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FABRICLIVE 95: MEFJUS LAUNCH X CRITICAL SOUND

FABRICLIVE awaits the return of D&B’s most on point labels as Critical Sound land in Room One for what is fully expected to be another killer demonstration of the 170 bpm spectrum. For their next takeover, it’s also an extra special event as Mefjus prepares to launch his FABRICLIVE 95 compilation. The tech-step king tops the Room One bill for the evening, where a cast of the label’s current and future stars joins him. Alongside Mefjus Fabric welcomes Sabre, Stray and Halogenix to join forces under their Ivy Lab project. Also slated is Emperor, as well as a series of special back-to-back sets. Label honcho Kasra faces off with Critical mainstay Enei, two-step experimentalist Sam Binga pairs up with Manchester’s Chimpo, while Foreign Concept and Halogenix also play together. Hyroglifics rounds off a fully-loaded Critical bill, with Orifice Vulgatron, Trigga, GQ, Black Josh, Mantmast and Maksim hosting the evening.

Over in Room Two, Elijah & Skilliam bring the heat in celebration of their ‘Grime 2017’ release. The Butterz main men perform a 4-hour set, where they’re joined on the decks by New Jersey artist Sinkin Hawke and Anz. Taking control of the microphone for the night are a selection of grime’s established and newer talents: P Money makes his return, while Jammz, Big Zuu, Capo Lee and YGG also helm the space.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

 

Blue Tit Crouch Hill Launch Party

Images by @dhimmelbauer_photography

London’s blogger elite turned out for the latest expansion of the Blue Tit Salon empire.

With salons in Dalston, Clapton, Brixton, Peckham, Brockley, East Village and Streatham, Blue Tit is the chopper of choice in all of London’s edgiest districts. Their colour transformations and modern cuts for women and men have earnt them a growing celebrity fan-base and coverage everywhere from Wallpaper to ELLE. Now they have ventured further North East to Crouch Hill with a bright, spacious new location. I ventured down to their big launch party to get the full Blue Tit experience.

Trims were soundtracked by back-to-back in-store DJ sets from the likes of Eliphino and Theo Fabunmistone, whilst punters enjoyed Duppy Share rum cocktails during their rinse and repeats. One striking characteristic about all Blue Tit salons is the characterful interiors that catch the eyes of passers by. The new location is no exception, with beautiful pink subway tiles, exposed wooden beams and clean strip lighting, all designed by Blue Tit co-owner Perry Patraszewski. If their salon business wasn’t busy conquering the capital, I’d suggest they were in the wrong business.

Effortlessly cool staff offer a personal touch that guides customers towards their perfect cut. My barnet’s triple threat of thick, poker straight, cow-licked hair is no problem for my stylist. My cut feels sharper, more manageable and won’t leave me with curtains like a long lost member of Westlife at the first drop of precipitation.

With my “fashion-forward Premier League striker” haircut being a breeze for my stylist, it was up to the other guests to put the Blue Tit team through their paces. Female fashion influencers from across the blogosphere enjoyed highly technical cuts and innovative colouring. It is in these fields that Blue Tit are pushing the boundaries, realising the visions of the latest trends with absolute finesse.

Words by David March

Follow Blue Tit on Instagram.

www.bluetitlondon.com

 

 

 

Girl about Town – It feels a lot like Christmas

Well, Halloween is over, so too is the slew of insta videos with dramatic make up – slash – costumes makeovers for partays, and now all things are geared towards Christmas. And what better way to celebrate the festive period with a walk through of some of the best events and Christmassy-things to get you in the mood.

Harrods X Dolce and Gabbana

 

Harrods have partnered up with Dolce and Gabanna to offer the ultimate in Christmas experiences. From November 2nd to December 28th a traditional and festive Italian atmosphere will be the main focus of the world’s most famous department store. The partnership will feature special window displays, dedicated pop-up spaces throughout the store, a traditional Italian street market with pupi, lighting, carousels and decorated trees as well as a dedicated Dolce&Gabbana Christmas Tree on Hans Crescent.

Every floor of the department store will be custom decorated for the occasion, starting on the ground 
floor with a special pop-up boutique and a Christmas market on the 4th floor full of captivating items, many 
of which will be available exclusively at Harrods, transporting visitors to the heart of a real Italian market. 
Our personal highlight? A painter will be on hand for shoppers who would like to personalise their new Sicily bag with special 
hand-painted designs.

www.harrods.com

A Savoy Christmas by Penhaligon’s

Penhaligon’s and The Savoy come together for A Savoy Christmas by Penhaligon’s. As a stunning showpiece in the Front Hall; a magnificent tree will be surrounded by whimsical features reminiscent of Christmas in Victorian London, created exclusively for Penhaligon’s by artist Kristjana Williams. And to top things off there will also be a special tea service; The Scents of Christmas Penhaligon’s Afternoon Tea.

The Scents of Christmas Penhaligon’s Afternoon Tea will feature refined pastries crafted to highlight the aromas and flavours that stimulate the nostalgia of Christmas, with ingredients such as mulled pears, brandy mousse, gingerbread, chestnut, and clementine’s. Unique to the Festive Afternoon Tea offering, guests will have the option to enjoy a glass of Louis Roederer Vintage 2009. Priced at £68 per person for Festive Afternoon Tea, and £85 per person for Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea (featuring a glass of Louis Roederer Vintage 2009) and available from 27 November 2017 until 01 January, 2018.

For more info on Savoy head to www.fairmont.com/savoy-london –   Penhaligon’s www.penhaligons.co.uk

Skylight

London’s most imaginative rooftop destination, Skylight in Wapping has announced an all-new Winter season running from November 2017 to January 2018. Featuring London’s only rooftop ice rink, après skate bars serving up delicious seasonal cocktails and mulled wine to indulgent street food and a mouthwatering fondue station. With drinks packages, party and corporate bookings available it is the perfect spot to gaze out over some of the best views in London this festive season.

For more information head to www.skylightlondon.com

Covent Garden collaborates with BFC + SHOWStudio + Lauren Baker for Christmas

Bored of wrapping your own gifts or generic santa Christmas wrap? Well, you’re in luck as Covent Garden has partnered with the British Fashion Council and some of it’s key designers to create special Christmas gift wrapping papers. And the designers involed? Holly Fulton, Marques Almeida, Fydor Golan and Mother of Pearl As well as additional pieces by neon artist Lauren Baker and SHOWstudio fashion illustrator Fiona Gourlay are all involved to ellviate your Christmas game.

All will be available exclusively from the Noël pop-up shop in Covent Garden’s Floral Street from 14th November.

The bespoke wrapping paper, cards and tags will be on sale at Noël, an artisan Christmas pop up shop, offering a wrapping service as well as events including wreath making and gift-wrapping masterclasses. Shoppers can purchase the wrapping paper, take advantage of the in-store wrapping service or receive complimentary gift wrapping when spending £200 in stores across Covent Garden. Prices start from £3.95.

For more information head to www.noelpopup.com

Words by Sofia Khan

Exciting news: Nike SB x Soulland launch Second Collection

Stop the press: the second collaboration between Soulland and Nike SB, launches on 8th December. ‘FRI.day part 0.2’ captures what Friday means for skateboarders and youth in Copenhagen; where low temperatures, rugged weather and absence of light makes it impossible to skate outside several months a year. In search of better, a group of kids from Scandinavia venture to the epicentre of skateboarding in bright sunny California.

The capsule collection will include footwear and apparel and will be available via Soulland.com and Colette on 8th December and selected stores on 15th December.

Keep your eyes peeled for the first glimpse of this exciting collab.

Urban Outfitters launch their first suit… and it’s unisex

Urban Outfitters are proud to announce the launch of their first-ever suit; a unisex Prince of Wales checked two-piece suit.

Breaking new ground within fashion and building upon their emerging and inclusive apparel edit, Urban Outfitters have unveiled their unisex suit which is available now in-store and online. The all over check-pattern suit will be sold separately with the blazer retailing at £75 and the trousers £49. The single-breasted blazer features a notched collar with finished pockets at the waist. Special labels have been designed and created to help guide customers towards selecting the most suitable size depending on their gender.

“The launch of our unisex suit is something we’ve wanted to offer for some time, with the current trends dictating a gender-neutral form of dressing it made sense that UO should offer this in one of the seasons most coveted items – the blazer and twinning trouser,” said Lizzie Dawson, Design Director at Urban Outfitters Europe. “The suit has been specifically designed with a unique cut and versatile style that complements all forms irrespective of gender.”

UO unisex jacket:

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/uo-unisex-check-suit-jacket

UO unisex trousers:

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/uo-unisex-suit-trousers

Printworks 002: 25 Years of RAM Records

As the days get shorter, the skies get darker, and autumn well and truly transitions into winter, summer 2017 is now a distant and glistening memory. But whilst festival season is out, a plethora of impressive and exciting line-ups are now in full throttle in the UK’s capital. What are we talking about? Printworks Issue 002 of course. Last weekend we headed to South East London’s biggest and best club venue for 25 Years of RAM Records. Unsurprisingly, we were blown away.


Photos by Gobinder Jhitta

Formerly one of Europe’s largest printing presses, the gigantic warehouse venue is London’s answer to world famous super club Berghain, and a welcome and refreshing new addition to London’s club scene. The set-up and running of the event was flawless. From queuing (or lack of), lockers (instead of cloakroom), signposts, bars, smoking area, everything. It was a seamless affair which meant our attention could be fully focussed on the more pressing matter: partying.

We arrived on Saturday afternoon to virtually no queue as the venue was already packed to the rafters. Tickets has sold out far in advance and there was a waiting list of over 400 on ticket swapping websites. Walking into the smoking area it was apparent how diverse the crowd was – from back-in-the-day die hard original Ram Records fans, to new school teens. As we headed upstairs to the main room, passing the odd Halloween fancy dresser, it was oddly quiet due to Printworks’ major soundproofing. But as we reached the top of the stairs and turned a corner, we were hit with a tsunami of sound, pulsating through an unreal sound system.

Lasers flew through the air, rising and falling above the crowd, against a huge luminous RAM logo suspended in the air. Musically, the entire 10 hours were incredible and the energetic crowd never lulled. Standout sets came from Calyx & Teebee, Rene Lavice and of course the final set by founder of RAM Records Andy C, hosted my Tonn Piper.

For more information and to purchase tickets for future Printworks events click here.

 

Review: Dasha Rush + LCC Live AV at Barbican


Photo by Ambra Vernuccio

Within the confines of the Barbican’s Milton Hall, a lucky few were transported to another icy dimension last week as Dasha Rush presented her audio visual project, Antarctic Takt. Having been previously showcased at Berlin’s Atonal Festival and Montreal’s MUTEK Festival, this collaboration with videographer Stanislav Glaszov was the AV show’s UK debut.

Estela Oliva, curator of the evening, explains that “In Antarctic Takt, the artists connect the audience with the vast natural landscapes of the frozen continent to create a show in which art, technology and nature come together in a mesmerising way.” As the performance begins, a 3D rendering of Dasha’s face explains that she chose to explore the desolate continent in order to weave a world of personal escape from the evils of mankind. The visuals begin to tumble into the molecular tessellations of a crystalline snowflake, as shimmering low-tempo beats play. The repetition is comforting.

Meandering around empty environments, it felt reminiscent of Kode9’s recent AV show “Notel” where the viewer explored an abandoned hyper-automated hotel of the future. However, there is no trace of civilisation here. The delicate purity is unsullied. While we use the space to forget the wrongs of humankind, it only succeeds in highlighting our shortcomings.

When the most powerful people on the planet continue to disregard the effects of climate change, the fate of places like Antarctica continue to be threatened. As Estela explains, “I believe it is necessary to reflect on the role we play in protecting sacred natural spaces and assume responsibility for the destruction of the planet by human cause. By facilitating these types of immersive shows, people might find a more suitable space to reflect on these topics, aside from their everyday lives.” Perhaps if we all had a chance to witness Antarctica’s beauty first-hand, we would all take the time to reflect and make peace with ourselves and those around us. For now, Dasha’s synthetic realisation is a haunting halfway step.

Words by David March.

Find out more about the upcoming contemporary music shows at Barbican and buy tickets here.

 

Girl About Town: The City, New Spaces and a New Chapter

New season brings along a whole host of parties, new store openings and a general vibe of ‘newness’. This week was no different with a whole host of parties dotted around London.

Browns Fashion Heads East

This vibe is felt nowhere better than the new Browns Fashion Space in East London, which opened its door to an immersive and fully digitalised retail experience.

Holli Rogers, CEO of Browns explains: “Browns has a strong heritage in innovation; from the time we first opened our doors in 1970, Browns has showcased pioneering designers. We’ve blended our love of fashion with incredible in store experiences and we’ve always ensured that we change and evolve with our customers. The store will have new elements that are tied to emotion and identity – it’s truly a sensory experience. The moment you walk in you will feel something – through the people, the product, the design, the areas within the space, and the events that will take place. Coupled with this, we are innovating with technology which will make the shopping experience in Browns more personal and convenient for our customers. The vibrancy of East London is great – it’s a neighbourhood of immense creativity and boldness. Opening a store here is an exciting move with a new view on what retail looks like.”

www.brownsfashion.com/uk

Browns East 21 Club Row, London E2 7EY Phone: +44 (0) 20 7729 2666

Sandro

French simplicity and fondness of perfect sihlothee arrives to london: this week Sandro opened the doors to its new London flagship store on Regent Street with an intimate cocktail event. The drinks were flowing and the stars were sauntering in an expansive open planned space. Attendees at the event included; Amber Le Bon, Tess Ward, Oliver Proudlock, Isaac Carew, Sarah Halpin, Leo Suter and Sydney Lima.

www.uk.sandro-paris.com/

Sandro Womens 137 – 139 Regent Street W1B 4JA London

Liberty London New Womenswear Space

Autumn sees the relaunch of Womenswear space at Liberty with a total refocus on a true Liberty aesthetic, edit and approach in this category. In addition to a welcoming twenty new brands to our store, Liberty London also reintroducing the much missed Lingerie department and a Liberty favourite Eskandar.

Gina Ritchie, Buying Director, said of the space, “the space has been reimagined with our loyal tribe of customers at forefront of mind to celebrate all that is special about our unique environment and most importantly to support and nurture our brands side by side both big and small.”

http://www.libertylondon.com

Liberty London, Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH

Axel Arigato

To celebrate the 1st anniversary of Axel Arigato launching in the UK, the flagship store on Broadwick Street, London transformed into an evening of style, art and music. From 7pm – 10pm, guests danced to a set from LA DJ, MadBadTing and enjoyed Jelley Vodka cocktails paired with an immersive visual experience by artist Sam Rolfes. The event was slick and sharp as the brand itself and the perfect way to celebrate the space that’s a must see in the heart of Soho.

www.axelarigato.com/uk/

Axel Arigato 19-23 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DF

New and Lingwood

This week heritage brand, New & Lingwood held a party to celebrate the reopening of the brand’s flagship store, and it sure was one to experience. The brand has done everything they can to retain the character and charm of the original store whilst injecting more of the brand’s character and wit into their flagship store. The old penny farthing remains – along with some of the original display cabinets – but the store is now lighter, brighter and a more sumptuous environment with spaciously opulent dressing rooms and a new dedicated ground floor shoe shop – all features that show how proud New & Lingwood are of their British roots and ‘Englishness’.

www.newandlingwood.com

Address: 53 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6LX

Words by Sofia Khan

 

Weekend Pick: 18th Birthday Weekend 30 Hour Party

What a year it has been for London’s most iconic nightclub. This time last year, the international clubbing collective banded together to stop the permanent closure of the Farringdon club. After four months of legal battles, crowdfunding and petitions, the club reopened for business to the elation of ravers the world over. This weekend marks the club’s first birthday since reopening, and a total of 18 years in operation. A legendary feat in the challenging and ever changing landscape of UK clubland.

fabric have spared no expense on making their celebratory weekend the biggest ever with a 30-hour marathon of music from 11pm Saturday to 5am Monday morning. Get practicing your script for that Monday sickie call to the boss – “Food poisoning, dodgy chicken kiev, I won’t go into more details” – because you won’t want to miss a second.

The line-up is topped by fabric’s poster boy, Craig Richards, who has held his residency since the club opened back in 1999. Alongside him will be fabric’s other resident, Terry Francis. Joining them will be a roster of heavyweights who have been there throughout fabric’s history. The wizard himself Ricardo Villalobos will be in attendance, hopefully playing one of his fabled early morning extended sets. Additional minimal vibes will be brought by Raresh and Margaret Dygas. Add to this the techno weaponry of Blawan, the hypnotising Donato Dozzy, and selector extraordinaires; Ben UFO and Nicolas Lutz. I could keep going on….

See you front-left at 7am Sunday for a celebration of London’s flagship for electronic music. To 18 more years!

Words by David March.

Get tickets here.

 

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