Alt-J, “Breezeblocks”, live at Paris’ Hotel de Ville, July 2012

The best new group of 2012? Quite possibly. They played in front of Paris’ rather grandiose town hall this month as part of a four day freebie called the Fnac Festival. Fortunately their delicate ditties come across well on such a big stage. Even when it’s actually quite a gruesome song about murder (“She may contain the urge to run away / So hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks”). Hats off, chaps! Now, if only that arse singing in the background would shut up…

Held at the Grand Palais to mark the end of Daniel Buren’s “Monumenta” exhibition (the round coloured things you can see there) this party saw Jamie xx, Caribou & Four Tet play back to back. But the real star was the venue…

The Weeknd: House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls - live in Paris, June 2012

Perhaps the most mind-blowing song of 2011 in full, including THAT vertigo-inducing breakdown, where this majestic tune degenerates into its own dark alter-ego. And yes, wobblecam in full effect but the whole six minutes are well worth watching; the visual mayhem fits perfectly with the track’s controlled chaos.



House Draper

Worlds collide.

The Weeknd: House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls, live in Paris June 2012: mind-blowing


Azealia Banks: 212 / Kindess: That’s Alright / Zebra Katz: Ima Read / Grimes: Genesis / Tristesse Contemporaine: I Didn’t Know / Django Django: WOR / Alt-J: Matilda / Beach House: Myth / Chromatics: Lady / Citizens!: True Romance / Photek: 101 / John Talabot: When the Past was Present / Orbital: New France / Die Antwoord: I Fink u Freeky / Beastie Boys: Sure Shot / Depeche Mode: But Not Tonight / The Weeknd: House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls

Full YouTube playlist over here

Spotify playlist (minus The Weeknd)

Rdio playlist (minus Django Django, Chromatics - WHY? - & The Weeknd)