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 hot_chip
This might just be *the* house song of the year

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Annie Mac premiered this solo track by Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip and 2 Bears fame) last Friday. Since then I've been chasing it like crazy and thanks to Pitchfork, I caught up with it. Featuring the London based singer Valentina, who has a really delicate voice and produces heart-softening folk on her own; this song might just be the house hit of the year.


'Gabriel' is built around house beats, violins and a palpitating desperation in the vocals which combine places that are miles away from shitty/predictable house songs like, let's say, Duck Sauce's 'Big Bad Wolf'. If I had to compare it with another contemporary act, I'd say it sounds a bit like Katy B, if the edge of her album wasn't cut in exchange for a better mainstream reception - and for the record, I do believe Miss B has released one of the best of the year.


And to make it even better, the lyrics are as a good as the instrumental. Check our favorite bit below.

“Gabriel you’ve gone too far and you should hang your head in shame / for these wounds I cannot pay, you’ve gone too far /

you broke my heart, you’ve gone too far”


  Joe Goddard - Gabriel (Feat. Valentina) by DFA Records




The Gabriel EP is out today via DFA and Greco-Roman (co-owned by Goddard himself). Stream it all now.


  Joe Goddard - Gabriel by DFA Records


By the way, we already have Bat for Lashes' Daniel, and now there's Gabriel... when will a Raphael and a Christel be out?

Alexis Taylor - Hot Chip DJ Mix

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It's Friday, time to start the day - or end, depending where you are located in the globe right now - with music. Good Music. Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip's vocalist, and lately, one of the most prolific features in other people's music, recorded a mixtape with his favorite tracks nowadays. From classic moments by Yazoo, Aphex Twin and Jimi Hendrix, unexpected hip hop beats brought to you by Jay-Z, Wiley and Ludacris, and some newies, like Win Win, Zongamin and Shit Robot, this is an amazingly multi-flavoured mix.

Alexis Hot Chip DJ Mix June 2011 by Hot Chip


Matias Aguayo – Menta Latte
Yazoo – Situation
Syclops – Where’s Jason’s K?
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker
Class Action – Weekend
Bohannon – Let’s Start the Dance
Jimi Dendrix Experience – Gypsy Eyes
Zongamin – Serious Trouble
Noze – you have to dance
Nortec Collective ft. Bostich and Fussible – Shake it Up
Boy Better Know – Too Many Man (Hot City Remix)
No More- Hot City
Wiley – Igloo
Jay-Z – Big Pimpin’
Ludacris – What’s Your Fantasy?
Win Win ft. Lizzi Bougatsos – Release
Aphex Twin – Donkey Rhubarb
Dinosaur L – Go Bang (Walter Gibbons Mix)
Ray Mang ft. Lady Miss Kier – Bulletproof
Hot Chip – Hand Me Down Your Love (Todd Edwards Micro Chip Dub)
Somore – I Refuse
The Style Council – Can You Still Love Me?
Redub – Kraken
Rick Poppa Howard – About 14 (reRix)
Shit Robot ft. Ian Svenonius – Simple Things (Work it Out)
Joe Smooth – Promised Land
Shit Robot remixed by Hot Chip



Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor is remixing the track he sang on Shit Robot’s debut album, ‘Losing My Patience’, which sounded pretty great in its original form; like an overly synthesized, yet warm pop house ballad. In the remix though, Alexis makes it sound too dry, leaving it a bit soulless; even though there's more soul in these vocals than in entire top 100 of Billboard. Eventually, the remix gets better, but only after going on for over 5 minutes. Though if you have the time and like techno, why not?


  Shit Robot - Losing My Patience (Hot Chip Remix) by DFA Records


‘Losing My Patience’ comes out April 18th via DFA Records with a remix and dub by Unabombers.

Interleave feat. Alexis Taylor (XXXChange's 1993 Mix)

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WIN WIN's debut album is already available at Vice Records (you should check our introduction post for more information). One of the project owners, XXXchange, decided to do a solo reinterpretation of their latest single, ‘Interleave’, which features the suave vocals of Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor.


If you remember, I said that ‘Interleave’ had a great melody, especially in the vocals, but didn’t have that hit factor. It's just that when you use Alexis Taylor's suave voice on an electro tune, we expect another ‘Hot Chip - Boy From School (Erol Alkan Extended Rework)’. This addictive remix also doesn’t deliver that hit factor I was hoping for, but it does sound like it’s a remix of one. Titled the “1993 mix”, this rework has some siren synths that could cross to the wrong side of the road at any time, though they manage to remain on the right path, being both cheesy and effective all the while.


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There are plenty of win-win situations I could choose to illustrate for the beginning of this post, but I’m going for the obvious one here since it’s about a new project from people you like and it features some free good music. Win-win, right?


WIN WIN - Commercial


XXXchange, DJ Chris Devlin and visual artist Ghostdad (also known as the guy that managed to make a cool song using a baby crying and a vuvuzela) are WIN WIN. While the project doesn’t really have any back story – just friends making music together - it’s very strong in its collaborations. For example, the first single, ‘Releaserpm’, features vocals from Liz Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance).


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And contrary to my expectations, the music is not a case of heavy drums and strong club bass like Spank Rock. In fact, it’s closer to Gang Gang Dance than Spank Rock itself. The percussion and the effects on Liz' vocals gives it an African sound, but in a very chill manner – even when the drums get faster. Overall, it sounds like something that Kate Bush would happily release.


WIN WIN - Interleave


Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom (a.k.a. Nadastrom) remixed ‘Releaserpm’” in the style of Moonbaton, the micro-genre created by Nada himself, according to Vice. Besides the fact that creating your own genre is a rather cunty thing to do, the remix is actually very very good. It’s quite similar to the original, but with better drums and a more clear concept. Maybe Moonbaton is about to leave the micro-genre category for the world? 


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The second single, ‘Interleave’, keeps the chill vibe of the first, but in an electro environment and there's no one better than Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor to lay his sweet voice over a beautifully produced and very melodramatic instrumental. The more I listen to it the more it reminds me of Daft Punk’s soundtrack for ‘Tron: Legacy’, but while it matches the French duo’s production this song lacks a good hook. Not bad, but as a single, it fails to deliver a hit.


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But I’m keeping my expectations up. Especially after watching the cool video teasers Ghostdad produced for the album to illustrate this post. They are a mix of internet memes, old television shows, infomercials, cut magazines, space and religious icons. And so far, both videos used songs slightly more banging than the singles released, which could always lead to something good since we are talking about XXXchange here.


1st Album Teaser


2nd Album Teaser


3rd Album Teaser


WIN WIN debut's drops on February 15 on Vice Records.

FESTIVAL // Planeta Terra 2010, São Paulo, Brazil
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After failing to wrangle press credentials to Brazil's premier 'indie' music festival, Planeta Terra, we had to try other routes to get to Sao Paulo's Playcenter (an amusement park). Thankfully, by the grace of our very good friends Flavia Durante, Hector Lima, Dago Donato and with a special big thank you to of Montreal's Bryan Poole, we received our golden tickets and entry to one of the most organised, punctual and civilised festivals I've ever been to.


Though for a brief moment I did feel rather like a second class citizen, as men and women were split into two queues to go through security as only girl on girl and boy on boy pat downs are allowed. The girls queue took forever and I fumed silently as all the boys just kept streaming past. For this, I should have at least tried to smuggle some verboten substances through the gates. Unlike airport security, they didn't ask me to take off my shoes (I wore my 4 inch wedge platforms. What? That extra 4 inches helps when you're standing in a crowd a billion people deep), so I might've succeded with a secret shelf inside my platform. Still there was the whiff of weed in the air and a discreet little baggie or two to be seen.


Because speaking of which, undoubtedly one of the main reasons for the civility of Planeta Terra is that there's a law (here's where my facts get hazy - Brazilians, if you know, holler at us) in São Paulo that says something like: if you have more than x amount of people in a venue, beer is the only alcohol allowed to be sold. The pros and cons are obvious, but it's in this way that you get an altogether generally more chilled and polite crowd of people ambling between the two stages and lining up for rollercoasters, bumper cars and tower of terror type rides.


We didn't manage to hop onto any rides unfortunately, as priority was to run between very prompt sets on opposite ends of the park. Our schedule went something like this:


of Montreal


Passion Pit


Hot Chip

and Empire of the Sun

Of Montreal // HIYA Kevin! WE LOVE YOU!


It's a given that Of Montreal were magnificent, with a beautiful pink sunset decorating stage left, it was a glorious way for the festival to open. We are of the opinion that they should have closed the Indie stage instead of opening the mainstage, but whatever, we were just very happy to see them at all.


Of Montreal // the epic proportions of the main stage


We scooted over to Yeasayer next. The last time I saw Yeasayer play was back in early 2008 in London. They were just really starting to break at the time; and despite thoroughly enjoying the set, I remember being a little disappointed at how much of it was playback. This time around though, they've swapped out a couple of members and have additional musicians looking after beats, electronica and percussiony type details.


Yeasayer // HIYA Anand


They played really great gig, wherein they also pulled out a lot of favorites from All Hour Cymbals. Vocalist Chris made a 'Hello Buenos Aires' faux pas, but did manage to make up for it by at least attempting to speak some Portuguese (thanks to his Brazilian wife, we're guessing).


Yeasayer // the indie stage, next to a Castelo de Horrores


We hung around for Passion Pit and Michael's heavily filtered vocals and jumped ship mid-way through the set to catch Phoenix (though to be honest, as solid performances as both did, I kinda wished I could see PS 22 do their renditions of the bands instead).


Passion Pit // Hiya Michael


Despite the rumor milling churning São Paulo into a frenzy over an alleged appearance by Daft Punk with Phoenix at the festival due to supposed appearances by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter at various hot spots around the city, we cynical unbelievers also left mid-way through Phoenix's set to catch a breather, a piss and another beer.


The Castle of Horrors next to the Indie stage


By then, Hot Chip were up and man, were they so impressive. They were probably my favourite act of the day; with that fabulous live steel drum action and Alexis Taylor's vocal warming me from the ends of my (very long) pony tail to the bottom of my platformed feet.


Hot Chip // Hiya Alexis


And last band of the night for us was arguably the most controversial act of the day, Empire of the Sun. Sure it was odd that for a synth pop band, there wasn't a synth to be seen on stage, and sure a helluva lot of it was playback, but I really enjoyed the showmanship of the performance. Some new songs were debuted and we weren't particularly impressed compared to those tracks from Walking On A Dream, but it was a fun spectacle to watch and listen to none-the-less, closing with a guitar smashing finale.


Empire of the Sun // Hiya Luke




It was, all in all, an excellent day and a festival that was well planned, polite and polished; though I guess all that makes it sound the opposite of what a traditional festival should be, really. In reality, they can be quite an ordeal, especially when music is actually the last thing on most people's minds and the festival is instead simply an exercise for a wretchedly wasted, hot-tranny-mess of a time. Which is fun too, but I was super happy to be able to hang my platforms up at the end of the day well satisfied at the whole event. Congratulations for a festival well done, São Paulo! Now on to the next one...



Hot Chip, Bernard Sumner and Hot City for Converse



Congratulations to people at Converse. Their project of getting three different bands in order to make one new song might be the first in the category that has actually managed to produce good new music. They started off really well with Julian Casablancas, Santigold and Pharrell, then moved to more hipster territory with Vampire Weekend, Best Coast and Kid Cudi; the project now is giving a nod to all the electronic music fans bringing together New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Hot Chip and Hot City.


The result was ‘Didn't Know What Love Was’, a new song that sounds like a classic anthem featuring house pianos very similar to Nôze’s ‘Remember Love’; with early Madchester spirit, romantic lyrics and that melancholic danceability that Hot Chip is so good at making. So get ready to dance while singing your heart out in the nearest club.


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The song also comes with an expensive looking video featuring different sized impersonators of the musicians, plus mimes, monkey drummers and random people eating bananas and playing maracas. Crazy and good!


Hot Chip, Bernard Sumner and Hot City - Didn't Know What Love Was



Chew Lips are making their way back to the blog world with a remix for the project. It feels simple and much more mature than the music they released in their debut; yet very sexy and the perfect song to open your club night. If only they changed the instrumental a touch more in the chorus, this remix would've been much more interesting, but fine. Hot City also did a club version of the song, but you should stay away from that – unless you are a fan of heavy, dry drums.


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Kitsch Kisses
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I might’ve been a bit too harsh talking about Kisses’ ‘People Can Do The Most Amazing Things’ video and I think it was my own fault, not Kisses. I didn’t get their kitsch humor at the time. But I think I kinda get it now, and this new understanding even makes them more cute.


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For their newest single, ‘Kisses’, Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson dress as astronauts and go to a cheap-looking moon. There, they explore, get hungry and fire up some sausages. They go exploring again, find an exotic E.T., introduce him to the wonderful world of marshmallows and in return, he takes them on a psychedelic space trip that ends up in a swimming pool on Earth. How awesome is that? Well, not as awesome of the song, but still…


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By the way, the band is offering the song for free. So if you want to grab one of the most chilled songs of the year, just do it below. Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) also did a remix for the song and it’s also a free download (see not only cute, but also very nice), so if you are for a minimal and extended version of the song, you know what to do.


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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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