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Trails and Ways ft. Harriet Brown – Downright (Falcon Punch Remix)

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As I was half-watching Roger Federer dissect Andy Murray this weekend, one word came to my mind: finesse. It’s why Federer is the best to ever play tennis. It’s why LeBron James will never be Michael Jordan. It’s why John Stockton was better than Gary Payton. It’s why I prefer Pink Floyd to The Rolling Stones.

The ability to finesse and massage your talents and view things from not just a liner, physical line but from a more preternatural, unique way can make all the difference.

My boy Falcon Punch is no John Stockton, but the kid’s got finesse, and it’s a finesse you won’t find on generic EDM house bangaz or some recycled tropical house.

It’s why Falcon Punch is lush. The budding producer’s latest twist is another smooth, balearic one. Yes, it’s how he’s moving (give us more disco), but it’s a proper, nuanced formula with real thought and emotion.

And it’s one that continues to win:

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Holy Models – Lessons (Falcon Punch Remix)

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We *suffered* through about three weeks of incessant rain in Colorado until the calendar turned to June. The whole vibe of the city was unusually bleak and low-key (yes even more chill than usual).

No one was motivated to do much, and everyone I spoke to was just down in the dumps. Then June came, the sun decided to pop out, and instantly girls traded their rain coats for skirts and stopped wearing bras while guys traded pants for shorts and sandals.

Needless to say, Denver both feels and looks a whole lot better right now and the vibe is getting moist at the right time. When this spring/summer convergence hits, there’s nothing like a slice of smooth, yacht music.

And the Holy Models, an Australian outfit that produces balearic pop, has the sound of this season. Our old bud Falcon Punch placed his usual ethereal vibe on top of the original, and the result is a topless dream:

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Falcon Punch – Silk

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Every night, before I go to sleep, I lay in bed in complete silence. More often than not, a figurative gnat starts buzzing in my ear or a faint police siren goes off.

That’s what living with Tinnitus is like, and it truly sucks. I think Tinnitus–a ringing in your ears–is a bigger threat to our youth than any amount of ecstasy powder.

I’ve touched on the topic here in the past, but for 10+ years, I didn’t wear ear plugs to shows nor did I even consider the level of irreparable damage I was doing to the one body part you can not fix with surgery.

My right ear is gone, and I don’t think it will ever truly come back to what it once was.But I deal with it and live through it despite the sadness–missing shows, not DJing–that comes with it.

One way I cope with Tinnitus is, ironically, through music. You see, when there’s sound in the background–preferable ambient or soothings sounds–the White Noise from Tinnitus goes away.

As much as I’d like to constantly have music on, silence is something that I (and all of us) must deal with or else I would probably lose my mind. But for the 8-10 hours a day during which music allows me to get through the day, these are the types of tracks that soothe the ears and the soul.

Falcon Punch, who should need no introduction in these parts anymore, did what he does best: extracted a very sweet and small sample and turned it into a lush piece of balearic bliss.

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Falcon Punch & Pixelated – Flying High

It’s been over three years since EMPT introduced the world to the sound of Falcon Punch. Since then, the now Boulder-based Colorado producer has made a habit of popping up a couple times a year to release re-imaginations of old school, feel good tracks.

Typically, Falcon Punch tackles really obscure tracks–or parts of tracks–and gives them a second life. This time, Falcon teams up with Pixelated and takes a song we thought we never wanted to hear remixed again– Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”–and gives it a perfect summer makeover.

The song may be played out, but you likely haven’t heard it with this kind of funk, energy, and hope. The duo takes the typically downtrodden (Nina does sound kind of sad for someone feeling so good) vocals and puts some breezy, summery winds behind her sails.

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day.”

And it’s a song that’s all about hope. Every day–especially on rough Mondays after a 4th of July weekend–we wake up, look at the alarm clock, and wonder if anything will change. Today, something did change: Washington became America’s second state to sell legal weed.

If that can happen in our lifetime, I have faith that one day, perhaps one of my crazy dreams will come true.

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Falcon Punch & Roller Radio – I Might Be Gone

Whitney Houston may well have departed, but as it goes for musical legends, her voice is very much still with us. Fortunately, the ever burgeoning realm of Nu Disco–sampling heavily from 70s funk and, more frequently, those of Whitney’s ilk, 90s R&B –will ensure that the disco, soul, and R&B legends of our past never die. And there’s no finer example of this than Falcon Punch’s “I Might Be Gone.”

EMPT brought you Falcon Punch‘s debut a couple years back, and the crate-digger’s sound has clearly further evolved and come full circle since then. On this burner, FP and his partner in crime, Roller Radio,  not only masterfully sample, flip, and pan fry Whitney’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”, but also extracted and include the soulful sounds of  Gladys Knight and Pamela Joy.

We’re stoked to premier this one, which definitely comes dance-floor ready. It’s hard not to get lost in this groove and find yourself with a strong case of Saturday Night Fever. Whitney may be gone, but she won’t be forgotten any time soon.

Falcon Punch & Roller Radio – I Might Be Gone

 

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Classics Music

Falcon Punch – Whenever You Call Me

The first time I was introduced to the sultry sound of Falcon Punch was around a year ago right here at EMPT, when I ran into his dynamite debut single “Where You’ll Stay.” I love when things come full circle, and when I was sent this track a little while a back by FP, it immediately went into heavy rotation. Another display of dark, island Congo-esque funk, Falcon Punch dug around his crate, came out with The Spinners’ chart topping hit from 1972, “I’ll Be Around,” and added his delicate touch.

The result is a smooth chune that will start your day (and week) off on the right foot, and is the type of track built for a gentle sunset or midnight hot tub dip. Plug this one on when you’re with someone that makes you feel at ease, someone that makes you know that everything is going to be just alright. Someone who you know, through thick and through thin, will always have your back, and will always be around to ease your troubled mind on the other end of that telephone line. Someone who will be there.

Falcon Punch – Whenever You Call Me

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Music

Falcon Punch – Where You’ll Stay

I’ve been on the road a lot lately so I haven’t had time to check out submissions but this morning a song submitted by a dude called Falcon Punch caught my eye and I’ve been rocking to it ever since. I’d never heard of producer/DJ Avery Henderson before but his song description mentioned how the track samples Delegation’s Darlin’ (I Think About You) and that’s when I knew I had a fellow crate digger on my hands. Darlin’ is a deep cut from the late ’70s barely heard here in the states so props to Henderson for bringing it back.

Anderson takes the minimalist approach on this one by simply adding some drums and flipping the arrangement to make it mostly instrumental. His edit highlights the tracks amazing bass line and guitar groove making it perfect for all your Space Age lounging needs. Anyways, Falcon Punch gives me a good reason to introduce the EMPT army to Britain’s Delegation, enjoy.

Falcon Punch – Where You’ll Stay

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