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.
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MIX // How To Make It In America 2

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Season 2 of How To Make It In (New York City) America made a welcome return this month! I missed these guys. Everyone's kind of vaguely annoying in their way, but infinitely lovable despite this; probably because they very much reflect you or someone you know. Especially the duo of single syllable shmucks that headline the situation, Ben and Cam, who not only have you sympathetic to their causes, but rooting for them.

 

Unlike Eddie Kaye Thomas' interjection after Blood Orange's excellent 'Sutphin Boulevard' on the mix, I don't particularly want to be friends or hang out with any of the lead characters; though I am very happy and entertained watching their pain and their joys, their embarassments as well as their triumphs.

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On the other hand, I'm totally crushing on KiD CuDi's Domingo this time round, even though I was less than impressed by his shirtless CK ads from last season. Kudos to KiD redeeming his bad self. Anyway. I've been sitting on this one for a while, it's been a busy time, excuse the lack of posting blah blah blah...

 

This is another solid mix, a perfect accompaniment to the series as well as your Wednesday, well curated by the bro behind the music of the equally-Wahlberg–produced Entourage, Broke Mogul, who hooked up with Mick Boogie to make this mix. Tracklist below; stream it or go download it after that:

 

01. KiD CuDi – The New York Intro
02. Future Islands – Balance
03. Theophilus London – I Stand Alone
04. Mugison – I Want You
05. Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard
06. M83 – Midnight City
07. Soul Searcher – Can’t Get Enough (DJ Theory Remix)
08. Agoria – Heart Beating (ft. Kid A)
09. Avicii – Levels (Original Mix)
10. Oliver Koletzki & Fran – Hypnotized
11. The Joy Formidable – Austere
12. Little Dragon – Crystalfilm
13. Meek Mill – House Party (ft. Young Chris)
14. Buddy – Awesome, Awesome
15. Summer Camp – I Want You
16. Duck Tails – Killin’ The Vibe
17. Catcall – Swimming Pool


  How To Make It In America Season 2 - The Mixtape: Volume 2

 

Or you can go download it HERE (direct download link)

 

And if you missed it first time round, here's How To Make It In America Season 1 - The Mixtape

Interview // LITTLE DRAGON
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HIYA // Yukimi

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It was the crack of dawn this side of the globe. I swear, I was struggling so hard to emerge from still being in the depths of dreamland that I was slurring my words. By the time Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon greeted me on the line from London, we were on opposite ends on the spectrum of sleepiness as she put it. Thankfully, playback revealed her responses to be as candid and thoughtful as I'd hoped, in spite of my fogginess.

 

Mid 2011 sees Little Dragon finally enjoying the kind of boom in popularity that they deserved in the wake of a plethora of high profile collaborations (with the likes of Gorillaz, Maximum Balloon, Raphael Saadiq, DJ Shadow and the superb SBTRKT) as well as the release of their third album, Ritual Union . There aren't that many bands gigging right now that sound like Little Dragon do; with ability like they possess, nor a work ethic like they quietly go about with.

 

Their journey to this point has been the old fashioned way: with lots of gigs and lots of hard work, and their recent success hasn't been a surprise or out of the blue - and they don't pretend it is either, like some other 'break-out bands' often make it out to be. Perhaps it's because they're not teenagers. Perhaps it's because they've been around as a band for about fifteen years. Perhaps it's because they're Swedish. Perhaps it's because they don't really care about too much else except making music that makes them feel good.

 

Check the cool new video for 'Brush The Heat' illustrated by Yukimi's dad, Yusuke below, and then catch the full interview after the jump...

 

Brush the Heat by Little Dragon illustrated by Yusuke Nagano

 

 

Check the full interview after the huuuuump >>

Little Dragon bathe in Crystal Waters
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HIYA // LOL

 

Perhaps justice does exist in music beyond Gaspard and Xavier after all! You may have noticed lately that Little Dragon are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve.

 

RECOGNISE, PEOPLE. RE-COG-NISE.

 

Anyway, it seems the band were asked to do a 'club classic' whilst playing in Ibiza (where else), and this is what they whipped out. I love this 'Gypsy Woman' cover! It is awesome. This treats Crystal Waters' track and that ubiquitous-because-it's-amazing synth chord progression with the respect it deserves; unlike some current top 40 artists who have shamelessly plundered the sample to ear bleeding effect. But this is just too cool. Anyway, just listen:

 

 

Little Dragon - Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee) (Crystal Waters Cover)

 

And yes yes yes, our interview with Yukimi will be up in the next couple of days, so watch this space!

Wildfire gets hotter

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To give further (cross-over) credence to what has slowly been gathering steam from being one of the most underrated tracks of the year to simply one of the tracks of the year, SBTRKT and Yukimi-Little-Dragon's 'Wildfire' gets even sexier when caressed by Drumma Boy and licked by Shabazz Palaces.

 

This remix is sensual and slinking and makes Yukimi sound more like she's surrendering rather than merely speculation or teasing; as she sounds in the (sexily) aloof, nonchalant original. But here, no longer is it about flirting, or even foreplay ladies and gentlemen; this is deep into sexy time territory.

 

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And whilst I'm at it, since I didn't post the video when it dropped, here it is with it's creepy-possessed-Yukimi-stand-in (who admittedly works some mad hair flick action) sweating and exorcising in reverse. It's scary. Seriously, no one does long-black-haired possession like Asians do. Check it in case you haven't already >>

 

Wildfire by SBTRKT ft Little Dragon

 

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HIYA // Drake with his Hairline Au Natural

 

Drake, there's something about the combination of your face with your current hairline that will forever freak me out; and I maintain that you are totally redundant on 'What's My Name', but I do pay you props for digging a little bit and finding Jai Paul's long time blog hit 'BTSU' to sample and rap over on 'Dreams Money Can Buy', which is quite nicely done. Here it is:

 

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Also your flow over SBTRKT's latest single featuring Little Dragon's Yukimi was alright too, since that undulating synth bass was kinda asking for someone to spit over it...until Yukimi breaks open her pipes and you realise that anything else is pretty superfluous. But I like that you did it anyway.

 

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But if you could do without Drake on that one (though honestly, I don't mind it at all), go HERE.

Little Dragon spits Wildfire with SBTRKT
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HIYA // Yukimi
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HIYA // SBTRKT


One I'm late on posting, but I just couldn't leave it behind since the beautiful Yukimi Nagano from the ever wonderful Little Dragon makes a scintillating appearance. It's SBTRKT's 'Wildfire'. And I must say, I don't think I've ever heard Yukimi sound sexier than here, with her voice rolling seductively over the top of the cheekily dirty synth that drives this rather minimal track.

 

Such is the sheer will of her vocal, that I don't manage to catch a word she's singing besides 'Wildfire' (and then, only because the title of the track told me so). That may very well be because I'm tired and fluey, but I rather believe it's due to the smoothness of this jam. Consider me burned to a crisp by 'Wildfire'. Big props to SBTRKT for making excellent choices on this one:

 

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Little Dragon News

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Hooray for Little Dragon! The emotional and musical fireworks that this band manage to convey in such a light handed way never fails to surprise and delight me. I had the pleasure of meeting the band in London back in 2007; not long after the release of their self titled, critically acclaimed debut Little Dragon. Now in 2011, we're already excited for the release of their third LP, Ritual Union not yet due out until July later this year, the band have thankfully dropped a little teaser in 'Nightlight'! 

 

Full of their signature melodic clangs and Yukimi's creamy vocal, it seems from 'Nightlight' they're keeping in the direction of their more electronically driven second album rather than the jazzamattaz feel of their first. Check it:

 

 

 

Next little tidbit is of everyone's favourite pre-pubescent alts, PS 22, whom got a visit from Little Dragon for a sing-a-long of one of the tracks off the first album, 'Twice'. The first half of this video is rather lovely, and had me smiling at my screen - despite not even being able to enjoy Yukimi's vocals due to the recording or whatever. I did however, have to shut it down when one of the kids kept hugging the band at the encouragement of their long haired choir master - I couldn't handle it. PS 22 also joined in with Yukimi on 'Recommendation' but that really was just far too sweet for my taste.

 

 

And in other Little Dragon news, it seems that the band met Big Boi for the first time last week and have been working on some new music according to his twitter. Big Boi's shuddering beats and rhymes combined with Little Dragon's brand of lithe electronica? Very interesting combination that I will be waiting with bated breath to hear...

Maximum Balloon (with Little Dragon)
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I'm such a SSSUCKER for anything Little Dragon, this you know. So when 'If You Return' from TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek's solo project Maximum Balloon (featuring a track list that name drops like, well, a TV on the Radio album - including peops like other TVotR members, Karen O and Theophilus London) featured the intoxicating voice of Little Dragon's Yukimi, it was destined to be posted here.

 

A little begrudgingly, I'm really enjoying Yukimi in a slightly different, non-Little Dragon context - she's no less charming. Not to mention that the instrumental on this track is a pretty awesome bed for Yukimi's vocal to lay on. Just excuse the super annoying interjections from some dude.

 

 

 

And here's a little preview video of 'If You Return', with some kinda Billy Elliot ballet and balloon action on a rooftop. Check it:

 

 

If You Return by Maximum Balloon

 

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