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_xx
Theophilus London goes po-mo on You've Got The Love
Take note people, this pic is an omen...


You can feel the hype building on Theophilus London; it's the kind of hype driven by a big wheel turning - steady and steam rolling. Whilst still enjoying the success of his Maximum Balloon collaboration and the press that's been deliberately gathering in his name, we feel that Theo's somewhat DIY feel backed by big budget ideals are bound to explode into some kinda stardom by the time his album drops.


Between M.I.A.-isms and Kanye-isms and their hyper ir/regular bouts of -ism spouting, it can get a little hard to keep up. And it's kinda tiring. For me, it almost makes whatever they're releasing beyond the question of whether it's even good or not. Instead I find myself silently asking, "Do I actually care this week?"


[Ed's note: Indulge me that second of jaded laziness - I do care! Just not right this second]


Anyway, my point is, Theophilus seems to have been just as lethal bizzay as Mumma M.I.A. and 'Ye of late. His most recent offering consists of having taken The xx's ubiquitous remix of Florence and the Machine's cover of 'You've Got The Love', rapped over it, and laid it to track some footage from the '96 Olympic Games. How much more po-po-mo can you get (post post modern, darlings)?!


Obviously, Theophilus doesn't do *that* much to the track, but somehow, he does add something to it. It's that darn x-factor again. And also some supremely clever moves in terms of building up more mainstream appeal/attention in the lead-up to an album release.


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Jamie xx's Colette Mix
Hiya Jamie xx


The guy responsible for all those super hot remixes from The xx, is of course, the aptly named Jamie xx, who's served up a mix for Parisian landmark of taste, Colette. This mix is precisely one hour long, and it's quite deep; something to lose yourself in late at night, but with plenty of buoyant moments enough throughout to stagger and sway into less basic spaces (HA see what I tried to do there?) inbetween.


Grab it and the tracklist after the jump >>

To the Afterlife with The xx
Hiya Yacht, looking slick


Even though The xx are everywhere, and in the last hours, the whole of the interwebs seems to have been flooded by the release of their latest vid, for some reason I never feel saturated by them. Anyhooz, this post is actually about Yacht's single, 'The Afterlife' (remember the video?) which is out today, with remixes from DAT Politics, Andrew WK, Joy Electric, a version from May Ling and, bringing me to my point, The xx.


It's a perfectly Jamie xx (I'm supposing?) remix; taking a slow motion, but jerkily hard hitting amble into the Afterlife. Check it HERE

The xx and their Islands
The xx by Louise Pomeroy


The xx have released a brilliant video for track 'Islands' directed by Saam Farahmand; with awesomely articulated dance moves and the seeming repetition of the same few frames over and over but actually yields subtle differences in each repeat - the concept for this giving me a real kick. It's the kind of video you'll watch casually at first before it draws you in to observe ever more closely, bringing a slow smile to your face as it goes on, all the way to the burning exes. X's and O's for this effortlessly cool video.



And we must take this opportunity to mention the artist who was commissioned to do the wicked portrait of The xx above, Louise Pomeroy, is going to be common ground between the talented trio and IM//UR - because Louise is in fact going to be our next artist of the month, designing May's background and logo! How lucky are we! So keep an eye for that in a couple of week's time...

The xx // These New Puritans
The xx & These New Puritans on tour

For all those outside - as well as inside - of Europe crying blood tears about not being able to catch this most heartbreakingly amazing double header of both The xx and These New Puritans TOGETHER on their absolutely gruelling tour schedule around Europe, the best consolation we can offer you right now is that Domino are giving away 'Orion' as a tissue to dab your eyes with.


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And from The xx, here's their cover (somewhat ironically) of Womack and Womack's 'Teardrops' that I dug up.


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If it will make you feel any better, just think: everytime a fan has a *CRY* (all together now y'all), DAWSON CRIES TOO.




Full tour schedule after the jump

Jack Penate's heart gets xx'd


The xx's Jamie puts the swerve on Jack Penate's epic break up choon 'Pull My Heart Away', transforming it into a truly sexy and swaggeringly mellow rendition. Remember how sentimental and warm the video for the single was? So warm in fact, that it was actually filmed in a hot sandy desert.


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Jamie puts Jack on ice; killing the instrumental of the original track, stripping it down to it's bare bones and resuscitating it with a dubby heartbeat. The result is an aloof, far less emotional and ever so nonchalant atmosphere for Jack's heartfelt vocals and lyrics. This remix is beyond cool in every sense, and is the musical embodiment of the kind of front I'd like to be able have when trying to leave someone (*internal cry*).


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The xx's Basic Space - the video


We're in love with The xx's album right now. Below is the new video directed by Anthony Dickenson for single 'Basic Space' - all shadowy faces, ghostly layers and stuttering glacial lights that swoop in abstract icy patterns. Plenty of close ups of instruments being played, focussing in and out nostalgically makes it feel very intimate despite the general impersonality of the video; in that we don't get to really know the band at all here. It's a perfect match for 'Basic Space'; the epitome of underplayed restraint without altogether being too cold or po-faced.


It's like watching the band through the weirdest warped indie mirror ball ever invented. Nice.


Basic Space - The xx

The XX Mixtape

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There is something about The XX that is building up such an excitement in me that I can't even describe. They are a foursome from London that sound like The Kills making love to the Howling Bells whilst playing CocoRosie as a soundtrack. Beautiful, small and fragile songs based uniquely in melodies. Their debut album will be released via Young Turks and is already one of the best releases of the year.


If you want to grab a taste of what to expect of The XX, the album, the band is giving away the song 'Basic Space'. Minimal percussion is laid down to a male/female vocal duo with velvet voices and crystallized guitars. So soft and pretty. I still haven't get over the fact they are English, they sound like the cool side of NYC's Brooklyn.


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The band did a mixtape for the Fact Magazine in which they not only mixed in some unreleased tracks of their own along with some that are about-to-be-released, but also sealed it with dubstep, minimal disco and alternative rock gems. This mix is brilliant for cold black days. Download it below and check the tracklist after the jump. 


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The XX - FACT MIX (JULY / 09)

Gratuitous Burger Post
This is all so amazing and I'm hungry...
The Superions and an Xmas joke
I missed Schneider during 2000...
MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
HELLO... !!! IZ ANYONE HOME... ?!...
HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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