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.
Monday // August 29, 2011 at 16:58 // filed under Music
Photography by Rafael Kent
I gave you plenty of warning about how ridonkulous Boss in Drama can be, but I'm afraid those may have not prepared you enough for his debut video. That shiny boy dances, acts (I mean, how many of those faces could you reproduce?), sings, produces and give us lots and lots to talk about with the over-the-top 'I Don't Want Money Tonight', a song which in his words "is about a man whore who falls in love and is going to give what he knows best for free, only for one night". So enjoy while you can, bitches, he is free only for tonight!
Boss in Drama - I Don't Want Money Tonight
The song is like Justin Timberlake decided to take a modern spin at RuPaul's 'Supermodel (You Better Work)' with a bossa nova hint, but keeping in mind that he needs to make it be a club song as much as he needs it to be a ballad. Yes, that good.
So good that the master of disco music Nile Rodgers replied in a DM to a friend that asked his opinion about the song with a more than welcome "Nice song - very good production". Mr Nile, for those who don't know, has produced music for David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran and many others.
By the way, my favorite part of the clip is the moment in which he leaves his girl band behind and walks in the cover of his album, which you can see below in all of its glory and gold.
Photo: Antonio Wolff / Styling: Ganzaro / Art: Pedro Allevato
His debut album Pure Gold is going to be released on the of September via Vigilante.
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
Tuesday // October 19, 2010 at 17:04 // filed under Music
honest: we all expected much more from N.E.R.D.'s
new song. Not only because has Pharrell
created more hits than we can remember (and was a guest on many others), but because
Daft fucking Punk produced it. We
almost fainted just hearing about this collaboration, so you know how excited
we were. Then we woke up to this video.
N.E.R.D. - Hypnotize U (live on Letterman)
OK, it wasn’t
great. But we all know how deceiving live TV can be. The sound could’ve been badly mixed, it could have been badly edited or filmed or something
and maybe we didn’t hear all the greats bits of the song (although Pharrell did a
great job as usual being a frontman). So we waited for the studio version, which appeared a
Result: still totally
underwhelmed. We loved the Prince vibe in the vocals, but the instrumental is simply not
trying to be a hit at all; which is definitely what I expected from it. When Daft
Punk is producing a song, you don’t want to hear a ballad with good drums, you want
be blown away by a timeless synthesizer carnival. RIGHT?!
When we had just about
lost faith in the song we were hit by a Direct Message on Twitter with a
link saying: “listen to something I’ve been working this week”. And then a 23 year old boy from
Brazil made ‘Hypnotize U’ more into the hit we expected it to be – as weird as it is to
say something like this.
Armand Van Helden's funky house comeback, Boss in Drama decided he would do
something similar, although he actually played the instruments instead of
sampling them. Apparently; disco guitars, synthetic bass and housey drums were what
it needed to turn this song into a hit. Now can Pharrell approve this version please?
Friday // July 16, 2010 at 15:20 // filed under Music
You know when you are so deep into something that you forget to tell other people about it? This is the case with Boss in Drama's music. First of all, Péricles Martins, the one-man-band/producer is my best friend, so I've been showing off his music since it was in the crappy demo phase. I've watched (and listened) to every process until each become actual songs, which in my eyes are hits.
Now, after some years in the almost 'making it', Boss in Drama has finally gotten himself a label deal - which means that you can still download his songs for free, but now, you can also buy an pompous vinyl.
The amazing single cover
The first release is via Vigilante records and is the double A-side of 'Favorite Song' and 'I've Got Tonight'. These tracks are exactly what people should be playing at parties: sexy, fun and romantic pop. Fans of Breakbot, Miami Horror and glittery outfits will like these.
Today, he was nominated for the Brazilian version of the VMAs - entitled the VMB for Video Music Brasil of course - in the electronic category (you can vote here). So in order to celebrate all this news, we managed to get him to play at our new party, BLOGWARS, alongside Holger's first live gig since like, ever and DJ sets from the two best blogs in Brasil, Move That jukebox and Dominódromo at Estúdio Emme (more info here).
Friday // July 03, 2009 at 16:15 // filed under Music
"I have no idea who did this remix" said Pericles Martins
(aka Boss in Drama) while sending me this file. Apparently you can download the
multitrack of 'Favorite Song' at the Spanish blog Buffetlibre, and this is how
Says Simon got it, remixed it, posted it on those crappy Power Point videos on
Youtube, then Gorky (from Bonde do Rolê) found out about it, sent Gorky a
message and the remix, who sent to Boss in Drama who sent to me.
And this is the story behind the amazing remix below.
By editing all the cool parts of the original, Says Simon's
remix potentialize the French Touch soul of 'Favorite Song' while the disco noises
makes it a classier version of the song. As in all the French Touch remixes, DJ
effects finalize the track.
Says Simon also did a remix for Empire of the Sun's 'We Are
The People' which is also very good, and different from all the other remixes that
are out. Now if only he would get a Myspace page or something similar so we can know
more about him...
Tuesday // June 09, 2009 at 16:49 // filed under Music
I never thought I would say this, but Superpose just did the
remix of the week. To my eyes (or should I say ears?) this Brazilian project
didn't start out very well; despite having good ideas but producing poor results...but perhaps they've grown past this now. After the great edit for Jonh Denver and the bright remix for
Copacabana Club, the Florianopolis duo did a remix of Boss in Drama's best
track 'Favorite Song'. And it's superb.
It's definitely a poppier version of the song and it radiates
tropical vibes. I don't know if this is because they live on this beautiful
island or I'm pregnant, but this remix makes me want to drink a piñacolada on
the beach. Superpose's Isaac Varzim said that from now on, they will start
playing this remix live using his own vocals - this I can't wait to hear!
Wednesday // May 13, 2009 at 21:31 // filed under Music
C-H-E-E-S-Y IN GERMANY
Boss in Drama is in Germany - remember? We told you exclusivity
here. And he really likes it there and people should like him back, because as he
told us the gigs were quite packed. Ok, but this post is not about that really, it's
about Pepa (shorter for Péricles y'all) on the 44th page of the
latest edition of URB magazine - did I mention, featuring in their annual Next
Yes, the edition that features N.A.S.A. on the cover also
features this producer youngster from Curitiba (in a text from our BigStereo
friend Travis) in the same page as sweet projects like The Pains of Being Pure
At Heart and Miike Snow. Check a printscreen of the mag below and read the
whole thing here for free with this cool software...
Monday // May 04, 2009 at 21:13 // filed under Music
Bass in Drama
Photograph by Gustavo Onassis
Germany, get ready for some disco and fireworks! I M // U R's
favorite Boss in Drama is doing his first (proper) international tour. Péricles
Martins, alongside Gorky from Bonde do Role, will be touring ten cities within the country over the course of twelve days with his energetic live gig from the 11th
to the 23rd of May.
Ps. We have heard that there is also the possibility of the tour
going to Russia after Germany.