Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
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.
Posts in October 2010
Mixtape // HEALTH

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HEALTH Health Health. We Love HEALTH. Whilst back in the UK touring, the quartet sent Vice a mixtape (lucky bastards) on CAPS LOCK day last Friday and called it the 'Vice is Gay' mixtape*.

 

 Speaking of CAPS LOCK day, we have a little anecdote to share with you from the event, thus renaming it TWATS LOCK day. The following pic will say it all (hash tag lolz):

 

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So anyway. Vice were like, *LOLZ* we totes love Health, so it's okay that they called us gay. Plus HAVE YOU SEEN BJ'S FOREARMS? Plus I've heard calling people gay can be a term of endearment.

 

Anyway, cop the mp3 of the mixtape below. The tracklist is below that.

 

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Ministry - “N.W.O.”
AIDS 3D - “Power of American Natives”
White Ring - “lxC999″
Crystal Castles - “Suffocation”
Peter Gabriel - “A Different Drum”
ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ - “The Exorcism of a Raver”
Mater Suspiria Vision - “It (Excerpt)”
Fleetwood Mac - “Beautiful Child”
Younglife - “Deep Forest”
Panda Bear - “Slow Motion
HEALTH - “We Are Water (Soft Encounter Remix)”
Swans - “Money is Flesh”
†‡† -” >>>>-<<<<”
Sleep ∞ Over - “LA Rose”

 

*I WISH HEALTH WOULD BE ON TOUR AND SEND ME A MIXTAPE [SOBS HYSTERICALLY].

 

via (obvs)

Kitsuné's TENTH compilation // The FIREWORKS ISSUE

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The gang at Kitsuné are back with their TENTH, yes, count it out, TENTH, compilation. This one is entitled The Fireworks Issue and it's an epic double CD edition. Of course J-Bag has whipped up another mini-mix for you all (yes, it's a mini-mix kinda day today, isn't it). Give it a whirl below:

 

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And here we come to the track listing. It's all pretty familiar and/or safe territory; but Kitsuné isn't exactly known for it's genre bending or mindblowing releases. Thing is though, you don't get to ten compilations in eight years of business for nothing; and with The Fireworks Issue, they're doing what they do best - YAY! Check it:

 

CD 1:

 

1 – Cacadeur – “Walker (Early Remix)”

2 – Guards – “Don’t Wake The Dead”

3 – Is Tropical – “South Pacific”

4 – Yelle – “La Musique”

5 – Two Door Cinema Club – “What You Know (Mustang Remix)”

6 – Beatacue – “Disque Oh”

7 – Strange Talk – “Climbing Walls”

8 – Punks Jump Up – “Blockhead (Edit)”

9 – The Aikiu – “The Red Kiss”

10 – Flight Facilities – “Crave You (feat. Giselle)”

11 – Jolie Cherie – “Insomnie”
12 – Wild At Heart – “Get Related”

 

CD 2:

 

1 - Clock Opera – “Once And For All”

2 – Icona Pop – “Manners (Extended)”

3 – Young Empires – “Glory Of The Night”

4 – Housse De Racket – “Chateau”

5 – Teeth – “See Spaces”

6 – The Heartbreaks – “Liar, My Dear”

7 – Waylayers – “Fires”

8 – Digitalism – “Blitz”

9 – Black Strobe – “Me & Madonna (Twelves Remix)”

10 – Justus Kohncke and Alexis Taylor – “Sorry”

11 – Psychobuildings – “Terror Management”

12 – Palbomen – “Moon Children”

 

And just because, here's their usual new collection video/teaser/game with soundtracking from the compilation - everyone can always use some nearly naked babes in our lives.

 

Kitsuné SS teaser

 

Mini-mix // The Big Pink

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The Big Pink have curated the latest in !K7's Tapes series! So Milo Cordell has extracted tunes from the compilation and put together a mini-mix for you all. A mini-mix's job is to tease. I hate it when the mini-mix in it's entirety is too short, but this one has twelve tracks smooshed together into a sprightly 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Check it below, and mini-mix tracklist after the jump:

 

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Interview // Caribou

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Once in a long while, you may just come across a band that, no matter what musical genre they throw themselves into, you find yourself respecting and feeling inspired by. Dan Snaith is Caribou; the most vivid example of this rare quality that I could give you right now. After the beautiful Andorra, his highly praised psychedelic-pop album, Dan decided he could no longer extract any more creativity from this genre that he made such an indelible stamp upon; and made his way into the electronic side of music with his biggest selling album so far, the impressive Swim.

 

Instead of suddenly becoming inspired by a different genre, Dan became inspired by the ideas behind music; which in many ways is a more special form of inspiration. He was amazed at how liberating electronic music could be; because, in his own words, the genre has a way of "doing stranger things", whilst “still making people dance”. So no matter how abstracted or weird the music can get, or how many new ideas are thrown at it, it can all be connected via a danceable rhythm.

 

And that way of viewing music is something that you could only find in someone who loves it as much as Dan does – and there's much evidence of this in our interview. Born into a family of mathematicians (and the owner of a PhD in mathematics himself), and obviously a 'brain', Dan seems to be one of the few people in the middle of the music industry who is not only satisfied with its current state, but says that he's in fact happier with the state of the music today than he ever imagined being in the past. "With more access to more music, more music being made, and more people listening to music - how could it be better?”

 

Yes, how can it get any better? Caribou have not only reached the Billboard 100 list, but have also released a live album (Caribou Vibration Ensemble, featuring friends, people who have been involved with the band and his idol Marshall Allen), a remix album (soon-to-be-released with tracks from Swim and lots of gig-only releases such as mixtapes, unreleased tracks and mixes) and is currently touring through South America for the first ever time - with the Brazil gig happening today with Gold Panda.

 

The future of Caribou? Who knows. Dan doesn't, and laughingly tell us that he probably shouldn't pretend that he does either. Never mind techno, electro, rock, pop or hip hop, undoubtedly it's something great and unexpected to look forward to.

 

Interview after the jump >>

Nosaj Thing vs Jamie xx
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Hiya Nosaj Thing

 

We missed Nosaj Thing when he playing in São Paulo a month or two back; but for me, I'll always associate Nosaj Thing with a time when I would listen to his album Drift (released last year) whilst I was rumbling through the depths of Brooklyn, hanging out in little bodegas trying to find a brand of beans in a can which appealed to me. Odd association I know; and this latest remix of a track from Drift entitled 'Fog', remixed by the white hot talent Jamie xx makes it all the more incongruous.

 

The original 'Fog' is a Halloween appropriate track, with a deeply skipping heartbeat underneath it; it's a light-footed and mischievously haunting instrumental that literally dissipates at the end of like the fog it's suggestively named after. Have a listen:

 

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Jamie xx amps up the heartbeat and gives 'Fog' a denser, heavier  and drunken step. Less spooky and infinitely more human in many ways, Jamie xx punches the track with some doom-step (DOOM-STEP! sorry about that). Check it:

 

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New Heartbreakers from Girls
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Christopher Owens and JR have toured their debut album from here to Timbuktu and back again. And after circling the globe, they've come out with a new track from their forthcoming mini-album entitled Broken Dreams Club.
Despite being somewhat more sophisticated in it's elements than the tracks on their debut, 'Heartbreaker' still wrenches your heartstrings with that achingly familiar Girls' strum.  

Here's the new track; get it and play it while you read the rest of this post...
 

 

Girls took the cash that they made from touring and stepped up their

recording game; and it's evident in the clarity of this more polished
track. But why am I still talking? Specially when Chris Owens (despite
my previous complaints
about reticence in response to my probey-probey
email questions) hand wrote a note to y'alls about Broken Dreams Club, which will be released on the 22nd of November. Here, (try) and read it yourself:

 

A Snapshot of the Horizon!

 

It says:

 

A friend of mine once told me that all great art is inspiration and then just a lot of hard work. He's a famous artist and used to say this to people who would ask him for the secret to his success. As a band we've come to learn that this is true. We've been welcomed with open arms by so many of you over the last year or so that in turn we've spent all our time fulfilling invitations to play live everywhere around the world. Each time we thought we should give it a rest we would get another offer we just couldn't refuse - who wouldn't want to go to Japan and play with The Smashing Pumpkins, or Julian Casablancas in the south of France?

It’s true that when you give love you will receive love and it was only because of the love that we've received from our fans that we have been able to drastically improve the quality of our work. This record is a LETTER OF INTENT, it's A SNAPSHOT OF THE HORIZON! We took the money we've made on tour and worked with the kind of equipment and musicians that would have been too expensive for us in the past. All of us have something to say and give and this is what happens when we show a little interest and support in others. We couldn't have made this record without you. So this is our gift to you, our way of saying thank you for giving us the chance to work at the level we've always wanted to and a taste of things to come.

 

We really couldn't have done this record without each one of you. This isn't Girls all grown up, but it's certainly the next step up from Album. This is Broken Dreams Club - a record from our hearts to yours. Thank you for listening.

 

Christopher

Foals vs Swedish House Mafia

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I don’t need to listen to Swedish House Mafia’s song ‘One’ to know I will hate in the same way that I don’t need to listen to the Foals cover to know that I will love it. Illogical I know, but great percussion, a cheesy synth, a couple of smart guitars, a drum build-up and Yannis Philippakis is, for me, the perfect formula to fix a horrible pop song.  

 

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A NERDy Daft Punk song gets a little more drama

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Let’s be honest: we all expected much more from N.E.R.D.'s new song. Not only because has Pharrell created more hits than we can remember (and was a guest on many others), but because Daft fucking Punk produced it. We almost fainted just hearing about this collaboration, so you know how excited we were. Then we woke up to this video.

 

N.E.R.D. - Hypnotize U (live on Letterman)

 

 

OK, it wasn’t great. But we all know how deceiving live TV can be. The sound could’ve been badly mixed, it could have been badly edited or filmed or something and maybe we didn’t hear all the greats bits of the song (although Pharrell did a great job as usual being a frontman). So we waited for the studio version, which appeared a week later.

 

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Result: still totally underwhelmed. We loved the Prince vibe in the vocals, but the instrumental is simply not trying to be a hit at all; which is definitely what I expected from it. When Daft Punk is producing a song, you don’t want to hear a ballad with good drums, you want be blown away by a timeless synthesizer carnival. RIGHT?!

 

When we had just about lost faith in the song we were hit by a Direct Message on Twitter with a link saying: “listen to something I’ve been working this week”. And then a 23 year old boy from Brazil made ‘Hypnotize U’ more into the hit we expected it to be – as weird as it is to say something like this.

 

Inspired by Armand Van Helden's funky house comeback, Boss in Drama decided he would do something similar, although he actually played the instruments instead of sampling them. Apparently; disco guitars, synthetic bass and housey drums were what it needed to turn this song into a hit. Now can Pharrell approve this version please?   

 

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