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Ghost Beach – Been There Before (Shook Remix)

Changing, changing

Shook’s remix of “Been There Before” takes the original, strips it substantially of its lyrics and focuses on beat-tastic piano and disco bass. The bongos make me feel like i’m sitting by a beach-side cabana, the beat makes me want to shake my booty. The piano has a Chilly Gonzales-esque sound to it; the in-your-face-can’t-leave-your-mind kind of piano. Shook is notorious for his prevalent use of the bass, radically transforming pop and indie songs into nu-age disco.

Shook eliminates all words save one particular chunk. In this sole verse, there’s a heavy emphasis on changing. I like this topic. Life is change, change is life, yet we have such trouble accepting it! We take time to adjust to the new situation, and this is where the hardship sets in. As a military child being displaced every 2 years, by the time I left home I had the “uprooting” thing down. I grew to accept this feeling of discomfort- this “transitionary period” as I have since labeled it. It’s the period before your brain adapts to whatever situation you’ve put it through. Because of my inconsistent childhood, I’ve been a skeptic of the permanence of the present, and what I’ve grown to accept is the ephemerality of life. Whatever you feel now will pass in X amount of time. How quickly we adjust plays a large role in our happiness in such new situations.

Don’t fall into the trap of stagnation or you’ll get “Lost in a vision of where you are now,” as Ghost Beach puts it. Enjoy the moment, engross yourself in it, but don’t lament on it once it passes.

Ghost Beach – Been There Before (Shook Remix)

 

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Jamiroquai – Lifeline (Shook Remix)

Here’s the thing. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m such a sucker for good catchy tunes. Well, I guess everyone is kind of a sucker for good catchy tunes. But I recently remembered a conversation I had with a friend about the roots of our musical loves. I talked about being ten years old and obsessing over Freddie Mercury, inconsolably disappointed when I learned that he died the same year as my birth. But what really made a difference was the dent in my musical taste that Queen had made. I was not only into a very intricate and multi-layered type of glam rock, but I was into its pop-ness. Not like, pop music the genre, but the way that it popped. Perhaps bounce is a better word. I love music that bounces, be it physical, mental, emotional. Something that makes you think but also has you moving.

It probably comes as no surprise to you guys that I’m obsessed with this remix. It’s got the claps, the bouncing piano, the provocative beat that matches the pace of your strut…I digress. But Jamiroquai’s voice bounces just as much as the rest of the song, and there’s a certain Stevie Wonder-ness to this remix. Here’s a fun thing — try listening to this song on several different modes. Speakers, big headphones, small headphones. I love doing this. You pick up something new every time, as you should, but you also realize that not all music is made to be listened one way. What if the people making the music, created it so that we could only hear certain things on certain types of listening devices? I guess that does happen. Mini rant.

Allow this song to give you a new mini bounce in your step.

Jamiroquai – Lifeline (Shook Remix)

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Rhian Benson – Rewind (Shook Remix)

“Can we take it back to the days when we could define sublime?
Even if takes a lifetime for us to find love, let’s rewind. Rewind.”

Somehow and to some degree most of us can relate to this feeling and this moment when we reminisce about that past love. To reminisce is not the bad part. It is to go back and get stuck in circles “like a hula hoop”. That’s where it gets complicated.

In the beginning of the summer of ’11 Rhian Benson released a salsa-dazed with a sprinkle of tropical bossa of a song.

In 2012 Shook takes it down a notch with the tempo, adds a simple organ and finger snappin’ to the beginning and lets it roll from there. The simple piano chords repeat over and over again while you’re taken on a ride along the coasts of wherever with some disco winds blowing from the East. Even if the song is all about rewinding it is also all about unwinding – from a weekend, a person, a situation, work, anything. In the fast-paced world we live in today it feels good to hit play on this one and just let go. Don’t know about you, but right now I’m really relating to this song.

The best way to go back and stay here at the same time is listening to this remix. It’s that powerful.

Rhian Benson – Rewind (Shook Remix)

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Shook – Hold Tight

Excuse the lack of post lately, I wish I had an excuse but I don’t. To be honest I haven’t felt compelled to write and I’ve never been good at faking the funk so I just had to give the ol’ EMPT time off till I found something that inspired a return. Leave to Shook though, his feel good nu-disco banger Hold Tight brought me right back in the game. Shooks ability to express emotion and vibe through instrumentals never ceases to amaze me. This songs driving melody and bass all come to a climax with that simply mantra – Hold Tight! It makes you think of whatever you believe in or the things you so badly desire and how you just have to keep pushing for it despite whatever obstacles or challenges get in the way. My type of mentality, enjoy.

Shook – Hold Tight

 

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Fallulah – I Lay My Head (Shook Remix)

Ah another blissful tune from Fallulah has entered the realms of my strange and blessed world these days. As I multi-task a million different things at work, (something I’ve become sadly good at) I’ve been listening to two artists. Fallulah, and quite drastically different, Jay-Z/Kanye’s latest album, Wath the Throne…we’ll save that conversation for another post, though it is a truly fantastical album. That’s all I’ll say right now.

This remix of I Lay My Head is just as funky and head bobby as you’d imagine anything from Shook. He has an excellent track record in my books, having won my heart over with his remix of Ellie Goulding’s Lights. There’s a slight 80s feel to it, with the xylophone and piano combinations. Fallulah is a joy to listen to already, with a sweet angelic voice similar to that of Florence Welch/Bjork. Yeah, those are two really different singers, but they’re both wicked talented.

I’ve secretly wanted to write about Fallulah for a while since I heard Only Human, so this is a totally appropriate time to share the happiness by giving you not just one happy fun tune, but two.

-Ashley

I Lay My Head (Shook Remix) – Fallulah

Bonus:

Only Human – Fallulah

 

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Avril 2011

I got an email from one of our readers telling me about a site that flat out ripped off the entire EMPT style, I mean we’re talking a straight bite here. I have no problem with people borrowing from us but completely stealing our names, concepts and vibe doesn’t make any sense to me. EMPT is a complete reflection of me and my friends and I won’t sit here and watch people pose as us –

You gotta see what I’ve seen, look where I’ve looked
Touch what I’ve reached, and take what I’ve took
You gotta go where I’ve gone, walked where I’ve walked
To get where I’m at to speak what I talk… – Beanie Sigel (The Truth)

I won’t say much about this but be yourself dude, think of your own ideas – if you want to use our stuff ask us and we’ll collaborate but don’t flat out steal, we love you but that’s just corny. We put a lot of heart into EMPT and that’s something you can’t duplicate. Take the time to do the same thing and it will get your site a lot further because in the end –

Biters can’t come near…” – Nas (Halftime, Illmatic)

Anyways, I’m a little taken by this so I’ll let Steph introduce yet another wonderful installment and my favorite mixtape in the entire world –

I’ve been lucky to have traveled a bit lately and had a lot of time to walk and just think and listen to both new and old. There’s a lot of electro-inspired tracks in this mix, but on the slower side of things- tracks I’ve listened to in my recent trips to Paris and London, walking alongside the grey skies and dim-colored collages. This isn’t a fast mix, it’s a much slower ride, getting ready for spring. It’s not quite here yet, but its coming…”

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download

Tracklisting:

  1. Raleigh Moncrief – Lament for Morning
  2. Baths – Aminals
  3. Ellie Goulding  –  Lights (Shook Remix)
  4. Dark Colour – Don’t Let It Stop
  5. Alex Winston – Sister Wife (Star Slinger Remix)
  6. Metronomy- A Thing for Me (Breakbot remix)
  7. Grandchildren- Cold Warrior
  8. White Hinterland- Icarus
  9. Elden Calder- Where You Go
  10. The Heavenly States  –  Model Son
  11. Mayer Hawthorne – The Ills
  12. Cults  –  You Know What I Mean
  13. Holy Other – We Over (Physical Therapy Extended Remix)
  14. Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind (Pixies Cover)
  15. Isbells  –  Reunite
  16. Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song
  17. Lawrence Arabia – Look Like A Fool

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EMPT Returns / Ellie Goulding – Lights (Shook Remix)

And we’re back! I got tons of emails, text and calls about the status of EMPT – words can’t describe how much I appreciate everyones concern. EMPT is my baby so needless to say I wasn’t feeling good when we we’re taken off the air.

There have been all sorts of rumors going around regarding the cause but I assure you all The Man didn’t come after us, The Industry didn’t either. It turns out we we’re just getting waaay to much traffic recently and we overloaded our server – again! Thanks to C.P. 11 we’re back up and on a server with enough power to handle the growing revolution so expect no more interruptions.

Unfortunately it cost us a few days of downtime but it also showed me how much bigger the EMPT army is getting so on behalf of all our extended family thanks for helping us pop! And congratulations to all you music heads for eating up so much music that we shut down about 75 other websites in the process!

R.O.C. E.M.P.T. running this rap blog sh*t…” – Jay-Z (Take Over)

All you long time followers, you know how much I love each and every one of you so keep rocking.

In the last few weeks we’ve been cooking up some new partnerships as we prepare for the return of Noctambule. Our commitment to guys only grows stronger when things like this happen so stay tuned for some very cool things this summer. Our goal is to be the best in the world and we’ll never stop pushing the limit with that in mind.

Alright there’s much work to do but I wanted to get in this post and let you guys know what was going on. Of course we speak in music around here so there’s always a song and given the circumtances I could think of one better than Shook remix of Ellie Goulding’s Lights.

You show the lights that stop me turn to stone.
You shine it when I’m alone,
And so I tell myself that I’ll be strong,
And dreaming when they’re gone.

‘Cause they’re calling, calling, calling me home,
Calling, calling, calling home…

Like I said EMPT getting shut down last Friday wasn’t easy for me and I have to admit there was a point where I wasn’t feeling very optimistic. At the moment I’m the middle of two different legal battles and to have the Space Age taken away from me would have been devastating.

The drama, people suing me – I’m T.V. talking like it’s just you and me…” – Can’t Tell Me Nothing

I tweeted something regarding the status of EMPT and it seems like the whole world hit me up to show me the light and that means the world to me. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and that’s exactly how the movement feels right now, enjoy.

You could have been anywhere in the world but you’re here with me, I appreciate that…”

Ellie Goulding – Lights (Shook Remix)

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I Blame Coco – Quicker (Shook Remix)

Eliot Paulina Sumner aka I Blame Coco aka Stings daughter is slowly making her acension to the top of the indie pop world. By slowly I mean she’s signed to Island Records, released an album and is constantly working with the biggest music heads in Europe. On top of that she’s getting remixes by people like Diplo, Miike Snow and now EMPT favorite Shook. Don’t get it twisted though, the girl can sing and all those producers and writers behind her are putting together some high quality stuff.

If we could only be quicker and be quick to be kind.
If we could only be faster, then we could outsmart time.

I like this song but for some reason it got me thinking about time and why I don’t like the concept anymore. I go to California quite often but I live in New York City. When I’m in Cali time seems to pass so slow, the days couldn’t be longer and the overall perception is time is just chilled out. A New York minute on the other hand is blazing fast, there’s never enough time to do anything, the day is over before you know it and repeat. Anyone ever notice how slow and dreadful time is when you’re doing something lame like waiting at work, or how fast it goes on weekends? Seriously, where does time get off being so fickle?

I don’t know, I just have this feeling that time is irrelevant and constantly reminding ourselves of it does nothing but create a false sense of limits based on how a clock ticks or what day it is on the calendar.

I’m with Coco on this one be faster, get thing done and outsmart time by deeming it pointless. At the end of the day time is just good for keeping meetings but the sun comes up, the sun goes down, one day we’re young, someday we’re old. The hour on the clock has nothing to do with those inevitabilities. Oh snap, look at the time! I gotta stop rambling and get to my next meeting, enjoy.

I Blame Coco – Quicker (Shook Remix)

I Blame Coco – Quicker

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Penguin Prison – The Worse It Gets (Shook Remix)

This song is about a guy looking at himself from the outside in and realizing that he’s not very happy with who he’s becoming.

I’ve seen my face too many times
The more I look the worse it gets…”

I’m a big fan of self-improvement simply because being honest to yourself is probably one of the hardest things to do and like Chris Glover realizes, what you find isn’t always pretty. However, being able to embrace inner conflict is critical because you can learn to be subjective about yourself and in turn find out more about who you really are. Mind you this is one of the hardest things to do but it’s definitely something to keep in mind.

Being enable to embrace conflict in general is important because if done honestly it can serve to improve bad situations and rid of useless complications. For example, your significant other is always doing something that gets under your skin but you don’t say anything because you want to be “nice.” Well, not only are you putting yourself through torture but you’re avoiding minor conflict while creating a bigger problem down the line. Instead, just be honest and direct about what’s bothering you but don’t be mean, that will just make things worse. If what you’re saying makes sense you should be good, if not then your partner is crazy or selfish and that’s a whole different story.

I got a car that I call Jenny
I take her out when there’s too much noise in my head”

Love that line, it’s pretty self explanatory, taking a drive is great for thinking but unfortunately I’m stuck in the city till Friday so I won’t be driving anytime soon. In meantime, check out the original and remix, both are great. Enjoy.

Penguin Prison – The Worse It Gets

Penguin Prison -The Worse It Gets (Shook Remix)