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

I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z
Now I feel I could run laps around Jay-Z
Nas ain’t seen nothing this nasty
B.I.G. & Pac got it coming when I pass too
You got the mic, I ain’t the one you wanna pass to

My ni$*@s say my new shit past due
I paid dues, even got that shit tattooed
HiiiPoWeR on another plateau
I know you know we need a few plaques too…” – Ab Soul

I love those lyrics. That’s the confidence, belief and attitude one needs to make progress. You can never sit around looking at the throne as something that can’t be achieved. You work hard, create your own lane, challenge it and get what you demand from it – in order to be the best, you must challenge the best.

That 41st law mentality is what makes Ab Soul is one of my favorite rappers right now. Aside from being highly intelligent, he sounds driven, like he cares about being great, like he practices everyday and wants no one to question his ability as a rapper. That use to be the norm in Hip Hop, you couldn’t try to be rapper without being incredibly good at it. I’m not talking Mr. Brainwash good here, I’m talking Picasso great. You had to be amazing, you had to innovate, you had to have your own style, you had to be the real deal. In the age of “swag” rappers the playing field is different but it’s nice to know there are still people that still value mastery and perfection of their craft. So many people want recognition or success, few actually know what it really takes, even less are truly willing to do it.

So why all the talk about rap in during a Ryan Radler release? Well it’s simple, these tapes come with that same fire and artistic integrity to not just exist but stand out as something special and worth while. I love that energy more than anything in an artist, it’s seductive, irresistible and necessary. When are artist is in the zone and that energy translates to their work the observers mind opens up and respects it. That’s usually when people say – I don’t really like this type of music but this is cool. I haven’t heard a Ryan Radler tape that hasn’t done that to me and I love it. That said, press play on this one and feel the energy of someone working hard to be great. Immerse yourselves in the Ryan Radler zone, it will treat you right.

S U M M E R :  a n t i – w i n t e r   3 D

  1. GRAND RESORT – Night Is Dark
  2. MILES BONNY x B.LEWIS – Bottom To Top
  3. XXYYXX – Tied2U
  4. JOHNNY HAMMOND – Can’t We Smile
  5. WARPAINT – Undertow (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)
  6. SANDRO BRUGNOLINI – Alipid vs. Franciose Hardy
  7. GORDON REES – In a Bossa Mood
  8. FRANKIE ROSE – Know Me
  9. PHÉDRA – Aphrodite
  10. FINAL DJs – Salt On Our Skin (Sebastian Scotch remix / Normandy Edit)
  11. LABYRINTH EAR – Snow White (DREAMTRAK Remix)
  12. SMASHING PUMPKINS – 1979 (StardonE Remix)
  13. BRAIDS – Glass Deers (Teen Daze Remix)
  14. YOUNG MAN – Fate
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Music

Warpaint – Undertow

I love how an all-girl group has one of the most bad ass names in indie music. LA based Warpaint recently released their first full length LP, The Fool, and it’s one worth checking out. I’ve been sitting on the album for a while now but Steph and I were talking about it yesterday and I just felt compelled to post something. Undertow is the lead single from the album and everything about it from the poetic lyrics to the sultry singing justifies it’s status ten times over…

What’s the matter? You hurt yourself?
Opened your eyes and there was someone else?
Now i’ve got you in the undertow.
Now i’ve got you in the undertow.
Why you wanna blame me for your troubles?
Ah ah ah you better learn your lesson yourself.
Nobody ever has to find out what’s in my mind tonight.”

It’s impossible to write about this song while listening to it. There’s so much to the lyrics and the way the girls sing their harmonies makes you want to go to la la land the second you press play….

Let tonight pass us by.
Do you really want to be the one to fight?
And i said “You’re better not to light that fire.
It will take you to the darkest part of the weather.”

The lyrics are very passive aggressive and if you’ve ever had an argument with a girl you’ll know exactly how real they are. In this instance the girl want’s to make things good on the surface but still she can’t deny the underlying troubles that wont go away. I personally have no interest in having anyone in an undertow, in my opinion that’s how people get hurt. I don’t know how some do it but I’ve never been to good at being one thing on the surface and thinking something different in my mind. You waste so much time when you don’t tell it like it is. You hide when your running from something or scared but what’s worth being scared of in this life? Nothing. Anyways, the sly lyrics only add to greatness of this track, enjoy.

Warpaint – Undertow

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Music

Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Octobre 2010

Well it seems like the bigger this blog gets the more it becomes a target… The latest battle in the war between EMPT & The Industry is by far the most entertaining and while I can’t got into detail for legal reasons let’s just say I’ll be making some changes to the way music is played on this site to meet the establishment halfway, whatever. To all the creative people out there, don’t hold on to your ideas so tight that no one hears about it but make sure you have bulletproof protection cause greedy and lazy people will do whatever it takes to get a piece of your pie.

That said, listening to this months installment of Le Miel du Mois was a therapeutic experience. First of all, this tape is ridiculously good. I mean the way the music fits the mood of the city and the fall season right now is beyond words.

You crazy for this one Rick (Steph)! – Jay-Z (99 Problems)

Once again Steph drops a mixtape so unique in vibe and style that you have to immediately regard it as your favorite. I think the reason for that is how in tune they are with the general feeling of the times which is quite fresh and might I add not very easy to do. Alright, I’m actually going to go run this tape back for the 3rd time this morning. I can’t get enough, enjoy…

CMJ is the third week in October in New York City. forthebeat is putting on a show October 20th with Transparent and ABC News Amplified. EMPT will also be a part of the night, and we’re all really excited about our line-up. More details on that next week. This month’s mix includes new releases from some of my favorite new artists including Home Video, Kisses, Summer Camp and Wise Blood. Another special track on this mix is newcomers Aux Arc from Savannah, GA. Look out for their first EP later this year, tentatively titled “It’s Hard Swallowing A Novelty.”

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Wise Blood – Strt Srns
  2. The Canyons – Apples and Pears
  3. Museum of Bellas Artes – Watch the Glow
  4. Real Estate – Beach Comber
  5. Two Door Cinema Club – Costume Party
  6. Warpaint- Undertow
  7. Evenings – Babe
  8. Home Video- The Smoke
  9. Kisses- Bermuda
  10. Aux Arc – Roundhouse
  11. Summer Camp – Round The Moon
  12. Pretty Lights – Maybe Tomorrow
  13. Winter Gloves – Plastic Slides
  14. Teen Daze – Driving Home From The Beach (The Feeling Of)
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Music Remixes

Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Aout

New month – new Le Miel du Mois mixtape on EMPT. I would write more but it’s Saturday and I need to back out in the sun asap, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Aout:  Last month, one of the fans of the monthly mix, “kiki,” commented on how Le Miel du Mois: Juillet makes her feel: “like dancing around the edge of a pool late night with a drink and a cigarette and oversized t-shirts and sometimes getting pushed in and you never remember the photos that get taken but you laugh the whole time,” Le Miel du Mois: Aout, aims to invoke the same exact feeling, but with a few minor alterations: sans pants, and add in flashing, flashing, lights lights lightssss.”

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Wale – Chillin Ft. Lady Gaga (The Knocks Remix)

Phantogram – Mouthful Of Diamonds

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

PNAU – Embrace ft. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke Remix)

M83 – We Own The Sky

1. Little Boots – New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)

2. Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Jakwod Remix)

3. Wale – Chillin Ft. Lady Gaga (The Knocks Remix)
4.
Phantogram – Mouthful Of Diamon
5. Boys Noize – Jeffer
6. Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend
7.
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
8.
PNAU – Embrace ft. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke Remix)
9. Goth Star – Pictureplane
10. French Kicks – Cloche
11. Miike Snow – Animal
12. Chester French – She Loves Everybody (Pance Party Remix)
13.
M83 – We Own The Sky
14. Ra Ra Riot – Ghost Under Rocks
15. Warpaint – Stars