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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.
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Crystal Fighters at Home

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Crystal Fighters are releasing the ballad ‘At Home’ as their new single. The song, lead by a beautiful Spanish guitar and a pretty mix of 80’s sound, received a video full of, erm, acting directed by Ferry Gouw that looks quite high budget. I’m not going to even try to interpret the story, but, basically, they are looking for something which they later find. And it's apparently a mysterious box. Then they get all tense, sit in a circle and open it, but you're just going to have to watch it to see what comes out of it!

 

Crystal Fighters - At Home

 

The Disclosure remix opts for a full house sound, replete with glittery synths, yeahs and ooohs. The interesting bit comes with a heavy bass line which appears from time to time that flirts with dubstep. Sounds very sophisticated to me – maybe a little too much so – but I quite like it.

 

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'At Home' is part of the band's debut album Star of Love.

Follow Diskjokke

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‘Follow’ is the latest Crystal Fighters single - the one with the bizarre video – and it's awesome. It ticks every box with the reasons why you liked the band: it’s fun, tropical, rich and very charming. None of these characteristics have been transferred to the DiskJokke remix, but we suspect that you are going to like this version much better. Not because it’s just a disco reinterpretation, but because it sounds as cold as a Norwegian winter and as sexy as a Spanish summer – and, right now, I can’t think of a cooler combination than this.

 

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Follow Crystal Fighters

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YAYAY something new from Crystal Fighters! I'm assuming this is off their upcoming album; it's this crazy stop motion video (with people) to accompany the track entitled 'Follow'. There's this beefy old guy who does a bit of a jig too, who is really rather cool. And I figured out, that what it is I really dig about Crystal Fighters is that they have frenetic sounding tracks that also feel really focused and directed.

 

Anyways, check it, and do what they're telling us to do:

 

Follow by Crystal Fighters

In the summer summer with Crystal Fighters
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Crystal Fighters

photograph by Kirsty Mitchell

 

 

 

Crystal Fighters have announced the release details for their debut album! YAY! It's called Star of Love and it's due out on September 13th. In the meantime (cause after all, September is still rather far away) they're giving away a free track from the album called 'In The Summer'. It's a totally sun and synth drenched track accompanied by their signature Basque instrumentation - though they sit back in the mix - supported by a frenzy of airy electronic drums. Verrry cool.

 

Have a taste of the track in this sweet little stop animation preview video before joining their mailing list and grabbing the track for freeee.

 

In The Summer preview by CRYSTAL FIGHTERS

 

 

 

I'm not so sure of the art work, it's a little too hippie/Bali souvenir-ish/tie-dye/pseudo-tribal for me. Though having just said that, at the same time it kinda really suits them somehow, not that I think Crystal Fighters are too hippie/Bali souvenir-ish/tie-dye/pseudo tribal in any shape or form...Boo me, anyway, I cannot wait for this album to unleash.

 

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Go cop 'In The Summer' via the below:

 

 

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Zombie Crystal Disco Fighters love London

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Crystal Fighters live/love London

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Crystal Fighters have been one of my faves lately with both their own tracks and remix capacity. Their latest single 'I Love London' has been minimally and rather classily remixed by Zombie Disco Squad.

 

This re-touch immediately gave me Fruit Salad feelings in the intro, then gets down to cutting the vocals up and throwing in a steady finger snap sample. I do enjoy that almost organic sound that Zombie Disco Squad have; that comes alongside their Afro and baile funk influenced beats.

 

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Zombie Disco Squad

 

Lucas Hunter and Nat Self of ZDS are a great compliment to Crystal Fighters' sound. Y'all know I can be a total cheese whore, but Zombie Disco Squad are renowned for being of the hold-the-cheese variety. In fact, if Zombie Disco Squad were some kind of edible item, I'd say they'd be a subtle marinade, particularly in the case of Crystal Fighters; still able to taste the meat of the track whilst pickling 'I Love London' with their own distinctive flava flayyyyve.

 

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Oh and P.S. Crystal Fighters are one of Levi's Ones to Watch, and they're hitting Hoxton this week on the 17th of Novs to play it out before heading to NYC for a few dates; and the single drops on the 30th of this month. So go check 'em.

 

AND P.P.S. I was just informed that it was the super mad skillz JAYNE HELLIWELL the very first artist to design a background and flier for IM//UR who did the cover art for 'I Love London'. And here it is:

 

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WE <3 LONDON/JAYNE/CRYSTAL FIGHTERS

 

Girl gets around, innit! <3

I Can Talk

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Two Door Cinema Club's 'I Can Talk' has been remixed by fellow Kitsuné kids Crystal Fighters (who seem to be colliding musically with everybody lately) and our friends French Horn Rebellion to some awesome effects.

 

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Crystal Fighters live at Cargo, London

 

Lending their trademark Basque instrumentation and percussion to the syncopated guitar driven Foals-like track 'I Can Talk', is Crystal Fighter's super wicked edit.

 

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The French Horn Rebellion bruvs

 

Our friends at French Horn Rebellion also took their hand to 'I Can Talk' resulting in a finger snapping, synth-poppy beep fest, more laid back than the original; built around an interesting breakdown using chopped up vocals in ascending scales. Some nice work from FHR.

 

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Hey You! Pony Pony Run Run!

 

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Pony Pony Run Run

 

In the tumult of bands that always seem to emerge at the same time with similarities in their name (maybe because Google will throw up all of them when one is searched), I have a bad tendency to pass over bands that have any kind of lupine or equine references in their name. It's the only thing I can think of that would explain how I missed this little gem of a track. Only now with recent favourites Crystal Fighters' remix of 'Hey You' have Pony Pony Run Run garnered my attention properly.

 

Discovering now that Pony Pony Run Run have, according to their press release, "had huge success across Europe playing with the likes of Katy Perry, Calvin Harris simple minds and appearing on talk shows with La Roux", might be another reason as to why I missed them. Hmpf.

 

In any case, if you, like me, missed the original single, 'Hey You' is a piano based bit of synth pop with Chromeo feelings minus the cheese and vocal effects. Check the original track and the video below:

 

 

 

So then Crystal Fighters have come in to give Pony Pony Run Run the remix treatment, adding in their signature Basque sounds; dynamically moving the track to another level by cutting the vocals, throwing in a swirling house buildup and electro rave break down in an almost haphazard layering of sounds to make it even more danceable. Awesome.

 

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Vice - Crystal Fighters and Pulled Apart By Horses
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Photography by yours truly

 

The Village Underground had all manner of hipster kids fiercely posturing and loitering about outside, perhaps some hoping to be snapped by Mark the Cobrasnake who I bumped into at the door. He was exiting as I was entering (an hour later, spotted: Mark the Cobrasnake and friend nestled at a diner a few blocks down in Hoxton) to the throb of Crystal Fighters onstage.

 

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Crystal Fighters

 

Not realising it was them, I was decidely unimpressed with the song that was playing as I walked into the cavernous exposed brick warehouse space. The song was AWFUL. Thankfully though, it turned out very much to be a blip and I was totally won over by the rest of their set. They reminded me a lot of CSS for some reason; but a more ravey, pounding version of the Brazilian band - perhaps the reason why Lovefoxxxx was DJing later on in the night.

 

In case you missed it last week, here's the Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs mix of Crystal Fighters 'Xtatic Truth':

 

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I had actually intended to catch Leeds based band Pulled Apart By Horses, as I heard at the last gig they played at The Old Blue Last that front man and guitarist Tommy Hudson (incidentally big bro to Jack Hudson - apparently mad skillz run in the family) had vommed onto the trendy shoes of the Shoreditch crowd. I missed their Vice set unfortunately, but I did manage to nab Tom in between gig-goers congratulating him on the band's set to question him about the incident.

 

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Tommy Hudson from Pulled Apart By Horses

 

"I'd been stealing people's drinks all night, and I just felt ill onstage. I was looking for somewhere to puke and it just happened to be onto the crowd. They were not impressed."

 

Oh dear.

 

"Later on we were walking past the park and a bunch of girls called out to me. I thought 'Oooo! I'm going to get chatted up!'. Then they said 'Come here and lick the vomit off our shoes, you idiot!' "

 

We then came to the conclusion that perhaps next gig he might up the ante and do a camp little poop onto the audience's shoes. Fashionably speaking though, Tom was sporting what I thought was a mythical t-shirt depicting Tommy DM from Dinosaur Pile-Up that I had been hoping was real and now need to have even more than before.

 

Anyway, Pulled Apart By Horses have just finished recording their album, so that will be released into the wilds soon enough. Cop 'The Crapsons', the AA side from the PABH single 'I Punched a Lion in the Throat' below and go download the rest of the release for free here.

 

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