Mixtape Music

Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Avril 2014

Before you start reading, start listening. As usual, Steph has provided us with exceptional fire and not a second should be wasted before you start playing it.
I’m just what you made God, not many I trust.
Imma go my out way God, take my fate to where ever you want.”

I think about that a lot these days, fearlessly becoming yourself that is. I try to picture my life without external influences and what it would be like. The job we have, the people we love, the places we go all play a huge part in defining who we are. Each one of those requires compromise, you have to spend your time in an office behaving in a way that agrees with the company, your lover may be different from you and you have to make compromises to be in harmony and on and on. But what if those things didn’t play a factor? Think about that for a minute, does the world you live in allow you to truly be yourself? To be yourself, to truly be yourself man, that’s where it’s at.

Avril starts off the Moss remix of Glass Animals’ Gooey Gilligan and the first lyrics says
Let me show you everything I know…”

I was on a call with the EMPT team last night and our conversation was about being open, inviting everyone to be express themselves, not just in the context of the site but who they are. I encourage that because I sincerely want to know the great people around me, I want the world to know them. I want to learn, I want to have more perspective, more places draw inspiration from, more love to know about and on and on. Show me everything you know!  There’s some futuristic Space Age hippie, rebel, uptown, world class shit going on with EMPT right now and it represents everything I am and love.

Perhaps my fascination with LMDM stems from how pedagogic it is, how well it speaks to my desire to explore and learn. Historically, I don’t fare well with know it alls, they have a very clear understanding of what life is, what love is, what the rules are, how good they are at following them and how bad you are at not understanding. I can’t walk around the marvel that is earth pretending like things aren’t malleable, like the world isn’t in constant change. Sound like a dreamer? HYFR it does. This is romantic realism, the world as it exist is always acknowledged but the limitless wonder is never out of sight or out of play.

Needless to say, open minds fascinate me and Le Miel du Mois is perhaps the epitome of an open mind. You can learn a lot about style from these tapes. If epigenetics or former lives are real then I imagine Steph or someone in her lineage being the Diana Vreeland or Anna Wintour of another time. That’s the only way to explain the constantly evolving sound, taste and masterful curatoria that is LMDM. Like all other tapes, this one is 360 degrees of stylistic expression. From the retro future 90s sounding Filthy Lover, to luxurious chill out jam Talk is Cheap, to banger Holding on to Heaven, Steph gives us everything, always showing not just what she knows but what she’s learning. That’s that Space Age hippie, rebel, uptown, world class shit. I love her for that, enjoy.

Let me show you everything we know.


  1. Glass Animals – Gooey Gilligan (Moss Remix)
  2. Little Dragon – Paris
  3. Foxes – Holding Onto Heaven (Kove Remix)
  4. Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake (Y&S $500 Mix)
  5. The Golden Pony – Filthy Lover
  6. Jamie xx – Girl
  7. Deerhunter – Helicopter
  8. Alexander – Truth
  9. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap
  10. Belgian Fog – Loveless Way

Mr. Little Jeans – The Suburbs

I think everyone has a “sexy” playlist. This would be the playlist you put on when you need to feel sexy or add some tension to the room, the good tension where you don’t know who will take off their top first. Whether it is before you are going out to meet him/her or treat it like a make-out mix, this song belongs on the “sexy” playlist.

This Arcade Fire cover comes from Mr. Little Jeans. This cover of The Suburbs takes out the strong instrumentals and more upbeat tempo of the original and replaces it with dark synths and a voice which makes you want do whatever it is that makes you feel revved up. Mr. Little Jeans, or Monica Birkenes from Norway is a the voice of Mr. Little Jeans. She write and creates much of her own music outside of this cover. What makes her stand out as a forever staple on my make-out sexy playlist is her ability to take a song and make it feel pure and dark at the same time. The deep base in this  gives you something to move to and feel in your chest. I recommend putting this on and letting it do the work for you.

Mr. Little Jeans – The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)


Mr. Little Jeans – Rescue Song (RAC Remix)

I might as well just have a special section of EMPT dedicated to RAC remixes, these dudes are running a tight ship – producers take note. This time around the collective is remixing Norwegian singer/song writer Monica Birkenes aka Mr. Little Jeans who got her name from that little indian dude in Rushmore.

I don’t know much about Birkeness expect that she is in fact very little, 161 centimeters and she comes from a very small maritime town on Norway’s Southern Coast. Her vocals are about as soft and sultry as you can get without whispering and her production tends to be a very appropriate opposite. Alright, I’m working on a new mixtape with Kevin Casey that we’ll be releasing next week so I can’t stay and chat but vibeout to yet another fantastic subtle RAC production perfect for a rainy day.

Mr. Little Jeans – Rescue Song (RAC Remix)

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