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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Theophilus London goes po-mo on You've Got The Love
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Take note people, this pic is an omen...

 

You can feel the hype building on Theophilus London; it's the kind of hype driven by a big wheel turning - steady and steam rolling. Whilst still enjoying the success of his Maximum Balloon collaboration and the press that's been deliberately gathering in his name, we feel that Theo's somewhat DIY feel backed by big budget ideals are bound to explode into some kinda stardom by the time his album drops.

 

Between M.I.A.-isms and Kanye-isms and their hyper ir/regular bouts of -ism spouting, it can get a little hard to keep up. And it's kinda tiring. For me, it almost makes whatever they're releasing beyond the question of whether it's even good or not. Instead I find myself silently asking, "Do I actually care this week?"

 

[Ed's note: Indulge me that second of jaded laziness - I do care! Just not right this second]

 

Anyway, my point is, Theophilus seems to have been just as lethal bizzay as Mumma M.I.A. and 'Ye of late. His most recent offering consists of having taken The xx's ubiquitous remix of Florence and the Machine's cover of 'You've Got The Love', rapped over it, and laid it to track some footage from the '96 Olympic Games. How much more po-po-mo can you get (post post modern, darlings)?!

 

Obviously, Theophilus doesn't do *that* much to the track, but somehow, he does add something to it. It's that darn x-factor again. And also some supremely clever moves in terms of building up more mainstream appeal/attention in the lead-up to an album release.

 

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Florence goes Swimming

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The brilliant Lungs was re-released as three disc boxed album full of live versions; with the second disc being a live recording at Abbey Road including demos, remixes and songs that almost made the debut of Florence and the Machine. If you're a fan you'll love every second of it. Although if you're looking for a new single, which would be the 8th from Lungs, you better skip to the last song on the third disc, ‘Swimming’.

 

This epic song features heavy drums, dramatic violins and Florence putting her voice to work this powerful and intimate moment. Far superior than ‘Heavy In Your Arms’, the song was used to soundtrack the last Twilight movie, but then again the only thing we liked about the last movie was when it finished and we could go home. Download ‘Swimming’ and pray that ‘Heavy In Your Arms’ is not how the new Florence album is going to sound.

 

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Florence and the Machine as an R'n'B queen

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Florence Welch and her Machine are giving us another interpretation of a classic; but instead of going for the dance music standard like ‘You've Got The Love', they went for one of R'n'B's cheesiest moments in ‘I Don't Wanna Know' by Mario Winans.


The cover was recorded for Mashup Mondays for horrible "music" magazine Billboard and in fact gives so much depth to the song that we might consider Mario as one of the true geniuses of this generation. Acoustic guitars, gentle drums and that power vocal that is Florence's specialty will make you weep a little. Well. Maybe just a single tear from your left eye...Damn you, Mario Winans, stop inspiring us!

 

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Custom made threads for Florence at Glasto


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Topshop for Florence Welch

 

For pretty much the biggest festival of the year in the UK, Glastonbury, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine got kitted out in custom made duds for the event by Topshop - look, they drew it all out nice and pretty too:

 

 

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Topshop for Florence

 

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The sketches are sweet, but I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the flowy-wy-wy-ness of it...Suits Flo well enough though, and apparently her shoes were amazing, also specially designed by Topshop. Lucky thing. Here's a couple of pics of Florence in the threads at Glasto:

 

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Florence and the Machine punching news

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There is something about Florence & the Machine that just makes me want to punch her in the face  - and I actually like her music. If you don't know her, don't wanna punch her in the face or want to punch her in the face but still likes her music, IAMSOUND Records is releasing the EP A Lot of Love. A Lot of Blood. that features her first two singles, two covers (from The Source and Cold War Kids) and a new exclusive remix done by Optimo, all very good.

 

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Florence & The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

 

Very good is also her new single, the first one from her upcoming album Lungs to be released on the 6th of July. 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)' explores Florence's admiration for Kate Bush's music to the maximum including echoed backing vocals and elf influences (check the video for that). Her album should be great and quite epic, I'm expecting a pop mix of Kate Nash with Bat For Lashes.

 

PS. Sorry, Florence, but I still want to punch you in the face.

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