FYF Fest: Ty Segall “It” – Toro y Moi “The Man” (Billie Holiday Remix)


With lungs full of tar and shoes soiled with the dirt of LA, I write after a weekend spent at FYF Fest. FYF Fest is LA’s signature music festival and one of the final music festivals of the season. It acts as the last hurrah of summer as we all collected in downtown LA to see an eclectic mix of new and old names in the rock and electronic scenes.

Some of the bigger names here being Yeah Yeah Yeah‘s, Beach House, MGMT, My Bloody Valentine, and TV on the Radio. I was just giddy with teenage angst. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s have been my unicorn for some time, in that I have tried to see them countless times with no avail. For a small dusty festival resting on the tail end of summer, it delivered on amazing shows. Starfucker and Dan Deacon both topping my list of acts who made the weekend for me.

This is my first year going to festivals (really going to them) and it has been an amazing experience. There is nothing like the coming together of people eager to make memories and listen to music and simply be. I love humans and watching them. Getting a chance to see such different people come together and dance and sing along together is something I wish I could capture. More articulately atleast. It’s easy to get mad at the girl on bro’s shoulders (I have wanted to throw beer at you for some time) and what looks like a sea of the same outfits recycled from one scene to the next, but let’s get over it. It should be worth it when you are wedged between the sweaty guy from Montana and the obnoxiously cringe adorable couple to your right grinding along to your favorite song that you all can take a second and appreciate the fact you all are singing along and enjoying the moment together.

As I hang up my wristbands from this season, I am already tempted to start planning next years festival trips. To round off, here are two other people I want to share with you. I think these songs will round out the season quite night. A  little rock and an amazing remix of Billie Holiday from two talented men in music from the weekend.

Ty Segall – Hardly new to the scene. Such a sexy, dirty song.

Ty Segall – It 

Toro y Moi – Sampling from Billie Holiday, this young recording artist and producer does some beautiful things to this classic song.

Toro y Moi – My Man (Billie Holiday Remix)


Toro y Moi – So Many Details

You steer my life
Into somewhere I can’t describe
So many details.”

While I sat in the depths of a Korean basement restaurant on St. Marks last night, I realized something right before my food was served to me: I was eternally glad that everyday wasn’t an existential day. But in a way, I think I understood that every day is momentous and completely unique, even if you’re not having massive scale life realizations all the time. Those large realizations take working to, and the patience for those lessons is what I guess I acknowledged last night at the restaurant. Among other ideas about life, many having to do with acceptance of fate and career path. In accepting these things, I had a small existential moment I suppose which made the whole thing all the more hilarious and ironic.

I bring it up because this song is that moment for some people. It’s that time that you realize that you and the love of your life are not together. It’s when you begin to understand that someone else controls your actions, not in a bad way, but in an emotional way. And for some people, that is an existential moment. Because you’ve given your one hundred percent, and all you can do is wait to be handed a slice of life.

This song breathes a sort of sultry sass and sex appeal. The cymbal in the background matches up every once in a while with the woo! giving it all the more reason to be filled with energy and passion. The note progression isn’t that vast, staying within a close range, but it never gets boring. A heart is exposed. We look in.

Okay I’ll take you back
Alright, let’s pick up where we started
Don’t think that’s in my head
I’m not a bit cold-hearted.”

I present to you this song on a day like many others, worth living and fighting for. The world is supposed to end tomorrow according to some. I’m living with a graciousness of every breath. I’m thankful for all of you.

Toro Y Moi – So Many Details


Tyler, the Creator – Hey You (feat. Toro Y Moi)

What happens when a SoCal hip hop ruffian meets a NorCal chillwave pioneer halfway?  Fortunately, it sounds more adventurous than Bakersfield.  Or in rapper Tyler, the Creator‘s words,

Sounds cool to me,

Sh*t sounds cool to me.”

By now both Tyler the Creator and Toro Y Moi are household names in the independent scene, having surfaced from the West Coast at around the same time.  They have successfully ascended to work with top-tier industry personnel: this year, Tyler and the rest of his LA-bred Odd Future crew nabbed a deal with Sony/RED distribution for their own label, Odd Future Records. In 2011, Toro Y Moi (real name Chazwick Bundick), hailing from the East Bay Area in Northern Cali, released his BNM’ed second full-length Underneath the Pine on the reputable Carpark Records.  With that album, an eclectic mix of electronic and acoustic instruments, he broke free of the chillwave confines that he helped establish with his equally outstanding 2010 debut, Causers of This.

Fortunately for hungry Odd Future fans, and since the prolific hip hop collective sets its own rules under their eponymous label, tracks have been released even in a partially-produced state.  In addition to Hey You, music blog-hunters were recently treated to an incomplete remix of Odd Future‘s more R&B-inclined member Frank Ocean‘s song Thinking About You by the one and only Flying Lotus.

But even though their blog advertises Hey You as a rough draft, the dream team makes its rawness sound wholly intentional.  At this point, a seasoned listener should be impervious to Tyler‘s method of wearing his erection on his sleeve, and will appreciate the bare bones, eye-rolling crass yet appealingly forthright lyrical flow he lays down over Toro Y Moi‘s sweetly carved G-funk/chillwave recipe.

With their artistic growth following similar lines at seemingly the same pace, (through not only their studio output but unrestrained live appearances), this track is nothing less than a tangential collision of two of our generation’s most innovative pop musicians.  Feasibly, Toro Y Moi and Tyler, the Creator could maintain the intersection of their talents long enough to produce an album’s worth of material.  After hearing Hey You, let’s hope that goes down sooner than later.

Tyler, the Creator – Hey You (feat. Toro Y Moi)


Les Sins – Fetch

Les Sins is the chic name of Toro Y Moi ‘s side project that purportedly has got a more “dance-floor” feel to it. While I can’t quite see anyone bumping and/or grinding to the song in the traditional sense, “Fetch” is definitely eclectic, far out there, and really, really dope. Which are three values I find myself  looking for in modern music.

Les Sins sounds a lot less Indie-vogue  and a lot more like an artist up at 2 AM with a bottle of Whiskey making weird sounds, and just crushing it.

“Fetch” starts off a lot like a Nicolas Jaar track with a really deep, Balearic feel to it. The song progresses and expands nicely, adding not too many layers of sound, including one really neat jammed-vacuum effect. Throughout, you’ll find yourself roaming some “ancient,” extra-terrestrial ruins. There’s even a slight disco aspect to the song.

Can I get some more of that?”


Les Sins – Fetch

This one from a couple years back (I guess before El Toro blew up?) you can definitely get down to.

Les Sins – Lina


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2A by Ryan Radler

Last week we experienced some major player hating from The Man that eventually led to a subpar release of anti-winter 3A. If you haven’t heard or downloaded that one yet check out last weeks post here and spread the word, the kid Ryan Radler is bringing nothing but heat and something that good should not be left unknown. We’ve had many set backs with The Industry & it’s minions in our day but every time we come back swinging even harder and this time it’s no different. We’re 4 weeks and running with exclusive releases of the absolute best summer mixtape series on the web and we couldn’t be more excited about it. When we’re done with the anti-winter series I’m going to do a post featuring all of them so you guys can see just what this guy is doing here. From the custom artwork to the limitless sounds, these tapes are bleeding style and we can’t take ’em for granted…

I ended up spending the entire winter of 2011 developing all my mixes. Cold, blustery weekends you could find me snug in my loft researching and archiving the songs that I would then throw into Logic Pro for the fine-tuning mix sessions. In a cathartic twist, projecting myself into the Summer through the mixes actually made me forget the void left after the January heat wave in LA. I have channeled my “yearning for Summer” through these mixes and now, after many months, we have finally arrived!

We like to use music around these parts for all sorts of healing so that philosophy is right up our alley. Is it just me or does that blonde have really nice hair? Alright, I’m gonna go get all my work done to this fantastic soundtrack, you should do the same. Enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2A

1. Bermuda – KISSES
2. Eastover Wives – DENT MAY
3. Got Blinded – TORO Y MOI
4. Gone for Summer – TEEN DAZE
5. Albatross – FLEETWOOD MAC
7. She Comes Alive – BABY MONSTER
8. From the Morning Heat – CRAFT SPELLS
10. Summer Samba (So Nice) [Samba de Verão] – WALTER WANDERLEY
11. Weak Condition – MAXX FEMM (PAUL LAYTON)
12. Wait and See – HOLY GHOST
13. Que Veux Tu – YELLE (MADEON REMIX)
15. Do You Believe – POOLSIDE
16. Freebirds – LOVER LOVER
17. Sun – CARIBOU
17. I Want You – MARVIN GAYE

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R: a n t i-w i n t e r 2 A by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous


Toro Y Moi – Low Shoulder

Unfortunately, we’re in the middle of a snow storm in NYC and there’s nothing pretty about it. Everything is closed so I can’t order delivery and since I don’t cook there’s no food in my apartment, these are rough times friends. As has become customary, my only answer for bad weather is good music so this morning I woke up looked out the window and immediately knew it was time to put Toro y Moi’s Causers of This on the turntable.

Chaz Bundick along with Washed Out, Neon Indian and Memory Tapes  is one the main ambassadors of the relatively new genre dubbed “chillwave”. While I could do without the cheesy name, I can’t get enough of the sound. The style is understated, relaxed, dreamy, musical and when you think of it totally out of touch with the the times, I love it. Toro y Moi’s music manages to embody pretty much every genre to come before it but innovates so much that it ends up feeling like something completely new. If you’re in NYC then you’re probably stuck at home working so kick back and enjoy.

You go where I was…”

Toro Y Moi – Low Shoulder


Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Janvier

I haven’t posted anything in the New Year for two reasons, one I haven’t found a song worthy of your time and more importantly the 1st of the month is reserved for Steph Lund’s hit mixtape Le Miel du Mois and that’s how I wanted to set it off. Unfortunately the New Year means an even busier schedual for me so I can’t sit here and talk this one up as much as I’d like to but as usual Steph has given us a new mixtape with a unique flavor and vision, here are some words from the mixtape queen herself, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Janvier:
2010. May the year be: “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk. May we dance harder, love better, play faster, and live stronger. And if we do make mistakes in 2010, which we will, may they make the next step of our lives brighter and better for having made that mistake. Long live disco. Long live the dancefloor. Long live the queen. Long live the generation that is us. Happy New Year and welcome to 2010.”

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


  1. Vega – No Reasons
  2. Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning
  3. Tanlines – Saw
  4. Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
  5. Soulwax – Krack
  6. Walter Sobcek -  Traci’s Party
  7. The Go Find – Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen, Only Not Tonight
  8. Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (1001010101001 Remix)
  9. The Temper Trap – Science of Fear
  10. Klaxons – Its Not Over Yet (Brodinski Remix)
  11. Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor (Lifelike Remix)
  12. Chromeo – Night By Night
  13. Lookbook – True to Form (Gigamesh Remix)
  14. Bodi Bill – Tip Toe Walk (Siriusmo Remix)
  15. Toro Y Moi – Blessa
  16. WhoMadeWho – I Lost My Voice (Moulinex Remix)

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