Thursday, 26 March 2015

RIHANNA x PAOLO ROVERSI #BBHMM



Ahead of the new single dropping in full later today, check out the just-unveiled artwork for Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money', aka #BBHMM on Instagram.

Clad in a leather biker jacket, teasing her chest tattoo, and rocking some serious vintage ear-bling, the cover was shot by Paolo Roversi and styled by i-D's Alastair McKimm.


 

THE ONE WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: "GRACE JONES THE MUSICAL OF MY LIFE"



Described by the BBC as 'a journey through the private and public realms of Grace Jones', a new documentary about the life and times of the singer is to be screened as part of BBC Films 25th anniversary.

"Grace Jones – The Musical Of My Life" will be directed by Sophie Fiennes, and will be an 'observational portrait of the performer' - who at 66, is still influencing generations with her fierce and fearless attitude to femininity, gender neutrality and creativity.

Jones really does rule the world, not just because her personal style is far too advanced for us mere mortals to ever comprehend - but because she could also destroy us all with just one legendary roar. 
No matter how hard FKA Twigs tries, Grace CANNOT be duplicated.

And to prove my point, watch the now iconic 1985 video for "Slave to the Rhythm" below:



 


 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

V&A MUSEUM: ANNE RAY x ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - 'MY LIFE IN PICTURES'

Image: Inside, 2000 © Ann Ray / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Just in case you didn't already know (but of course you did unless you've been living under a rock), the V&A is set to open its major exhibition 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty', in London this month.

As part of the display, the museum has acquired 13 photographs by visual artist and storyteller Anne Ray (also known as Anne Deniau), from a beautifully extraordinary body of work described by the late designer himself, as ‘my life in pictures’. 


Image: Unfallen Angels II, 2009 © Ann Ray / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

McQueen and Ray forged a close creative bond between 1997 and 2010, unveiling a unique and seductive collaboration which gave the public a look into the designer's world, both in the studio and behind-the-scenes at catwalk shows - access granted to Ray alone with ‘no guidelines’. 

From frenetic pre-show activity, to the intensity of preparations for each all-encompassing spectacle which built anticipation season after season, and portraits of the designer in private moments - Ray shot approximately 35,000 photographs, all on film.

Some of those now iconic images are available to view by appointment in the V&A’s Prints and Drawings Study Room, while the full McQueen retrospective opens at the V&A on 14 March 2015, with a press preview on Thursday 12 March. 

For more info, head HERE.

 

MELANIE DE BIASIO x THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA - "I'M GONNA LEAVE YOU"



Belgian singer Melanie De Biasio's 2013 album 'No Deal' has been beautifully re-worked by master music curator, Gilles Peterson, to bring together a series of musicians and producers to add a rich new vibrancy to her soundscape, which fuses both the jazz and electronic worlds.


'No Deal' remixed features probably one of the most seductive and transcendental songs I have ever heard - 'I'm Gonna Leave You' emphasises the moody smoky depth of Biasio's vocals, injected with a generous dose of Cinematic Orchestra-inspired echoes - think cranked up bass and slinky rhythm.
When I first heard this, not only did I fall in love straight away, but every time I hear it, it brings another element to the atmospheric ambience. Listen below.

Gilles Peterson presents: Melanie De Biasio – 'No Deal Remixed' is out now.



 

NEW MUSIC: CLAUDIA KANE "RESIDENTS OF DARKNESS"



Spring is looking stellar musically, thanks to the likes of ones to watch like Claudia Kane, a singer / songwriter who hails from North London, who manages to seamlessly blend a nu-disco sound (think Jessica 6's "White Horse") with a haunting vocal soundscape which conjures up feelings of pulling the blinds down, turning the lights off and immersing yourself in another world.

Citing some of her personal creative inspirations as Portishead, Massive Attack, Jeff Buckley, Suzanne Vega and Janis Joplin, her recently-debuted track "Residents of Darkness" is an exploration of the innocence of youth, a journey through
 personal discovery, toying with the vulnerability associated with growing older, underpinned with reflective lyrics such as, 'I feared the unknown in a world of expectation. All the boys, all the girls had a dream when we were thirteen...'

Kane is an intriguing talent on a slow-burn right now, but if this track is any indication, hopefully it won't be too long before everyone knows her name.




 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Björk: Black Lake



Exploring the experimental timeline of Björk's multi-faceted career, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is soon to host a retrospective spanning the Icelandic auteur's 20 years as a visionary musician and artist.

Acting as a teaser for the exhibition, a 10-minute visual collaboration between the singer and LA filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang has been unveiled, described as, "an immersive music and film experience". Huang also directed Björk's elaborately mesmerising video for "Mutual Core" (Biophilia, 2011).

The trailer doesn't really reveal too much, except for a scantily clad Björk covered in ferns, fading in from the darkness to the intro of "Black Lake" (taken from her latest album "Vulnicura") - it does however focus on the singer as the centrepiece of the video installation, set to the themes of pain, perishing, and rebirth. 

Watch below.

Björk will be on view at the MoMA from March 8th to June 7th, 2015. For more info, head HERE.




 

Friday, 13 February 2015

RHODES: "TURNING BACK AROUND"

Image © Purple PR Music


Moody and mysterious Brit boy, RHODES is back with his latest release, "Turning Back Around", taken from his upcoming debut album which is released in April on Ministry of Sound - a
nd yes, he's the dude who played at Burberry's Autumn/Winter 14 catwalk show alongside Paloma Faith.

Collaborating with producer James Kenosha (Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses), who also worked with the singer/songwriter on his acclaimed debut EP "Raise Your Love" - Rhodes says of the new single, "I wrote the song about running away from something and wanted the momentum of the percussion to feel like I was never turning back."

Fusing his distinctive gravelled tones and melancholy vocals into a powerful composition of soaring acoustic-electric riffs that make your ears take notice, this track spray-paints a soaring soundscape of emotion which builds into a soul cry of a chorus that leaves you carrying a torch for his bruised senses.

Rhodes is on tour in the UK next month for 6 dates including Village Underground on the 10th, but you can see him play live next Friday 20th, supporting RY X at Oval Space. 




 

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