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Glass Animals – Gooey

Glass Animals have caught my attention lately, and it all started with this song- “Gooey”. I was visiting a friend in Austin and she played it on her stereo; I was immediately hooked. “Doesn’t this song sound so sexual?!”, she inquired. She had assigned this classification because the first time SHE heard it she was amongst sweaty bodies at a live show, dancing with a new love interest. Now, several dozen listens later, I’m on the same page as her. Can you hear it?

The lyrics don’t make much sense, but the song isn’t about the message. It’s something to sway to. To dance to while you’re tipsy in you’re living room, getting ready to go out. Give it a try. It’s also great for post-party chill down. Glass Animals has a great collection of songs and have recently released an album, “Zaba.” If you’re keen on “Gooey”, there other stuff is worth a listen.

Glass Animals – Gooey

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Mixtape Music

Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Avril 2014

Before you start reading, start listening. As usual, Steph has provided us with exceptional fire and not a second should be wasted before you start playing it.
I’m just what you made God, not many I trust.
Imma go my out way God, take my fate to where ever you want.”

I think about that a lot these days, fearlessly becoming yourself that is. I try to picture my life without external influences and what it would be like. The job we have, the people we love, the places we go all play a huge part in defining who we are. Each one of those requires compromise, you have to spend your time in an office behaving in a way that agrees with the company, your lover may be different from you and you have to make compromises to be in harmony and on and on. But what if those things didn’t play a factor? Think about that for a minute, does the world you live in allow you to truly be yourself? To be yourself, to truly be yourself man, that’s where it’s at.

Avril starts off the Moss remix of Glass Animals’ Gooey Gilligan and the first lyrics says
Let me show you everything I know…”

I was on a call with the EMPT team last night and our conversation was about being open, inviting everyone to be express themselves, not just in the context of the site but who they are. I encourage that because I sincerely want to know the great people around me, I want the world to know them. I want to learn, I want to have more perspective, more places draw inspiration from, more love to know about and on and on. Show me everything you know!  There’s some futuristic Space Age hippie, rebel, uptown, world class shit going on with EMPT right now and it represents everything I am and love.

Perhaps my fascination with LMDM stems from how pedagogic it is, how well it speaks to my desire to explore and learn. Historically, I don’t fare well with know it alls, they have a very clear understanding of what life is, what love is, what the rules are, how good they are at following them and how bad you are at not understanding. I can’t walk around the marvel that is earth pretending like things aren’t malleable, like the world isn’t in constant change. Sound like a dreamer? HYFR it does. This is romantic realism, the world as it exist is always acknowledged but the limitless wonder is never out of sight or out of play.

Needless to say, open minds fascinate me and Le Miel du Mois is perhaps the epitome of an open mind. You can learn a lot about style from these tapes. If epigenetics or former lives are real then I imagine Steph or someone in her lineage being the Diana Vreeland or Anna Wintour of another time. That’s the only way to explain the constantly evolving sound, taste and masterful curatoria that is LMDM. Like all other tapes, this one is 360 degrees of stylistic expression. From the retro future 90s sounding Filthy Lover, to luxurious chill out jam Talk is Cheap, to banger Holding on to Heaven, Steph gives us everything, always showing not just what she knows but what she’s learning. That’s that Space Age hippie, rebel, uptown, world class shit. I love her for that, enjoy.

Let me show you everything we know.

Tracklist:

  1. Glass Animals – Gooey Gilligan (Moss Remix)
  2. Little Dragon – Paris
  3. Foxes – Holding Onto Heaven (Kove Remix)
  4. Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake (Y&S $500 Mix)
  5. The Golden Pony – Filthy Lover
  6. Jamie xx – Girl
  7. Deerhunter – Helicopter
  8. Alexander – Truth
  9. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap
  10. Belgian Fog – Loveless Way
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Music

Glass Animals – Golden Antlers

If i’d have to categorize this (which I don’t like doing, but just for the sake of being organized I will), i’d say it sounds like a douce dubstep. But not because it’s not a ‘violent’ dubstep does it mean that its less soulful and less powerful. Glass Animals’ 2012 Album Leafing makes for a great soundscape after a tumultuous Monday. You can’t get overwhelmed you know, it’s just Monday; it was here last week and it will be here next week. And no matter how quickly you realize all the things you have on your plate, the only way to make them go away is by breathing a little, playing something like this and taking them one step at a time. I love that right after the verses the drums stop for a second and just leave you suspended with the singer’s voice before breaking in with the chorus. Also, when I noticed the speed and the beat of the drums I couldn’t help but remember when I saw Oh Land. God, her drummer, Hans Hvidberg-Hansen could just pick up the pace of the songs so quickly. It just changes the mood of the song completely, in a good way. You go from an eerie beginning to a very deep and sort-of-epic chorus build-up.

This four-piece group is one of the leading acts of new UK label Kaya Kaya, their sounds give you the exact mix of that XX mysteriousness many of us fell in love with, just with a little more dance-ness to it. Perfect pick-me-up.

Glass Animals – Golden Antlers