Music Video

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.”

Music Remixes

Michael Jackson – Speed Demon (Nero Remix)


Well, this remix is definitely a surprise. Michael Jackson vibes with Nero’s dubstep almost seamlessly. I love it when I come across a remix that’s completely out of the realm of the original track’s genre. Like Florence + The Machine, her sound is so distinctively her, but the Calvin Harris remixes of “Spectrum” or The Weeknd’s edit of “Shake It Out” are flawless. Her voice gels with the heavy bass and pounding synths. Jackson’s high pitched “ooh’s” and all around brilliance keeps up with the driving electronic production speeding beneath him. Nero has turned the tune into an electro-goth-opus, the organ and engine revving lend to the track’s badass factor. It’s 80’s, it’s 90’s, it’s the 00’s, it’s the future all wrapped up in one four minute track.

I was beginning the PM slump before this track came on, but after listening to this a couple of times, I’m going to ditch the coffee break and let the energy of Nero’s track revive me. I could go without the caffeine headache, anyway.

Michael Jackson – Speed Demon (Nero Remix)

Covers Music Video

Sexton Blake – Human Nature

There is never not a bad time of day to bust out some Michael Jackson tunes.  Portland, Oregon babies, Sexton Blake, bring us their hauntingly faithful rendition of Jackson’s toned-down ballad, Human Nature from his Thriller era. Some nice after-effects gives the track its mellow, needle-on-the-record feel. Sometimes this audio-esthetic can really grind my gears and ruin what would be a solid song, but this feel appropriate. It tones the track down and stays true to Jackson’s intent with the song – a focus on the lyrics. Both Jackson and Sexton Blake’s versions show-off the artist’s falsetto. Blake’s cover enters the brain like a pleasant sedative. It’s complimenting the melancholy weather outside my window right now.

It may not be some bumpin’ beat that gets you hyped up for Friday night and the weekend, but it’s a track that’ll be your best friend come tomorrow morning. It’s just a keyboard and a man – honest and simple. Whether you play this now as the work day winds down, tonight if you’re staying in for a chill evening, or tomorrow morning ’cause anything with a bass line will leave your head pounding you’ll be chilled down and feelin’ like all is well with the world.

Looking out
Across the morning
The city’s heart begins to beat
Reaching out
I touch her shoulder
I’m dreaming of the street.”

Think what you want about the man, Jackson’s music and vocal talent is unmatched. If you’re in need of a something slightly more upbeat (and when I say slightly I mean it) then listen to this live performance of Human Nature. This is how you make a pop performance out of an otherwise un-poppy tune.

Sexton Blake – Human Nature


Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Monolith Remix)

Musical prodigy, political activist, inspiration to the world for just being outstanding, yea I am talking about Stevie Wonder.  One of my favorite musicians who I listen to on a weekly basis to get my “Wonder fix.”  He has always inspired me to be brave, and embrace everything you are doing with what it is that you love, not caring who is watching or what anyone else is thinking or how they might be judging you.  One of my biggest obstacles when I was really young and being on stage, especially when it came to music, was screwing up, wondering if people were judging me down in the audience, what if my voice cracks, were they going to laugh?  Stevie Wonder with his brilliance, courage and ability to capture the audience, you would never guess that he had any type of ailment.  So seeing him in a concert, on stage, on the television I had to realize that all my fears were just silly, and they weren’t real, just dumb “superstitions” you might say.  Anytime I feel nervous or any of these silly fears come back I have to remember the greats like Stevie, and I just shut my eyes and remind myself that you can’t care what the rest of the world is thinking.  You just have to exude love, and people just seem to gravitate to that energy.

Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall 
Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall 
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass 
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past 

When you believe in things that you don’t understand 
Then you suffer 
Superstition ain’t the way.”

Stevie Wonder’s musical greatness is something that is very tricky to tamper with, when he is sitting at that piano fingers dancing on the keys like they were really part of his skin, you quiver with so much excitement, I know I do!  Upon hearing this remix from Monolith I was a little apprehensive, but he gives it the right twist and punch with out taking away from the magnificence that is Superstition.  You hear the drum and bass with a little bit of a Michael Jacksons, Thriller theme thrown in there as well, perfect sound match up since the two have worked together and vibed so well.  Superstition meet Thriller and out pops this little bit of unique fire… Wooo!

Hope everyone is still feeling alive and good on this beautiful Sunday evening, but don’t wind down too soon, enjoy!

Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Monolith Remix)


Theophilus London – Dancing (Feat. Marvin Gaye)

This is definitely a party banger Theophilus pulled out of his pocket, and couldn’t be more perfect for you party animals on this Friday!  Throw in a Marvin Gaye sample, the guy who created love songs that literally made girls gasp and run to the bathroom, ya it’s no joke, he had some kind of magic in that voice and in those lyrics, I like to call him the “master of love.”  Twist up the “master of love” with Theophilus who is turning heads with his “Brooklyn Swag”, and with his ability to capture you with so many style ranges, from pop, soul, R&B, and electro, I don’t know about you but he blows my mind and I am always ready for a good time.  It would make sense that he is blowing charts and turning heads left and right, when your main influences are two of the best, Michael Jackson and Prince, those are like the great Ninjas or Gods of music!

This track is from Theophilus’ new Mixtape Rose Island Vol. 1 which is available for a Free Download, thank you TL and Warner Bros.!

Theophilus recorded most of Rose Island during Christmas in his NYC studio. TL returned to his roots with the goal of getting back to the basics for the recording of Rose Island Vol. 1. In typical TL fashion, there’s something for everyone on Rose Island Vol. 1 which is filled with hip hop bangers, electronic club tracks, sing along anthems and, of course, a couple slow jams for the ladies.

Rose Island is an imaginary place in TL’s head where he goes when he needs to escape reality and time. Some of the mix tape highlights include A$AP Rocky, Big Boi, upcoming Producer Lunice, and many more. He also Covers Pharrell Willams “Take it off’ and reworks Wang Chung’s classic ‘Dance Hall Days’.”

I have no doubt that you all are gonna want to ditch work and start your Friday grabbin’ your ladies or your gentlemen and dancin’ your pants off.  Just do it, you only live once so why not live in the moment.  Anyways press play and let your weekend begin, enjoy!

Theophilus London – Dancing (Feat. Marvin Gaye)


Moments With Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean

And mother always told me, be careful who you love
And be careful of what you do ’cause the lie becomes the truth…”




Michael Jackson – You Rock My World

Well, the first week of classes came and went with happy vibes and happy music, despite the weather last weekend. I’ve been staying at a dear friend’s place for the past week since I’m moving into my new apartment today. Needless to say, we’ve been having dance parties every morning as we get ready for our days. This week has been beautiful not only because we had the chance to see everyone at school again after a tan and warm summer, but because we’ve started each and every day (or close to every day) with a really happy playlist. I will try my best to share exactly which songs were on that playlist, because I think you guys could use a little love on this beautiful Friday. The first song that really inspired me to write this post was Michael Jackson’s, “You Rock My World” a tune everyone is familiar with, especially since his birthday was just a couple of days ago.

Here’s the playlist to the best of my knowledge, or as close as I’ll be able to get it. It’s not necessarily new funky fresh music, but I think we can all agree that it’s just fun feeling.


Michael Jackson – You Rock My World

Eels – That’s Not Really Funny

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Got Myself A Good Man

Gladys Knight & The Pips – I’ve Got To Use My Imagination

Notorious B.I.G. – Respect

The Zombies – Time of the Season

Dusty Springfield – Spooky


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)


The Twelves – 30 Minutes of Twelves (Download)