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San Holo – The Future (Taska Black Remix)

In the midst of a discussion about working toward the future yesterday, an acquaintance said that too many people think too far ahead – they’re focused on a grandiose vision years down the road without focusing on the present. It’s important to have aspirations, but rather than banking on huge leaps of progress, you have to break it down day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second. The progress you make in each of those fleeting moments is key, and from my experience, being cognizant of each of those successes provides self-satisfaction and the willingness to keep working.

Now that I got that little anecdote out of the way, let’s talk about Taska Black’s “The Future” remix. The original was a bombshell of an electronic+rock fusion from San Holo and James Vincent McMorrow that coincided perfectly with the addition of live performances to Holo’s DJ sets, but to be quite honest, Black has reimagined the track in a fashion that’s much more my speed. With McMorrow’s vocals pitched up and down at will alongside a rapid-fire barrage of ethereal synths and spine-tingling percussion during its hook, the remix taps into a lush, hypnotic sound that makes it so easy to slip away for its 3 minute runtime. If Black’s take on “The Future” somehow doesn’t click for you, though, there’s plenty more remixes of the Holo+McMorrow collaboration for your listening pleasure on Spotify.

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French Horn Rebellion – Girls (Rogue Vogue Remix)

Ah, well. I suppose the title of this song is truly appropriate. It’s a little bit hesitant, in that the sound of girls emerges in vocals that kind of linger but don’t punch. There’s an adorable tip toeing quality to the music that comes forth from here, like it creeps up on you and then all of a sudden it’s a banger. We’re talking a dance tune in a not so conventional midnight club, a song to listen to maybe with the ladies or maybe with a bunch of your best friends. Or maybe even while you’re dancing on top of a bar couch seat. This is the song that the sexy DJ has decided to put on next. So you’re waving your denim jacket in the air with one hand, simultaneously holding a whiskey ginger, while snapchatting pics/vids of yourself to potential lovers, exes, friends, enemies, whatever. You’re smiling at another life lover who has decided to join you on the pedestal. A bouncer comes up to you and tells you that it’s time to get down, they’re doing it in that hush hush kinda way where the music is really loud and their voice isn’t really speaking so much as their body language is, as if their size could talk. You blow them a kiss, maybe even attempt to kiss them on the cheek, seeing as your red lipstick is just begging to be smeared. You don’t even attempt to remember his name, but your unaware of the charm that you’ve somehow managed to give off. He leaves you alone after you eventually kiss his clean shaven bald head. Your hair is a mass of volume and thank god for some great hair spray and teasing, it’s still large and in charge tonight. Your eyes close. You imagine a warm place with tan people and crystal blue waves. That’s where your mind goes when you’re listening to this song, despite the fact that you’re in quite a happy place, physically.

The realness is that this song embodies our midnight dance love affair with ourselves. All of us, not just girls. It’s that point in the evening where you could be home, or potentially eating a burger with a kind hearted semi-stranger with smiling eyes, but instead, you’ve prevailed for some solo you time within the confines of a not so solo setting. You’re still participating, but it’s mostly for you.

I love me some French Horn Rebellion any day. This remix provides personality and character, while still creating a unique connection with anyone who listens to it. Play this song with that in mind.

French Horn Rebellion – Girls (Rogue Vogue Remix)

 

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Beta Love – Ra Ra Riot (RAC Remix)

How rare it is that I find an RAC remix that I don’t like. Upon first listen, thanks to the recommendation of my brother, I was taken by the attention to detail and sound, not to mention the delicate intro that plummets into an adorable bubbly anthem. This has RAC written all over it.

I will find my beta love
When I find my beta love

You will be my beta love
My beta love
Now we’re getting closer.”

I like the idea of robot experimental “beta” love. After all, what is love but an entire experimentation of human emotion? It is never the same from person to person. We’re all familiar with that feeling of new love, how it feels authentic and unique to not only any other experience you’ve had, but any experience anyone else in the world is having at the same exact moment. We have to tell ourselves that, don’t we? Otherwise, it isn’t special. And all love is truly special, particularly in the romantic sense. Perhaps it is this song’s job to remind us that this emotion is about constantly taking risks, holding nothing back. Paired with a cute and catchy beat, it embodies the sonic interpretation of the lovable subject matter.

Love is probably the most common subject you’ll find on EMPT, but that’s only because it’s the most prevalent inspiration for so much of art that we are surrounded by. Writing, music, fine arts, film, etc. all draw inspiration from a beta love in some shape or form. The way Ra Ra Riot annunciates “beta” in this song also makes it sound like they’re saying “better” with a British accent. Just something to think and smile about.

Beta Love – Ra Ra Riot (RAC Remix)

 

 

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Metric – Breathing Underwater (MNDR Remix)

What does it feel like when two worlds that seem so different suddenly weld together to create one brain crushing world that doesn’t feel like your own at all? I can only imagine that it feels similar to the strangeness of breathing underwater. Not only the surreal idea itself, but the weirdness of actually being able to do it with your nose, sans gils. Sometimes, you encounter this feeling after a serious life event: death, end of love, a sudden move to a new place. The reality is that the brain despises change. That, and our brains try to multi-task all the time, but if we’re being true to presence and remaining in that, we’re probably going to get really narrow-minded and hone in on one specific thing. That’s just what happens, no matter how hard we try to stay true to today.

Recently, I’ve experienced this feeling. I apologize if it feels like I’m vaguely dancing around the whole situation that this actually stems from. But I’m not going to address anything besides the message in this post. All of a sudden your world, which is comprised of several different experiences and interactions, comes crashing down to let you check in with reality. It can happen all at once, making it a totally overwhelming experience. But I think what’s important to realize, is the root of that crash. The cause. Was it something that made you happy at one point in your life? Then, the most important part is to acknowledge that first. If it made you happy and you are no longer happy from it, then happiness is suddenly absent — and your brain hates that. Because how is it even humanly possible to be happy when you’ve only had to focus on one thing for so long?

Honestly, you guys are incredible readers and true life livers. I probably don’t even have to divulge into a real explanation of what I’m trying to say but I will. Happiness exists in your life in more ways than one. It’s so easy to focus on just one thing, especially if you’re the type that gives it your all. But when that thing is suddenly taken away, you’re forced to check in not only with yourself, but with everything else around you. You’ll realize that there are so many other things that are just as good, if not better, that contribute to your happiness. It’s your job to seek those out and allow them to surround you at all times.

 Is this my life?
Am I breathing underwater?

I haven’t been able to stop playing this song since I first heard it. It’s also just so epic at the chorus. With that powerful foot stomping beat, you feel like pounding your heel into the ground and pumping your fist into the air. But not in that cheesy annoying bro fist pumping way. Feel me? I love the way the vocals mesh with the electronic sounds — subtle yet present, waiting for your attention.

Here’s to taking hold of our happiness and being in charge.

 Metric – Breathing Underwater (MNDR Remix)

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Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Walter Sobcek Remix)

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Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly” – Langston Hughes

Just when I thought I never wanted to hear another Fleetwood Mac remix or mashup ever again…Walter Sobcek whips out their unleashes an early (but very legitimate) contender for classic remix of the year. The mysterious Parisian duo named after that crazy bowler from one of the greatest movies of all time have entered 2013 with a bang, and I hope it’s a sign that they plan to be a bit more active than usual this year.

It’s not easy to put Gigamesh or Psychemagik to shame, but Walter Sobcek has done just that. This “edit” is just the full monty laden with a nuanced touch. With a Falke-ian bass line and a Lifelike-y vocal choppage, this one is “Space Age” to the max. Mark it 10. In their words:

rent a LeBaron and hit the road from Chateau Marmont to Santa Monica, NOW… And while you´re at it, slip this little remix of FM´s Dreams and spin the shit out if it!

Dream on, dreamers. Dream on. You’re entering a world of joy.

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Walter Sobcek Remix)

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Plastic Plates – Things I Didn’t Know I Loved (Bufi Remix)

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We posted the original already, but this is simply too damn glorious not to share. Plastic Plates has made a name for himself in 2012 as that guy who takes pretty good songs and turns them into ridiculously fun and really good looking remixes (he’s also the only reason why I’ll listen to Adele). Felix has a pretty lethal pedigree (drummer for The PresetsSneaky Soundsystem, etc.) and he’s Australian–so when he points in a direction, it’s a good idea to head that way. He’s pointed to Mexico, where we–and him–just got BUFI‘d.

With this uplifting, hypnotic, and percussive production, Bufi took a page straight out Plastic Plates‘ book, turning the good into the astounding. The result is Magician like–really, when I first heard this remix, that’s the name that came to mind. While Bufi is still somewhat under the radar, he–along with Pat Lok, Falcon Punch, and Chordashian–is a name I expect you’ll see plenty more of in 2013.

Tell me what I’m thinking of…

In 2012, I’ve realized that I kinda love a lot of things I never though I could even like. Deep house, Tofu (sorta), “Pressed” Juice, Yoga, and (moderate) Sobriety chief among them. Thanks to Bufi, “Mescal-infused electronic-disco” can add itself to that list. Cause while I don’t know what Bufi stands for (probably not Spanish for BUFU), it might as well be Spanish for “dance motherfuckers, dance.”

Plastic Plates – Things I Didn’t Know I Loved (Bufi Remix)

Bonus:

Bufi – Will Be

 

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The Mowgli’s – San Francisco (Little Daylight Remix)

Similar to some of their other remixes (see their remix of Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) this track exudes power and happiness. With a fist in the air and a foot on the ground ready to stomp, this track is a lovely addition to the Sunday line-up of heart warmers and chill vibes for many reasons. We’ve got the sing-along chorus that is hard to resist, adorable harmonies, and a clapping beat to keep us alive. With a subject matter that not only reminds us of summer, but takes us to the love that is San Francisco, it’s hard to imagine not smiling about this song.

The Mowgli’s are another lovely LA based band that exudes love and positivity. Their love for California is apparent in all of their music, and it blends beautifully with the likes of Little Daylight. 

Today’s Sunday has been dedicated to happy productivity and travels. And lots of tea time. I woke up twice today — once to see the sunrise, then once to actually wake up and start the day. I went to sleep pretty early last night and my body just felt that the sunrise was really important to see at around six in the suburbs of my family’s seaside home. The sight was one that deserved a mental snapshot, but not a real snapshot. There are certain sun activities that are for your eyes only, and this was one of them. I wasn’t fully awake but I was aware enough to realize that this was the first sunrise I had seen on my own accord — that is to say, not because I was just going to sleep at 7am after having a night on the town, or not because I had been awake all night finishing work, but because I had the luxury of just waking up to a beautiful thing. And that was priceless.

Make a cup of tea and get some work done, and throw this one on as a motivation maker or a reason to keep moving forward, let this be today’s closing thought. And tomorrow’s entrance to a new week.

The Mowgli’s – San Francisco (Little Daylight Remix)

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The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Mendez Rework)

Wicked Games is probably one of my favorite songs of all-time, let alone, by The Weeknd. A quality piece of music transports me to another place entirely — emotionally, mentally, and physically. Wicked Games brings you to a place of understanding, not necessarily because the lyrics are relative to our lives, but because the idea of the song is such a basic human problem and emotion. After seeing The Weeknd  two weekends ago in the Bronx, I admit that I was in awe of his performance but walked away feeling a little bit sad. Seeing him in front of the hundreds of fans, dancing and singing like a truly charmer, was beautiful. But his words and lyrics come from a real place, it seems, and there’s something about that which makes it hard to say, “I love the Weeknd because his music is sexy.” It is definitely sexy, but it’s also one man pouring his emotions onto a stage for all to judge and hear. And that’s easy to forget when we’re distracted by how the music + lyrical combo makes us feel.

I got my heart right here
I got my scars right here.”

I was taken by how simply the elements of this remix played into the original beauty allowing it to maintain with a little bit of moombah flare. It’s not overpowering by any means, as some moombahton tends to be. It’s more like upgrading from a two-step to a cha-cha-slide.

Mendez has done a couple of other remixes on his soundcloud, which I found to be rather impressive. It’s like someone told him to make slow tracks that people love into sexy dance-floor moombah lovers melts, and that is precisely what he’s done. He has a really mellow way of taking on a track. If you guys can’t tell, I am generally really wary of moombahton because of how similar it can sound. Trust me when I say this has some style to it, definitely worth playing at the next party.

The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Mendez Rework)

*BONUS*

The Weeknd – Rolling Stone (Mendez Moombahsoul Rework)

 

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Skinny Lister – Colours (Psychemagik Remix)

“Every story has already been told” –many people

…You just have to find a new way to tell it. That’s one of the first lessons you’re taught in creative writing classes, and it’s a hard one to disagree with–particularly when you look at the way Hollywood recycles the same ideas over and over again.

As someone who attempts to write, the most difficult aspect in the processes is picking up the pen and paper (or banging on the keyboard) and asking yourself: first, has this story already been told, and second, will anyone even see this? Of course, many phenomenal stories still do get told on a regular basis by people who either know how to tell a familiar story in an unheard way, or shape a story with characters that people will care about. No matter the art, every story teller must have a different slant–a unique voice and a new way to tell a similar story you may have heard before.

It’s a difficult reality that many artists–and musicians in particular–have to battle with. And with so much music being produced on a daily basis, it’s definitely daunting.

Because I’m fascinated with words, and I’ve always wondered what would happen when we run out of new names for songs. Over and over again, I see the same word or words being used as a song title (quick, try to think of a title for a song–odds are, it’s been taken). This recycling of words partially occurs because there are only so many words to describe feelings and the emotions a song encapsulates. And at a basic level, artists simply want to share their feelings.

This is not the first song with the word “Colours” in it (see: Fred Falke‘s classic Hot Chip remix, Grouplove, etc.), but it’s a rather good one. Skinny Lister, a London based-folky band that I know nothing about, tells a pretty relaxed tale of summer and the dope colors that inhabit that time of year.

The UK-production duo Psychemagik (who enjoy making “demented beats”), have added another ace remix to their resumé, speeding the song up with some synth and taking it to a more uplifting place. It’s not fancy, but it’s lush and filled with colorful vibes.

Yes, colours (and colors) are a fairly basic, omnipresent aspect in life. They’re triply, they’re cool, and they’re inspiring. Whether you’re a musician, writer, or architect (whether you shape or attempt to shape things), above all else, you have to believe in your story. Odds are if you don’t think it’s worth telling, no one else will either.

Skinny Lister – Colours (Psychemagik Remix)

Skinny Lister –  Colours

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Kimbra – Settle Down (Hot Young Girls Wind It Down Remix)

I’ve never heard as many remixes of one song as I have for this track. That doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to seek out and admire the remixes that deserve praise. This is definitely one of those remixes. What’s great about this take on the track is how honest it is to the original, highlighting the key parts that seem to stick out most in our heads after listening. The boom-boom-boom-bah’s and the hey! heyo’s get a spotlight, while the verses that build-up race consistently with a cymbal and electro drum sounds to a release that is uninhibited and hard to ignore. Every time I play this track again, I learn something new. Like how the verse: star so light, star so bright, first star I see tonight is played with so that the vocals are every so slightly off from the original. It’s a minor change, and if the track was changed anymore it would be dishonest and maybe a little annoying. But this right here is perfection.

The hurricane has somehow managed to bring a swift change in seasons, which has forced me to accept that Winter is arriving quickly. But today, I have no priorities. Today, my priority is to write and hide away from the cold. It’s a Saturday but it doesn’t feel like the weekend and this song has been reverberating off the walls of my brain for the past half hour. I think my fellow New Yorkers agree when I say that this week has been a blessing in disguise for those who were lucky enough to stay safe and sound. My love and thoughts go out to those who have suffered from the side affects of this hurricane, seeing as I do have family that has been in the dark all week. I wish nature had another way of reminding us that it is in fact in charge and in full control of our lives, but alas, this is the only way. We can only be thankful for the safety and positivity of others that surround us.

That being said, the blessing of this week of isolation sans public transportation, is how we’ve all been forced to slow down in every regard. I found myself taking time to talk to people I ran into on the street, making zero plans, and taking everything in stride. A beautiful and eery thing that nature can do to us. That’s where my mind has been, and that’s probably why I found this song so perfect for this day and week. May your weekends be easy going, as we prepare to get back on our grind come Monday.

Kimbra – Settle Down (Hot Young Girls Wind It Down Remix)