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

As we proceed, to give you what you need…”

Time flies when you’re having fun man. Lately I’ve taken to myself, embraced being alone and finding my zone, it’s a beautiful thing. That’s where I was when I started EMPT, met Steph and built the ground work for all that is my life today. I run with a lot of creative people, not just creative in the sense of painting a picture but people that lead creative alternative lifestyles, rebels who create their worlds. Whenever I lock into my zone they’re right there with me and we make something from nothing. We do it effortlessly and have much fun…

Lookin back I did the shit to death
I guess I ain’t killin it this rhyme, I’m here to raise the dead
I’m here to raise the stakes, this time it’s ten mill
Supply the sink ill, ship five and then build…” – Fat Joe

We’re about to partner up with a radio station in Miami to stream LMDM and DJ at Art Basel and I was looking back at all the tapes we’ve done so far and I gotta tip my hat to Steph and say thank you. You’ve been at this for so long, you saw something in EMPT before it was anything and have been riding with me since. It’s been an exciting ride and we continue to do great but it’s definitely time to get back and beyond what we were before I left New York. EMPT is my DNA and I know it’s growth falls on me and no one else, I’ve tried getting help with no real success but I’m back in my zone and as happy as I am with what we’ve done, I’m not the type of guy to rest on his laurels…

Overly focused it’s far from the time to rest now…” – Drake

So just like that we’re on the 4th and final tape of the awesome mini-mix edition of LMDM. It’s a bittersweet symphony to be honest, I could get use to having Steph pick my music everyday! This tape like the 3 before it is phenomenal and brings us up to date on the internets longest running, most consistent, most eclectic, best curated, most loved mixtape. I’m the luckiest guy on earth to have Steph grace us with her music, I’ve said it before and I’ll never stop, enjoy.

Tracklisting:

  1. Sam Smith – Nirvana (TIP’s Promised Land Remix)
  2. Elephant – Shapeshifter
  3. Foals – Out Of The Woods (Kulkid Remix)
  4. Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me (Flight Facilities Graceland Remix)
  5. COMA – Les Dilettantes (Roosevelt Mix)

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Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (Kulkid Remix)

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I used to believe that I understood Lana Del Rey, but I was sadly mistaken. That is until her contribution to the steller Great Gatsby soundtrack, “Young and Beautiful,” premiered a little over a week ago. The full OST and movie for the matter haven’t even been released yet and I’m already obsessed. I blame much of who I am today on Baz Luhrmann. Romeo + Juliet blew me away and Moulin Rouge! was the first movie to ever make me cry (I’m not ashamed to say I’ve got a soft spot for doomed love set to an ostentatious plot and musical score). The latter continues to inspire me today, and I’ve a strong feeling his vision for Gatsby will do the same. Anyway! I digress. Back to the music.

Like I said, I thought I was on board the Lana train, but I wasn’t. After I heard this track, I just nodded my head and said, “I get it now.” This is her auto-biography. This is her message, look, and ethos all packed into one of the grandest musical moments of the 2010’s. I was hesitant when a friend sent me this remix because of how powerful the original is, but Kulkid has done it — he’s managed to make a grand macabre ballad into a grand macabre dance track that makes it okay to feel something on the dance floor.

It’s a simple synth melody and drum beat, really, but it’s enough to transport you to space. Lana embodies the story this track tells. The fear that we’re only attractive and wanted when we’re in our youth is as strong as the fear that your lover may wake up tomorrow and suddenly, for whatever reason, be out of love with you. Themes of west coast opulence and rock n’ roll grunge melt together in a way that really only Lana can do, and none of that is lost in Kulkid’s vision. He’s kept the remix minimal so that we focus on the words of the track. It’s a bold move, in my opinion, but it works.

Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (Kulkid Remix)