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

MIX // Broken Hearts Halloween Mixtape



Is it too early to talk about Halloween? It's kinda like Christmas; every year people seem to get the decorations out earlier and earlier. And I'm not sure I really *get* Halloween. I mean, I get it. But I guess I'm just not that into it, even though my birthday falls around the same weekend. Every year.


Of course I party down hard with the scariest zombies, spookiest ghouls and skankiest witches out on the night, but I don't need no Halloween excuse for that shit. It also wasn't a huge event growing up in Australia, though I was obviously aware of those eternal American pop culture references that Australian culture in so many ways soaks itself in (some of you may be surprised that Australia is way more American than it is English, despite being a colony).


Anyway, Halloween and it's shenanigans are approaching. Amongst the many parties that will be happening in various places, there's one that East London fashwan party fixtures The Broken Hearts will be DJing at alongside Queen of the Catsuit, Pam Hogg (and it'll be hosted by Ronnie Joice).


The Broken Hearts have made a cute little mix in anticipation of the event. Thematically, it's not so Halloweeny to me, but what the hallowhell do I know? Only that it's a safe mix to open your Monday with; nothing groundbreaking or challenging, just some easily palatable flayva for the start of your week. Go download it below and check the tracklist below that: 


  Broken Hearts Halloween Mixtape by BrokenHearts


Sure Shot - The Beastie Boys
Chicken Payback - The Bees
Fell in Love With a Girl - The White Stripes
Non Stop - Whitey
Gravel Pit - Wu-Tang Clan
It's A Shame (My Sister) - Monie Love Feat. True Image
L.E.S. Artistes - Santigold
Double Dutch - (edit) Malcolm McLaren
None Of Your Business - Salt n Pepa
My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It) - En Vogue
Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - Noisettes
Who Am I (What's My Name)? - Snoop Dogg
Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
Get Busy - Sean Paul
Wave Your Flag - Elephant Man


Oh, so if you ARE into Halloween and live in London, here's a party option for you on Friday the 28th October at The Hoxton Pony.

MIX // DFA Radiomix #19 by Joe Goddard



Joe Goddard's 'Gabriel' is a track that needs little push, simply because it's just so goddamn GOOD. But DFA are leaving no stone unturned with Goddard's recent work (featuring that insane vocal from the golden pipes of Valentina); first releasing the four track Gabriel EP and the video for the single, throwing a party at XOYO London in honour of the EP (this Saturday the 24th) and on top of that, the Gabriel Remixes EP was released earlier this week and is now available.


Gabriel by Joe Goddard feat Valentina


If that wasn't a full bodied enough campaign that I ever did see, Joe has whipped up an excellent mix for DFA's 19th Radiomix series in timely fashion. This is perfect for a mid-week pick me up - it'll leave you dancing over hump day. Revel in the track and video by Utile Creative and Jazz Goddard below before checking the tracklist and streaming or downloading the mix after the creepy/cool/creepy face-off I've conveniently placed underneath here...




DFA Radiomix #19 by Joe Goddard, tracklisting:


1. NYC Peech Boys - Life Is Something Special (acapella)
2. Matias aguayo feat Lerato - Pata Pata
3. Kenlou - Thru the Skies (Beats)
4. Exodus - Together Forever (Acapella)
5. Cajmere - Jungle Jazz
6. Blawan - Getting Me Down
7. Joe Goddard - Gabriel (Dub)
8. Omar-S - Heres Your Trance Now Dance
9. Kyle Hall - Down!
10. Sister Sledge - Pretty Baby (Bootleg)
11. Voyage Direct - Love and Happiness
12. Levon Vincent - Man or Mistress
13. Dreamer G - I Got That Feeling
14. Chicago Housing Authority - The Freak Inside
15. Linkwood - Dirty Love w/Gabriel (Acapella)
16. Chicano - Black Blood (Danny Krivit Edit)
17. Joy O - Sicko Cell
18. Naif Orchestra - Check Out 5


Joe Goddard dfa radiomix #19 by DFA Records




Full of gems, SBTRKT's self-titled album was one of the soundtracks to my Parisian adventures during European summer earlier this year. As it starts to warm up in the Southern Hemisphere, I have no doubt that it will continue to musically enhance the heat, deep into an Australian summer. 


SBTRKT fans at Bestival



Speaking of deep, here's a new mixtape that SBTRKT did for Mary Anne Hobbs' new XFM radio show. Perfect to frame your mind for focussing on work or a dive into the abyss of a darkened dancefloor, this is a scintillating fifteen-track mix. Check it below:


MIX // Blood Orange for Opening Ceremony



The line up of MoMA's Warm Up Fest 2011 was after my own heart with the likes of oOoOO, Gang Gang Dance, SBTRKT, The Juan Maclean, Pictureplane, Tanlines, Nguzunguzu, Teengirl Fantasy, Solange aaaand - the point of this post - Blood Orange gracing the PS1 shindig.


The scenesters from Opening Ceremony were present, did a Q&A with soon to be Aunty Solange (who made an onstage cameo with Dev at the festival) and nabbed a mixtape from the prolific and terrific Blood Orange. It's laid back, easy bunch of tunes to listen for your Tuesday. Check the track list and cop the mix below that.


Pusha T (Feat. Kanye West & Young Jeezy) - Amen
Malcolm Mclaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vendremo)
Blood Orange - Bad Girls
MCL (Microchip League) - New York, New York (Double NY-Mix)
Madonna - Rain
Womack & Womack - Drive (First Gear)
Grimes - Vanessa
LL Cool J (Feat. Boyz II Men) - Hey Lover
Big K.R.I.T - Rotation
Patrice Rushen - Remind Me


GET IT HERE (direct download link)

MIX // Twin Shadow's MOMUS
HIYA // George's arm/tatt


Twin Shadow described his break-up mix for Oki-Ni (who, if you didn't know, do a fabulous mixtape series besides fabulous clothes) with, 'I was thinking about blaming everything on girls.' So, yeah this mix is 'melancholy and wounded...tied together by a feeling of bitter-sweet loss'. But at the same time, and perhaps much more apparent (in my ears at least), is the sound of the mild self-derision that can ring heartbroken self pity. It is, after all, named after the Greek God of mockery, Momus; because lurve makes fools of us all baby.


The transitions are a little random on this one, but it gets by. I mean, when you're in the midst of enjoying your own desolation and heartbreak, you can be a little erratic. Even if it's just over the despair of it being another Monday. Stream it below the tracklist:


1. There’s No Other by The Crystals
2. Andy’s Chest by Lou Reed
3. Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison
4. Believe Me by Bad Finger
5. Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones
6. I’M Eighteen by Alice Cooper
7. Beggin (Pilooksi Edit) by Frankie Valli
8. Move On by David Bowie
9. Come A Little Bit Closer by Fleetwood Mac
10. Shades Of A Blue Orphanage by Thin Lizzy
11. Sometimes by Zombies
12. The Rat by Walkmen
13. With Or Without You by U2


MIX // Elite Gymnastics



It's no secret we're total Hallyu (or Korean Wave, specifically, South Korean) fans. So when Elite Gymnastics dropped this long windedly titled mix for Forty Ounce Clothing earlier this week, I squealed like a highschool fan girl out of a K-drama meeting her favourite idol for the first time.


Dubbed 'All We Fucking Care About Is Kpop, Whitehouse and our Cats Mix', it doesn't include any of our most recent favourite idol groups, but there are some tracks that are as catchy as plague included. As well as a track that introduces itself with a sick drum detour (which in my head is played by some totally bitchin' Korean drum dancers) about midway through the mix, seguing into some serious auto-tune before it starts getting all ravey intense. It's a little fucked but I kinda love it. This mix will take you on a rollercoaster ride of K-pop idol's shiny emotional range: from uplifting joy, to pining heartbreak, to heartfelt confessions to cybertronic ardency.


Yes, it's as hot a mess as it sounds, and despite being my favourite kind of mess, it's honestly not something I think I could cope with for more than the 34 minutes and 6 seconds that Elite Gymnastics hallyu-ed up. And I love them all the more for it.


가희 - 돌••와나쁜너
4MINUTE - 거울••거울••
••"터 스쿨 - SHAMPOO
걸스데이 - 잘••줘봐••
••이유 - 미리 "리 크리스마스 (Featuring 천' Of MBLAQ)


Get 'All We Fucking Care About Is Kpop, Whitehouse and our Cats Mix' HERE (direct download link)

MIX // The Horrors for FACT

the horror mix

The Horrors are doing a beautiful public growth. From the energetic 60s garage sound from the early releases to the Creation Records-inspired music from their latest album Skying, the band became much more than simply haircuts, b-movie references and skinny jeans tighter than America's economy. And whilst the band is celebrating (once again) critical acclaim (Pitchfork just gave them a 7.5 for the new album, which is a lot considering they've been on NME's cover once), the boys put together a mix for FACT featuring their all time influences, like Velvet Underground, Primal Scream and Roxy Music. Very good.

Direct download: FACT mix 270 – The Horrors
(Available for three weeks)

T.2. – No More White Horses
Tame Impala – Desire Be, Desire Go
David Essex – Rock On
Connan Mockasin – Unicorn In Uniform
Primal Scream – Inner Flight
US 69 – 2069 A Space Oddity
Gene Clark – Some Misunderstanding
Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home A Heartache
Bobak, Jons, Malone – On A Meadow-Lea
The Beach Boys – Caroline No
The Velvet Underground – The Ocean
The Beatles – Dear Prudence
Aphrodite’s Child – The Four Horsemen
Stereolab – Metronomic Underground
Gratuitous Burger Post
This is all so amazing and I'm hungry...
The Superions and an Xmas joke
I missed Schneider during 2000...
MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
HELLO... !!! IZ ANYONE HOME... ?!...
HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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