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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HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Hugo

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Hugo Manuel is perhaps best known for being a part of English math-rock band Jonquil. But his foray into solo productions as Chad Valley proves him to also be a producer in his own right, with his self-described “sun-drenched Balearic pop” project. Softly editing tracks between guitar driven tunes and R&B crooners with palatable bliss-y style, he's remixed the likes of Foals, Penguin Prison, O Children, TEED, The Drums and most recently Active Child.

 

Also, his R&B edits EP was set free on the interwebs a few months ago (though on that count, I much prefer Nicolas Jaar's Bluewave Edits EP), featuring remixes of Alicia Keys, R.Kelly, Mariah and The Dream, and Keri Hilson.

 

I've been obsessed with 'Money' by The Drums and subsequently, the Chad Valley remix of it. With the brilliance of it's anacrusis driven verses and it's ensuing syncopatic and offbeat accented vocals, 'Money' is accompanied by Maneuel's trademark misty and tropical-tinged, subtly white-noise coated Chad Valley treatment.

 

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Chad Valley takes TEED's 'Trouble' straight to the rainforest, bird noise atmospherics and all; stripping it back to nimble and airy treble, warmly accompanying Orlando Higginbottom's vocals with plenty of echo and steamy synths.

 

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A beautiful take on an already beautiful track, Chad Valley keeps Active Child's 'Playing House' almost purely piano aside from the generous haze on the vocals before a lightly tapping beat drops in two thirds of the way through. Chad Valley plays the dynamic of the track with beautiful restraint in a moving and uplifting remix. Immerse yourself:

 

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Chad Valley is currently on mega tour, right now around the US and Canada supporting Active Child (hence the remix), before he finds himself sandwiched in an excellent tour slot between Friendly Fires and SBTRKT around the UK in November. Not bad, eh! Go find him coming to a town near you.

The Drums might have hit the jackpot with 'Money'

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Based on the latest news surrounding The Drums, I didn't expect to like anything new from the band. Yet their new single, 'Money', quickly placed itself in my top three favorite songs from the band. Much of that can be attributed to the fact that it sounds a lot like early Smiths and I'm pretty much a sucker for Morrissey's old group; the first twenty seconds of the song made me actually think it was a cover. But as the chorus kicks in with that rich blend of '80s British influenced indie pop with it's low-fi production, you realize its just the band making the music they always did, except a bit better.

If the production and the influences are kept the same, the writing and the structure have improved and the pop approach - especially in the chorus - seem to have a bit more thought. It's almost too pop and repetitive; but bordering on a blasé attitude followed by a a big chant, it's likely to become a festival anthem.

  The Drums - Money 


Check the surreal video directed by M Blash and released by the always cool Nowness.

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The Drums in the studio by Hedi Slimane

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Twin Shadow's Latest Remixes

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Twin Shadow just happens to be one of our albums of the year, and any wind of something coming out of his corner makes my ears wet. Here are a couple of remixes that have emerged of late; first up is a face-off between Twin Shadow and fellow Brooklynite, Hooray for the Earth. For some reason, after hearing this song, I find myself singing New Order's 'Bizarre Love Triangle', which is totally not a bad thing at all. I think it's something to do with those undulating synths. And stuff. Here, compare and contrast.

 

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Bizarre Love Triangle by NEW ORDER

 

 

See what I mean?

 

Next up Twin Shadow's take on the Drums most recent single 'Me and the Moon'; where he totally recontextualises the track by layering up his own interpretation of the instrumentation. TS takes the beating nostalgia of the original and really journeys to the moon and back with it, not simply toying with that typical (dare I say, tired) Drums sentimentality, but giving the track a much more kaleidoscopic sound, rather than just the usual mo-rose (albeit pleasant) coloured glasses of the Drums.

 

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Twin Shadow is currently on tour around the US, so if he happens to be stopping in your town, you really need to check that shit out, live! We did an interview with this super star in the making too, so keep an eye out for that coming up soon...

More from The Drums

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Word up to UK fans of The Drums! The lads are going to be on tour in November and are celebrating by unleashing a new track for freeeee! I haven't had the privilege yet of catching these guys live, but this track 'When I Come Home' hasn't been released on anything yet, and has only been played live.

 

It's a typically Drums-y track, with their trademark MSG addictiveness. Do you know what I mean? It's like, their music is flavor enhanced by reproducing a sound, and with this has you hooked. Like eating chilli pop corn or something.

 

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The Drums tribute to Girl Groups

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The Drums have a new video out for the melancholic ballad ‘Down By the Water’ (which you can download and read our opinion on by clicking here) and, according to the band, it’s a homage for the 50’s/60’s girls group - although all I can see is a darker and awkward version of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’. If you like black, white and sad, you're going to love this one.

 

 

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The debut album will be released on 14th of September via Downtown.

The Drums Used To Wait Too

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The Wilderness Downtown is Chris Milk's interactive short film to accompany Arcade Fire's 'We Used To Wait'. I don't normally pay too much attention to "stuff you can play with on the internet" (except for Tetris - now THAT is addictive. I didn't even know what Chatroulette was until it was over) but the nostalgia thing about this little Googly/Chrome endorsed project piqued my curiosity...my dreams led me to wake up feeling kinda emo this morning, so this caught me in an appropriate moment to proactively go and 'close all unnecessary tabs' and wait for that shit to load. And it made me squeal with delight actually. If you haven't already, go listen to the single and have a play with it over at http://thewildernessdowntown.com/

 

In the meantime, The Drums actually did a lovely cover in their usual style of 'We Used To Wait', and here it is:

 

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The Drums go down by the water
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We do love The Drums. We've gotten excited over their North American tour with Surfer Blood and various remixes that they've received lately for their last single. And now, the boys are sharing their latest track 'Down By The Water', from their debut album The Drums.

 

It's a slow song; and with the deceleration of time signature comes a lonely spotlight on The Drums melancholic spirit. This track fully exposes The Drums at their despondent best; a quality that somehow seeps through beautifully in their more upbeat tracks. It's one of things I love most about this band. They have this ability to make me feel two completely different things at once; elation at a great song and a deep blue at their plaintive, earnest yet kinda frank bummed-out-ness. 'Down By The Water' is a slow bleeder - in the nicest way possible.

 

Grab it below.

 

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