Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
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.
WE // R \\ LISTENING
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.
July 28, 2011
Discodeine

Discodeine’s debut album probably contains the weirdest songs that you can actually dance to. For every ‘Synchronize’ there is on the album (a synth house hit sang by Jarvis Cocker), the project created by Pilooski and Pentile delivers double the highly experimental kraut rock songs; with a love for horror movie soundtracks. So you must be careful with your expectations, but if you let yourself be taken in by the atmosphere drawn with this dance music hybrid, there's a big chance you'll end up loving it. A beautiful case of gender bender with ever something new to show.

January 31, 2011
Twin Shadow
George Lewis Jr is Twin Shadow. His beautiful debut album Forget has been one we've been listening to for months now; and it's one that I listen to riveted from beginning to end. It's the kind of album that gets inside your head and under your skin; with Lewis Jr's crooning vocal exuding the warmth of a new wave Marvin Gaye, or an R'n'B Morrissey. This debut presents itself confidently, each track instantly catchy yet each memorable in it's own way, with brilliant lyrics to boot. None of this is filler! Almost every single track could be a single in it's own right. One of our top albums of 2010 - YOU NEED THIS ALBUM IN YOUR LIFE.
October 15, 2010
Maximum Balloon

There was a time in which was impossible not to read David Sitek’s name in the best of list. So it was really obvious to see that something like Maximum Balloon would happen really soon. Using his huge list of contacts – from Yeah Yeah YeahsKaren O to Theophilus London – he experiments with pop and alternative music in order to create a debut full of songs that will charm fans of hip hop, rock, synths and big beats in a way that few collaboration albums do. So in case you were wondering, looks like we will be seeing David Sitek in the best of list once again.

September 22, 2010
BEFORE TODAY by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
It doesn’t take much to make me feel stupid. Trying to find the words to describe the debut album of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at 4AD is just one of many examples I could give you. To me, ‘Before Today’ sounds like an album that Kevin Barnes could be recording if he loved goth bands more than funk ones. Or like the cold wave genre entering a multicoloured psychedelic stage instead of glazing at it's own depression. Don’t mind my threadbare examples; this is the album that will make it onto every interesting top 10 of the year and you don’t wanna miss it.
June 22, 2010
Javelin - No Más
Javelin's debut LP No Más is a gem. It reminds us a little of Deerhoof, a little of Dâm-Funk, a little of Ratatat whilst serving a whole lot of cool, plucking some golden elements from a variety of genres and eras; including some retro doo-wop sensibilities (mostly minus vocals/lyrics) flavoured with a little bit of Willy Wonka-esque whimsy. Masters of the sample, their tracks feel warmly familiar yet a little endearingly imperfect, as in fact most of the samples on No Más are actually carefully recreated by the four hands of George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk - half the fun is to try and put your finger on them all.
March 24, 2010
LOCAL NATIVES - GORILLA MANOR
To say that Local Natives are this year's Fleet Foxes isn't wrong, but not that right either. Local Natives are softer, brighter and lighter than their widely critiqued sort-of-counterparts. Gorilla Manor is a delicious debut that should be listened and loved for its own merits and there are 12 of them here; from the beautiful single 'Airplanes' to the epic journey of 'Stranger Things'. For fans of harmonic vocals, delicate guitars and gorgeous layers (and I bet there'll be a lot of you).
February 08, 2010
Invasion - The Master Alchemist
This is probably the most exciting album we've heard in a while. Can you imagine a metal band not made by (and for) teenagers who worship Iron Maiden like their sisters worship Miley Cyrus? Invasion's The Master Alchemist is a compilation of 12 songs created with noisy guitars and fearless female vocals that will teach future generations about the emerging punk attitude; all with a metal sound and new rave style that might actually be the future of hairy metal. And we all thought heavy metal had no future...
October 13, 2009
XX
Forget ex-oh ex-oh's, it's all about ex-exes. The XX have been floating around for some time now, but in a slow blink that's also somewhat representative of their music, they've finally garnered some proper attention in the lead up to the release of their most excellent debut release XX via Young Turks. It's spacious, sullen and sultry, with a touch of some languid rhythm and blues, this album is the epitome of underplayed restraint without altogether being too cold or po-faced. It's a bit about negative space; a little uneasy and a little dreamy in it's sparseness, it owns a kind of weariness accompanied by a quiet tenderness that is strangely arresting.
August 12, 2009
ESSER - Braveface
Esser has had our ears for more than a year now, with his head tiltingly kooky yet undeniably poptastic music. We found his weirdly brilliant pop odd, but couldn't help bopping along to early tracks such as 'I Love You' and 'Headlock', all whilst wondering at his equally odd man-boy allure and his dry sense of lyrical humor. Recently released was his first album, Braveface via the super hip Transgressive, a well rounded debut full of a range of quirky pop moments that make up a perfect every day soundtrack. 'Braveface' is the musical equivalent of your favourite Tshirt; comfortable, flattering and makes you look effortlessly cool. Back to music then - Esser is most definitely one of our favourites amongst the current wave of British indie popsters.
July 08, 2009
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