Music Remixes

Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (KLar Remix)

Synthesized chords creep in while the piano crescendos into a jazzy haven of syncopated rhythms. Florence + the Machine is known for harp-sprinkled power ballads driven by voluminous and resonant vocals. Usually more baroque than bebop, this remix by up-and-comer KLar showcases a different side of the robust sound of Florence + the Machine. You’ve Got the Love wrapped up the 2009 album Lungs. The original begins simply and builds into classic Florence style, pumping timeless, love-torn lyrics.

Time after time I think Oh Lord what’s the use?
Time after time I think it’s just no good
Sooner or later in life, the things you love you loose
But you got the love I need to see me through

You got the love

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying Lord I just don’t care
But you’ve got the love I need to see me through”

The real KLar is Kirill Larionov from St. Petersburg, Russia; he remixes regularly with Plastique Fantastique which you may recognize from our Axwell & Dirty South post a few days ago. KLar comes through in the clutch midweek to deliver smoothly infused jazz boosted with an angelic depth of vocals. Catch a ray of sunshine and cruise to this.

Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (KLar Remix)

Music Remixes

Florence + The Machine – Never Let Me Go (Clams Casino Remix)


There was a star riding through the clouds one night, and I said to the star, ‘Consume me.”Virginia Woolf

I read an article not too long ago about the types of people you will fall in love with during your twentys. In his “thought,” Ryan O’Connell (one of my personal favorite people in the world who I have yet to meet) cleverly describes the good, the bad, and the somewhat uncomfortable types of people we will come to love during these weird youthful-but-adult shaping years. While I agree with everything he wrote, Ryan failed to touch upon the all-consuming love; a type of relationship that is both excellent and incredibly dangerous. Let’s call it the first love syndrome. A person comes into your life and completely turns it upside down.

Perhaps you discover all these new things about yourself you didn’t know you were capable of. Perhaps you’ll find your ability to trust, or even something as small as finding the courage to try a new food because this person brings out an adventurous side in you. Whatever it may be, this consumption is not out of need, but out of some thing between wanting and curiosity. You don’t necessarily need this person to “complete” you, but you also know you can’t be without them and in that sense you can’t and don’t want to let go of them.

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine gives us a vulnerable glimpse into that moment of clarity in realizing the intensity of a relationship. In this track off her sophomore album, Ceremonials, her relationship is the ocean. Deep below sea-level there is nothing but ocean around you. I hesitate to say it’s cliche, but the ocean is the most appropriate allegory for this type of love. Put yourself in Welch’s mind here for a bit and imagine being in this allegorical ocean with this other person. The relationship is passionate and already all-encompassing, but the surface of the ocean, however, is tumultuous and bipolar. You have a choice to either stay on the surface and face whatever the ocean throws your way risking the strength of the relationship or you find it in yourself to let the ocean consume you and swim to the floor where the storms are above and the only test is for the endurance of the heart.

Admittedly, this track was one of my least favorite singles from the disc. My mind’s been changed, though, after hearing this track. Clams Casino has stripped away the original track’s pop ballad elements for low-fi electronica. A minimal production of muted drums, a heavy bass murmur, and looping background echos put the focus on Welch’s stunning vocal performance. It’s a slow sonic descent into the ocean of Welch’s tale where two and a half minutes in Clams places us on the ocean floor, cuts out the lead vocals, slows down the backing vocals and creates the auditory illusion that we’re hearing this song underwater. It’s the song’s most vulnerable moment that allows for Welch to chant “Deliver me” over the “never let me go” loop in a spiritual acceptance of her new possession.

And it’s over
And I’m going under
But I’m not giving up
I’m just giving in.”

No matter where you are today put this on and just be for a bit. Whether you believe in Welch’s story or not, Clams Casino has given us a musical track that’s spiritual in its own cathartic quality.

Florence + The Machine – Never Let Me Go (Casino Clams Remix)


Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light (Breakage Remix)

Dark, emotional, euphoric, I could keep going with everything that this track makes me feel.  Vocally I am always intrigued by Florence, her energy and timing is something that not only as a vocalist myself but as an actor I stare at with her ability to perform with an emotion that you can feel from the outside, in…incredibly deep work here!

We need to remember what we are fighting for in this life, this track really makes me think of what my goals are and why I need to push every single day to obtain these goals.  We are all sitting in the dark somewhere fighting to touch that light which metaphorically is that goal, that dream, the thing we love most that we can’t wait to taste and touch.  I think to be able to train yourself in the dark and know that the light exists is half the battle, even more then half the battle, it helps you to appreciate the light much more and humble yourself once you reach it.

No light, no light in your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day

You can’t choose what stays and what fades away
And I’d do anything to make you stay.”

I think there are a lot of different meanings that you can take away from this, we can’t automatically jump on love stories but there is always a revelation in all the things that we deem important to us which could be anything, so I say make these lyrics motivation to push for all the important things that you are fighting for, I believe thats what this is all about.

The Breakage remix doesn’t take anything away from the original track, but only adds to it’s deep meaning.  Giving it that extra bass and synth to add a super hero affect to Florence’s already stellar energy, this remix kind of makes me feel like I am in one of the Batman movie’s, particularly this last one.

Check out the the video of the original and you’ll understand this dark and amazing performance that I am talking about, that you feel just by hearing the vocals.

This track has my energy on a whole other level right now, so press play and hopefully you’ll feel that push as well, enjoy!

Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light (Breakage Remix)

Classics Music

EMPT Classics: Florence and the Machine – Swimming

Some music should never be forgotten…

That’s why we’re starting our new classics series to bring back some of the great songs and moments we were living when we heard them. Florence sounds so passionate on this, she expresses the bittersweet emotion of forgetting what love is because of a love gone wrong with so much life and romantic vigor you can’t help be completely overtaken while listening. This has and continues to be one of most popular posts here and for good reason, it’s an incredible love song/piece of art. Re-enjoy.


I was out doing my usual record shopping and ran into the limited edition box set of Florence and the Machine’s critically acclaimed album Lungs. I thought thought to myself, I already have this so I don’t need this but then I saw a song on the 3rd disc that I didn’t recognize, the song was called Swimming. When I got home I did some research and found out this version is actually the demo for the much lighter and pop-minded Swimming Song. This version is dark, passionate and powerful, it totally justified my purchase.

Your songs remind me of swimming,
Which I forgot when I started to sink
Drank further away from the shore,
And deeper into the drink.

Sat on the bottom of the ocean,
A stern and stubborn rock
Cos your songs remind me of swimming,
But somehow I forgot…

Something about this song makes me think of people who lose touch with who they are when they get older. The so-called “real world” is a dangerous place because it can make us feel like we have to do things that don’t fall in line with our disposition. In my opinion, that’s one of the worst things that could happen to someone because then you just become a zombie, going through the motions emotionless, everyday single day waiting to get out of work to live – the wackness.

This jam is dedicated to you and your boys
And if you knew what I knew, then you’d kill that noise!” – MC Shan (1987)

In this song Florence realizes that she’s lost touch with who she is but when she hears this special song it wakes her up and reignites that fire. This is an incredible song, I’d love to write more but there’s just too much to do, enjoy.

Florence and The Machine – Swimming

Originally posted on March 17th, 2011


La Roux – Tigerlily (B. Rich Remix)

If there’s one thing the NYC music scene could use is more Dub Step, for numerous reasons but mainly because of the bass. Among the many contributions of hip hop was a revolution in the way bass frequencies were used in music production. Anyone who lived in NYC in the 90’s will remember the big sound systems that were pretty much staples in the city. I mean if you had a car without one well, that’s never forgive action right there…

Cause when I freak with the spots that I’m known to rock, you hear the bass from truck when I’m on the block…” – Dr. Dre (Still Dre, 2001)

Right now, it seems like the next innovations in bass are coming from Dub step. The genre is relatively new as are the techniques so the use is really aggressive and extreme for some ears but that will certainly change. I personally love the way it is now, but I also can’t wait till more people start adopting the style and taking bass use to yet another level. I don’t know about you but there’s nothing quite like big bass and low subs when I’m partying and since today is Saturday that’s exactly what I plan to do.  Here are two of my favorite dub step or dub step inspired remixes, enjoy.

La Roux – Tigerlily (B. Rich Remix)

Florence + the Machine – Rabbit Heart (SLOF MAN Dubstep Remix)


Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart/Raise It Up (Switch Remix)

How important is a producer to an artist? Well, the Michael Jackson sound we all love wouldn’t really exist without Quincy Jones. The psychedelic pop genius of Oracle Spectacular wouldn’t be nearly as adventurous without the vision and direction of producer Dave Fridmann. Would there even be Snoop Dogg without Dr. Dre? M.I.A. without Diplo? I mean the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong making music is a collaborative effort, one which like any successful relationship requires compromise and love so it’s silly to say that one person is solely responsible for anything. However, I believe in giving credit where it’s due and having studied many before and after examples, I have to tip my hat off to these guys for helping take these ideas to the next level. Anyways, I was so impressed by this Switch remix that I had to take a moment to show appreciation to all the great producers.

This Florence and the Machine remix is nothing short of amazing. Switch, one of the main producers behind M.I.A.’s groundbreaking Kala, creates a hopeful yet extremely energetic version of this track that will have you feeling good, thinking, partying and dancing all at the same time. I enjoyed the original but I mother truckin’ love this remix, can’t think of a better song for a Monday morning, enjoy.

Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Switch Remix)



Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Novembre

Holy shit it’s November and I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is another year has nearly passed and you feel like you haven’t done crap with you life – lame. The good news is that Steph Lund has been kind enough to provide you with some new inspiring music to play as you make your resolutions so you don’t repeat the same mistakes yet again – fresh. That said I present you guys the latest version of the beloved monthly mixtape Le Miel du Mois By Steph Lund. Every month is my new favorite for totally different reasons and November is no exception.

Le Miel du Mois: Novembre

Yeah Yeah Yeahs = love. Heads Will Roll has been on a previous Le Miel du Mois, BUT, there’s no real rules to Le Miel du Mois except for consistency in awesomness, plus i’m not shy to repeat – in case you didn’t know that about me “and if you dont know now you knowwwwwww”

Happy November, happy fall, time to embrace the cold and get warmer via bigger headphones and larger boom boxes to shield you from the wind. Rock on.

*Breakout artist for Le Miel du Mois Novembre: Delorean. I am already in love with Delorean, even though theycurrently only have 4 songs out there, check out their EP, favorites include deli (on this mix) and seasun – original and the remix – both on their myspace page, here:

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  1. Delorean – Deli
  2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
  3. MSTRKRFT – Heartbreaker (Featuring John Legend) (Laidback Luke Remix)
  4. Black Lips – Veni Vidi Vici
  5. Electric Tickle Machine – Gimme Money
  6. Florence + The Machine – You Got The Love (The Xx Remix)
  7. Metric – Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)
  8. Washed Out – Feel It All Around
  9. Simian Mobile Disco – I Believe
  10. Miike Snow – Silvia
  11. Electric Wire Hustle – They Don’t Want
  12. Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
  13. Mayer Hawthorne – Green Eyed Love (Classixx Remix)
  14. Phoenix – Love Like a Sunset – (Animal Collective Remix)