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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Mixtape // Girl Unit's Dollars To Pounds

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Shame on me for only remembering to post this mix now!! Girl Unit's Dollars To Pounds mix for The Fader was unleashed back in November, and I frothed over it then, but somehow didn't run my ears over it again until the last few days. And it's replaced Jamie xx's most excellent effort for BBC Radio 1. That's how good it is. Gosh have these skinny white boys from England blown my mind with some absolutely banging and intelligent mixes lately!

 

This Girl Unit Dollars to Pounds mix is cinematic. There are a bunch of tracks on there that struck me as potentially a much more exciting soundtrack for Tron than the Daft Punk effort; more interesting than what they produced yet deep enough not to take distract too much from the film. Not like we all weren't conscious enough of the soundtrack anyways.

 

The way this mix moves is rock solid, focussed and strong - there are no weak points; it's like some big motherfucking dragon flying through the sky or something. I know it's old news, but I couldn't leave it unposted, it's just too fucking brilliant.

 

Download it HERE (direct download link)

 

1. Jimmy Edgar – Funktion Of Your Love (Instrumental) (Items & Things)
2. Krystal Klear – Tried For Your Love (Hudson Mohawke rework) (All City)
3. Lazer Sword – Batman (Lando Kal remix) (Innovative Leisure)
4. Optimum – DS10 (Unreleased)
5. Instra:Mental – When I Dip (Unreleased)
6. Mr De’ – Detroit Zoo (Instrumental) (Electrofunk)
7. Starkey – Holodeck (Forthcoming Civil Music)
8. Rick Ross ft. EbonyLove – Money Make Me Come Instrumental (Edit) (Slip-N-Slide)
9. Katy B – Lights On (Girl Unit remix)(unreleased)
10. Salva – Blue (Unreleased)
11. Low Deep – Down Like That (Low Deep)
12. Kid D – Swung (Sweet Beetz)
13. Sekta – I Need (Top Billin)
14. Keri Hilson – Slow Dance (Zone 4)
15. The Blessings – Keith Sweats (Nod Navigators)
16. Nivea – Once I’m Gone (Formula)
17. Lunice – Hitmane Anthem (Forthcoming LuckyMe)
18. Cam’ron ft. Jadakiss – Lets Talk About It (Instrumental) (Prod. AraabMUZIK)

MIX // Jamie xx for BBC Radio 1
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Looking thin, Jamie xx!

 

This mix has been on constant repeat for the last week. I've found it oddly appropriate for almost any occasion; from waiting for a bus, to getting ready to go out, to laying on the beach, to going home drunk at 4am. It's Jamie xx's latest mix for BBC Radio 1. Something that struck me about this mixtape was it's fluidity. It's brilliant. It's seamless. One reason why it's been on constant repeat is that this 27 and a half minute mix is like the symbol for infinity; you can't tell where it ends and begins, so I find myself midway through it once more before I realise that it's playing over.

 

The transitions in Jamie xx's mixes are virtually undetectable, the beats from one track just glide into the next to deliver a whole experience. A real journey, without any annoying stop offs along the way. Excellent. And like others who love this mix, I just died upon hearing Lumidee's 'Never Leave You' resurrected in such a fashion. Get it. Tracklist below the mp3.

 

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Timmy Thomas — Why Can’t We Live Together
Zomby — Tarantula
Jamie Woon — Night Air – Becoming Real Remix
Koreless — M.T.I.
James Blake — I Mind
Cassie — Must Be Love – Jacques Greene’s Marriage Proposal Mix
Mount Kimbie — Before I Move Off
Rui Da Silva — Touch Me – Chopped and Screwed
DJ Choko — Stealth Drums
Jamie xx — Far Nearer – The Knife Bootleg
Beach House — 10 Mile Stereo
Crazy Cousinz — Inflation – Chopped and Screwed
Tanya Stephens — Can’t Touch Me No More
Dj A B — Darbuka
Harmonic 313 — Problem 7
Lumidee — Never Leave You
Adele — Rolling In The Deep – Jamie XX Shuffle
Gil Scott Heron and Jamie XX — One Take

MIXTAPE // Kid Sister's Kiss Kiss Kiss
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HIYA // Kid Sister

 

Let's just try and catch you up with a couple of noteworthy mixtapes that have been up online for a little while. First, we've got Kid Sister's Kiss Kiss Kiss Mixtape.

 

I'm not quite sure why, but I didn't expect to enjoy this mixtape as much as I did. Nick Catchdubs is on mixing duties for this Kid Sister showcase, and it's pretty banging in it's beats. Relentlessly catchy from the 'Kissin-tro', Kid Sister has delivered a perfectly upbeat, constantly moving and dynamic mix. It begins in typical Kid Sister style moving into quite a rangey selection of remixes and tracks that for some reason I didn't realise Kid Sis had (or at least one that I didn't think I would enjoy). Check the tracklist below and download it, if you haven't already.

 

01. Kissin-tro
02. Kiss Kiss Kiss
03. Work Them
04. Green Velvet - Everybody Wants
05. Carte Blanche - Do! Do! Do! (Original / Laidback Luke Remix)
06. Daydreaming (Douster Remix)
07. Lookout Weekend f. Nina Sky
08. Gucci Rag Top f. Gucci Mane
09. Click Clack (Show It Off)
10. Don't Stop Movin
11. Right Hand Hi (Caspa Remix)
12. Paul Wall - Imma Get It
13. Jo-DE-Ci f. DJ Gant-Man

 

The Very Best // Circles Mixtape

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The Very Best is taking the year to record a new album. If the following mixtape indicates a compilation of the songs that are influencing the follow up for Warm Heart of Africa, then the second album should be a melodic afro-synth bomb with influences as random as Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Elton John and, OF COURSE, Phil Collins.

 

Before you start panicking, the trio justifies some of their music choices:

“I guess some of the songs in this mix will surprise people who are familiar with our music, but in one way or another they all mean something to our musical journey. We used to call Esau Mwamwaya the African Phil Collins because he’s a drummer and singer, and we also tried to work with Phil on the Warm Heart Of Africa album, hence why he’s in the mix.

 

When we where recording the new album this summer we shut ourselves in a cabin in the Swedish forest and didn’t have any music but a Coldplay CD left behind in the house. Every time we drove to the shop to get some food or drinks we would hear Alicia Keys ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’ on the radio and we fell in love with the song… Adiemus is the kind of majestic song we hope to make one day…

 

The Very Best has always been a lot about melody and that’s kind of the theme for this mix too, melodies that blow our mind.”

Circles was created exclusively for UK clothing boutique oki-ni as is giving away as a free download. Although if you, as we did, liked the cover you can buy it as a shirt!

 

 

TRACKLIST

The Very Best – Chalo (Gonzales Remix)
DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain – All I Do Is Win
Lil Wayne – I Made It
Bionic Commando – Bionic Commando (Rusko Remxi)
Doctor P – Sweet Shop
JR & HHP – Show Dem
The Very Best feat. Mo Laudi – Angonde (Johan Hugo Remix)
The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (So Shifty)
Baaba Maal – Miracle (The Very Best Remix)
George Maluleke – Nizondha Swiendlo
Douster – A Mi A Loco
Coldplay – Til Kingdom Come
Adiemus & Karl Jenkins – Adiemus
Elton John – Sacrifrice
Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
Ladysmith Black Mamboza - Unknown

 

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MIXTAPE // Bag Raiders' Pina Colada Podcasta
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what babes

 

YAY for Bag Raiders! They've finally released their self-titled debut album and to celebrate they've kicked it back with some proper CHOONS selected for those mourning the arrival of Autumn and for those awaiting the summer time fun; the Pina Colada Podcasta is complete with Summer Breezes, Shy Guys, Brazilian Affairs and chill out drunkytown vibes in the sun. Pretty damn sexy.

 

Tracklist and commentary by Chris and Jack below for each track below, then go cop the mixtape in the direct download link after that.

 

Tracklist
1. Air France - 'Beach Party'
"Is there a better kind of party than a beach party? Lovely song from a really great summertime band. Put it on and grab a cocktail by the pool."

 

2. Amadou & Mariam - 'Magossa'
"Love this album. Beautiful and exotic song. Kind of song that makes me want to go on holidays. More balaphon!"

 

3. Barrington Levy - 'Murderer'
"Rude boy reggae! Subject matter ain't that chilled but find me a better song to sip a cold beer to in a hammock in the sun."

 

4. UB40 - 'Bring Me Your Cup'
"These are the kind of UB40 jams I really like. "I've got the bottle, bring me your cup, we'll drink it down till the sun comes up." Nuff said."

 

5. Roberto Pregadio - 'Funky Chopper (Luca Toni & Luca Del Giudice Remix)'
"By the time you read the track title summer might be over. Where's my white suit at?! Props to the two Lucas on remix duty. "

 

6. George Duke - 'Brazilian Love Affair'
"George Duke, what a dude! Love this song. Check the cuica in the weird second level Mario Bros. break at 3.10 - man alive!!"

 

7. Isley Brothers - 'Summer Breeze'
"I wish my mind was made of jasmine. One of my favourite songs ever! How good is the guitar sound too? Amazing."

 

8. Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 - 'Pais Tropical'
"You step out of your beach shack, feel the warm sand between your toes, a lady wearing a swimsuit and an open white shirt comes over and hands you a pina colada, singing as she takes you to the party where the rest of the band is playing... Life is beautiful."

 

9. Fania All-Stars - 'Ella Fue'
"Summer love never sounded so good.. These pianos, horns and group vocals will have you wiggling like the worm in your mescal..."

 

10. Black Star - 'Brown Skin Lady'
"Mos Def and Tailb Kweli ruling things as always.. The beat sounds like a

summer afternoon and they bring the heat on the verses, especially digging on Mos' verse where he rhymes everything with "ooh"."

 

11. Diana King - 'Shy Guy'
"Love all that 90's reggae influenced pop with a good time feel. Great music to play beach volleyball to. Oh lord have mercy mercy mercy!!!!"

 

12. Dizu Plaatjies, Lungiswa Plaatjies, Nicolas Gongxeka & The Dizu Plaatjies Ibuyambo Ensemble - 'Giya Kasiyamore (Danse Afrika)'
"When the sun goes down and you step off the beach you can hear a faint balafon being played somewhere in the distance. As you follow the sound deep into the jungle you hear the beating of drums. You part the vines to reveal a crazy dance party and these guys are playing all night!!"

 

13. Night Rider - 'Fun Time Deh Ya'
"Gotta have a dancehall jam to get you through those bus rides from beach to beach. Lucky the bus has monkey bartenders that make you drinks in coconuts!!!"

 

DOWNLOAD THE BAG RAIDERS' PINA COLADA MIXTAPE HERE

 

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Mixtape // Penguin Prison

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For some obscure reason, Penguin Prison at this very moment, finds himself playing a couple of dates in South America. We're not quite sure why at this point he's doing that, but are happy that he gets to go to those Great Southern Lands. Except he's not going to Brazil. Yet (we'll get back to you on that one at some point, ok y'alls).

 

Anyway, we're revelling in Penguin's Princey, George Michael and Michael Jackson channelling goodness. But whilst you all are waiting for it to drop, here's a mixtape that Penguin did earlier this month.

 

Here's a direct download link to it // PENGUIN PRISON MIXTAPE

 

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Mixtape // An Ode To Karl's Fingers

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Arturo Escartin (Esk) is a ssick bro. When I used to faff about as a Chinatown DJ, it was he who gave us our first gig. He is good with the interwebs, words and musicky stuffs. Esk has just palmed up a mixtape for Sydney bible of cool TwoThousand in honour of a handsome hand modelling rivalry that has sprung up between himself and a dude called Karl, whom the mixtape is for and named after; and each track has a hand-related explanation attached to it. Whatever it all means, it's a sweet mix, and a sweet gesture for a rival.

 

Speaking of which, any of you fancy making a mixtape in our honour, send them through to holler@imyouare.com and we'll post it if we like it.

 

Go listen to An Ode To Karl's Fingers HERE, whilst the tracklist and the reason for each song choice is below, as told to TwoThousand:

 

'Take on the World' - Wavves
Wavves makes me think of dolphins. Dolphins don't have fingers.

Freak Scene' - Dinosaur Jr
Asteroids didn't kill the dinosaurs, it was all to do with them not having opposable third fingers.

'Feel It Around' - Washed Out
You wouldn't be able to feel it around without any ... you guessed it ... fingers.

'Gold Soundz' - Pavement
James Bond. Goldfinger. Go figure.

'Boyfriend' - Best Coast
All girls in Vegas have boyfriends that hail from the coast. Inevitably death will come calling, in his best coat, skeletal bony fingers and all.

'Sometimes' - My Bloody Valentine
Without fingers, cupid wouldn't be able to fire his arrow. Without arrows, there'd be no love.

'Sour Grapes' - Descendants
Fact: if you look at a grape, real closely, under a microscope, you'll see they've got tiny little fingers.

'Steak Knife' - Angry Samoans
There's no way the evil looking sea-creature on the cover of Back From Samoa could have ripped his poor victim's head off without those claws.

'Gebbie Street' - DZ
So you pull into a one way street going the wrong way. How would people point you the right way?

'Everybody's Down' - No Age

Try getting back up without fingers.

'Gouge Away' - The Pixies
For professional wrestlers gouging is a way of life. Can you imaging Hulk Hogan minus the digits? Ouch.

'Fairies Wear Boots' - Black Sabbath
Shit. Where do I start? Wands, magic dust, acid ... the possibilities are endless.

BeatauCue // ChaCha Step Mixtape

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Say hiya again to BeatauCue. Besides most recently remixing Florrie, they've also just released a mix tape named after their EP entitled Cha Cha Cha EP via Kitsuné. It reminds me a lot of that awesome Santigold vs Diplo mixtape from 2008; but shorter; not quite as exploring or sweet; but rather more heavily swaggering. Check the tracklist below and cop the mix underneath that:

 

Nastynasty – Choker
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Borgore Remix)
High Rankin – Meow Meow
Doctor P – Sweet Shop
Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo
Rob Sparx – Arcade
Rich Kids – Patna Dem (Dja Remix)
Jaymo & Andy George – Hold Me Back (BeatauCue Remix)
BeatauCue – Twank It
Major Lazer – Can’t Stop Now
Rusko – Rubadub Shakedown

 

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