Tuesday, 19 May 2015

NEW MUSIC: MYD - NUMERO UNO

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DJ, producer-extraordinaire and one-fourth of rising French collective Club cheval, Myd has unveiled his new track 'Número Uno' taken from the similarly-titled EP due out on May 25th.
Check it out below and you catch him live in Paris at Cinema Paradiso (Grand Palais) on June 16.




 

OOFJ: ACUTE FEAST


LA-based music and real life partners, Jenno Bjørnkjær and Katherine Mills-Rymer, aka OOFJ, have released their much-anticipated album, Acute Feast - and if you didn't already read my interview with the surreal and seductive electro-pop duo for Wonderland Magazine, then do that HERE.

You can also check out the seriously addictive 'Snakehips' below, taken from the LP, which is just all kinds of ear passion.



 

INSIGHT: PHOTO LONDON 2015 | @photolondonorg

© Nobuyoshi Araki / In Camera Galerie, Paris

The first time I came across Nobuyoshi Araki's book, 'Tokyo Lucky Hole', I was in a museum shop in Rotterdam, and little did I know that the Japanese photographer's sensual but controversial narratives (actually let's just call them 'kinky'), would grip my eyes from sheer curiosity for the next hour almost - flicking through page after page of avant-garde imagery capturing the sex shows, orgies, and bizarre crazes of Tokyo's Shinjuku red light district - a mix of mundane life vs fantasy life.

Araki's take on female power roles poses many questions, shifting focus from the scandalous representation of women towards the personal dimension of his artistic sensibility, as he presents graphic pictures of women trussed up in states of undress (kinbaku rope bondage nudes), depicting the hidden eroticism beneath Japan's polite society.
Whatever your opinion, his work is compelling and his vision has undoubtedly re-shaped the modern imagery of sexual pleasure, deliberately pushing against the creative censorship and cultural constraints of his home country.


Now Araki and other iconic curators, including Nick Knight and Jean-François Lepage, are to showcase some of their archive of work at Photo London, the city's first international photography fair, which takes place at Somerset House.
Aiming to strengthen the public's relationship with photography, the exhibition will offer an exclusive insight into the diversity of visual art.


Photo London from 21 – 24 May.

 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

MOVEment: FASHION, DANCE AND FILM UNITE


Fashion, dance and film merge in MOVEment, a unique project launched by Jefferson Hack for AnOther Magazine in association with Sadler’s Wells Theatre, in which designers and choreographers collaborate to showcase costume in motion, giving performance art a new perspective.
We’ve created a neutral space where neither fashion or dance were leading the dialogue, where they could both be allowed to play,” says Hack.

Designers involved include Miuccia Prada, McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Iris Van Herpen and Gareth Pugh, whose signature structural vision can be seen in the film below by Ruth Hogben, made with choreographer and director Wayne McGregor - unveiling the interplay of darkness and light where entangled bodies are suspended in the unknown - my personal favourite in the series.

Watch the other films HERE.



 

THE ARTIST IS ABSENT: MARGIELA



Maison Martin Margiela is renowned for its collective aura of secrecy, radically rebelling against traditional fashion norms, where a designer (and often their ego) is the centre of attention - Martin Margiela however is fashion's invisible man, an elusive enigma who chooses to remain visible only to his inner circle - and now this signature mystique is explored in a new 12-minute biopic entitled, The Artist is Absent, by filmmaker Alison Chernick.

Originally screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the short traces the designer's history featuring interviews with Suzy Menkes, Jean Paul Gaultier and fashion historian Olivier Saillard, who says in the film, "Margiela proved that you could make things out of nothing, and that’s a very comforting idea for the world”.

Watch the FULL-LENGTH film below and if you're wondering if we finally get to see Margiela... well, the clue is in the title.



 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

NEW MUSIC: DARIUS - HELIOS (feat. Wayne Snow) @PurplePR_Ent @_dariusmusic

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Emerging Parisian DJ / Producer Darius has unveiled the title track from his upcoming "Helios" EP featuring Berlin-based singer Wayne Snow.
The track combines sexy beats and smooth vocals with sensual confidence and call-to-love lyrics, unfolding a deeper sensibility. Listen below.

The Helios EP is out via Roche on 20 April.




 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

SIA: BIG GIRLS CRY

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So the blonde-bobbed visionary known as Sia (my constant creative crush), has just released the video for new single "Big Girls Cry" - the third and final part of her video trilogy featuring dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler.



Directed by the singer and Daniel Askill (Elastic Heart, Chandelier), it packs a visually powerful punch, as Ziegler works an emotive performance to camera via the medium of modern dance and expression.
With self-help text scribbled across her hands, there's a general un-hinged feeling throughout, channelling the track's despairing mood..... big girls cry when their heart is breaking



 

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