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PHANTOGRAM – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (A-Trak Remix) [feat. Joey Purp]

I’ve been a running around a chicken with their head cut off since I have been back in NYC, I mean that’s the NYC lifestyle so I didn’t expect anything less or any relaxation once I got here.  It’s been amazing to be back, back on the grind, back blazin’ trails with aggressive hardworking artists such as myself.  That’s why I love it here, people don’t stop whether they are working or playing, they just don’t stop, “sleep when you are dead”, I love that and you will probably hear me say it a lot because once you become an adult with conviction it should be a saying that you live by… And die by!

You don’t get me high anymore.”

I am relating to this a lot in terms of the things that have changed in my life.  I was only away from NYC for 7 months, but being away for that amount of time I think I was able to look at NYC from a different perspective, decide who I really wanted in my life when I got back, who was there for me, who wasn’t.  Things change a lot when you have kids, it’s an eye opener in terms of the way your friends react towards you, how your lifestyle has to change a bit.  Don’t get me wrong I love the way my life has changed, I love all of the challenges and learning experiences but it is definitely crazy how your whole world can flip and you are rearranging EVERYTHING!  Certain things, certain people, they just don’t get me high anymore…

I needed a good feel good Summer track to get me ready for the weekend in the Hamptons, this one got me in the mood so press play and maybe I will see some of you out there! xx

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A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix)

Now this is a trio I was not expecting. New Zealand darling, Kimbra with Canadian wunderkind, A-Trak, and Foster The People’s Mike Foster on one track? Add a whole other level of hype with the duo behind What So Not and we have on our hands a solid track to turn the lights off, turn up the volume, and get down. Trust me here, this track deserves your speaker’s full attention.

Kimbra has never sounded sexier than she does here on this track. Her vocals in the chorus, deep in her register, exude a certain kind of lust that’s animalistic and utterly human. She effortlessly swings between her charming self and hidden sex-kitten ego within seconds of each other. What So Not takes the original track’s heavy A-Trak production and spins it into a dark basement dance hall banger. A deep drum bumps under a heavy synth wobble. The tension in the build is released in one of the most unexpected drops I’ve heard. When I first heard it I may or may not have screamed a little. It’s a drop made for dark corner dancing and sending lust-filled looks over a drink (y’all know what I’m talking about).

What So Not’s goal with their music is to create music like this “because the world needs more bangers.” They’ve given us a one helluvah banger here and I’m not complaining. I guess a little shout-out to Converse is necessary here because the brand brought these three artists together in the first place for their annual “3 Artists, 1 Song” series. Thanks to them, What So Not heard it and saw a bit of themselves in the song and here we are, on a Friday night that’s just beginning with a track worthy of night-time debauchery.

A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix)

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A-Trak & Dillon Francis – Money Makin’

There’s a vibe in the air these days in New York City. It’s always present, but as the seasons shift and the weather goes from temperamental to mild at the flick of a switch, I walk the streets and notice an air. It’s one of motivation. It’s the post-summer glow, just as the weather begins to get a little bit chillier.

But I look into the eyes of the beautiful people, and I see the same things I always see. Sadness, happiness, loneliness, or … the motivation and drive to succeed. I’ve kind of learned to look out for it — it’s a hunger that stems from the toes and goes all the way to the tips of our hair. And as it passes along that long line, it stops to catch our gaze, in the pupils of a stranger who hails a cab, or a businesswoman on two different cell phones, seemingly still calm and collected.

We’re all working at that money, trying to pay the end of the month responsibilities. But what if for a moment, we eliminated that one seedy factor? What would be working for? A lot would say experience, for life fulfillment, for goals that we’ve set for ourselves from a younger age. Unfortunately, it’s hard to eliminate that notion. It’s hard to imagine a world that isn’t driven by money. And that can be a sad thing. But I’ve recently dealt with very realistic monetary situations, and in those realities, I’ve come to figure out that it’s all just a load of bull shit. Like, cool. Make money doing things that you don’t really like, or do things that you love, and don’t make money. I just can’t wrap my mind around it most days, even as I constantly contemplate the whirlwind that is the “American Dream” something I think about a lot, especially as I believe it to have stopped existing in the past couple of decades.

These are really heavy matters, I know. Especially, right after my last post regarding kissing and love. But these are all the realest aspects of our lives, even if money is the least real to our own inner beings. It’s real to everyone else. And this song toys with that notion in a really lighthearted matter. I know thatA-Trak & Dillon Francismay not have intended for this song to be at all heavy, but it’s definitely curious to hear such a subject in a track by two very talented and well-known musicians. It’s fun and catchy, much like a lot of pop song bangers these days, but it’s always important to try and understand that dark message that exists under a lot of our favorite poppy tunes.

All realness aside, this song is wicked fun and I wouldn’t have written about it if I didn’t think ya’ll could get down to it. It’s the perfect Saturday track. There’s no problem with thinking about real things and then divulging in a poppy banger of a tune. I think that has a lot to do with why I (and we as a collective), write for EMPT.

Cheers!

A-Trak & Dillon Francis – Money Makin’

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Digitalism – Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)

Keep it up don’t stop, don’t lose your pace…” – NewVillager

I talked about my infatuation with living fast yesterday and the feeling seems to be getting stronger by the second. What do you do when things are going well,  keep moving. What do you do when shit hits the fan? Rock on.

I got a press release from COOP Music announcing the June 20th release of Digitalism’s 2nd LP entitled I Love You, Dude. Their first album, Idealism, was released back in 2007 and played an important role in cultivating the sound that pretty much dominates both current underground and mainstream styles. If you missed that I highly recommend a listen. It’s face paced, energetic and banging, perfect for the fast life. Idealistic was a popular track from the album and this A-Trak remix is deserves a revisit, enjoy.

Digitalism – Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)

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