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Saint Michel – Katherine (Lifelike Remix)

Today I’m packing Part I of my stuff as I prepare to move back from Bogotá to Santo Domingo in January. As I do this, it is my will to turn back time a bit so my 9 months here last a little longer. That’s why I dug three months back into my music archive for a song that brought some of the best memories of my time living in this amazing city. That’s what brings us to this joint, which was the most abused track on my iTunes three months ago. I hit it the same way it hits me – In the heart and the feet.

Meet Katherine, remixed in a way that couldn’t get any more french. Both the dynamic duo Saint Michel and Lifelike are all french and the disco housed funk in this track is all that is good with french electronic music. It’s a friday tune, so it has a kick, and oh is it a serious one. Right from the get-go you can feel the song’s mean energy, and the good thing is it doesn’t let go of you until the end. There’s a really big chance that if you hit play before reading this post, by now, you are at least tapping your feet to the rhythm.

The song was released last september and it is one of the most sought after french nu disco releases of this year’s last quarter.

“Katherine, the princess all die
Only fairy tales we’ve tried,
Don’t know who I am
Katherine, I wish you to be mine.”

Saint Michel – Katherine (Lifelike Remix)

 

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Lifelike & Popular Computer – Getting High (Pyramid Remix)

Initial impression: Stunned. As I slipped the headphones over my ears, the sensations were already pouring out of the stereo, and I felt myself slipping, slowly and generously into Pyramid‘s rendition of what was an electro/funk vortex. The original version feels a little like a scene out of Scarface, somewhere between a leisure suit and a pile of cocaine. It’s awesomely energetic and features an undeniable beat-drop-build-up. Lifelike and Popular Computer each craft their own special blends of electronic and club music. Lifelike is rowdy and bouncy, Popular Computer is old school smooth and Pyramid completes the French trifecta with his fourth dimension spatiality.

Meanwhile what is so fascinating about this remix is the genre jumping that takes place. Pyramid deconstructs Getting High and creates this cavernous experience. Where the original was chaotically enticing, Pyramid invites you to slow down and pass the proverbial dream stick. The result is intoxicating and sensual and will likely make you want to get high if you aren’t already. So I encourage you to find the most comfortable chair nearby, crank the volume and sink into this remix.

Lifelike & Popular Computer – Getting High (Pyramid Remix)

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Visitor – Coming Home (Lifelike Remix)

On September 10th, Visitor will finally unleash their “Coming Home” EP, equipped with a Pu Pu Platter of remixes courtesy of Lifelike, Viceroy, FM Attack, Vanguard and a slew of other sexy music making superheroes. The EP was teased what feels like over a year ago in a Fear of Tigers podcast in which he unleashed Lifelike’s remix, and is a two pronged work of surreal, new wave electro-pop anthems.

Like anything Visitor births, “Coming Home” is an essential, roller coaster piece of electro-pop driven by synths, melting 80s-ish vocals, and sugary lust. It’s the type of song that transports you inside of a Sega Genesis, when you ran around in circles with Sonic the Hedgehog racking up gold circles with that silly haircut and shoe combo, and bringing a world of pain unto Doctor Eggman. (Note: if they make that game for the Wii, these songs definitely belong on the soundtrack.)

All I have to listen to in iTunes now is this rip of Lifelike‘s remix, which once again demonstrates his utter mastery of that dreamy French touch sound. While I doubt the incessant stuttering “Cuh” intro from the rip will be a part of the official release, it’s kind of grown on me. Keep an eye out for the other remixes and the next time you’re heading home from a rough day at the office or for a family reunion, toss this one on. It’ll set the mood.

Visitor – Coming Home (Lifelike Remix)

Bonus:

Their remix to Lifelike and Yota’s party anthem is a late night babymaking machine/workout playlist gem.

Lifelike – Love Emulator (Visitor Remix)

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The Presets – This Boy’s In Love (Lifelike Remix)

Someone left a comment requesting that we get back to posting more electro…

C’est vraiment super, mais il manque peut etre quelque chose encore, genre un peu plus d’electro et des sons un peu plus récents!
Sinon c’est parfait! 😉

C’est vraiment super, mais il manque peut etre quelque chose encore, genre un peu plus d’electro et des sons un peu plus récents! Sinon c’est parfait! 😉

It’s funny because I was thinking the same thing but December in the music industry isn’t exactly the most happening time so things have been on the chill side as of late. For me though the holidays always meant a 4 week tours around the U.S. so despite the general laziness I’m still a hundred miles and running. There’s no tour this year but my the growth of EMPT is certainly keeping me busy. I’ve been in meetings all morning, still in an epic legal battle with my crooked ex business partner, I’m hunting down a restaurant that owes me money and on and on and on. Needless to say, today’s post definitely called for something a little more upbeat so I went back to one of my favorite albums from 2008 – Apocalyso by The Presets. One the bonus tracks on that was Lifelike’s remix of This Boy’s In Love, a track I couldn’t get enough of back then and as I listen to it now I remember why.

Things are busy and they have been for a while and I can only be thankful for it. I’ve been very lucky to have people around me that believe in me and that believe in my very unorthodox ideas and lifestyle. With all that’s going on, all thats happened I still feel like nothing has happened and my ambition is greater than ever.

Man, I make a buck, why scram?
I’m trying to show y’all who the fuck I am” – Clipse

I was at Estiatorio Milo last night with my girlfriend. The restaurant was packed with 50 to 60 year old business celebrities that you’ve never heard of but run New York City. I’m just a kid from Harlem so being around that was inspiring in itself but it really showed me just how much work there is to be done. New York City is not a place for the faint at heart, balancing tradition and ambition here is damn near impossible but no one said it was going to be easy and Amare Stoudemire will tell you quick that there’s NOTHING like winning in New York…

This boy’s in love, love.
This boy’s in love, under city lights.

I’ve been playing This Boy’s In Love on repeat while writing this. There’s something about that track that just puts you in that go getter mood, that get get up and go attitude, that take over the world type shit. Speaking of hustle, I gotta get back to work, let’s get it!

The Presets – This Boy’s In Love (Lifelike 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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M.I.A. – Boys (The Twelves Remix)

First of all, this remix is amazing. Now that we’ve addressed that let’s go to the post… While everyone was at the Jay-Z concert on Friday I chose to go seek out some business and catch The Twelves DJ set at NYC’s Webster Hall. I got to the event pretty early so by the time the Brazilian duo started rocking I was a bit tired but my what good music can do for your energy.

In short, The Twelves aren’t the most technical of DJ’s; you won’t get much scratching, looping or cutting from their set, but what you will get is impeccable taste, great song selection and seamless execution.  As many of you know, one of the most exiting things about these guys is their knack for unique dance remixes and their set on Friday had some cool ones I’d yet to hear.  The best part of the show was in fact the remixes, their production decisions and style are nearly unmatched in the remix game, it’s very impressive.  So without further ado, I bring you a special treat today, The Twelves first official mixtape – 30 Minutes of Twelves. After this tape they’ve released another called Episode II, which I also have but will save for part 2 of this post. In the meantime make your Monday a good one and put this on at work, you won’t regret it. To be continued…

M.I.A. – Boyz (The Twelves Remix)

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The Twelves – 30 Minutes of Twelves (Download)