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Oh Land – Heavy Eyes

Last night in the doorway of my porch, I sat admiring the handiwork of nature. Massive thunderstorms were passing throughout Virginia, and my window was the perfect frame for the picture. I watched power lines sway and break, casting off their electric blue innards. The trees knelt in the tempo set by the winds. It was an apt segue for this throwback to Oh Land’s first album Fauna.

The Danish singer/songwriter/producer hit the scene in 2008 and has been steadily crafting her delicate but soulful sound. “Heavy Eyes” reads like a manual for heavy machinery. The hammering clicks and mechanical contraption that drives this song is blanketed with Oh Land’s determined vocals.

Cause I kept it steady,
But you kicked me hard and I had to change my ways.
Sneaking up on me like a cheetah,
Disillusioned girl.
Keep your eyes straight through me.
Heavy eyes.”

So I admired the storm’s power as I listened to Oh Land, two machines defiantly at work. Both seemed elements of a universal design. Some trees are meant to fall and change the way we understand them, mostly when they land on our cars. “Heavy Eyes” is an exclamation of enlightenment, a true ode to maturity through hardship. Meanwhile I lost power and sweat my way through 108 degrees of understanding.

Oh Land – Heavy Eyes

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Sia et Oh Land July 27th, 2011 @Webster Hall

Oh Land and Sia could not be a better pair for one another in a concert setting. I was lucky enough to be in their duel presence last night at Webster Hall, where Oh Land opened for Sia. Two artists who are truly revolutionary female acts, each brought their own separate game, and killed it. I was especially excited to see Sia, because she’s someone I’ve idolized since high school, a true artist and creative mind.

Oh Land performed with such power and energy, instantly getting the crowd moving. Her oversized flowy see-through romper only made her seem like more of an angel that her voice portrayed. I loved hearing White Lights” especially because I’d only heard the remixes before, and having fallen in love with those, was pleasantly surprised to find that the original was even better. Her final song was one that I’d never heard before, “We Turn It Up.” Love. Love loved it. I’m just a sucker for catchy drums and poppy vocals. It’s such a powerful tune too, which totally encouraged the audience to dance and jump as much as possible.

Sia followed this happy act with the same energy that was left on the stage, in a slightly different way. The entire stage was covered in knit apparel; knit rug, knit amp covers, even a knit microphone stand. Sia’s shoes, (a pair of really sexy and totally fabulous open toed stilettos) had little frilly pieces of knitted additions on them. Her entrance was really funny to me, because she came on stage greeted by tremendous audience approval and happiness. She smiled and shook her shoulders in a sort of shimmy, laughed, then gave the most genuine greeting ever. Throughout the concert, she was constantly concerned with her fans happiness and well-being. It was so sweet, and totally unlike anything I’ve ever seen. She accepted a couple of gifts after playing a couple of songs, one of them being a pair of fuzzy slippers signed by some fans…another one being a blue monkey. The whole moment was just too cute, and I was overcome with emotion.

As for the actual performance, when it was time to sing Sia completely tuned out every spacey tendency she might have had, and delivered a superb vocal performance. She performed a new song titled, “Hostage” which she got some help from The Strokes, Nick Valensi, to put together. My favorites were “Death by Chocolate” and her encore, “Clap Your Hands.” They were both classics and the crowd went nuts. I’ve never seen so much energy for a band that was not particularly dance music.

She shared a statistic which I found to be truly enlightening: If a person that is single were to eliminate the people within their age group, the people of their sex, religion/faith, culture, even political beliefs, there would still be approximately 14 million people in the world that could be, the “one”.

-Ashley

Oh Land – We Turn It Up

Sia – Clap Your Hands 

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Oh Land – White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix)

We first caught Oh Land at Brooklyn Bowl during the Northside Festival last year, where she was endearing and stylish, with a sweet voice that translated to a mysterious yet demanding presence on stage. Now, the Danish-turned-Brooklynite singer is prepping for the launch of an album dropping March 15th, the first single of which was remixed by Twin Shadow (below). If you like Oh Land remixes, definitely check out the Yusek remix of “Son of a Gun.” A little Lykke Li and Florence Welch, she is taking her pop star status from back home and the indie roots she’s planted here to quickly catapult herself into the mainstream. You can catch Oh Land, aka Nanna Fabricius, at Hiro Ballroom in NYC on January 26th.

Oh Land – White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juillet

This is really one of my dumbest flow’s ever, I haven’t slept in days…

I’ve been up for a good 27 straight at this point, I’m not sure. I went from a session with Fabolous on Wednesday night that ended at about 4 am, up again at 11AM for a meeting to finalize our new partnership to another session with Fab & R. Les that went till about 5 AM this morning. Of course I could have gone home to rest but I wanted to finish up the new LMDM for you guys before I leave for the holiday weekend – the show must go on. So many things are happening right now  and I’m so excited that I’ve literally lost the desire to sleep, I wouldn’t have it any other way. To all my partners, to Steph, to everyone who keeps making this life unforgettable, I appreciate everything we’re doing together, we’re really planting some big seeds, just a matter of time now!

I know that ni&@z would kill for this lifestyle, I’m looking forward to the memories of right now. Never forgetting where I came and no matter where I’m heading I promise to stay the same…”

– Drake (2010, Unforgettable)

Steph sent me this tape yesterday but as you can see there was no way I could have gotten it done but honestly this Friday morning/holiday weekend couldn’t be more appropriate for this sound. Just when all you mixtape makers thought you figured her out she smacks you in the face with yet another mad scientist blend of songs, tempos and genres only a music fiend of the highest level could conjur up.

I don’t follow any guidelines, cause too many ni&$z ride mine so change styles every two rhymes – Jay Z (1996, 22 Two’s)

Seriously though, Stephs got her own flow and it’s one of the reasons why LMDM has been such a big hit on this site and around the internet. All EMPT heads know what I’m talking about and if you’re now to this well then your in for a treat, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Julliet – I loooove summer for so many reasons. A reader from last year described one of the mixtapes like this: “like dancing around the edge of a pool late night with a drink and a cigarette and oversized t-shirts and sometimes getting pushed in and you never remember the photos that get taken but you laugh the whole time,” which I think also holds true to the Le Miel du Mois summer series of tapes for 2010. This entire mix is practically remixes, except a few, including the first track: When I first heard this Baby Jazz song called “The Song for the Season” with lyrics including “Yes, its Christmas time” I knew this was a perfect opener for the July mix… Happy Independence Month.

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Tracklisting:

1.    Baby Jazz – The Song for the Season (Holy Jam)
2.    Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
3.    Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (LightsoverLA Remix)
4.    Cold Cave – Life Magazine (Delorean Remix)
5.    Louis La Roche – Missing You (Feat. Ad-Apt)
6.    Minks – Funeral Song
7.    College featuring Anoraak – Fantasy Park (Moulinex remix)
8.    Cloud Nothings – Can’t Stay Awake
9.    Oh Land – Heavy Eyes (Trentemoller Remix)
10.    Polock: Faster Love
11.    Daniel Solar – Got The Funk
12.    Sneaky Sound System – When We Were Young (Breakbot Remix)
13.    Charlotte Gainsbourg – Time of the Assasins (XXXChange Remix)