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Justice – On’n’on (Rick Rubin Remix)

Rick Rubin is legend. His discography is flat out ridiculous, I mean from Jazzy J to Johnny Cash to Justice and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Who else can claim such a diverse spectrum? What really makes him special is how authentic his work was regardless of style or genre. He has a way of staying true to the music that very few can do and even fewer can do well. This Justice remix for example is so current, so on point that it might as well had been produced by an 18 year old French kid. Of course then you hear the percussion break down, mature production decisions, perfect vibe and immediately realize this is no rookie, this is a strange and rare balance of everything great, this is Rick Rubin.

I was having a conversion with a close friend about how everyone is either trying to be in the past or in the future yet the hardest thing to do, and to me the most important is to be current. It’s analogous to living in the past or constantly thinking about the future when you should be in the moment. This might sound strange but if you think about it, being current is about as futuristic as one can be. The future though eventually a reality is nothing but a concept, thus what is happening now is the future and you can’t get further than that until you actually get there…

Forever – is composed of nows…” – Emily Dickinson

Living up to the past or future is cool in theory but that’s all it is. If you really want to be in the future learn to keep up with time, enjoy.

Justice – On’n’on (Rick Rubin Remix)

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Spank Rock – Rick Rubin

If you walked inside Asia de Cuba right now at the Mondrian you would see a bunch of a suit wearing old guys and gals talking business, a table of Frenchmen talking about the party last night, some prissy waiters and then me on my laptop drinking OJ wearing some big ass headphones listening to Spank Rock and blogging on EMPT…

I’m that new arrival, you’re the key to my space age survival.
I’m that rebel musician, studying sound pays for the tuition…”

I dedicate this song to all the bands who continue to push the envelop, all the thinkers who ignore boundaries and definitions, and to all the people who understand the limitless nature of things. It’s a lot of those bands that make EMPT possible and I wanted to thank you for thinking freely and giving us the new. I say that because I’ve had some conversations recently with people about our endless potential to create is and the response has usually been in the form of one limit or another. Everything around us, from the computer you’re using to read this to the chair your sitting on all started from a thought, which means that anything else is possible. Napolean Hill coined the phrase Thoughts Are Things and I couldn’t agree more. There are people that say humans weren’t meant to fly, but take a look at what people are doing with Wing Suits and you might quickly change your mind.

It takes a lot of unlearning to realize the true power of our creative nature but I think it’s something to sit down and consider. Are minds are a lot more capable than the world gives us credit for. Think about it, when you were little you don’t really ask someone to teach you how to talk, you just saw people doing it and did it. Yet as we get older we’re taught to rely on school and all sorts of systems to make us capable. The truth is that everything we want or want to be we already are, we just have to attract and manifest it. You don’t need anyone to validate you, you don’t need anyone to approve it, you are what you want to be and that’s it. Think about it, every system of approval or validation was man made so be a man/women and make your own, enjoy.

I’m that rebel musician, studying sound pays for the tuition…”

Spank Rock – Rick Rubin

David Bowie – Rebel Rebel

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Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around

Trying to describe this wouldn’t do it justice, just listen. Incredible production courtesy of the one and only Rick Rubin.

Classic.

Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around