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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

www.imagineonetribe.com

@elspethmerry

#LoveIsLove with the Limited Edition Absolut Bottle

Ah, Absolut: responsible for many-a-good-times here at the 1883 office. So when we spotted the latest limited edition bottle on our desk this afternoon, we couldn’t help but feel a teeny bit excited.

But what’s so special about the new one? Well, alongside the new yes vote in USA as well as Ireland legalizing gay marriage and a stupendous Pride in London and NYC, the new limited edition Absolut bottle celebrates people who express their true selves through art, love or any other way. Full of pride and joy, the Absolut Colours bottle is sleeved with the iconic Gilbert Baker rainbow flag, which he created in 1978 as a message of solidarity, love and respect for diversity. This is celebration of love, identity and traversing boundaries regardless of who you are, what you do or where you are.

Afterall, #LoveIsLove

The Colours bottle is available at supermarkets nationwide, RRP £25.95.

Alexa Chung x AG Jeans AW15

Chances are you’re well aware of Alexa Chung x AG Jeans collaboration. The Double Denim, Americana vibes and easy breezy styling for SS15 were featured in nearly every single magazine we came across – and why not? Alexa embodies such a carefree attitude and simplicity that is so attuned to her style that you can’t help wanting her entire wardrobe.

For AW15, however, we find Alexa exuding a much more moody (and dare we say grown up) approach to her second collaboration with the denim brand. The collection focuses on day-to-night looks, with pieces made from decadent suede and silks to work perfectly with denim styles. So Alexa. And so damn right gorgeous…

“It’s an evolution”, says Chung of the AW15 collection. “The first collection was very focused and stripped back, I challenged myself to create an essential denim wardrobe. With the second collection it was more about exploring where else we could take it.” Texture variety is key, with rich suede and sumptuous corduroy in the mix with denim, chambray, and broken twill.

The collection will be available globally on July 23rd, 2015

Words by Sofia Khan

FORMATION // Imagine One Tribe Series

Illustration runs through the veins of South London twin brothers who make up Formation. Click onto their website and you’re greeted by a pink sketchbook. In the new world where slogans, memes, and inspirational-quote-fawning rule, Formation are holding the hammer.

First ushered to our attention with their tropical remix of Shura’s Indecision, Formation have brought back cow bells we thought got lost in a friendly fire ;). Dance, indie, dance.

With simplistic EP artwork that reads Life Goes On! and tunes that will leave you Hangin’, there was no better option than to get the sketching kings to draw a piece of their mind.. 

What does your reality look like?

Check out more from Formation here: www.frmtn.com

www.imagineonetribe.com

@elspethmerry

Field Day 2015 and the 5 Tracks That Defined It

For one of the most hyped festivals this side of Glastonbury, the expectation weighed heavy on Field Day. Luckily it undoubtedly delivered, with artists pushing every corner of contemporary music to its limits. The real feat accomplished however, was the fact that Field Day managed to host such disparate sounds and still achieve a feeling of unity across the entirety of Victoria Park.

Line up and crowd aside, the festival was extremely well put together. Except for some overcrowding for voice of the moment Chet Faker, all stages were well frequented yet free enough to roam for a prime spot. Top this off with perfect weather, sack races, the culinary pleasures of Street Feast food stalls and prime ales from Meantime and you’ve got yourself one of the accomplished festivals to grace the capital. All this achieved with absolutely no muggy, claustrophobic, mud-ridden camping. Here’s our experience spelled out by five tracks from our five favourite sets from across the weekend: essential

1. Pinch & Mumdance – Big Slug (feat. Riko Dan) played by Mumdance

The i-D Tent line up could have kept us occupied all day, kicking things off with the unstoppable Mumdance. Demanding full energy from his audience as early as lunchtime, the king of Weightless brought out a slew of his own bangers; from his old Mad Decent release, “Smasher”, to some of his latest work with Riko Dan and Pinch and a final blast of old school hardcore.

2. MC Brinquedo – Roça Roça played by Yung Gud

We had our hearts on Yung Gud bringing a bunch of woozy ethereal rap beats and possibly even, just maybe, a surprise appearance from head honcho Yung Lean. What we got was an entirely different but no less pleasing set. His sound occupied the space between bassy wonk and wonky bass, from trap bangers to this Baile Funk (Google it) hit.

3. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Harold’s played by Madlib

The one and only brother Madlib brought a bouncing set filled with enough DOOM, Quasimoto and Freddie Gibbs tracks to get any underground hip-hop fan in a spin. It was non-stop, summertime boom bap.

4. Told Terje – Inspector Norse played by Told Terje

It was the track everyone wanted to hear from the left-field wonky disco purveyor in his new live band format. Luckily he came prepared with an army of spangled-hot-pants toting drag queens to bust out an ultra-sassy routine just for the occasion. Needless to say the main stage crowd flipped.

5. Pangaea – They Buy Gold played by Nina Kraviz

At the end of the evening, it seemed everyone had their eyes on FKA Twigs and Caribou. However, those looking for a darker end to the evening knew that Nina Kraviz was the one to see at sunset. Her hypnotic acid sounds thrived in the big tent setting as she bounced in synchrony with a transfixed audience. Stompers from start to finish.

With every year passing, Field Day is establishing itself as the taste-making London festival for artists on the rise. A verdict worth waiting for? Probably not. See you in 2016.

Words by David March

A Handcrafted Summer with Amy’s Kitchen

On a warm summer’s evening last week, we wandered down to the E5 bakery, tucked away in the arches of London Fields. The artisanal bakery served as the backdrop for an event hosted by organic food company Amy’s Kitchen. If you’re a lover of flowers or are eager to learn how to make cocktails from natural ingredients, then you need to check out ‘A Handcrafted Summer’, a series of four events.

Guests get to sit down to a vegetarian dinner created by Amy’s Kitchen, accompanied by salads made by The Panthers Whiskers. Then, once everyone has had their fill, it’s time to get creative. Create a beautiful wild bouquet with Grace & Thorn, paint your own soup bowl with ceramicist Charlotte Mei, learn how to make a natural beauty balm with Amanda Cook from Trill Farm or find out how to create cocktails using foraged ingredients with Lottie Muir.

You’ll get some tips from the professionals, but best of all, you get to let your imagination run free.

A Handcrafted Summer is running every two weeks throughout July and August…and it’s certainly a lovely way to while away a warm summer’s evening.

14th July – Vegetarian dinner and Foraged Cocktail Workshop with Lottie Muir

28th July – Vegetarian dinner and Ceramic Painting Workshop with Charlotte Mei

11th August – Vegetarian dinner and Natural Beauty Workshop with Amanda Cook of Trill Farm

25th August – Vegetarian dinner and Wild Flower Arranging Workshop with Grace and Thorn

Tickets for ‘A Handcrafted Summer’ by Amy’s Kitchen cost £10, available on Eventbrite.

Meet the winners of the Woolmark regional prize

Image – curtesy Woolmark

Huge congratulations go out to Agi & Sam and Teatum Jones today. Both fashion labels were awarded the regional Woolmark prize for the British Isles.

Set up by Woolmark, a global authority on wool, the prize recognises emerging talent in the fashion industry. Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton received the award for their menswear label Agi & Sam, whilst Catherine Teatum Rob Jones won it for their womenswear label Teatum Jones.

Both brands were commended for their use of wool. Agi & Sam commented: “Wool is a strong part of our brand DNA; it’s amazing to get this recognition. We already use wool a lot in our collections because we’ve come to realise that no other fibre can match it in terms of versatility and quality.”

Both labels will be awarded AU$50,000 and, as representatives of the British Isles, will compete in the International Woolmark award finals, which will be held early 2016. Good luck to them both!

Electrochoc by Laurent Garnier & David Brun-Lambert

DJ Laurent Garnier ardently believes that his primary focus, regardless of creative format and setting, has always been that of a storyteller.

These storytelling impulses are realised in an expanded and newly translated English language version of Electrochoc: an ambitious and singular history-cum-autobiography which utilises Mr. Garnier’s unique career trajectory as an exploratory device to interrogate and chart dance music’s cultures, protagonists, commercial interests and consequences.

Renewing past collaborative efforts with journalist David Brun-Lambert, Mr. Garnier weaves together his experiences within dance music to reach a very personal but wholly imperative set of understandings about its progression. Having spent most of his life intertwined within the celebration, evolution and defence of the sounds and cultures of house and techno musics, Electrochoc is interested in, but crucially not confined to, plotting a history of these genres.

Yet Electrochoc does not exist as a mere hedonistic scrapbook of names, dates, vogues and tracks (although for the dance-music anorak there are a series of Garnier curated playlists which appear in the margins throughout.) It is instead a book which, amongst its very apparent myriad aims, has a commendable propensity to problematise and expose the internal issues that dance music’s culture faces and brings upon itself.

Although nodule passages shimmer poetically with Laurent’s love for his chosen musical culture; a love which has brought him experiences as far-reaching as his last rave in 80‘s England as a young man (‘Live the Dream’) and the last dance at Japanese superclub Yellow as a globally renown DJ. These evocative memories are not chosen for their stand-alone anecdotal worth – though their interest to any fan is clear – but cherry-picked as evidence to support Mr. Garnier’s beliefs on maintaining a ‘purity’ within dance-music culture.

As Mr. Garnier and Mr. Brun-Lambert chart the evolution of dance-music in vivid socio-cultural and emotional detail – from its beginnings in sweaty, maligned enclaves of youthful bourgeois breakaway, freedom of expression and the nightime hangouts of sexual, ethnic and social minorities to its current, seemingly ubiquitous, conception as a cacophonous, mind-jarring, lazer-backed, pre-packaged product of the juggernaut that is big record label hyper-commercialism – Mr. Garnier’s intent for being involved in the writing of this book becomes clear.

Dragged along by a fast-moving narrative that seam-stretches with anecdotes, Electrochoc is a clearly demarcated interrogation of dance music that blends together the personal, cultural, commercial and social to expound on Mr. Garnier’s unease at those who abuse, and have abused, this music for money, vapid hedonism, political gain or an easy journalistic story.

It also celebrates the characters, whom he believes have maintained a creative output that does not pander to contemporary tastes to keep all culture invigorated. Or, at the very least, who have defended dance-music culture in the face of adversity.

His continuing career – inseparable from the artistry, ethics, creative output and compunction it has embodied – is reassuring. So long as him, and others like him, are fighting for their voices to be heard and their music to be listened to, in the manner in which they believe it should be, we can take solace that the music industry is still sane – at least in part. Which, simply speaking, is why Electrochoc is as compulsory reading as can be for any person planning a career in whatever chosen artistic direction.

Mr. Garnier’s anger, in the face of rampant commercialism, is refreshing within an industry whose whorish commercial face overshadows the achievements of DJs, producers and curators who still embody a ‘paie de sa personne’ attitude.

That he has a platform to rail against the nature of ‘the authentic experience being abused for commercial gain ….compounding [a] misery is that the absence of judgement in the kids with regards to the mediocrity of what they are experiencing – and labels that just want to market their image’ Mr. Brun-Lambert needs commending, for instigating and guiding the production of this as yet-to-be matched guidebook and history of, and for, modern dance music.

Published by Rocket 88. RRP Hardback £30. Released, for the English Language, July 2nd 2015.

Words by Dan Cave

Ciderdog comes to town!

Cider-lovers: take note! If you’re in London this Saturday (or Saturday 11th July), we’ve got something that might be just the thing for you.

Ciderdogs, which just so happens to be London’s largest cider festival, will be taking place over the coming two weekends. On Saturday 4th July, Ciderdogs will be hosted by The Sebright Arms, before it relocates to The Miller in Bermondsey on the 11th.

The Sebright Arms, which is hosting for the first time ever this year, will have a selction of 40 ciders to choose from. The Miller on the other hand is going all out: a 100 differents types of cider, supplied by independent producers across the UK. Anything from cider aged in whisky barrels, to perry (and even cider-based cocktails) will be available, so regardless if you prefer yours sweet or dry it sounds like there will be plenty choose from!

There’s music too, so your ears don’t get bored: The Sebright Arms will have a lineup of DJ, whilst The Miller has called upon the Solid Steel Band. And in case you get peckish, food will also be on hand – cooked up by the guys at Bunsmiths.

The event is free entry and all pints of cider will be priced at £3. At that price, it’d be silly not to, right?

Ciderdog at Sebright Arms
: Saturday 4 July
, 31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG Free entry all day from 12pm-12am

Ciderdog at The Miller: 
Saturday 11 July
, 96 Snowsfields Road, London SE1 3SS Free entry all day from 12-1am