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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Wait and See



When I was younger, I used to be obsessed with how I’d look when I grew up. I used to select images of older guys and their clothing style and think to myself whether it was how I'd be or not in the future. I ended up being nowhere close to the models I picked – mostly they were guys who had different eye, hair and skin colour than well as all being much buffer than I’ll ever be.


I reckon I could just do like Holy Ghost! did for the video of ‘Wait and See’ and look to my father to see how I'll end up looking, but since he doesn’t look anywhere near as good as Mr. Frankel and Millhiser in skinny jeans, leather jackets and skateboards, I probably wouldn’t like the result. Their dads look like the characters 20 years down the line from ‘How To Make It In America’; and apart from never “making it”, they live their life in a way that teenagers would describe as extremely cool. But the joke, as Alex explains below, is actually with the sons, not the dads.

“For a long time Nick and I joked that our dads should take our press photos. At some point our go-to director, Ben Fries, came up with the idea of actually making a video with them playing us and “Wait and See” seemed like the perfect song to do it for. At first both Dads were a little apprehensive — and rightfully so: My dad was appalled at the sizing options at American Apparel. But when we explained that the joke wasn’t on them — that it was actually kind of making fun of us getting older and still living like teenagers — they were game. For the record, they agree: We need to grow up.”

Holy Ghost! - Wait & See


‘Wait and See’ is the catchiest offering from the duo’s debut. Full of magical synths and suave vocals infused with a dance aura, though the track will be more of a more success if heard via headphones instead of at the club. But it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to put the track into your DJ set. The band is releasing an EP with remixes by CFCF, Flight Facilities, Moby, Kris Menace and Richard X – and the first two are being offered for free below.


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Holy Ghost! // Do It Again


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After such a wait, it’s finally been confirmed. The debut album by New York disco duo Holy Ghost! will is due to see daylight on April 5th via DFA Records. Although the release date seems a bit far now, Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser are offering the lead single ‘Do It Again’ as a free download.


For lovers of vintage synths in a modern sound (which I reckon should be just about everyone), their new single is great. Besides the constant use of arpeggios, the song explodes into a synthy rain with a really cool sound that manages to get even cooler when backed up by brass instruments.  The vocals are a good balance of melodic and uplifting. Although they went for a super simple chorus (someone that sounds suspiciously like James Murphy saying “Do It Again”), it sounds pretty effective to me.


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The live version of Holy Ghost! is going to tour the USA with Cut Copy and we can only hope a remix will be conceived from of this meeting.

Pamela Love // SS 2011



Super hip New York jewellery designer Pamela Love has released a video look book for her latest Spring Summer collection, and it just happens to be one of the best example of a video look book I've ever seen; simply because it actually really demonstrates the product. Even Purple Magazine's Monsieur Olivier Zahm couldn't make Love's latest collection look as good as the video does (and not as sexy or artistic as he makes his usual subjects look either). Soundtracked by Friendly Fires vs Holy Ghost! I actually watched this one til the very end to examine Love's pieces. WANT. Check below for a few of Zahm's snaps and below that for the video:






Click through to HERE to check Mr Zahm's full gallery, but you're totally gonna agree on my previous statement after you check the video below:


SS 2011 by Pamela Love

'I Know, I Hear', it's a new Holy Ghost! video

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Holy Ghost!, who recently released the EP Static on the Wire, are today embarking on one of the hottest tours of the summer (if you happen to be in the USA). The boys are joining forces with Chromeo (and A-trak, Hot Chip and Hercules and Love Affair for some dates) to celebrate their new live set, in which they play as a band. A close friend checked the show and guaranteed it was one of the best presentations at Melt! Festival 2010.


If that wasn’t enough to shout about, the boys are also releasing a video for a track from their EP ‘I Know, I Hear’, which features backing vocals from the lovely Caroline Polachek (Chairlift). The black and white textured shots show the band (plus Caroline) playing in their rehearsal studio in Brooklyn, New York. It's one of those songs that you won't actually complain about sticking to the inside of your brain...


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Check all the dates after the jump and be there if you can – we sure would love to!

LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls (Holy Ghost! Adult Swim Remix)

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LCD Soundsystem released a good third album. You know, one that everybody wrote, tweeted and talked about. But nothing in the world is going to convince me that ‘Drunk Girls’ was a good single. It’s not only un-original, but gets really annoying after listening to James Murphy shout “DRUNK GIRRRRRRLS” for the fourth time. OK, we get it; this song is about drunk girls. Now quit with the repetition!


But, as we've said before, Holy Ghost! saved the tune with their ever reliable remixes. And what better way to celebrate the remix than giving it its own video? This is exactly what director Daniel Garcia, from Adult Swim, did – with help from Kia. The video features a bunch of drunk homeless (or maybe just some dirty circus people?) doing some kind of bike jousting competition. We like it, but then again we even like jelly if it’s slow-motion. 


LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls (Holy Ghost! Adult Swim Remix)


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Holy Ghost! // Static On The Wire



I've just finished listening to Static On The Wire, the first EP from Brooklyn duo Holy Ghost! and I was quite pleased with what I heard - though you might be disappointed if you were looking for a new 'Hold On'. The EP features four songs (two of them are new; 'Say My Name' was released on the latest Kitsuné compilation and 'I Will Come Back' via Green Label Sound) and shows a bigger step into the early 80s sound with the echoey drums, dated synths and an almost too synthetic bass sound.


The EP is going to be released on the May 18th via DFA and will feature some really interesting guests. Our new favorite Penguin Prison shares his soon-to-be-more-famous little voice in a duet on the main track 'Static On The Wire' and also on 'Say My Name', whilst Juan Maclean helps with the guitar. If that amazing remix for LCD Soundsystem wasn't enough Holy Ghost! (to which the late Jerry Fuchs contributed those drums to) for this week, the band is offering 'Say My Name' as a free download - and you KNOW its good because we put that on our first mixtape, hmmkay?


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Holy Drunk Ghost! Soundsystem



LCD Soundsystem's 'Drunk Girls' has been played out over the interwebs for weeks now; but it's the Holy Ghost! remix that has totally stolen our hearts and taken our feet to the dancefloor in a much groovier fashion than the guitar driven original. Another blisteringly good bit of work from one of our faves, Holy Ghost! turning out a 7 and a half minute odyssey of a remix that goes by as quickly as if it was a 3 minute boogie it's that good. Turn it up loud:


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Kitsuné 9 Mini-Mix



Say hiya to the latest of Kitsuné's compilations - this 9th round endowed with the title of The Petit Bateau Edition. And of course, here's a mini-mix by JBAG to see if after 8 lives, whether the 9th can still tease some excitement out of all y'all Kitsuné veterans.

1.Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (The Twelves remix)
2.Holy Ghost! - Say My Name
3.Hurts - Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker remix Kitsune edit)
4.Gamble & Burke - Lets Go Together
5.Jupiter - Vox Populi (Lifelike treatment)
6.Feldberg - Dreamin'
8.Washed Out - Belong
9 . Your Nature - Forward Motion
10.Jamaica - Short And Entertaining
11.Silver Columns - Brow Beaten
12.Logo - La Vie Moderne
13.Yuksek - Supermenz (Were Not)


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