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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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Little Dragon bathe in Crystal Waters
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HIYA // LOL

 

Perhaps justice does exist in music beyond Gaspard and Xavier after all! You may have noticed lately that Little Dragon are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve.

 

RECOGNISE, PEOPLE. RE-COG-NISE.

 

Anyway, it seems the band were asked to do a 'club classic' whilst playing in Ibiza (where else), and this is what they whipped out. I love this 'Gypsy Woman' cover! It is awesome. This treats Crystal Waters' track and that ubiquitous-because-it's-amazing synth chord progression with the respect it deserves; unlike some current top 40 artists who have shamelessly plundered the sample to ear bleeding effect. But this is just too cool. Anyway, just listen:

 

 

Little Dragon - Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee) (Crystal Waters Cover)

 

And yes yes yes, our interview with Yukimi will be up in the next couple of days, so watch this space!

Jamie xx vs Yasmin // Valentine's Day Special

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If I say that I just heard an awesome mix that features classic Destiny Child (when there were still four of them), Everything But The Girl’s hit ‘Missing’ and Crystal Waters’ house anthem ‘Gypsy’ you will probably think that I’m bullshitting you. Although you'd probably change your mind when I told you that Jamie xx is the one responsible for that mix, or at least half of it.

 

For Boiler Room #44, Jamie xx did a one hour long back to back with singer Yasmin as a Valentine’s Day Special. Red Bull Music Academy recorded the whole thing and is now letting us streaming this wonder - including the moment the DJ set turned live with a recreation of Rui Da Silva’s ‘Touch Me’.

 

This delightful cover keeps the house element of the original, but it’s improved with balearic elements as well as the now signature Jamie xx steel drum fills. While there is no word about official releases, we will have to listen to this Youtube video and its rip, which can be downloaded below with the original version of the song.   

 

Yasmin vs Jamie xx - Touch Me (Rui Da Silva Cover)

 

 

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Now back to the mix. This back to back is all about feeling; and if you're worried about perfect technique there's no way you will enjoy this one as the mixes get a bit rocky from time to time. But as I hold to what I said in the beginning: it’s awesome. Especially because the mix is allowed to play with the Valentine’s day theme by adding music that you'd never expect to be played by The xx producer.

 

        

  1. St. Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (MAW Remix) – Heavenly
  2. Frank Ski – Whores In This House – Deco
  3. Yasmin vs Jamie xx – Touch Me (Rui Da Silva cover)
  4. Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On – Great Jones
  5. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Remix) – Sony
  6. Fulls Swing – Choices – Strictly Rhythm
  7. Kings Of Tomorrow feat. Julie McKnight – Finally – Distance
  8. Gil Scott Heron x Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care Of You – XL
  9. Rosie Gaines – Closer Than Close – Big Bang
  10. Destiny’s Child – Get On The Bus – Elektra
  11. Oxide & Neutrino – No Good For Me – Eastwest
  12. Unknown – Unknown Track
  13. Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (Remix) – Mercury
  14. Lovestation – Teardrops (Wideboys 2-Step Mix) – White
  15. The Streets – Weak Become Heroes – Locked On
Metronomy covers Empire of the Sun

metronomy - we are the people (empire of the sun cover)

 

We love Metronomy, we love Empire of the Sun and we love covers. Having said that, we fucking hated the Metronomy cover of Empire of the Sun's ‘We Are the People'. Well, most of it. I get the arty approach that Joseph used on this song by adding that sad, wilting robot voice - the same one he used in ‘What Do I Do Now', from the latest EP ‘Not Made For Love' - but in this case, it just doesn't work. And worse, when he sings with his falsetto voice, the song comes really close to a good interpretation. Unfortunately, you can't win all the time.


The cover was recorded during their Australian tour at the end of 2009 during Like a Version, a radio show for Triple J, so, yeah, no big deal. Download the artsy cover below and be sad.

 

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