Thursday, 28 October 2010

Cassius – The Rawkers E.P

Release Date: Out Now!

Legendary French electro duo Cassius are back and have just released new material under the French Touch label Ed Banger. The Rawkers E.P is a little bit different than previous Cassius works but is definitely worth a listen. The stand-out track has to be I Love You So which was played for the first time by Annie Mac back in August this year and has inspired a slew of remixes since. A slow and emotional track with a dubstep vibe, beautifully mixed with a vocal sample from Gladys Knight & the Pips's I Feel a Song. We like.




Thursday, 21 October 2010

Dragonfly Love

Thomas Hilland, the man behind the brilliant Royksopp's Eple video, was asked what he would do with the new Nokia N8’s HD video camera. Well 10 of them to be precise. The result is Dragonfly Love a crazy yet stunning tale of a fisherman and carpenter who wage all out war on one another with their remote control dragonflies, but these dragonflies have an agenda of their own. Hilland set his short film to French duo Kap Bambino and their glitchy 2007 release New Breath. With their mix of erratic synths, bleeps and crazy vocals it is arguably the only track that could accompany the madness that is Dragonfly Love.



You can see the making of Dragonfly Love here.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Festibelly

Set in the small town of Lymington, Festibelly is a one-day festival that showcases up and coming talent across various genres. Now in its third year Festibelly is really coming into its own. Attracting festival lovers from near and afar to pitch their tents amongst the trees and flowers of the New Forest.


This year featured three stages showcasing well-known acts such as Johnny Flynn, The Big Pink and Man Like Me as well as smaller local bands. Between sets, DJ’s laid down some classic dance anthems and crowd pleasers whilst war was been waged either side of the stage between two urban artists in Secret Wars.


The day offered up quite a chilled atmosphere with a good mix of reggae and indie on the main stage while festival goers relaxed in the sun, braved the slip ‘n’ slide, browsed the vintage tent or sampled the local venison burgers. After the sun went down things livened up with the bigger acts emerging to entertain the crowds. Highlight of the night was Johnny Flynn who stole the show with his soulful vocals and uplifting folk, which really got the crowd going. The night was wrapped up neatly by a silent disco in the dance tent, giving those who weren’t ready to call it a night the chance to dance till early morning, while others could sleep soundly in their tents.


For less than £30 this is definitely worth the money and worth putting in the calendar for next year. With increasing popularity and publicity we just hope it can keep its unique intimacy and charm.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Chromeo – Business Casual

Release Date: 27th September

It really is Business as Casual for this retro synth-pop duo from Montreal. This is their first album to be released under Atlantic Records and the follow up to Fancy Footwork (2007). Cassius member and Phoenix producer Phillippe Zdar is back again on the mixing desk providing the same well polished slick sound that was prevalent in their previous album and Beyonce’s younger sister Solange even lends her vocals on When The Night Falls. Dave 1 and P-Thuggs' latest album doesn’t offer anything new in terms of direction for Chromeo in fact it pretty much picks up where Fancy Footwork left off. Their signature use of vocoders and bouncing synth lines, and their shameless embrace of 80s nostalgia and feel good cheese are all still here which certainly isn’t a bad thing, especially for Chromeo fans.

The Business Casual UK Tour starts November, tickets available here


Monday, 19 July 2010

Kopparberg Klash

Vice have teamed up with Kopparberg Cider and have created the Kopparberg Klash to help you discover the new wave of young talent before the mainstream beckons and the commercial world takes over.

This Wednesday at the London Fields pub five finalists from the Fashion Styling section of the Kopparberg Klash competition series will battle it out by styling models live using clothing from the on-site jumble sale which is being put on by Team Jumble. There will also be a FREE tailor on-site doing alteration on anything you get at the Jumble Sale or on clothes you bring in.

Vote for your favourite finalists here at - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131208253584273&ref=ts

See you there!

The Creators Project comes to London


On Saturday The Creators Project came to London for VICE's biggest party yet and it was EPIC! This 15 hour extravaganza of music, art, design and technology featured live performances, interactive exhibitons and free drinks all night!
Electro icon Peaches DJ in a wheelchair with a broken leg, Mark Ronson & The Buisness take to the stage in the ballroom full to the brim with sweaty cheering crowds, later Kele took his turn at crowd surfing and grim star Tinchy Stryder played through to the early hours.

Check out photos and videos at Creators Project blog now. http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/en-uk/blog

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Festival Previews

STANDON CALLING
August 6-8, Standon, Hertfordshire
With three stages, numerous tents, secret areas, and a nightclub in a cowshed, Standon Calling has developed a reputation for supporting the best new bands and DJ's. This year the ledgendary Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club will be taking to the stage with their inspiring blend of jazz and mambo. There is something for everyone amongst the electronic roster, from the soaring soul of Alice Russell, to the upbeat electro-pop of the Casiokids to the global vibes of Gilles Peterson and a host of this year's most hotly anticipated acts including, Fool's Gold, Efterklang, Sleepy Sun, These New Puritans and Lulu and the Lampshade.
This years theme, 'Murder on the Standon Express', will revolve around a central hub of crime-an intricate recreation of Baker Street featuring winding alleys of houses including Sweeny Tod's barber shop offering wet shaves. This year's site will turn into a real-life set as artists and actors mingle with festival-goers.
Tickets £95 for the full weekend.
http://www.standon-calling.com/


LOVEBOX
July 16-18, Victoria Park, London
London's favourite festival The Lovebox will open its gates of East London's Victoria Park to welcome 75,000 music fans for an extended three-day festivity. The Friday will kick off with performances from award-winning newcomers Chase and Status, pop trio Noisettes and Europe's hottest DJ for 2010 Riva Starr. To headline the Friday night Award winning British rapper Dizzee Rascal will take to the main stage.
The Saturday line-up is gradually putting the bar higher welcoming back Mark Ronson, the extraordinary Brooklyn based experimental rock band Yeasayer, the internationally renowned outfit Booka Shade. Furthermore a rare treat, the phenomenal Roxy Music.
On Sunday electro-pop juggernauts Hot Chip will be delivering some fresh tunes to the masses, followed by music and style icon Grace Jones. Electro heavyweights Peaches, Silver Columns, and newcomers Hurts will be taking to the main stage. In addition to this electro-funk Chromeo, returning Aussie heros Cut Copy and the legendary glam disco machine Hercules and Love Affair amongst others will provide an epic end to the Lovebox.

Tickets for one day £45, two days is £80 and £99 for all 3.
http://www.lovebox.net/
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GLOBAL GATHERING
July 30-31, Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-Upon-Avon
This years Global Gathering is set to be an unforgettable and defining event. The incredible line-up hosts over 150 of the most exciting DJs in the world, taking to 16 stages, to keep the crowds dancing over the two-day festival. Over 50,000 dance music fans will pour through Stratford-Upon-Avon gates to experience the biggest Global Gathering yet
Taking to the main stage on the Friday will be the seminal dance legends Faithless, with support from the legendary Paul Oakenfold and international DJ and producer Sander Kleinenberg who'll start the weekend as it means to go on.
Chart topping Dizzee Rascal will take charge on the Saturday night, with a host of both established and fresh new acts including; Sidney Samson, Scratch Perverts, Chuckie, Jaguar Skills and Pete Jordan.
The festival's Live stage will feature some storming performances for the epic tenth anniversary event, with acts including; Chew Lips, Dirty Vegas, Alex Metric and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Drums of death hitting the stage.
Tickets £120 for the full weekend.
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KENDAL CALLING
July 30-Aug 1, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
Nominated for the Best Small festival and Best Grass Roots festival in the UK Festival Awards. Line up includes The Doves, The Coral, Calvin Harris, Wild Beasts, The Futureheads, OK Go, Dub Pistols, Erol Alkan, DJ Yoda and Plump DJ's.
£85 for the weekend.
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BESTIVAL
September 9-12, Robin Hill, Isle of Wight
Insainley popular, crazy costume shindig Bestival, is back for the year of fantastic!
Catch the ferry over to the Robin Hill, country park of the Isle of Wight for a unique and botique experience. This years theme is fantsay, expect unicorns, fairies and mad tatters tea parties.
The line-up is as diverse as ever; LCD Soundsystem, Dizzee Rascal, The Flaming Lips, The Prodigy, Mumford & Sons, Roxy Music, and The Wailers.
£160 for the weekend.
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STOP MAKING SENSE
September 3-5, The Garden, Petrecane, Croatia
Stop Making Sense festival have hand-picked an unrivalled line up for their inaugural party. The event promises an expansive soundtrack, taking in everything from house, rock and roll, flamenco, disco, baleric, techno, South American/African, blues psychedelia dubstep, soul and beyond.
Highlights include the globe-spanning beats of The Very Best and Radioclit, Friendly Fires' massively popular DJ Incarnation, Son of Dave's new take on blues Django Django's garage rock, pristine electronica from Nathan Fake and decade-spanning UK legend Richard Norris.
£80 for the weekend
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BOOMTOWN FAIR
August 13-15, Secret location, Buckinghamshire.
Roll up, Roll up, the Boomtown fair is rapidly approaching and calling everyone to the circus! With more line up additions, site art and exclusive areas, this already chock-a-block, high octane and unique music festival just keeps on going. Line up includes some of the finest reggae acts from around the world, including Toots and the Maytals, Dub Pistols and Trojan Sound System.
£68 for the weekend.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Big Day Out



















Sunday, 13 June 2010

Joerg Koch

The creators project shows an interview with Joerg Koch, creative director, editor and co-founder of 032C magazine.

032c, based in Mitte, Berlin, a bi-annual contemporary culture magazine at the intersections of fashion, art and politics.

The current issue features a 44 page fashion story, showcasing high end designers including Prada and Yves Saint Laurent on models, actress's and musicians. This story experiments with the dark, twisted and strange, which this magazine strives for.

The inspiration for comes from things that are missing from other magazines. Creating a niche and what Joerg believes is a proper magazine.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Playground Weekender

The Playground Weekender music festival has emerged as an ecletic gathering featuring a diverse mix of international and local artists, coupled with a relaxed outdoor atmosphere of the Australian bush.
This four day event attracted thousands of festival goers partying till dawn loosing themselves in the electro and dubstep music mayhem with a little help from some wine and magic beans.


We set up camp in our compact fairy princess tent, surprisingly...our bodies did not fit inside the castle. As the sun set along the Hawkesbury river the campsight was suddenly full of bouncing kangaroos!

Saturday was to host fancy dress day. This trippy event showcased all sorts of familiar faces including the late MJ, Marge Simpson, Fred Flintstone, Mr & Mrs Pac man and childhood favourite Bananas in pajamas!




Techno legends Orbital set the finale to what was a truly unique and remarkable Aussie festival we will never forget!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Florence and The Machine

Flame-haired Florence owned the stage at St Jerome's Laneway festival this summer. The headliner delivered her vocals from the debut album 'Lungs' with class and elegance, whilst an energised Aussie audienced swirled around to favourites, 'Dog Days are Over' and 'You've Got the Love'.



Tuesday, 9 March 2010

St Jeromes Laneway Festival

Hundreds of festival goers flocked to the streets of the Fortitude Valley for St Jeromes Laneway Festival. Young trend-setters have raided Brisbane's op-shops for John Lennon statement sunnies, flower girl dresses, grandad socks and retro printed shirts.






NAKED OCEAN

Shroomed up hippies chanting "NAKED OCEAN, NAKED OCEAN" ...how could I resist?

Nottinghill Carnival