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Kris Menace Featuring Black Hills – Waiting For You (Oliver Remix)

Can you imagine what the world is going to look like in five years? In ten?

The march of progress, in technology and culture, is inexorable. The really great thing about it? Our vision of tomorrow is constantly shifting. So which future are you looking forward to? There’s those that think our urban centers are going to take an agrarian turn. I’m not talking farms in your backyard as much as massive towers, smartly laid out with open indoor green spaces and fauna covering the exterior, that are more organic than they are pre-fab. Hell, some close friends of mine are looking forward to getting uploaded to the internet, Matrix-style.

Though it is looking less and less likely an outcome, there will always be a spot in my heart for some kind of Blade Runner-esque metropolis. With less grime, of course. At least that possible future has a bit of character to it! A bit of grit to go along with the towers imposing their size and geometry against the sky and the sleek user interfaces of our floating Minority Report computer screens.

I’ve been biased by today’s musical selection. It’s impossible not to conjure those visions while Kris Menace Featuring Black Hills’ Waiting For You (Oliver Remix) is pumping through my headphones.

Well, there’s a bit more glamour and glitz in Waiting For You. But the vibe is about right. The synths alternatively twinkle and warble high in the mix or they’re providing the full-bodied mid-range bounce. The remix manages this wholly contemporary trick of integrating some of dubstep’s penchant for glitchy maximalism, nu-disco’s devotion to melody, and a very 80s brand of confidence.

No matter what philosophy on where the world is going you subscribe to, I’m certain you’ll be able to get down with this.

Kris Menace Featuring Black Hills – Waiting For You (Oliver Remix)

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Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis

Listening to this song makes me want to get on the Westside highway and get Denny Hamlin on these slow sons of snitches. In fact, with all the new things happening and all the old nonsense we’ve had to overcome to keep EMPT thriving this song makes me want to go fast period…

This is my ending and my new beginning, Nostalgia
Alpha and Omega places, It’s like a glitch in the Matrix… – Nas (Stillmatic)

They say patience is a virtue but that doesn’t mean one should loose a sense of urgency and speed. The truth is speed is just another one of those misunderstood concepts that we can completely control if we really want to. You ever notice how really good althletes have the ability to slow things down, for example how a gifted Nascar driver can avoid a crash going 200 miles an hour. How about a football player who catches a ball flying down the sideline and still has the precense of mind to put both his feet down a split second before he gets the life knocked out of him by a defender. Anyone that’s been in a car accident will always talk about how slow everything happens. To most of us this is a survival mechanism, yet some people turn it into careers. Contrary to popular belief, all that ability is learned but they don’t really teach that in school…

The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity. – The Art of Learning

I don’t know what all this has to do with today’s song but this is how it made me feel…

Just my thoughts ladies and gentleman, just what I’m feeling at the time… – Jay-Z (The Ruler’s Back)

That said I gotta get my ass of this chair and hit the ground running, enjoy.

Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis

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Kris Menace – Lightning

Kris Menace exploded to the scene in 2005 with his hit single Discopolis, a collaboration with Lifelike that took the house scene and Ibiza by storm. WARNING: To all the girls reading this, this video is for boys, unless your a girl that likes girls, which is totally cool with me. The video is basically an extremely sexy, exotic girl in a very revealing bikini being focused on the ENTIRE time. There’s a good chance you’ll be offended in one way or another, just putting it out there. The video was shot at some ridiculous space age bachelor pad in Ibiza, gotta love it.

I learned about Menace through his work with Fred Falke, the producer who single-handedly seduced me into the glamorous world of contemporary French house. I don’t know how these guys do it but somehow they create this elegant style of dance music that makes you feel like jet-setting, watching F-1 races, drinking excessive amounts of champagne and party all the time. Lightning is a track Menance did way back in ’09 and was recently revived by a mashup with The Dream’s Walking On The Moon. To all the office folk, put this one on and take a trip for the next 3 minutes, enjoy.

Kris Menace – Lightning

Kris Menace & The Dream – Walking On Lightning (U-Tern Blend)