Thursday, 26 April 2012
Rounding up the best in British electronic talent, i-D MIX returns to the scene in May to deliver a second dose of meaty beats and pieces.
Taking over London's XO bar with the Radio 1 scouted DJ's we trust, Jaymo and Andy George and their latest Moda label signing Hot Since 82, this months headline acts are heavy.
Stoking the evening’s embers Javeon McCarthy is down for a mini-mix and i-D’s Bristol House homies Pardon My French will be getting feet shuffling.
Finally our fourth and no less important mystery guest will soon be revealed and the crowds will go wild.
02-05-12. You are all invited.
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Monday, 16 April 2012
Like this? You’ll love our new night.
i-D MIX 04-04-12
This is the time. i-D’s mixtape has a new spiritual home, a once a month live music event, hosted at XO BAR (just above XOYO), headlined by our favourite artists and DJs. Live and online for little over seven months, the i-D mixtape series has pumped some proverbial iron for time now. Flexing every blog and straining record crate digging muscles you never knew existed, our MP3 seeking skills are now so well-honed, no decent tunes escape us.
For April, we didn’t have to look too far. LDN is the go-to-city for the world’s biggest and best. A$AP, Drake, OFWGKTA, Nico Jaar, Claude Von Stroke and J.Phlip have all travelled oceans for the pleasure of some English attention, selling out Brixton’s O2 Academy, CARGO and a scattering of secret locations up and down the country. Our ears have been burning and our eyes have not been sleeping, so tonight we want to take things down a level…
i-D online is here to bring good music to you on a level. As we open the doors at 8PM, there will be good company, cocktails and amazing music on tap. Warming up the early birds, opening act Beaty Heart will throw down their DJ set from 8pm before i-D clambers behind the decks equipped with nothing but the April Mixtape and a smile. Our top secret artist will then be revealed, before certified dude Brey adopts his rightful place in the booth to chime out some of his much hyped material ahead of headliner Geddes.
If you like deep house, hip-hop, techno, disco or garage, Nicki Minaj, Jamie Jones, SBTRKT, Jai Paul, Jessie Ware, Gang Colours, Kendrick Lamar or Art Department you’ll love what we’ve gone and done on the i-D SoundCloud. Head over there before heading over to XO BAR, Cowper Street tonight.
Drawer, designer, director and do’er of whatever, Chrissie Abbott is the fair-haired, JaguarShoes artist who lives in Hackney and loves technicolor. i-D commissioned the spotless mind to pattern the April mixtape for us, check out her mind bending GIF, it’s i-Ncredible! Recently featured in mainstream culture shy publication FHM as a talent worthy of watching, her psychedelic, 3D designs have adorned limited edition collections of crockery, newspaper supplements, snowboards, T-shirts and many a gallery wall. Regularly commissioned to create cover art for albums and EPs, Little Boots, Diagrams and Patrick Wolf all front Chrissie’s handiwork on their latest releases. And now she can add a magnificent i-D mixtape GIF to her CV and her screen-saver!
Text and selection: Milly McMahon
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Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Text Milly McMahon
Despite ordering a green tea, Nicolas Jaar devours a small jar of honey with a teaspoon, before leaving his hot beverage to turn cold. Wearing a black leather jacket, tight fitting black jeans and shirt, Nicolas laughs little and talks a lot. Initially stern, softening only when questioned about his previous evening’s activities, spent skyping a girl back home, this 21-year-old Wolf + Lamb signed artist/DJ has been deemed by many a genius. Jaar’s progressive, off kilter electronic constellations arouse the kind of overwhelming anticipation from crowds no climax could ever satisfy. This is not house music. Jaar’s builds don’t drop. First discovered at the age of seventeen, Nico is responsible for his own success. Submitting bedroom-produced track The Student to online community and imprint Wolf + Lamb over four years ago, the Rhodes student of Comparative Literature divides his time equally: managing A3, his side project with friend and fexllow musician Dave Harrington; scouting for signings to his conceptual imprint Clown and Sunset (founded on his nineteenth birthday); keeping up to date with schoolwork; and travelling the world playing parties and gigs from Brazil to Berghain. Opposed to the disposable nature of CDs, Nico has made it his personal mission to make everyone think twice about the mass production of hard-copy single releases. This March sees the release of his independently invented, portable MP3 device, the Prism, created to encourage people to share sounds together. Describing this project as “a piece of art”, he has condensed twelve unreleased songs from himself and other collaborators into a limited number of small silver plastic cubes which will be distributed in music outlets of Nico’s choosing the world over. Professing to only remix the imperfect tracks he wants to improve and citing Pink Floyd, who he now no longer likes listening to, as the most major influences upon his minimal, blue music, Nico is a complex character with intriguing taste.
Tell me about the Prism?
It’s a small little player that has two headphones leads. The whole idea behind this project is all about sharing, it’s about me reaching out to other people. It is a collection of lost memories.
What was the starting point when you first began creating the Prism?
There’s a personal reason and then there’s the fact that I got obsessed at some point, a year ago, with the idea of fusing music and format. I started thinking, ‘How can I put the music out there in some other way,’ so that when I give music to someone, some inherent quality of my music is carried in the object.
Your music comes from a very personal place, so do you feel vulnerable when you’re working with other people?
Not vulnerable, but if I have an idea and that idea comes from a very personal place, the best feeling in the world is when someone adds to that idea, an idea that is better. Collaborating is very much about having a relationship. It’s a very serious thing. Not that all relationships are that way, but a good collaboration needs a crazy amount of honesty and a little bit of magic and cosmicness.
What do you think your music expresses about you?
My current state of mind.