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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler

I was in complete denial about summer ending till I went to the Caribbean this weekend and felt that amazing Cabarete beach weather – yeah summer is over. I’ve been traveling a lot my whole life, there’s something about waking up in different countries within a matter of days that does it for me. I’ll never take that for granted and music has made it possible so cheers to that.

I woke up this morning still feeling like an islander but regaining my New York State of Mind and the first thing I did was put on the new anti-winter tape. The weather in NYC is fantastic, it’s in that perfect limbo between hot and cold, it feels like change and this new tape compliments that to perfection. The opening sequence here is wonderful, Trophy Wife to Poolside’s blissful cover of Harvest Moon and then Fleetwood Mac and on and on, all I could do was lay in bed with a smile. Ryan has a knack for blending traditionally unrelated beautiful music in a way you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else and I highly appreciate it.

We sparked a doobie at like 8 am on Sunday morning after our DJ set with the one of the executives behind the weekend long event. Long story short, he was telling us how his companies creative approach is to introduce people to art they’re not familiar with. He goes out of his way to fly in acts from around the world to give the Dominican audience something new and refreshing. I loved hearing that and listening to Ryans eclectic selection brings me right back to that moment. Life is full of endless possibilities, limitless offerings and  keeping an open mind to explore all of it makes ones experience that much richer. Anyways, press play in the latest installment of anti-winter, start your day off in style and expand those musical horizons, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n  t i – w i n t e r 2c

1. Canopy Shade – TROPHY WIFE (PRODUCED BY PLAID AND TROPHY WIFE)
2. Harvest Moon  – POOLSIDE
3. Sweet Little Lies – FLEETWOOD MAC
4. Strange Days – THE DOORS (THIEVERY CORP.)
5. Chlorophyl – MILLIONYOUNG
6. So Free (Feat. Paula Abdul) – SHINE 2009 (JENSON SPORTAG MIX)
7. Surf Erie – MONSTER RALLY
8. Self Control – SUNDAY GIRL (YOUNG EMPIRES REMIX)
9. Sun Goddess – HENRY MANCIINI
10. Southern Shores – BONFIRE
11. Record Collection (Perseus Karaoke Mix) – MARK RONSON ( PERSEUS MIX)
12. Self Control (Young Empires remix)
13. ’99 Style – POKA
14. Beach Slalom – BOS ANGELES
15. TLC – FISHING
16. The Devil Gives Me Everything Except What I Need – WILLIE WEST
17. Promise Me Eternity – MOOD RINGS
18. Blue Moon – ELVIS (THE SUN SESSIONS)

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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Bob Dylan – Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) (Mark Ronson Remix)

You say you love me
And you’re thinkin’ of me,
But you know you could be wrong.”

Incredible poetry. These lyrics are about a guy whose tired of his girls indecision but has great perspective and is ready to move on. The girl seems to like him but probably for the wrong reasons so he’s acknowledges some of the feelings she may be hiding or repressing. Usually when you call out a girl on something like that it just makes her want you more, girls can’t resist a guy with clear vision and understanding. Some people get bothered by reality, some people love it. The older I get the more romantic I find reality because it lets you move on faster and get to the better more meaningful things without wasting to much time. In my opinion it also makes you happier because you never get to the point that you feel stuck in something you don’t want. This type of thinking and attitude were dominant in the ’60s and I couldn’t agree more. Life is short man and since it’s all perspective you just gotta see it the right way, enjoy.

Bob Dylan – Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) (Mark Ronson Remix)

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Mark Ronson – Ooh Wee (Feat. Ghostface Killah & Nate Dogg)

I was talking to my roommate about the death of hip-hop and then I thought to myself, imagine how people who grew during the golden age of Rock & Roll must feel about rock now? But that’s as far as the questioning went, I’ve never been one to care much for this type of conversation, all good things must come to an end to make room for the next good thing, and since there are endless possibilities it’s not worth much trying to hold on. I think it’s more important to create something new using inspiration from the past but just trying to hold on to the past alone can really limit your ability to experience new and exciting things which in the end might actually end up better then what your desperately trying to maintain.

Mark Ronson is one of those quality producers who understands this concept. Constantly blending all sorts of genres, styles and era’s, he creates music that keeps things moving forward while acknoleding the greatestness that’s come before him. I could talk for days about this but as usual Fridays non-stop and I’m finishing this as I walk into my next meeting, enjoy.

Mark Ronson – Ooh Wee (Feat. Ghostface Killah & Nate Dogg)

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Miike Snow – Animal

A lot of people don’t know this but Miike Snow is produced by the same guys who produced some of Britney Spears’ biggest hits! That right the guys who helped make Animal are the same guys who wrote and produced Toxic, Radar and Piece of Me. You have to love the power of not being famous, no one expects anything specific from you and you’re limitless in terms of how you can express yourself. Which brings me to a point I’ve wanted to make for quite some time.

A lot of social norms and silly concepts make people believe they have to act or behave a certain way which in turn creates all sorts limits in terms of expression. My view on that is f&$k that, my form is no form because life isn’t about formulas, it’s about flexibility and living in accordance to one’s unique disposition. For a person to follow a way of life that doesn’t truly suit their own needs would be nothing short of idiotic. That apply’s to everything, work, art, taste, sex, everything. I’m saying all this because I like how Bloodshy & Avant go about their business, whereas a lot of other producers and artists live in a box making solely what others expect of them without ever really expressing themselves.

That said, Miike Snow’s self-titled LP does not fall in that category. I’ve heard people call their music emotional-pop but since when does talking about something real make you emotional? The insecurities never end with people. Animal, one of the albums most noteworthy tracks is not only an outstanding production but also has really great lyrics. Basically, the song is about coming to that cross roads when you realize that the things you may have valued before don’t really give you the satisfaction and fulfillment you expected. The answers you thought would solve all your problems only led to more questions and now you’ve come to realize that in the end your just, well, an animal. To me, that means that happyness and fulfillment are a lot simpler to achieve then the world makes you believe because it is all internal and has nothing to do with “Money, money, money,” or anything else external for that matter. “I’m still, I’m still an animal” is just a metaphor for constantly maintaining that perspective.

As an over-ambitious 23 year old I went through the same thing so this song strikes a particular chord for me. Anyways, today felt like a good day for this song, it’s fall in the city and the air feels great, this post is already too long let me stop talking so you can continue listening, enjoy.

Miike Snow – Animal

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Miike Snow – Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)

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Mark Ronson – Toxic (Feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Tiggers)

I’m taking it way back today, back to a time when not even twitter existed – 2007.  It was in that ancient time when Mark Ronson released a cover album called Version.  The last track I posted from that album was Lily Allen’s amazing cover of the Kaiser Chiefs’ Oh My God, if you’re new around these parts, do a quick search on the blog and check it out, it’s well worth the listen.  This time around I’m posting Ronson’s rendition Britney’s infectious hit Toxic.  Ronson adds some NYC to it by including hip hops grittiest rapper, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

You’re probably asking yourself, what kind of stupid name is ODB? Well, believe it or not there’s actually a very bad ass reason why he picked that name.  Ol’ Dirty Bastard basically means that his style is so unique and original that no man could have fathered it.  That may not mean a lot to some but for those of us into competition and the arts that concept is particularly dear.  Also, if you listen to any of ODB’s early Wu-Tang records you’ll see just how much sense that name makes.  Here’s the Ronson version of Toxic to get your Friday going, enjoy.

Mark Ronson – Toxic (Feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Tiggers)

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