Interview // The RAPTURE
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Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
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Diplo Gets His Vogue On
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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.
Posts in August 2011
Alexander Skarsgård for BlackBook

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Read the whole article here. It's totally worth it.

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Photographs by Andrew MacPherson. Styling by Annie Psaltiras. 

Lost In Love

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If I was on the game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' and the million dollar question was "Who is the producer behind 'Lost In Love'?" I'm sure the first option I'd have crossed out would have been James Connolly's L-Vis 1990, and in doing so would have once again dashed my high roller dreams. But enough of hypothetical failures; let's talk about this silky smooth love song.

Imagine Chromeo playing an end-of-summer ballad. Then remove the funny bone and and boost the emotional side and you'll be close to the sound of 'Lost In Love'. The first single taken from Neon Dreams, L-Vis 1990's debut, features only classic analog synthsizers and the awesome Javeon McCarthy's vocals, which somehow sound simultanesouly modern and nostalgic.

The video directed by James Connolly himself along with Matt Nee, was recorded in Las Vegas and shows a passionate young couple driving a convertible through the Nevada highway doing the usual road trippy classics; eating at gas stations, sleeping in cheap, side-of-the-road hotels...until they give a ride to a unexpected person.

 

L-Vis 1990 - Lost In Love

 

'Lost In Love' will be out on the 26th of September featuring a remix by Night Slugs All Stars, L-Vis 1990's own label. 

MIX // Blood Orange for Opening Ceremony

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The line up of MoMA's Warm Up Fest 2011 was after my own heart with the likes of oOoOO, Gang Gang Dance, SBTRKT, The Juan Maclean, Pictureplane, Tanlines, Nguzunguzu, Teengirl Fantasy, Solange aaaand - the point of this post - Blood Orange gracing the PS1 shindig.

 

The scenesters from Opening Ceremony were present, did a Q&A with soon to be Aunty Solange (who made an onstage cameo with Dev at the festival) and nabbed a mixtape from the prolific and terrific Blood Orange. It's laid back, easy bunch of tunes to listen for your Tuesday. Check the track list and cop the mix below that.

 

Pusha T (Feat. Kanye West & Young Jeezy) - Amen
Malcolm Mclaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vendremo)
Blood Orange - Bad Girls
MCL (Microchip League) - New York, New York (Double NY-Mix)
Madonna - Rain
Womack & Womack - Drive (First Gear)
Grimes - Vanessa
LL Cool J (Feat. Boyz II Men) - Hey Lover
Big K.R.I.T - Rotation
Patrice Rushen - Remind Me

 

GET IT HERE (direct download link)

What's up with THE GOLDEN FILTER?

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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...

 

LIVE // Big Boi and Theophilus London

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What a combination! Big Boi (accompanied by a full band including horns, DJ and hypeman) and Theophilus London (accompanied by guitar dude, bland blonde DJ girl, and Cousin Brian - hi Brian) are currently touring Australia; Big Boi in the country for the third time in about twelve months, and Theophilus on his virgin Australian excursion (PLEASE GO SPOON A KOALA AND SEND US PICS). Big Boi was headlining The Enmore Theatre last Saturday night with Theophilus in support. Both excellent entertainers, these two were an interesting comparison in genres of onstage cool.

 

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HIYA // Big Boi & Theo

 

Though Big Boi and Theophilus London each own a very different kind of charisma, both have amazing stage presence. Big Boi wears his swag as casually as he dons and doffs the hats of his multi-mad-skills as a rapper, songwriter and producer (as well as registered pitbull breeder). He does the same with his various musical alter egos, slipping between different versions of himself like it ain't no thang. Because it ain't.

 

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Secure in the comfort that his audience loves him, Big Boi's swagger is deliciously easy. He doesn't have to prove anything; as opposed to say, his younger and highly ambitious tour companion, Theophilus London. Yet Big Boi invests no less in his engagement with the audience than Theo does.

 

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Theophilus on the other hand is less easy going, and comes out with a powerful idea of who he is and how he wants us to perceive him. Contrary to what he sings along with Sara Quin on his single 'Why Even Try', Theophilus DOES think he's special. And you know what? He actually is.

 

Here's a video of Theophilus featuring Cousin Brian - who is in fact, Theophilus' cousin, Brian - dropping a preview of a new track from his next mixtape that samples 'Big Spender' in a big way. THIS TRACK WAS SO BANGIN' THAT IT TOTALLY DISTORTED THE SOUND ON THE RECORDING WHEN THE BASS IS KICKING. Which is most part of the track (sorray). Seriously. Don't say I didn't warn you:

 

 

Many rugs were cut. Plenty of deuces were thrown. Lord have mercy, this was the most fun gig I've been to all year.

 

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Golden Boss

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I gave you plenty of warning about how ridonkulous Boss in Drama can be, but I'm afraid those may have not prepared you enough for his debut video. That shiny boy dances, acts (I mean, how many of those faces could you reproduce?), sings, produces and give us lots and lots to talk about with the over-the-top 'I Don't Want Money Tonight', a song which in his words "is about a man whore who falls in love and is going to give what he knows best for free, only for one night". So enjoy while you can, bitches, he is free only for tonight!
 
Boss in Drama - I Don't Want Money Tonight


The song is like Justin Timberlake decided to take a modern spin at RuPaul's 'Supermodel (You Better Work)' with a bossa nova hint, but keeping in mind that he needs to make it be a club song as much as he needs it to be a ballad. Yes, that good.

So good that the master of disco music Nile Rodgers replied in a DM to a friend that asked his opinion about the song with a more than welcome "Nice song - very good production". Mr Nile, for those who don't know, has produced music for David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran and many others.

By the way, my favorite part of the clip is the moment in which he leaves his girl band behind and walks in the cover of his album, which you can see below in all of its glory and gold.

 

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                            Photo: Antonio Wolff / Styling: Ganzaro / Art: Pedro Allevato

 

His debut album Pure Gold is going to be released on the of September via Vigilante.

Radioactive Orange
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"This is, like, what pop wants me to be"

 

Who would have thought that the weakest track from Marina and the Diamonds, you know, the one where she tries to hide her wish to become a huge popstar behind a new persona, could bring so much joy in the remixes? I confess that I thought the How To Dress Well edit was more an experimentation rather than an actual attempt to make music, but this Blood Orange is spectacular.

All those David Guetta synths are gone and what is left is that weird voice of Marina, which is interlaced with Dev Hynes hyper-reverbed vocals, 4x4 house beats and a big piano. This melancholic 80s vibe suits the song so well, that if I were Marina I'd throw the new album in the garbage and ask Dev to work his magic on all her songs - although she may need to remember that this new album won't be appreciated by her new bff Katy Perry. Actually, she shouldn't do this, since this is what Solange is doing and we are shaking with anticipation for this.

 

MARINA +THE DIAMONDS – “Radioactive” (Blood Orange Remix) 

A Peculiar Video

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The video for Man Like Me's new single 'Peculiar' takes me back to when I was about five years old and less complicated than I am now. Back to when I thought being tricky meant putting some bangles on my ears, a box on my head and letting a belt unroll from the clutches of my hot little hands - ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

 

Directed by Anna Lomax of Jiggery Pokery once more and Jamie Brown, the video for 'Peculiar' is hardly revolutionary. Quintessentially quirky and indie lite in the style of that DIY hipster London breed, the concept is a little tired. It is though, admittedly endearing, with it's non-sensical scenario accessorised by a certain kind of low-budget charm, and is nonetheless quite adorably pulled off by the dynamic duo that is Peter and Johnny. I guess I just can't help liking Men Like Them who make Music (and yerrr, videos) Like They Do.

 

Check it:

 

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