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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MIX // Elite Gymnastics



It's no secret we're total Hallyu (or Korean Wave, specifically, South Korean) fans. So when Elite Gymnastics dropped this long windedly titled mix for Forty Ounce Clothing earlier this week, I squealed like a highschool fan girl out of a K-drama meeting her favourite idol for the first time.


Dubbed 'All We Fucking Care About Is Kpop, Whitehouse and our Cats Mix', it doesn't include any of our most recent favourite idol groups, but there are some tracks that are as catchy as plague included. As well as a track that introduces itself with a sick drum detour (which in my head is played by some totally bitchin' Korean drum dancers) about midway through the mix, seguing into some serious auto-tune before it starts getting all ravey intense. It's a little fucked but I kinda love it. This mix will take you on a rollercoaster ride of K-pop idol's shiny emotional range: from uplifting joy, to pining heartbreak, to heartfelt confessions to cybertronic ardency.


Yes, it's as hot a mess as it sounds, and despite being my favourite kind of mess, it's honestly not something I think I could cope with for more than the 34 minutes and 6 seconds that Elite Gymnastics hallyu-ed up. And I love them all the more for it.


가희 - 돌••와나쁜너
4MINUTE - 거울••거울••
••"터 스쿨 - SHAMPOO
걸스데이 - 잘••줘봐••
••이유 - 미리 "리 크리스마스 (Featuring 천' Of MBLAQ)


Get 'All We Fucking Care About Is Kpop, Whitehouse and our Cats Mix' HERE (direct download link)

MIX // I Was Wondering by Elite Gymnastics
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HIYA // Elite Gymnastics


James Brooks is one half of the Minneapolis based duo Elite Gymnastics, and has quietly slipped this little thirty and a half minute mix online. It's a little random in lots of ways; transitioning from all these disparate genres, yet somehow still making sense in finding the subtle commonalities between them - which only the best mixtapes manage to do very well.


I really enjoyed this one, and I especially enjoyed the range; from the opening track written by Cocteau Twins for Chinese singer Faye Wong to that 'brief flirtation with the idea of a uk garage edit of htdw', referring to the aching tune of How To Dress Well's 'Ready For The World'. Another great mix that'll help you survive Monday! 







faye wong - 分裂

alicia keys - unthinkable (physical therapy real heavy vibe)
ayumi nakamura - tokyo city serenade
baka forest people - water drums
two lone swordsmen - it's not the worst i've looked, it's just the most i've ever cared
shut up and dance - a change soon come (instrumental)
pom pom - untitled
whitehouse - killing hurts give you the secrets
caribou - odessa (david wrench's drumapella)
christian aids - stay positive
restless natives - i wanna know
how to dress well - ready for the world
109tokusan - arthur's theme (flute & piano cover)

Hiya // Florrie


Hiya Florrie

photograph by Paul Scala


Say hiya to the latest blonde bombshell on the block (or should it be 'glock?') - Florrie. Even though her moniker reminds me of a desert from the Golden Arches, the girl herself serves good visage, as evidenced by the pic above. And all the tracks popping up of her debut release on Kitsuné entitled 'Call 911' are pretty hot, as engineered (and co-written) by Fred Falke and BeatauCue (edited by JBag).


So besides being able to work face (see pic above - she's recently fronted the new Nina Ricci fragrance campaign), the shtick is that she's mad skillz, and has already been on the albums of Kylie, Girls Aloud and Pet Shop Boys as well as the inhouse drummer for Xenomania.


Despite this pop-tastic resume, I'm pretty skeptical of Florrie - hence why I've not paid any attention to her until I heard the Elite Gymnastics (DO check those guys out HERE) remix of 'Come Back To Mine' in an echoey dream of a seduction, a vocal sample of Florrie crooning "Come back to mi-i-ine" framed with heart beat style drums. This track is sssick:


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I guess my beef is whether the girl herself actually has any real talent, rather than those who are engineering her music. Anyhooz, even though Florrie per se leaves me stone she herself just another solo and less catchy Girls Aloud type attempting to be the next cool/alt/Uffie but with the added ammunition of starting out with a load of mainstream pop cred in her press release? This in itself is a bit of a conundrum. It'll be interesting to see how she fares.


Having said all that, I do love what Fred Falke (a euphoric synth pop number) and BeatauCue (a driving, more beat focused remix) did with 'Call 911' though. Check 'em:


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