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Music

Whilk & Misky – Babe I’m Yours

The UK duo called Whilk & Misky are fairly new to the US music scene, and only recently released their first EP, “The First Sip” – in December. “Babe I’m Yours” is my personal favorite of the 4-track EP, and if you’re into Chet Faker-esque vocals paired with folksy guitar and percussion, you’ll probably get hooked too.

I woke up last Saturday with a slight hangover. Thanks tequila!! And as I woke up this song was somehow etched into my mind. Perhaps I had briefly jammed to it before bed, perhaps my brain was simply latching onto something calm stored up there from an earlier listen of the song. Either way, I hazily walked around the house singing the “babe I’m yours” line, over and over, barely able to reach the depth of Charlie’s voice. But it slightly eased the intensity of sore mind caused by the previous evening’s shenanigans. So of course I had the urge to listen to the entirety of the song, and am so glad I did! Mainly because before that morning, I’d only passively listened to the track whilst working and hadn’t truly appreciated the artistry of the duo. The only bit that had resinated with me up to that point was the one line stuck in my head. On that morning, my mind wanted something to help ease the hangover, and it just happened to be the sound of Charlie’s throaty voice and Nima’s folksy strumming. What’s your hangover remedy? Of course mine was accompanied by copious amounts of water.

Whilk & Misky will release their first full album later this year, so stay tuned to their unique sound!

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Music Video

The 2 Bears – Heart of the Congos

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I would venture to guess that most EMPT readers are familiar with Hot Chip, the excellent, enduring brainchild of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard. One of my favorite bands, Hot Chip have brilliantly managed to become popular internationally without becoming “mainstream.” They headline festivals, but you won’t hear them on the radio (unless you listen to the good shit in the UK and Australia, or KCRW).

Both Taylor and Goddard are musical geniuses, in very different ways. Taylor’s melodies always sound slightly off, and yet are right on the money. Goddard’s productions are dance-y in spite of their often melancholic, street-facing moods.

Yet they too fly under the radar. Most Hot Chip fans wouldn’t recognize either man on the street, and they aren’t exactly performing at the Grammys. And that’s fine. Fronting a successful band while avoiding public recognition is the ultimate success (exemplified by Daft Punk) for many artists, as they maintain freedom to operate without immense public pressure.

In ’09, Taylor formed a “supergroup” called About Group and recorded a fully improvised album. The group released a second LP in 2011, to little fanfare. Both albums are romps into the mind of this specific artist, and if you dig his thing, you will enjoy them.

Goddard’s side project, though, takes the cake. The Two Bears is he and Raf Rundell, who you definitely haven’t heard of, producing subdued garage two-step and generally having fun. They released three EPs in 2010-2011, and a full length, “Be Strong,” in 2012. Their discography counts as a must-listen. Every song is different, and every song is great.

Today I share with you my favorite track, “Heart of the Congos,” which shares the story of a man who grows up listening to The Congos, an early reggae group, and eventually gets to see them at a concert. Sounds random, and it is, but Rundell’s crooning over Goddard’s late-night house beats bring the story to life in vivid color. And I’m not even touching the crazy vocoded chorus and bridge…

I said it was the sound/that kept me on the ground.”

The 2 Bears – Heart of the Congos

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Music Remixes

Lonsdale Boys Club – Light Me Up (Louis La Roche Remix)

Trying to maintain the thrill of the weekend? You know you are. Each day that ticks by, you can’t help but start your countdown to the next weekend. Lonsdale Boys Club is here to crank up your weekday boring blues with a taste of revelry and leisure. The London-based trio makes perfect summertime-funk-fusion pop to get you hype for any activity, even if its a day at work.

I gotta roll, let’s spark this fire,
Champagne till the sun come higher,
Pull that beat up sire
I’m a keep rolling till i burn these tires
 
Roll, let’s spark this fire,
Champagne till the sun come higher,
Pull that beat up sire
I’m a keep rolling.”

Louis La Roche, another child of the UK, gives Light Me Up an extra coat of semi-gloss dance fever. At the tender age of 21, the producer has been hard at work gearing up for his own full-length of disco-house. La Roche consistently releases tracks that are wholly pleasurable and undeniably merry. It literally will make you feel like everyday is a celebration. I like to pretend that work can be just as rewarding/regrettable as the indulgences of a Saturday night spent dancing too hard. When I first turned this track on, I was busy doing office-type things and in desperate need of a musical interlude. After a few seconds of this remix, the office became a carefree paradise. So crank up some cheer and enjoy yourself. Weekdays can be fun, too.

Lonsdale Boys Club – Light Me Up (Louis La Roche Remix)

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Music

Rogue – Air (Summer Chords)

Lately, I’ve been feeling the ache of a seven day work stretch on top of the rest of life. Oh, and I had to visit the dentist today. As he was drilling into my teeth and I was drifting away on novacane, I thought about how quickly time slips away from us. I remembered this song and understood the urgency under the music. It’s almost a frantic beauty that wraps you up and won’t let go.

Meet Joel Hunt, the 21-year-old adorable Brit behind Rogue. He’s relatively new to the electro/dub/moombahton scene, his first tracks showing up just last fall. But he’s certainly making all the right noise so far. His stuff is pretty strictly instrumental which can be a nice release on a quiet summer day. Air (Summer Chords) feels a little like your floating around through some digital landscape. Look to your left and you might even see a pixelated unicorn.

Rogue – Air (Summer Chords)