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

Damn, it’s been a while since we released LMDM… So much has happened – Steph got engaged, is constantly on the move, I’ve been 100 miles and running at The Playlist Generation and life has generally been on full throttle but we wouldn’t want it any other way. To say the least, balancing art and business is no walk in the park and we can’t fake the funk so if it doesn’t happen organically we’d rather not do it at all. We don’t do this for money…

I live for the funk, I die for the funk…” – Notorious B.I.G.

So apologies for recent months but Steph had a great idea to get us back in the game that will make it all better. Each day for the next 4 days we’ll be releasing an LMDM mini-mix to add a little funk to your brain. We’ll start at July and make our way to the present. Now that’s how you return to the scene but…

Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years!” – LL Cool J

Damn right, this is not our first rodeo and the internets most beloved is years in the game now. It blows my mind whenever I think about it.

As many of you know, Steph curates LMDM top to bottom with each song being a chapter in the long form narrative that is our beloved mix tape. This time around the stories are just as compelling yet in a shorter form which is completely reflective of our current lifestyles. When you’re on the verge of so much change it’s hard to lock into one vibe. You’re inspired and you want to take in the whole world because so many forms of expression connect with you. That’s what it means to love something, to want every single inch of it. Listening to the kaleidoscope of genres, styles and emotions covered in these tapes show us not only how much Steph loves music but also how much she keeps things moving.

Treat it like boxing, stick and move, stick and move…” – Biggie

Art imitates life and right now these little LMDM blast make a lot of sense to me because exploring, absorbing and keeping on is just what the doctor ordered. I have an unfair advantage since I’ve heard them all but this series is awesome and I think all the LMDM loyals will have a great time listening. So without further ado here is the Julliet 2013 Mini-Mix to keep things off. Next one drops tomorrow, enjoy.

Tracklisting:

  1. Foals – Bad Habit (Alex Metric Remix)
  2. Fryars – Cool Like Me
  3. Haim – Don’t Save Me
  4. Vadoinmessico – Cave
  5. London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years  (Kids of The Apocalypse Remix)
  6. The National – This Is The Last Time

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Fryars – In My Arms

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“The road I know is the road I go
And the life I live and the life you know
Give me all of your affection …

I just wanna hold you in my arms
I just wanna hold you in my arms
In my arms.”

Comfort zones seem to be a commonplace item for composers’ inspiration now more than ever. It’s such a big insight that some could claim it could be a psychological archetype. Psycho-babble aside, I know I have been in that situation where I’d rather choose the simplicity of a moment to the complexity of certain situations. When you’re tired of all the BS, when you just want to hold someone in your arms. When you don’t want to read between the lines, you just want to fall prey and stay in that comforting moment of holding each other.

The song starts like your average indie pop tune (catchy chorus included). Towards the second verse  halfway through the song it changes the pace temporarily proportional to the amount of pleading and emotional explanation. That’s until the vocal bridge comes and a stripped down crooning takes over that part of the song. In the end you can feel a twist of R&B influenced elements and patterns. It’s pretty obvious that it concludes the same way it started — begging to be held in one’s arms.

Fryars – In My Arms

 

 

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Fryars – Love So Cold (Lone Remix)

I woke up this morning to a solid inch or so of snow outside my window. My apartment was chilly and my coffee tasted extra nice. Admittedly  this is my favorite kind of weather. Perhaps it’s a repressed nostalgia for my hometown of Syracuse, NY but that’s besides the point. There’s something about the gray skies and diffused light and sharp bite in the air that gets my mind going. It’s the kind of weather that increases my productivity, but come nighttime I’ve checked out and checked into my sweatpants, chai, and good book. Either way, it is still morning as I write this and my coffee is still hot so I’m more than ready (and oddly excited) to get this day started.

Beginning your day with good sounds is necessary. It’s not something we’re necessarily conscious of but it greatly impacts our day ahead. Think about what you listen to in the morning: is it a loud banger to wake you up or is it something mellow so compliment your waking up body? Personally, I believe in the latter. Today I put on this track by Fryars, the 22 year-old electro alias of Benjamin Garrett. This track begins with a bite-  its melodic synths and staccato noises are sonic snow flakes falling down. Garrett’s vocals smear across the lush soundscape. It’s a nutrient rich song. By that I mean it’s a track that centers you…if that makes sense. It’s sublime etherealness that awes and calms (and warms when it’s cold).

Whether you’re listening to this on your headphones or through your speakers, get lost in this track and float and then carry on.

Fryars – Love So Cold (Lone Remix)

 

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Kimbra – Settle Down (Hot Young Girls Wind It Down Remix)

I’ve never heard as many remixes of one song as I have for this track. That doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to seek out and admire the remixes that deserve praise. This is definitely one of those remixes. What’s great about this take on the track is how honest it is to the original, highlighting the key parts that seem to stick out most in our heads after listening. The boom-boom-boom-bah’s and the hey! heyo’s get a spotlight, while the verses that build-up race consistently with a cymbal and electro drum sounds to a release that is uninhibited and hard to ignore. Every time I play this track again, I learn something new. Like how the verse: star so light, star so bright, first star I see tonight is played with so that the vocals are every so slightly off from the original. It’s a minor change, and if the track was changed anymore it would be dishonest and maybe a little annoying. But this right here is perfection.

The hurricane has somehow managed to bring a swift change in seasons, which has forced me to accept that Winter is arriving quickly. But today, I have no priorities. Today, my priority is to write and hide away from the cold. It’s a Saturday but it doesn’t feel like the weekend and this song has been reverberating off the walls of my brain for the past half hour. I think my fellow New Yorkers agree when I say that this week has been a blessing in disguise for those who were lucky enough to stay safe and sound. My love and thoughts go out to those who have suffered from the side affects of this hurricane, seeing as I do have family that has been in the dark all week. I wish nature had another way of reminding us that it is in fact in charge and in full control of our lives, but alas, this is the only way. We can only be thankful for the safety and positivity of others that surround us.

That being said, the blessing of this week of isolation sans public transportation, is how we’ve all been forced to slow down in every regard. I found myself taking time to talk to people I ran into on the street, making zero plans, and taking everything in stride. A beautiful and eery thing that nature can do to us. That’s where my mind has been, and that’s probably why I found this song so perfect for this day and week. May your weekends be easy going, as we prepare to get back on our grind come Monday.

Kimbra – Settle Down (Hot Young Girls Wind It Down Remix)