Video: Lana Del Rey – Love

To be young and in love..”

This track literally gave me chills, goosebumps, deja vu, an out of body orgasm…  I don’t think I have ever been disappointed by Lana, and was ecstatic to find out she came out with a new track.  There is so much about this track that makes it amazing, the effortless classic vocals, sexy and fluid.  Next is the emotion and beauty from Lana both in the emotion she exudes in the lyrics and in her classic beauty that you don’t see very often, I can’t stop staring, everything about this is classic yet easily relatable and modern.  I could see this track being the theme for every new feature film, it fits in with so many genres because of it’s booming hook that really is so diverse if your mind is able to think beyond the confines of what we automatically categorize love to be.

Ahh to be young and in love (and so naive, ha).  I don’t really know what that feels like anymore, being in love, but I can’t wait to feel it again one day, it will be exciting, like jumping out of a plane with nothing but a parachute, I remember that feeling and I want it to be just like that.  Love for me the last few years was more like walking in eggs shells, no wait not even egg shells, more like walking on sand that has little shards of glass and you have to walk as carefully as possible not to get jabbed.  I want the feeling of falling out of an airplane, heart racing, uncontrollable laughter and you don’t even know why but you don’t need to because it’s all so natural and beautiful.

Thanks Lana, I needed this, the video is awesome in its own right, I need to end this post so I can go listen and watch this a few more times.  I hope you all have the same reaction.

Good day my loves xx



Lana Del Rey – West Coast

Glamorous, classic and cinematic, Lana Del Rey absolutely crushed her Coachella set like nothing I’ve seen in my lifetime. It was retro future at it’s best. I’m starting to realize that Lana is just as much of a visual artist as she’s a singer. Every single detail and camera angle was flawless. The music was amazing not just for song quality but also in terms of how well it complimented everything else she was doing. Time and space totally changed and we went into Lana’s world and it was truly remarkable. I knew she was good, I didn’t know she was a master. I’m from New York and everything about me screams it but 2 years in California and I can’t pretend like the West Coast isn’t where it’s at. It took us about an hour and a half to drive from Downtown LA to the festival, two hours and we were literally in the desert. Since I moved here I’ve been on a journey toward personal growth and everything about Cali promotes development.

Hollywood is fake, everyone knows that. Some people get trapped because they can’t see the facade but that’s just the top layer. What’s really at hand is the ability to create yourself in whatever light you desire…

People cut themselves off from their ties of old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn’t do anywhere else.” – Tom Bradley

We’re all made in the image of the ultimate creator and that means that we’re little creators. The life you want is waiting for YOU to create it. You need to visualize every single detail, see yourself as who you want to be, surround yourself with those who inspire you and make your vision come true. This weekend and California in general has helped me realize that more than ever. It also makes me realize that I want to live all over the world and be inspired by the energy of those places. Cheers to that, this is Lana’s new jam West Coast which she premiered live last night.

Lana Del Rey – West Coast

Music Remixes

Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (Kulkid Remix)


I used to believe that I understood Lana Del Rey, but I was sadly mistaken. That is until her contribution to the steller Great Gatsby soundtrack, “Young and Beautiful,” premiered a little over a week ago. The full OST and movie for the matter haven’t even been released yet and I’m already obsessed. I blame much of who I am today on Baz Luhrmann. Romeo + Juliet blew me away and Moulin Rouge! was the first movie to ever make me cry (I’m not ashamed to say I’ve got a soft spot for doomed love set to an ostentatious plot and musical score). The latter continues to inspire me today, and I’ve a strong feeling his vision for Gatsby will do the same. Anyway! I digress. Back to the music.

Like I said, I thought I was on board the Lana train, but I wasn’t. After I heard this track, I just nodded my head and said, “I get it now.” This is her auto-biography. This is her message, look, and ethos all packed into one of the grandest musical moments of the 2010’s. I was hesitant when a friend sent me this remix because of how powerful the original is, but Kulkid has done it — he’s managed to make a grand macabre ballad into a grand macabre dance track that makes it okay to feel something on the dance floor.

It’s a simple synth melody and drum beat, really, but it’s enough to transport you to space. Lana embodies the story this track tells. The fear that we’re only attractive and wanted when we’re in our youth is as strong as the fear that your lover may wake up tomorrow and suddenly, for whatever reason, be out of love with you. Themes of west coast opulence and rock n’ roll grunge melt together in a way that really only Lana can do, and none of that is lost in Kulkid’s vision. He’s kept the remix minimal so that we focus on the words of the track. It’s a bold move, in my opinion, but it works.

Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (Kulkid Remix)

Music Remixes

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Jamie Woon Remix)


Lana Del Rey is the kind of artist who I will obsess over for a solid month or two and then she’ll disappear from my periphery for another three. When “Blue Jeans” came out in fall 2011, I became a total stan for the plump-lipped “gangster Nancy Sinatra.” She continued to plow her voluminous hair into my library and for a while I didn’t hate it. I became one of those “Hey! I have an opinion about Lana Del Rey” kind of guys. I defended her. I went against her. I became indifferent towards her. She soon got lost in my ever-growing music library; only to reappear when a friend put her on or shuffle decided I needed a little macabre pop. The other day SoundCloud thought it’d be a good idea to throw me a Del Rey bone and like a good dog, I played fetch.

“Video Games” has been remixed, rehashed, and overdone since it’s late summer 2011 debut. I remember my boss at the time playing it and fangirling only to then offer her opinion on the Del Rey. Regardless, it’s a fabulous song. It’s lazy hazy summer love at it’s most opulent. British producer and musician, Jamie Woon, puts his house-funk touch to the (dare I say it) classic and elevates it to a whole new level of grandness. The synthed-out hums of Lana work with the slightly dark, but unabashedly sexy beat. I never thought I’d want to grind up on someone to this track, but here I am imagining this remix coming on at some houseparty late into the night and everyone jiving. Woon takes the lustful yearning of the original, removes the sadness, and spins it over a beat that begs you to down a drink and get down.

And get down we will — the weekend is young after all. Cheers.

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Jamie Woon Remix)

Music Remixes

Lana Del Rey – Blue Velvet (Penguin Prison Remix)


The original Clovers version penned by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris was covered by greats of the like of Tony Bennett and Bobby Vinton, both being chart toppers in the 50s. And I think that’s what makes LDR quite the bold and daring one to pick a song like this to cover herself. That said, as good as her cover is so is the video that came out with it. A branded content piece of audiovisual short film in the post-war americana style of David Lynch’s film of the same name. I think it was a very good execution by H&M to promote their brand.

Every once in a long while I stumble upon a song that has ‘stopping power’. This is my latest find. From the moment that sick bass line comes in to the way Mr Chris Glover aka Penguin Prison cuts and loops LDR’s vocals this song takes on a life of its own. The star in this rendition is no longer the beautiful lyrics written by Mr Wayne and Mr Morris. It’s about a sick tune we all want to dance to. Almost a minute and fourty seconds into the song you’ll find yourself clapping and dancing in your seat. And that’s one of the interesting parts of this remix, it’s a journey with ups and downs. With parts where it releases itself from it’s dancing constraints and then back at it like it owns your speakers and the dancefloor. This song is best served in a loud volume, be it on your in-ears or in a rich sound system.

If you listen to the original and then you listen to this remix, the former feels almost like a lullaby in front of this. I feel.

Lana Del Rey – Blue Velvet (Penguin Prison Remix)


Music Remixes

Lana Del Rey – Ride (Barretso Remix)

This track gives me chills, and I am about to say something I rarely say, but this might be my favorite remix that I have heard in the past 2 months. Incredible!  Barretso doesn’t play games, in fact he consistently turns heads with his amazing skills at cranking out these positively chilling synth/pop productions, as well as not taking away from Lana’s vocals and putting an amazing electro spin to them.  I am a pretty avid fan of Miss Lana with her beautiful vibrato and sweet girl rebel mentality.  If you know Me, then you know that anything that screams rebellious sparks Mollz’ interest, you better believe Barretso has been on my positive music radar for a while know and this has pretty much topped me off!

As the New Year approaches us ever so quickly I have been feeling more and more vibrant or maybe alive is a better word, just very comfortable in my own skin and mentality.  Ya ya there are the weirdos who think the world is going to end but honestly along with many others I just think a rapid change is upon us and it’s a true new beginning, especially for our new young generation, we have much more control then we think.

The new anthem:

Just Ride.”

Perfectly and simply said for the wonderful new change that is upon us, “Just ride” it people and enjoy!

Oh ya and everyone have a wild (and safe) Thanksgiving..

Lana Del Rey – Ride (Barretso Remix)


Lana Del Rey – National Anthem (Fred Falke Remix)

Long time reader, first time writer here. 1love to EMPT Nation and Hec. Let’s boogie.

I’m writing this post about Fred Falke because he’s a name that’s become synonymous with the bloggosphere, underground emeralds, and really, what drew me to EMPT in the first place: exquisite music.

I’ve had the luxury of meeting Monsieur Falke on a couple of occasions, and he’s a man of few, but stoic words. In his words, as long as he’s got his bass and is making music, he’s happy.

And that stems from a little known fact: Fred does not use the Internet. This blows my mind, mainly because of how so many artists rely so heavily on staying relevant, all day every day, by saying ridiculous (and often entraining) crap on social media channels. That aint Fred. He stays relevant by locking himself in a studio with Excalibur (his bass) and creating some of the most consistently phenomenal music in the game. He stays relevant by getting on a stage, plugging in his bass, and immersing himself in a set. There’s no fist pumping with Falke in the house: just pure artistry.

Which, in a day and age where the Internet and Ritalin are more prevalent than the “National Anthem” in classrooms, is very rare.

Perhaps some of Fred’s superpowers come from this abstinence? Because he’s still got the funk, and there’s no better example of Fred’s ability to transform the ordinary (or, the meh) to the jam du jour than what he’s done to Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem.

Lana Del Rey originals are very scarce in production. They lack a driving bass, or some force to distract you from anything but her voice. If she was Aretha Franklin, that’d be fine. But she’s not. Her voice is, really, far better suited for catchy, electro-pop anthems than empty, bland productions.

And Fred made the otherwise *shruggish* track into a straight jam. The bass-lines are as exquisitely placed as ever, and he even threw in some (YAY) hand claps for a change.

It’s a bit of a deviation from Fred’s more bass-laden, instrumental remixes, as Del Rey’s (actually very dope) lyrics are very much still in the mix–and seem much more genuine and honest than in the original. And damn, does Falke’s sound resonate as always. The track, coupled with RAC’s equally lush interpretation of Del Rey makes you wonder: why didn’t her label commission them to produce the album in the first place?

“Wining and dining, drinking and driving,
Excessive buying, overdosin’, dyin’,
On our drugs and our love,
And our dreams and our rage.
Blurring the lines,
Between real and the fake.
Dark and lonely,
I need somebody to hold me.”

Take some time to exit the Matrix and live in a moment. Go out to dinner and leave your phone in your car. Hell, go a day without the Internet. Unplug, unwind, and see how much smarter–and more in touch with your creativity–you become.

Lana Del Rey – National Anthem (Fred Falke Remix)


One of the more unheralded but primo Falke remixes, from the vault:

Sugababes – Girls (Fred Falk Radio Edit) 


Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Lockah Remix)

Excuse my French but this song is F*&*ing Filthy, Filthy is a West Coast term that we use when something is amazing, breathtaking and I am honestly blown away!  Lana Del Rey has such a beautifully spectacular voice, deep and sensual and her physical beauty is nothing less.  I found this video while browsing for pictures and it was so perfect for the mood and beauty of this track.  I am going to be listening to this track and watching the video all day.  Nothing has caught my attention like this in a while, and I think the video says all that I want to say and am feeling write now so I am going to let you listen and watch for yourself…

The Lockah Remix is just as moving as the original and I know once you press play your going to be as mesmerized as I am.  Lana’s voice is like a girl version of Frank Sinatra mixed with deep soul.  I have a lot on my mind right now and I am going to sit back with a glass of wine and drift off with this one.  So press play on this gem and get blown away…Enjoy!

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Lockah Remix)



So I had an iTunes nightmare Friday night which ended up in me losing all my playlist, client work and DJ selections. Everything I do is based on my organization so the magnitude of this fail is so ridiculous that I’ve found it hard to even have an emotion about it. Instead I’ve been up for the last 48 hours re-doing all the work due in the next few days and pretty much rebuilding my work life. I haven’t had much time to think about it because the consequences of not bouncing back immediately don’t allow it but I’m realizing that this is how all problems should be dealt with – objectively. I could sit here, cry about it, look up to the sky and ask why me or I could void the unnecessary emotions and immediately get fixing the problem. I don’t know if it’s experience kicking in or what but I’m digging this new reaction, it feels kinda like that picture up there – blank.

You ever see Roger Federer lose a point? You ever see him win one? The reaction or lack thereof is pretty much streamlined no matter the outcome. I was always fascinated by that nuance and now I think I’ve really starting to understand it. Win or lose a point, 40-love or love-40, the ONLY objective is to win the next one. When you think about it that way it’s hard to justify worrying about some things.

Anyways, I should be working right now but I couldn’t leave you guys hanging for another day so I had to take a break. I’ve been listening to nothing but world music for a hotel chain in China but this morning on my way to poison my body with more coffee I was playing the latest playlist from the crew and it fit the mood perfectly so I thought to share, enjoy…

Major – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison Remix) – Lana Del Rey

Kilometer (Moullinex Remix) – Sebastien Tellier

After You’ve Gone (The Magician Remix) – Tyson

Doors Unlocked And Open (Cut Copy Remix) – Death Cab for Cutie

Golden Years – Casiokids

Too Hot (Lovesport Remix) – Hey Champ

Shout (Rossa Edit) – Tears For Fears

Love You More (Asa Remix) – Sunday Girl

Garden (Calibre Remix) – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Et Musique Pour Tous @ Cabarete Beach (Dominican Republic)

That’s right folks, Kev and I are headed back to the Dominican Republic tomorrow to play at Cabarete Beach after a performance that same night from Brooklyns own Dynasty Electric – fresh. If this is anything like our other parties in DR we’ll be at the Viva Whindam Resort from 10PM Saturday night till an unknown time the next day. For all our DR readers make sure to get in touch with me or someone from if you want to go.

I’m so grateful for these opportunities, my life has been a non stop dream so far and only my favorite Weezy line can describe how I  feel…

If I die today, it’d be a holiday…” 

I leave on a red eye in the morning and as usual my day is stacked with things to do before our departure. That said, I‘ll leave you guys with the latest and greatest mixtape from our homies over at ShaveUrLegz, enjoy.

I Spy (Metronomy Remix) – Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

I Stand Alone (Gigamesh Sunlight Remix) – Theophilus London

Weekend – Class Actress

Madder Red (Hermanos Inglesos Remix) – Yeasayer

Getaways – Big Talk

When The Night Falls (Chromeo Cover) – Mayer Hawthorne

The Wall (Shook Remix) – Louis La Roche

Oh Bauer – Jeans Team

Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) – Massive Attack

Video Games – Lana Del Rey