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Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Hidden Ground
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HIYA // Paul Dixon aka David's Lyre

 

David's Lyre is a project I've always been impressed by and enjoyed, with all it's vague mystery. But not mystery in that annoyingly contrived, inaccessible, or aloof kind of way; just in a quietly-going-about-business, but-listen-here kind of way. Now Paul Dixon's discreet labour has come to fruition, with the debut album for David's Lyre due for release on the 24th of October. It's called Hidden Ground, which is also the title of it's lead single.

 

I've been sitting on this track around, so whilst I'm at it, here it is:

 

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Whilst initially not as definitive as previous offering 'In Arms', 'Hidden Ground' takes a couple of listens to reveal how compelling a track it is, with it's double kicking beat, full of odd percussion, indeterminate whirring, molten guitars and pianos echoing out as if from the bottom of some deep cave. According to Dixon:

 

"Having spent the best part of the last 6 months in studios with no natural light I have emerged out the other side alive, with album in hand - albeit with sore eyes.

I am writing to proudly announce the free single 'Hidden Ground', a taster of my forthcoming debut album.

It has taken a while to get here, but really it's just the beginning. Thank you for being part of it from the start."

 

And here's an easy sight for sore eyes, the video for 'Hidden Ground' created by Ben Seary, a black and white affair of projections on porous stone sculptures, or something:

 

Hidden Ground by Davids Lyre

 

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