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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LONDON // EAST2EAST!
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HEY LONDON! We know you've got a lot of shit on your plate right now in the light of the last few days' events, but a lot of other places have got it pretty bad too. So here's yet another good cause that some of our friends are putting on, that you can get involved with, check it:

EAST2EAST: East London >> East Africa famine fundraiser!

WHEN: Thursday 18th August
TIME: 7.00pm -11.30pm
WHERE: 18 Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN

In light of the on-going East African famine crisis, a very special night of charity fundraising is being hosted! On the night, some of the best DJs in the area will be tag-teaming, each playing 20 minute sets on the theme “the songs that shaped me”.

DJs include:
New Young Pony Club
Trevor Jackson
Matt Walsh
Rory Phillips
The Duke Spirit
Girlcore
Todd Hart
Paradise
Clancy
Rewind Loretta
Make It Stop, Mum!
 (plus more TBA)

The suggested donation entry fee is £5 and everyone is encouraged to donate what they can for drinks as well.

Alongside the music, there'll be other bits and pieces going on during the night such as a raffle, bursting at the seams with generously donated prizes.

Expect more fun in the shape of games, drinking and the award winning Meatwagon who will be pitching up for some tasty burgers (WHO CAN SAY NO TO A BURGER? WE CAN'T).

All proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee and their East Africa appeal, so please be generous on the night!

Check the some of the prizes and the rest of the shenanigans going on at: http://east2east.tumblr.co​m/
Crystal Castles get Baptised
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Hiya Alice

 

Here's Crystal Castles latest vid, directed by Rob Hawkins and edited by Marc Pannozzo with something a little less arty and a little more ravey than their effort for 'Celestica'. Alice is doing her thing, lip-synching in a blabbery kind of way; superimposed in front of burning buildings, babies and her own bad ass self applying a rather sweet shade of pink lipstick on those lips of hers as the track tells us to 'Learn To Love', y'all. A rubber-masked Ethan grabs some air time too, getting his drum on. Just a normal day in the life of the duo, really. Check the vid:

 

 

Baptism by Crystal Castles

 

 

The single package includes remixes from No Age, Rory Phillips and Punks Jump Up. Rory Phillips pushes it in the synthy disco direction and Punks Jump Up werk that thumping riff - both cool edits of the track, whilst No Age make 'Baptism' fuzzier, noisier and less friendly than the original. Cop the Rory and Punks remixes below:

 

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'Hide Me' through the Remix filter

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'Hide Me', the lead single from The Golden Filter's Völuspà has been remixed by Londoners Guy Connelly as Clock Opera and Rory Phillips.

 

Clock Opera infuses the typically cool, signature TGF track with a fluently jangling warmth; softening 'Hide Me' with a really lovely and hopeful - though at times rather melodramatic - atmosphere, particularly when accompanied by the Richard Clayderman-esque piano. Alongside this element, the undulating synth that is one of the staples of TGF's sound is removed and replaced with a small choir of lovely, smoothly pealing bell-like synths.

 

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Melodious and rippling in a near-glissandic, slightly off kilter eddy is the muscle of this remix. Lovely.

 

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Rory Phillips also throws in his lot with 'Hide Me', going the opposite way to Clock Opera and making the track even more aloof; almost as if the song narrows it's eyes and turns up it's nose slightly with Rory's touch. This remix goes oddly retro too, pulling out noises and effects from various eras to combine them in a thoroughly 'now' kinda way.

 

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Po-faced and unruffled, this remix is for all the cool cats.

 

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And it must be mentioned, the way that the ever interweb-savvy Golden Filter are handling their inevitable album leak is admirable; obviously prepared, they are providing plenty of incentive to go out and purchase the CD (or on vinyl...you also get the mp3 version straight away) which also has a couple of unseen videos too. And going down the Willy Wonka route, they've thrown in a personalised Polaroid they took, as well as naming - GET THIS - TWENTY STARS IN THE SKY with certificates to prove it, slipped into twenty random CD and vinyl copies of the album.

 

GO GET IT HERE!!

YACHT remixed by Classixx and Rory Phillips

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'Psychic City' is the latest single from the DFA duo YACHT - and it's very good. We already showed love for their religious video and got excited when we heard the Classixx's remix of the track on that mixtape, and now we're more than happy to finally be able to share the track with you.

 

A four minute long climatic minimal disco version that goes really well with a mojito, hardly any clothing and a sunny beach. I'm a sucker for the classily tropical sound of the disco bass lines. No need to say that Classixx are becoming one of the most respected producers of the year, their discography will speaks for itself.

 

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And the greedy bastards at DFA wouldn't be happy with only one great remix, so they invited Rory Phillips to re-build 'Psychic City'. Rory then went crazy with a disco synth journey that will be opening lots and lots of DJ sets around the world. Very uplifting.

 

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Great video, song and remixes! Well done!

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