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Review: GAS at Barbican Centre – Blending the depth of ambient with the darkness of techno

Kompakt Records boss and minimal techno pioneer Wolfgang Voigt brought his legendary ambient alter-ego GAS to the Barbican for one night only.

For many, ambient music is seen as an art form that doesn’t require the listener’s 100% attention. Its minimalism has made it the background music of choice for audiophiles when at work, comforting and present whilst performing other tasks. This, however, is an injustice to the incredible depth that can be found when you lose yourself in brilliant ambient records. With the grandiose and lush workings of Wolfgang Voigt’s “GAS”, your attention is commanded. His iconic productions are an enveloping sound bath of sensory overload.

During voigt’s performance, the mind does indeed wander off but that’s okay; ambient music’s introspective qualities are well acknowledged by even its masters. Take Brian’s Enos recently released 40 minute peace aptly titled “Reflection”, a piece he said “creates a psychological space that encourages internal conversation”. However, the imposing walls of sound that Voigt creates means any distraction is short lived. Through the looping of weighty chords and the organic growth and atrophy of layers, Voigt builds an unrelenting momentum. Whispers of symphonies creep in, bent out of key, finding bittersweet harmony in the discord. Techno basslines pulse on underneath the melodies with the vast monumental forces of a rolling glacier.

The show is the sound we know so well from his five albums – his “audiovisual cosmos” as he once called it. Voigt has said that the records were attempts to recreate, in the studio, the impressions made by his youthful, LSD fuelled and meditative walks through the woods. While you can see the psychedelic themes in the kaleidoscopic visuals, there is no cliche technicolor here; only the greyscale hues of a Nordic noir film with the ominous soundscapes to match. As the visuals take you through the gloomy, overcast forests at dawn, you want to get lost in them with him.

Blending the depth of ambient with the darkness of techno, the inimitable sound of GAS feels just as potent after two decades. By stripping out the excess energy and immediacy often found in current electronic music, Voigt’s productions are unquestionably timeless. We could be sat in the Barbican for the same show in 20 years time and still be taken aback. The more you listen, the more you discover. Just make sure you pay attention.

Find the full Autumn/Winter calendar of contemporary music at the Barbican here.

Words by David March
Photography by Jake Davis


GOAT Music’s Borderless is Back in a New East London Home

GOAT Music’s Borderless Series has established itself as one of London’s best platforms for discovering live music talent of all creeds and colours. In their previous home at Battersea Arts Centre, they played host to the likes of Andrew Ashong, Fatima & The Eglo Live Band, and grime veteran Trim. This winter the Borderless team plant their flag in East London, setting up shop at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Once again they have curated a line-up of new voices and underground legends to take the stage at an iconic performing arts venue. Here we run down what you can expect for the rest of October.

ANUSHKA + XOA (DJ / Live) – 12th Oct

Based in Brighton, producer Max Wheeler and singer/songwriter Victoria Port are Anushka, melding together crisp clubby sounds, with the accent on bass and broken beats, gleaned from UK funky house, and Port’s jazzy vocals. The pair are signed to Gilles Peterson’s trusted label Brownswood Recordings and are sure to make good on their promise of embodying “vocal music for sound systems”. Joining them will be London’s XOA, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Nick Tyson, fusing the rhythmic intensity of 70s Afrobeat with unapologetic dancefloor grooves.

Sola Akingbola’s Critical Mass + Special Guests – 20th Oct

Jamiroquai percussionist and bandleader Sola Akingbola will be taking his live group Critical Mass to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, promising a heady collision of synths and gnarled guitars to match the equally tumultuous times in which we live. Conceived by Akingbola as a way to make something distinctive and new from a collection of diverse styles and backgrounds – the band boasts a Cuban drummer – Critical Mass’s zeitgeist-y futuristic funk is certainly worth experiencing.

Horace Andy – 21st Oct

To round things off will be king of the dancehall Horace Andy, a roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as “Government Land”, as well as “Angel” and “Five Man Army” with English trip hop duo Massive Attack. For an artist who rarely plays solo gigs, this is a great opportunity to see the spellbinding reggae veteran in a beautiful setting.

Buy tickets at www.stratfordeast.com

Words by David March.

10 Years of Outlook Festival

As the winter months close firmly in and the evenings get darker, we reminisce about Summer 2017 and our ultimate highlight: Outlook Festival, which celebrated its 10th year and provided over four days of incredible music, played through second to none sound systems. It was our 7th Outlook (like so many others, we just keep going back to Pula) and it’s safe to say, the festival hasn’t lost its charm. Here (in no particular order) are our top 10 favourite things about the decade-old festival…

Anyone who has been to Outlook Festival will tell you that going to a boat party is an essential part of the experience. What could be better than spending 3 hours on a boat with some of the best DJs, MCs and artists in the game, along with your mates, music and a few drinks? Come rain or shine, boat parties are the perfect way to spend the day and warm up for the evening to come.

September weather in Croatia can be unpredictable. And whilst most years, Pula has been blessed with endless glorious sunshine, sometimes it’s a little grey. But it takes more than a few rainclouds to stop the party. Embrace the showers, grab yourself a plastic poncho for 30 kuna and don’t let the rain stop you raving.

There’s something immersive and enthralling about the Moat stage. The intense sound, the eerie darkness, the high walls and the anticipation as you zigzag through the gates to enter. As you descend down those metal stairs, a wave of bass hits you and you know it’s going to be hard to leave. This is without a doubt our favourite Outlook stage.

The jaw-dropping amphitheatre, which is over 2000 years old, is the location for the festival’s opening concert. Since becoming part of the Outlook experience in 2013, the concert has become a huge and important part and has welcomed some music legends such as Lauryn Hill, Jurassic 5 and Damien Marley. This year, east London’s own grime royalty Dizzee Rascal.

Of course, there are times when it’s rained, but overall Outlook is almost always drenched in delicious sunshine rays. It makes the beach the perfect place to recharge your batteries during the day, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch an amazing sunset from a boat party. Whilst we love the charm of getting wellied up for a good old British festival in a muddy field, nothing can beat partying whilst getting a big dose of Vitamin D.

A ‘one time attendee’ isn’t common at Outlook. Every year, thousands pack their bags for Pula and usually it’s something they’ve done before. You’ll see people proudly rocking their Outlook 2011 t-shirts on the regular, and once you’ve been, it’s hard to stay away! When you know there’s a guarantee of good music, good sound and (usually) good weather why wouldn’t you return? You’ll see the same familiar faces each year, the Outlook family.

It’s no secret that the Outlook line-up is big. And when we say big, we mean massive. Each year presenting the perfect mix and blend of contemporary and upcoming artists, along with all the old school classic names and legends, there really is something for everyone. Covering a broad section of genres including grime, garage, drum & bass, hip-hop, reggae, dubstep and many more, the musical offer is bountiful.

Outlook prides itself on having world-class sound systems, and this has always been an important part of the festival since its conception back in 2007. Whether it’s in the Clearing, Moat, on the beach or floating across the sparkling Adriatic Sea on boat parties, you will not be let down by the sound and tunes will always be delivered in high quality.

Set within the walls of a 19th century national heritage site, Fort Punta Christo which was built to protect the main port of Pula, provides an unrivalled setting for the festival. There’s nothing quite like partying in a real abandoned site as spectacular as this. The courtyards, walls, moat, stairways and stone rooms create an atmosphere like no other and make each stage unique and impressive.

Attention to detail is something that seems to get better each year at Outlook. From the introduction of the Knowledge Arena (where festival goers can participate in workshops and talks with their favourite music artists), to the entry gate art installation, and the schedule of exciting beach parties, there is always something interesting to look at, listen to or participate in. It what makes Outlook so special.

See you in 2018 for the first chapter of a new decade. For tickets and more information click here.



Zoë Jordan unveils its AW17 campaign

Zoë Jordan has unveiled its AW17 campaign. Styled, art directed and produced by Lauren Kennedy, the campaign showcases the new collection which is inspired by spirited 90s heroes and features sweet and fresh colour palette of sorbet tones. Stripped back, distressed, diffused, bleached and brimming with naïve teen spirit. Embracing the pick n mix approach of the season, focus is on the depth of palette and tie dye, two-tone plating and mesh & fringing lend a very tactile quality.

In 2013, Jordan was short listed for the British Fashion Council Vogue Fashion Fund award and has gone from strength to strength over the past few months with the likes of Sienna Miller, Adwoa, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and more all championing the fashion forward brand. Known for her androgynous and feminine aesthetic, Jordan offer pieces that are easy to wear in luxe fabrics and directional cuts.


How Best To Spend 48 Hours in London

Guys, we got the perfect weekend plans laid out for you. From walking around the iconic Frieze festival, straight to some hard-core snacking-slash-meal-slash-best-thing-ever, to partying with It Boy Grimshaw, check out the below for some of the best ‘happenings’ in London Town over the next two weeks.

Frieze Art with Dover Street Market

To celebrate the Frieze Festival, Dover Street Market are hosting a number of designers in store and animations taking place on Friday 6th October for Frieze Open House. On offer will be the likes of Simone Rocha – launching special t-shirts in collaboration with Colin Dodgson; Ashley Williams – Will be in the basement launching hair clips with a special display; Sophie Bille Brahe – Exclusive tennis bracelet as well as a host of exciting exhibition spaces from the likes of CDG, Ben Toms and Molly Goddard.

Where: Dover Street Market, 18-22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG, Frieze Open House 6-8pm Friday 6th October 2017

Party at 100 Wardour Street

Swanky just doesn’t cut it when talking of legendary London venue, 100 Wardour Street. Sitting right in the middle of Soho, the iconic venue is the perfect spot for some lush brunching or some fantastically bangin’ after party vibes. And thats exactly what we are looking forward to on Friday 13th October when special guest BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw takes the decks for Soho After Dark, their Friday late night party. Nick Grimshaw will hit the decks from 12:30am followed by ALR LIVE who will rock the stage right through to 3am.

Before the night kicks off, guests can enjoy dining to the sounds of live band Headline. Sip classic cocktails, devour tasty dishes and then dance Friday night away in the heart of Soho.

Date: Friday 13 October 2017
Tickets: http://shop.danddlondon.com/product/100-wardour-st-presents-soho-after-dark-with-special-guest-nick-grimshaw/

HEADLINE band from 10pm

Nick Grimshaw from 12:30am

ALR LIVE from 01:30am

Event Ends: 03:00

Dinner Reservations: Please contact info@100wardourst.com or call 0207 314 4000


The name HIPCHIPS reminds us of a certain song from the 70s by The Sugar Hill Gang, but does the restaurant have the similar makings of a cult classic? We would like to think so. The concept is pretty easy to digest, as if the food itself. Walk (or saunter, if that’s your fancy) in, chose the highly recommendable box of chips and dips and scoff down.

For autumn the restaurant are taking things up a notch and guests can revel in the comforting warmth of autumnal flavours, think, crisp apple, sticky toffee, pumpkin spice and all things nice – basically Halloween in crisp form.

Handcrafted heritage crisps dusted with sweet cinnamon will feature alongside a range of dips from toffee apple and chocolate peanut butter pie to a cider caramel whip and a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough dip.

If you are as excited as we were reading this, then, well…oh you know what to do. The address is: HIPCHIPS, 49 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 6HL, open Mon – Thurs 12-10pm, Fri – Sat 12 – 11pm, Sun 12 – 8pm, www.hipchips.com

Printworks 002 in 50 Tracks – Warm Up Playlist

Printworks reopens this week (with 36 new speaker stacks). We have 50 tracks to get your body ready.


As the long nights close in, it’s time to pack away our sparkling festival attire and accept (sob gently) that the summer season of outdoor raving is over. However there is one respite; a brilliant winter in London’s clubland. In particular, we are gearing up for the reopening of Printworks after the venue’s glorious debut in February this year.

The 5,000 capacity location in Surrey Quays has already announced an October to November calendar of events collaborating with some of the biggest brands in the business; The Hydra, Afterlife, Ram Records, Paradise and more. Add to that the development of 36 new suspended speaker-stacks to beef up the Press Hall’s sound and we’re drooling at the mouth to get stuck in.

The LWE team have now topped off this season with a colossal range of further dates throughout December featuring some of the most legendary artists in the game. First up is a DJ set from the guys that taught an entire generation to rave in the 90’s, The Chemical Brothers. The big beat pioneers will headline a yet to be announced line up and a special extended evening from 6pm – 2am.

The closing weekend is a double-header of big blowout shows. Saturday 9th December sees another veteran international superstar, Berlin’s Paul Kalkbrenner, taking the helm for a live performance. Finally, on December 10th, Printworks will bring together a techno heavy line-up featuring Rebekah and Benjamin Damage along with the demi-god himself, Richie Hawtin.

Everything kicks off this weekend with a huge opening party showcasing heavyweights like Maceo Plex, Rødhåd and Daniel Avery. We have put together a playlist of weapons produced by artists from across all of this season’s line-ups to prepare your body for a winter filled with transcending experiences deep in the steel chambers of Surrey Quays.

Words by David March

See the full calendar for Printworks 002 and buy tickets here.




Review: Midori Takada and Visible Cloaks at the Barbican Centre

“Unnerving and comforting, minimal and maximal in equal measures and in no particular order.”

From the outset, it was clear that this evening at the Barbican’s Milton Hall wasn’t going to be easy on the brain. An audio visual performance by Portland duo Visible Cloaks begins with jarring chaotic wobbles of sound whilst the towering screen above blasts cycles of primary colours. If anyone was sleepy arriving this Thursday evening, they weren’t anymore. Slowly the clutter of clicks, whistles and chimes smooths out into blissful, woozy rhythms. These organic sounds take on synthetic properties, vocals digitised beyond recognition, it’s like we have entered a rudimentary matrix. The visuals match this hypothesis perfectly, hypnotising geometrics in technicolour, like Minecraft on mescaline. Our brain cavities are left suitably open for the upcoming main attraction.

In the world of 80’s minimalism and ambient music, filled with western male artists (Eno, Reich, Glass), Takada was a Japanese female composer with a penchant for Asian and African percussion. Her solo album Through The Looking Glass (1983) was heralded as a minimal masterpiece and has since gained such a cult following, that a copy of the original vinyl is worth its weight in gold. Takada recorded this album in just two days; she explored all wonders of instruments, layering them over and over. Interweaving rolling wooden percussion with ethereal recorders, cowbells and bird calls, she painted an enveloping universe of serenity and drama. While many in attendance may have discovered her through this album, tonight was by no means a rendition. Instead we were treated to a head-first trip into Takada’s world, part percussion, part theatre.

Takada’s performance begins with the use of silence to commanding effect before manipulating a gong to emulate the sounds of icy winds and the howls of night creatures. Her greatest abilities shine when she takes to the marimba; playing hypnotic, swirling melodies that captivate the entire audience. Things end on a more abstract note. Cymbals illuminated by spotlights are dotted across the stage forming a constellation that Takada dances between, bouncing delicate crashes on each disc as she paces across the stage uttering an unknown incantation. The show is unnerving and comforting, minimal and maximal in equal measures and in no particular order. While it may not be the progressive journey of “Through the Looking Glass”, it’s certainly an experience I won’t forget.

Words by David March

Read our run down of the Barbican’s 2017/18 winter shows here.

Find the full Autumn/Winter calendar of contemporary music at the Barbican here.

Printworks Issue 002: November

As the final throws of summer play out across the Capital, Printworks London remind us there’s much to anticipate from the changing season as they reveal their November events schedule, with shows hosted by leading electronic music purveyors; Afterlife, The Hydra & Blueprint and Paradise.

November kicks-off with cutting-edge production duo Tale Of Us bringing their Berlin-based label Afterlife to Printworks London for a special showcase. Taking the headline slot in the stunning Press Halls, Tale Of Us will be joined by a host of label stalwarts alongside respected peers with a live sets from Recondite, Flaminia and Woo York. Mano Le Tough, CSGRV, Ossa Di Mare, SHDW & Obscure Shapes, Vaal and Patrice Bäumel complete the lineup across both rooms, filling Printworks London with some of the finest techno Berlin has to offer. More acts are still to be announced.

Printworks join forces with Relentless on Saturday 11th November, presenting a lineup with some of clubland’s favourites including Gorgon City, Claptone, Shadow Child, Friend Within, NVOY, Klose One and special guest Hannah Wants.

Saturday 18th welcomes The Hydra back to Printworks London as they bring their lauded Blueprint collaboration to the state-of-the-art venue. Expect some of the toughest, no-nonsense British beats from the longest running techno label in the UK. Clark will be presenting his Death Peak release live, with James Ruskin, British Murder Boys – Live, Marcel Dettmann and 65d Mavericks also on hand in the Print Halls. They’ll also be joined on the day by Randomer, Mumdance, Broken English Club, Russell Haswell and Rommek.

Concluding another month of stand-out shows at the cavernous culture destination, Jamie Jones brings his revered Paradise imprint to Printworks London. Following another busy summer filling Ibiza’s iconic DC-10, Jamie has secured a colossal lineup for his Printworks debut, with Loco Dice, wAFF, Lauren Lane, Detlef, Latmun, Mark Jenkins and Printworks resident William Djoko all set to play beneath the swirling lasers.

Sign up for priority access to tickets for the November shows. General tickets for The Hydra presents Blueprint are on sale now.




Our fav new “Brunch Spot” in London, with The Vincent

Looking for an unpretentious, open planned and homely atmosphere for brunch this weekend? Well we highly recommend The Vincent’s bottomless brunch.

Just a short walk away from hip and happening Hackney Downs/ Dalston (as well as outlet shopping Mecca, The Box), The Vincent provides the perfect laid back feel to wile away the hours with your good pals or the Sunday papers.

The all day neighbourhood restaurant from Charles Ross, Jamie Hempseed and Richard Temple serves up bottomless Hugo and free-flowing prosecco alongside their menu of updated and delectable brunch classics such as 12 hr Dingly Dell Pork Hash with Poached Eggs, House Made Waffles with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon and maple syrup and Vegeree.

Speaking of these waffles… think of the perfect mix of crispy coating and fluffy centre with spot-on ripe fruits and you still wouldn’t be able to imagine how absolutely faultless they are. Case to point: on the day of our visit we ate two, and this was after one full English breakfast, two pastries and a smattering of their small ‘side dishes’ of eggs.

So what are you waiting for, head to 2 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, London E8 1FN this Sunday. www.thevincent-e8.com

Orla Kiely unviels its AW17 campaign

Orla Kiely unviels its AW17 campaign. Originally from Ireland and now based in London, the designers latest collection is an ode to women from the 1970s.

Shot by Emma Summerton, who has worked with the likes of Vogue USA, Vogue Italia and W, & styled by Leith Clark, the campaign showcases the new collection which is inspired by Upper East New York in the 1970s.

The women in 1970s New York embodied the new modern glamour championed in the pages of Vogue at the time. Diana Vreeland’s Vogue celebrated the beautiful people of the day and took the reader on an escape from the everday reality and showed them effortless dressing and living.

Reimagining this world of Diana Vreeland, the collection offers wearers a similiar escapism with decadent fabrics in easy to wear styles. Gold broacde reinvented with Orla Kiely brids and flowers’ dresses, peplum jackets and trousers in textured richness…

To buy the latest collection, head to www.orlakiely.com/uk/