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Idriss Chebak & Yoann Feynman – Fallin’

I’m so fascinated by the obsession we seem to have with escaping from wherever we are. When I first heard this song, I was not only taken by its slow build and beautiful melodies, but by the amount of songs I’ve heard with this title. “Fallin'” to me is ever present and consistently something that I think about. I’m not sure why, but I’m even more fascinated by the club culture that breeds chaos in a controlled setting. Yes, I’m talking about orchestrated chaos. But I’ve talked about that idea far too much — what I’m interested in is the desire to fall out of sync with the present. To escape the moment. I’m completely taken by the cliche that we sometimes give the idea of remaining present and how it’s almost cool to escape; to fall into another world. We see this every single day: our constant living for the weekend mentality, our overworked brains, our need to obliterate our bodies with alcohol and drug consumption.

I thought about this especially tonight as I attended a show by myself, and found myself judging the people in front of me for being completely drunk. I don’t typically judge people for their drinking behaviors, but what I was more fascinated by was how throughout the entirety of the show, each person had managed to buy at least one drink for another person — nobody had bought their own drinks all night. It was kind of beautiful, but then it got me thinking: is it our mission to get everybody on the same level as us, in a situation like that? If that’s the case, alcohol does seem like the easiest way to get there.

This isn’t to say that I don’t take part in my fair share of escapism. We all do, I think, because it’s part of our nature. Because we understand the banalities of everyday life and sometimes, that makes us sad. But why not embrace that sadness for a moment and let it get into your soul — not your brain. Let it fuel you.

This isn’t about discouraging you from traveling to other lands. It’s not an attempt to dampen your exploring heart. It’s about embracing whatever it is you decide and allowing yourself to stand still in whatever transition you make. If you choose to fall, let it be at your own discretion. And if you need a song to listen to while falling, let it be this one.

Idris Chebak & Yoann Feynman – Fallin’

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EMPT Presents: Indaba Music Weekly – AmYx “Sexy Time!”

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It’s not everyday you come across a track that’s so vibrant, so full of the kind of originality that only comes from mature audio theft, that you can’t help but be taken aback. Listening to AmYx’s whimsically titled “Sexy Time!” is an aural trip. With the emergence of trap, there’s been an obvious injection of hip-hop into dance tracks, and generally they follow the tried and true, Baauer tested tradition of repackaged Lex Luger (dare I say, Lil’ John) beats. AmYx injects hip-hop into his track, but that’s where the comparison with trap music begins and ends. “Sexy Time!” is an ever evolving, expertly crafted piece with shuffled future-garage drums, flipped samples, and understated synths.

Sexy Time!

Check out AmYx’s other work on his Soundcloud page.

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Cash Cash – Overtime

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Hot. Damn. This track is just straight fire. “Overtime” basically sounds like MadeonKnife PartyDaft Punk, and–yep–Marky Mark had a baby and that baby is extremely hyperactive and multi-faceted. This joints has got so much different sounds and samples going on in it that it probably shouldn’t work, but it most definitely does. Cash Cash has delivered a blast from the past and a shot to the future all in one.

My favorite aspect of electronic music is that it’s constantly reminding me of forgotten songs, ones I’ve never heard of, and sometimes even changing my perception of these songs. Yes, of course this means our favorite songs can be torn to shreds. But when a slight pluck of a vocal sample can be flipped on its ass and turned into an absolute party jam, it’s a beautiful thing. Mark Wahlberg’s brief rap career is generally dismissed as a gaff, but something very special aside from Dirk Diggler came from it.

It’ll be hard not to get pumped up about the weekend when Loletta Holloway‘s infectious hook enters your head. Coupled with this banging beat, set your weekend off

Cash Cash – Overtime