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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Theophilus London // Lovers Holiday

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Theophilus London is one helluva cool dude. We had the pleasure to sit down with him for dinner once, and we could tell that he's the kinda cat who you can go to ask advice from, particularly in the realm of lurve. If you're looking for some love help, but don’t have Theo available, you should run to get a copy of Lovers Holiday. We already had a taste of the EP with ‘Flying Overseas’, a really layback jam featuring Dev Hynes and Solange Knowles, but I feel like the game is really on with ‘Why Even Try’.

 

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First of all, the lyrics perfectly the kind of express drunk anger you'll go and post about on Twitter (been there done that) - especially with it's simple yet impacting chorus line of 'If you think you’re special / you’re probably not'. Then there is the production. It could’ve been just another track that sounds like it was made in the 80s, but it had some details made it so refreshing whilst still carrying a really strong nostalgic feeling to it. The jaw dropping moment here though is the combination of Theo's vocals with Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin. It’s touching without being cheesy - harmonic with personality.

 

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This love (or anti-love) EP is going to have its official release tonight via David Letterman with lots of “swimsuits babes”, as Theo promised on twitter. So tune into CBS (or check Youtube/torrents later) and get your copy of Lovers Holiday here.

Tegan and Sara's Alligator

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Tegan and Sara really love their song 'Alligator'. They love it so much that they just released a digital album full of different versions (remixes included) of the song and named it... Alligator! Passion Pit, VHS or Beta, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Four Tet, Mad Decent, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Toro Y Moi are only a few of the names that are part of this ode to 'Alligator', but let's go to the original version first.

 

'Alligator' is a perfect pop song that will stick to your brain - one that you won't complain about. It's 2 minutes and 49 seconds has a quite a simple and delicate structure created around drums, piano and sometimes by bass. The video shows a world with festive, multi-colored confetti, lots of plastic bags and a synchronized dance. Too cute!

 

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As for the remixes, Toro Y Moi's makes the track smoother, prettier and less delicate than the original. The chillwave treatment suits the girls' vocals perfectly; we would not be shocked if this turns into a future album collaboration.

 

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And when we had almost lost faith in Passion Pit remixes, they finally release one that sounds like a Passion Pit song, not some horrible electro rave type of affair. It's like an 80s party with glittery synths and echoey drums. Nice one!

 

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We've heard all 17 different versions of the song and we have to say there is some great music in there - some even better than the remixes we post. So if you like these three versions, you'll be impressed with the content on this album.

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