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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Fevrier 2014

I know I know, it’s the middle of March and we’re just releasing LMDM Fevrier, we’re naughty bloggers but I promise these delays will stop! We have a great team of writers but I personally work on LMDM so if I don’t get around to it, it just doesn’t happen. On top of that my life for the last two years has been a high speed race man, I haven’t had much help so it’s taking a while to figure out how to be freakishly productive while maintaining some resemblance of a life.

As many of you know I went from being a producer & blogger to the Creative Director of The Playlist Generation and it’s been no walk in the park. From selecting the music that plays at all The Standards, PF Changs, Intermix stores, Baccarat to brag about a few, the kid barely has time for much else. Part of the reason why I haven’t handed off LMDM is because it’s one of the few times when I can turn off and escape from being the curator and dive into someone else’s world. Sure I could go listen to some name brand DJ mix the same tracks everybody and their grandma is playing in sets but I like that boutique, custom made, one of one high touch type shit. You know that Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Steph Lund type shit.

Like all the beloved tapes that have come before it, LMDM Fevrier is an adventure. This one is particularly beautiful and romantic, strictly for the space age lovers. The tape speaks to selectivity which in this age of over saturated everything is more important than ever. It’s so interesting how Steph manages to tell such unique stories every time, I know I’m preaching to the choir but this shit is fresh, don’t sleep folks. I won’t even pretend like I can rationalize the selections but just know that all things are considered a blend of styles and genres only Steph can mastermind.

I’ve had this one since the end of February  but with SXSW and a ton of work I just haven’t gotten around to it. Besides that I wanted to make it using a new toy HP sent me a couple of months back, the ol’ Split X2. So yesteraday I went to a coffee shop, learned some new software and mixed the tape on a touchscreen, welcome to the space age. You know you’re doing something right when you get the cool young folks at corporations hitting you up about collaborations. Hopefully we can do more along these lines to build up this operation and offer you guys even more. Anyhow, press play on this beautiful thing and get that Monday feeling right, enjoy.

Tracklist:

  1. Metronomy – I’m Aquarius (Panic Bomber Is a Taurus Bootleg Remix)
  2. Pixel Fix – Rosa
  3. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru
  4. We Have Band – Someone
  5. Ben Pearce – What i Might Do – Club Mix
  6. HNNY – No
  7. Bronze Whale – Say It (Baile remix)
  8. Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form
  9. Cat Power- Ruin (Etcha edit)
  10. Wise Blood – Alarm (the drum version)
  11. Blood Orange – Chosen

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Roosevelt – Sea

Feel free to put this track on repeat because that’s where it’s been on my playlist. Roosevelt, who just signed with Greco-Roman, hits the ground running with this eclectic groove. Greco-Roman is the collective/label/party that boasts artists like Joe Goddard and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Roosevelt has made a name playing sets at the renowned Total Confusion electronic dance music parties in Cologne, Germany, and is slated to play shows with both T.E.E.D. and  Hot Chip in the coming months.

Though I hate making comparisons, Roosevelt‘s electro-pop grooves remind me of a more vocally ethereal Metronomy. The beats are thick and chest-pounding; the synths are nubile and dance-worthy. Tobias Thomas‘ vocals float evenly through the musical waters and call like sirens beckoning you closer. While we wait for more, I’ll gladly keep this track at the top of my playlists. For now, you can enjoy the “day in the life” style video below, as well.

Roosevelt – Sea

Roosevelt – Sea (Official Video)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Julliet 2011

I know a lot of you have been waiting but I finally got the new LMDM from Steph and once again it’s nothing short of amazing. Steph is super busy these days and I know how much work goes into making something this good every single time so on behalf of all EMPT heads I’m saying thanks, a month wouldn’t be the same without a dose of LMDM.

There are many ways to listen to LMDM but I highly recommend you do as I do – press play, sit back and put your trust in Steph. A lot of thought was given to the sequence so no fast forwarding, no rewinding, no flipping, just listening…

No need to doubt, I’ll show you my way.
No need to doubt, just stick with me…” – Loud Valley

I’m always curating music for brands these days and I rarely get to sit back and just enjoy someone else’s work. That’s why I cherish these tapes more than ever because I get to just sit back and go on Steph’s adventure. This one like all the others is a trip from start to finish so check out a few words from the mastermind herself as I go indulge in LMDM Julliet, enjoy.

Two amazing albums came out recently: Beirut’s new “Rip Tide” and Hooray for Earth’s “True Loves.” I can’t stop playing them. Go buy them and support the artists,  from start to finish, they are both amazing. Both bands are also touring this (end of summer/fall) so look out to see if they are coming through your city…this mix is a much lighter summer tape – for the winding down- half falling asleep-drink in your hand- smile on your face – sun about to call it quits – type of evenings. Hope you enjoy.”

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Tracklisting:

  1. The Soulettes – A Deh Pon Dem
  2. Chrome Sparks – Show You My Way
  3. Jonathan Johansson – Blommorna (Niva Remix)
  4. Architecture in Helsinki – City Calm Down
  5. Coma Cinema- Shy Water
  6. Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way
  7. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Sophia In Gold
  8. Ladylike Lily – I’m Terrified of Being
  9. Four Tet – Angel Echoes
  10. Foreign Born – Vacationing People
  11. Ian Matthews – These Days (James Taylor cover)
  12. Yeasayer – 2080
  13. Rubblebucket – Silly Fathers (RAC Remix)
  14. Nightfall on Family Mountain – Minikon

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juin 2011

The second I pressed play on this tape I had to stop dead in my tracks to sit back and take it all in. It’s only Wednesday and this has already been one heck of a week…

That’s why I’m heading for the coast, it’s the only reside I know… – Loud Valley

Of course, dead smack in the middle of it all Steph sends me  a therapy session in the form of a mixtape that puts everything in perspective. The first five songs in this tape were meant to be together, in that order and released on June 15th, 2011. If you’re busy, overwhelmed with work and need something counter the load put this on repeat, it’s guaranteed to make it better. If you’re an LMDM fan you already know each tape stands along and this one is no different.

I myself have a bunch to do before heading to the water this weekend but I had to share this new tape with you before doing anything, enjoy.

The artist I am most excited about this month is Metronomy. Check them out if you haven’t already. They have three albums and have done many many amazing remixes. Another is Connan Mockasin, another UK based artist, but native to New Zealand. I couldn’t contain my excitement and amazement for CM’s video for “Dolphin Love” when my friend Maggie Godwin first showed it to me. Read her post and watch the video here. Connan supported Mystery Jets for a London show last summer and most recently opened for Warpaint on their UK tour.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Metronomy – She Wants
  2. Loud Valley – Daytona Beach
  3. Tiny Victories – Mr. Bones
  4. Danger Mouse – Two Against One
  5. Hurricane Bells – The Waiting Song
  6. Motorboater – Left Limb
  7. Caribou – Sun (Pyramid Remix)
  8. The Knocks – Dancing With The DJ
  9. Coma Cinema – Roadside Memorial
  10. You! – Heart (Walter Sobcek Remix)
  11. Ice Cream Shout – Tattooed Tears
  12. Body Language – Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix)
  13. Metronomy- The Looks
  14. The Cave Singers – Swim Club
  15. Connan Mockasin – It’s Choade My Dear

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Metronomy – The Bay (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)

Erol Alkan is slowly becoming one of my favorite remixers/people in the music business. You may remember when we posted his wonderful remix of MGMT’s Congratulations but if you don’t get familiar because he’s one to look out for and know about. The London based DJ has been tearing up the electronic music scene for more than a decade and is the guy who founded the legendary Trash nightclub back in ’97. The club closed it’s doors in ’07 but if you never got to go it was one of the few places back in that time that kept underground electronic and alternative music in rotation. To put it in perspective, many of the acts that led the way for what is now well known indie electronic and alternative – Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Electric Six – went through Trash when they were just up and coming.

I love people who take it upon themselves to give new art a chance, it’s inspiring and the second I can open up my own place I’ll be doing the exact same thing. Speaking of which, we’ve just about locked in the location for the next Noctambule party and it’s absolutely mind blowing. Like Diamonds will be performing and I’m talking to Steph today about the second act, we’re just about ready to announce it so stay tuned.

His latest work is a remix of Metromony’s The Bay and there’s only one way to describe it:

It feel sooo good…”

As usual, Erol provides and epic arrangement and production made for boats, dance floors, pool sides, harbors, bays and beaches. In the age of microwave music, quick hits and on-demand it takes some serious skill to produce an 8 minute long song that keeps your audiences attention. That said, he does take his time introducing the songs elements so chill out and take your time listening – welcome to the space age, that’s how it’s done around these parts. Summer is just about here and I can’t wait to make it up to Nantucket and the favorite summer hideaways but today I have to wrap up a playlist for a restaurant in Midtown but press play on this gem and get your friday started right, enjoy.

It feel sooo good…”

Metronomy – The Bay (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Avril 2011

I got an email from one of our readers telling me about a site that flat out ripped off the entire EMPT style, I mean we’re talking a straight bite here. I have no problem with people borrowing from us but completely stealing our names, concepts and vibe doesn’t make any sense to me. EMPT is a complete reflection of me and my friends and I won’t sit here and watch people pose as us –

You gotta see what I’ve seen, look where I’ve looked
Touch what I’ve reached, and take what I’ve took
You gotta go where I’ve gone, walked where I’ve walked
To get where I’m at to speak what I talk… – Beanie Sigel (The Truth)

I won’t say much about this but be yourself dude, think of your own ideas – if you want to use our stuff ask us and we’ll collaborate but don’t flat out steal, we love you but that’s just corny. We put a lot of heart into EMPT and that’s something you can’t duplicate. Take the time to do the same thing and it will get your site a lot further because in the end –

Biters can’t come near…” – Nas (Halftime, Illmatic)

Anyways, I’m a little taken by this so I’ll let Steph introduce yet another wonderful installment and my favorite mixtape in the entire world –

I’ve been lucky to have traveled a bit lately and had a lot of time to walk and just think and listen to both new and old. There’s a lot of electro-inspired tracks in this mix, but on the slower side of things- tracks I’ve listened to in my recent trips to Paris and London, walking alongside the grey skies and dim-colored collages. This isn’t a fast mix, it’s a much slower ride, getting ready for spring. It’s not quite here yet, but its coming…”

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Tracklisting:

  1. Raleigh Moncrief – Lament for Morning
  2. Baths – Aminals
  3. Ellie Goulding  –  Lights (Shook Remix)
  4. Dark Colour – Don’t Let It Stop
  5. Alex Winston – Sister Wife (Star Slinger Remix)
  6. Metronomy- A Thing for Me (Breakbot remix)
  7. Grandchildren- Cold Warrior
  8. White Hinterland- Icarus
  9. Elden Calder- Where You Go
  10. The Heavenly States  –  Model Son
  11. Mayer Hawthorne – The Ills
  12. Cults  –  You Know What I Mean
  13. Holy Other – We Over (Physical Therapy Extended Remix)
  14. Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind (Pixies Cover)
  15. Isbells  –  Reunite
  16. Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song
  17. Lawrence Arabia – Look Like A Fool

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The Twelfth Hour

The Twelves

Will someone please explain to me the phenomenon that is time while at work? Doesn’t it feel like right before you get to work time is flying and you can’t move fast enough but the second you sit down it’s like you go into some alternate world and it takes an hour for 5 minutes to pass. Work sucks huh? You know what, I really like the concept of that new Bruce Willis movie. We should have robots that represent us at work while we do important things like thinking of more ways to use robots and not do anything. That probably won’t happen today so I’ve got a little something to help you day dream and procrastinate more than you already do…

The Twelves released a new 60 minute mixtape two days ago and I think my friend Ben’s facebook message describes it best: “new 12s mixtape = predictable amazingness.”  This is the followup to their previous mixtape Episode II, which I never got around to posting but will in the next week or so.  I’ve been listening to this all morning and it rocks, there’s really nothing else to say.  These guys just get it when it comes to song selection and production. The transitions from song to song are seamless, the mash-ups and remixes are top notch and the overall flow and feel is energetic and entertaining all throughout.  it’s quite good.

The Twelfth Hour (Download)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

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Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)

Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-Live Remix Edit)

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Here’s the set list: