EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: The Snooze – “Chills”

The Snooze

One of the best things that can happen when you’re combing through troves of music to feature on a blog like this is to come across a new and incredibly talented band, especially one whose music is untouched by the hands of the industry. No management, no publicity, no chorus of voices to taint the obviously precocious songwriting/recording ability of the nascent band. This week I came across French upstart The Snooze, whose talent is present, but whose presence isn’t.

For classification purposes, the Snooze can be blanketed under the now meta-genre of indie rock. And like most who fall under the term, their style is anything but beholden to simple categorization. Their sound is fun, it’s slightly off kilter, and most importantly, it’s catchy. From the front-woman’s understated delivery to the rhythm guitar, each element works with and weaves into the others forming a cogent song. Thinking about how to frame them in a musically way, I settled upon this equation:

(Blonde Redhead – Shoegaze) + (Nurses(surf rock idiosyncracy?)) = The Snooze

But of course, the music itself has more to say than I do.


Check out the Snooze on Facebook and listen to more music on Soundcloud


EMPT Presents: Indaba Music Weekly – KAASI “Showtime”


Oh, the British producer. Something about the electronic music coming out of the English scene always hits a chord with me. Maybe my preference is for the ear for textures that the British folk have assimilated into their common lexicon of sounds, maybe it’s the preference for darker overall sonic image as compared to the pounding and abrasive house music across the pond, or maybe it’s the preference for R&B sampling. Whatever the reason, it’s clear there is a sound and a vibe coming from the other side of the Atlantic the feels like a cohesive scene.

This week we wanted to feature KAASI a young producer from London. His track “Showtime” is deep, thoughtful house music with an R&B twist. The main chordal pattern swirls within a subdued synth patch while carrying the main hook melody of the tune in its upper voice. The R&B vocal samples move in and out, occasionally expanded on by well placed delays and reverbs that blend famously with the white noise elements of the mix. The whole effect is something otherworldly.

KAASI – Showtime

Checkout KAASI’s other work on Soundcloud and Indaba Music.


EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Kalai – Flare

For some reason, it seems typical to me that software engineers would be avid creators of electronic. Something about the evolution of signal flow from oscillator to amplifier makes that sensical. But, what’s moor impressive to me is an engineer who’s influenced by the analog subtleties that have made Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories the go to electronic music tome of the summer.

Irish producer and software engineer Kalai has those influences in spades. His track “Flare” is a perfect amalgamation of the electronic and the analog. It, like Daft Punk’s most recent work, brings you back to a time where Disco was on the wane and House was on the rise. With strings, synths, and even an early hip-hop inspired bongo sample, “Flare” pushes an atmosphere of other timeliness.

Kalai – Flare

Check out Kalai’s other work on Indaba Music and Soundcloud


EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Minoru Amino – Hyperbolism

Minoru Amino

Funky. Psychedelic. Retro. These are a few of the words that come to mind when listening to Minoru Amino’s music. A traditionally trained guitarist in his native Japan, Minoru was initially influenced by the guitar god Jimmy Page. Later, as his tastes matured, he became infatuated with fusion and jazz.

Minoru Amino – “Hyperbolism”

In his track “Hyperbolism”, you can hear the push and pull of the more visceral Led Zeppelin rhythmic concept with the aural and musical complexities of fusion. When Minoru’s earlier influences are then further combined with the synth tradition of
EDM, the effect is immediate. It’s impossible to sit still.

Check out more of Minoru’s music on Soundcloud.


EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Dimibo – Marathon (Intro Mix)


For today’s Indaba weekly, here’s a fun trance/electro-pop banger for your Saturday night.

Dimibo is a new act consisting of Brennan Loney (21) and Filip Pankovcin (20) from Seattle, Washington. Dimibo patiently build “Marathon” around strong melodies by adding more and more layers of intensity, until it erupts in the later half of the track. “Marathon” is able to blend elements of house and trance in a tasteful way that never loses site of the core rhythmic and melodic elements.

Marathon (Intro Mix)

Dimibo’s Souncloud page shows only one original mix – lets hope this is an indicator of future club hits.

Music Remixes

EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Harry & Lloyd – The Cure/ Blindness (Mike Harrison Remix)

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison, who along with Timothy Walsh makes up Harry & Lloyd, is a prolific pop composer whose music gets better with each track he creates. This week we wanted to feature one of the duo’s latest and greatest greatest tracks, “The Cure”.

With punchy drums, hooky synth lines, and vocals that match up with the iconic voices of the 1980’s, you’ll have this tune stuck in your head all day. Think Empire of the Sun meets Phil Collins.

We also wanted to feature one of Mike’s best Indaba Music remixes, his take on Metric’s “Blindness”

This remix really showcases te breadth of Mike’s production knowledge. The balance between the softly mixed stereo ambiance, the distorted bass synth, and the driving 4-on-the-floor kick creates an atmosphere that really transforms the original. Smart arrangements in electronic music are few and far between, but the pace of this remix is masterful.

Harry & Lloyd – The Cure

Blindness (Mike Harrison Remix)

To license music by Harry & Lloyd, vist their page on Indabasync.

You can purchase Harry & Lloyd’s “Stone in the Water” EP here, and Mike’s solo material, under the moniker DJ Blackheart, here.

Music Remixes

EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Foxkit – Could Be Wrong















2012 is a glorious time for fans of warm, reverb-y washes of falsetto and pulsing synth layers. Within this setting, Foxkit (the alias of one Chris Upton) makes music that shines. His electronic productions are at once fun party jams and intimate headphone experiences. We’re excited to follow the creative paths of this young LA artist as his audience and ideas grow.

Chris is currently touring as a member of Mr. Little Jeans, sharing the stage with heavyweights like Fool’s Gold and Mayer Hawthorne. As thoroughly awesome as that gig sounds, we can’t wait for him to get back to producing his compelling solo material.

Foxkit – Could Be Wrong

^^See what I mean? We leave you this week with his remix of the LIGHTS track “Siberia”:

LIGHTS – Siberia (Foxkit Remix)


Check out Foxkit on Indaba Music and SoundCloud

Covers Music

EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Emily Greene – Starting Fresh

Armed with an arsenal of brilliant songs and a voice that could melt even the coldest heart, New York-based Emily Greene is your new favorite star-on-the-rise. When she’s not on tour playing keys for Passion Pit – you may have heard of them – she’s busy dominating the NY music scene and releasing gorgeous, independently-produced records that showcase her honest, affecting vocal performances and fiery piano chops. Give a listen to “Starting Fresh” below, a cut off her 2010 opus Is This What You Had In Mind.

Emily Greene – Starting Fresh

Once you’re desperately craving more, check out her project Kissy Girls, a duo with producer Pascal Le Boeuf (no relation to Shia, we think). “Be Patient” is, in their own words, “slow, sappy, sex music,” a soft and understated track that marries Greene’s crooning with Pascal’s adventurous synths and percussion.

We leave you with a series of covers, the result of a collaborative opportunity on Indaba Music between Emily Greene, fellow Brooklynites Lucius and Sydney Wayser, and the 700,000+ musicians and producers of the Indaba community. Get ready to dance alone in your bedroom to this reimagined Cyndi Lauper classic.

Alex Niedt – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (feat. Emily Greene, Sydney Wayser, & Lucius)

SixSickSix – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (feat. Emily Greene, Sydney Wayser, & Lucius)

Rick Louie – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (feat. Emily Greene, Sydney Wayser, & Lucius)


Covers Music Remixes

EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: AMBASSADORS – Unconsolable

*A note from EMPT: We are pumped to be linking with Indaba Music weekly to bring you some fresh new artists and remixes.

Compose, record, and remix songs for superstar artists and global brands. Get heard, get licensed, get released.  We post the creative brief and you make great music to win amazing rewards, share with friends, and build your musical resume.”

There is a long and storied history of great creative works that have arisen from isolation in a remote cabin, from Thoreau’s Walden to Bon Iver’s debut record. The music of AMBASSADORS follows in that tradition, their first album being largely penned in an upstate NY cabin while keyboardist Casey Harris was recuperating from a kidney transplant. Far from the environment of their native Brooklyn, the quartet emerged from the woods with Litost, an album of striking musicianship and fresh perspectives.

We’re excited to bring you the first of Indaba Music’s weekly artist features on EMPT, which features originals, covers, and remixes by emerging artists. “Unconsolable,” the album’s powerful first single, presents AMBASSADORS’ angular harmonies and driving grooves at their best.

AMBASSADORS – Unconsolable

Check out their scrumptious cover of Maxwell’s 2001 classic “Lifetime,” produced by Indaba Music at Braund Sound.

And while you’re at it, treat yourselves to the winning remixes from the AMBASSADORS Remix Contest, hosted on Indaba Music:

AMBASSADORS – Unconsolable (Petroschi Remix)
AMBASSADORS – Unconsolable (Skizye Remix)
AMBASSADORS – Unconsolable (Dexter Britain Reinvention)