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 in January 2011
Around the World with Midnight Juggernauts // Pt 2

And now to part two of Around the World with Midnight Juggernauts. If you missed Part 1, go catch it here - no, seriously, because all these pics are actually mind blowing, I was mega-lolling the whole way through. So here we go, in another editorial exclusive for I M // U R:


  Around the World with MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS // Part 2

                          July to December 2010

                              as captioned by

                           VINCENT VENDETTA


July 2010, Novi Sad // Serbia : Hanging out with some Jamaicans, Busy P, Mehdi and Sebastian. Wherever I go in the world I'll always bump into French people late night in a tunnel.




July 2010, Novi Sad // Serbia: Still at Exit Festival. Our show was fun, though we probably stayed out too late. Here's Andy hanging out with the locals.




July 2010, Budapest // Hungry: Check this thing out.




July 2010, Rome // Italy: Check this thing out.




July 2010, Giza // Egypt: Actually, no this is still Rome. The show was fun, though felt like we were in a sauna for most of the week.




July 2010, London // UK: Back to play Lovebox festival, though we almost missed the gig thanks to major British Airways Delays, plus some of our gear went missing before the show. A bit of a messy gig, but we somehow got through it. Very stressful, so afterwards we decided to slide down that big slide in the background.




July 2010, New York // USA:  Back in the States. Our first stop is the Guggenheim museum. We've got a couple of days to hang out and sleep in the park.




July 2010, New York // USA: Dave 1 from Chromeo and A-Trak. We just watched Kid Cudi and Best Coast perform a song, possibly inspired by shoes. We're touring with Chromeo through the UK in November which will be fun.




July 2010, Philadelphia // USA: Daniel with Ninja from Die Antwoord. He actually told us he's a big fan of Kath and Kim. Maybe they're an angry South African version?




July 2010 New York // USA: We found this book left in some dive bar in the Lower East Side. Not sure what it's about but judging by the cover it must be pretty good.




August 2010, Stockholm // Sweden: Went back to Paris to do some recording, then a quick Scandinavian holiday. Had some fun in Denmark and Sweden.


August 2010, Stockholm // Sweden: Not many taxis late at night.

September 2010, Adelaide // Australia: The last date of Parklife. I went backstage to find Jarrod our monitors guy being wrestled by two girls in a pool of jelly. We can't take him anywhere.


September 2010, Europe // Again: Probably like the 50th time I'd circled the globe in 2010. Was starting to lose sense of where I was or what was going on.


October 2010, Teufelsberg // Germany:  Never mind the squatters or wild boar. Climb six stories up to the roof and you'll get some pretty amazing views of the surrounding Grunewald forest. Plus you can sing in these giant domes and sound like an alien.


October 2010, Hamburg, Germany: One of the highlights of the trip for me was going to Miniatur Wunderland which is basically the hugest most detailed motion model of the world you could imagine, taking up 10 big rooms. I could have stayed here all week. Seriously.


October 2010, On an Austrian highway // Somewhere: Dan getting a new tattoo either of a sword, a candle or a pencil. Having it inked on a moving bus gave it a slightly abstract quality.


October 2010, Geneva // Switzerland: There's no photoshop here. We were just fooling around backstage with time on our hands. Glue and Nails are involved.


October 2010, Barcelona // Spain: Back at Razzmatazz. Always loved this city since travelling here as a teenager alone with no money. Met up with DeLorean who took us out for amazing Tapas. I did a quick sketch of Daniel. Spot on, huh?


November 2010, Dublin // Ireland: Chromeo Tour. Catching a ferry from the UK to Ireland. Mega windy conditions. Trying to recreate the Leo and Kate pose from the front of the Titanic; however it's more like a gay Danish couple excited to see their first Corrs concert.


November 2010, Villa de Leyva // Colombia: Woke up one morning in this village and witnessed the spirit of Shakira. Ed's Note: !!!!


November 2010, Toronto, Canada // Or maybe Chicago? Not sure which city so will set it in outerspace instead. Was quite interesting driving through this region. We also drove through Flint Michigan, which kind of looked how i expected it to look. American tour coming to an end.


December 2010, Melbourne // Australia: We made it back home! Now to attempt to adjust back home. Moving into a new house so anyone tell me if they have a spare fridge. Actually this shot isn't even Melbourne, it's Santiago, because Daniel disappeared to Vietnam, as he does.


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Check the full gallery below kids, and don't forget to peep PART 1 of their diary too!


Miami Horror // The Sound of Summer mix

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A delicious mix is being offered at Miami Horror’s Soundcloud Page. Benjamin originally did ‘The Sound of Summer mix’ for some weeks ago, but you can download the whole thing for free now. The mix contains tracks from DFAers like LCD Soundsystem and Shit Robot, Aussie producers like Bag Raiders, Mitzi, Luke Million, Tim Fuchs and G.L.O.V.E.S, and also some Miami Horror tracks like their amazing remix for Gorillaz and Wildlife! rework of ‘I Look To You’. But before you go listen to it, download below the two Miami Horror songs used in the mix (the Gorillaz remix is now in better quality).


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  Miami Horror Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 Mix


  1. Shit Robot feat. Nancy Wang – Take Em Up
  2. Mitzi – Morning Light 
  3. Toro y Moi – Still Sound 
  4. Luke Million – Arnold 
  5. Apiento & Co – She Walks (Pete Herbert remix)
  6. Miami Horror – I Look to You (Wildlife remix) 
  7. Starson45 – Neighbours
  8. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Tim Fuchs Rework) 
  9. Codebreaker – The Space Chase 
  10. Bag Raiders – Sunlight (G.L.O.V.E.S remix) 
  11. Gorillaz – Empire Ants (Miami Horror remix
Britney gets Over The Top


Okay. So you all know by now that we love a bit of Britney. The anticipation of hearing her newest track was akin to the excitement we feel when a new season of Ru Paul's Drag Race is due; but perhaps even more serious. I wasn't overly enamoured with 'Hold It Against Me' at all, despite the interesting little dubby breakdown - though the vocal line did hook me in. The Guardian put it best; headlining it as 'Britney is capable of a cult hit. 'Hold It Against Me' fails to deliver.'


The hype that surrounded the build up to the release was unavoidable as it was tantalising; with the demo leaking and word that the finished product was different and even better, radio djs all over promising to play the new track and then being muzzled into not broadcasting it. Then there was the relative un-hit that was revealed.


Yet still! As ever, Britney flashes with the glimmer of brilliance, and is unpredictable as her weight can be. There is still the mega hope that when her next album surfaces, there will be hits for us to consume. And at least the video seems to be shaping up well, as she tweeted and twitpicked (in case you don't follow Brit's tweets):


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In remix news though, one has surfaced of the track from Over The Top, who are Los Angeles-based producers Joaquin and Froskees. They've taken 'Hold It Against Me' into italo-disco territory and have hit upon a much more listenable track in their remix. Without the techno track underneath, Britney's actually infectious vocal becomes much more palatable. Check it:


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And here also, is the dub version, also good:


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But even BETTER, is the following - though we never go in much for mash-ups, how can anyone resist an N'SYNC versus BRITNEY number, with N'SYNC's 'It's Gonna Be Me' being smooshed in with 'Hold It Against Me'. Check it:


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Adele Disco Villa



Belgian producers Villa are the latest to give ‘Rolling in the Deep’ the remix treatment. This time a much needed disco version gets served up to match Adele's diva vocals, who has joked recently about being “a diva in the making”. Her voice is impeccable on this track; originally a catchy, well balanced ballad, so much so that I think it’s going to take a really bad producer to make ‘Rolling in the Deep’ sound bad. Nevertheless, Villa created a fun atmosphere surrounded by space disco sounds that's just another step towards turning them into future disco kings.


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The duo also selected the best tracks they've heard this January to put on a nice mix available for free on their Soundcloud. There you'll find music by Acid Washed, Golden Bug, Lindström, and even Queen in a very suave mix.


  VillA 'in the mix' January 2011 by VILLA Soundcloud



  1. BooBy: Moobeech
  2. Andy Ash: Freak
  3. Metro Aera: RMM (special dub)
  4. Jay Shepheard: Parallel Perc
  5. Golden Bug: Do the Washing Machine (C90s rmx)
  6. Black Van: The Calling
  7. Etienne de Crécy: No Brain (Serge Santiago rmx)
  8. Lykke Li: I Follow Rivers (The Magician rmx)
  9. Gonzales: Knight Moves
  10. Adele: Rolling in the Deep (VillA rmx)
  11. Jackos: They Live We Sleep
  12. Lindström: The Contemporary Fix
  13. Queen: Cool Cat
HIYA // Oli Frape


Say hello to the artist kicking off our 2011 with our first new background of the year: Oliver Frape! A London based illustrator, situated in my old hood of Hackney - right next door to the Hackney Empire where Oli once spied Pete Doherty out his window into Pete's own dressing room. Oli and I met as a result of shared haunts, which we then haunted together on many an occasion; contemplating life through the bottom of a drink, getting lost in forests of ideas with only chicken bones to guide us back.


Graphic and colourful, Oli loves hand drawn typography and enjoys saying something verbally whilst communicating it visually at the same time. He drifts between ideas that are more observational and narrative than they first seem, and others which are frivolous and purely for the pleasure of creating something aesthetically pleasing for himself. 


Between editorial for UK magazines and small advertising, Oli spends his time whipping up work for various bands and club nights in London, as well as having produced a flier for our very own Blogwars in São Paulo! Somewhat shy and simultaneously frustrated about his own ambition but ever hopeful for the potential of creating in the world, I managed to get him to answer our usual five questions...




How and when did you know you were going to be an artist/graphic designer?

Honestly, I really felt like I 'knew' about two years ago. I've always drawn and
made images. I spent days as a child sitting in my room drawing and always
intended to continue into a career but I guess I got diverted somewhere and stopped drawing altogether. Then two years ago, at a very dead-end job I just
picked up a pen and started doodling. I kept on doing it and suddenly remembered how it felt. Felt pretty good!! So here I am....




What have been/are your biggest influences?

I normally skirt this question but I've recently started to notice more and more
where these little seeds have been sewn. So in no particular order: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hanna Barbera Cartoons, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, 90s rave flyers, Phillip Larkin, Wes Anderson. There are also loads of great illustrators working out there at the moment, too many to mention...




Who would love to work for or collaborate with?

It's not really about who, as opposed to what im working on. Getting paid to draw is a dream whatever but when you get some clear parameters to push on slightly as well as an open minded art director, it's amazing. And seeing a piece of my work on a massive billboard would be pretty cool!





What did you dream about last night?

I have no idea. I rarely remember my dreams. Mice maybe? (I've got a new little
friend sharing my studio!)



Favourite medium?

Its all about a pencil. I'm lost without one, then a marker pen for those final
nice lines.

Around the World with Midnight Juggernauts // Pt 1
HIYA // Andrew, Vince and Daniel


Oh man, have we got something super beyond special for you, faithful readers..!!


The awesome lads from Midnight Juggernauts were on a pretty gruelling schedule last year, touring out their latest album Dystopia. Like, remember when we interviewed them during their stop over in Brazil, and when they whipped up a little self portrait for us? That was back in May, in midst of their jet setting around the four corners of the globe; meeting old friends, making new ones, trying new things and seeing some crazy sights. And playing some music along the way, of course.


They pictorially mockumented what they sometimes did with their time and edited some of the most touching moments to send over to us to share with all of y'alls. Vince even kindly captioned his favourite highlights - boy has the makings of a blogger after my own heart.


   So here we go, in an editorial exclusive for I M // U R (and here's part 2):


     Around the World with MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS // Part 1

                             January to June 2010

                                as captioned by

                             VINCENT VENDETTA


January 2010, Tasmania // Australia: Started the year off in Tasmania, playing Falls Festival on New Year's Eve. Kudos to Solange for jumping on stage to sing a song with us. This was also a rain dance.



January 2010, Sydney // Australia: We also played the Big Day Out this year, circling the country playing to crowds which varied from many thousands at the most, or down to 3 or 4 guys in large hats at the least depending on the heat.




March 2010, Melbourne // Australia: Shooting a music clip. Was actually a lot of fun raiding Melbourne Theatre Company's huge prop collection for this. If you're looking for a giant giraffe or glitter throne you know where to go.




March 2010, Meredith // Australia: One of my favourite festival experiences was playing Golden Plains where we jammed on an extended bridge where i could take a raft out to the crowd and sail the sea of people for a few minutes before returning to stage to finish the last chorus. Fun, thanks everyone.




March 2010, Santiago // Chile: Before our show




March 2010, Ilhabela // Brazil: Sailing our boat back to our resort island home, it felt like we'd become Duran Duran circa "Rio". We'll be releasing our yacht rock tunes from these sessions very soon.




April 2010, Istanbul // Turkey: When in Rome - or Istanbul, as it were - you gotta go out each night and smoke on one of these. Istanbul is a pretty awesome town. Great people, great food. 5 stars!




April 2010, Amsterdam // Holland: Back in lovely Holland, playing Paradiso. I forgot where I parked the boat. Should have used the bike.


April 2010, Basement Land: Daniel teaching some local kids how to drum. R2-D2 was there too. Actually the next time we came here in October we ended up jamming with this girl again on Nirvana and Bryan Adams covers. She's quite good.


May 2010, Neverland Ranch // California: Went to Michael Jackson's place with Dev and Chris. Wrote a farewell message on his wall.


May 2010, Los Angeles // California: 1am expedition to In and Out Burger with Dev, Solange and Nino.


June 2010, Lisbon // Portugal: Back on the road again. It's Summer here so we're happy to be chasing the sun.


June 2010, Lisbon // Portugal: Catching up on sleep on a rooftop somewhere.

June 2010, Calvi // Corsica: During the day, the beaches are packed full of people partying like some '80s summer teen flick. Here Dale our tour manager got into the spirit but probably went too far. I've censored this for more sensitive readers. Ed's note: Altogether now, sigh with disappointment - aww.


June 2010, Secret Beach // Corsica: So Me, Busy P, James Murphy and others joining in on communal music duties. People would take turns playing cds, swimming laps, and sleeping on the beach. Was fun.


Check the rest of the Juggs' pictorial tour diary from January to June of 2010 in the gallery below and keep an eye out for July to December. Trust, there are some doooooozies!!



MIX: U-Tern // Best of 2010



U-Tern was just featured in the blog with his new project Olivers and now he is back on the blog with his latest mix. As he described in the intro, it’s a mix that contains his favorite tracks of 2010, including all the ones that were overlooked. I’m still in the middle of the mix and I've found unknown tracks so good that it's made the mix worthwhile already. So if you think that releasing a Best of 2010 in the end of January 2011 is lame, you might want to reconsider.  

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  1. L-Vis 1990 - Forever You
  2. Rockets - Running To You
  3. Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello
  4. Penguin Prison - The Worse It Gets
  5. Tim Deluxe - Just Won't Do (Part 2)
  6. Robyn - Indestructible (A-Trak Remix)
  7. Gliterium - Why Don't You Dance
  8. Jan Driver - Tellyfoam
  9. The Swiss - Bubble Bath
  10. Phil Weeks - Forever This
  11. Black Van - Moments Of Excellence'
  12. Yeasayer - O.N.E.
  13. The Chemical Brothers - Swoon (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)
  14. Storm Queen - Look Right Through
  15. Cecile & Venice - Rimmel
  16. Axel Boman - Purple Drank
  17. Mickey - Farfalle
  18. LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change
  19. Discodeine - Singular
  20. Stay Ali - 97 (Datassette Remix)
  21. The Golden Filter - Hide Me (Rory Phillips Dub Mix)
  22. Azari & III - Reckless For Your Love (Tensnake Remix)
  23. Hannulelauri - Super Monkey
  24. Midnight Magic - Beam Me Up
  25. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round
  26. Cassius - Brotherhood
  27. Aeroplane - We Can't Fly
  28. Chilly Gonzales - Never Stop
  29. Rick Ross - Aston Martin Music
  30. The Dream - Love King
  31. Cults - Go Outside
HIYA // Childish Gambino

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Me and the world share the same problem: we don’t let actors become singers (although we don’t mind when it’s the other way around). But I think I found one of the few exceptions. Meet Childish Gambino, the mcDJ project of Donald Glover. If you don’t know Donald, you are clearly lacking some fun in your life, as NBC’s 'Community' is one of the best weekly funnies that TV can offer.  


But back to his music – or, more to the point,the only thing I’ve heard him singing. The great Jamie xx remix for Adele took a turn a less serious turn after Childish Gambino rapped over it. Dude clearly has got a way to express his witticisms about hipsters and internet related jokes that could not be expressed better than in 2011 relationships.


On his rap, he name drops Michael Cera, twitter, Blogspot, hipsters and Macaulay Culkin on ‘Home Alone’. Yes. As you just noticed, it's impossible not to post all his rap below which must be analyzed NOW by the metablog Hisper Runoff.


You think that I’d be fuckin’ other girls
You know I’m not
Come back to me like hipsters to Blogspot
Let me kiss you on your neck and make your heart stop
I’ll give your new dude a fat lip, farside

I wrote another song, I’m not where I belong
My eyes water when I see her, it’s catalog
I never thought you were a cheater, that was all I need
To get ahold of my head, jackin’ off

You ran back to them gloaty-ass indie dudes
James Perse cardigan and scuffed up tennis shoes
Wow, girl, that’s what you really wanted, huh?
A Micheal Cera knockoff? I guess I wasn’t white enough
You said I wasn’t capable of loving you, I never was
A 20-something nigga tourin’ the world with hella buzz

I’m saying that my life’s swell, Cortazone
Fuck Macaulay Culkin, never goin’ home alone
iPhone photos, show ‘em just to mock you
Read your Twitter messages, too proud to block you
Spread shit around: “You know that his glasses fake”
That’s why i’m dating girls now who asses ain’t

“Damn, Donald, why you gotta be so mean”
I’m a nice guy, that’s why you broke up with me
You probably in the club dancing to this right now
Play it cool, text me when you walk out

It’s just childish

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His voice reminds me of a young Kanye and although the quality of the recording is slightly off (a bit too loud compared to the rest of the MP3), it'll sure sound better than the other 90% of the reinterpretations on Jamie's remix - I'm leaving a 10% in case Theophilus London delivers a version.


As I’m quite addicted to his rap in this song, I haven’t been able to listen to the rest of his tracks, but I’m planning to do so and write it up here. Meanwhile, let me get you extra impressed with Donald, as I just found out via Wikipedia that he used to be a writer on ’30 Rock’ helping out with Tracy Morgan’s lines. 

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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HIYA // Chad Valley
great post! big love for hugo I was...