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EMPT Presents: Summer Heat by Barry Poppins

I’m a fan of the Phish.

There, I said it. And it’s not because I like to bounce around rooms. It’s because of their covers. Ever since I saw The Last Waltz, I have been completely inebriated by musicians exiting their comfort zones and singing songs that they d
have been not became and singing songs that they did not create. That love carried over to my first (or second, who can remember) Phish concert when LSD and the band’s Talking Heads cover (Cities) collided and absolutely floor me. That love of covers has translated into a love of remixes and edits when it comes to electronic music, specifically: disco. From remaster of the universe Todd Terje to Greg Wilson (featured on this mix), that love has become real, and bordered on an obsession. It’s not to say that the originals don’t do the job, but simply put, I’ve got a thing for remixes and hearing the familiar tune in an unfamiliar, newfound way. From the slight edit to the total overhaul, they just do it for me. This mix is a blend of the Balearic and the Funky, but throughout, you’ll hear both old and new songs re-imagined, as they make up the majority of the 90 minute mix. From Gwen Stefani (yes, really Hector) to Bob Marley, this mix represents my personal, aural journey from the last year and a half, with a slew of artists I’ve come to admire and blast on repeat. Whether you’re at work or getting ready for the weekend, this mix is intended to bring you to the place we all wish we were: right by the beach, mon!

Tracklist:

Half Baked – Right Near the Beach
Gwen Stefani – Rich Girls (Greg Wilson Edit)
LUXXURY – Travolta Fever
Dr. Packer – Islands in the Sky
Greg Wilson – Summer Came My Way
William de Vaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (FKJ Remix)
Falcon Punch & Roller Radio – Never Enough
Nore en Pure – Come With Me (Satin Jackets Remix)
The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On (Fingerman Edit)
Delegation – Heartache No. 9 (Breixo Edit)
Disclosure – Latch (DJ AA Ibiza Bootleg)
The Establishment – Love Like This
Bob Marley – Exodus (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
Late Nite Tuff Guy – Do U Wanna Get Down
The Backwoods – Breakthrough
Flight Facilities – Foreign Language (Rocco Raimundo Edit)
Nora en Pure – You Are My Pride (Croatia Squad Remix)
Chris Malinchak – So Good to Me

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Bondax – Giving It All (FKJ Remix)

Today I realized that I was once again in the metaphorical one hundred meter sprint. I used to actually run this race when I ran track, but I haven’t thought about it in years until today. Feet in running flats, toes on fire with adrenaline, haunches numb with anticipation as your heels touch your butt. That crack of the gun can represent so many different things for you in that moment, but all your focused on is the beginning and end. Blood rushes to your head, your hands are now covered in veins from the unusual amount of weight you’ve placed on them. Luckily, all your hands have to do is follow the lead of the rest of your body, and all your body has to do is follow the clear mental head space you’ve created for yourself. One thing, one focus. The end.

It’s so easy to write about that. It’s almost as easy as listening to this song. I hope I haven’t misled you guys, because as I’m sure you’ve come to expect with FKJ this tune is easy. It’s funky and immediately enjoyable. There’s no strain, but I do talk about races and keeping eyes on the finish line for a reason. This song is called Giving It All and I truly feel like September is a month that deserves our all. For the adults who no longer have to worry about attending classes in the Fall, it’s a time to relish in the end of the year and welcome new opportunities. It’s the last stretch, the last quarter.

I love that the people I’ve been talking to especially lately are all on some kind of psychic brainwave $h*t because everyone’s on the same wavelength. In my head, I’m like, cool. Welcome to my world, change. Hello new opportunities, greetings old opportunities. I will take you by force with a new vengeance and work harder than ever before. And as I look around at my social circles, doing that thing we do where we subconsciously talk about everything that is on our mind until there’s nothing left to talk about (don’t worry, we all do it and it’s not necessarily bad)…and the conversation is the same across the boards.

So that’s awesome. Because it’s really comforting to know that your headspace aligns with the rest of your world’s. Sometimes that needs to happen to reaffirm that you are doing things right, that you’re giving your all to the right thing.

Bondax – Giving It All (FKJ Remix)

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FKJ – Between Moods

I’m pleased to share the music of one of my favorite newer producers of excellent nu-disco-funk. FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) wowed me late in 2012 when I first encountered this French music maker’s soundcloud on a whim. Since then, I’ve come across few who work with the same amount of consistency in their sound and product, as FKJ. For someone that is relatively new to the scene, he’s mastered a lovely sound that sticks and never tires. With each track, we are introduced to a new level of fresh funk and it makes me really happy.

I love that this song is called Between Moods, because that’s exactly where I am right now. Despite the cloudy weather outside my window, the millions of thoughts that have gone through my brain over the past 24-hours regarding only one subject matter, I have managed to find an outlet in this song. I’m removed and in love all at once the moment the vocal sample in this track reverberates through my ears. And despite the fact that I experienced a range of emotions over the past day, in the most dramatic of ways, I feel grounded and honest with myself as this song plays.

In the middle of my distress last night, I said something to a friend. The comparison of one’s negative experiences to others, is inevitable. Something that happens quite often. Although, and this is what we discussed, sometimes it’s okay to acknowledge that comparison, and then remember that your own struggles are important and very worthwhile. Your own discomfort is never lesser than anyone else’s, even if it seems so in your mind. That’s only natural, and it happens in two ways: you either feel like your experiences are the worst in the whole world, asking “why” countless times, or you immediately dismiss your problems, assuming them not worthwhile because of how they pale in comparison to others. Sadness and anger is simply that — the variable by which these things happen, changes, but the effect that it has on you is always the same. Remember that and be true to that, because eventually without your control, you’ll find yourself between moods and sooner or later, you’ll end up back at where you started. Where that starting place is, is up to you.

FKJ – Between Moods