Angus & Julia Stone – Grizzly Bear (Lakechild Edit)

There is a shift in many of the psyches of this, our, younger generation. It is not cool to be elitist. It is frowned upon to judge others, to act a class above or oblivious to the cultures of our fellow humans. Arguably due to the accessibility of information, the ease of traveling now to places far away or making friends or following people across the world.

I am blessed with a job that allows me to travel and nearly forces us to submerge ourselves in the culture, to talk to everyone we meet and to experience the places we visit so we become not only a source there, but build connections here. But even after multiple trips to these places and people, I am still always surprised by the people and how similar we all really are. Currently in India, I had that moment again and again. Here, there is a more recent shift from the arranged marriages we all see in film and TV that, from a western perspective, seems archaic still. Which had me thinking about love.

I was in a cab and the driver asked me about my love. His first question was “is it a love marriage or a set marriage”. I explained about my love (leaving out the back story of meeting in a pub over a beer and football on Halloween) but he was very concerned about this arrangement I was in. What would my parents think? How could I be with someone my family hadn’t met? I hadn’t been home in a long time and my parents meeting my boyfriend was not a big deal, but I felt judged in it. I felt what we had put out there for so long. This was a normal situation of love to be in in my mind, but saying it out loud here felt like I was in a lesser love for a moment. And I could see there are places in the world where this not normal. This is irresponsible love. That we are still different in many ways.

A few days later, I met up with a girlfriend. Oddly, I found myself drinking wine in a Mexican restaurant listening to a country music song covered in a very thick, Indian accent over candlelight in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. I can’t explain this situation other than it was a twilight zone sort of moment where I just laughed at it. Everything was a juxtaposition here to everything in the room. The conversation turned in to talking about boys. What else do 26 year old girls talk about. And it was then I realized that we are not really different at all. The things she worried about in her relationship where what I did in mine. Are we going anywhere? Where do we want to end up? And then after more wine, we reminisced about the first time we met our significant others. And again, the stories were similar. Nervous, attraction, long talks, and how much we adored them immediately.

Underneath all of this and between the decades and centuries of cultural divides, we now have understanding and can see the common grounds. I realized we all feel butterflies when we meet them, when we talk about love, we are nervous and excited, we get set up or we meet by chance.

It is a fun, exciting time to be alive and to experience people and have those conversations in dark bars in India over Mexican food listening to Sam Smith and Tim McGraw cover songs, because somehow, we are all human.

This song reminds me of the bar talks. Of the butterflies and being blissfully taken far away with a stranger who knows you all too well.

Angus & Julia Stone – Grizzly Bear (Lakechild Edit)


Jan Blomqvist – Big Jet Plane (Niconé remix)

This track is boss. Jan Blomqvist’s reinterpretation of  Angus & Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” takes the indie classic to a whole new level. Its dreamy tech house feel is perfect for almost any situation, thanks to its infectious beat. Like dancing with nostalgia, this tune stays true to the feel of the original while emitting a whole new vibe.

She said “hello mister, please to meet ya
I wanna hold her, I wanna kiss her
She smelled of daisies, she smelled of daisies
She drive me crazy, she drive me crazy.”

Jan Blomqvist’s voice exudes a certain melancholic euphoria. Bittersweet and so real. Haunting and uplifting at the same time. Passionate yet detached. His distinct sound captures a duality that is indescribable through words. Jan Blomqvist truly recognizes the emotional component of electronic music. All of his sounds are his own. After spending 7 years as a singer, songwriter, and bassist of a dark and melodic grunge rock band, he chose to move to Berlin and work solo as a producer. His sound has an unique organic quality to it, and he is definitely an artist to take note of for the future.

Jan Blomqvist – Big Jet Plane (Niconé remix)


Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (Chris Carter Cover)

Monday is full of surprises isn’t it!? Not always good surprises but today we have an EMPT exclusive for you from the one and only Chris Carter who is always bringing us jams, never a disappointment!  I think that we have all heard Angus & Julia’s track Big Jet Plane a time or two or more,  the Australian brother and sister following in the footsteps of their parent who were a folk duo before these two were born. This track is kind of a sad story about dreaming about a world that is much bigger then the sludge you might be living in at that moment.  I have always liked this track and I find myself always dreaming bigger when I listen to it.

I think Chris brings a bang to this track that gives it a feel like you are in the movie Tron, speeding down the lighted track towards whatever fantasy is driving you. I love that nothing gets taken away from this track, the string instruments and even the sad but determined feeling in the vocals, but what Chris gives it is more power and a more fast paced determination, creating less of a sadness. Chris speeds this jam up with some great effects and some kick that will surely have you wanting to leave work, jump in your car, pretend its Friday and speed toward whatever dream or fantasy is in your head right now.

Start up your week right and press play, don’t be afraid to turn this Jam up where ever you are, just blame us, enjoy!

Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (Chris Carter Cover)


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b by Ryan Radler

That’s right fools, it’s Monday, you’re up early for work, you already want to go home and Friday is no where in sight. You went from cold beers at a beach to hot coffee in a cubicle, it’s the roughest of times indeed. But cheer up old chap!, we’ve got the antidote for anything remotely lame so say hello to the anti-work, anti-monday experience – Ryan Radler’s S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b.

Last week we introduced you to Radler’s fine wine of a mix tape and we all fell in love. Today we’re doing it all over again with another fantastic tape sure to put some swing in those M word blues. There’s so much I can say about these tapes, I don’t even know where to start. There’s the amazing art work, with all it’s nuance and detail perfectly complimenting the sound of the tape. I’m an absolute nerd for detail and quality and after talking to Ryan about his approach it’s no surprise we would cross paths…

Artwork: I have a penchant for retro/vintage design/fashion/art. If I had it my way, I would be perpetually living back in the 60’s and 70’s. The images I have collected and treated are there to match up the audio with a visual of how I see summer. You may notice a bit of a theme with the mirrored effect. I personally have been a big fan of symmetry and asymmetrical balance… “

Yeah this is a mix tape but soon you’ll see that this labor of love is more like a timeless collectors series, you gotta love it. Last weeks tape was one of the most popular post in recent EMPT history and after listening to 1b on repeat for the last two days I suspect nothing less for this one. Like I said before, this is hands down the best summer mix tape you will find anywhere on the internet, we’re happy to presenting it and can’t wait to bring you another next week. Go check out the mastermind behind this on his Facebook page, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b :

1. Stay Close + Stay Close (RAC Mix) – DELOREAN
2. Siberian Breaks (Ed Banger Allstars rmx/Dj Supermarkt) – MGMT
3. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) – TALKING HEADS
4. She Wants + She Wants (Reverse Remix) – METRONOMY
5. Crime Pays – BEAR HANDS
6. Climbing Walls – STRANGE TALK
7. Go Outside – CULTS
8. Endless Spring – HOUSES
9. SST (Soft Soul Transition) – SOFT SOUL TRANSITION
10. Sleepy Lagoon – HENRY MANCINI
11. Sunlight – BAG RAIDERS
12. India – MITZI
13. Julius – STARFUC*ER
14. Big Jet Plane (Michael Brun Bootleg) – ANGUS & JULIA STONE
15. Change Of Heart – EL PERRO DEL MAR

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R: a n t i-w i n t e r 1b by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

Music Soundtracks

Coachella 2011 Recap – Mixtape

Earlier this week I returned from my mecca in the desert, Coachella. This was my 2nd year attending as the people were beautiful, the weather was blazin, and the music was blissful. With such a loaded lineup, it’s impossible to see every artist you want to catch, as I missed plenty of good acts due to time conflicts or the stage I was at, but here are the sets I was able to catch a good portion of:

FriWarpaint, Cee-Lo Green, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A-Trak, Afrojack, Cold War Kids, Brandon Flowers, Interpol, The Black Keys, Sasha, & The Chemical Brothers

Sat Freelance Whales, Foals, Joachim Garraud, Chuckie, Cage the Elephant, Yelle, Bright Eyes, The Swell Season, Mumford & Sons, Fedde le Grand, Steve Angello, Empire of the Sun, Arcade Fire

SunJack’s Mannequin, City & Colour, Angus & Julia Stone, Jimmy Eat World, Nas & Damian Marley, Foster the People, Ratatat, The Strokes, Leftfield & Kanye West

If you have the funds or the time to make it next year, I can’t recommend it enough. I set high expectations for the festival each year and the festival  has surpassed them every time. Here is a bunch of video highlights put together by JamBase – Coachella Highlights

Below is a mixtape of songs I enjoyed the most at the festival. Hopefully these tracks can already generate a flashback to those who were there. I’m assuming you’ve heard most of these tracks by now but just in case you haven’t. . .

Freelance Whales – Generator First Floor

Empire of the Sun – Standing on the Shore

Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Ratatat – Mirando

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

Yelle – Comme Un Enfant

Foster the People – Houdini

Cage the Elephant – Shake Me Down

Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing

The Chemical Brothers – Swoon

Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page

Angus & Julia Stone – Yellow Brick Road

– Joel

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