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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Decembre Best of 2013

I can’t lie, I’ve had this tape since mid December. I did have an extremely busy end of the year and going back to NYC for two weeks didn’t exactly help my productivity but that really has nothing to do with it. In fact this tape has been complete since Steph first sent it over. HP sent us one of their new Split X2 laptops, you know the one Clams Casino has been using for those beat making videos you’ve been seeing all over the net. Anyways, I didn’t want to take my army of technology with me on this trip so I put Ableton on the X2, got inspired, took it on my flight and did all the mix on it while on my way to New York. Gotta love the space age.

The truth is I have this weird thing with LMDM’s where I want to hold on to it for myself for as long as possible. I realize EMPT is this whole thing now and people have certain expectations that need to be met but I like to do what I feel and being the only one with LMDM for a little extra longer makes me feel good, sue me. Seriously though, I know it’s a problem, I promise to be better about it this year. Anyhow, Steph usually speaks through her selections but this time she graced us with some beautiful words and I won’t go on with my ramblings and distract much longer. We took a little extra time to mix and blend the tracks while keeping Stephs original track order in tack so I think you’ll guys like how this one flows. To make up for my hoarding and to step it up for 2014 I’ll be mixing all LMDM’s like this from no on, enjoy.

Putting this lmdm is always particularly special – for me, each year it’s a way to go through the endless lists of my favorite songs which in a way is to go through moment after moment after moment that made up my year – to sum up “a best of” – this took me exactly twenty minutes, at a quarter to midnight, BC I knew exactly what needed to be on this – so this is my version of a best of – each song is a piece of my year and perhaps of yours as well…each track is much more than that – it’s a distinct memory you repeat in your head bringing you back to that individual experience you associate it with. For me there’s a strong mix of emotion attached to each one and a definitive event, person, or both. Here’s to a full year-  of ups and downs, highs and lows, falls and beautiful mistakes but with each close of a year – comes a new opportunity – of renewal and most importantly, an open path – waiting to be taken…

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Tracklist:
  1. Sam Smith – Nirvana (TIPs Promised Land Remix)
  2. Nicolas jaar – With Just One Glance
  3. Coma les dilettantes (Roosevelt remix)
  4. Blood Orange – Champagne Coast (Clockwork Opera Remix)
  5. Foals – Bad Habit (Alex Metric Remix)
  6. Wolf Alice – Blush (Duncan Murray Remix)
  7. Vadoinmessico – Teeo (Crystal Fighters Remix)
  8. Miguel – do you (ah yeah remix)
  9. Hermitude – hyperparadise (flume remix)
  10. Vitalic- fade away (C2C remix)
  11. Ginger and the ghost – one type of dark (ta-Ku remix)
  12. Lafayette – Mauvaise mine (Jupiter remix)
  13. Kleerup and Lykke Li – Til we bleed
  14. Ultraista – Small Talk (whomever remix)
  15. Flight Facilities – Claire de Lune (them jeans edit)
  16. The Do – Bohemian Dance (YUS remix)
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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Janvier 2013

Music has taken me many places man but my most recent adventure might be the one to top them all. I spent last week on a 26,000 acre private Villa off Mexico’s virgin coast. I was there curating the music for someones 50th birthday, this person shall remain nameless but all I can say is that my life will never be the same.

A good friend asked me what I got from the trip and aside from the most luxurious partying I’ve ever done, hanging with some of the most beautiful and elegant women I’ve ever encountered, having worldly conversations with the most powerful men around and all the other romance such beauty and power affords, it was the first time I really understood that it’s the rebels who get the best life has to offer…

 How does somebody know what they want if they’ve never even seen it?”

We’re literally bombarded with media these days, which in the context of that question means that what we want is limited to what is put in front of us. For example, these BS Netflix and Pandora algorithms that “know what you like.” At first thought that might seem cool but always getting what you already know and are comfortable with is criminal. Where’s the adventure? There’s no limit to our anything, not our love, our ability to learn or appreciate, to grow or to expand and yet the whole point of these services is to define and box you up. I don’t buy it.

It’s important to ask yourself if the path you’re on is something you created, is it an expression of yourself or is it just something others have created for you? You’ll never find what you seek if let others guide your vision. There is a wonderful experience out there most of us will never get because we got so caught up in the ever expansive rat race but we live in a time when being limitless is easier than ever… The people who excel astronomically in this world are the ones who live beyond it. Welcome to the Space Age, please REBEL ASAP.

That brings me to the subject of today post, the first LMDM of 2013, aka the soundtrack to my story. Le Miel du Mois has been going since 2009 and you think by now we’d know what to expect right? Wrong! This isn’t Pandora baby, this is pure life in the form of music and like someone who is truly living, it’s constantly evolving, changing, learning, adapting, growing, speeding up, slowing down, in love, out of love, partying, chilling out and on and on. I’ve never been able to define LMDM, I could never tell someone it’s one genre of music or what not and it’s one of the reason I and so many others are forever in love with this tape. Where’s the adventure? With LMDM it’s everywhere and it makes me proud to bring you another year of it, enjoy.

januaryyy. sigh. the cold air. hugging your coat a little closer to your body. brisk walks. short cigarettes. cold hands. warm bodies. late night sips. stealing kisses…stay warm & stay up late…

“When I see you standing there. The evening sun upon your hair. Covered up with garden dirt. With just one glance you tear my skirt.” – Nicolas Jaar”

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Tracklisting:

  1. Misun – Harlote
  2. Crystal Castles – Baptism
  3. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold
  4. Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune (Them Jeans Edit)
  5. Paradis – Hemisphere
  6. New Animal – Falling Up
  7. Ultraista – Gold Dayzz (Maribou State Remix)
  8. Diiv – Follow
  9. The Dø – Bohemian Dances (YUS Remix)
  10. Porcelain Raft – Shapeless and Gone
  11. Kleerup with Lykke Li – Until We Bleed
  12. Young Magic – Sparkly

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Ultraista – Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)

Stop with the small talk
Won’t you
Don’t wanna feed the nightmare

Sharp memory talks
I hear around the room
Don’t wanna hear no more
Hear no more from you.”

These piercing vocals offer us an entrancing introduction to this remix. While the chopped up beats go in various directiosn, the vocals are what hold our hand throughout the song. Guidance at its finest musical moment. I have to admit, Four Tet has really surprised me in the past couple of months. I’ve never not liked him, I just never paid enough valuable attention to him. My roommate and other best friend introduced me to his chilled out sounds, and I’m so thankful for that. I wholeheartedly believe that we have to be in certain moods to hear certain songs and I think that’s why I didn’t instantly fall in love. But as soon as I started loving him, I couldn’t stop. I guess that’s how love is in general, I don’t know why I was so surprised at my reaction. A never-ending spiral upwards, downwards for some, but let’s say for the sake of music, it’s always up.

Ultraista’s chilling vocals in this track really convey a distinct message about a ridiculous behavior that we humans choose to involve ourselves in. Coated in a sexy and addicting chopped up beat, I’m sitting here thinking about how often I’ve been stuck in a ridiculous situation of smalltalk. It’s inevitable. When our brains get too loud, they inhibit us from speaking coherently, from saying what’s on our minds. It’s another defense mechanism. Thanks brain, I appreciate it. But I am not exempt from the act, I too, indulge in this waste of time. And it only happens when I truly have no idea what else to do. It has a lot to do with a person’s energy, how comfortable they make me feel. So it’s never going to be something I’m fully in charge of, and it’s definitely something I try to remain aware of. If that sounds like a defense for my inability to be the best conversationalist all of the time, that’s because it is. So what? We’re not perfect. It’s a lame part of our beings. If all conversations with all humans were awesome, we wouldn’t know the difference between magical and ridiculous.

Upon reflection, one of the most disappointing instances of smalltalk came from one of my ex-lovers. It’s when I truly realized how much I hated the act, and it came from a male that I once had so much respect for. As soon as I made the connection between my hate for smalltalk and him, I began to hate him, too. I remember the scene that spawned my realization. I just kept thinking, why are you doing this. I know you want to talk about real things, as he asked about medial schoolwork and academia that was of no interest to either of us. And no matter how much I willed our relations to change, the spiral of his non-genuine behavior continued, as it usually does. In this instance, fake behavior spirals as constantly as love. When a person chooses to be non-genuine, this un-realness usually continues. A person in love only falls deeper and deeper in love. The problem is that either way, they’re falling.

I’m surrounded by many loved ones, family wise, but my loved one is across the country. If I were you, and my loved one was close within grabbing reach, I’d listen to this song with them. Yes, the content and lyricism is important, but the actual track as a piece of music drips with a thick and unmistakable layer of sensuality.

Ultraista – Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)

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Ultraista – RLM Gold Dayz (Maribou State Remix)

There are so many places a song can take you to, and yet, there are only so many places that you can physically go. I’m talking about getting warped into another reality that doesn’t feel like your own, and suddenly having to live in it. Suddenly, your flexibility to move in and out of said reality is hindered. You’re stuck, forced to deal with every new day and you take it in confusion as the life you thought you built around you, no longer exists. It crashed somewhere last week in the whirlwind of your mind’s busy eye. It’s feeling up with the sense that you have no idea where your energy and emotions are, although you very well may know where your body is in space and time, your head is somewhere else.

Might this be an exaggerated description of how I felt after listening to this song for the first time? No. A work of unmistakable and haunting art, there’s a strange sense that we’re waking up from a coma that kept us from experiencing the apocalypse. Mystery bodies are hidden somewhere in the strange depths of a now, unknown and unfamiliar New York City. You realize that that which makes it your city are the masses of strangers, the fact that you can feel alone and communal all at once — is gone. Nothing is the same as you begin to piece together your new… existence. It’s no longer a life if no one can experience it with you. But you are confused and nervous. And that’s when the beat picks up in this song, when female vocals are chopped and screwed into a repetition. That’s the confused and nervous part. The minor tone with the instrumentals and background baby-esque sounds, the clapping, the bass (you start hearing a little bit of Flying Lotus in the beat pick-ups), the distant and somewhat muted vocals that overlap in the background of what you might call, the chorus.

This song has no formula. It’s perfect and unique in all too many ways, and because of that, feeling post-apocalyptic is the only thing that I could compare it to. I’ve never been in a true post-apocalyptic situation, but I’ve had enough strange experiences in my life that are comprable to such. I can acknowledge when that emotion is being channeled.

Here’s to a golden, unfamiliar and new Wednesday.

Ultraista – RLM Gold Dayz (Maribou State Remix)