement of my moods. I think I listen to mix-tapes because I want the feeling of letting go and allowing something else to take hold of my emotions, while not consciously doing so.

What I love about this edition of S U M M E R is the nostalgia and innocence that strings each song together. The vocal samples are what inspire my feelings of nostalgia. Innocent, because the emotion that each selection of song brings is raw and unabashed. It’s telling me to forget about my troubles for an hour and do good by me.

I’m doing just that. Today, just do you. Every day, really. But especially today while you embark on this journey of a mix.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1E

1. TEEEL & SUMUO – Cosmic Collision (Melancholia Mix)

2. EMPIRE OF THE SUN – Country and Without You (VinnieBeats Remix)


4. SHINY TOY GUNS vs. FLEETWOOD MAC – Fading Listening (Ryan Radler Edit)

5. JOSE GONZALEZ – Remain (Fear of Theydon Dub)

6. MILES DAVIS – Cocoa Cigarettes vs. Blue in Green (Lobotomy Remix / Ryan Radler Edit)

7. HIGH HIGHS – Open Season (Dan Spence Remix)

8. MT. OSSA – Love Jam

9. KOOL & THE GANG – Summer Madness (Cicada Edit)

10. XXYYXX – About You (Verby Edit)

11. KISSES – Air Conditioning

12. PET SHOP BOYS – Leaving

13. HAERTS – Wings (Wildcat! Wildcat! Remix)

14. BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Shuffle (Leo Zero Remix)


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HAIM – The Wire


There’s so much good summer music flying around right now that it can be hard to keep up, but I’ll always make time to check out a new track from HAIM. I’ve been a fan of the LA sister trio since catching them at POPSHOP018 last year in NYC. I’d never heard of them, but the crowd was buzzing with anticipation, and by the middle of the first song, the anticipation had turned fully to joy, and I was swept up. Individually, they’ve each got charisma and energy to spare, and collectively, I saw a confidence and a unity among the three of them that quickly drew me in. (I guess growing up together will give you that. It can be easy to forget that a lot of bands don’t really know each other, despite the hours and hours they spend together.) But I became a true convert somewhere around the time Danielle ripped into the dirty, bluesy guitar solo halfway through “Let Me Go.

A childhood spent listening to their parents’ collection of 70s LPs in the San Fernando Valley gave HAIM a Fleetwood Mac-jams-with-Led Zeppelin-at-a-SoCal-beach-bonfire vibe. There’s something old-fashioned about their music, but not in a retro or nostalgic way; maybe “timeless” is a better word for it. A lot of the elements they incorporate into their songs – strong harmonies, great guitar parts, simple verse/chorus song structures, tried-and-true chord changes, handclaps (can never have too many handclaps), lyrics about love and heartbreak – have been around forever because they never get old. The three sisters’ affection for the music of the past doesn’t cloud their youthful energy; I think it enhances it, makes it more nuanced. To me, HAIM is the perfect musical embodiment of the young person/old soul archetype.

So, the song: it’s called “The Wire,” it’s been kicking around as a demo and in HAIM’s live sets for a while, and it’s great. Bouncy, upbeat, propelled by a smooth bassline, anchored by a simple, driving kick/snare rhythm, and wrapped around a catchy little repeating phrase: “I know, I know, I know, I know/that you’re gonna be OK anyway.” The lyrics describe a relationship gone sour, but the music suggests that the protagonist is moving on, rather than wallowing in self-pity or moping around. It swings breezily through its verses and soars up into prime sing-along territory in the choruses – a perfect summer song. HAIM finally announced that their debut LP will be out on September 23, and I can’t wait.

HAIM – The Wire


Savoir Adore – Sea of Gold

Today deserves a little bounce in your step and a little smile in your heart. You’ve earned it. I believe that the outside tends to reflect what’s going on inside, in several regards. When you treat your body badly, you look bad. Skin, hair, weight — these all suffer. I think the same thing happens when the world is doing badly. The weather gets bad, the general disposition of the public is depressed. So I’ve been excited all week about this beautiful weather in New York. Hopefully, it means that we’re doing okay for a little at least.

Savoir Adore brings us a pleasant tune of hope. The chorus is a little reminiscent of something Fleetwood Mac might created, with its breathy ha’s. I’ve had a lot of Brooklyn pride lately (but really, always), and any chance I have to write about a band that’s blowing up Brooklyn, I take. Savoir Adore is Brooklyn indie pop-rock duo, and they’ve taken the land by storm via adorable lyrical tunes and awesome drum beats. This song is only further proof of that.

Who are you now?
I’m living in a sea of gold
Who are you now?
I’m living in a sea of gold.”

Savoir Adore – Sea of Gold

Music Remixes

Chateau Marmont – The Maze (Chrome Canyon Remix)

Here’s one of those musical adventures that warrants a second, third and fourth listen. And yet, it feels like it could be in a movie about cars and night driving (hah). But in all seriousness, the inherent eighties-ness of this track makes it both charming and nostalgic without the age to back it up. It’s today. But it also takes you away and holds your hand while you travel down a road that I can only imagine is similar to that rainbow intergalactic space road on Mario Kart where you can’t fall off the edge otherwise you fall into space. That kind of adventure.

There’s no lyrics here, which I love, because every once in a while you need a soundtrack to your thoughts. Right now my thoughts are pretty focused on just being. The last time I actively found a song to soundtrack my thoughts, it was a Fleetwood Mac track off Rumours. That remains one of my favorite albums of all time, for the very reason that I’ve stated above. At certain times in my life, I’ve just required the words and music to align perfectly with what was going on inside my own head. There is something magical about a song like The Chain, which is the perfect combination of highs and lows, especially with the twang of the guitar in the background. Such a harmonious joining of musical forces.

Similarly, this song begins with punch and falters between lows and highs throughout. There’s always going to be that driving synth power to remain consistent throughout, but the keyboard that plays what might collectively be six to eight chords over the course of the entire piece, reminds me of a movie. Like you’re getting a glimpse of the hero while looking in the rear view mirror of the villain’s car. He’s always just one step ahead of the hero. There’s a pause in the middle where laughter and applause snakes in, and then we’re dropped right back into the middle of what might be a slow chase scene. It’s a really fun track to be imaginative with, because it feels pretty predictable in terms of where it will go, but it’s not. The instruments are always changing up and the inherent similarity to Flash by Queen happens every once in a while.

As I am someone whose musical tastes are strongly aligned within the field of electronic music and all of its subgenres, I will always loyally be grounded in the genre of classic rock. It’s not a bad place to stay leveled in, especially since so much of what we hear today is inspired by that older sound.

I invite you to indulge in a music fantasy with this track, let it take you somewhere deep into your mind. Just remember, you’re the one who is in control, this song is only your partner.

Chateau Marmont – The Maze (Chrome Canyon Remix)


Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Walter Sobcek Remix)

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Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly” – Langston Hughes

Just when I thought I never wanted to hear another Fleetwood Mac remix or mashup ever again…Walter Sobcek whips out their unleashes an early (but very legitimate) contender for classic remix of the year. The mysterious Parisian duo named after that crazy bowler from one of the greatest movies of all time have entered 2013 with a bang, and I hope it’s a sign that they plan to be a bit more active than usual this year.

It’s not easy to put Gigamesh or Psychemagik to shame, but Walter Sobcek has done just that. This “edit” is just the full monty laden with a nuanced touch. With a Falke-ian bass line and a Lifelike-y vocal choppage, this one is “Space Age” to the max. Mark it 10. In their words:

rent a LeBaron and hit the road from Chateau Marmont to Santa Monica, NOW… And while you´re at it, slip this little remix of FM´s Dreams and spin the shit out if it!

Dream on, dreamers. Dream on. You’re entering a world of joy.

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Walter Sobcek Remix)


HAIM – Don’t Save Me

I have my brother to thank for this track. I hate admitting that my taste in music is predictable, because the last thing I ever want to be is predictable. But I think it’s just that an appreciation for solid tunes and positive energy, something with a solid kick and punch, is universally loved. So maybe, just maybe, the universe is predictable. It’s not just me whose knees go weak at the mere hint of a band that channels Stevie Nicks vocally, with an ’80s tinge of drums, right?

Take me back, ta-ta-take me back to the way that I was before…”

I’ve never written here about the subject of “saving” a life or saving anything for the matter. Though it’s a subject I constantly go to in my poetry. After reading a series of stories that were written post Hurricane Katrina, I remembered noticing the obsession with safety. Not only safety, but saving those who were on the brink of death. I don’t need to state the obvious, because I’m sure people feel differently about that notion of saving someone. It’s definitely worth thinking about though. Saving someone’s life is really particular for the person that is doing the actual saving, much less for the person that is being saved. That is not to say that someone who is in the hands of another is not thankful or thinking about it for every moment. I’m saying, that our instinct is to save ourselves. No matter how weak we are, incapable of defending ourselves, taking care of ourselves, we have the instinct to at least try and maintain our own lives. Sometimes it falls out of our hands, in which case, it is in the hands of someone else.

That is a truly terrifying and beautiful thing. I think it has a lot to do with this song, with the subject of love and saviors. As I’ve said in previous posts about remaining present, a conversation that I had last night really set that theory in stone for me. To save something is to assume that you’ll be able to encounter it once again later on, but how about the now? Doesn’t that deserve some of your effort, too?

I think the fact that this song says don’t save me, as opposed to save me really speaks to that idea. Being conscious of the fact that sometimes an act of saving that is done by someone else, is more for that person than it is for you. Your presence will be felt regardless as to whether or not you’re saved. There’s definitely a cool dynamic though, because not being saved is combatted by “take me back”

These girls have got the right ideas; HAIM are an LA-based sister trio, and this is the second track that they’ve released. So far, everything I’ve heard from them, I’ve liked. We can only hope that they continue to crank out the hard work. This song has come to me at a really important time of my life, one that I will always associate with the now.

HAIM – Don’t Save Me


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler

I was in complete denial about summer ending till I went to the Caribbean this weekend and felt that amazing Cabarete beach weather – yeah summer is over. I’ve been traveling a lot my whole life, there’s something about waking up in different countries within a matter of days that does it for me. I’ll never take that for granted and music has made it possible so cheers to that.

I woke up this morning still feeling like an islander but regaining my New York State of Mind and the first thing I did was put on the new anti-winter tape. The weather in NYC is fantastic, it’s in that perfect limbo between hot and cold, it feels like change and this new tape compliments that to perfection. The opening sequence here is wonderful, Trophy Wife to Poolside’s blissful cover of Harvest Moon and then Fleetwood Mac and on and on, all I could do was lay in bed with a smile. Ryan has a knack for blending traditionally unrelated beautiful music in a way you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else and I highly appreciate it.

We sparked a doobie at like 8 am on Sunday morning after our DJ set with the one of the executives behind the weekend long event. Long story short, he was telling us how his companies creative approach is to introduce people to art they’re not familiar with. He goes out of his way to fly in acts from around the world to give the Dominican audience something new and refreshing. I loved hearing that and listening to Ryans eclectic selection brings me right back to that moment. Life is full of endless possibilities, limitless offerings and  keeping an open mind to explore all of it makes ones experience that much richer. Anyways, press play in the latest installment of anti-winter, start your day off in style and expand those musical horizons, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n  t i – w i n t e r 2c

2. Harvest Moon  – POOLSIDE
3. Sweet Little Lies – FLEETWOOD MAC
4. Strange Days – THE DOORS (THIEVERY CORP.)
5. Chlorophyl – MILLIONYOUNG
6. So Free (Feat. Paula Abdul) – SHINE 2009 (JENSON SPORTAG MIX)
7. Surf Erie – MONSTER RALLY
9. Sun Goddess – HENRY MANCIINI
10. Southern Shores – BONFIRE
11. Record Collection (Perseus Karaoke Mix) – MARK RONSON ( PERSEUS MIX)
12. Self Control (Young Empires remix)
13. ’99 Style – POKA
14. Beach Slalom – BOS ANGELES
16. The Devil Gives Me Everything Except What I Need – WILLIE WEST
17. Promise Me Eternity – MOOD RINGS

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2A by Ryan Radler

Last week we experienced some major player hating from The Man that eventually led to a subpar release of anti-winter 3A. If you haven’t heard or downloaded that one yet check out last weeks post here and spread the word, the kid Ryan Radler is bringing nothing but heat and something that good should not be left unknown. We’ve had many set backs with The Industry & it’s minions in our day but every time we come back swinging even harder and this time it’s no different. We’re 4 weeks and running with exclusive releases of the absolute best summer mixtape series on the web and we couldn’t be more excited about it. When we’re done with the anti-winter series I’m going to do a post featuring all of them so you guys can see just what this guy is doing here. From the custom artwork to the limitless sounds, these tapes are bleeding style and we can’t take ’em for granted…

I ended up spending the entire winter of 2011 developing all my mixes. Cold, blustery weekends you could find me snug in my loft researching and archiving the songs that I would then throw into Logic Pro for the fine-tuning mix sessions. In a cathartic twist, projecting myself into the Summer through the mixes actually made me forget the void left after the January heat wave in LA. I have channeled my “yearning for Summer” through these mixes and now, after many months, we have finally arrived!

We like to use music around these parts for all sorts of healing so that philosophy is right up our alley. Is it just me or does that blonde have really nice hair? Alright, I’m gonna go get all my work done to this fantastic soundtrack, you should do the same. Enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2A

1. Bermuda – KISSES
2. Eastover Wives – DENT MAY
3. Got Blinded – TORO Y MOI
4. Gone for Summer – TEEN DAZE
5. Albatross – FLEETWOOD MAC
7. She Comes Alive – BABY MONSTER
8. From the Morning Heat – CRAFT SPELLS
10. Summer Samba (So Nice) [Samba de Verão] – WALTER WANDERLEY
11. Weak Condition – MAXX FEMM (PAUL LAYTON)
12. Wait and See – HOLY GHOST
13. Que Veux Tu – YELLE (MADEON REMIX)
15. Do You Believe – POOLSIDE
16. Freebirds – LOVER LOVER
17. Sun – CARIBOU
17. I Want You – MARVIN GAYE

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