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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Laying Lo (Fi-Fnk)
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We’ve read at Popjustice that the Lo-Fi-Fnk’s new single had a b-side better than the a-side (the one with the cheesy sax, remember?). We haven’t had the chance to listen to ‘Laying Lo’ in its full glory until now, but since we have, we have to disagree with Popjustice: although ‘Laying Lo’ is a great track, ‘Sleepless’ is a better single.

 

Perhaps most people can’t get over the annoying sounds at the beginning of ‘Sleepless’ and prefer the simplicity of ‘Layin Lo’ – which is in fact, way more listenable – but whilst you can see a single in ‘Sleepless’, ‘Laying Lo’ sounds like a good album track that just doesn’t do much on it's own.

 

‘Layin Lo’ also seems closer to their debut Boylife, than to the sound that they’ve created for the last two singles. Although we've just written an entire text to say that ‘Sleepless’ is better than ‘Laying Lo’, we did like the b-side – we just like to be controversial better.

 

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Lo-Fi-Fnk and the sax solo

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Lo-Fi-Fnk is releasing a new single after the spectacular ‘Marchin' In’ – which hopefully means that the new album is on the way – and it’s weird. 

 

I don’t think any artist from any other country other than Sweden could’ve pulled off something like this without being put in the same category as an Ibiza artist (i.e. cheesy and unlistenable).

 

Not that they are going all experimental on us - in fact, you will notice plenty of similarities to their old stuff - but ‘Sleepless’ has an element that doesn’t sit so well in our ears: a horrible sax solo.

 

And this is not sax solo that you could, if drunk enough, do a blistering air sax to. Also, it's not the type that you'll find in any old disco songs, or the kind that can set the mood for sexy - albeit cheesey - times. The opening of ‘Sleepless’ is just of the annoying variety. The one that sticks to your brain, makes rich (but tasteless) people happy in clubs and will be chanted by hooligans. But as I said before, the sound does actually makes sense and somehow, they pull it off nicely. Only from Sweden… 

 

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