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Beyoncé - 4
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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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Brazil is calling: Boss in Drama, Our Gang and Twelves are back!

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In 2007, I went to Curitiba, Brazil, for a party. Diplo was the headlining act of the night, and the line-up was complimented by Boss In Drama, Twelves and Our Gang. It would be the first time that I'd see them - in fact, nearly all of them were doing their first gig ever. I didn't know back then, but this trio would later become my three favourite electronic projects in Brazil. Now, four year later, they all did the growing they had to do and are starting new chapters in their careers; debut albums, official singles and tons of remixes.

Starting with Boss in Drama. He's just finished recording his debut, Pure Gold, and he's giving away a bit of a taste of it with the internet single of the same name ahead of the expected September release. Super funky house with synthetic vocals and fun atmosphere, this track is the perfect translation of his over the top outfits and personality - though perhaps somehow less gay.

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Our Gang impressed the shit out of me. 'Lovesong' is a ballad that manages to sound like Metronomy and Toro Y Moi made a post-coital song together that turned out so good that it could just as well replace that poist-coital cigarette. This is the official single from the boys, who have just set up a BandCamp profile and have promised to release remixes for Holger, Copacabana Club and Mapuche as well as some sessions (in the style of 4AD), plus the debut video by Banzai Studio. So keep checking their page and this blog for all of those.

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And of course, there is Twelves, the most well known DJ duo from Brazil. The guys are stepping into some big shoes, previously worn by the likes of Cut Copy and Digitalism (before they went to shit), and are releasing the latest edition of Kitsuné's Tabloid series on September 5th. Whilst we haven't yet had the pleasure to listen it - our copy is winging it's way to us as we type - we are 100% sure it's going to be awesome...just check the tracklist below and see if you don't agree with us.

A Side:
The Twelves – Handshake (dub)
Munk – Violent Love (The Twelves Tabloid dub)
Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Tabloid mix)
Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Tabloid mix)
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Tabloid dub)
Black Strobe – Me & Madonna (The Twelves Tabloid mix)
French Horn Rebellion vs Database – Beaches & Friends (The Twelves Tabloid mix)

B Side:
Ratatat – Wildcat
Reverso 68 – Piece Together (Part 1)
Sasse feat Kiki – Loosing Touch
Chaz Jankel – Without You
Spirit Catcher – Rollercoaster
Siriusmo – Last Dear
Shit Robot – Take ‘Em Up
Pol Rax – For You
The Paradise – In Love With You
The Juan Maclean – The Simple Life
Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes d’Amour Demo (Fafa Monteco edit)
Daniel Wang – Echo By Midnight
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Palladium
Tommy Seebach – Bubble Sex
Zombi – Sapphire
Zongamin – Painless
Twin Shadow – Shooting Holes
The Twelves reworking Madonna

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I’ve never been a fan of electroclash. Maybe that’s why I’ve never heard about Black Strobe before I got my hands on the last Kitsuné compilation. It’s also possible that I wouldn’t be writing this post if Twelves didn’t do such an amazing remix of the song, but the fact is that I did and this is (really) happening!

 

Apparently, ‘Me and Madonna’ was massive in UK in 2002, though Black Strobe is composed by two French producers Arnaud Rebotini and Ivan Smagghe (who is not part of the band anymore). It’s been re-released now with new remixes (besides Twelves, there's Grand Crue, Tape to Tape and Jolie Cherie) in order to give it a new life on the dancefloor. But if you like synthesized vocals and dark synths you will prefer the original - check the video of the single below.

 

Black Strobe - Me and Madonna

 

 

The Twelves remix is anything but dark. For a start, it’s the campiest disco sound that this Brazilian duo have ever created; but don't worry Abba-hater friends, it doesn’t come across as cheesy because of the contrast with the vocals. And while the duo become more and more expert production-wise, they don’t seem to forget that dance music is made for, erm, well, dancing.

 

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Two Door Cinema Club in Canary Islands

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The equation is quite simple: a dash of cuteness from Goodbooks, a dash of Phoenix's summery sound and three pink cheeked British boys to make you Kitsuné's latest sensation, Two Door Cinema Club. 'Something Good Can Work', the third single from Tourist History, is their most infection moment so far, with surprisingly upbeat drums for such sweet melodies - I suppose this is what it means when someone says 'summer love track'.

 

And if we hear a love summer song in 'Something Good Can Work', we see a summer video too. Directed by One In Three - who has worked with Bloc Party, Ellie Goulding, Wildbeasts and more - who took the three white boys out to tan, during a beautiful sunny day on the Canary Islands whilst shoot it from the most amazing angles imaginable. We hope, for the sake of their skin, they used lots of sunscreen.

 

Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work

 

On the single, we can find remixes from Crookers, Beatacue, The Twelves, Blamma Blamma and Ted And Francis, but we strongly recommend you to run away from the first two remixes and dive into the delicious remix from Twelves, which is also part of the new edition of Kitsuné #9, and Ted And Francis's, that extracts all the sweetness from the original and makes it more refined.

 

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PS. Two Door Cinema Club singer is the definition of cute - I bet around the world that everyone's mums find him "adorable".

Kitsuné 9 Mini-Mix

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Say hiya to the latest of Kitsuné's compilations - this 9th round endowed with the title of The Petit Bateau Edition. And of course, here's a mini-mix by JBAG to see if after 8 lives, whether the 9th can still tease some excitement out of all y'all Kitsuné veterans.

 
1.Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (The Twelves remix)
2.Holy Ghost! - Say My Name
3.Hurts - Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker remix Kitsune edit)
4.Gamble & Burke - Lets Go Together
5.Jupiter - Vox Populi (Lifelike treatment)
6.Feldberg - Dreamin'
8.Washed Out - Belong
9 . Your Nature - Forward Motion
10.Jamaica - Short And Entertaining
11.Silver Columns - Brow Beaten
12.Logo - La Vie Moderne
13.Yuksek - Supermenz (Were Not)

 

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Feeling the shivers of anticipation?

The Twelfth Hour, a Twelves mixtape

This post was written back on the 21st of September, but we forgot about it. Our bad! We'll be picking up our blog game and will be back posting regularly with you shortly. Thanks y'all for watching! X

 

 

The Twelves have premiered a new mixtape via Rob Da Bank's show last night and it's just beyond... Much better than the Episode I and II. In fact, it shows how much this Brazilian two-some have improved in the past few months after touring USA and Europe. Because I have to say, although I love these boys, I still thought that they needed some more dancefloor feeling - and I think they found it in the disco sound.

 

So The Dø, Metronomy, Pnau, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Sebastián Tellier, Empire of the Sun, Air, Siriusmo, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Mr. Oizo, Pnau, Chemical Brothers, Tiga, Cut Copy and many more are mixed in a way that Ableton live wouldn't be able to do by itself. Doing such needs a more accurate technique and we asked Luciano from The Twelves how difficult it was to get The Twelfth Hour done.  

 

"This was harder than we thought at first, we don't stick with one track for long and a lot of the tracks are layered with extra vocals/basslines/drums, so it turned out to be a monster. It looks very much like our live sets of late, going for slower jams but trying to keep a solid beat all through it. We've thrown in some unreleased stuff, like the Pacific and Terry Poison tracks, and made some weird semi-improvised versions of others. Of course there had to be a Radiohead in there somewhere, so we put one in that we normally don't have the guts to play live."

 

Download the mixtape below and check the (huuuuuuuge) tracklist after the jump.

 

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Database vs French Horn Rebellion remixed by The Twelves

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Database will be playing at our party in São Paulo - Brazil, this Wednesday (along with The Golden Filter, Stop Play Moon, Gil Barbara and WE//R\\DJs - more info here), but this post is not about that. It's about the boys finally releasing their single with French Horn Rebellion, the already huge 'Beach and Friends' - which we wrote about here with the Hey Champ remix.

 

But this time, the boys have a different remix to give away. The amazing Brazilian duo The Twelves who took 'Beach and Friends' and transformed it into a disco so delicious it'll make your body move along the bass lines. The remix shows a new side from The Twelves; who are slowly parting from the synthpop (as they did before with electropop) sound and are gradually becoming disco masters. By the way, the whole song was programmed on a computer. Yes, they take the term "bedroom production" to a whole new level!

 

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You can hear the original version at Database's Myspace. While you're there, also check the boys' first dates in the US of A. It should be fun!

Noah and the Whale: the album, the film.

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The English band Noah and the Whale is going to release their second album at the end of August. If the first album was a non-challeging but highly enjoyable compilation of indie folk songs, the second coming, The First Days of Spring, is bolder and taking more risks by developing a soft electronic side. Think of a British Fleet Foxes led by Johnny Flynn and graced with the epic feel of Arcade Fire.

 

If that wasn't enough to make your heart skip a beat, the album will be centered on a story about the "disillusion of a relationship" and will be released alongside a film of the same name.  "I have repeatedly struggled to find a concise way to describe the relationship between the two [album and film]. I resist the term 'feature length music video' as it is a narrative film but its backbone is the soundtrack. The narrative of the film and the narrative of the album are not the same but they are complimentary." Explains the band on their official website.

 

For the anxious, you can check the brillant trailer for the film below. The trailer features the first single 'Blue Skies' as the soundtrack.

 

The First Days of Spring: Official Trailer

 

And for a band that was daring enough to make a film and an album together, you would expect them to have some top notch remixes, right?

 

That's why they chose The Twelves and Yacht to lay their synths into the folk extructure of 'Blue Skies'. Both opted for a disco feel, relying on great bass lines and moody synths. But whilst Yacht goes weird, the Twelves highlight the pop soul of the original.

 

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I don't think any other band can match the standards of this release this year. 

The Twelves' Mini mix

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Last weekend I saw The Twelves play live again. And although the place wasn't one to look forward to and their set wasn't their best, they were still better than most of the sets I've seen and that reminded me that I hadn't listened to their mini mix for BBC Radio 1 show Annie Mac's Mash-up.

 

While the other artists tried to squeeze as many songs in five minutes, the Twelves opted for some classy disco sounds that fit all 22 songs in a way that isn't rushed and is really enjoyable. It sounds like one great song full of special guests like an synthpop version of 'We Are The World'.

 

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As usual, check the tracklist after the jump >>

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