Flat Music #17

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There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite

The other week we featured Jay-Z & Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind” from 2009. The following year Alicia stated that she was planning to release a second version of the song as a single, featuring only her vocals. The track, entitled “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down”, appeared on her fourth studio album The Element of Freedom which was released in December 2009. The original version, entitled “Empire State of Mind Part 2”, included both Keys’ vocals and a new rap verse from Jay-Z, but the final product did not include Jay-Z. Discussing the record, Keys said that it acts as a dichotomy of strength and vulnerability, commenting that “The music is really strong, and the drums are really aggressive, but my voice is vulnerable and delicate”.

So I definitely wanted to give my version of it and my vision of how I see New York and how it feels to me. I wanted to do it for my style – more broken down, more on piano, more voice and intimacy – so that’s what I did. I imagined, “If I was able to sing this whole song, how would I do it?” So I just sat down at my piano and I kind of broke it down and started singing about New York as I see it, and it turned out great.

— Keys on recording “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down”

“Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” was generally well received by contemporary music critics in their reviews for The Element of Freedom. Allison Stewart of The Washington Post noted that the track, which is a pop ballad, had replaced “Empire State of Mind” sports team references and ruminations with “even milder and less controversial string of generalities”, highlighting Keys’ version’s lyrics “If I could make it here/I could make it anywhere”. The song peaked at number four in the United Kingdom on downloads alone.


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Flat Eric is a star of Levi’s commercials for Sta-Prest One Crease Denim Clothing. His name comes from an idea for a commercial that included having a car run over his head and flattening it. The idea was not used but the name stuck. Flat Eric rides with his friend Angel around California, evading the police as a wanted criminal.

55 Comments on “Flat Music #17”

  1. I always thought that one day I would have to visit New York and listen to Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York. Think it might have to be this instead now… sorry Frank.

  2. If we all wear our masks, keep our spaces and wash our hands then just maybe… we can all get our own little New York back!

  3. Grew up in a town
    That is famous as a place
    Of Ferry Boats
    Noise is always loud
    There are sirens all around
    And the streets are mean
    If I can fly around here
    I can fly around anywhere
    The pigeons say
    Seeing my face in lights
    Or my name on marquees
    Found down at Woodside
    Even if it ain’t all it seems
    I got a pocketful of dreams
    Baby, I’m from
    Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
    There’s nothing you can’t do
    Now you’re in Birko

  4. Don’t want to brag but I’ve got every single question correct on who wants to be a millionaire tonight!

  5. I would like my back to be covered in scratches and bite marks and occasionally someone dares to top me – the brat I deserve.

  6. In an effort to stay relevant we are making a big gorilla to fight one of the dinosaurs!

  7. I find myself getting ridiculously jealous of things that I have absolutely no right to be jealous about!

  8. *leans out of car window*
    “Can I get 2 happy meals and a McFlurry, please”
    “Sir, this is a toll-booth”
    “What’s your point?”

  9. Rolf report 18 Jan

    Am I the shiniest cat on earth? I gleam although the humans never brush me & they’ve no power to stop me eating on campus. I’ve been known to devour student favourites such as pot noodles, fish fingers & hotdogs. My lifestyle obviously makes me healthy.

    Rolf x

  10. Red Fred takes his time to get to know humans. Kate feeds us most afternoons but he wouldn’t let her get too close. Things have changed! He’s started rubbing his head on her face. My human says that Kate’s patience has paid off. (‘paid off?’ Weird saying).

  11. They won’t actually cut Universal Credit surely? I mean they are capable of anything but surely not.

  12. Another day today of coming up with ideas for the future to put into action once we’re out of this horror period. I’ve got a couple of crackers already but I expect they’ll have to wait for Xmas.

  13. I appear to have nodded off in the middle of the corridor. It isn’t a problem is it? Everyone can just walk round me. Happy Monday morning friends, feel free to tickle, it’s a real stress buster.

  14. Clocked a little frenchy puppy playing in the park out me window forgot to get ready for work, if the gaffer asks why am late the traffic was bad.

  15. Got my online classes for uni today and you best believe we are only doing 4 hours online A WEEK from 18 hours a week in person.

    £9000 a year tho ??

  16. Today is Blue Monday- I’m declaring Tomorrow as #Orangeday where we continue this and spread some marmalade loving warmth amongst one another- please reach out to one another.

  17. Merseyside Police have 4 squad cars specifically for Covid related incidents, giving out fines for breaches. Pity they didn’t do the same to people travelling into the city from higher Tiers while we, as a city had followed all the guidelines and drove the infection rate, down.

  18. Hi guys your friendly reminder to unclench you’re jaw I knew a fella who had a clenched jaw and his head fell off so just be careful guys.

  19. Yesterday marked one year since my Mr Derek left us all. It still hurts to think of him gone. I will continue to remember those great times my best friend….Basil xx

  20. House on our families estate got broken into other night, police turned up IN THE MORNING? If it was a party going against covid restrictions they’d of been there within minutes

  21. If you see a boiled egg bouncing round Liverpool, don’t worry, it’s just me with no eyelashes on. I thought losing the hair extensions in lockdown 1 was bad but this is truly humbling.

  22. Wonder what time the covid grasses go on their dinner, I wana go the range for unessential items.

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