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.
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?
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 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.
Friday // May 21, 2010 at 15:34 // filed under Music
Here comes another one with 'magic' in it; mix-masters Doom
and Hoodrat of Bang Gang fame deliver their latest, in the
ridiculously alliterated 'Magic Mingle Mansion Mix'. This hour of power
has just a little touch of a kooky flayyva which is really cool; and
it's of course a given that it's utterly danceable - in a rather gentle
way. Perfect for doing that half time hip thrust/slow head bang dance
along to (ah if only I had a gif to illustrate it - I'll make it for
y'all next week, promise).
Friday // May 21, 2010 at 11:42 // filed under Music
Hiya Friday. First mix up today is from Javelin who've been on
rotation for me lately, here they serve up the Personal Magic Mix. This
one is reeeally chill, really laid back (some might say a tad too much
so); for those who've had a really long week and desperately need to
catch up on sleep to recharge for hammering it on Saturday night (ie.
ME). To be had with a bottle of wine on a balcony or rooftop somewhere.
It's only a quick mix, 36 minutes long and picks up right at the end
when you've had a glass or two of vino and you're ready for something a
little looser and upbeat.
Check the tracklist and have a listen after the jump >>
Friday // May 14, 2010 at 17:00 // filed under Music
Hiya Jamie xx
guy responsible for all those super hot remixes from The xx, is
of course, the aptly named Jamie xx, who's served up a mix for
Parisian landmark of taste, Colette. This mix is precisely one
hour long, and it's quite deep; something to lose yourself in late at
night, but with plenty of buoyant moments enough throughout to stagger
and sway into less basic spaces (HA see what I tried to do there?) inbetween.
Friday // May 14, 2010 at 16:03 // filed under Music
YEAH BWOYS and GIRRRLS. It's Friday once more and we're doing the mix
thang. Gomma's Mathias Modica Munk is doing his
minimalist-disco-flavoured-house biz in that cool German way of his that
heats up through the Spring Mix for 2010. This one is a
no-brainer: all you have to do is sit back and let the groove take you
for a ride...
Tracklist and download/player after the jaaaaaaaaahump >>
Friday // April 23, 2010 at 18:43 // filed under Music
From Australia comes Cassian, the producer with the best samples in town. I don't why we haven't written any posts about him before, as I've been constantly addicted to his remixes and his debut EP Friday Night. Although Aussie, he doesn't go for synthpop but for old disco and it's amazing bass lines. Probably one of the best mixes of the year, so you better not let this pass!
Friday // April 23, 2010 at 14:52 // filed under Music
I'm sorry for asking you to make a monthly mix and then stopped listening to them until months later. I swear this won't happen again! To prove I'm a changed man,
I will post your Chart Mix for March even though April is almost over and you'll probably release a new mix in a couple of days...
and girls. As we had our one year (and two week) birthday this week, we decide
to celebrate with a mix which we called IM//A\\PARTY,
because, well, we have a party by that name.
we chose are basically the ones that we've loved during this one year (and two
weeks) of life, plus some new music that we think is going to make 2010 remarkable,
as long as it has a synth disco feeling to it. Of course, many songs we loved
had to be left out, but I think we did a pretty good job.
The mix is
one hour and two minutes long and features 32 songs and we do hope you enjoy.
Tuesday // April 06, 2010 at 18:35 // filed under Music
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.
Vital Signs by MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS
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:
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