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Beyoncé - 4
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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?
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Super Sad True Love Story
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Bag Raiders in the House (mix)

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You might remember my last post about Bag Raiders. I was talking about their (amazing) disco mix for Triple J and I got emotional. So for not wanting to cause a scene again I’m going to keep this intro for their newest mix short. It’s a house mix that starts with one of the fiercest songs ever crafted – “If Madonna Calls (Junior's House Mix Radio Edit)” by Junior Vasquez – and then explores more and more elements of house music without ever becoming boring or sounding like music targeted at playboys.

 

Listen to it's excellence below, check the tracklist and improve your shit little sets [sorry]. The weekend begins now!

 

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Tracklist

If Madonna Calls (Junior's House Mix Radio Edit) - Junior Vasquez 
Four Four Letter (Ian Pooley remix) - The Glass 
Strangers on the Roof - Bag Raiders 
Getting High - Cassian 
Brothers - Les Rhythms Digitales 
Movin - Light Year 
The World Around Us - Chris Lake & Marco Lys 
We're Ready When You Are - The Krays 
Munich Saxophone - Valero & Schuck 
Last Love (Todd Eddwards remix) - Toni Toni Lee 
Starson 45 - Neighbour 
Old Sunshine - Tim Green 
After Dark - Count & Sinden feat. Mystery Jets 
Madan (Exotic Disco Mix) - Martin Solveig & Salif Keita 
Superman (Lorenz Rhode Remix) - Moullinex 
Move Your Body (Cassian Remix) - Sammy Bananas 
808 Remix - U-Tern 
Occhio Trombino - Fare Soldi 
Cut To The Top Feat. Reverend Beat-Man (original mix) - Round Table Knights, Reverend Beat-Man 
Always Loved A Film (Solo Remix) - Underworld 
Horny '98 (Tiefschwarz Gets Horny Remix) - Mousse T.

 

PS. We are going to see their live set for the first time tomorrow. Our impressions next week! 

More Man-Pop from Penguin Prison

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To be perfectly honest, when these dropped into my mailbox from Penguin Prison, I was highly sceptical upon reading what kind of tracks they were.

Firstly it was the Sam Sparro and Golden Touch remix of 'Golden Train' - combined with Penguin Prison, I was afraid that it might just be too much golden goodness for one track.

 

Then reading that the next track was 'Golden Train' mashed up with Michael Jackson's 'Day and Night' I was even more concerned. Sure the remixes made theoretical and sonic sense, and despite my previous comparisons with a man-pop greats, I was afraid that they were perhaps being over-reachingly ambitious. I also think that my opinion after seeing Penguin Prison live in New York coloured my concern.

 

It took me a couple of days to listen to the tracks, and when I finally did, my worries proved unfounded. The two tracks are pretty fabulous and do everyone involved, perfect pop justice. Onward Penguin Prison, onward! Shame on me for doubting you (and Sam Sparro/Golden Touch/Michael Jackson).

 

Check them out below:

 

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The Golden Morning
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Am I allowed to know nothing about The Morning Benders? All I know from them is that they have a song called ‘Excuses’, which is one of those really cute indie ballads that people are naming one of the best songs of the year. The song was featured on that (annoying) TV show ‘Chuck’, and on a Sony 3D TV ad, but the best thing about it is that besides the money it would have generated for the band for that synch, was that it got a Golden Filter remix.

 

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Although the people wanting a bit more of The Golden Filter's trademark dark disco elements might be a little disappointed, this remix is by far the oddest in their career. In the first seconds it bring to mind those little blond girls from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ jumping rope and singing about what Freddy's gonna to do to you - including spooky toy music and the highly altered voice of Chris Chu. And when you expect it to get less tense, strong tribal drums make it even more dramatic.

 

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Sunny Golden Filter

 

When the synths kick in and the vocals are let loose it flows more like a TGF remix, but odd elements with a space disco intonation are floating around. Then the first break arrives with more tribal drums, some seconds of silent and a scary laugh. Again weird but after making so many dance floor remixes, it is actually cool that they decided to make one that turn its listening into an event. Check it:

 

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Sunshine

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I just noticed that one of my (future) summer hits ‘Sunshine’ - from Rye Rye that features a chilled M.I.A. – was missing from this blog. Shame on us! Although you might not need us to point your way over to this jam since it's only got over 1 million plays on Youtube!

 

The reason behind this sudden and well deserved Rye Rye fame can be blamed on M.I.A. collaboration. Rye Rye is a prodigy, employee/employer and friend to M.I.A. - Rye Rye is signed to Maya’s N.E.E.T. - she's also a back up dancer and singer for her.

 

Maya pulls singing duties for most of this track (beginning, chorus and end). And when we say 'sing' we actually mean it. There aren't any underground or rebellious aspects to the lyrics; in fact they're really naïve and cute, just some innocent bit of jump rope rhyme instead of the usual anti-government-rhetoric. Maya has actually helped do a song that's fun, catchy and colorful in a way that doesn't hurt your eyes. But as most people don’t change, you can also spot M.I.A. in one of the scenes wearing a “Fuck Google, Ask Me” T-shirt.

 

She kept it fairly nice and G-rated at least though, innit?

 

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Although it does sound much more like Rye Rye is doing a feature here than the other way round, you still can see that Rye Rye has enough space to show how exciting she is – in case you didn’t know yet. Girl dances, laughs, raps and lightenss the song up with still enough space to rock a blonde 'do.

 

Rye Rye - Sunshine ft. M.I.A.

 

 

If you like summer, but you hate the sun there's a Smalltown DJs remix that is as fun but much more nocturnal and club oriented. My favorite bit is when the remixers make Rye Rye sound like Stacey Q in the ‘Two of Hearts’.

 

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Wolf Gang gets Submersed

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Another one of the wolves are howling. And I mean Wolf Gang, aka Max McElligott, because he's released this track 'Lions in Cages', produced by Dave Friddmann also known for his work with Weezer and MGMT. Seems that kid is doing good, and since I lasted posted about him, he bagged a couple of dates playing in New Zealand and touring the Parklife festival in Australia.

 

'Lions and Cages' is a decent track, but it skews back towards his epic Coldplay-like tendencies - I side which I don't prefer. Have a listen:

 

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I do though, definitely enjoy the rather subtle 2-steppy/garage feel of this remix by Submerse, with it's lovely solo piano intro. When the beat dropped on this one it took me back to when I was obsessed with Artful Dodger and Sunship. Cop it:

 

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Memory Tapes did an interesting remix too, opening with a snake charmer woodwind and moving on to include a funky bass and chillwave synths, Memory Tapes take 'Lions In Cages' on a trip through their soundscape and in the process give the song a totally different face.

 

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Morgan O'Donovan's Facebook Project

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Everyone loves a bit of photobooth. Everyone loves a bit of Facebook. London based photographer Morgan O'Donovan took both of those things to the next level with his Facebook Project. Entitled the Facebook Project because it's an exploration of "the ideals people portray in a Facebook profile picture", according to Dazed and Confused.

 

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HIYA Jamie E17

 

Taken over 12 nights in 2009, Morgan took the portraits with the unforgiving light of a medical photography ring flash to mugshot the various personalities that populate East London's nightlife in varying states of fabulous, disarray and sobriety (not everyone has kept their tagged status in the various albums that Morgan has on Facebook). Besides a fascinating and rather objective glance at London's nightlife, it's an interesting look at faces and how human people are underneath the make-up, poses and booze after all.

 

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HIYA Jessy of FAJ

 

Last night the Facebook Project exhibit launched in London at Dalston Superstore with every single one of the 500 or so people he photographed on display.

 

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HIYA Gui (model)

 

You can play spot the stylist/artist/designer/creature who goes bump in the night with the myriad of faces on show.

 

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HIYA Flick (Divine Incest)

 

I remember the night Morgan grabbed me to take my portrait; it was at Caligula at the Bathhouse at something like 3am. I was looking pretty scrappy; bearing a scar across my forehead from where some boy had made me bleed on some random night out the week before,  with my top knot all wonky and sporting a bleary, rather drunky town expression.

 

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So if you're in East London, you should go check it out. You're probably in it. Also, have a read of Morgan's interview with Dazed. It puts it all into perspective.

Azari & III go Into The Night

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In their most pop friendly and mellow track to date, the fabulous Azari & III pull out an excellent single in 'Into The Night'. The vocal is reminiscent of Jamiroquai - but in a context that is beyond Jamiroquai's reach for cool. A grooving song that is at the same time dynamic and journeying, with a melody pop enough to be catchy and powerful enough to diva out to. It's as if 'Into The Night' werks with a bit of a twinkle in it's eye, rather than Azari's usual steely glint.

 

Azari & III - Into The Night

 

 

There's a whole lot to work with here, and the EP includes fiiiive remixes, from Renaissance Man, Nicholas Jaar, Troxler, Masomenos & Jaw (Live In Paris Mix), Prince Language and CFCF; our picks being the ones from Prince Language and CFCF.

 

Prince Language subtly remixes some sustained house synths into the track to give 'Into The Night' a little more of a serious angle, somehow making Azari & III sound more like their usual selves, funnily enough.

 

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CFCF throw in some plucky, teasing guitar, some soft percussion and airy synth action, building the track to bring the guitars to the forefront to a rocking level, all distorted and wahh-ing at the pinnacle. Very good.

 

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Rolling T.O.R.N.A.D.O.
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Exploding afros, bad use of a green screen, proper explosions, colorful smoke, random vintage videos, glittery letters and special effects that kinda make you miss Windows Media Player all come together to become the latest video of one of the most energetic and hyperactive bands around: The Go! Team.

 

The Go! Team - T.O.R.N.A.D.O.

 

 

‘T.O.R.N.A.D.O.’ might be short – it barely hits the two minute mark – but it might be the most intense song we’ve heard this year. And as we said before “it’s more straightforward than anything The Go! Team previously released”, and if you know anything about this bands career you better expect to feel like that flying cow from ‘Twister’.

 

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To make the wait for Rolling Blackouts easier – or lot harder - the band mashed all of their new songs into one and put it on a video that's as awesome as ‘T.O.R.N.A.D.O.’. Is it just me or is this new album headed straight for that 60s big bands sound? We are already dying, and we haven’t even heard the songs featuring Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. Can the 31st of January please present itself now?!

 

The Go! Team - Rolling Mash Up

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