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Field Maneuvers – 5 Artists We Want To See

“Sugar and spice and all things nice. Fire and lasers and lots of bright lights…” this is the story portrayed by a great number of modern British festivals. It’s the monetisation of a culture that was born in darkened warehouses along the M25 and has in some cases progressed to Disneyland levels of production and organisation.

Field Maneuvers is the antithesis of this trend: a grassroots revolution somewhere near Oxford, where good vibes outrank stage décor and real musicians take precedent over ticket sales. With a capacity the size of some wedding receptions, you would be forgiven for expecting a line up populated with local heroes and promoter-cum-DJ types. However, Field Manuevers continues to defy expectations by boasting a line-up over 50-deep curated for the ardent music heads. Artists have been shipped in from house and techno’s various spiritual homes across the world: From Berghain to Brooklyn, from Grime and Garage originators to Motor City Heroes. Here we list the 5 we’re most excited about seeing.

In what seems like the most wild card selection in the otherwise techno heads roster, the godfather of Grime, Slimzee, will be in attendance. The proud owner of the first ever ASBO, Slimzee was producing the grime instrumentals and setting up pirate aerials in London’s estates before Nokias had polyphonic ringtones. Over nearly two decades, he has held his throne. Expect a set full of vintage dubplates you couldn’t get hold of even if you sold your grandparents.

The Black Madonna is a name that’s been cropping up more and more this side of the pond. A house virtuoso with a punk’s heart, she speaks with passion on everything from female empowerment to fine cheeses. Her rise to legend status began as well as anyone could hope for, with a residency alongside Frankie Knuckles at Chicago’s Smart Bar. More recently she has released a slew of mixes that bump her Chicago roots sound including a banging FACT podcast and her debut Boiler Room session.

Daniel Avery’s mastery of superfluid machinations has carved a niche only he can fill. After the underground success of debut LP ‘Drone Logic’, any festival with his name emblazoned upon the line-up has attracted fans of the disembodied, chopped-then-screwed progressions that only Avery’s fluctuating textures can sate. His presence at Field Maneuvers shows they are in the serious business of serious music.

With 20 years of crate-digging mastery and legendary events behind her, few are more qualified to work a crowd than Jane Fitz. Her Night Moves parties focus on low-profile, bare bones musical liberation and have succeeded in drawing a dedicated family of followers, leading to Fitz presenting her own tent at Field Maneuvers alongside co-host Jade Seattle. Whether she is playing deep, leftfield house in Japan or psychedelic ambient in the Freerotation chill-out yurt, you can expect a set filled with mysterious, wonky tracks you won’t hear anywhere else.

After initially blowing up in the aftershocks of the post-dubstep wave, Blawan has released some of the most exciting techno of past years. His progressively more gritty and analogue sound ranges from the frenetic percussions of “Peaches (Coronation)” to the downright disturbing “”Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage.” Through his collaborations as Karenn (with Pariah) and Trade (with Surgeon), he has revealed a penchant for eye-wateringly brutal techno. Witnessing his performance with Surgeon at Dekmantel 2013 culminated in us stomping through the floor of Amsterdam Bos and dealing with an acute case of tinnitus on the ferry home from Calais. Here’s hoping for more of the same at Field Maneuvers. We will see you on the other side.

Words by David March

WHP 2015

Over 10 years The Warehouse Project has developed quite remarkably and its no surprise that the events organised to celebrate this success reflect their now-domination of Manchester’s club scene.

After recently taking to the Mayfield Depot for a series of special ‘Day & Night’ parties graced by house and techno figureheads like Carl Craig, Four Tet and Mike Banks; the season officially returns to the hallowed ground of Store Street. Tucked in the underbelly of Piccadilly station the area has always been regarded as the project’s spiritual home, and the catalyst of the Mancunian phenomena.

In fashioning a more intimate and less commercial atmosphere the return to Store Street paid real dividends last year, responding to concerns that the project had reached critical mass at the Victoria Warehouse. Although originally planning to return to the smaller Store Street venue for just one year; The Warehouse team have duly ensured what looks to be a repeat success this winter, by electing once more to fill the industrial catacombs of the city with masses of heady revellers.

Providing Warehouse devotees the opportunity to revive the sticky, sentimental, and quite blurry memories of Store Street’s earlier years after hitting the decade milestone, is certainly an apt choice. And, this decision has been met with an appropriately frantic response; with only a handful of the nights announced remaining with tickets still available.

The Warehouse Project does not however run on nostalgia alone. Thus, the 2015 programme reads like a who’s who of the current electronic music scene. Familiar faces Joy O, Jackmaster, and Seth Troxler are all present and correct at Welcome To The Warehouse, while elsewhere the Blasé Boys Club and Resident Advisor X Dekmantel curated events appear particularly alluring.

These heavyweights have been revealed alongside highly revered niche acts in typical Warehouse-style. The Tropical night hosted by Skepta and JME reflects the best of the vital underground grime scene, whilst a more traditional gig performance by alternative dance music pioneers New Order reflects the breadth of the line-up’s appeal.

The Warehouse Project’s motto, ‘for twelve weeks this city is ours’ has therefore never rang truer. Both the overwhelming artists on offer, and this season’s location have resulted in an announcement that feels like a familiar and triumphant homecoming, and what is perhaps the perfect remedy for post-festival season melancholy.

Words by Ben Butler

Three Cool Things

Christmas is around the corner, the skies are grey and it’s Back to School: three very good reasons to curate your new AW15 wardrobe. And what better way to start then looking at streetwear for inspo?

Nostalgia Lane

To start, we take a trip down memory lane. 90s, bubblegum and nagging our parents for one of these: yes, the plastic fantastic BABY- G! We hit the launch part last month to celebrate the brands 21st birthday (yes, really) amidst cupcakes, balloons and cocktails. But just like Apple, the brand have reved up the heat by about 10 notches with the release of the Timestamp. The new app, available now, allows users to include the time, location, mood and temperature onto your snaps to provoke envy inducing fun. You can even add a BABY-G pet to your pictures for a bit of Tamogotchi reminiscing (another 90s must have). Download now and snap away and remember to #BABYGTIMESTAMP

Available now at the iTunes store and on the BABY-G website: http://www.baby-g.co.uk/

“Dem kicks doe”

Oh how we love a good Puma x McQueen collab here at the 1883 office, a now permanent lust-have every season. For AW15 the pair takes inspiration from the future with attributes from molded plastic shells, metallic structures and multicoluored cables throughout the range. The metallic trim on these kick will add oomph to any outfit, but more importantly ramp up your street cred infinitesimally.

£100 and £210 available from Drome and Offspring and drops early September with Footpatrol


If the future is not your thing and you’re looking for some spiderman-esque cool then look no further than Kenzo. The brand, one to kick start a crazy following, have created a new sneaker to join the ever-expanding men’s footwear range. Fresh, detailed and full of individual style, the SONIC is a natural fit for the urban man who doesn’t play games with his choice of sneaker. The collection takes cue from the utilitarian inspiration of the season and comes in four different colourways – Safety Orange, Uniform Khaki / Grey, Camouflage White and Jet Black. Simple, sleek and stand out. Kenzo, we heart you.

The SONIC retails for £205 and is available from today at the newly refurbished KENZO Bruton Street store and KENZO.com

Words by Sofia Khan

Elliott Erwitt and Havana Club announce ‘The Elliott Erwitt Havana Club 7 Fellowship’

Many say a good photographer is able to encourage their subjects to lower their guard, to show what is truly inside them in a single image. Good rum can also have a similar effect, allowing drinkers to loosen up a little and enjoy life that little bit more. It’s no wonder then that the drink plays an important part in Cuban heritage and is unique to its culture and lifestyle.

And just as the nations favourite and timeless drink will forever capture the national spirit in a bottle, so too will Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt in his striking new documentary images.

With Cuba’s history facing a pivotal change in the present day, it is now – over five decades laterErwitt returns to the country to curate a new body of work to stand alongside his original shots of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

Not only are Erwitt’s new selections of images significant in the history they capture, but his work also paves a future for aspiring photographers following in his footsteps. His new body of work is the foundation to launch ‘The Elliott Erwitt Havana Club 7 Fellowship’.

This award will benefit one exceptionally talented photographer and present the chance for them to travel to Cuba in order to tell their own story through the lens, with the fellowship having an annual €25,000 funding from Havana Club, along with the proceeds of the limited edition sales of original images from Elliott’s new collection.

Photographer lovers can view the limited edition collection during the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam between 18th -20th September, before being made available for sale in a limited edition.

With the power of this poignant partnership between two cultural pillars, ‘The Elliott Erwitt Havana Club 7 Fellowship’ will ensure that the legacy of Cuba’s culture will never be lost, even if it’s history is rewritten.

Words by Bella Roach

Tourne De Transmission x Kickers x Nixon SS16

“WE THE IGNORANT YOUTH” Tourne de transmission SS16 – London Collections Men from Tourne de Transmission on Vimeo.

The fashion industry might be gearing up for London Fashion Week next month, but who could forget the stellar Collections? The sun was shining, the boys were out to play and a new crop of designers were making their stamp.

Tourne de transmission was one design house who outshone the rest with their cowboy cool aesthetic. Impeccable crafstmanship, laidback tailoring…this was simplicity in its element.

Following on from the successful reception of their first presentation, Tourne de transmission have now premiere a brand new video detailing the varying collaborations from SS16.

Premium watch and accessories label Nixon provided personalised time pieces that aided in the neo-classic aesthetic that the collection presented. Footwear giant Kickers also teamed up with TDT – reimagining an archive model, the Dinku, and offering it in the monochrome pallete that was threaded throughout the garments.

The labels were careful bought together with the SS16 line under the experienced eye of famed buffalo-movement stylist Barry Kamen.

Fashion East Line Up Unveiled

The Fashion East show during London Fashion Week is always a highlight for the team. Showcasing emerging talent for the past 15 years, the Fashion East initiative – launched by Lulu Kennedy MBE and The Old Truman Brewery in 2000 – is responsible for promoting many well known designers we all lust after today: Jonathan Saunders, House of Holland, Roksanda Ilincic … the list could go on.

Caitlin Price

Today they unveiled the new line up for the Spring/Summer 2016 season. MA graduate Caitlin Price, returns after her debut in February with aplomb and is joined by two new names. Richard Malone, winner of the LVMH scholarship prize emerges with cow boy boots and frayed and flared denim.

Richard Malone

The final designer of the line up, This is The Uniform by Goldsmiths graduate Jenna Young, makes her catwalk debut with conceptual functional.

This is The Uniform

Fashion East Director Lulu Kennedy MBE: “There is a freshness to this season’s lineup; all 3 designers are strong-minded individuals and their girl/woman knows what she’s about. I’m delighted to be working with them and am enjoying the presentation format – the creativity and freedom is energizing.“

All 3 designers will host presentations on Saturday 19th September.

Words by Sofia Khan


Interview with MDMflow Creator

Earlier this month we came across the new must have in beauty cosmetics while trawling our instagram feed during lunch. MDMflow – named after the brand’s creator Florence Adepoju – is currently on everyone’s lips (literally) having recently featured in a slew of beauty lists and magazines. And the reason? Apart from the gold encasing and razor sharp names inspired by hip-hop’s greatest, each lipstick is handmade by Flow in her lab at home in Essex. The lipstick itself provides a luxurious pigmented colour without drying out the lips (a mainstay of most pigmented lipsticks) in supercharged shades. It is as if Flow has reached into the deepest darkest crevice of our minds and released a lipstick to match all the personalities within us.

We sat down with Florence for 5 minutes to hear more about her brand and her hip-hop influences.

Tell us a about your background. 

Florence Adepoju, 24 years old cosmetic scientist with a degree from the London College of Fashion. I’m obsessed with the beauty industry, street wear and fashion. Before starting MDMflow I worked in retail and marketing in the cosmetic industry since I was 17.

Why did you start the brand?

I was in my final year and everyone was looking for graduate roles. There was no one I really wanted to work for so I decided to do my own thing instead.

Tell us a little bit about how you make your products. 

I hand make my lipsticks in my lab at home, with my favourite hip hop tracks playing in the background to keep me working at a steady pace. I source my ingredients from the best European suppliers and have my own custom formula that I have perfected over the last two years.

When I create bespoke lipsticks I mix by eye so that the colours cannot be reproduced.

Hip-hop plays a massive part in your brand, especially your new mascara. At what point did you decide to combine your two love affairs? 

I’ve always been into the hip-hop aesthetic and felt the beauty industry lacking when it comes to alternative influences. I really wanted to make something that specifically catered for girls who are bold and expressive. A huge part of hip-hop is self-expression.

Photographed by Jendella

What song would you pair up with your lipstick shades?

Bossy  – Kelis (Bossy)

Sweet escape – Gwen Stefani (sweet escape)

Supreme – Angel haze (supreme)

Milkshake – Kelis (milkshake)

Pass that Dutch – Missy Elliott (V Dutch)

What’s your favourite product from your range?

My lipstick Supreme, the name really resonates and it was the first colour I created before I even had an actual collection.

Tell us a secret. 

I used to rap in my early teens, my mc name was Viperess/lady Viper

Flow, we not only thank you, but salute you with a rendition of Notorious B.I.G Hypnotise.

Words and Interview by Sofia Khan

Available to buy from www.thisisbeautymart.com

Aurora // Imagine One Tribe Series

When you hear Aurora’s voice, the angels will come calling. Turning sinners into saints, Aurora has a vocal range that will effect you physically. She is an ethereal creature who floated out of a novel and rested in your personal Neverland.

For someone who was born in 1996, she’s already won the prize for female role model last year in her native Norway. With whimsical subject matter, nymph beauty and a voice to transfix even the pessimists among us, we wanted to get further into the mind of Aurora, and asked the starlet to draw her happy place. What we got back is extraordinary. Aurora is an artist in every sense of the word:

Releasing her debut EP Running With The Wolves earlier this summer, Aurora has the power to spell-bind, not only with music, but in her fairy tale vision.

For more information on Aurora visit here


Curated by @elspethmerry

Baby-G turns 21

Yesterday we headed down to London’s Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for a celebration. We took to the hotel’s rooftop amidst cocktails, cupcakes and balloons galore, but one thing was certain: it wasn’t for your average birthday bash. Remember the Baby-G watches many of us went crazy for in the nineties? Well, Baby-G just turned 21.

To really mark the celebration, Baby-G teamed up with London’s Anti-Agency (an alternative model agency) on the Pretty Tough project, handpicking various young women who have successfully carved a niche for themselves in the creative industries. Included in the gang are photographer Francesca Jane Allen, illustrator Hattie Stewart, Kylie Griffiths editor of Vice UK as well as Claire Burman and Nellie Eden, founders of the collective BabyFace.

This collaboration between the iconic nineties watch model and the crew of Pretty Tough Girls has resulted in a colourful zine, as well as being in opportunity to support and celebrate this new generation of creatives. We’ll happily drink to that!

Cairobi // Imagine One Tribe Series

Psychedelic-dance-pop. Is that a thing? Multinational five-piece Cairobi have thought it into existence. When we first heard Zoraide, the summer tropics shone into our dingy London flat window. This is for folk who like to dip their toes delicately into the lake of GOAT, but take their feet out before they shrivel so they can dance away into the sunset.

Each band member’s differing places of birth surely play a part in the tribal beats. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea for Cairobi to draw something for the Imagine One Tribe series. Lead singer Giorgio Poti not only let us into his kaleidoscopic mind through illustration, but he offered some words. Draw what your music sounds like..

To give a visual description of our sound I have created a reflection of the Sun on water. The distortions (and multiplications) created by the frenetic movements of water, mixed with the luminosity of the Sun, result in something that is real and abstract at the same time. It’s a very detailed image, a different take on reality which only the unpredictability of chance could determine.

Watch the video for Perfect Strangers here:

New single “Gristly Words” is out now via Week of Wonders

For more information on Cairobi please visit: www.facebook.com/wearecairobi