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.
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Oh man, it seems like our man TEED is growing up! He's done an album deal, which is to be announced verrrry soon, and his LP due to be dropping this first half of 2011, so it's all verrry exciting!


Just a few days ago, Annie Mac presented Orlando Higginbottom's live set in Sheffield. And he had dancers. Why oh why wasn't it a video recording?? The quality of this isn't great but you'll get the gist. And if you're in London and you're not already going, it'll make you want to head over to TEED's first ever headline show at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, where he'll be airing new material as well as a pimp new light show!




  BBC Radio R1 'In New Music We Trust Live', Sheffield 28/01/11 by T-E-E-D


Furthermore; here's a new TEED remix. Normally we avoid Katy and any-mention-of-her-boobies Perry like the plague that she is, but it's a tribute to TEED that he can chew her up and spit her out to make her sound like this:


  Katy Perry - Firework (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) by T-E-E-D

A-trak's (future) best remix for Yeah Yeah Yeahs



I can't tell how many times Yeah Yeah Yeahs are being remixed with their latest album, but frankly after this remix I think you can put all the others to retirement. The hyperactive DJ A-trak gives a hip-house treatment to 'Heads Will Roll' and the result sounds so fresh and danceable that I think people should start playing this song right now - and this is only a rip from Annie Mac's show.


Speaking of which, I have to agree with Annie Mac on this one, I think it's A-trak's best work so far, only to be matchesd by his great Sébastien Tellier remix (that intro wins me over every time) but I'll only be sure about this after listening to a better quality version of the file, of course. Meanwhile, let's just be impressed with the one we've got.



The final version is here! It's a great blend of tech-house synths and hip-hop beats. No doubt this one is going to get played to death!


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The Twelves' Mini mix



Last weekend I saw The Twelves play live again. And although the place wasn't one to look forward to and their set wasn't their best, they were still better than most of the sets I've seen and that reminded me that I hadn't listened to their mini mix for BBC Radio 1 show Annie Mac's Mash-up.


While the other artists tried to squeeze as many songs in five minutes, the Twelves opted for some classy disco sounds that fit all 22 songs in a way that isn't rushed and is really enjoyable. It sounds like one great song full of special guests like an synthpop version of 'We Are The World'.


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As usual, check the tracklist after the jump >>

The Bang Gang mix: 5 minutes, 82 songs!



How many songs can you play in little more than 5 minutes? Two? Three? If you are the immense Australian DJ combo The Bang Gang, then your answer would be precisely 82 motherfucking songs! How do I know that? Because Annie Mac asked the boys to do a mini-mix for her Friday show at BBC Radio One and Gus da Hoodrat and Jamie Doom came up with this:


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Bag Raiders, Frankmusik, Tiga, Late of the Pier, Inflagranti, Hot Chip, Mr Oizo, Damn Arms, Ratatat, Zombie Nation, Santigold, Shazam, and many more (I really mean it). It's like coming out of a drug induced haze and remembering all the best bits of the party.


Check the huge tracklist after the break.

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
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