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 September 2011
Mc Gi - the first of the queue
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Hiya // MC Gi

 

So Brazilian baile-funk Singer MC Gi got in touch with us asking for a little hand. She wants us to help her choose which version of her song is going to be used as her new single, and bwoy, should this be fun... ‘A Fila Anda’ features the biggest baile funk Mc of Brazil; a husband to six wives and father to over forty kids (and he even hands them out PS3s on their birthdays like its cake). He's like a Brazilian version of Snoop Dogg, but one who cares more about sex than pot. We're talking about Mr Catra.

 

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Hiya // Mr Catra (and kids)

 

El Super Gummi, who has been working with Mc Gi for some time now, has delivered two versions; one for the purist electro kids and the other which sounds like baile funk for electro kids. Both of them share a love for intensity (so much happening, so little time) and chopped vocals. If maximal is your thing, this will have you partying like it’s 2006 once again.

 

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Then there's Hungry Sam, who mixes baile-funk beats with electro synths and captures a sound we haven’t really heard in a while. But there's no question, that IM//UR’s favorite remix is DJ Sandrinho’s. It’s not that we don’t like the mix of electro and funk; it’s that we prefer the raw sound of the big drums (aka tamborzão) with vocals.

 

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..But the big question here is which version do you prefer? You can either vote here or go to Mc Gi’s Facebook page and let her know.

HIYA // Cubic Zirconia

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Oh Cubic Zirconia. You of the synthetically made, optically flawless, generally colourless gem variety. A diamond wanna-be. The kind of stone you might find on late night informercials hosted by ham fisted cows harking their replicate wares. But not on this watch:

 

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I'm talking about Cubic Zirconia of the NYC variety; made from Nick Hook, Tiombe Lockhart and Daud Sturdivant. They aren't cheesy or chintzy like their namesake. They're flawlessly imperfect and vibe a bohemian kind of grunty, sexy glam that can often be tacky, but in this case is some serious fun.

 

Self described as ethnic disco, cosmic R&B and future soul, from what I can glean, Cubic Zirconia have done some rounds on the NY circuit for a couple of years to no huge break; but with their LP Follow Your Heart that might just begin to change. The album was released yesterday and you can go get it via digital download HERE. Physically, it's due out November 29th via Fool's Gold Recs.

 

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'Take Me High' and is like Bumblebee Unlimited, Jessica 6 and Ebony Bones (whatever happened to her?) had a party, got naked and did a group number - but Cubic Zirconia has more careless abandon than all of them, look (the video is also directed by lead singer Tiombe. Work it out, girl):

 

Take Me High by Cubic Zirconia

 

This is some FUN and EXCITING SHIT. Get into it like, HERE. If you still wanna try before you buy, check it: to throw in some more cred, Hugson Mohawke has put together a megamix of some tracks from Follow Your Heart. Forget your heart, follow your ears, y'all:

 

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MIX // DFA Radiomix #19 by Joe Goddard

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Joe Goddard's 'Gabriel' is a track that needs little push, simply because it's just so goddamn GOOD. But DFA are leaving no stone unturned with Goddard's recent work (featuring that insane vocal from the golden pipes of Valentina); first releasing the four track Gabriel EP and the video for the single, throwing a party at XOYO London in honour of the EP (this Saturday the 24th) and on top of that, the Gabriel Remixes EP was released earlier this week and is now available.

 

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If that wasn't a full bodied enough campaign that I ever did see, Joe has whipped up an excellent mix for DFA's 19th Radiomix series in timely fashion. This is perfect for a mid-week pick me up - it'll leave you dancing over hump day. Revel in the track and video by Utile Creative and Jazz Goddard below before checking the tracklist and streaming or downloading the mix after the creepy/cool/creepy face-off I've conveniently placed underneath here...

 

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DFA Radiomix #19 by Joe Goddard, tracklisting:

 

1. NYC Peech Boys - Life Is Something Special (acapella)
2. Matias aguayo feat Lerato - Pata Pata
3. Kenlou - Thru the Skies (Beats)
4. Exodus - Together Forever (Acapella)
5. Cajmere - Jungle Jazz
6. Blawan - Getting Me Down
7. Joe Goddard - Gabriel (Dub)
8. Omar-S - Heres Your Trance Now Dance
9. Kyle Hall - Down!
10. Sister Sledge - Pretty Baby (Bootleg)
11. Voyage Direct - Love and Happiness
12. Levon Vincent - Man or Mistress
13. Dreamer G - I Got That Feeling
14. Chicago Housing Authority - The Freak Inside
15. Linkwood - Dirty Love w/Gabriel (Acapella)
16. Chicano - Black Blood (Danny Krivit Edit)
17. Joy O - Sicko Cell
18. Naif Orchestra - Check Out 5

 

Joe Goddard dfa radiomix #19 by DFA Records

Kardashian LULZ

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It's been a long time since I've found something lol-worthy enough to post. Here it is:

 

 

I totes heart you, random regional news anchor bro!

HIYA // Chad Valley
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Hugo Manuel is perhaps best known for being a part of English math-rock band Jonquil. But his foray into solo productions as Chad Valley proves him to also be a producer in his own right, with his self-described “sun-drenched Balearic pop” project. Softly editing tracks between guitar driven tunes and R&B crooners with palatable bliss-y style, he's remixed the likes of Foals, Penguin Prison, O Children, TEED, The Drums and most recently Active Child.

 

Also, his R&B edits EP was set free on the interwebs a few months ago (though on that count, I much prefer Nicolas Jaar's Bluewave Edits EP), featuring remixes of Alicia Keys, R.Kelly, Mariah and The Dream, and Keri Hilson.

 

I've been obsessed with 'Money' by The Drums and subsequently, the Chad Valley remix of it. With the brilliance of it's anacrusis driven verses and it's ensuing syncopatic and offbeat accented vocals, 'Money' is accompanied by Maneuel's trademark misty and tropical-tinged, subtly white-noise coated Chad Valley treatment.

 

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Chad Valley takes TEED's 'Trouble' straight to the rainforest, bird noise atmospherics and all; stripping it back to nimble and airy treble, warmly accompanying Orlando Higginbottom's vocals with plenty of echo and steamy synths.

 

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A beautiful take on an already beautiful track, Chad Valley keeps Active Child's 'Playing House' almost purely piano aside from the generous haze on the vocals before a lightly tapping beat drops in two thirds of the way through. Chad Valley plays the dynamic of the track with beautiful restraint in a moving and uplifting remix. Immerse yourself:

 

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Chad Valley is currently on mega tour, right now around the US and Canada supporting Active Child (hence the remix), before he finds himself sandwiched in an excellent tour slot between Friendly Fires and SBTRKT around the UK in November. Not bad, eh! Go find him coming to a town near you.

Twin Shadow's 'Changes'

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If you missed Twin Shadow debut his new track, 'Changes' on KCRW this week, have no fear, here it is. A re-make of a track originally by 80s group Baggare and entitled 'Circus Is Gone', George Lewis Jr managed to bang this one off single out in between his relentless tour dates.

 

[Six Degrees of Blipster Separation Note: Twin Shadow also helped Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear on his solo project CANT, who is about to go on tour with Blood Orange in support as well as on bass guitar duties, who also gets his hands dirty producing Theophilus London whose interview we will have for you this week sometime!]

 

George, with the help of his keyboardist Wynne Bennet, not only injects 'Circus Is Gone' with energy, heart and verve; but also a truly authentic vibe, renaming it worthily as 'Changes'. This is (yet another) brilliant track. Twin Shadow has never loped with such pop swag. This is encroaching on George Michael territory (read: awesome man-pop. I explain fully what I mean by that, HERE).

 

So, let's check out the original by Baggare first:

 

Circus is Gone by Baggare

 

This is what George had to say about 'Changes', cop the track below that:

 

“Close to a year ago I discovered one of my favorite bands. Like most of my favorite bands I stumble on them accidentally while looking for rare music on youtube. The band was called Bagarre, some weird italo disco stuff with an asian/english singer, I was immediately drawn to a song called “Circus Is Gone” and for fun the band started covering it while on tour.

 

We were on our way out to play dates with Florence & The Machine in LA and I thought I would take two days with Twin Shadow keyboardist Wynne Bennett, to lock ourselves up in a studio, eat lots of good Mexican food and experiment with updating this great song. This is what we came up with. 

 

After working on the song I wanted someone with some pop chops to touch it, so we reached out to mixer Michael Brauer, who really took what we had done and instead of doing any major changes, just pumped life into it, and made it jump. They call it 'Circus Is Gone', I call it 'Changes'.''


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If you haven't already, check the interview we did with Twin Shadow this time last year HERE.

Honey Bunny

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The lyrics that Girls' Chris Owens sings in 'Honey Bunny' tell the story that despite seeming like he doesn't give a fuck, he does. In particular, he fronts about not giving a fuck about girls who don't seem to give a fuck about him. But actually, he DOES in fact, give a fuck, and wants a girl like his mum who loved him and told him that everything was gonna be alright.

 

According to the lyrics, them girls who he messed around with didn't like his bony body or dirty hair. In the 'Honey Bunny' vid, directed by Ivan Shumaker and the other half of Girls, Chet JR White, Chris' bony body is rocking a velvet midriff bearing top and tight black jeans, and his dirty hair looks great in a bob. You know why? Because his look is accessorized with that attitude. And that car (I don't have much of an idea about cars, and I find that car decidedly uncool - is it a Corvette? - despite it's obvious 'hot car-ness').

 

Girls look kinda like, happy in this vid. Healthy, even. And the video feels pretty real; unpretentious, smile inducingly awkward, a bit cheesy in parts, sure, but refreshingly real (probably because that's actually Chris' girlfriend, Hannah, in the Corvette with him). Judge for yourself:

 

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Thankless Thing

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Wild Beasts have announced that their next single from album Smother is to be the exquisitely bittersweet 'Reach A Bit Further', and HURRAH! with this announcement comes a new track! Entitled 'Thankless Thing'; a track that was recorded with long time collaborator and producer, Richard Formby at the start of the Smother sessions.

 

If you, like me, have been collecting all the B-sides from the previous singles off Smother, the single will be available on the 14th of November via digital download and on limited edition coloured 12” vinyl, together with all the b-sides. You can pre-order it HERE.

 

But back to this new b-side. 'Thankless Thing' is another beautiful track, loaded with everything I've come to know about Wild Beasts. Simultaneously sensual and spiritual, tender and unforgiving, 'Thankless Thing' is a lovely thing.

 

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