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Son Lux ft. Lorde – Easy (Switch Screens)

Deep baritone sax, unpredictable electric guitar, and a sultry, eerie voice combine to create a rich balance between Son Lux’s instrumentals and Lorde’s intermittent vocals.

Although repetitive, the lyrics speak a simple message of idealized thought versus reality of human nature. If only it were so easy to inhibit the aftershock of heartbreak. How simple it is on paper, to overcome ill emotions. Easy, right? Just get rid of the pain. Just,

pull out the heart that keeps you feeling alone

Lorde has been blowing up on the music scene lately, yet this is the first time I’ve heard her in an instrument-centric song. Because she doesn’t play any instruments, her album “Pure Heroine” focuses greatly on her voice. Lorde had been covering “Easy” on tour in 2013, and recently remixed it with Ryan Lott (AKA Son Lux) to feature simple drums, deep brass, and an uncontrollable electric guitar. Her complex voice pairs well with the producer’s creepy, mysterious sounds to create a dark, contemplative mood for the listener. An interesting curve takes us off course for a spontaneous 30-second release of distorted instrumentals. If you’re not one for noise, you may not enjoy this segment as much as the rest of the song.

“Easy (Switch Screens)” is part of Son Lux’s recent 4-track release, “Alternate Worlds.” It is available now digitally and will be released on limited-edition vinyl at the end of May. Lott has also been working with indie songwriter Sufjan Stevens and rapper Serengeti in a collaboration called Sisyphus, which formed in 2012. They released their debut earlier this year. Keep your ears pricked and hopes high for another collaboration between the pair.

Son Lux ft. Lorde – Easy (Switch Screens)

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

First off all, this mini-mix is amazing. As usual Steph’s selections are fantastic but the story told and vibe really take it over the top, DON’T SLEEP people! Ok, on to todays thoughts…

Can we get much higher?”

They say never forget where you came from so every now and then when I realize how far I’ve come I try to relive those olden days. Lately though, that exercise is becoming more and more challenging because I’m starting to think that phrases like “never forget where you came from” are one of the many social mechanisms designed to uphold the trap and create limits. I read a post on Cyrus Pavel that sums it up quite nicely…

Everything we know, we are taught.  Everything we “believe” has been curated into our ideologies.  But what about those things that exist out there which we still have no idea of?  Unearthed elements to the periodic table, technologies that will wire our brains to manipulate our own bodies in order to take flight. 

When people are electrocuted and thrown far distances, it is the result of sudden and very violent muscle contractions and not the result of the shock, which means that we have the ability within us to do much more with our bodies than we have been taught.  “Taught” being the key word. 

You might think that if we wanted to be immortal, we could, but we don’t know how to do so yet.  One might say that love isn’t supposed to be forever, yet we don’t know what kind of life exists after death, so maybe, just maybe, love is the only thing that does continue on. 

But, we have a lot to think about, both you and I, because if things are that easy then we truly have not really evolved much as a species.  In the interim, machines are rising like a sci-fi flick at exponential rates, and we’re still asking ourselves the same questions that Socrates and Plato did…

The LMDM Septembre Mini-Mix starts with Wise Blood’s Alarm, which just explains it all right now…

I can’t think, with someone sitting right in from of me. I need my personal space…

Constantly in front of all of us culture, television, music, screens, the matrix. Don’t accept conventional wisdom and protect mind. Like I said, the zone this tape captures is fantastic. It’s thoughtful, chill and banging at the same time. The best art captures the full spectrum, Stephs art does that effortlessly. The whole mini-mix series so far is knocking my socks off, enjoy.

Tracklisting:

  1. WiseBlood – Alarm
  2. Lorde – Million Dollar Bills
  3. Clubfeet – Cape Town (Panama Remix)
  4. Micachu & the Shapes – Low Dogg
  5. Bonobo – Cirrus
  6. Serren – Control Me (Feat. American Folly)
  7. Keys and Krates – Dum Dee Dum

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Lorde – Bravado (FFFRRANNNO Remix)

bra·va·do:   n. pl. bra·va·dos or bra·va·does

1. a. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.
     b. A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
2. A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.
Bravado is a good word. I love the definition. To me, it means pulling yourself up from your bootstraps because you have to, not because you want to. And sometimes you need to do just that. It means putting on a face because you feel like it will make things easier for other people, not because you have a reason to smile.
I found myself sitting on a patio in LA last night as it was just spitting on the city. Not rain. Just an awkward mist that leaves you in this limbo of not quite wet, not quite dry. Not quite happy, but you don’t know what you are unhappy about. I feel like there is a similar attitude in this song from Lorde. Lorde was recently featured on EMPT for her mash-up with Biggie (if you have not already, look this up immediately after you enjoy this track). The lyrics to Bravado sends a depressing message about putting on a show, a façade of courage and stardom. The remix that New Zealand beatmaker FFFRRANNNO created makes this darkly worded song into a delightful dance number. His bravado being that he has taken this darkly worded song and made you smile and dance. A true act of defiance against a bad mood song.
I had a talk with someone on that porch last night. She tried to lift me up with some words of encouragement. I feel like so many of my friends are in this state of limbo. They are fine, but not totally satisfied . What is wrong with this? With us? Her bravado was much more believable than mine.
It’s fine. I’m just being dramatic.

Lorde – Bravado (FFFRRANNNO Remix)

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Lorde – Royals

Hot damn. I guess I need to do some serious re-evaluating because I am not sixteen years old and I am definitely not turning out this kind of music. I’m not turning out any music at all, actually. I’m singing in my shower and calling it art, while this young lady who goes by the name of Lorde does pretty things with her voice while casually talking about the subjects of hip-hop these days.

But every song’s like:
Gold teeth
Grey Goose
Tripping in the bathroom
Bloodstains
Ball gowns
Trashing the hotel room
We don’t care, we’re driving cadillacs in our dreams

The snaps and background harmonies give the track an almost royal feeling, despite the non-royal content of the song. Mostly, I’m just blown away by the fact that this girl is sixteen years old. Does that not make anyone else feel really old? I feel really old and I’m not old at all. No but it actually makes me really happy, I’m glad that there are chicks singing and representing us ladies at such a young age. I’ve heard a lot about young talent in the past six months and it just makes me more happy and excited for the future of our music.

Lorde is from New Zealand, which makes me happy. I like the people that I’ve met from New Zealand, so maybe I’m a little biased, but she’s probably really fun to chill with. I don’t know why I think about that when I listen to music that I like. A little part of me always hopes that the music maker is as lovely as their music is.

Lorde – Royals