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Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Bufi Remix)

It’s been a few months since I was in the Dominican Republic. The last time I was there I played the closeout fashion week parties for Dominican Modo 2011 and all I remember is a bunch of rowdy islanders dancing and jumping around so hard that the floor was shaking with my DJ booth about to break down. Had it not been for all the Shave Your Legz cats holding it together as I tried to keep mixing I’m pretty sure things would have gotten ugly. My nostalgia for the good times and my Dominican tastemaker friend led me to their website where I ran into one of their latest mixes and decided to show some love. Below are a few of my favorite tracks for their latest playlists, if you’re not hip to it yet I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to follow, it’s nothing but good jams, enjoy.

Little Dragon –  Ritual Union (Bufi Remix)

Alex Winston – Guts (The Sound Of Arrows Remix)

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3B by Ryan Radler

I think releasing Ryans mixtapes on Monday’s has completely altered my perception of this previously dreaded day. I don’t know about you guys but everything in my life revolves around music, it’s my bread & butter, my hobby,  basically all of the above. I love it so there are no complaints, however I’m a fan of music before anything but since I’m always behind the scenes I rarely get to play that role. That’s why these mixtapes are such a treat for me. Once a week, I get to totally kick back and just enjoy someone else’s work on and vision and that’s mastercard priceless to me. By now you all know these tapes are predictably amazing so I don’t have to sell it to you, just Ryan Radler mixing up styles and genres like clockwork. That said, I’m gonna order some grub and chill out for the entirety of this tape before getting back to work, a much needed break. Enjoy.

SUMMER: a n t i – w i n t e r 3b

Everything Good – JENSON SPORTAG (TEEEL REMIX)
Pumpked up Kicks – FOSTER THE PEOPLE (THE KNOCKS SPEEDING BULLET REMIX)
Kilometer – SéBASTIAN TELLER (A-TRAK REMIX)
Drinking in L.A. – BRAN VAN 3000
Kiwi Maddog 20/20 – ELLIOT SMITH
And So I Know – STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Ghost In My Head – NIVA
Bicycle – MEMORY TAPES
Another Time – BRAHMS
Social Studies – BODY LANGUAGE (PLASTIC PLATES REMIX)
Nova – THE SOUND OF ARROWS
Sleepwalk (Extended Version) – SANTO & JOHNNY
Somebody to Love Me – MARK RONSON AND THE BUSINESS INTL. (FT. BOY GEORGE & MIIKE SNOW)
Fail Forever – WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE
Salty Air – J. VIEWZ
So Long – RILO KILEY

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3 B by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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Penguin Prison – Animal Animal (The Sound Of Arrows Remix)

So I’m doing my usual rounds on the internet and start checking up on Neon Gold records, the label responsible for Passion Pit, Marina & the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding, The Sound of Arrows and most recently Penguin Prison. I was familiar with all but the last so I did a little research and ran into Penguin Prisons first single Animal Animal, which has incredible lyrics but left me wanting more in terms of production. Some more searching lead me to his label mates The Sounds of Arrows and their remix of this song, suddenly all my needs were satisfied. These days it seems like making a slow song is a tremendous career risk and we barely get to hear anything below 120 BPM, so when I heard this laid back version of Animal Animal I was taken somewhere else.

I don’t wanna think anymore, about anything that I can’t see.
I can’t think about anything, unless that thing is in front of me.”

It seems like this dude is going through a very difficult time and is desperately searching for a way to simplify his life. The metaphor of wanting to become an animal simply serves to express his desire to stop thinking about things that don’t really exist. I’m so intrigued by this song because I myself have recently been exploring the concept of the past and what it really means.

For example, in a relationship you may have done something great when you first met your significant other and he or she will probably always be in love with that memory. However, people can only hold on to past memories for so long and it’s what you’re constantly doing in the present that will keep the love alive – How you’re making them feel, not how you’ve made them feel. Every moment is passing and I’m starting to realize not just the value of my own time but of everyone’s and if you’re going to deal with someone you have to make sure both parties have that understanding. My new thing is that it’s not about the past, not about the future, not even about the present, I’m starting to think in seconds, enjoy.

I don’t wanna think anymore, about anything that I can’t see.
I can’t think about anything, unless that thing is in front of me.”

Penguin Prison – Animal Animal (The Sound Of Arrows Remix)