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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Mars 2013

Chances, people tell you not to take chances
When they tell you there aren’t any answers
And I was starting to agree
But I awoke suddenly in the path of a lightning bolt”

They want us to define ourselves, to pick a side, choose a lane, walk around proud of those beliefs, confident and unwavering – safe & comfortable. But whose beliefs are those anyway? Most of us are products of our upbringing, our beliefs are those of our environment – our parents, television, marketing, music and so on. Why? Well, it’s easy to sell to, control and manipulate a predictable person. Think about your old ass grand parents. You ever hear them say some retarded sexist, racist or generally moronic stone age shit that makes you wonder how people in the past could have been so ignorant? We all have. Back in the day when information wasn’t as freely accessible that’s how effective the old ways were.

But say goodbye to olden times and welcome to EMPT, home of the Space Age. Open to everything and bound by nothing, we represent the futuristic being. Rebels of routine, patterns and blind tradition…

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

An open mind gives us the full capacity to love, appreciate and understand the fact that we are truly limitless. As we move into spring let’s use that to remember that the world is always in movement, change is the only thing that is constant. Thus, there’s no point to lock off your mind, move with the world forever.

I’m so proud that EMPT is the home of Le Miel du Mois and every time I hear Stephs work I get all worked up like this because her music is 100% aligned with everything that inspired my to start this site. I mean listen any LMDM and pretend like you know what’s next. This is no Pandora or Netflix bs algorithm. We have no preference for anything but the best, nothing here is a cheap random song you might like because you liked the last one. This 100% human expression with the single purpose of sharing our lives, taste and journey in the most honest way we can. This isn’t conformity, we answer to no one when brining you what we love. This is the Space Age. Press play, enjoy.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Jake Bugg- Lightning Bolt
  2. Crazy P – Heartbreaker
  3. Ginger And The Ghost – One Type of Dark (Ta-ku Remix)
  4. Lovelife – Your New Beloved
  5. Wolf Alice – White Leather
  6. Tiger Waves – Fields
  7. Lafayette – Mauvaise Mine (Jupiter Remix)
  8. Sergio Rizzolo – The Balearic Generation
  9. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Jean Raw Mix)
  10. Kindness – Swinging Party
  11. Jai Paul – Jasmine
  12. Art Of Shades – All Away (Feat. Soukaïna)
  13. Youth Lagoon – Daisyphobia

 

 

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juillet 2012

If you haven’t noticed by now EMPT is in a new era. Some have noticed the new direction and expressed concern but in my mind if you’re not getting better you’re getting worse. Sometimes you have to be a little disruptive to move forward and break your comfort zone which may be keeping you stuck in a certain place or patten. Think of a company like RIM, what they were doing in their glory days was awesome, they innovated the smartphone yet they rested on their laurels and never disrupted their own patterns. Instead they let another company come along and do it for them. Steve Jobs always said it’s better to cannibalise your own products with something newer and better than let your competition do it for you, I couldn’t agree more.

That said, we’ve destroyed our old ways to rebuild something brand new and now we’re giving you more music than ever, more variety and more perspective yet it’s all still within the taste and style of the EMPT you know and love. We’ve got an all-star team of writers, Ryan Radler bringing nothing but mixtape greatness, Mollie keeping things going and oh did I forget to mention we still have Steph Lund’s beloved Le Miel du Mois on our roster…

Let’s take it to the basics, you in the midst of greatness,
My Martin was a Maison rock Margielas with no laces…” – VSVP Rocky 

So here we are another Monday, another installment of LMDM and it’s fantastic – tell me something new. As usual Steph covers the full spectrum constantly taking us to and fro bittersweet love, desperation, lust, hope, dance, chill out, summer times, good times, you name it. I can’t stress this enough, do not let your microwave listening habits interfere with experiencing this tape. Every single song was selected and sequenced a certain way for your listening pleasure so do yourself a favor, press play and let take on the LMDM experience, you won’t regret it. Enjoy.

Diamonds, pearls, they feel alright. when i see you standing there, the evening sun upon your hair. covered up with garden dirt. with just one glance you tear my skirt.”

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Tracklisting:

  1. The N’ere Dowells – Comets
  2. Atlas Genius – Backseat
  3. Nicolas Jaar – With Just One Glance You (feat. Scout Larue & Will Epstein)
  4. Beach House – Myth
  5. The Concept – Gimme Twice
  6. MRTN – Slow (Apparent Motion Remix)
  7. Breakfast in Fur – Shine
  8. Purity Ring – Obedear
  9. Youth Lagoon – The Hunt
  10. Goldroom – Fifteen (Oxford Remix)
  11. Way Yes – Gino
  12. The Rapture – Sail Away (Digitalism Remix)
  13. Twin Shadow – Five Seconds
  14. Dont Wait Animate – The Hunger (Synkro Remix)
  15. Wild Belle – Keep You
  16. Zambri – Hundred Hearts (Teen Daze Remix)
  17. Nicolas Jaar – The Electric Prunes — Holy Are You (There Is No God Edit) [Reprise]
  18. Arthur Beatrice – Midland (Bwana Remix)
  19. Southern Shores – Take Me Anywhere

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Avril 2012

t w e n t y o n e songs of Le Miel du Mois! What the f%*k is a Monday blues?

Steph is back with this installment of LMDM and it’s another wonderfully eclectic blend of everything you didn’t even know you loved. Stephs all-embracing approach to music is one of the reasons why LMDM has been and continues to be one of the most interesting mix tapes on any side of the globe. I don’t know about you but I get bored quick fast listening to the same music or style over and over. Musical monogamy is not a concept I can get behind. Our minds are capable of processing anything we throw at it so to limit yourself to just one style of expression or one type of artist is a crime of the highest order. Thankfully, once a month Steph delivers like that perfect lover everyone dreams of – unpredictable, surprising, interesting, risky and totally in tune with your wants and desires at the moment without you having to say a word. Gotta love it.

I have listened to Youth Lagoon on repeat more times than you should really repeat anything in one hour/day/week/month. Same for The Drums,  who are playing in New York this Sunday if you are in NY, go. Other monthly obsessions include the sun and no-reason car rides so I can listen to whatever I’m listening to (probably Youth Lagoon) longer before having to go inside. And here we go…

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Tracklisting:

  1. Midi Matilda – Day Dreams (MyKill Remix)
  2. Craft Spells- Party Talk
  3. Neon Indian – Hex Girlfriend
  4. Germany Germany – Sleeping Pills
  5. Beach Fossils – Calyer
  6. Teen Daze – The Future
  7. Yppah – Film Burn (Feat. Anomie Bell)
  8. Wise Blood – Loud Mouths
  9. Young Liars – Colours (Teen Daze Remix)
  10. Youth Lagoon – Afternoon
  11. Phantogram – Don’t Move
  12. Oberhofer – Heart
  13. Grimes – Vanessa
  14. Slothpop – Magenta (WAY YES Remix)
  15. The Drums I Dont Want To Go Alone
  16. Caandides – Sun Way Too Low
  17. Niki and the Dove- Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix)
  18. Ornette – Crazy Extended Club Version (Noze Remix)
  19. Young Wonder – Orange
  20. Kindness- House
  21. Troubleman – Electric Guest
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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Janvier 2012

I’m in Cali, the weather is nice, I’m renewing my love for the grind, so many pretty girls, feeling healthy and I’m flying up and down these streets in my A5 with the…

Top like a rock star, I got a fast car 
We can cruise the city, doin’ a buck-sixty … – Jay-Z

To top it off Steph just sent me a new the first LMDM of 2012 – sometimes you just gotta take it all in…

So it’s no secret, I’ve been MIA lately. The move to LA has been nothing close to easy. The first night I set up all my  equipment 4 separate neighbors in my complex complained and my landlord was kind enough to give me the option to move out (1 week after moving in). It’s hard out here for a noisy musician but it’s all good now, I signed the lease on a house in West Hollywood so now I can make all the noise I want. There’s never a valid excuse but with everything finally settling down you can expect EMPT to be back to it’s regularly scheduled programming in no time.

What can I say about this months installment of LMDM that hasn’t already been said about a Michael Jordan, it’s clutch, amazing, the best. As usual Steph turns her own style upside down and brings a flavor and twist to the series we’ve yet to see, I love it. LMDM is always an eclectic experience but this time around theres a very interesting blend of acoustic and electric that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. I’m the biggest fan of all these tapes but this one is special folks, don’t miss out. I’ll let her tell it…

I dont know if its because its winter or what but the slow ones really hooked me for this month. Although there’s something to be said to flip that, slow tunes for warm weather are very fitting sometimes, as well. And this is coming from a girl that prefers to be put to sleep by techno blasting from my speakers, true story, ever since I can remember (since age 11/12 at summer camp…). Anyway, this tape needs to be played with appreciation. Appreciation for the slower ones. As an impatient person wanting everything now now now fast fast fast,  Let it go…it might even start sounding faster and faster, even at the pauses. – Steph

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Tracklisting:

  1. Barretso – Mirage
  2. Porcelain Raft – Unless You Speak From Your Heart
  3. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
  4. Zambri – To Keep Back
  5. Youth Lagoon – July
  6. Labyrinth Ear – Humble Bones
  7. King Midas – Goodbye Girl (Kuedo Rework)
  8. The Dø – Too Insistent (Trentemøller Remix)
  9. Giraffage – SLO
  10. Intergalactic Lovers – Fade Away
  11. Nujabes – Dawn on the Side
  12. Polica – Lay Your Cards Out
  13. Pale Seas – Amour

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Mai 2011

Where am I? I’ve been rockin’ for a good 27 hours now,  was in the studio with the Oos & Ahhs all day yesterday, pulled an all nighter to finish curating the music for a restaurant and then realized this morning I have to hook you up with this months mixtape – Go, go, go…

Life in the fast lane
Surely make you lose your mind
Life in the fast lane, everything all the time…” – The Eagles

This months installment of LMDM is arriving 17 days late but in my opinion perfectly on time. I’ve been meaning to post about 9 of the 14 songs on the list which goes to show you how similar Steph and I are when it comes to music. There is much to be said about this line up, but I want to avoid too much talking because and let Mai 2011 shine. I’m pumped to finally have the new LMDM and I know a lot of you have been waiting so here it is, enjoy.

I decided to open this mix with Naked and Famous’ :48 intro called The Source which then goes into The Sun, my favorite track off the new album, besides Young Blood, and ended this month’s mix with one of my favorite Paris DJ’s Walter Sobcek, and his new remix of Parisian artist, Keren Ann, called My Name Is Trouble- the opener and closer of this month’s mix sets somewhat of a tone, which depending on the individual could feel completely different from one person to the next.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Naked and Famous – The Source
  2. Naked and Famous – The Sun
  3. Youth Lagoon – Cannons
  4. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
  5. Blackbird Blackbird – Hawaii (Niva Remix)
  6. Wave Machines – Keep the Lights On
  7. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed (SposhRock Remix)
  8. Loud Valley- Daytona Beach
  9. We Are Trees – Colorado
  10. Siriusmo – Idiologie
  11. Purity Ring – Lofticries
  12. Holy Ghost! – Wait & See (CFCF Remix)
  13. PEPEPIANO – Flesh Rails
  14. Walter Sobcek- My Name Is Trouble


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