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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 September 2010
I Think I Might Get Shit For This (meh)

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Okay. I'm gonna be honest. Because I already said it anyway in the last Theophilus post that I don't quite care right this minute about the latest demo that M.I.A. has dropped, this time featuring Blaqstarr - even though there is something about that I like. The minimal instrumentation and Blaqstarr's vocals have a hypnotic (monotonous?) quality to them, kinda reminding me of Cassie's 'Me And You', except nowhere near as hypnotically good.

 

In fact, instead of going over to http://www.ithinkyoumightgetshitforthat.com/ to hear the track, what you SHOULD do is what I've set up for you here. Look, I've even appropriated M.I.A.'s gif and put it above for you to stare at, whilst you hit play on the video below and use that as a soundtrack instead:

 

Me and You by CASSIE (ITS TOTALLY PERFECT WITH THE GIF, INNIT!!!)

 

 

But the real reason I decided to about it is because it gives me an excuse and context to post this random youtube video about 'Doing The Right Thing'.

 

Here's a message about cooling off with that racist shit, brought to you by M.I.A. and Samuel L Jackson:

 

Do The Right Thing

Theophilus London goes po-mo on You've Got The Love
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Take note people, this pic is an omen...

 

You can feel the hype building on Theophilus London; it's the kind of hype driven by a big wheel turning - steady and steam rolling. Whilst still enjoying the success of his Maximum Balloon collaboration and the press that's been deliberately gathering in his name, we feel that Theo's somewhat DIY feel backed by big budget ideals are bound to explode into some kinda stardom by the time his album drops.

 

Between M.I.A.-isms and Kanye-isms and their hyper ir/regular bouts of -ism spouting, it can get a little hard to keep up. And it's kinda tiring. For me, it almost makes whatever they're releasing beyond the question of whether it's even good or not. Instead I find myself silently asking, "Do I actually care this week?"

 

[Ed's note: Indulge me that second of jaded laziness - I do care! Just not right this second]

 

Anyway, my point is, Theophilus seems to have been just as lethal bizzay as Mumma M.I.A. and 'Ye of late. His most recent offering consists of having taken The xx's ubiquitous remix of Florence and the Machine's cover of 'You've Got The Love', rapped over it, and laid it to track some footage from the '96 Olympic Games. How much more po-po-mo can you get (post post modern, darlings)?!

 

Obviously, Theophilus doesn't do *that* much to the track, but somehow, he does add something to it. It's that darn x-factor again. And also some supremely clever moves in terms of building up more mainstream appeal/attention in the lead-up to an album release.

 

Check it:

 

 

Everything Everything // MY KZ UR BF (remixes, live/vids, THE LOT)

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Everything Everything's 'MY KZ UR BF' is a song I'm pretty obsessed with. I've waxed lyrical over it before, and my enthusiasm still hasn't waned. If anything, I'm even more impressed (since I haven't had the opportunity yet to see the band live) to have seen Everything Everything on Jools Holland do a rendition of the track. I THOUGHT IT SOUNDED AMAZING!

 

Forget stage presence or personal charisma or performance or whatever for a hot second. I'm so used to hearing backing tracks of all kinds supporting a band 'live', that when I hear music like this being played live for real, I can't help but be blown away a little. AND they sing in pitch perfect harmony. This is how it should be, innit!

 

I just mean like, is it so much to ask sometimes, that when you go see a band you enjoy, that the shit sounds like the album, but *LIVE*?

 

MY KZ UR BF by Everything Everything LIVE on Jools Holland

 

 

And here is the original track and the video for it, released back in September 2009:

 

MY KZ UR BF by Everything Everything

 

 

And for some remix action, there's been a couple released that have been floating around the last few months or so.

 

First up, Memory Tapes. Whilst I do enjoy the instrumental of the remix that Memory Tapes did of 'MY KZ UR BF', I just wish they left the vocal off altogether because the way they manipulated it to sound all weirded out really puts me off. After all, for me, the meter of the original track is a big part of why I'm obsessed with this song. But the bits of the remix without the vocals are beautiful by themselves, and there's quite a bit of it, so give it a listen:

 

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Next up is a really great effort by Clock Opera, who manages to make a thoroughly head bopping remix, transferring some of that vocal meter I'm obsessed with into a super rich, syncopatic track to go with it. A pretty awesome remix, check it:

 

Everything Everything - MY KZ UR BF (Clock Opera remix) by EverythingEverything

Holger have their Cake(shop) in the Big Apple

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It's always a little surreal running into someone you know from one timezone, in another one. Brazilian band Holger (whilst they're currently in Canada doing doing Pop Montreal) found themselves in New York City last week, taking their own Cachaça flavoured bite of the Big Apple.

 

Holger were supporting fellow Brazilians Garotas Suecas and a couple of other local bands that I hadn't heard of in the Lower East Side's Cake Shop. Whoever the crowd was there to see, they all definitely dug the 5-piece. Tché, flirting with the audience (as they all do, in their trademark Holger fashion) said, "Someone once told me, 'if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere'." Of course they did, honey! It's a city where the rats are as big as cats and where clichés, sweet dreams and beautiful nightmares really do come true.

 

Check some pics of the gig below:

 

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The 'coolest thing that's ever happened to me', JAPANESE FANS ASKING YOU TO AUTOGRAPH YOUR ALBUM.

 

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And in case you HAVEN'T seen it, check the beautifully coloured video for the first single off their debut album Sunga, 'Let 'Em Shine Below'; filmed at their childhood (and adult) playground, Ilha Bela.

 

Let Em Shine Below by HOLGER

 

Finally: Yelle's La Musique

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After the tease and the remix, Yelle’s new single has finally been outed. I have to admit that after three years without any new tracks I had greater hopes for ‘La Musique’ to be a phenomenal pop hit, but this Siriusmo produced track isn't especially breathtaking or charmingly pop as I would've wanted – although the vocal figures as one of the best efforts from Julie Budet.

 

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I'll just have to wait to hear this track on the dancefloor to make up my mind though, because one thing is for sure: Yelle’s music is not supposed to be listened to on a Thursday morning with headphones on.

 

‘La Musique’ will be released on French label Kitsuné on October 4th with remixes by Discodéine, Lorenz Rhode, Tepr and Myd

Jamie xx's Far Nearer

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So the kid responsible for production and beats of the 2010 Mercury Award winning band (that now allows bloggers and journalists alike to now put that little tag before their name) The xx, Jamie (xx) has dropped his debut solo effort on John Kennedy's Xfm radio show.

 

John Kennedy sounds like a scary god robot on this radio rip of the track, entitled 'Far Nearer'. Unsure of what to dub himself as yet, Jamie xx has released a typically beautiful number; opening with the deft use of a steel drum, before sliding into a gorgeously textured track; it's like velvet yo. Beautiful, warm, cruising and quietly joyful, this track got hammered out during a break from tour.

 

Stunning. Check it:

 

Far Nearer by Jamie xx

 

 

Bonus Flashback: Here again is Jamie's woozy, coolly swaggering remix of Jack Peñate's 'Pull My Heart Away'. I STILL LOVE THIS REMIX. Check what I originally wrote about it, HERE.

 

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If you're feeling it, go check more of Jamie's cool cred, with the mixtape he did for Colette, HERE.

Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, Barbra Streisand & friends
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Armand Van Helden and the Sauce

 

If you are Armand Van Helden or A-Trak, you've probably made some friends during your life. And when you're releasing a new single from your latest project that has the potential to be the most fun thing to happen in electronic music in the 2010, you might want to give those friends a call for a cameo spot in your video. And this is exactly what Duck Sauce’s duo did.

 

Directed by So-Me, the video recorded the duo during a week in New York City; partying, playing and chicken dancing whilst some musician friends give their own touch to the song. There is P-Thugg from Chromeo and his talk box, Ed Banger’s Mehdi mixing it, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig helping the chorus and many more including rappers, producers, indie rockers, graffiti writers and nightlife icons just being there, smiling and, from time to time, saying "Barbra Streisand" - but before you start wondering, Ms. Streisand herself only appears in the video in the form of an impersonator, at least 40 years younger than the real deal.

 

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PS. The single’s cover was created by Dust La Rock.

 

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P.P.S. If you want to know where they got their sample from, check Boney M’s ‘Gotta Go Home’. But we have to alert you that you will miss the “Barbara Streisand” bit.

 

Boney M - Gotta Go Home

El Guincho - Bombay #NSFW

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What else is better than making music that sounds like Animal Collective during a Spanish summer day? Probably nothing, but El Guincho’s video for ‘Bombay’ comes pretty close to it. Not because it’s a NSFW piece that looks like it was recorded in the 70s and talks about space, life and boobs... oh wait, actually it’s exactly because of that.

 

The video, directed by Canada’s Nicolás Mendez, is supposed to be an extended version of a trailer for a movie with the same name. While we can’t figure out if it’s a hoax or whether we'll actually understand the Cosmos through boobies and a vacuum cleaner, get with one of the best releases of 2010 and run to get yourself a copy of Pop Negro.

 

El Guincho - Bombay

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