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Nané – Always On My Mind

Want to be let in on a little secret? Well, here you go: Austin band Nané has been making the rounds in their cities with some apparently amazing results and have now brought their sound to us listeners outside the ATX area code. Consider it a blessing to my ears and yours, because this record is rock at its most charismatic, dashing, and genuinely fun. There’s no overly serious optics to slug through here – instead, it’s a rousing good time that’ll make you want to hit the dance floor with your friends and lose track of the time as the night waxes and wanes. And hey, if that’s hard for you to picture, there’s a perfect music video to check out too that’ll make you ready to show off those dance moves you’ve kept in store.

Love is a funny thing. We focus so hard on making ourselves the best versions of ourselves, then in turn we give it away as a gift to someone who reciprocates that act. It’s like a beautiful cycle of positive vibrations circulating from one into another and back again. You know that cycle has commenced when you can’t get them off your mind – when you wake up in the morning, when you’re in traffic, when you’re miles away. They’ve become an integral part of your development and, man, are you fortunate to have that feeling. I hope years of that and beyond are coming your way if they haven’t already arrived.

CLRX – So Clean

CLRX is a brand new artist that came on my radar today and I’m so excited to help introduce her to your ears. Coming straight out of San Francisco, she’s an insanely talented vocalist who flows like your favorite rapper while also showing genuine singing chops. It’s the kind of versatility I want from an artist in 2019 and man does she deliver. “So Clean” reminds me of the don’t-give-a-fuck tunes from people like M.I.A. who perfected a sound to throw on with the windows down, cruising down the highway and living nowhere except in the immediate present moment. Smash play on this one and don’t look back with the weekend upon us.

I’m operating on a clean slate where my spiritual life is back to a grounded center. It’s just in time for the beginning of a new month and right around the corner of a new year, and man, what a year it’s been. There’s been so much beautiful learning and growth and I feel possibly the best I’ve ever felt. Work is good, friends are good, my philosophic pursuits are good, everything is good! I’ll be carrying this vibe of positivity into the weekend and beyond!


ÆDAN had me intensely hyped up with the release of “HORIZON” and oh man does he deliver on this brand new EP. You can hear the influence of his C2C days through the scratches and old school hip-hop touches, but he’s operating in way more electronic territory that’ll make your head spin with excitement. My personal favorites are “EVOLUTION” which sounds like it should soundtrack the most epic video game of all time and “STORY” which feels closer to pop than anything he’s done before in the best way possible. This is such a good EP from top to bottom and I can’t recommend listening to it on repeat enough to you all.

Today has been weird in my little microclimate, but that’s okay. I’m keeping my eyes on the bigger picture and understanding my capacity for growth beyond little bumps in the road. We’re all spiritual beings having human experiences and that’s something to keep in mind on a daily basis no matter your little slip ups or imperfections. Practice compassion for not just others but yourself and you’ll find a much softer way to exist on this massive rock hurtling infinitely through space as the universe expands with no end in sight.

Carter Reeves – I

I swear Carter Reeves is an old soul in the best way possible. He has pure emotional depth combined with catchy hooks which is a formula for genuine staying power in music. That balance he strikes feels like a classic, long-lost approach with how quickly the scene moves, and I must say, finally hearing his new wave in the context of an EP just makes his work hit even harder this time around. I is like a psychedelic little daydream on the California coast, the sun shining and the waves slowly churning and feeling all of your senses blend into each other. “Lucy” is a personal favorite for this heady zone out, but “Yellow Soul” hits more modern pockets that vibe with my taste too. This project is just amazing from top to bottom and I can’t recommend it enough.

I’ll admit that I’m caught within the wondrous daydream that is SoCal. The weather is finally cooling off, the energy of people all around me seems to be more relaxed, it’s just a good time to be exactly where I’m at. I can finally exhale after a long summer and jam packed year and let these last few months coast on out like a message in a bottle floating off into the sea. I feel super fortunate to have this experience while I know other people are in panic mode with fires around the region, so I’m sending all my energy to those affected and hope everyone regardless of the area can reach their inner peace.

Dad – Alligator

Dad is a brand new bedroom pop project that’ll catch your ears in a flash. The twist is that Dad doesn’t exist – she’s a virtual conjuring of the 21st century style and emotion that’s more authentic than most vocalists playing the industry, Spotify playlist chasing game. There’s some serious pop songwriter talent contributing to this project and you can really feel the catchiness of the hooks woven through an honest, organic lens. It’s such an interesting concept from top to bottom, but when you boil it all down, “Alligator” is one of the best songs of the year with no context needed. Dad has captured my full attention and I look forward to hearing what this figment of our collective imagination does next.

I woke up on the right side of bed this Monday morning, so having a song that makes me smile like “Alligator” is perfect timing. The sun is shining, incense is burning, candles are lit, the salt rock lamp is on, coffee is being sipped, tarot cards have been read, reading has been done, a beautiful day is in total motion. It’s a fresh entrance to a busy week ahead, helping me slow down before philosophy seminars and Halloween festivities begin to roll out with a quick pace. Now, back to hitting repeat on “Alligator” again and again.

Moxi – Wolves

The conversation around mental health has become the most public it’s ever been in our present society and that’s such a blessing. There’s no need for people to hide in the shadows anymore – they can be totally forthright about their experiences and that’s led to brave music in particular like Moxi’s “Wolves”. It’s a beautiful uplifting song that will fill you up with intense emotions as it’s lyrically honest and the music feels like the sun finally breaking through cloudy skies. You can feel their emergence from the depths into a beautiful new world that’s all the more rewarding once we’ve escaped our demons and put them to rest. I just don’t have enough positive words to say about “Wolves” and how important a song like this is.

It’s funny thinking about how hushed trying to discuss mental health even at the beginning of the 21st century was. It felt almost shameful for people to talk about seeing a therapist or taking medication, like that suddenly made them a weaker person, less deserving of sympathy, when in reality they needed a stronger societal support system to prop them up in times of need. But now, being able to flip on the TV and see NBA players talk about their struggles with depression is a totally normal occurrence. Ailments of the mind are like ailments of the body – they deserve compassion and treatment and celebration once they’ve been overcome!

EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois – Octobre 2019

Sorta like a dream, isn’t it?
No, Better…

Publié le 24 octobre 2019

01. Jordan Mackampa — What Am I
02. Samm Henshaw — Only One to Blame
03. Winston Surfshirt — Smile
04. North Downs — Dads Old Tapes
05. Blue Material — Personal
06. Isaac Delusion — fancy
07. Turnover — Plant Sugar
08. The Strands — Yoney
09. Claire George — Alone, Together (Forever)
10. Moon Duo — Eternal Shore
11. Swing Set — Love Her
12. The Internet — Hold On (LSCHYLD Remix)
13. Roshima — Tense (ft. Falcxne, Stacey Shopsowitz, Jan Morez)
14. Sampa The Great — Dare To Fly (feat. Ecca Vandal)
15. Jrxse — Solace (ft Starchild)

Space Age Bachelor Pad Music


Aedan delivers cinematic trap goodness on “HORIZON”, a song that feels like Paper Diamond and Pretty Lights at their heyday (which makes sense because Aedan was crushing that style of hip-hop influenced sounds himself around the same time). It comes with a stunning music video that pushes the boundaries of the medium and feels more like an intense psychedelic head trip than something you’d throw on in the middle of the day (please excuse me while I now zone out into another stratosphere at 1PM). The song also is the first look at a new EP Aedan is dropping called MICROCLIMAT which I’m extremely excited to dive into if “HORIZON” is any indication of the quality at hand!

Always chase the horizon. Keep working toward the best version of yourself. You’ll never be perfect, but if you keep moving forward and progressing, nothing but the best of benefits to your mental, physical, and spiritual growth will follow. I’ve been chasing that horizon my entire life and am nowhere close to done yet, but that doesn’t slow me down! Anything I do at this very second to advance my present moment will make future me, whether that’s tomorrow or in a year or in decades, a much happier individual. In the end, isn’t that we all want? To be fulfilled and content?

Julia Thompson – DNA (ft. Reo Cragun)

Julia Thompson absolutely stuns on a single that should function as a breakout if widespread listeners know what’s good to them. She has a crystalline voice that radiates chills throughout, each note invoking deeply held sentiments. The production is the perfect balance of raw guitars and punchy modern styles to make it totally fresh while Reo Cragun’s feature is a lights-out addition that shoots the song to the stratosphere. It’s all wrapped together by lyrics about deep, intertwined passion that make this not just a single to throw on with friends, but one to play on headphones while pondering life itself.

It’s not in a romantic sense, but today I had to let go of someone who’s been embedded into my DNA for years. They were of genuine service to me and saw me through the hardest of times, but our wavelengths just don’t vibrate on the same frequency anymore. We’ve gone two different paths no longer perpendicular, but that’s not a negative judgement. That’s okay, because we’re constantly evolving in life and sometimes that means versions of our old selves slip away with people slipping away as a result. I have nothing but gratitude for what they did for me but also look forward to the new adventures ahead.

Reva DeVito – Cali

Excuse my lateness to the party, but Reva DeVito crystalizes the mystique of SoCal into a soulful examination of the wonder and romance floating through the air in my home. It’s a mystique that’s impossible to resist once you’ve arrived, the palm trees and cool breeze and vivid sunsets all proving the worth of their idealization by the rest of the world. The production on “Cali” is a wonderful romp that enlists *those* classic SoCal synths with a hazy R&B groove, offering DeVito all the best pockets for her voice to luxuriously flow across like the Malibu waves softly crashing against the coast (and hey, the music video is pretty fantastic too in case you’re wondering).

I was lovestruck by California the moment I landed three years ago, totally bewildered and overwhelmed by all the stimulation of Los Angeles. It slowly faded away as the grit of the city began to seep into my everyday life and remove some of that scene in Mulholland Drive where the lead actress arrives as all smiles, but that’s part of a place becoming home. That said, the wonder has started to return. Just last night, I was driving home on Hollywood Boulevard with endless lights stretched in front of me, the soft lights of the luxurious hills tucked between the corridor like a sky-high painting. I see the beauty here again and it only continues to grow.