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Ibeyi – Better In Tune With The Infinite (Jay Electronica Cover)

Not many words are necessary to describe this song, and if you watch below you’ll see for yourself. It’s simple and to the point. It somehow evokes multiple spouts of goosebumps with beautiful harmonies and minimal percussion. The twins of Ibeyi took out none of the soul of Jay Electronica’s original, but twisted it in a way that touches a different part of my inner being.

Go take a walk, listen to this song, look up at the sky, let the melody take your mind away from your physical being. Let your mind wander.. because when’s the last time you truly did?

Ibeyi’s album is set to be released in February, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Sam and Dave – Sooth Me (Live)

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I used to be up on all the new shit.

By the time you were saying “OMG have you heard of XYZ band?” I’d have downloaded their discography, played you their best songs (though at the time you couldn’t be bothered and clearly don’t remember) and moved on to the next hot sound. I can’t tell you how many times I went to shows with under 50 people for under $20, and the next time that act came through town prices were through the roof and the rooms were packed beyond capacity.

That was then.

Now, when my friends ask me to send them good new music, I feel embarrassed and direct them to my fellow EMPT writers’ posts. I’ve lost touch. Partially this is a function of new technology, especially streaming services that offer a music discovery platform that doesn’t require any effort on my part. I can build a Spotify playlist and let those proprietary Swedish algorithms do the rest. And really, I don’t have the time anymore to “crate dig” across the blogosphere. Commute+job+pet+life.

But if a friend asks me for some “good music,” I’m never at a loss for words.

If we’re being honest, the best music ever recorded hasn’t come out in the past 10 or even 20 years, with a few notable exceptions. With the rise of studio technology and autotune-esque band-aids, much of the raw authenticity that marked early recordings has vanished.

Listen to the passion Sam and Dave exude on this recording of “Sooth Me” (which I believe was recorded in Paris, 1967). The Sultans of Sweat, as they were known, knew how to put on a show. There were no backup dancers or props. There were no illusions as to what the audience was seeing or hearing. Two men and a band, on stage, in the flesh, bringing the roof down, every night – these were the men, after all, that introduced the word “soul” into the musical lexicon of white America.

This post is for all of you who are up on the new shit. It’s cool for a while, but how much will you really remember, or will you want to pass on to your kids? Next time you go on a blog dive, take a gander at some charts from the 30s-early 70s instead. You may be surprised at the gems you never knew existed.

Sam and Dave –  Sooth Me (Live)

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Michael Jackson & James Brown – I Love You

My friend Devin sent me these 3 minutes and 34 seconds of amazing this morning and I had to share it with you. Two of the most talented humans the world has ever seen expressing a love and appreciation for each other no phony could ever understand.

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” – OSHO

To all the EMPT readers, this is how I feel…

I Love You.”

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Gotye – Thanks For Your Time

I think at this point in time, you guys are fully aware of my love for all things Gotye. What a groovy guy. I saw him perform live for the second time last week in Brooklyn, and I was just as blown away, if not more, than the first time I saw him at Terminal 5. As I’ve raved about the live performance before, I won’t get into specifics all over again. Though there were a couple of minor details that I noticed, that are definitely worth mentioning. First, the bass player. I have no idea where Gotye found him, but the man can do great things to a bass guitar. Whenever a new funky bass-line was introduced to us, it felt like our hand was being held through the song. I think I actually said that exact thing at one point during the show.

Besides Gotye’s angelic voice and success at dealing with shitty on stage technical problems (during State of the Art in particular, it seemed like the band was having a lot of trouble with a number of sounds), the video projections could not have been more fitting. The video for this song in particular had me in total awe, so I’ve included it in this post for your viewing pleasure.

I guess you could say I’ve been obsessed with this song ever since I woke up singing it this week. Coincidentally, it was the same morning I woke up sobbing from a nightmare I had, but I took it as a positive sign. It was the strangest sensation ever, to be totally immersed in a dream, very real in feeling, and then to wake up doing exactly what I had been doing in the dream. Simultaneously, this song was playing in my head. It was all too strange and I can only blame the full moon. Although a nightmare can sometimes shake up your entire day, as it tends to do with me, this song offered a lot of happiness and funk to what could have been a terrible day.

Enjoy!

Gotye – Thanks For Your Time

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Justice – Genesis (Live)

I can’t tell if I’m hearing a crowd screaming in excitement or shrieking in fear of some horrific event about to take their lives. Either way, nice track by some of the coolest cats around. Rock on.

Justice – Genesis (Live)