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Jose Gonzalez – This Is How We Walk On The Moon (Thomas Jack Remix)

People get so caught up in “the experience” that comes with an electronic song when they talk about hearing it live…it’s like the music isn’t as important as 100,000 watts of bass or enough strobe lights to cause a seizure. For me, it’s still all about the rhythm, and man does Thomas Jack bring plenty of that on this fresh remix. He takes “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” by José González and turns the perfect rainy day song into a dance floor hip shaker, no body shaking bass or laced drugs required!

Press play then close your eyes and imagine being in a pitch-black club when this song drops…that house beat driving everyone’s bodies back and forth, moving together like a bunch of synchronized swimmers at the Olympics…it’s what made electronic music so beautiful in the first place. Everyone’s thoughts and worries are left outside the door to tap into their human desire to feel good, no matter what’s happening outside that door. They’re all different people with different backgrounds and different lives, but on that dance floor, they become one. A sense of community is so important to electronic music, and instead of basing it off of how enjoyable the lights are while rolling, the music is what everyone is there for. What an image! And hey, I’ll admit I’ve never heard Thomas Jack before this remix, but man…if this is how his music makes me feel, then there’s no doubt I’m keeping my eye on him in the future.

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EMPT Presents — S U M M E R: a n t i – w i n t e r 1 e by Ryan Radler

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Whether we like it or not, a new month approaches like a long lost relative, familiar out of necessity but still foreign with the possibilities that it brings. August is one of my favorite months of the year, and in the summer, because it’s absent of annoying holidays and tedious celebrations that all really commemorate the same things. Not to be cynical or anything, I’m really not, it’s just that my brother is born in August, and Ramadan for the past couple of years has ended in August, which makes it a really spiritually happy month. It also makes the start of September feel like a new year, which puts me in a clear head space, prepared for the remaining months in 2013.

For this month, my musical selection and soundtrack to my everyday routine has been picky. More picky than usual, actually. I want something that speaks to the end of a beautiful nostalgic time, while simultaneously fueling my energetic brain for the ambitious future that lies ahead. Which is why I was pleased to hear this edition of Ryan Radler’s beloved mixtape series. I think something that we like to talk about, and something that I am always aware of, is the power of a well crafted, finely curated mix-tape. While we tend to love mix-tapes that tell a story, I have a vast appreciation for those that successfully transition in and out of songs in a way that matches the flux and wavelike movement of my moods. I think I listen to mix-tapes because I want the feeling of letting go and allowing something else to take hold of my emotions, while not consciously doing so.

What I love about this edition of S U M M E R is the nostalgia and innocence that strings each song together. The vocal samples are what inspire my feelings of nostalgia. Innocent, because the emotion that each selection of song brings is raw and unabashed. It’s telling me to forget about my troubles for an hour and do good by me.

I’m doing just that. Today, just do you. Every day, really. But especially today while you embark on this journey of a mix.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1E

1. TEEEL & SUMUO – Cosmic Collision (Melancholia Mix)

2. EMPIRE OF THE SUN – Country and Without You (VinnieBeats Remix)

3. LEONARD NIMOY & WILLIAM SHATNER (SPACED OUT) – Music to Watch Space Girls By

4. SHINY TOY GUNS vs. FLEETWOOD MAC – Fading Listening (Ryan Radler Edit)

5. JOSE GONZALEZ – Remain (Fear of Theydon Dub)

6. MILES DAVIS – Cocoa Cigarettes vs. Blue in Green (Lobotomy Remix / Ryan Radler Edit)

7. HIGH HIGHS – Open Season (Dan Spence Remix)

8. MT. OSSA – Love Jam

9. KOOL & THE GANG – Summer Madness (Cicada Edit)

10. XXYYXX – About You (Verby Edit)

11. KISSES – Air Conditioning

12. PET SHOP BOYS – Leaving

13. HAERTS – Wings (Wildcat! Wildcat! Remix)

14. BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Shuffle (Leo Zero Remix)

15. EMPIRE OF THE SUN – Alive

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José Gonzalez – Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)

What has this beautiful day done for you today? Has it served you in any way? Better yet, have you served it? Summer hasn’t made up its mind yet and I’m trying to figure out how my new found freedom from school is going to serve me, and in the process of doing so, I’ve allowed myself to re-discover my days. How they’re spent, how productive I am, how I interact with others. Something that I’ve learned recently, and appropriately timed I think, is that if the people you love in your life aren’t able to tell you how to spend your days and how to do so better, then nobody else will tell you. That is to say, sometimes, we just need a little help figuring out how we carry out our actions. I don’t intend for this to sound preachy, because it’s not. They’re just notes, something that I’d probably write down in a journal, but have chosen to share with you all because not everyone has those special people in their lives to tell them what’s up.

I’m really thankful for that. This song comes to me on a day of great productivity. Not in crossing off things from a list, not that I have a list really at this point. I think my list just ended, and all I really need now is to assess what’s around me that I’ve sort of taken for granted. This day has been productive in doing just that, and that’s why it’s a beautiful day.

José Gonzalez’s soothing and entrancing voice illuminates an electronic, but mellow, roller coaster. It’s travels up and down, but it mirrors how I feel right now. It’s a calm after the storm, dreamy and unbelievable. This remix has just the right amount of musical elements in it, that highlight the guitar, making the areas where there are vocals shine through with brilliance.

I feel the same way about this song as I did the first time I heard Chris Carter’s bootleg of Big Jet Plane. Someone, maybe Mollz, wrote about it last summer I think and I remember the post and song feeling so in sync that I couldn’t allow it to leave my memory. I hope this post has a similar effect.

José Gonzalez – Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)

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The Books & José Gonzalez – Cello Song (Nick Drake Cover)

For those of us who were once comic book aficionados the name Jose Gonzalez doesn’t exactly ring Swedish indie-folk singer songwriter. Instead it means bad ass comic book artist with incredible vision and a gift for drawing the female form with such refinement and skill few have ever been able to replicate. Gonzalez became a legend in the comic book world through his work as primary artist for the main character in a series called Vampirella. The story is about a vampire girl from the planet of Draculon who comes to earth by killing off some astronauts and stealing their ships. When she gets to earth she turns good and becomes a heroin and spends her time getting rid of evil, fresh.

Now I don’t know about you but I’m very much into the female form and can usually put aside the normal guy lust to appreciate it in a truly artistic way. Take a look at some Jose’s work and you’ll see what I mean…

Gonzalez passed away last year but his influence and the respect he has in the inner circle of comic book fans and artist alike will live forever. So what does this have to do with the song I’m posting today? Absolutely nothing really but this art noteworthy anything this good is worth mention. Now all this was not a diss on José Gonzalez the Swedish singer, in fact it was because of this cover song that I felt nostalgic about my old comic books. Either way, here’s a cover song perfect for your Sunday morning recovery. I’d love to chat but no I’m distracted and have to go find some of these old comic books, enjoy.

The Books & José Gonzalez – Cello Song (Nick Drake Cover)