Thursday, 30 September 2010
N o J o y
'No Summer' b/w 'No Joy'
The next installment in the SEXBEAT singles collection is here for your listening pleasure. NO JOY are Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz. Divided geographically between Montreal and LA, yet together in musical minds these two girls create songs soaked in the haze, layered heavy and drawing influence on the brashness of early SST bands. This debut single is testament to this - released in the states on the Mexican Summer imprint - it’s a perennial box of chocolates filled with razor wire... even the most fastidious of modern music archaeologists won’t see this one coming.
Limited to 300 copies and on lovely white vinyl
No Joy - 'No Summer' will be released into the World on Monday 18th October
Listen to both of these jams...
'No Summer' - sexbeat.bandcamp.com/track/no-summer
'No Joy' - sexbeat.bandcamp.com/track/no-joy
You can also download the b-side 'No Joy' HERE - please feel free to share/post this.
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Her work has been shot by Steven Klein, Steven Meisel and Nick Knight, and she is regularly featured in global publications such as Vogue Italia, Dazed and Confused and i-D; including a recent feature which celebrated the top creative forces in the world.
Her designs have won her commissions from revered musicians and designers - including; Karl Lagerfeld, Black Eyed Peas, Kate Nash.
Gemma's clothes are stocked in Machine A in London, Debut in New York, Blxxkk in Tokyo and CANDY in Tokyo, and is available for private commissions.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Verbal and Yoon Present Ambush
"Coming from Tokyo we have a different take on design and art. We are a comical rendition of the American hip-hop jewellery. Ambush is an extension of that."
Yoon brings the artistic feminine edge, Verbal lends his urban musical expertise, together they are 'Ambush' the design duo creating high impact jewellery. Founded in Tokyo in 2002, the entrepreneurial duo have come to establish this label as a firm favourite within the fashion world. Attracting a vast fan-base, their audience is directly reflective of each designers’ individual style and aesthetic; eclectic in taste and internationally based.
Inspired by the open-minded, the phrase 'anything goes' continually stimulates Verbal and Yoon’s creatively inquisitive processes. The result, Lichtenstein-like knuckle-dusting, eye-ball popping designs that provide signature attitude to any outfit. Tokyo trends meet London mentalities to incorporate a fierce NY sensibility. Using 18K gold, platinum, diamond and precious stones each accessory is weightily handcrafted to be heavy, literally. This girl-boy combo love metal music which is why they do what they do, creating metal fashion armour for those who attack life. When they aren't elbow deep designing, Verbal is also an MC/producer of music group Teriyaki Boyz(r) and Yoon is a DJ and stylist. Music is their muse. i-D online took to the streets to contextualise Ambush within it's natural habit.
Text Milly McMahon
Styling Matthew Josephs
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
i-ntroducing Still Corners
Exploring the darker side of dreamier pop, Still Corners are the ethereal duo creating music that sounds the way love feels. Acoustically daydreaming their way through staccato-infused lullabies, the pulse of a heart charts the beat of each rhythm.
Born from a mutual appreciation of philosophical poet Robert Frost, Still Corners are Greg Hughes, Leon Dufficy, Luke Jarvis and Paul Mayhew. Greg's organ chords hauntingly reverberate and Tessa's lyrics echo longingly of lost loves and young passion. Their accompanying videos are directly visually representative of their sound, hazy scenes are juxtaposed through shards of scattered daylight. i-D Online caught up with the band to discover why they choose to create music and how they do it.
Still Corners' sound has been compared to a wide variety of musical influences, both old and new. Which artists and bands would you personally cite as the most prevalent? We've been trying to collide different influences. From the Cocteau Twins and Velvet Underground to excerpts from old Italian horror movies, Westerns, works by Sergio Leone and Darrio Argento and Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti. It's a mixed bag and changes every month but is always rooted in pop.
The shoe-gazey, lo-fi reverb sound is quite a signature in the music scene right now. Why do you think this is? Time goes by and various genres go in and out of popularity; they float up and they float back down. At the moment there's some really great bands doing music along these lines, bands like Beach House and Best Coast are writing great songs that have this sort of sound edge. I think the song comes first and the sound follows later. Maybe if there wasn't such solid song writing out there the "sound" wouldn't be en vogue.
Your music is heavily layered and quite intricate. What are the curation processes behind each track? They start simple enough, maybe just a chord progression on an acoustic guitar. Drums and bass gets laid down and then we just keep messing around with it until it resembles something that speaks to us.
Text Milly McMahon
For more see: www.i-donline.com/i-spy/i-ntroducing-still-corners
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Encouraging the eclectic 4,800 attendees to ditch inhibitions, disappear into the deepest countryside and embrace the art of letting go, people of all ages and walks of life congregated in the Isle of Wight's picturesque green fields. At Saturday's famous fancy dress event, La Roux judged the best dressed strutting their stuff down a creaky catwalk adjacent to the wigwam campsite. Anything and everything went, with Oliver Poyntz sweeping first prize dressed as a copy Tony Blair's autobiography. Later a cheeky streaker was rugby tackled off the stage by a convincingly clad Caterpillar before the competition closed and the winner of Friday's Bollywood Tent 'dance-off', seventy-eight-year-old raver Kaye made a guest appearance. Henry Flannery was next on the line-up, conceived by festival stewards and parents a year to the day he attracted quite a crowd before being whisked away to the mothers 'Breastival' feeding tent. The Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne cavorted with his experimentally clad band on the main stage, brandishing laser emitting gloves, and then trampling over crowds in a life-size Perspex ball. Other popular bands of the weekend included recent Mercury Music Prize winners The xx, Dizzee Rascal, Chase and Status, Mumford and Sons, Ellie Goulding, Hot Chip and an unusual but outstanding homage to Bob Marley performed by The Wailers.
Ending the epic and otherworldly celebrations on Sunday evening, Keith Meadows of The Prodigy lit the signature, illuminated, wooden Fantasy Castle installation. Housed within the magic meadow, emitting a soundscape of ambient twisted psychedelia, this construction was designed by The World Famous Art Collective, who described it as "a crystal kingdom on an apple core of earth, a partial world, a Tower of Babel"; a befitting description of the festival in its entirety.
Text Milly McMahon
Photography Vic Frankowski
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Campfire Trails at the Troxy:
Weds 15 Sept – LONDON - Campfire Trails (THE FELICE BROTHERS, ADAM GREEN, WHITE RABBITS & MOUNTAIN MAN)
Thurs 16 Sept – LONDON – Campfire Trails (WILD BEASTS, FANFARLO & HERE WE GO MAGIC)
Fri 17 Sept – LONDON – Campfire Trails (OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE & special guests)
Tickets are £18.50 per night while 3-day tickets available for £47.50
Here are some of the acts that will be playing:
Friday, 10 September 2010
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
A celebration of the late, great Chazz Haddon
Help raise money for MIND the leading mental health charity for England & Wales
Featuring Special Performances From:
The Kooks / Mr Hudson / Eddy Temple Morris / Kissy Sell Out / Man Like Me / Nat Jenkins / Mpho / Tribes / Daisy Dares You / Jay Jay Pistolet + More TBC
KOKO, CAMDEN, LONDON
Monday 4th October 2010
£10 advance tickets, MOTD.
Ticketweb / gigantic / crowdsurge / seetickets
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Topshop Emerge presents KTZ
KTZ, aka Kokon to Zai, is the fierce, trend-setting clothing line designed to sharply contour every angle of a woman’s body. Combining couture with street style, KTZ represents the edgy, forward-thinking aesthetic Topshop is internationally recognised for.
This month sees the launch of new talent platform Topshop Emerge, intended to bring a selection of internationally based designers to the Oxford Circus Flagship shop floors. Stocking two new designers at any one time, for one month only, Topshop Emerge will promote and support the brightest design talents.
Founded in Macedonia by Marjan Pejoski and Sasko Bezovski, KTZ has become a celebrity on-stage favourite as a result of its high-impact designs and bold 80s and early 90s Nenah Cherry Buffalo Stance references. Marjan and and Sasko describe the KTZ woman as one “who possesses true individual style, is young and has a musical or artistic background". They say their designs are "affordable enough to reach a large audience but they also have intellectual elements with a more elite appeal". Selected by a team of Topshop's international buyers, the high street store is excited to shake-up the commercial world with these unique, off-the-wall collections, “Topshop Emerge provides a platform for the younger and more progressive labels that we’ve discovered. There is so much exciting talent out there, not just in London but across the U.S., Australia and Europe, and as a brand we wanted the chance to support emerging international designers like these who just don't get the exposure in this competitive market".
i-D Online went behind-the-scenes with KTZ early this week. listen out for the debut mix of Love Amongst Ruin's new single 'Home' by new Herve (aka the Count)label signing Baxta. Available for download here.
Text Milly Mcmahon
Photography George Harvey
For more see here
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
With Nick Franglen providing the notes and passers-by creating the rhythms, the world's first unseen and unheard duet will unite space and time through a theremin and Soundbeam to create a 'Hymn to London Bridge' this evening.
The population of London consists of approximately 7,556,900 busy commuters who continuously stream down roads and thoroughfares to reach destinations all over the city, every day. Nick, a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and co-founding member of electronica duo Lemon Jelly and group Blacksand, is fascinated by the sounds of pedestrian traffic. Using a theremin (an early electronic device which is notoriously difficult to play) and Soundbeam, this subterranean and ambient sound explorer will collaborate with many thousands of passing pedestrians to attempt to construct the world's first twenty-four-hour piece of improvised music on London Bridge, ending at midnight tonight.
Under the northern arches of the Bridge, Nick will feed the output of the theremin into a series of loop and effect pedals to create continuous washes of sound that will be audible via surrounding speakers. Controlled through sensors alone, the touch-less instrument will react when sound is broken, fed back from commuting traffic, heightening the pitch and volume of the notes created. Utilising the transient character of London Bridge's traffic, the variation in crowds and noise will, essentially, chart a day in the life of London’s ancient arterial crossing. Nick has been inspired by a series of ventures he has recently conducted on a smaller scale, "recent adventures with experimental music in strange locations and times —rusty subs, caves, and woodland glades at dawn— have confirmed a fascination with the effects of extreme conditions on my music making and mental state. The very thought of performing a twenty-four-hour theremin marathon thrills and intimidates me in equal measure".
The event is also surrounded by rumours that Nick is recording solo material and his fellow group of subterranean sonic explorers Blacksand will soon be reconvening to make more of the dark and beautiful ambient sounds they have been fêted for.
An edited version of tonight's music will be available at franglen.net and a filmed loop of the performance will premiere at the Thames Festival on 11-12 September.
Text Milly McMahon
Photography George Harvey
Monday, 6 September 2010
BEACH HOUSE return next week with a six-track EP released exclusively on iTunes. The EP includes inspired re-imaginings of “Walk in the Park”, “Norway,” “Silver Soul,” and “Real Love” from TEEN DREAM, “Gila” from DEVOTION, the band’s 2008 release, and a dazzling new track, entitled “White Moon”, which you can check out by clicking on the link below…
Alex Scally of Beach House:
“We recorded these six songs after touring for 12 straight weeks. Whenever we are asked to record stripped-down versions of our songs, we cringe, because for us this means that all of the subtlety and attention to detail will be lost, and a rich song risks being turned into a bland, generic one. So when iTunes offered to have us record a stripped-down live session, we were very hesitant. We found out that we could record with our friend Chris Coady, and we agreed, believing we might be able to make it meaningful. During the week or two of sound-checks leading up to the recording, we worked through the songs and attempted to rewrite them with fewer and different tones. Listeners can judge whether or not we were able to make these ‘stripped-down’ versions mean something”.
About to embark on an extensive tour of North America with their biggest fans VAMPIRE WEEKEND, Beach House make their
much-anticipated UK return in late November… dates/info below…
Friday 19 November - MANCHESTER - Manchester Cathedral (£14)
Saturday 20 November - GLASGOW - Oran Mor (£15)
Tuesday 23 November – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£14)
Wednesday 24 November - BRISTOL – Trinity (£12.50)
Thursday 25 November - BRIGHTON - Concorde 2 (£12)
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
Thursday, 2 September 2010
First sitting down and teaching himself to play the piano from the tender, prodigal age of three years old Canadian pianist and producer, Chilly has since gone on to release nine accomplished albums, professing himself ‘a musical genius’. Such profound skill does not mature without sacrifice; the emotive dedication Chilly invests in his music has clearly been born of a life spent in both turmoil and ecstasy, his audience made up of both a cult and niche following. The signature and stirring sound he coins is directly representative of both.
Now a staple on the classical, contemporary and dance scenes Chilly transcends genres with his epic composing ability and has come to establish himself within the elitist circles of Feist, Peaches and Boyz Noize. Fresh from his most recent collaboration with Erol Alkan, Chilly returns to release the new highly anticipated single ‘;Never Stop’ from forthcoming album 'Ivory Tower', which is also the soundtrack to his first feature length, co-written, autobiographical film.