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Möwe – Call You Home (Kelvin Jones Bootleg)

Home (həʊm/noun) – a place where something flourishes.

This is a dedicated to the lovers. To the grinders. To those of you writhing to the beat of this tune as you shuffle through the tracks here. Whether it is the pounding base that starts the song off, giving your body the tempo to work off of or just your general mid-week slump you are pulling through.

What makes a song special? A song that you listen to and immediately you feel connected. Like a welcomed “Killing Me Softly” feeling that you actually crave as you feel what they feel. Their words are your words. Your empathy takes hold and you start to mutter the words under the vocals until about one minute in when you just get in to it. I had that moment as I was listening to this song in a coffee shop. Mind you the seats around are filled with suits and power skirts and large rain jackets draped over the back of the wooden set-ups. But sometimes you cannot help but let it out. Which is what Kelvin Jones did beautifully.

This remix of Kelvin Jone‘s original has given this song legs, and these legs are moving. After listening to his acoustic original, and then this remix, you will find a home in his words. Each verse drenched in emotion and sung as it were a plea to a lover. A shot in the dark. A search for his light.

Möwe produced this very delicious remix for us to enjoy. Cheers, lovers.

You got those eyes (that) stare into my soul
You get that smile when I’m giving you my all
You’re the brighter side of things
You’re the lighter side of life
And all the joy that you bring
Is why I need you in my life

(But) Can I call you home
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
I just wanna let you know
In my mind I call you home”

Möwe – Call You Home (Kelvin Jones Bootleg)

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Active Child – Hanging On (Chrome Wolves Bootleg)

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Bootleg is one of my favorite words in the English language. Its etymological roots stem from alcohol smugglers in the late 1800’s hiding bottles in their boots. There have been few cooler professions EVER than rum smuggler. Those fools got creative.

In the musical sense, a bootleg is a track that is unauthorized by the rights holders. So if I bring my sneaky recording device into the Kanye show and get his screaming rants on tape, that’s a bootleg. Who hasn’t watched a bootleg kung-fu movie where its like five guys smoking cigarettes and laughing between the camera and the TV that’s being recorded.

After Mediafire got shut down, and in light of the general tightening of cyberspace freedom, every time I find a bootleg is a celebration. It implies that the artist who legally owns the material isn’t a huge douche, and is not taking legal action against some bedroom producer who won’t make any money of the track anyway.

Active Child is a group that makes their money off their music and touring. They would have justifiable grounds to scrub the internet clean of any unauthorized remixes, and yet they don’t.

They don’t because the remixes in fact broaden their fan base. The original “Hanging On” is a bomb track, and well worth a listen. But it is not necessarily what the kids are listening to these days. The Chrome Wolves bootleg, however, matches up to the infatuation with beat driven music, and opens an entire new audience up to Active Child’s sounds.

It’s a win-win. Or, a win-win-win, because we get to jam out to this phatty bootleg.

Active Child – Hanging On (Chrome Wolves Bootleg)

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Rihanna – Cake (Sweater Beats Bootleg)

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Rihanna instantly makes me feel sexy. Her music is gritty and dirty and sexy and generally just makes one giddy.

This is a dark and hypnotic mix from Sweater Beats, who has taken his signature trap sound and made this song even dirtier. A song which sounds like something you are going to hear in the back room of a dodgy club where you could get drunk of the sweat of the beautiful people grazing against you. The producer from Brooklyn, on the HW&W label, delivers on his promise to “make your booty bounce”. Although, it looks like he has not released his full first album yet, you can bet that this young producer is creating more tunes to listen to in the dark back room of your choosing.

Rihanna – Cake (Sweater Beats Bootleg)

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Music Remixes

Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man (Holtoug Bootleg)

There are two things going on this morning. My super fantastic heater (real talk, it is super fantastic not even sarcasm right now) in my apartment has caused sweltering temperatures, so my apologies ahead of time for any loopy $h*t I’m about to say. The second thing that’s happening is really beautiful. It’s not the first time I’ve heard this song, but it truly feels like the first time. There’s a quality to the mystery that comes with it every time, maybe because of how much I love the original. In my head I almost want the song to be different every time, and in some ways, it is. This song builds up throughout, until the very end. It doesn’t reach a climax necessarily, it just keeps adding on and adding on. Here’s the thing though, I’m playing it over the speakers in my apartment. There’s an open-air loft in my apartment and I’m sitting in the loft, feeling like I should be wearing massive sunglasses and lots of flowy light-fabric scarves that I can hold and swish around while I dance like a freedom flower child down the stairs of the loft into a galloping bliss of sunshine and happiness.

That’s just me. Holtoug is a producer from Denmark, where he has decidedly launched himself into the world of electronic club music. This song is not as clubby as some of his other songs, which is great for the purpose of Dusty Springfield. But his Soundcloud is really fun and definitely worth checking out if you’re about to have a day of work like I am. I mean, who doesn’t want to listen to fun electro when they’re writing twelve page papers? Just saying, there’s a Grapevine bootleg. What?

I guess it’s the amount of work that I’ve done this week and my constant thoughts about it, paired with the events of yesterday, and this sudden surge of heat in my apartment, that is making me super strange and loopy. I’m into it though, I think we deserve it every once in a while when the world gets very real. I’m thinking about so many things at the same time. I’m trying to be an adult in brain and a child in spirit. I’m also trying to finish these finals and relax my mind. And you know what else? One of my professors the other day said that the trace of adulthood is one’s own knowledge and understanding that the world is a terrible, terrible place, coming to terms with that knowledge, and then learning how to build a life around that.

I’ve known that, but I have never felt it as true more than I do today. I grew up in Connecticut and that’s where my family currently resides. My hometown is just a short distance from where yesterday’s shootings took place, and I have never felt more shaken in my whole entire life. 2012, you have been the realest year to me. Thank you for that. While my prayers for humanity and families involved in yesterday’s events stay constant, I’ve realized that all we can do is pick up and try to move forward. We’ve got good things going for us, regardless of how invisible they seem at the moment. For one thing, you guys have the minds that can comprehend and do incredible things. I know that because you read this blog, and that says a lot.

Take this song with you today wherever you go. It’s helping me dance through the sadness of reality.

Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man (Holtoug Bootleg)

 

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Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)

Do you not think so far ahead?

‘Cause I’ve been thinkin bout forever.

No, I don’t like you, I just thought you were cool enough to kick it.

Got a beach house I could sell you in Idaho since you think I don’t think I love you

I just thought you were cute, that’s why I kissed you.”

Welcome to Thursday. For some it’s the beginning of the weekend and for others it’s that tease of a day before 5 PM on Friday. Either way, we’re all pretty much thinking about the weekend. What am I going to do? Are there any good parties? Maybe I should just stay in and keep it chill. Whatever. You do you! No matter what you feel like doing, keep Frank Ocean at your disposal. Today we’re bringing back a summer track that’s just as fresh as it was back in July when we brought you the spellbinding original.

Ryan Hemsworth, the Canadian producer/writer/blogger has put his touch on Ocean’s opus and it’s simply bliss on this Thursday.  Listening to both the original and Hemsworth’s versions, I’ve found little difference between the two. That, however, was just a surface observation. Listening to the track a second, third, and then fourth time I heard all the nuances that makes Hemsworth a producer to keep your eyes on (aside from his pretty looks). He takes the original R&B inflections and transforms them into an atmospheric bump that goes down smooth in the ears as it levitates the sonic senses. Listen closely and you’ll hear muted keyboard chords bouncing in the background while an 808 bumps through a white-noise filter and space-age synths. Ocean’s voice melts into the production. Hemsworth compliments him by tracing his vocal steps with a production that follows the melody.

This track’s got me thinking about the nature of remixes. I, for one, am an avid hunter for the next best remix. I often hear a song and think, “Imagine the remixes that’ll come from this track!” Yet, with Frank Ocean I never thought that and when I saw that some existed I grew a little cynical. Is nothing sacred anymore? Hemsworth, however, has proved that a track can be remixed and still maintain the original’s integrity. There isn’t a competition of whose version is better. Each are the Frank Ocean we brought you in July, but today we bring you Frank Ocean in space.

Get up, get down, chill, grind, escape, whatever to this track. It’s hypnotic beat is enough to induce a mid-day trance that’ll tie you over for the next 48 hours.

Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)

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Icona Pop – I Love It (Case & Point Bootleg)

I know ya’ll love this “don’t give a f*&k” anthem as much as I do, so prepare to put your hands in the air and embark on a Saturday night journey with this tune on repeat. As much as I love some classy french or jazz swing electronic music, I’m a sucker for electro bangers such as this. The repetition of the chorus, “I don’t care! I love it!” suits the head banging awesomeness that ensues after the beat drop. The chorus in this song is also similar but slightly different in terms of beat drops, because as the main lines are repeated the beat crashes down and then rewinds back up again. The come up from the beginning plays with the vocals in such an entertaining way. As I sit in my apartment on this melancholy morning of weather, hiding away waiting for the reflection of sun to come onto the walls of my room, blasting this tune on headphones and silently dancing alone on my bed, I imagine that everyone will have their own unique way of enjoying this anthem.

I think that the best setting for this track is at a party, and the vision is such: somebody put Greenday on without anyone’s approval (not to totally hate on Greenday, I used to love them so whatever) and it deters you so much from your conversation that you actually feel the need to step aside and look at the iPod/janky DJ situation. Thankfully, you brought your source of music and since everyone seems to be generally displeased with the music selection, you jack the cord and ruthlessly put this track on. You know that your friends will agree with whatever you put on, so there will be approval at least by some members of the party. But you turn around to see a sudden shift in mood — people begin to recognize that some female is about to yell, “I don’t care!” and for some reason everyone is in that mindset. Yeah, it’s kind of techno, and haters will hate, but nobody really cares. Because the song is here to work with your night, not against you.

This one sets the mood. Set it right. Get saucy, pop that champagne, blow smoke rings, stand on a rooftop and sing to the world — whatever you need to do to get your night going.

Icona Pop – I Love It (Case & Point Bootleg)

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Dillon — Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

I’d like to start this one post, my first one here at EMPT, by stating the fact and how happy I am to start contributing to a music blog that I respect so much for its quality and editorial. Don’t want to miss this public opportunity to thank Hec and Mollie. Do watch out for my posts and please do tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Without further ado, here goes my first:

The first time I heard this song I couldn’t make out the feeling it evoked and brought out in me.

It starts a cappella with the first verse — quite naked. And then, the piano comes in and the rest of the instruments follow; all the while Dillon‘s voice and the lyrics have the starring role.

For you I found a cell
on the top floor of a prison
just enough space for you to fit your feet in
if you go,
do let me know”

And while the original is good, I found this bootleg a month ago and I’ve had it on high rotation ever since. It’s faithful to the original adding just the right touch of beats and percussions. It has a special groove to it, keeps evoking feelings of melancholy with it’s mellow vibe yet you can’t avoid grooving to it when it starts kickin’. After the second time I had heard it I couldn’t get it out of my head, especially the chorus and that: cha chaa.

There are various remixes out there but this bootleg stands out. It’s a rare find and one that we, here at EMPT, truly believe you should get to know. Feel free to pair this one with those warm-up cocktails in your loft before heading out.

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive