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Cherub Modern Gay Music Fix

Currently fixed on “Jazzercise ’95” by electro-pop duo “Cherub”. Having been introduced to this song by a friend while on holiday in Los Angeles, this funky pep-me-up pop track will forever be synonomous  with cruising around the Hollywood Hills and the boulevards and prepping for wild nights on the town.

“Jazzercise ’95” is the epitome of my favourite type of music, music that I like to call summer sundowner sounds. This genre evokes warm feeling of balmy summer nights, long beach days and pool parties. It represents that time in the early evening when the sun has almost set and the anticipation of the night ahead causes a surge of excitement through your body like a small electric shock. It’s that perfect period when you’ve had just enough cocktails that you start to feel a relaxing buzz and the music begins to change from cruisey daytime tunes to more uptempo funk, signalling the arrival of the evening. It’s at the very moment, when everything is aligned in beautiful harmony that “Jazzercise ’95” comes on.

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Currently fixed on everything about Sky Ferreira. The 21-year-old rising star’s latest release, “You’re not the one” is a beautifully crafted pop song with an edgy twist that is bound to become the 2013/14 anthem of the hipster generation. While other pop stars her age have to twerk against old men to try convince audiences of their “sexuality”, Sky effortlessly oozes sex appeal in a leather jacket, bleached blonde hair and dark shades.

Like most other babes from Venice Beach, California, Sky is the ultimate slashy; she’s a model/singer-songwriter/actress and she’s just been named the new face of beauty brand Redken. And if that doesn’t boost her cool credentials in your eyes then the fact that she grew up around and was friends with Michael Jackson certainly should.

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I’ve resisted posting any music by Kylie Minogue because that would be far too cliched. The problem is that I love Kylie. I do. I really do. And I’m currently fixed on her latest single “Skirt (Switch Remix)” which is her first since signing with Jay Z’s record company Roc Nation.

The song was produced by Nom De Strip, aka Chris Elliott, and is co-written with The Dream who have penned hits for Beyonce and Rihanna.

Sounds Like:  Sexy Kylie candy for the ears

Enjoy while: Slowly undressing.

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The Kin Modern Gay

It may not actually be Friday but that’s no excuse not to start the week on a positive note with the charming sounds of “The Kin” and their single “Get On It”. Brothers Isaac and Thorald along with drummer/percussionist Shakerleg make up the three-piece band who are based in New York City but are currently supporting Pink on her Australian tour.

Enjoy while: getting dressed first thing in the morning to put you in an inspired and uplifted mood for the rest of the day.

Interesting fact: The Kin conduct “musical robberies” whereby they storm restaurants and bars and spontaneously begin playing their music.

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Next Friday, 26th July, The Modern Gay will be travelling to the beautiful beachside town of Byron Bay on the North Coast of New South Wales in Australia for “Splendour in the Grass“, a three-day music festival extravaganza. The line-up is basically a soundtrack to my Modern Gay Life from 1998 until today and includes:

Frank Ocean, The National, Mumford and Sons, Empire of the Sun, Klaxons, The Presets, Flume, Passion Pit, James Blake, Flight Facilities, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Cold War Kids, Haim, Sarah Blasko, James Blake, MS MR, Of Monsters and Men, Chet Faker, Birds of Tokyo, Vance Joy, Mitzi and many others.

Amongst the aforementioned artists is The Polyphonic Spree, a choral symphonic psychedelic pop rock band that produces music that would most definitely be enjoyed by members of a new-age cult that worshiped the rainbow dragon and believed that “love” was the only law to follow. Here’s my favourite song, “Hold Me Now”, which only confirms my willingness to be part of such a cult.

If you’re attending Splendour in the Grass then make sure you tweet me @joshvansant and we can schedule a Modern Gay dance off.


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Currently fixed on “Royals” by 16 year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor).

Sounds Like: Sophisticated pop music from a teenager with a promising future. The next “Queen of Pop” perhaps?

Enjoy while: Lying on your bed with your best friend when you should be doing your homework.

Interesting fact: Lorde was born in Auckland, New Zealand where she is currently a Year 12 student attending Takapuna Grammar School. Royals debuted at Number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on 15th March 2013.

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Pool Party Modern Gay

Currently fixed on “Elouisa” by Australian duo The Swiss.

Sounds Like: Tropo-funk disco

Enjoy while: Eating breakfast by the pool with some groovy ladies after a night partying at Studio 54.

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Currently fixed on “Riptide” by Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy.

Sounds Like: A soundtrack of folk songs from summer camp in 1973

Enjoy while: Drinking ciders with friends

Interesting fact: Vance has just signed a 5 album deal with Atlantic Records in the US

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Currently fixed on “Oh Sailor” by Mr Little Jeans

Sounds Like: A merry-go-round of musical goodness

Enjoy while: Baking cupcakes

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Currently fixed on “La Foret” by Lescop

Sounds Like: Brooklyn indie pop but in French.

Enjoy while: Eating a baguette. Wearing a beret. Sampling foie gras or doing anything else stereotypically French (like marrying your French boyfriend because same-sex marriage is legal in France!).

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