Saturday, 20 September 2014

NEW MUSIC: BECKY HILL x LOSING #onetowatch @BeckyHill @MNEK


If you looking for something soulfully warming but lightly laced with a cool alternative vibe, then look no further than rising UK music talent, Becky Hill.
The former Voice UK finalist and the vocals behind Oliver Helden's "Gecko (Overdrive)", Wilkinson’s "Afterglow" and Rudimental’s "Powerless', has now collaborated with producer MNEK on her new track "Losing".

It's basically a post-break-up anthem - but instead of being the kind where you reach for the wine and delete every picture of your ex from your phone - it's the kind where you get on the dancefloor.... and just forget them! LOVE IT.

"Losing" is released on 16 November and you can pre-order it via iTunes HERE.
You can also see Becky perform live at KOKO London with Club NME on 24 Oct.



 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

NEW MUSIC: Flight Facilities (ft. Emma Louise) - "Two Bodies" #FlightFacilities @flightfac


Australian duo Flight Facilities (
Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell) are soaring sky-high right now with the soundcloud / video release of "Two Bodies", the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, "Down To Earth".

If you like seductive vocals (courtesy of Emma Louise), flowing synths and melodic basslines, then you'll love this blissful offering which transports me right back to downtempo beach life.

Watch the official video below directed by Lorin Askill, shot in New York City, which traces the raw sexuality and organic movement of two dancers expressing romanticism and darkness - a reflection of human flow and fragility bound in a dreamlike state. It’s basically a cosmic orgy.

"Two Bodies" is released on 27th October via Glassnote Records and the pair also play YoYo in Paris on Fri 28 November and London's Electric Brixton on Sat 29 November as part of the "Down To Earth" tour.

 

 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

NEW MUSIC: CHARLOTTE OC x STRANGE EP


So I've been in love with Charlotte OC's intoxicating blend of emotive lyrics and velvety vocals ever since I heard the powerfully raw heart breaker 'Cut The Rope' - and now she's back with her latest release 'Strange' which is just as ethereal and haunting. 

Check out the official video below and keep an eye on this rising Brit talent.



 

EXHIBITION: WOMEN FASHION POWER x LONDON DESIGN MUSEUM #womenfashionpower

Skin - Skunk Anansie

As the press release says, "Women Fashion Power offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world."
You can also add female musicians to that roll call as figures such as Skunk Anansie's 'Skin' is just one of the iconic women donating a piece of clothing and her philosophy on personal style to this upcoming exhibition at London's Design Museum.


Designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the display will explore how fashion has been an important tool for women in self-expression and empowerment, helping to build reputation and assert authority. 
It will feature exclusive interviews, archive photography and film footage, and historic pieces of clothing such as Yves Saint Laurent's most enduring and powerful creation, ‘Le Smoking’ suit - based on the man's tuxedo, re-interpreted in 1966 as an alternative evening wear option for women against the ocean of frills and flounce that came before it. 'Le Smoking' continues to inspire designers in the 21st century.


Image 'Le Smoking' © Helmut Newton


Other women who feature in the exhibition include Natalie Massenet MBE - Founder and Executive Chair of NET-A-PORTER and Chair of the British Fashion Council, Joan Burstein - Founder of Browns, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Livia Firth - Creative Director of Eco Age, Naomi Campbell and Dame Zandra Rhodes.

Women Fashion Power at the London Design Museum runs from 29 October to 26 April - for more information and to book tickets, head HERE.

 

LIBERTY ROSS x GENETIC DENIM

Obviously the best way to reheat a cold heart which froze after your now ex-husband cheated with Bella from Twilight, is to 1) date Jimmy Lovine, founder of Interscope Records so you can put a padlock around his howevermanymillions fortune, and 2) put that heart right in front of the warm flashes of a photographer's camera for a major LA-based denim brand.

So here's Brit model and actress Liberty Ross showcasing her debut 6-piece A/W capsule collection for the brand, which fuses the ‘roller boogie’ vibes of 80s LA - translated as a disco print skirt, jacket and trousers - with the raw spirit of London punk, such as patched jeans with a subtle Westwood-esque tartan and ankle-zip detailing, and a grungy dungaree dress which pays homage to her days scouring Portobello Road's flea markets. 

Check out the collection below and shop it now on Net-A-Porter.







Images © Genetic Denim

 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Miu Miu's WOMEN'S TALES Film No 8: "SOMEBODY"



'SOMEBODY' is film No 8 in Miu Miu's acclaimed Women's Tales series, an on-going project commissioning a host of female directors to critically celebrate femininity in the 21st century. Directed by performance artist Miranda July and with cinematography by Sebastian Wintero (Sia's Chandelier video), this latest tale explores the bittersweet relationship we have with technology, particularly in relation to the connection and conversation between strangers.

With the help of the fashion house and a development team, Miranda created the somebodyapp.com which allows you to send a message to a recipient that you can't (or don't) want to deliver in person - once the message is sent, the person geographically closest to your recipient then acts as a stand in and delivers it verbally for you!
It's basically the break-up solution we've all been waiting for, dumping someone over an electronic device is now totally acceptable because it's a fancy app. Try it here!

Back to the film, which also showcases Miu Miu's Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection as characters mix pieces with vintage and streetwear, presenting the everyday, reverse-engineering the clothes back to their origins. 

You can view the entire archive of films 1-7 via the Miu Miu website, but for now, watch the latest instalment below.... and you will crack a smile, even if it is Monday. 



 

Dreamshow: CHASING CONTROL x @NOWNESS



In collaboration with SHOWstudio's art director Matthew Williams (Been Trill, Supreme, Lady Gaga, Kanye West), musician Constantine V fronts his new punk-pop outfit Dreamshow's first release and EP title track ‘Chasing Control’.


Not only is this a beautifully shot and mesmerising video, but it's moody atmospheric feel works perfectly with the song's narrative about the pull of love and the loss of control, as Constantine's brooding, raspy vocals bleed through this emotionally melodic indie-rock ballad.
Watch below.




 

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