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 // July 29, 2011 at 16:42 // filed under Music
Oh the internet... one day we're complaining that we skip Beyoncé's latest single, 'Best Thing I Never Had', and the next, the original producer of the track posts on his Tumblr how it was originally intended to sound. We believe it might be exactly what was lacking on the track: a little less on the suburban wife steez.
Sampling the big drums of Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick‘s 1985 track 'The Show', but still working with the raw and emotional vocals delivered by Beyoncé, this almost sounds perfect. I would though, delete the cheesy bits of 80s pianos and the guitar solo, but, yes, the drums are quite fitting. Check it below and tell us which version you like the best.
But you know what's even better than the demo and the final version both combined? The Roots playing live with Queen B on Jimmy Fallon last night. Girl looks delicious in her white mini dress, resembling some of the looks she wore for the original video - that ouch! squeeze-yo-tits wedding dress - and show the pop club how a live performance should be done: LIVE.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - Beyoncé
Better than all of this, would be a version combining the drums from the demo, the power of Beyoncé's live performance with The Roots and the flawless video below. WHATABODY!
Friday // July 29, 2011 at 15:34 // filed under Music
It's Friday, time to start the day - or end, depending where you are located in the globe right now - with music. Good Music. Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip's vocalist, and lately, one of the most prolific features in other people's music, recorded a mixtape with his favorite tracks nowadays. From classic moments by Yazoo, Aphex Twin and Jimi Hendrix, unexpected hip hop beats brought to you by Jay-Z, Wiley and Ludacris, and some newies, like Win Win, Zongamin and Shit Robot, this is an amazingly multi-flavoured mix.
Tracklist Matias Aguayo – Menta Latte Yazoo – Situation Syclops – Where’s Jason’s K? Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker Class Action – Weekend Bohannon – Let’s Start the Dance Jimi Dendrix Experience – Gypsy Eyes Zongamin – Serious Trouble Noze – you have to dance Nortec Collective ft. Bostich and Fussible – Shake it Up Boy Better Know – Too Many Man (Hot City Remix) No More- Hot City Wiley – Igloo Jay-Z – Big Pimpin’ Ludacris – What’s Your Fantasy? Win Win ft. Lizzi Bougatsos – Release Aphex Twin – Donkey Rhubarb Dinosaur L – Go Bang (Walter Gibbons Mix) Ray Mang ft. Lady Miss Kier – Bulletproof Hot Chip – Hand Me Down Your Love (Todd Edwards Micro Chip Dub) Somore – I Refuse The Style Council – Can You Still Love Me? Redub – Kraken Rick Poppa Howard – About 14 (reRix) Shit Robot ft. Ian Svenonius – Simple Things (Work it Out) Joe Smooth – Promised Land
Thursday // July 28, 2011 at 12:01 // filed under Music
HIYA // Chris Taylor
On first listen to 'Answer', I didn't quite get my head around it. It's the first song to be taken from the first solo album of Grizzly Bear vocalist and producer Chris Taylor, entitled Dreams Come True, under the nom de plume of CANT. 'Answer' takes a little while to warm up for me; but as soon as the beat kicked in, and the (admittedly rather delicate) air horns faded out at around the one minute mark I was enthralled. That eerily out of tune piano, the odd synth sounds, the susurrant vocals and even the initially annoying airhorns had won me over by the end of the spookily bent groove of this foot tapping track.
In a reciprocal, and, so far excellent move, Taylor had George Lewis Jr of Twin Shadow fame assist him in the creation of Dreams Come True, which was smashed out in "a week and a half in a bedroom connected to be used to be Allair Studios, where Grizzly Bear also recorded their lauded 2009 release Veckatimest", according to the press release.
As an odd little aside, it occurred to me that it might be quite a scary prospect releasing something on your own whilst or after being in a successful group effort. But in the case of CANT it seems that Taylor is heading into similarly acclaimed territory as Grizzly Bear. Check it:
Dreams Come True will be released on Terrible and Warp records in the UK/EU and on Taylor's own label Terrible in North America on September the 12th. In the meantime, you can catch him at the following around Europe:
09/11 - Magnet - Berlin, Germany 10/11 - Indra - Hamburg, Germany 12/11 - Nouveau Casino - Paris, France 14/11 - Cargo - London 15/11 - Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thursday // July 28, 2011 at 11:00 // filed under Music
Fresh from their sold out Splendour in the Grass side-show at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney last night, the rest of the crowd and I are still swooning at Wild Beasts flawless live performance. There's not much else to say that you won't already know: Wild Beasts are awesome. They sounded just as amazing live as they do on record, and their one and a half hour long set flew by like it was nothing.
This tour sees Katie Harkin of Sky Larkin in the bandwagon pulling synth duties, and her first trip to Australia! Some of the band went to Taronga Zoo on their free day; but to my extreme disappointment, did not return with any gratuitous pics of them spooning koalas for me. Boo. But what they did do was drop the video for 'Bed Of Nails', directed by Daniel Brereton. If you haven't managed to see them live, this truly is a taste of what they're like in the flesh; with all the stunning clarity of sound and emotion that they can convey.
EVERYONE, go check their full international tour dates HERE. They are UNMISSABLE.
Thursday // July 28, 2011 at 00:26 // filed under Music
Clock Opera brilliantly reworks the words of Metronomy's Joseph Mount in his remix for 'The Bay' - and that is not even the main reason everybody should have this remix in their top listening tracks this week. The reason is: it's just too fucking good. It's a bit like Metronomy's old tracks but with the pop vein of the third album and Clock Opera's trippy influence. Now that you have two reasons more than you need, here is your free download.
Wednesday // July 27, 2011 at 14:45 // filed under Music
In 2007, I went to Curitiba, Brazil, for a party. Diplo was the headlining act of the night, and the line-up was complimented by Boss In Drama, Twelves and Our Gang. It would be the first time that I'd see them - in fact, nearly all of them were doing their first gig ever. I didn't know back then, but this trio would later become my three favourite electronic projects in Brazil. Now, four year later, they all did the growing they had to do and are starting new chapters in their careers; debut albums, official singles and tons of remixes.
Starting with Boss in Drama. He's just finished recording his debut, Pure Gold, and he's giving away a bit of a taste of it with the internet single of the same name ahead of the expected September release. Super funky house with synthetic vocals and fun atmosphere, this track is the perfect translation of his over the top outfits and personality - though perhaps somehow less gay.
Our Gang impressed the shit out of me. 'Lovesong' is a ballad that manages to sound like Metronomy and Toro Y Moi made a post-coital song together that turned out so good that it could just as well replace that poist-coital cigarette. This is the official single from the boys, who have just set up a BandCamp profile and have promised to release remixes for Holger, Copacabana Club and Mapuche as well as some sessions (in the style of 4AD), plus the debut video by Banzai Studio. So keep checking their page and this blog for all of those.
And of course, there is Twelves, the most well known DJ duo from Brazil. The guys are stepping into some big shoes, previously worn by the likes of Cut Copy and Digitalism (before they went to shit), and are releasing the latest edition of Kitsuné's Tabloid series on September 5th. Whilst we haven't yet had the pleasure to listen it - our copy is winging it's way to us as we type - we are 100% sure it's going to be awesome...just check the tracklist below and see if you don't agree with us.
A Side: The Twelves – Handshake (dub) Munk – Violent Love (The Twelves Tabloid dub) Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Tabloid mix) Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Tabloid mix) Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Tabloid dub) Black Strobe – Me & Madonna (The Twelves Tabloid mix) French Horn Rebellion vs Database – Beaches & Friends (The Twelves Tabloid mix)
B Side: Ratatat – Wildcat Reverso 68 – Piece Together (Part 1) Sasse feat Kiki – Loosing Touch Chaz Jankel – Without You Spirit Catcher – Rollercoaster Siriusmo – Last Dear Shit Robot – Take ‘Em Up Pol Rax – For You The Paradise – In Love With You The Juan Maclean – The Simple Life Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes d’Amour Demo (Fafa Monteco edit) Daniel Wang – Echo By Midnight Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Palladium Tommy Seebach – Bubble Sex Zombi – Sapphire Zongamin – Painless Twin Shadow – Shooting Holes
Monday // July 25, 2011 at 23:24 // filed under Music
Photography by Fernando Nogari
Try not to get lost: Marina Gasolina, who used to be in Bonde do Role, and who once made music with João Brasil, who made a song with Lovefoxxx (CSS's singer), are all working together once again. This time though, the crew joined forces to remix Marina's latest single, a cover from Brazilian dancer-singer-pornstar Gretchen.
The cover of 'Freak Le Boom Boom' was produced by Radioclit and was featured as part of the Red Hot tribute to the late 60's Brazilian movement Tropicália - even thought the original was released in 1979 and had nothingto do with it. But facts are irrelevant on this one; what's important is that the song is super fun and will get you all sweaty on the dancefloor.
The CSS remix doesn't sound like CSS's own music or like their remixes, but it's quite passable; energetic electro circa 2003 made with cheap synths. The João Brasil remix is the real jewel of this little package. A false start gives you the impression the song is going to be all cold, but when you least expect it turns on a techno brega frenzy that even has space for an accordion solo.