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 the_golden_filter



So The Golden Filter have been making a short film, and soundtracking it with their music...that's what they were teasing about a couple of weeks ago! The short film is in collaboration with Scandinavian director Kristoffer Borgli and is about a girl with some X-Men/Misfits (MISS YOU MISFITS! HURRY BACK!) kinda steez and how she gets caught up in the bloated, gold lined underbelly of the rich, according to the PR. Judging with my own eyes, it seems beautifully and thoughtfully filmed as well as excellently soundtracked by Stephen and Penelope to boot.


'Mother' is the tune that accompanies the trailer below, and has the sonic trademark of a ponderous, TGF beat. To my delight, there are some new elements in there that I really enjoyed; the Yeasayer-esque synths, with the hissing high hat in what sounds like real drums and off beat accents that lift the track from simply fashionable to something spookier and infinitely more interesting. This is an exciting and dynamic addition to The Golden Filter's soundscape with which to put Penelope's ethereal vocals.


Sydnromes is due out on the 10th of October. Be on the look out, I expect it to be pretty good.


Syndromes Trailer with The Golden Filter

What's up with THE GOLDEN FILTER?



Seems as if The Golden Filter are on the tease once more, having just dropped this tidbit into the ol' inbox entitled 'Syndromes' without much explanation, in their usual stealthy style. Eerie, a bit haunting and a little operatic, we'll be waiting to see what this all actually culminates into...


MIX // The Golden Filter for Oki-Ni



Tackling the rather dark but appropriately hipster theme of 'suicide', our friends from The Golden Filter have turned out this stellar mixtape from the super cool kids at Oki-Ni. It's a hazily contemplative tracklist; pensive and oddly carefree. The kind of playlist I imagine could be played in that eternal moment when a character decides to let it all go and gracefully dives off into a dizzying waterfall or into the darkness of a bottomless abyss or something. Here's a bit of tumblrism so you get what I mean:


tumblr_lh1wi1cdga1qzenhzo1_500image by Jeffrey Meyer


Anyway, well done to The Golden Filter! One of the most interesting and eclectic mixes I've heard in quite a while; one which isn't desperately trendy and therefore exponentially more cool. Perfect for soundtracking your Monday and any Blues that result.


  • Nico Le Petit Chevalier
  • Helium Comet #9
  • Suicide Girl
  • Cabaret Voltaire No Escape
  • White Fence The Love Between
  • The Golden Filter Le Renard D'Or
  • Factory Floor View Too Much
  • Fitzcarraldo Variations Gamma Model
  • Glass Candy The Chameleon (Acappella)
  • Allez Allez African Queen (Quiet Village Dub)
  • Omar Souleyman Labji Wa Bajji Il Hajar
  • The Theatre of Eternal Music B Flat Dorian Blues 19 x 63
  • Roj Bongo Workout
  • Gonjasufi Klowds
  • Micachu & the Shapes Curly Teeth
  • Can Tango Whiskeyman
  • Esben And The Witch Marching Song
  • The Soft Moon When It's Over
  • Slowdive Blue Skied an' Clear
  • Psychic TV Iron Glove
  • Franã§oise Hardy La mer, les Ãâtoiles et le vent


oki-ni presents SUICIDE by The Golden Filter

A Golden Filtered Xmas Choon



We're not really ones for 'events', you know, like birthdays, Christmases and the like; we kinda suck at those. So when the slew of Christmas singles begin to drop into our mailboxes, we tend to skip them with pained expressions. Call it Scrooge or Grinch-ism we don't care, and generally all Christmassy music - excluding Mariah's original Merry Christmas album (without a doubt the best Christmas album EVER) and dare I say it, Hanson's Snowed In - are included in this bracket.




Yes, but.


The Golden Filter in their usual fashion, quietly slipped this their latest track into the inbox. And what else did it happen to be but a Christmas song? After avoiding it whilst recovering from Smirnoff's Nightlife Exchange (which the duo participated in at the Brasil edition) over the weekend, I reluctantly cracked it open and found myself turning it up and listening to it over and over.


'White Nights' is a cover of Psychic TV’s eerie Christmas lullaby and is in fact the perfect choice for The Golden Filter. According to Stereogum:


"The original re-appropriated dialogue from Rev. Jim Jones’s so-called “death tapes.” As the Golden Filter note in their writeup, “The chorus — ‘Santa Claus is checking his list, going over it twice, seeing who is naughty and who is nice’ — was a rhyme used by Jones to teach children paranoia.” "


White Nights by Psychic TV



But whatevs babes, Stephen and Penelope do a brilliant interpretation, complete with the most perfect eerily discordant notes, harmonies and suspense/horror film breaks. Check the track in unofficial vid and then go grab it below that. Freak the kids out into being good this year:



White Nights by The Golden Filter




The Golden Morning
the morning benders
Sunny Morning Benders



Am I allowed to know nothing about The Morning Benders? All I know from them is that they have a song called ‘Excuses’, which is one of those really cute indie ballads that people are naming one of the best songs of the year. The song was featured on that (annoying) TV show ‘Chuck’, and on a Sony 3D TV ad, but the best thing about it is that besides the money it would have generated for the band for that synch, was that it got a Golden Filter remix.


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Although the people wanting a bit more of The Golden Filter's trademark dark disco elements might be a little disappointed, this remix is by far the oddest in their career. In the first seconds it bring to mind those little blond girls from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ jumping rope and singing about what Freddy's gonna to do to you - including spooky toy music and the highly altered voice of Chris Chu. And when you expect it to get less tense, strong tribal drums make it even more dramatic.


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Sunny Golden Filter


When the synths kick in and the vocals are let loose it flows more like a TGF remix, but odd elements with a space disco intonation are floating around. Then the first break arrives with more tribal drums, some seconds of silent and a scary laugh. Again weird but after making so many dance floor remixes, it is actually cool that they decided to make one that turn its listening into an event. Check it:


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Yeasayer vs The Golden Filter


What one might initially think are two paths going in different directions, have unexpectedly collided in this remix. The Golden Filter have taken their mitts to Yeasayer's new single 'Madder Red', making the most of that eerily pure vocal oooo-iness, speeding it up a tad and filling in the space between with rather a beefier version of their usual golden touch whilst Penny wraps her feather light vocal around Anand Wilder's.


The last third is EPIC! Winding it up into a 7 and a half minute jam, The Golden Filter get deep with the percussion, taking me back to Yeasayer's first album. A wicked interpretation, I really dig where this converged path goes. Check it:


Peter Bjorn & John through The Golden Filter


'Hide Me' has been beautifully taken care of by its remixers; firstly by Rory Phillips and his amazing 90s dance remix, then Clock Opera and his atmospheric interpretation of the song and now it's time for Peter Bjorn & John and their highly experimental version.


The remix, which was named after John's project Hortlax Cobra, shares some similarities with the sound that the trio introduced on their latest album, Living Thing, but it's actually much more similar to the sterilised sound of Hortlax Cobra.


As John uses his own vocals more than Penelope's, we wonder if this should be better labeled as cover rather than a remix; but we're not too worried after taking the 4 minute and 31 second trip. It all starts as minimal as something with melody can be and it is goes slowly building around crystalline synthesizers and hard drums until you finally reach the whole to stare into its beauty.


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You can stream Völuspà at The Golden Filter's website. We recommend it. 

'Hide Me' through the Remix filter



'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.


Clock Opera


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.


Rory Phillips


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 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.



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