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A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix)

Now this is a trio I was not expecting. New Zealand darling, Kimbra with Canadian wunderkind, A-Trak, and Foster The People’s Mike Foster on one track? Add a whole other level of hype with the duo behind What So Not and we have on our hands a solid track to turn the lights off, turn up the volume, and get down. Trust me here, this track deserves your speaker’s full attention.

Kimbra has never sounded sexier than she does here on this track. Her vocals in the chorus, deep in her register, exude a certain kind of lust that’s animalistic and utterly human. She effortlessly swings between her charming self and hidden sex-kitten ego within seconds of each other. What So Not takes the original track’s heavy A-Trak production and spins it into a dark basement dance hall banger. A deep drum bumps under a heavy synth wobble. The tension in the build is released in one of the most unexpected drops I’ve heard. When I first heard it I may or may not have screamed a little. It’s a drop made for dark corner dancing and sending lust-filled looks over a drink (y’all know what I’m talking about).

What So Not’s goal with their music is to create music like this “because the world needs more bangers.” They’ve given us a one helluvah banger here and I’m not complaining. I guess a little shout-out to Converse is necessary here because the brand brought these three artists together in the first place for their annual “3 Artists, 1 Song” series. Thanks to them, What So Not heard it and saw a bit of themselves in the song and here we are, on a Friday night that’s just beginning with a track worthy of night-time debauchery.

A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix)

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Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (KLar & PF Remix)

The elasticity of this song’s lyrics and vocals is proven when it can reach the far far away balearic sea’s sounds. You know, because of the whole balearic disco genre that this supposedly belongs to. And who else than the master of balearic disco than KLar to treat us this beautifully served dish.

When you can take such an overplayed and overmixed song like Gotye’s STIUTK and produce such an enjoyable rendition that knows no situational-listening-rules, you deserve to get shared and spread around. I know this isn’t the first or second time you hear a KLar remix or edit here on EMPT but I guess it was an unsaid consensus the EMPT team reached when I expressed my love for this find.

There’s nothing overly complex about the production of this version. The guitar (which has the strongest responsibility for the whole balearic vibe), the echoed synth chords and all that’s in between give way to a musical sun-bathing session that doesn’t get you sunburnt no matter how long you expose yourself to it.

If your first thought upon hearing play is a Blank & Jones déjà vu, you’re not alone. I don’t know if balearic disco is a fad or here to stay, but while we all figure it out, let us enjoy this with eyes closed and letting our imagination run wild.

Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (KLar & PF Remix)

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Kimbra – Come Into My Head

We call people nuts all the time. It’s something about that notion I was talking about the other day, the one about being afraid of our inner mind’s darkness. It’s funny that the mind is only capable of showing what it contains via distinct behavior that we choose (or sometimes not choose) to display. That is what causes society to deem us as “normal” or “weird” or “insane”. The concept of this song is simple: put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And when you do that, go the next step: enter their mind. Try for a moment, to think the way they think. It’s pretty impossible! Even with the people in my life that I love the most, it’s difficult for me to remove myself from my body and mind for a few moments to try and imagine what they are thinking and how they are reacting to life. It’s because there will always be that underlying hidden thing, that one secret that no one ever knows and will never know, that is so crucial to the way a person behaves. Or maybe it’s not crucial at all — it’s existence, however, deserves to be noticed and the only one who will give it attention, is the keeper of that secret.

I love this video. I found it really bizarre and eery at first, especially with Kimbra all up in our faces, but I also realized that she just couldn’t care less. Maybe she is performing, or maybe she’s just trying to show a tiny bit of her personality that the publicists and media don’t want her to really play up. After all, she is stunning with fantastic talent. And those two parts of her personality, and perhaps even mind, are definitely played up in her public display. But what I really love to see, is the woman whose mouth opens so widely, and whose arms flail so wildly that we start to question her sanity. She’s not insane though, she’s just expressing herself. And there’s something to be said about that.

Credit needs to be given, and she’s got my respect.

Kimbra – Come Into My Head

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Kimbra – Build Up (George Fitzgerald Remix)

It’s raining here in New York and the sky is the most incredible shade of grey. The clouds are moving fast and hazy light beams peak through with the breaks in the approaching storm. I decided to walk my way home to my apartment today despite the rain and actually enjoyed not having an umbrella for once. As I turned onto 2nd Avenue to head downtown, this track came on. Oddly enough the wind began to race up the Avenue and throw the rain directly at my face. I looked to the sky as Kimbra’s ethereal “oohs” crescendoed through my headphones; I felt like I was in a movie and the camera was panning away as a scene of me walking through the gloomy city faded to the credits. It’s one of those moments that don’t seem real looking back on them because of how perfectly everything surrounding you lined up. Anyway, the moment has passed and this track is what I have left to hold on to.

To be honest, this track is exactly what I needed this Wednesday. I’ve been nursing coffee all day to fight away any sense of tiredness that may creep its way through my body. Thank the musical gods for George Fitzgerald for turning an incredibly (yet oh so wonderful) downer of  song into something that’s ambitiously working to get you moving. Fitzgerald takes the title seriously here and builds the track up out of an ambient minute and a half intro and then drop us into a lush sound-garden of groovy synths and a bouncing electronic beat. Kimbra’s ability to go from an airy, atmospheric tone to a full chest voice within three words is shown off here; complimenting the tension she’s singing about. She wants the prize but not the race; the boy but not the chase.

Need the pulse to feel alive
All the world’s just made it seem all quiet
This has all become far too loud
I like you more when you don’t make a sound
You will come back home when I call
Left no sign, nothing at all
Sorry you won’t fit inside my heart.”

Somehow the contrast between the somber lyrics (which are severely edited down here) and the galaxy-riding production works. Two lulls in the track make for two build ups and two let downs. Unlike the Kimbra’s original song, Fitzgerald’s remix leaves us on the build-up. It simply ends. One last bah-bum-bum and it’s over; clean, simple, and refreshing…just like my walk through the rain. Breathe out guys, we’ve made it over this week’s hump.

Kimbra – Build Up (George Fitzgerald Remix)

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Kimbra – Settle Down (Polaris At Noon Remix)

I was listening to this in my car last night while driving to meet some friends in Santa Barbara for a show and I did one of those double takes at my stereo, like DAMN this beat has some kick.  This track is great on it’s own, I don’t know why I have been putting it off, but there is something even more special about it when its bumping on a really good sound system, you hear are the special little details that you might not have heard on your computer, and I live for those special little details in EVERYTHING! Kimbra floors me with her vocals, I am a sucker for a great vibrato, which some can make you cringe and some can bring tears to your eyes, this is what Kimbra’s voice does for me.  It’s a wonderful mixture of pop and folk that snags your interest because of how unique she sounds.

I wanna settle down
I wanna settle down
Won’t you settle down with me?
Settle down

We can settle at a table
A table for two
Won’t you wine and dine with me?
Settle down

I wanna raise a child
I wanna raise a child
Won’t you raise a child with me
Raise a child

We’ll call her Nebraska
Nebraska Jones
She’ll have your nose
Just so you know

I wanna settle down
I wanna settle down
Won’t you settle down with me?
Settle down

Run from Angela Vickers
I saw her with you
Monday morning small talking on the avenue
She’s got a fancy car
She wants to take you far
From the city lights and sounds deep into the dark

Star so light and star so bright
First star i see tonight!
Star so light and star so bright
Keep him by side!”

It’s never easy to find that one person you can settle down with, that one best friend who you can share the simplest moments with and have it be bliss.  What we are told about love from childhood and what we learn as adults is so much different but I think we should try to remember what we learn as children, how it all seems so simple, because we tend to get caught up in how difficult it is and then that’s when things go wrong.  I feel like that is the deeper meaning in these lyrics, just keep love simple and don’t over complicate.

This is a great track, the feeling and the lyrics, for this Fourth of July, which by the way is one of my favorite Holidays.  So grab some friends, family or a loved one and go the beach/backyard and don’t forget to blast this one on some good speakers, enjoy!

Kimbra – Settle Down (Polaris At Noon Remix)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Janvier 2012

I’m in Cali, the weather is nice, I’m renewing my love for the grind, so many pretty girls, feeling healthy and I’m flying up and down these streets in my A5 with the…

Top like a rock star, I got a fast car 
We can cruise the city, doin’ a buck-sixty … – Jay-Z

To top it off Steph just sent me a new the first LMDM of 2012 – sometimes you just gotta take it all in…

So it’s no secret, I’ve been MIA lately. The move to LA has been nothing close to easy. The first night I set up all my  equipment 4 separate neighbors in my complex complained and my landlord was kind enough to give me the option to move out (1 week after moving in). It’s hard out here for a noisy musician but it’s all good now, I signed the lease on a house in West Hollywood so now I can make all the noise I want. There’s never a valid excuse but with everything finally settling down you can expect EMPT to be back to it’s regularly scheduled programming in no time.

What can I say about this months installment of LMDM that hasn’t already been said about a Michael Jordan, it’s clutch, amazing, the best. As usual Steph turns her own style upside down and brings a flavor and twist to the series we’ve yet to see, I love it. LMDM is always an eclectic experience but this time around theres a very interesting blend of acoustic and electric that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. I’m the biggest fan of all these tapes but this one is special folks, don’t miss out. I’ll let her tell it…

I dont know if its because its winter or what but the slow ones really hooked me for this month. Although there’s something to be said to flip that, slow tunes for warm weather are very fitting sometimes, as well. And this is coming from a girl that prefers to be put to sleep by techno blasting from my speakers, true story, ever since I can remember (since age 11/12 at summer camp…). Anyway, this tape needs to be played with appreciation. Appreciation for the slower ones. As an impatient person wanting everything now now now fast fast fast,  Let it go…it might even start sounding faster and faster, even at the pauses. – Steph

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download

Tracklisting:

  1. Barretso – Mirage
  2. Porcelain Raft – Unless You Speak From Your Heart
  3. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
  4. Zambri – To Keep Back
  5. Youth Lagoon – July
  6. Labyrinth Ear – Humble Bones
  7. King Midas – Goodbye Girl (Kuedo Rework)
  8. The Dø – Too Insistent (Trentemøller Remix)
  9. Giraffage – SLO
  10. Intergalactic Lovers – Fade Away
  11. Nujabes – Dawn on the Side
  12. Polica – Lay Your Cards Out
  13. Pale Seas – Amour

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Kimbra – Settle Down

“Is the sweetheart you married the husband you expected him to be?”

Spending a week in the Dominican Republic with family and then coming back to the city sure has made me realize that people here in New York seem…individualistic compared to the folks there. I don’t say this in a negative way. I’m not going to blurt out all of my family vacation here but I will share one litlle thing: every aunt/uncle/etc. I visited was curious about the same thing: “So Julia, no boyfriend in site?”

 It’s kinda funny really, how important family and marriage is for these people. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just had a little bit of trouble explaining what a liberal arts degree is and why I had to finish dealing with my studies before I uh…you know, started popping babies? Oh yeah, don’t even mention the fuss one or two made about the fact that I chopped my long locks off to a boy-cut. Ay Dios mío…

Then, since I’ve been back, I’ve started watching Mad Men for some reason, and this whole Marriage talk is being hammered into my head still. Hah, it’s like the Universe is trying to tell me something…

Overall the whole issue isn’t very serious to me, but I know it’s in the future somewhere I guess. Still, I always seem to approach the subject with humor and a bit of sarcasm. I think Melbourne-based Kimbra really gets at the subject in a quirky way with her single “Settle Down.” Kimbra loops her voice to create various beats that come and go throughout the track. The way she uses the term “settle down” (“I wanna settle down, I wanna bring you down”) sheds lights on a whole other meaning for the phrase.  The song is great, and the lyrics are quite funny I think; but the video really does it for me. Plus, this stylish lady is a delight to watch.

Kimbra- Settle Down

If a woman with a beautiful voice and a killer attitude slapped Mad Men it would look and sound like this. Don’t get me wrong though, I have no complaints about Don Draper.

Also, as a Bonus: Check out this beautiful song/video by singer Gotye featuring Kimbra; my friend linked me to this song and thus I found Kimbra, whose debut album “Vows” is due for release in September.

Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

-Julia

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Kimbra – Settle Down (Penguin Prison Remix)

I got a press release last week telling me about the Penguin Prison Remix of Kimbra’s Settle Down. I overlooked it then but boy am I glad I went back for that one because this song is up there and I’m not just talking about the remix – here’s the video for the original…

I don’t know much about Kimbra except that she was recently featured on the Miami Horror track I Look To You which is also worth checking out if you haven’t already. If it’s not obvious enough this song is about acting out on those little girl dreams to get married, get out of the game, have kids and live the fantasy. The video portrays the sort of bittersweet reality that sometimes comes with living the dream, the weird thing about it is how they use teenage girls to portray it. I was never a little girl and getting married is behind the last thing on my mind at this point but I can always appreciate a good daydream. Great songs on both ends, enjoy.

Kimbra- Settle Down (Penguin Prison Remix)

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Miami Horror – I Look To You (Feat. Kimbra)

Here I am again in the city
With a fist full of dollars and baby you gotta believe:
I’m back!
Back in the New York groove
I’m back
Back in the New York groove… – Hello (1975, New York Groove)

I just spent an overdue weekend out in South Hampton and who knew what a little fresh air and tennis could do so much for the spirit cause I’m back looking for the game like left something. I needed a song today that fit the fast life and pulse of this Miami Horror sounds custom made for this Monday morning. Not to mention how to the lyrics completely coincide some of the latest paradigms about time and control that we’ve started to understand…

I look to you…
The future we’ve found
To stay here on higher ground
I wanna change the future as I look into your eyes.”

There’s a sort of irony to the concept of being in the moment because if you don’t have a broad perspective and understanding of the future you’ll never truly be able to live in the moment. Having the confidence and understanding that the bright future is ahead eliminates a lot of the BS people deal with. Every single person on this earth is the most impressive and worthy creation in existence. I mean have you ever taken a moment to think about how impressive your make up is? We have super computers and mind blowing technology all over the place but still nothing comes anywhere close to our makeup. That said, all the hate and bitterness is simply not worthy of that wonderful reality. Kevin pointed out a line from Up All Night that pretty much explains it all…

F$&k I look like yo?
I look like yes and you look like no…” – Nicki Minaj

I would not want to look like no. Anyways, if you’re working hard, moving forward and keeping yourself in constant check you lose the ability to worry and can truly indulge in the moment. The past, well that doesn’t even exist so learn your lessons and say goodbye. Whenever you do think of the future you smile at the thought of how something can possibly be better than the most precious gift life gives us – right now. Enjoy.

The future we’ve found
To stay here on higher ground…”

Miami Horror – I Look To You (Feat. Kimbra)