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.
Posts tagged with frankmusik
Frankmusik, Penguin Prison and the Fear Inside of Me

Before I start this post I’ve got to tell you this ain’t about the artist, it’s about the remixes. Actually it’s about the remixERS and how I will never listen to anything that one of them will ever produce ever again (I will try to keep this post drama free).




We’ve written recently how we really thought that Frankmusik was an interesting character in music and how we though he had lots of potential that never managed to shine outside his EP ‘Three Little Words’. The combo of being a bit unstable with a love for nudity and a pop heart does sound really promising - as Kanye proves - but in this case, it was either corrupted by some evil outside problem, or the problem is inside of us. Maybe we were blinded by the hype surrounding a brilliant first single.


But the fact is, that I can’t remember hearing something as horrendous as this Frankmusik remix for Natalia Kills and I’m not even talking about the out of sync clap that will hunt you through out the whole remix. I’m talking about something so cheesy and so offensive that it makes Stereo Love sound like Sigur Rós. A horrible europop song (overuse of auto-tune and echo included) gone hard rave.


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And remember when I said this post wasn’t about how bad Natalia Kills actually is? Because Penguin Prison got the same job (yes, this is job, I don’t think anybody involved actually wanted to be part of this remix package) and managed to not make himself look bad. In fact, if the vocals from the original didn’t have so many awful effects, it might actually be a good, chilled pop remix.


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As an adios, I will offer you Frankmusik's latest single which can be heard in the video below. It totally proves our point.


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May you take good care of your cutesy bottom.

Remember that guy, Frankmusik?






Frankmusik used to be so full of potential; and seemed ready to head for the stars a couple of years ago. Who knows what happened? Perhaps he got lost doing some stupid myspace stunt, and has since found himself in LA (or n00d and r00d on the internets - and I'm not even talking about those artfully obscured peen press pics; I'm talking about a cum shot here).


We do occasionally remember him with a mention in regards to skype and a shitty connection; you know, when the conversation gets all chopped up, a lá early Frankmusik demos (when he was still good).


Vince has resurfaced again though, this time with a Nelly Furtado remix, sounding yes, at least a little bit like a shadow of his former self. He tweeted:


Frankmusik tweet


Let's just hope they're not just golden nuggets of poop that he's gonna end up polishing. Check Frankmusik's Montreal Mist remix of Nelly Furtado's 'Night Is Young':


Night Is Young by Nelly Furtado Frankmusik Montreal Mist Remix


It's Another Frankmusik Video (with Holly Valance)
Vince and Holly sitting in a tree (K-I-S-S-I-N-G)


Yep, we've got another one for you. Don't worry he's not 'lost' this time - just making the video for upcoming single 'Confusion Girl' featuring Holly Valance of formerly of Neighbors, 'Kiss Kiss' and Prison Break fame as his video girl. 


UPDATE: And here it finally is in it's entirety


Confusion Girl by Frankmusik


'Confusion Girl' is the track that was co-produced with Stuart Price (who is, amongst others, of Madge, Missy and Gwen production fame, not to mention his various pseudonyms doing remixes), due out on the 13th of July.


Flying Vince


Apparently Holly and Vince have been working on an album together (gosh, who ISN'T doing something with Frankmusik these days), when he roped her in for the video. And she roped him in for a kissing scene at the end of the clip. OOOOOOOO. Check it below.


Behind the Scenes with Vince and Holly


UPDATE: So we got this remix a few days back and it's Don Diablo's remix of Confusion Girl which is actually quite a lovely affair, cutting Vince's vocals in a dreamily melancholic and longing rendition of the track. If I'm not mistaken Diablo also cuts in some oddly refreshing acoustic sounding drums and guitar in the middle of the song amongst the synths. A really great remix (with a very appropriate title) that travels and grows. Nice one Don.


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Classixx x Jeppe x The Cobrasnake x Kitsuné



"Do you really think you're still relevant right now?

I'm so passé, like, I'm surprised people even wanna talk to me anymore."

This conversation happened last Wednesday between a drunky IM // UR and Mark Hunter (aka The Cobrasnake) at the Adidas House Party in São Paulo. Even being the nicest guy we met lately, we all have to agree that Cobrasnake's photoblog was only special when created because it was one of the first around. And although it was one of those that started the hype of party photographers around the world, it's lack of technique or concept to make it go beyond - wait a least Mark is travelling around the globe partying while I'm at my computer writing about deepness and stuff.


But this text wasn't about this. This text is about how Cobrasnake's photoblog might be passé, but the man himself isn't. If you want proof you might want to check the two track EP Kitsuné x The Cobrasnake. Yes, one of the hottest labels around the world asked the partyman to shoot two videos for Classixx and Acid Girls new songs. And the results? Well, it lacks the same things as his photos... But the songs are great!


The Classixx's 'I'll Get You' features strong drums, bright '80s synths and Jeppe (ex-Junior Senior) on the vocals along some random French Danish girl saying things likes "sometimes you just sit there and think and nothing happens" - thanks to Christian Rosenberg for that! While Acid Girls's 'Wake Up' doesn't have a video out yet, but it has the bouncy Frankmusik doing the vocals and that should be enough by now.


Classixx - I'll Get You feat. Jeppe


Kitsuné x The Cobrasnake - or should we say Classixx x Jeppe & Acid Girls x Frankmusik? - will be out by the 1st of June.

Say hiya to Ellie Goulding
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So we've been analysing, comparing and contrasting Little Boots and La Roux for what seems like forever now, but check it, another Ellie is on the block. Ellie Goulding is the latest London girl making waves in the sea of wanna-be starlets.


The diversity of her influences (like folk and dubstep) will make her a bit of a wildcard. Which path will she go down? Checking her out totally gave me an excuse to dig up Sam Sparro's 'Black and Gold' and it's Russ Chimes remix - both which I unashamedly adore; the original in it's synthesiser drenched glory and Russ Chimes' uplifting extended edit complete with it's rocking synth-pop breakdown.


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Anyway, back to Ellie Goulding - she has a superbly agile voice, ethereal with a bubblegum pop tone in there too. In 'Black + Gold' these vocals are laid on top of sustained, echoey synths, sparsely picky guitars set against handclaps that drive the beat forward. The other tracks I've heard reinforce the Imogen Heap cues, and also remind me something of pseudo-lezzas Tatu, and real-life lezza-sistaz, Tegan and Sara


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On second glance though, Goulding is more like a crossbreed between a far more electronic, sped up version of Laura Marling accompanied by an Imogen Heap kind of resonance; though to me she doesn't have a very 'British' sound to her music at all.


To throw in a reference that might put her a little more into context, Frankmusik produced 'Wish I Stayed'. Vincent Frank on production duties sees an ever so subtle use of his beloved vocal glitches - used with a light hand though, and I detect some kind of autotune in there amongst the stomping drums interspersed with double kicks.


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She's exciting cause she's fresh. I'm getting a little tired of seeing the La//Boots all over the shop, despite loving their music. The only thing about Goulding is that despite enjoying the tracks that have been floating around online, she's been reminding me little too much of the Pokemon Movie soundtrack that I used to love in my darkest pop hour of need at thirteen. That might be because I was made to watch 'Dragonball Evolution' last night. But let's see if anything gets made of little Miss Ellie Goulding shall we?


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Telepathe - Chrome's on it
Melissa Livaudais and Busy Gangnes (or vice versa)

As I always say, things don't die, they just get boring - until they get exciting again. So if you were there crying, (almost) three years after of the death of new rave, you better get your glow on - at least to check the new video for Telepathe's 'Chrome's On It'.


Poor special effects (mostly made with the help of a green screen), a bright color bar palette - as in television test patterns - and some wacko wayfarers are combined in one tacky video directed by Andrew Jive that will test your ironic side to the max. Rave on, innit?



Telepathe - Chrome's on It



Not enjoying the video will tell you that you've kinda evolved from that scene, whilst not enjoying the music experience will prove that your taste is not like it used to be. In 'Chrome's On It', these two arty New York girls reference shoegaze, Coco Rosie and synths that modulate in an upward swing to create their oh-so-unique bright new music.  


Their terrific debut Dance Mother was produced by David Sitek from TV on the Radio was released by IAMSOUND Records on the 14th of April in the US. You can check remixes from Frankmusik and The Mae Shi for the song below.

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Frankmusik Live & Lost // Ep 7 & 8 \\ COMPETITION!

Yep, we're still with Frankmusik who's still wandering around the UK. We DO have goodies to give away at the end of the series to the fifteenth (15th) person who answers our question about the videos correctly via a comment on the final video post...So for your chance to win, WATCH, LISTEN and LEARRRRRRRN.


Ep 7 - The one where Frankie goes to Drunky town (and gets to swear without being bleeped out, like, loads)


And so Vince's life affirming journey continues....


Ep 8 - the one where he gets mobbed in a shop.


Nearly there, only four days to goooo...

Frankmusik Live & Lost // Ep 6 \\ COMPETITION!

To celebrate I M // U R's first week online and Frankmusik wandering around the UK, we've got goodies to give away at the end of the series to the fifteenth (15th) person who answers our question about the videos correctly via a comment on the final video post...So for your chance to win, WATCH, LISTEN and LEARRRRRRRN.


Frankmusik (a)Live & (still) Lost // Ep 6 - the one with the tranny



You can practically see his personal growth like the hair growing back from his mohawke. How *HEARTWARMING*

Gratuitous Burger Post
This is all so amazing and I'm hungry...
The Superions and an Xmas joke
I missed Schneider during 2000...
MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
HELLO... !!! IZ ANYONE HOME... ?!...
HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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