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Citizens! – True Romance (Gigamesh Remix)

Kitsuné, a record label and clothing brand out of Paris, has been building quite a force of artists including the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Is Tropical. Citizens! debuted late last year with True Romance and its hard-hitting sentimentality. The song begins with a few simple piano chords that usher in a myriad of instruments that build the intensity, bolstered by the love-struck theme.

Oh my love
Keep your eyes on the road
I am a slave to the lights up ahead
What kind of minds are these that the gods and the television gave us
Hold me love until we disappear againHere we are
True romance
Here we are
True romance
You hold it in your hands – true romance
I found a place to make a stand – true romance.”

With characteristic style, Gigamesh gives this track a good dance-fight kick in the teeth. He never fails to disappoint with his smooth mastery of electro-disco grooves. His style with this one is simple and effective. By that, I mean, you’ll want to spin and make your body move until all your cares float away. That’s like 95% of the reason I listen to music. That could be an exaggeration, but for today, it makes all the sense in the world.

Citizens! – True Romance (Gigamesh Remix)

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Theme Park – Jamaica (Gigamesh Remix)

It’s a god-sent beautiful day in this tropical island of the Dominican Republic and also god-sent was the way this tune came up as the first song I heard today upon hitting play on my iTunes. Being born and raised in this island made me somewhat immune to the gifts it came with. I guess I could say I’d taken for granted the weather and all. Now that I spend months living in a quite cold city the times I come home once a month for a couple of days I really embrace the warm beauty. And talking about warm and beauty these words sound quite apt to describe Gigamesh’s remix of Theme Park’s Jamaica.

But let’s concentrate on this remix for a second — Handclaps & “woos!”. Is there a better way to start this sun-drenched goodness? Gigamesh turns the already great –alas more ballad-like– original into such a feelgood anthem that you can’t help but get up and clap-dance the sh*t out of this one. There are definitely two ways to fall in love with this song: if you’re prone to get swept away by the lyrics and meaning of a song or by the catchy melody it carries with ease.

“Find it in me, to be a lover

Find it in me, to be a friend

I got it home space for another

So I’ll be yours.”

Theme Park – Jamaica (Gigamesh Remix)
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Junior Byron – Dance to the Music (Gigamesh Version)

Once upon a time, it was 1983 and disco was nearly dead. After a heyday in the mid to late ’70s, all the haters got together and hosted Disco Demolition Night in Chicago, cited as “the day disco died.” Disco was the music of experience, of letting go, and, let’s face it, freedom. People didn’t want to think about the reality of the world at the time. Watergate, an energy crisis, the Jonestown Massacre – who wanted to face the crumbling ideals of America? Disco lyrics didn’t have to say much, but the beat did have to make your body move.

You’ve probably never even heard of Junior Byron. It’s cool, neither had I. He released a few electro/disco tracks just a tad too late to find any substantial popularity. Another artist in the wrong era. But his summon to dance still rings true for anyone looking for momentary release from the cruelty of the world. Thanks to the masterful Gigamesh, we can experience a taste of history and create our own dizzying effects on the dance floor. So put on some shiny pants (or don’t) and follow Byron’s directions:

Dance to the music
Get down to the beat
Dance to the music
Move them funky feet.
I have heard some people say they could boogie down all day.
All they do is close their eyes and let the music hypnotize, they say.”

Junior Byron – Dance to the Music (Gigamesh Version)

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Gigamesh – Don’t Stop

I have never written about Gigamesh, but I’m certainly no stranger to the fact that he is an EMPT favorite. I’ve come to love his musical work because of the unique sound he seems to possess while playing with tones reminiscent of the ’80s but modern all at once. I should probably mention that any song with breaks in the beat are enough to get me pumped and ready to go out the door in the morning. What better way to start your week off than with this track?

We’ve got everything here: synthy strings (I say this because I’m not sure what the exact sound is — sometimes it sounds like strings, sometimes it sounds like synths), cute and high pitched female vocals that make you want zone out into another decade, and a continuous rise, which can only mean that the beat is constantly dropping. Does that make sense? I love thinking of music that way, as a constant up and down roller coaster of beats and rhythms.

This track is particularly important on a Monday because the last thing you should be doing is stopping. You’re just getting started, and we all need that little push from one another to do great things and make a difference in whatever world we choose to interact with. So go out today and do great things. You don’t have to do great things all week, I’m just saying today is all you can control right now. So go do it, and don’t stop until you’re satisfied.

Gigamesh – Don’t Stop

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Punks Jump Up – Mister Overtime ( Ft. Dave 1) (Gigamesh Remix)

Punks Jump Up, Dave 1 & Gigamesh on one track, f$#k. It’s been a few years since we first featured Gigamesh and from day one the kid from Minneapolis has been on fire. The Posner camp would probably hate to admit it at this point but the Gigamesh version of Cooler Than Me is in my opinion what took that song to the next level. Mike Posner was fairly unknown at that point and so was Gigamesh and his new sound. He made waves with the songs intense pulsating bass line, instrumental breaks and arrangement. At the time  it was all so new, edgy and adventurous. To see it go from the blogs to radio was a true testament to the Space Age. Unlike that remix, this remix of Mister Overtime see’s a return to that bass style but this time with some familiar faces and new tricks up his sleeve. If you were looking for a song to play this weekend, call off your search…

This is it, this is it, this iiis iiit!! – Style Wars

I don’t always drive 100 miles an hour, but when I do I prefer to listen to the thumping bass sounds of Gigamesh, enjoy.

Punks Jump Up – Mister Overtime ( Ft. Dave 1) (Gigamesh Remix)

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The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll (Gigamesh Edit)

Jenny said when she was just five years old
There was nothin’ happenin’ at all
Every time she puts on a radio
There was nothin’ goin’ down at all, Not at all…

That’s exactly how I felt this morning and that’s pretty much how I’ve been feeling for the last year or so. It’s not that I’m not digging what’s happening now it’s just that everyone is doing the same thing. But…

Then one fine mornin’ she puts on a New York station
You know, she don’t believe what she heard at all
She started shakin’ to that fine fine music
You know her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll…

Thankfully music has a rich history so whenever the present gets too saturated you can always seek the past to get the feeling of new. Regardless of the oxymoron it certainly holds true for music right now.

I’ve recently reignited my passion for modern art and in seeing how unique everyone at the top of the art world is I can’t help but to crave the same from music. For example, a Murakami superflat piece is nothing like a distorted Cubism painting by George Condo. Damien Hirst putting a tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine and KAWS placing a huge Companion in front of The Standard couldn’t be further from each other. Yet all of these arouse our intellect in unique ways. There’s a lot to it but at a subconscious level we’re connecting with these artist because we sense the care, thought and effort put into these creations. That’s the unspoken, organic human element that can’t be faked. If all these guys did the same thing, regardless of how well they did it, they would all be disposable. But they’re not and that’s why they have value, that’s why Murakami sells a jack-off sculpture for 15 million dollars.

That’s not the case with music. We’re getting a lot of great things but because non of it is really unique it just goes in one ear and out the other. You’ve pretty much heard it already from a hundred other bands so it leaves you with nothing to examine. If you study the history of any art form you’ll find patterns and right now history is just repeating itself. It won’t last forever and good things are happening and greater things will start to happen with music. In the meantime though, here’s some good old Rock & Roll to hold you over from one of my favorite bands of all time, enjoy.

Despite all the amputations you know you could just go out
And dance to the rock ‘n’ roll station…”

Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll (Gigamesh Edit)

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EMPT Presents: Kitsuné Club Night – Mixed by Jorge Bonjour

As many of you know last night we were live @ Santos Party House in NYC with the French taste makers Kitsuné. Thanks to everyone that made it out, we look to do much more like that in the near future in both NYC and LA so stay tuned…

This morning I got an email from a French DJ/Producer named Jorge Bonjour telling me about a mix he wanted me to check out. He just moved to NYC and heard about our Club Night and made a mix using only the artists on the bill. Plastic Plates, Gigamesh, Computer Magic and Perseus in one mix, how could I say no? Turns out the kid Bonjour is pretty good. His mixes are clean, to the point and the tunes are of course right up our alley. We look forward to more from the new guy in town. In the spirit of the weekend, here’s an introduction to Jorge Bonjour and some music to get your pre-game soundtrack on point, enjoy.

Tracklisting:

Jeremy Glenn – New Life (Perseus ‘Summer of 83’ Remix)
Perseus – Running back 2 U
Gypsy and the Cat – Jona Vark (Plastic Plates Remix)
Citizens!- True Romance (Gigamesh Remix)
Plastic Plates – More Than Love
The Magician feat Jeppe – I Don’t Know What to Do (Plastic Plates Remix)
Computer Magic – Found Out (Panther Hands Remix)
Grouplove – Tongue Tied (Gigamesh Remix)
Computer Magic – Running

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Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix)

So we’ve been taking meeting after meeting lately and it’s been a little weird to say the least because every sit down is like a clash of values. Here we are telling the owners how our parties are about unadulterated fun, how meticulous we are about playing good music and it’s like talking to a blank wall. Thanks to you guys our reputation gives our ideals credence and were getting some sick deals that give us total control during our parties – fresh.

With our third installment of Noctambule on the horizon I don’t have much time to talk but I wanted to post a Gigamesh remix of Mike Posner’s Cooler Than Me, the anti-poser, anti-pretentiousness anthem that represents our crusade against all that is lame.

You think you’re cooler then me?

Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix)

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Classixx – I’ll Get You (Gigamesh Remix)

Want to know how to get a party started in 54 seconds? Play the intro for this remix and then turn the volume up really really loud when the beat drops – satisfaction guaranteed.

Do you like bass?”

I’m still suffering from post L.A. trauma and all I can think about while listening to this song is driving down Pacific Highway windows wide open, goofing around with friends, taking business calls by the beach and living life the right way. Unfortunately, it’s Friday in NYC and the scenery is a bunch of mud looking snow. Anyone know of a Kush Doctor is Manhattan? Anyways, I have a million things to get done before the days end, thankfully I can blast this song all day and keep the fantasy alive, enjoy.

Classixx – Ill Get You (Gigamesh Remix)

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Lykke Li – Little Bit: The Remixes

I started binging on Youth Novels again and with that comes all the amazing remixes the album has inspired. Perhaps the most remixed track from the album is Little Bit, I can think of about 8 off the top. From what I gather this song is about a “friends with benefits” type of relationship that she is scared of taking to the next level…

Lykke Li – Little Bit (AutoErotique Bootleg Remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Reprise de Drake)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Gigamesh Remix)

And for you i keep my legs apart
And forget about my tainted heart
And i will never ever be the first
To say it
But still I,
Yes you know I..I..I..”

Most chick flicks and love songs are so mawkishly sentimental and unrealistic that I completely shut them out. Lykke Li, however, expresses a very realistic and relatable version of love, one that I can really identify with, good stuff. Here are 2 of my favorites including a pretty good cover by Drake. No, I didn’t forget the Death to the Thone remix, I just think the drum sounds they used are a little to happy hardcore sounding for a Lykke Li song. Anyways, these will do your Tuesday right, enjoy.