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  • EMPT Classic: Poolside – Do You Believe MP3

    This classic EMPT throwback just seemed appropriate on this gloomy Thursday.  Where I am I?  Believe it or not I am in LA “where the sun is always shining”.  I would love to be by a pool or at the beach right now tanning my tiny little frame and checking out the scenery if ya know what I mean but alas the sun does not always shine in LA.  Oh well, I actually enjoy a gray day to help me concen...

    08.03.2013

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    08.03.2013

  • Foster The People – Houdini (RAC Remix) MP3

    What makes Foster The People such a solid band is their unabashed approach to pop-rock. If they want to use a piano, they use a damn piano and slam out the chords. If they want to bring in a horn section and have them blare out notes over synths and their infectious falsettos, they do and it works. In everything you do, confidence is key (so cliche, but ride it out with me). Foster The People’s confidence in ...

    03.03.2013

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    03.03.2013

  • ChVrches — Recover (CID RIM Remix) MP3

    [press play first, then continue:] You see this girl and she catches your eye, but you’re not sure how to even approach her.  The different scenarios of approach which you imagined within 10 seconds flat all end in some extreme form of awkwardness that immediately puts a knot right in the pit of your tummy.  Everything goes black… You and her are on the train now heading downtown to SoHo.  She ...

    03.03.2013

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    03.03.2013

  • Magic Man – Paris MP3

    What could possibly be more comforting than waking up and turning on a track like Magic Man’s blissfully-nostalgic track “Paris?” I can’t think of anything except for say waking up next to your lover and playing the track; maybe you’re listening to it over a cup o’ joe. From the moment the piano bounces its way through your ear-drum, the synths chime in, and the drums mosey on...

    03.03.2013

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    03.03.2013

  • Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye) feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green MP3

    No surprise here that the newest Major Lazer track is the embodiment of perfection. There’s a lot going on here and all of it is loveworthy. The work that Major Lazer is just as hard as their live shows — 100% with nothing to hold back. I remember the first time I saw them at one of the HARD shows in New York City. As soon as I arrived at Terminal 5, my phone was stolen. My sadness wa...

    03.03.2013

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    03.03.2013

  • Jamie Woon – Night Air (Ramadanman Refix) MP3

    It’s muggy, cold, and rainy outside my window. The sun, if it could be seen, would be beginning to set and Manhattan would begin its earnest attempt to keep the daylight on. I’m a little disappointed in myself for not really accomplishing anything in my planner, but sometimes you need a day to look out your window all day; observe. In this moment, there’s a sinister vibe pulsing through the air....

    25.02.2013

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    25.02.2013

  • The Hood Internet – Pyramidspeak (Purity Ring x Frank Ocean) MP3

    The first time I listened to Channel Orange, I knew that Frank Ocean was three levels ahead of his contemporaries. The whole work blew me away. It was enthralling. Each track deserves its own recognition and praise, but “Pyramids” is what “Back to Black” was for Amy Winehouse. Pure, raw artistry. It’s a true gem of a track and one hell of a story. It’s Ocean’s opus, reall...

    16.02.2013

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    16.02.2013

  • Ghost Beach — Close Enough (Feat. Noosa) MP3

     the less you give, the more I want — so foolishly.” The Ghost Beach guys are my dudes!  From first finding out who they were via our EMPT dropbox folder of fresh sonic goodies, to a personal invite from them on Twitter to check them out at Pianos here in NYC, these guys have won me over time and time again with their music, their performances and their magnificently warm energy.  Itâ...

    16.02.2013

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    16.02.2013

  • BeatauCue – Teion MP3

    I know that electronic music has officially blown up in the US, but Europe still has the market cornered on the genre. Personally, I’m partial to the sounds that the Parisians crank out. You can always count on the French for melodic bangers. I don’t know what it is. Maybe there’s something in the water there? Or perhaps Daft Punk sonically rewrote the whole country’s DNA? Yeah, thatâ€...

    16.02.2013

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    16.02.2013

  • Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man (Holtoug Bootleg) MP3

    There are two things going on this morning. My super fantastic heater (real talk, it is super fantastic not even sarcasm right now) in my apartment has caused sweltering temperatures, so my apologies ahead of time for any loopy $h*t I’m about to say. The second thing that’s happening is really beautiful. It’s not the first time I’ve heard this song, but it truly feels like the first time....

    15.12.2012

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    15.12.2012

  • Brett – Confidence (Viceroy Remix) MP3

    Here in Colombia it was a long weekend and I still have this song burning on my skin — literally. It had been so long since I soaked up the sun that I kinda overdid it, and it hurts so good. It was my overconfident self the one to blame for the careless sunbathing sans protection and the pain I am in right now. We must’ve played this song at least a dozen times from Friday until Monday and it always so...

    17.10.2012

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    17.10.2012

  • Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cuming – Howling (Âme Remix) MP3

    I have been all about the simple remixes lately. But simple doesn’t really sum it up the way that I want it to. It’s like minimalist design — a little bit cold but ultimately chill and easy on the eyes. That’s how I felt when I listened to this remix for the first time. It played over the speakers in my apartment, vibrating off the sunrise clad walls. It’s one of those songs that y...

    17.10.2012

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    17.10.2012

  • Poolside – Kiss You Forever MP3

    Think about all the ways that we interact with one another, language aside. I’m always raving about body language, but only because it’s a topic of conversation that seems forever present in my mind. I’m fascinated by our ability to relay messages without language, and that’s saying something, because I also love to write. This song embodies the really simple emotion of that happy giddy f...

    11.10.2012

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    11.10.2012

  • Miike Snow – Paddling Out (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) MP3

    Plug in your headphones for this one folks ’cause the drop in this track is heavy and it’s deep. Swedish trio, Miike Snow continue to deliver fire tracks, but add in dance-pop maestro Jacques Lu Cont and you have a track that threatens to blow your speakers (really though, if you’re going to do that why not do it to this one)? There’s someone here who laughs too hard at everything You say...

    05.10.2012

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    05.10.2012

  • Jaden – The Coolest MP3

    We the youngest, we the only ones who know what’s up…” Jaden – The Coolest

    05.10.2012

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    05.10.2012

  • Velvetine – The Great Divide (Seven Lions Remix) MP3

    This Seven Lions Remix is purely epic.  That’s it.  There is truly no other way for me to say it. The Great Divide is about the thin red line between pain and love that many of us become deathly afraid of.  It’s the same line of love scrimmage that can only be crossed by someone we allow full access to.  It’s also that very same moment when one part of your mind shuts it’s own...

    01.10.2012

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    01.10.2012

  • Freelance Whales – Spitting Image (Little Daylight Remix) MP3

    It’s been two years since I saw Freelance Whales in Frenchkiss’ 2010 SXSW showcase. Under a white tent with a few of us ready to listen, they began their layered serenades, and the crowd began to grow. Rumors buzzed about them, and they fulfilled every expectation. Since their 2010 release Weathervanes, we’ve waited patiently for the next addition. And finally, the buzz. The band’s sophom...

    01.10.2012

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    01.10.2012

  • Citizens! – True Romance (Gigamesh Remix) MP3

    Kitsuné, a record label and clothing brand out of Paris, has been building quite a force of artists including the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Is Tropical. Citizens! debuted late last year with True Romance and its hard-hitting sentimentality. The song begins with a few simple piano chords that usher in a myriad of instruments that build the intensity, bolstered by the love-struck theme. Oh my love ...

    27.09.2012

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    27.09.2012

  • Jonas Rathsman -W4W (Women 4 Weapons) MP3

    I reside in a futuristic, utopian society (in space, natch) where all music is free and all artists have the financial freedom to pursue whatever their heart desires at all times. In this dream realm, torrents, RARs, and liking Facebook pages for songs do not exist. There is also a musical Brita, through which only the finset sounds are filtered for our aural pleasure. Should this pipe dream ever become a reality,Â...

    26.09.2012

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    26.09.2012

  • Moon Boots – Got Somebody MP3

    There are plenty of fish in the sea, or so the condolence goes.  But what happens when a truly unbelievably stunning someone becomes your own? That’s the central theme of Moon Boots’ sultry nu-disco groove Got Somebody.  Who is this somebody? The song’s sole lyrical sample doesn’t elaborate much, but the steamy tropical instrumentation implies the female has certainly got it goinâ...

    18.09.2012

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    18.09.2012

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