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Big Boi – Higher Res (feat. Jai Paul and Little Dragon)

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Now this is a collaboration I can get down to. None of the three artists spinning on this track are strangers to EMPT and having them come together is a bit of a dream I wish I dreamed just to say “Hey, I thought of this before it happened.” Here we are however and Big Boi has beat me to the punch. I will admit that when this single dropped early in December I wasn’t fangirling as much as I thought I would, but like most good things – it’s an acquired taste.

A sharp snare drum knits the track together and provides a solid beat to dance to if you’re not feeling too adventurous in getting down to Jai Paul’s schizophrenic 808 bumps and wobbling bass line. This track is Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” re-vamped for the HD age. Jai Paul on the hook blatantly tells us he just wants to get it on in higher res, to “see it on the sick screen.”  Big Boi’s verse is scattered spoken virtual innuendo over a sharp production. There are moments in the track where it feels like we’re in the studio listening to these three artists jamming. The vibes they’re bouncing off one another are genuine and you can hear them get in their zones. While the track is distinctly Jai Paul, Big Boi and Little Dragon’s Yukimi’s styles aren’t lost. Rather, they’re amplified by the minimalist production. Yukimi has never sounded sexier than she does here with her seductive verse.

Don’t take this track for one spin. Spin it again and again. It’s hypnotizing and a real gem off Big Boi’s new album that leaves you wanting more.

Big Boi – Higher Res (feat. Jai Paul and Little Dragon)

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Big Boi – Apple Of My Eye

The intro on this track really caught my ear, and that’s not easy especially when the lyrics don’t come in until 42 seconds, which for me at that point I usually skip to a different track but being a huge fan of Big Boi I knew I was going to hear the unexpected.  The creative sounds, the eerie anticipation of what the breakdown of the beat is going to be.  That’s how it has always been even back in the Outkast days, (which really wasn’t that long ago) just this beautiful unpredictability of unique, funky hip-hop, with great vocals and great lyrics and a flow that is hard to match.  I know most people are still living in denial that Outkast has now just become the two dudes on their own, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, but we all knew in the back of our minds it was going to happen so just snap out of it and stop whining!

I think what they have created on their own is great, and especially on Big Boi’s new album “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” (which by the way is a dope title for an album), you can appreciate the fact that Big Boi doesn’t stray away from some of the old patterns, techniques, and melodic structures that made the boys from Outkast who they are and will always be remembered as today.  So those of you living in denial mode you are still essentially getting that same bite from the past, but everyone has to grow and keep moving with the world as it is evolving, right?..Right!  This is another track I am going to stick in my study stash, great flow, catchy structure, boss lyrics as always, I gotta study hard as an artist myself to keep up with some of these Greats!

I have been under the weather the past couple days and I have no idea what sick is anymore because it’s been so damn long that I still try and run around like a mad women each day and come to find my body just crashing hard as of last night after a phenomenal Knicks game…So looks like the couch, football and some good music are keeping me locked inside of my apartment today, and Apple of My Eye, perked me up as much as I can be perked right now.

Stay healthy people, Enjoy!

Big Boi – Apple Of My Eye

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Aout

Harder Better Faster Stronger is something me and Hec can relate to now more than ever – everything is just getting bigger and better. EMPT and LMDM are committed to finding the best beats and artists and bringing them to our readers and I couldn’t be happier or more proud to be apart of it. This month’s Le Miel du Mois is fast fun that I hope will rock your tape til it pops. Enjoy the last month of summer. Make it count. – Steph

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Tracklisting:

1.    Big Boi – Feel Me (Intro)
2.    Juiceboxxx – 100MPH (AC Slater Remix)
3.    Star Slinger – Mornin
4.    Big Boi – Daddy Fat Sax
5.    Fiveng – Jonah (Star Slinger Remix)
6.    Pictureplane – Double Sets Of Lungs Now
7.    The Hoof and the Heel – Fireworks
8.    Ocelot – Beating Hearts (Louis Laroche Remix)
9.    Error Love – Nightlife Souveniers
10.   Star Slinger – Minted
11.   Bronze – Horses