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Pixies – Hey (Diplo Devil Remix)

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Who doesn’t have the fantasy of just dropping everything and hitting the open highway?  There are very few notions as romantic as that of giving up your life, most of your physical possessions, and all of your personal connections (familial and otherwise), to strike out on your own. There’s something on the very edge of the horizon, where the asphalt touches the sky, where the literal curve of the earth is putting whatever is in that middle distance just out of sight. It’s potential. No, it’s promise. It’s why a book like On The Road, a travelogue written by a guy who couldn’t stay moored in one place for very long, has endured as a classic for years. You can, or think you can, see where your life is going when you’re ensconced in it. But what’s out there? Just past that great line? It’s everything you want it to be, and so much more.

I’m convinced that Diplo can see what’s beyond the horizon. Otherwise I don’t think he could’ve made transformed Hey by the Pixies the way that he did. That ability is probably a product of his background. As a youngin, Wesley Pentz spent time in various locales throughout the Southern United States. No doubt he was exposed to more cultures and sounds by his teens than most others get to experience over the course of their lives. It’s must be that priceless background that gives him the ability to pull a material or instrumental flourish from any given sound to create the certified bangers he produces at a breakneck pace.

Must be a devil between us…
Hey!”

Hey (Diplo Devil Remix) isn’t some overblown, rocking-too-hard club track. That wouldn’t be true to the source material. The Pixies worked with dynamics better than anybody, period. You couldn’t guess in how many directions a song could go, just that you would be pulled along for a ride that never got boring. It would be a crime if you drove the levels into the red while you were reworking one of their tracks.

Thankfully Pentz keeps the ramshackle, shabby vibe of the original in place. It’s still a clapper of a cut though. Castanets and a kick drum establish the beat and you’re already nodding your head before the bluesy guitars come in. You feel dirty, but it’s a familiar kind of grime. I’ve never felt so comfortable in something that I’ve never known before, and as soon as I feel right at home the song makes me want to MOVE. By the time the harmonica line and the synths start wobbling their way in, I can feel the shaking in my bones. The whole thing is a warm, crackling confection and I know it’ll be a while before I wear this thing out.

Pixies – Hey (Diplo Devil Remix)

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Mammals feat. Flash Forest – Move Slower

Occasionally, adult life transports you back to specific youthful moments. My volleyball team played in our season tournament last night, and as we served, hit and cheered out each point, I found myself lost in the buzz. That same buzz I felt when I was 17, and time seemed to slow with every audacious play and every monumental point.

Depend today, I’ll away, somehow.
Believe me stay, what dismay, I’ll away somehow.
Far away from this day I’ll be born a child.
Move slower.

Move Slower creates that buzz, and reaches out for something that feels so unattainable. The chillwave beat crossed with a Pixies-like riff lays the framework for the ethereal vocals floating in. Flash Forest, the architect of the beat, hails from Melbourne, where he weaves hiphop rhythms with electronica synths. His collaboration with Mammals creates an entirely new sound for the Sydney-based folk singer. Take some time to set sail on the ambient ocean.

Mammals feat. Flash Forest – Move Slower

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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…”

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download

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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