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.
Posts tagged with mixtape
FACT MIX // These New Puritans!



If it was anyone else, I'd probably call this mixtape 'pretentiously ponderous' or some such bollocks. But coming from my beloved These New Puritans, it makes utter sense. It's eerily like looking into a photo album of their genius' musical childhood as it were. I say eerily, due to the extreme precocious-ness of their influences. The mix is ridonkulous. It's impeccably chosen tracklist that is beautiful, moving, broody, seriously well-informed, brings the bang and moves gracefully on just the right side of (dare I say it) arty . Just like These New Puritans themselves. Can I rave any more? Only if I now put the Hidden album on (it's on).


Here's the tracklist:


Benjamin Britten – Fiorir rose in mezo al giasso (fragment) from Death In Venice
Capleton – Heavens
William Byrd – Blame I Confess
Mothlite – River
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Joy (fragment)
Benjamin Britten – I Know A Bank (fragment) from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Dimitri Shostakovich – I. De Profundis, Adagio: 1. Prelude: Presentation of Main Theme from Symphony No.14
Julee Cruise – Mysteries of Love
Salem – Water
Deerhoof – South Rakkas Remix
DMX Krew – The Glass Room
Peter Hammill – Don’t Tell Me
These New Puritans – 5 Piano and other recordings


For a deeper understanding of TNP, go grab their Fact Mixtape HERE, QUICK, because it's only up for three weeks!



Aiming for new, deep, slow and gorgeous songs, João Kaarah is making his mixtapes under the name of MXSXK. In the fifth edition, his so called 'imaginary opera' features songs (that we love) like 'Solitude Is Bliss' from Tame Impala, 'Round and Round' from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and 'Maybe So, Maybe No' from Mayer Hawthorne to name a few. If you don't feel like partying tonight, this will keep you in good company.




Tracklist after the whump >>

How To Make It In America // Mixtape
Hiya Wanna/Gonna-Bes


This one's been floating around for a while...It was made for HBO's How To Make It In America which, as you can see to the left of your screen, We have been // Watching - until Season 1 finished at just 8 short episodes that is. Anyway, this eponymous mixtape is hosted by Kid CuDi and includes his interjections, discussing the cast, the show and his acting aspirations (don't let that put you off, it's all neatly done).


Thoroughly NYC in flavour, this mixtape is full of tried and true choons that capture the atmosphere of the show well. Including the show's brilliant theme song by Aloe Blacc, 'I Need A Dollar', cue this mix up for a late Saturday morning brunch to cruise you into the afternoon.


Tracklist and player after the j-j-j-jump >>

Theophilus London // I Want You
Hiya Theophilous London

photograph by Eddie Brannan


The rather incongruously named Theophilous London is an artist I've been following simply because of his thoroughly modern and slick DIY thang. He Does It Himself, but in the smoothest of fashions, just like his newest mixtape entitled, 'I Want You'.


Including some great covers of familiar tracks, killer remixes and whilst not being groundbreaking choices of tracks inbetweem, still superbly selected, 'I Want You' is an ode to love and all it's promises and pains; and was inspired by the inimitable Marvin Gaye. A thoroughly modern homage/throwback/love letter/lament, this will be one for Sunday afternoon.


Theophilous London - I Want You (Mixtape) // DOWNLOAD LINK


Check the tracklist after the jump >>

Vital Signs

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The effects that Midnight Juggernauts and Krozm used in the new video for 'Vital Signs' yield eerie and fabulous results. Check it below in it's wavy, rippling and twisty glory.




If you didn't realise already, the Juggers finally have their new album coming out, The Crystal Axis due to be released on the 28th of May! And the 7th of May sees the trio play LIVE at FABRICLIVE. Midnight Juggernauts are epic and amazing in the flesh, so Londonnnn, we strongy suggest you get down. Here's a mix they threw together to get you prepped, and it includes a track of their own which isn't on anything they've released before apparently, as far as we know...get your mitts on it:


Midnight Juggernaughts FABRICLIVE Promo Mix by fabric


1. A Child's Guide to Good and Evil - The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
2. Der Prophet - Eroc
3. Fantastic Valleys - Midnight Juggernauts
4. Poppies Count - FLRL
5. Femme Et Enfant (Ft. Sebastian Tellier) - Rob
6. Woman - Its A Fine Line
7. In Armies - Gold Ether
8. Round One (Salem Remix) - Gucci Mane
9. Big Weekend - Lemonade
10. Kq - FLRL
11. In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song) - Eraserhead

Hey Handsome!
Say Hiya To:


The text on the above, the first page of the Handsome Clothing Co's lookbook reads:


"1969: Humans put man on the moon.


The world became full of possibilities and hope. "If we can do this, what can't we do?", became the pervading question. This is an exciting time. The future is limitless."


And with this lofty idealism, say hiya to Handsome Clothing Co, coming out of Toronto, Canada since 2007. Says co-founder Christian Rice of their latest collection, "With this particular release we really wanted to tell a story with the visuals and make it uplifting while still commenting on the futility of war and the importance of travel, knowledge and wisdom. Yeah, we probably sound full of ourselves but why not try to do something interesting instead of throwing some wild graphic on a shirt, right?"


A bit of cool graphic on a sweater for you


So a little bit of a breakdown on the whole 'handsome' thing. These guys are basically trying to give us the answer of what it means to be darn handsome. The word handsome to me has such wholesome connotations; and is far more encompassing than say, simply good-looking...

"Being Handsome is about being well-rounded and living life authentically regardless of sex, race, religion, or any other of the various words people use to divide humanity. We have chosen clothing as our main medium to spread our goal of making people look good and be good."


I would also like to know whose arms they are. Can you order those online too?


And you know what? The Handsome kids made a very tastefully put together Outer Space themed mixtape to get you in the mood...which includes one of our all time favourite tracks - I know, we know you know - 'Shooting Stars', so how can you NOT like these Handsome guys already?






1. Sebastien Tellier – Universe
2. David Bowie – Space Oddity
3. Figurine – International Space Station
4. Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix)
5. Cortney Tidwell – Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan’s Objects in Space Remix)
6. Mickey Moonlight – Interplanetary Music (Riton Remix)
7. Plastic Bertand – Tout Petit La Planète
8. Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
9. Midnight Juggernauts – Into The Galaxy
10. The Space Cowboy – I Would Die 4 U
11. Fuck Buttons – Space Mountain


Go check the entire collection at the Handsome Clothing Co E-Shop, and in the meantime, here are my picks from the collection below:



A cool glass of Lemonade
Hiya Ben


Hiya Alex


Hiya Callan

photographs by yours truly


The boys from Lemonade are dropping their single 'Bliss Out' and have also given birth to a Summer Splash mixtape alongside the release. This is a super smoothly moving mixtape, showcasing Lemonade's roots whilst effortlessly travelling from track to track with a shoulder shimmying panache that's a little bit gangsta. It'll warm up even the coldest of you kids in the northern hemisphere.


OOOH SNAP - bonus! Here's 'Bliss Out' for you:


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And please please please go check out the incredibly lush Gold Panda remix of the track on the Lemonade myspace, then go buy the single!!




Tracklisting after the jump! >>

The XX Mixtape

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There is something about The XX that is building up such an excitement in me that I can't even describe. They are a foursome from London that sound like The Kills making love to the Howling Bells whilst playing CocoRosie as a soundtrack. Beautiful, small and fragile songs based uniquely in melodies. Their debut album will be released via Young Turks and is already one of the best releases of the year.


If you want to grab a taste of what to expect of The XX, the album, the band is giving away the song 'Basic Space'. Minimal percussion is laid down to a male/female vocal duo with velvet voices and crystallized guitars. So soft and pretty. I still haven't get over the fact they are English, they sound like the cool side of NYC's Brooklyn.


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The band did a mixtape for the Fact Magazine in which they not only mixed in some unreleased tracks of their own along with some that are about-to-be-released, but also sealed it with dubstep, minimal disco and alternative rock gems. This mix is brilliant for cold black days. Download it below and check the tracklist after the jump. 


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The XX - FACT MIX (JULY / 09)

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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