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.
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


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.


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

LIVE // Big Boi and Theophilus London



What a combination! Big Boi (accompanied by a full band including horns, DJ and hypeman) and Theophilus London (accompanied by guitar dude, bland blonde DJ girl, and Cousin Brian - hi Brian) are currently touring Australia; Big Boi in the country for the third time in about twelve months, and Theophilus on his virgin Australian excursion (PLEASE GO SPOON A KOALA AND SEND US PICS). Big Boi was headlining The Enmore Theatre last Saturday night with Theophilus in support. Both excellent entertainers, these two were an interesting comparison in genres of onstage cool.


HIYA // Big Boi & Theo


Though Big Boi and Theophilus London each own a very different kind of charisma, both have amazing stage presence. Big Boi wears his swag as casually as he dons and doffs the hats of his multi-mad-skills as a rapper, songwriter and producer (as well as registered pitbull breeder). He does the same with his various musical alter egos, slipping between different versions of himself like it ain't no thang. Because it ain't.




Secure in the comfort that his audience loves him, Big Boi's swagger is deliciously easy. He doesn't have to prove anything; as opposed to say, his younger and highly ambitious tour companion, Theophilus London. Yet Big Boi invests no less in his engagement with the audience than Theo does.




Theophilus on the other hand is less easy going, and comes out with a powerful idea of who he is and how he wants us to perceive him. Contrary to what he sings along with Sara Quin on his single 'Why Even Try', Theophilus DOES think he's special. And you know what? He actually is.


Here's a video of Theophilus featuring Cousin Brian - who is in fact, Theophilus' cousin, Brian - dropping a preview of a new track from his next mixtape that samples 'Big Spender' in a big way. THIS TRACK WAS SO BANGIN' THAT IT TOTALLY DISTORTED THE SOUND ON THE RECORDING WHEN THE BASS IS KICKING. Which is most part of the track (sorray). Seriously. Don't say I didn't warn you:



Many rugs were cut. Plenty of deuces were thrown. Lord have mercy, this was the most fun gig I've been to all year.



Blood Orange and the Queens of NYC



Nothing beats the excitement of seeing someone you've liked since your teenage years; reviving faded memories into flesh. Dev Hynes was once a teenager shouting in the incredibly cool Test Icicles. Then he had his big folk phase with the charming Lightspeed Champion. And now, with Blood Orange, he sounds like he's embraced (or perhaps it has embraced him) a sexier sound which can only be blamed on his residency on Brooklyn, in my opinion.


From the single covers to Tumblr, the whole project refers to the greatness of the 80s gay scene of New York; the birthplace of balls, voguing and drag families. And in our opinion, this is probably the best (if not the first) non-house genre to reference that.

In the first single, 'Sutphin Boulevard', you get a sense of continuity from Theophilus London's 80s inspired 'Flying Overseas' and Twin Shadow's 'Castles In the Snow'. The former of which (produced by Dev himself) shares the same crystalline instruments and nostalgic atmosphere of 'Sutphin Boulevard' whilst the latter (produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor who also produced Blood Orange's debut) shares the same sexiness and weird vibe.


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"The song 'Sutphin Boulevard' is about a young boy who dresses in drag, then at night sneaks out to party", as Dev described the track to Interview. The video directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz is an awesome interpretation of that.


Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard



If you like synthetic, hipnotic music, this Bicep remix of 'Sutphin Boulevard' will make your day.




The debut album, Coastal Grooves, will be released on 8th of August via Domino Records.

Theophilus London // Lovers Holiday



Theophilus London is one helluva cool dude. We had the pleasure to sit down with him for dinner once, and we could tell that he's the kinda cat who you can go to ask advice from, particularly in the realm of lurve. If you're looking for some love help, but don’t have Theo available, you should run to get a copy of Lovers Holiday. We already had a taste of the EP with ‘Flying Overseas’, a really layback jam featuring Dev Hynes and Solange Knowles, but I feel like the game is really on with ‘Why Even Try’.




First of all, the lyrics perfectly the kind of express drunk anger you'll go and post about on Twitter (been there done that) - especially with it's simple yet impacting chorus line of 'If you think you’re special / you’re probably not'. Then there is the production. It could’ve been just another track that sounds like it was made in the 80s, but it had some details made it so refreshing whilst still carrying a really strong nostalgic feeling to it. The jaw dropping moment here though is the combination of Theo's vocals with Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin. It’s touching without being cheesy - harmonic with personality.


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This love (or anti-love) EP is going to have its official release tonight via David Letterman with lots of “swimsuits babes”, as Theo promised on twitter. So tune into CBS (or check Youtube/torrents later) and get your copy of Lovers Holiday here.

Hiya Amadou & Mariam

amadou-mariam                                                          Illustration by Fontaine Anderson


Amadou & Mariam are a couple from Republic of Mali, Africa, and have a
really cool history. Known as “the blind couple from Mali”, because
they are a blind couple from Mali. They met in the 80s and have since been playing a type of music that mixes traditional and local sounds with guitars and other traditional instruments from around the world. Their sound has since been known as afro-blues.

Although together for ages, it wasn’t until 2003 that the world paid them any attention since they had an album produced by Mano Chao. Stuff started to roll on for the duo after that. They were selected to write the official anthem of FIFA’s 2006 World Cup, they opened for Scissor Sisters and Coldplay, played festivals like Lollapalooza and All Tomorrow’s Parties, 2008 saw them place a song in Pitchfork’s best of list and - my personal favorite - they were invited to write a song for Twlight’s New Moon soundtrack (thank you, the way, have you helped them Wiki peops out already?).


To add more awesomeness to this impressive resumé, the band is releasing a remix album that features some of the coolest people around, like Yuksek and Vitalic as well as Akon and Bob Sinclar (the world ain't a perfect place and you know it) with 13 reinterpretations of Amadou & Mariam tracks.

Some of the tracks have been floating around for a long time, like the
awesome Theophilus London remix for ‘Sabali’, that Theo named 'Grey X Sage' on his mixtape. Theophilus actually told us a little tidbit about this in reference to how good the remix is; because apparently as a result of this remix alone, Damon Albarn invited Theo to become a character in the cartoon band Gorillaz.


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And there are new remixes, like the Miike Snow contribution, that re-arranges the track with an amazing electronic vibe that works beautifully with Mariam's falsetto vocals. The Miike Snow remix is mellow and uplifting, yes, but it's in the original that you can truly see exactly what it is that all these talented people see in the blind duo. Kudos to Damon Albarn for the production on this one.


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Amadou and Mariam - Sabali


Amandou & Mariam Remix is out in January - but you can already hear 30
seconds snippets on their Myspace - and will be followed by an album
with new songs in February that will feature Santigold and Yeah Yeah
Yeahs’ Nick Zinner.

Theophilus is Flying Overseas



And Theophilus London certainly is. He says that: "This song is about a kid from Brooklyn having dreams of jetting off to an exotic land with a loved one. I want to inspire kids to travel. Traveling inspires my music the most. It has inspired the entire album I just finished writing."


When we met Theophilus whilst he was in Brazil earlier this year, he hinted that he was going topless on one of his single covers. And there it is above. With shades ON, of course.


Anyways, this is his new jam! It doesn't necessarily scream 'single', but it's a gorgeous track nonetheless. Entitled 'Flying Overseas', it's got sexy time bass and sweetly flirting top end synths, enriched with Dev Hynes producing and also pulling backing vocals whilst Solange Knowles contributes her pipes as the cherry on top of the whole lush concoction. Get your headphones on and groove to this one, baby.


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We did an interview with him as well. That IS coming up soon, I PROMISE.

Theophilus London goes po-mo on You've Got The Love
Take note people, this pic is an omen...


You can feel the hype building on Theophilus London; it's the kind of hype driven by a big wheel turning - steady and steam rolling. Whilst still enjoying the success of his Maximum Balloon collaboration and the press that's been deliberately gathering in his name, we feel that Theo's somewhat DIY feel backed by big budget ideals are bound to explode into some kinda stardom by the time his album drops.


Between M.I.A.-isms and Kanye-isms and their hyper ir/regular bouts of -ism spouting, it can get a little hard to keep up. And it's kinda tiring. For me, it almost makes whatever they're releasing beyond the question of whether it's even good or not. Instead I find myself silently asking, "Do I actually care this week?"


[Ed's note: Indulge me that second of jaded laziness - I do care! Just not right this second]


Anyway, my point is, Theophilus seems to have been just as lethal bizzay as Mumma M.I.A. and 'Ye of late. His most recent offering consists of having taken The xx's ubiquitous remix of Florence and the Machine's cover of 'You've Got The Love', rapped over it, and laid it to track some footage from the '96 Olympic Games. How much more po-po-mo can you get (post post modern, darlings)?!


Obviously, Theophilus doesn't do *that* much to the track, but somehow, he does add something to it. It's that darn x-factor again. And also some supremely clever moves in terms of building up more mainstream appeal/attention in the lead-up to an album release.


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Theophilus London's Fatal Attraction



Like we said a few days ago in references to the video for the Maximum Balloon track that features Theophilus London, we had the great pleasure and privilege of sitting down and eating a steak (and some cocktails) with Theophilus (which is in fact, not just a moniker but his real name) whilst he was in Brazil doing some shows.


Now he's back in the US, tying up the ends of his debut album (one that we're placing our hopes for the future of urban hip-pop music in); and whilst we wait for this to drop, Theo has released a little tid bit off the LP to keep us on the line, entitled 'Fatal Attraction', with a beat sampled from Dennis Ferrer's 'Hey Hey'. It comes complete with a moonwalk video that I suspect was filmed whilst he was in Brazil was filmed in Silverlake in LA.


The track sounds like a build up to something. It's a wind up, a tease; and leaves you hankering for whatever's coming next. Cop it below and check the video underneath that.


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MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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