Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
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Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
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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MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira


There was plenty going on in São Paulo last Tuesday night, amongst which was MTV's CK One Party, featuring none other than CK One poster girl, Sky Ferreira. Open bar aside, I was curious to see Sky in real life. Because even with her fame/notoriety and papp-ability, her music career never really quite happened. Considering her myspace/Michael Jackson hype, her epic record deal signing and the truckloads of money that was thrown at her (and subsequently, squandered by her), the fruits of her talent have yet to appear. Unless you call an oversexualised, over-hyped and eventual flop of a video that looks more like a make-up advertorial, a fruit.


One by Sky Ferreira


Not that a million plus views are anything to be sniffed at; but when at least that much was spent making an album that was never released, the value of it has to be questioned. And not saying either, that Sky isn't a hard worker (I have no idea whether she is or not), or that any of it is her fault.


I'm Just Saying.


Anyway, so the music didn't quite happen for Sky; but fashion on the other hand, has always loved her. And girl sure can work a camera angle, as is evidenced with her burgeoning career as a model allowing her to showcase her music somewhat. But in spite of all that: Sky Ferreira can actually sing. And I was curious to see her in the flesh.


With MTV's gorgeous Gaía Passarelli and DJ duo Database on the decks, as well as Brazil's own Copacabana Club in support, Sky came onstage superbly late. She looked more than a little dead-eyed, though with freshly straightened and possibly touched up roots. She did a few unmemorable songs with an acoustic guitar played by her boyfriend (so I was told) before singing to a backing track a number of songs including the very CK appropriate, 'One'. But she could definitely carry a tune. And work a diva hand. What more does a pretty girl need?




Here are some pics of the sets, first up with Copacabana Club, then Sky:







Database Is Tropical
HIYA Is Tropical


I found it really odd, that when I did a search for Is Tropical's new video for their track 'South Pacific', that though many posted the video, hardly anyone gave an opinion about what they thought of the track. Is this because the press release didn't give too much information away for bloggers to appropriate? Is it because there's isn't too much to say about the video? Or are y'all just lazy?


Anyway, here's my two cents; 'South Pacific' is a lovely track, I like it. But. I have a little problem. Even though I really enjoy the melody and the rest of the instrumentation, I have some trouble getting past those Vangelis>The Cure>Joy Division-esque synths, giving me an uncomfortable feeling of deja vú. I guess I was hoping for something with a little more interesting, more pirate-kooky from the band since I loved this quality in their demos and single 'When O'When' and it's excellent B-side, 'Seasick Mutiny' which you can hear below. But first, check 'South Pacific' for yourself in the journeying, hipstamatic Robinson Crusoe-esque video:


South Pacific by Is Tropical



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Our friends Database have done a sunny remix of the track which I feel upstages the original somewhat; kicking the groove up by adding a danceable beat sending it into cheery synthpop territory.


Database vs French Horn Rebellion remixed by The Twelves

database vs french horn rebellion

Database will be playing at our party in São Paulo - Brazil, this Wednesday (along with The Golden Filter, Stop Play Moon, Gil Barbara and WE//R\\DJs - more info here), but this post is not about that. It's about the boys finally releasing their single with French Horn Rebellion, the already huge 'Beach and Friends' - which we wrote about here with the Hey Champ remix.


But this time, the boys have a different remix to give away. The amazing Brazilian duo The Twelves who took 'Beach and Friends' and transformed it into a disco so delicious it'll make your body move along the bass lines. The remix shows a new side from The Twelves; who are slowly parting from the synthpop (as they did before with electropop) sound and are gradually becoming disco masters. By the way, the whole song was programmed on a computer. Yes, they take the term "bedroom production" to a whole new level!


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You can hear the original version at Database's Myspace. While you're there, also check the boys' first dates in the US of A. It should be fun!




Após trazer com exclusividade ao Brasil a cantora pop francesa Yelle e a dupla de synthpop australiana Bag Raiders, a festa IM//A\\PARTY firma parceria com o Clash, um dos melhores clubes do mundo, segundo a revista inglesa DJ Mag, e aposta no electro disco da dupla nova-iorquina The Golden Fliter.

A dupla que surgiu como projeto secreto no final de 2008, alcançou sucesso rápido com seu single de estréia "Solid Gold" que os projetou às passarelas dos principais desfiles do mundo - incluindo os brasileiros São Paulo Fashion Week e Casa dos Criadores, onde foi alçada a música oficial do evento - e aos principais clubes. Tamanha exposição acabou levando a dupla a assinar com o selo francês Kitsuné, onde lançaram a faixa "Favorite Things" dentro da celebrada compilação Maison Kitsuné 7, ao lado de nomes como La Roux, Phoenix e Heartsrevolution.

Após chamar a atenção dos principais blogs e sites do mundo, a banda recebeu inúmeros convites para remixarem oficialmente artistas contemporâneos como Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Little Boots, Peter Bjorn & John e Polly Scattergood. O duo nova-iorquino também foi escolhido pessoalmente pela dupla australiana The Presets para abrir os shows de sua turnê americana.

Dotados de sintetizadores, baterias, samples e voz, a dupla traz, pela primeira vez, o seu live ao Brasil. O som da dupla é um sofisticado encontro entre as melhores linhas de baixo dos anos 80 com a excelência de sintetizadores atuais. Sendo uma das principais bandas do movimento "Neo Disco", estilo no qual o jornal inglês The Guardian anunciou como sendo a aposta do ano. Neste momento a dupla encontra-se gravando o seu álbum de estreia que deve sair no primeiro semestre de 2010.

Ao lado dos americanos, o show dos brasileiros do Stop Play Moon, que dividem muitas de suas referências com o Golden Filter - da efervescência do mundo da moda ao imediatismo do mundo da música. Geanine Marques, a vocalista do trio, é a musa do estilista internacionalmente famoso Alexandre Hechcovitch, enquanto Paulo Bega, sintetizadores e guitarra, encabeça diversos projetos artísticos - da revista Gudi ao projeto solo Motel. Já o diretor de arte e DJ Ricardo Athayde comanda a bateria do trio, que se torna um quarteto ao vivo.

Os DJs convidados da noite são o Gil Barbara, Database e WE//R\\DJs, combo formado pelos organizadores da festa, os jornalistas Raphael Caffarena e Christel Escosa (AUS/UK).

O residente Gil Barbara é ícone da cena paulistana, tendo começado a tocar há cerca de 20 anos e se apresentado pelos principais clubes do Brasil. Gil também é responsável pela criação do primeiro e mais respeitado site de música eletrônica local, o rraurl, que já conta com 12 anos de existência. Sua experiência é traduzida no balanço entre clássicos e novidades da música apresentado com muita técnica. Espere ouvir o melhor do synthpop dos últimos 20 anos em uma hora de set.

Já o Database é a união dos produtores Yuri Chix e Lucio Morais que entre produções próprias, remixes e sets já chamaram atenção de nomes como Norman Cook, mais conhecido como Fatboy Slim, que além de encomendar remixes com a dupla, também está lançando um single deles por sua gravadora, a Southern Fried. A dupla, que já passou por festivais como TIM Festival, Haagen Dazs e Eletronika, está prestes a entrar em sua primeira turnê internacional.

IM//A\\PARTY @ CLASH (5 de agosto / quarta-feira) - 23 horas
- THE GOLDEN FILTER (live), Stop Play Moon (Live), Database (Ugly Edits set), Gil Barbara e WE//R\\DJs
Clash Club, Rua Barra Funda, 969
tel: 3661-1500, censura 18 anos.
Estacionamento com manobrista: R$18 

flier by the lovely Jack Hudson


IM//A\\PARTY has been reborn...




After bringing Brazil electro princess YELLE, Aussie synth-pop darlings BAG RAIDERS we're back to bring you the hype of neo-disco, the darlings of NYC:




And this time we're crashing CLASH CLUB in Sao Paulo!


Having recently dropped 'Favourite Things' on Kitsuné's latest compilation, this elusive duo first took the scene by storm when they released a faceless 'Solid Gold' into the blogosphere. It had everybody talking about them, wondering, "Who the hell are The Golden Filter?"


Brazil! You may have heard them previously playing the catwalks at the most important Fashion Week in South America, SPFW as well as Casa de Criadores (Sao Paulo's new generation fashion event), and of course here on this very blog as well as countless others.


The Golden Filter recently toured the whole of the USA supporting epic dancefloor killers The Presets and have remixed the likes of Empire of The Sun, Little Boots, Peter Bjorn and John and Cut Copy...and now we're bringing them to play exclusively at CLASH this August.




With support from some of the best acts on the Brazilian scene to complete this extravaganza eleganzaaaa, we've got the musical project of Alexandre Herchcovitch's muse Geanine Marques, who with Paulo Bega and Ricardo Athayde make up STOP PLAY MOON.


We got DJ GIL BARBARA. Not only is he one of Brazil's most prestigious and highly respected DJs and member of super popular party posse CREW, but he's also one of the purveryors of music taste, being a founding father of RRAURL, the first indepedent electronic music site in Brazil.


And last but definitely not least, we've enlisted two-man party unit DATABASE to do a special Ugly Edits set for IM//A\\PARTY before they head off on their US tour. Also CREW members, they're one of the biggest electronic names in Brazil, having officially remixed the likes of Metronomy, MixHell, Larry T, Fatboy Slim (the BPA), Lightspeed Champion and Boss In Drama.






Wednesday, 5th of August 2009



CLASH CLUB, Sao Paulo, Brazil










R$40 with the flier/list R$50 without

Database vs French Horn Rebellion


Photograph Funhell // Stupid photshop *myself* 


Database has gone through some dark paths (i.e. bad and/or forgetful remixes), but now it seems they're back to the bright side of their productions. After the amazing free compilation Ugly Edits Vol. 2 and some remixes that are yet to be released, the boys are back delivering a split single with the American duo French Horn Rebellion.


'Beaches and Friends' started out as a Database song featuring FHR vocals, but it ended up growing so much it became a much more collaborative effort from both bands. The single, which is in talks to be released via Green Label Sound, will feature remixes from The Twelves and Hey Champ.


If the original tends to be like a synthetic funky clash between the projects in a Chromeo kinda way, the Hey Champ remix (the only thing available to public at the moment) is mostly synthpop but still very very good. Think Lifelike, Australia and songs that you can dance to in a club and still listen to it with your headphones on. Sweet!


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Top 5 Ugly Edits Vol. 2 - The Collaborations



After months and months of emails, Database's Ugly Edits is finally on their Myspace. The second volume unites almost every single checkworthy band or producer from the Brazilian scene along with new edits from Database themselves. After some days of love, we ranked our Top 5 collaborations. There are The Twelves, Copacabana Club, Daft Punk, Berlinda Carlisle and more.


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1. We've seen many live sets that's nothing more than some dude pressing play on Ableton Live. Fortunately there are producers like The Twelves who bring synths to the dancefloor in a way that sounds much better than any home recorded song will ever sound. So when they decided to cover Daft Punk's 'NightVision' you know it will be a synth homage version.



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2. "I wanna be your lover and not just be your friend" begs Caca V, the pretty singer from Copacabana Club in this cover her band did with the help of another Curitiba band, the great Our Gang. Some disco low-fi bass and guitar lines, some colorful and some dry synths makes it an irresistible version.



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3. Sometimes all a good song needs to reborn is a good dancefloor edit. Roots Rock Revolution (RRR) understand that and made Nu Shooz's 'I Can't Wait' faster, better and stronger. Should be going down nicely in groovy sets and oldschool playlists.



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4.  This edit starts with the worst synth ever. But don't be afraid, it goes away really fast and then you're left with a very enjoyable track to listen to. Atmospheric country music for electronic kids. Well done, Superpose.



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5. Who doesn't enjoy a cheesy song? I do - and so does Discobot. 'Heaven is a Place on Earth', yes that song that gets played at every wedding and graduation by Belinda Carlisle, gets some electro synths and some chopped vocals. Seriously, it works!


You can listen and download all the songs for free at Database's Myspace. Word!

Uglyedits Vol. 2



Inside every modern production duo, there's one that's a better producer and the other who's the better PR. Let's just say that Database is at the moment exploring both sides to the maximum with the second edition of their Uglyedits compilation. Almost every single band or producer who is checkworthy on the Brazilian scene - and also the American duo French Horn Rebellion - have reinterpreted old songs using elements extracted from the original MP3s alongside lots of editing to make the track their own; or have simply just covered it oldschool.


Highlights come from the clash of Copacabana Club versus Our Gang in the cover of La Bionda's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover', The Twelves covering Daft Punk's 'Nightvision', Roots Rock Revolution accelerating the forgotten anthem of Nu Shooz, 'I Can't Wait', and many many many more - as the list of the features continues with Edu k, Superpose, Dada attack, Killer on the Dancefloor, Allan Falkyn, Nando Feitosa, Midnight Martyn, Pelussje & Blood Shake, The Random, Terrorduo, Sexistalk, Dubstrong (2Crazy Deadman), Mono-4, Discobot, Mottorama, Fisk, Digitaria and Chernobyl. Oh, and let's not forget Database with 13 (!) Uglyedits!


From where the Brazilian scene stands now, this release is going to be much better than the first volume. If you like to rock the party, Database is inviting everyone to the release party tomorrow (19th of May) at São Paulo's D-Edge and, of course, urge you to check their Myspace on the 25th of May to listen to all the songs and download them for free.


Meanwhile check the awesome teaser that the boys prepared below and two exclusivity Uglyedits. Database's edit of Dc Larue's 'Cathedrals' is like making love to your ears and as everybody knows you can't go wrong with The Jackson Five, the French Horn Rebellion contribute their groovy lines to the compilation. There is nothing ugly about these edits.




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