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

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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)

3. LEONARD NIMOY & WILLIAM SHATNER (SPACED OUT) – Music to Watch Space Girls By

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)

15. EMPIRE OF THE SUN – Alive

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EMPT Presents – W I N T E R : a n t i – s u m m e r 1 a by Ryan Radler

Ryan sent me this last weekend when it was actually snowing in the city. It was Halloween weekend and all of a sudden there was miserable snow everywhere threatening to ruin all the crazy festivities. I DJ’d at Elle that and then somehow ended up in a Brooklyn warehouse Halloween party till like 9 the next day so I didn’t get to post this when it was most appropriate. Either way, the snow might be gone but old man winter is only getting started and for that reason it’s my pleasure to welcome back Mr. Radler and his new cold busting mix tape – W I N T E R : a n t i – s u m m e r. This is we’ve heard from Ryan since the last epic series and it’s absolutely wonderful. It starts off with Bombay by Guicho for crying out loud, it that’s not an instant mood changer I don’t know what is.. After that it’s just feel good after feel good so if you’re feeling down about this cold or the fact that it’s Monday this was made for you.

I love it when I can depend on something or someone for quality. For example, you buy an Apple product because you know it’s going to be good, you go to the best restaurant because you can expect them to deliver, athletes get paid the big bucks to perform at the time when everyone expects them to.

I see God in the instruments and mechanisms that work reliably.” – Buckminster Fuller

I’ve only known Ryan for a short time but his musical offerings have become synonymous with a unique, high quality listening experience and I love it. Anyways, press play on this one and feel good ASAP! Here are some words from the curator himself, enjoy.

Soooooo, my month break is up. It’s now fucking cold here in LA. I just took a spin in the car around Downtown LA and previewed this new Winter mix with the windows down and the cold night air whistling across my face. I have to admit, I am definitely a Summer kind-of-guy. But, I believe our wonderful world is one of balance and I suppose our 4 seasons should never be taken for granted. The music I have collected for this mix reminds me of the time of year when we get the first freeze. In one 32 degreed moment the plants and trees cease growing and begin shedding their leaves and seeds, nuts and berries. Rejuvenation in the cycle of life depends on the ebb and flow of the seasonal balance. May this mix represent a step in the direction of that idea.

***This first Winter mix is dedicated specifically to the East Coast with respect to the people who have been unfortunately affected by the unexpected, early winter weather. 
Hopefully you can get this up before the snow melts!

W I N T E R :  a n t i – s u m m e r  1 a

1. Bombay – EL GUICHO
2. Always A Relief – THE RADIO DEPT.
3. Black Hills – GARDENS & VILLA (EASY TIGER REMIX)
4. Luckycharm / Intuition (A Cappella) – ADA (ERLEND ØYE)
5. In The Flowers – ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
6. Santa Fe – BEIRUT
7. Vireo’s Eye – FUTURE ISLANDS
8. Collapsing At Your Doorstep – AIR FRANCE
9. Feels Like Heaven – ADVENTURE
10. Tears Roll Down – TEARS FOR FEARS
11. Mer Du Japon – AIR
12. Fractales Pt. 1 – APPARAT
13. Be Cool – GOLDEN AGES (BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD REMIX)
14. Burial Grounds – AIRLINES
15. You Can – BODY LANGUAGE (KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS REMIX)
16. Open Season – HIGH HIGHS

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High Highs – Flowers Bloom

I finally got a chance to sit down and review the inbox myself and the first song I came across completely won me over. Modern technology allows for the cleanest, most crystal clear musical recordings we’ve ever had and weather or not that’s a good things is a topic highly debated amongst enthusiast. I for one prefer a little dirt, soul and saturation and listening to High Highs Flowers Bloom leads me to think this band shares my sentiments.

The song starts with what could be a synth or sample masked in a thick coat of vinyl crackle noise and I can’t get enough of it. Part of the appeal of the Golden era of hip hop was the unwritten rule that you had to sample from vinyl records. Young producers would go into their parents collections and chop of old dusty records to get that sound everyone love so much. I’m not sure if the New york duo here follows the same blueprint I like they sound they got on this record and couldn’t help but feel nostalgia for the days before everything sounded and looked better than it does in real life. I’ve been zoning to this track for too long now so let me wrap this up and get back to work, enjoy.

High Highs – Flowers Bloom

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Decembre

I live in a very music oriented world, a world which doesn’t necessarily require looking at the calendar too often. It is for this very reason that I heavily rely on the new installment of Le Miel du Mois to usher in a new month and keep me grounded. Yesterday however, Steph was so caught up that she couldn’t send me the song list and my whole equilibrium was immediately thrown off. I went into a weird time warp between November and December, time froze and needless to say there was no new mixtape to help me get through it.

Today, I woke up with an email containing the song list and I realized that if I wanted things to back to normal I had to quickly get to work. I labored tirelessly, obsessing over every detail during transitions, listening to every song over and over until I had the tape was ready for posting. As I expected, once the mixtape was complete everything came back to normal and the month of December was officially allowed to start and might I add, in style.

Once again, Steph nailed it to perfection. There’s enough flavors, moods, feelings and vibes to get you through anything that could possibly happen in the weeks leading up to the new year. Le Miel du Mois is officially therapy for the music lover – enjoy.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Generationals – Trust
  2. The Legends – Air
  3. Teen Daze – Let’s Fall Asleep
  4. Candy Claws – Lantern Fish
  5. High Highs – Open Season
  6. Stephen Farris – Alphabet Soup
  7. Chappo – Come Home
  8. Young Magic – You With Air
  9. Glass Vaults – New Space
  10. Sad Souls – Wash of Cold River
  11. Headless Horseman – Sh8kr
  12. Vanity Theft – Anatomy (Houses Remix)
  13. Of Oceans – In Love, Not Limbo
  14. The Microphones – Headless Horseman


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