Classics Covers Music Remixes Soundtracks

Chromatics – Into The Black (Voxels Remix)

It’s very hard to top a classic such as Neil Young‘s rock anthem Into The Black but what Chromatics did to it and then Voxels on the cover… This is just nothing short of amazing.

Here’s the thing. I believe the original is very good, but it is only when you take it down a notch from the fast paced rock that you actually take in and the lyrics take on another colour of sorts. Now, the Voxels further dramatize the best moments of the track like a roller coaster – at times going faster and other slower. The bridge is just magical on their rendition.

I don’t want to neglect other special mentions in the covering of this song, such as Battleme’s version that soundtracked the eerily sentimental moments of the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 Finale. On this rendition Battleme stripped it naked almost completely – leaving only the wet crooning vocals over a piano.

I rated this 5 stars on my iTunes and this is probably one of the sickest remixes of a cover that I own. By far. I can’t help myself but to also share with you the original cover of Neil Young’s classic by the Chromatics and Battleme‘s.

The composition in this song is the common denominator and is as powerful as it gets:

Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my.

Out of the blue
and into the black
You pay for this,
but they give you that
And once you’re gone,
you can’t come back
When you’re out of the blue
and into the black.

The king is gone
but he’s not forgotten
Is this the tale
of Johnny Rotten?
It’s better to burn out
Than fade away
The king is gone
but he’s not forgotten.

Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.”

Let these amazingly powerful lyrics –expressed in different ways– hit you and knock you out.

Chromatics – Into The Black (Voxels Remix)

Chromatics – Into The Black

Battleme – Hey Hey, My My


Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)


Road tripping down south to the sandy dunes of the Outer Banks. We’ve made this a tradition of painful laughter, heavy drinking and tangled relationships. But the friendships remain true and I wouldn’t trade these people for the world. Passing between walls of wind and sand with nothing ahead but a stretch of slow road, we toast the struggles of each past year and the understanding of those to come. These are the moments of nostalgic sound and hearty sing-alongs.

Neil Young opens that nook in your soul and fills it with the shared angst of existence. The song was originally released in 1972 on Young’s album Harvest, and the narrative prevails still 40 years later.

Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.

Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t get lost.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you.”

Sound Remedy doesn’t fight with the nature of Old Man, but instead boosts the self-reflection with his special brand sweeping electronic sound. SR hails from Chicago with music born in his blood. Both his parents are Juillard-trained members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With a rapid-fire output of music over the last two years, SR has remixed a wide spectrum from Beethoven to Wiz Khalifa. And this boy can rip it. Take an extra dose of his medicine with his Band of Horses remix.

Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)

Band of Horses – The Funeral (Sound Remedy Remix)


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler

I was in complete denial about summer ending till I went to the Caribbean this weekend and felt that amazing Cabarete beach weather – yeah summer is over. I’ve been traveling a lot my whole life, there’s something about waking up in different countries within a matter of days that does it for me. I’ll never take that for granted and music has made it possible so cheers to that.

I woke up this morning still feeling like an islander but regaining my New York State of Mind and the first thing I did was put on the new anti-winter tape. The weather in NYC is fantastic, it’s in that perfect limbo between hot and cold, it feels like change and this new tape compliments that to perfection. The opening sequence here is wonderful, Trophy Wife to Poolside’s blissful cover of Harvest Moon and then Fleetwood Mac and on and on, all I could do was lay in bed with a smile. Ryan has a knack for blending traditionally unrelated beautiful music in a way you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else and I highly appreciate it.

We sparked a doobie at like 8 am on Sunday morning after our DJ set with the one of the executives behind the weekend long event. Long story short, he was telling us how his companies creative approach is to introduce people to art they’re not familiar with. He goes out of his way to fly in acts from around the world to give the Dominican audience something new and refreshing. I loved hearing that and listening to Ryans eclectic selection brings me right back to that moment. Life is full of endless possibilities, limitless offerings and  keeping an open mind to explore all of it makes ones experience that much richer. Anyways, press play in the latest installment of anti-winter, start your day off in style and expand those musical horizons, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n  t i – w i n t e r 2c

2. Harvest Moon  – POOLSIDE
3. Sweet Little Lies – FLEETWOOD MAC
4. Strange Days – THE DOORS (THIEVERY CORP.)
5. Chlorophyl – MILLIONYOUNG
6. So Free (Feat. Paula Abdul) – SHINE 2009 (JENSON SPORTAG MIX)
7. Surf Erie – MONSTER RALLY
9. Sun Goddess – HENRY MANCIINI
10. Southern Shores – BONFIRE
11. Record Collection (Perseus Karaoke Mix) – MARK RONSON ( PERSEUS MIX)
12. Self Control (Young Empires remix)
13. ’99 Style – POKA
14. Beach Slalom – BOS ANGELES
16. The Devil Gives Me Everything Except What I Need – WILLIE WEST
17. Promise Me Eternity – MOOD RINGS

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous


Poolside – Harvest Moon (Neil Young Cover)

When we were strangers, I watched you from affar…”

Neil Young’s Harvest Moon is just one those incredibly beautiful songs that captures the absolute essence of love. We get older, we go through some good relationships and some not so great. When things go bad many of us develop a guard and walk around with insecurities that limit and affect the way we experience love in the future. But here’s a little secret, you get what you put in and if you meet someone new and you’re always worried about what happened in your past relationship then you’re going to create the same results. This song always reminds me to press the restart button if something didn’t work out. Of course it’s easier said then done but you can’t go around feeling nothing short of amazing in this life and if thinking about what happen in the past is going to prevent that then you gotta work hard to move on. Anyways, Of Montreal did an acoustic cover of this song back in ’07 and I thought it was great. Poolside version bought it to the Space Age with an elegance and beauty that is truly noteworthy. This will be on heavy rotation for the rest of the day, enjoy.

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