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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CANT 'Answer'
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:


  CANT - Answer (taken from Dreams Come True)


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

16/11 - Gebaude 9 - Koln, Germany

Blood Orange and the Queens of NYC



Nothing beats the excitement of seeing someone you've liked since your teenage years; reviving faded memories into flesh. Dev Hynes was once a teenager shouting in the incredibly cool Test Icicles. Then he had his big folk phase with the charming Lightspeed Champion. And now, with Blood Orange, he sounds like he's embraced (or perhaps it has embraced him) a sexier sound which can only be blamed on his residency on Brooklyn, in my opinion.


From the single covers to Tumblr, the whole project refers to the greatness of the 80s gay scene of New York; the birthplace of balls, voguing and drag families. And in our opinion, this is probably the best (if not the first) non-house genre to reference that.

In the first single, 'Sutphin Boulevard', you get a sense of continuity from Theophilus London's 80s inspired 'Flying Overseas' and Twin Shadow's 'Castles In the Snow'. The former of which (produced by Dev himself) shares the same crystalline instruments and nostalgic atmosphere of 'Sutphin Boulevard' whilst the latter (produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor who also produced Blood Orange's debut) shares the same sexiness and weird vibe.


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"The song 'Sutphin Boulevard' is about a young boy who dresses in drag, then at night sneaks out to party", as Dev described the track to Interview. The video directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz is an awesome interpretation of that.


Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard



If you like synthetic, hipnotic music, this Bicep remix of 'Sutphin Boulevard' will make your day.




The debut album, Coastal Grooves, will be released on 8th of August via Domino Records.

Neon Indian's Sleep Paralysist

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The label that brought us new songs from the likes of Holy Ghost!, Chromeo, Matt and Kim and more might be facing their biggest release so far. That's because the first single of the year from digital label Green Label Sound is the first release of lo fi sensation (feel free to laugh at this definition) Neon Indian since his spectacular debut album Psychic Chasms.


'Sleep Paralysist' is your typical underwater-psychedelic-synthpop number from Alan Palomo that could easily fit onto Psychic Chasms; the only difference here being that the production is much more clean and precise than the songs on his debut. And that's due to 'Sleep Paralysist' having been co-produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor in his Terrible Studios in Brooklyn (where else would it be?).


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As of all the other releases from Green Label Sound, 'Sleep Paralysist' is freely shared on the internet. Don't you just love these new labels? If you happen to be in Austin during SXSW, they throwing a party on March 19th with Ra Ra Riot, Theophilus London, Tanlines, Solid Gold, Classix and, of course, Neon Indian.

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The Superions and an Xmas joke
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MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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