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ASOS Supports Talent 2017

ASOS is well known for supporting new up and coming talent. From last year’s Fashion Discovery competition offering a cash money prize alongside mentorship and projects to help individuals fulfill the dream of their passion projects – ASOS do indeed make dreams come true.

This year the brand continues the run of supporting individuals with ASOS Supports Talent. First up is UK Male talent is another Musician Declan McKenna – who won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition in 2015, and has received critical acclaim for his politically fuelled first single ‘Brazil’. As part of his ASOS passion project he wants to dig deeper into the lyrical meaning of this song but shooting a small documentary about the country itself and all it has to offer – Declan will premiere a short documentary at a showcase for UK fans before releasing the film online (14th June, London).

Over in the US, the female talent comes in the guise of Yumna Al-Arashi, a 27 year old photographer and storyteller from Washington. Her ongoing photography work has already received the support of Art in Embassies, National Geographic Abu Dhabi and the International Women’s Media Foundation. Yumna’s work confronts her ongoing struggle with identity and placement in society. Her work seeks to push boundaries and her ASOS Support Talent project is a fine art photo and visual exhibition, SHEDDING SKIN, which explores the same idea.

To find out how you can support the likes of Yumna and Declan, head over to http://www.asos.com/discover/asos-supports-talent/ and read more.

Percolate Open Air Announces Complete Line-Up Feat. Paranoid London, Leon Vynehall and Ryan Elliott

The completed line up features a live performance from Paranoid London, a DJ set from Debonair and an epic b2b2b between Leon Vynehall, Evan Baggs, Ryan Elliott.

After what has felt like the longest winter, it’s finally time to dust off your sun cream, don your short shorts and whip out those pasty thighs for day time dancing season. This July the legendary promoters Percolate are taking on their biggest party to date; an all day, open air party, set in a stunning East London location. This never-before-used park on Three Mills Island once housed the world’s largest tidal mill.

 To align with their vision the perfect park party utopia, Percolate have curated a line-up of experts in upbeat house to bring the finest midsummer vibes. Topping the list is Pampa records boss DJ Koze. Known for his penchant for the unusual and infectiously melodic, Koze’s remix of Låpsley – Operator was in everyone’s top tracks of 2016. There isn’t a song more perfect for dancing in the sun.

Our pick of the bunch and bringing in some more left field flavours is Objekt, who recently released what we are betting will be every DJ’s 2017 summer weapon of choice, the wobbly groover “Theme From Q”.

In their latest announcement, Percolate have added an electrifying live performance from acid house party starters Paranoid London, NTS Radio’s DJ Debonair and an unbelievable international b2b2b match up; combining Berliner techno champ Ryan Elliott, Brightons house prodigy Leon Vynehall and New York native Evan Baggs.

All artists will play across two stages that are accompanied by plenty of space, chill out areas, ping-pong and delicious street food vendors. What more could you need for a 10 hour knees up in the park?!

Words by David March.

To find out more visit the Facebook event.
To buy tickets click here.

Gottwood Festival Presents Moscoman

Having made every online “top UK festivals” list in 2017, the buzz around Gottwood is now unstoppable. However, the festival has undoubtedly earned its share of praise. Set on the idyllic Welsh isle of Anglesey, the festival has nurtured a unique, family spirit over the years; something that cannot be easily defined. It’s a collective wonderland they constantly strive to maintain and enhance with new features, areas and installations so every time you step into the misty forest, you find something new. Add to this some creative stage designs and a campsite framed by coastline and Welsh meadows, and you can see why few others weekenders compare.

This year’s line-up sees another blend of house, techno and disco champions, (Antal, Matthew Herbert, Zip) rising hot shots (The Black Madonna, Helena Hauff), newcomers (Ross From Friends, O’Flynn) and a sprinkling of bass peddlers (LEVELZ, Loefah, Lenzman). And let’s not forget the undisputed DJ mascot of Gottwood, Move D. On the whole, it’s eclectic, weird and wonderful, which brings us to today’s interviewee who is also appearing at Gottwood 2017; Chen Moscovici aka Moscoman.

Moscoman’s wonky, psychedelic take on house and techno fits perfectly into the Gottwood soundscape. Born in Tel-Aviv, Moscoman blends the mystical eastern sounds of his homeland with the dancefloor sensibilities of his new home – Berlin. His music is as hard to define as the arcane Gottwood spirit. He is also label head of the brilliant Disco Halal imprint, which has released a tonne of leftfield club weapons.

Photo credit: Nuphar Blechner

Having just finished touring America and kicking off his new Triesar label, we caught up with Moscoman ahead of his appearance in the forest next month…

You’re playing at Gottwood this year, amongst some other brilliant festivals like Lente Kabinet and Love International. What makes a good festival experience for you as a DJ?

First of all a good festival experience starts at the top with the organisers of the festival, their passion for it, year after year; if it’s Dave Harvey at Love int. or the Dekmantel guys or Gottwood. Afterwards you look at the crowd which is coming and then of course the gig itself! but that’s the bonus usually.

How was touring America? How did your sound go down to a US audience?
It went great! I love the US; it’s one of the best places to travel and DJ these days. It’s really super progressed, I enjoyed all of the gigs, Good Room in NY, ESP Party in LA, Toronto, Philly, SXM Festival, and of course Mexico let’s not forget. The stand out for me was Palm Springs, which I’ve never been to before, it’s magical.

So you’re a part of the brilliant @whatdjseat on Instagram. What’s the best meal you’ve had this year so far and where?
Wow, so many I’ll be honest. A few highlights were in Philadelphia at some members only Italian restaurant that I can’t really say its name but you can ask Dave P [a Philly local DJ and producer]. Barcelona has an amazing food scene, with super fresh seafood that I really like, really too many to count. Momufuku in New York… I’ve been eating really well!

How do we rate for food here in UK?
Food in the UK is becoming brilliant! Especially London, for suggestions go to our page (@whatdjseat)!

Where do you eat when you’re home in Berlin?
I cook most of the time because Berlin, as much as I love it, it doesn’t have a good food scene. So either I cook strictly vegan food at home or I go to eat some Asian food. I usually go Ishin for sushi, Umami for their great veggie burger bun or a ramen joint which I don’t want to hype. But usually I love cooking at home or wherever I travel when I stay at people’s places.

What was the last really great party you played at in Berlin
Good question, I played a few  very solid parties at Renate but if i’m honest I think the best one was with Life and Death at Club Der Visionaere. Of course all my Panorama Bar gigs we’re over the top, but it is getting harder to find the good parties in Berlin lately.

How has it been performing as a live band?
It’s really fun, a new spirit for me. First of all travelling as a group and not alone and also hearing my music come alive is really amazing for me. I’m way less stressed than I’m supposed to be because Shachak and Hassan (my band mates) are top tier!

Were there any live acts or performances in particular that inspired you to take on the band format?
Actually the opposite. If I’m honest all the live shows I’ve seen recently felt like an education in what not to do! I really want to bring something else, whether that’s possible or not. Mostly I just do my best to sound good!

How do you feel your album translates into the live format?
It makes me feel that I should have recorded it live! It’s an uplifting feeling. There are moments in the live set that i’m shivering from excitement and I really get the chills, something I didn’t feel whist DJing the album tunes.

With your new Treisar label, other than being a channel for your own music, did you have a particular vision for what you wanted it to be? Did you want it to sound different?
I’m trying to tell a story of who I am at this point of my life and career. The story basically was that, as a DJ, I’m constantly looking for new music. So I said to myself, “why not me?”. Moscoman will be one to provide music to DJs on a monthly basis, I will give it some cool visuals and we’re on. Honestly it was a spur of the moment thing.

Your latest release came with the following statement –  “Then Simeon blessed them and said: This Moscoman is destined to cause the falling and rising of many. Do come with me and meet him tomorrow down at the Rocky Beach” – is there a story to be told here?
Ha ha, yes, it has a Biblical element. Treisar in Hebrew means 12 and the whole artwork is influenced by the 12 Tribes of Israel. All the names of the releases and songs are for each tribe.  It’s a big story, made up of these quotes.

Why did you take on such a challenge to release a 12-inch every month?
Well, nine records are ready, I left myself 3 to make new music this year. But it’s not a challenge as I really love what I’m doing, I don’t take it too serious, it’s really fun and looks awesome. It is who I am. I love to be in a constant feeling of creating it doesn’t matter what it is. Between music, labels, live gigs, DJing, cooking. I stopped being bored and started to do stuff, I can’t stop now!

You have a realism in your approach to the whole electronic music business etc. Do you find yourself being critical of your own work?
I use to be very critical about my work but these days I’d rather work and let others be. Life is really short and living with constant gravel about what is good and what is not isn’t the right thing for me. I’m here and I’m creating, that is what’s important.

What other producers/artists have you learnt the most from
Red Axes no doubt, my biggest fans and great friends and I’m theirs. We have an unexplainable connection, we just get each other and love to work and learn stuff from each other.

Is there anything in the pipeline for Moscoman?
Producing bands and other other cool projects will probably be my main venture. Outside of Moscoman/Disco Halal related things – eventually and hopefully opening my own little spot for records, food, and pretty much everything I love.

Words by David March.

Buy tickets for Gottwood 2017 here.
Find out more about Gottwood here.

Listen to Moscoman on Soundcloud.
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Tinie Tempah’s brand “What We Wear” new website launch

Having debuted his collection “Pleats & Poppers” during London Fashion Week: Men, singer-songwriter Tinie Tempah is taking the next step to grow his brand, What We Wear with the launch of his brand new website.

The story behind the brand is quite simple. What We Wear draws inspiration from architecture to incorporate subtle pleating and folding techniques to lend a contemporary aesthetic, using the prominence of hidden detailing for an elevated style. The muted colour palette of navy, white, grey and black in materials such as neoprene and nylon also lends itself to creating a collection infused with the London spirit.

The new website will house the debut collection, with prices ranging from £60 going upto £400.

What We Wear is now available from www.whatwewear.com

Dreams come true

Say goodbye to that Monday feeling and hello to the ultimate dream fest with 1883’s ultimate pyjama guide to help you through the working week.


The ultimate comfort – crafted from soft cotton-flannel, this shirt and short set are ideal for trans-seasonal weather.

THREE J NYC Phoebe striped cotton-flannel pyjama set RRP £120 available from www.net-a-porter.com


If a more masculine fit makes you comfortable in the evenings, then turn to Stella McCartney. Feel free to carry this chic ensemble from boardroom to bedroom for some luxurious comfort.

STELLA MCCARTNEY LINGERIE Poppy Snoozing leopard-print silk-blend pyjama set RRP £275 available from www.matchesfashion.com


100% silk with 100% Zebra print for bit of ‘lolz’ and a whole lot of zzzz.

OLIVIA VON HALLE ALBA NANCY SILK NIGHTSHIRT SET RRP £330 available from oliviavonhalle.com


Beautifully soft and cozy pyjama best set for long-haul flights.

The White Company Classic Jersey Pyjama Set – Silver Grey Marl RRP £70 available from www.thewhitecompany.com


Liberty signature Tana Lawn print in cotton offers supreme comfort imbued with immeasurable heritage style.

LIBERTY LONDON lmran Long Cotton Pyjama Set RRP £150 available from www.libertylondon.com

Have a good night.

Edit by Tamara Borodaneva

Sunfall 2017

Sunfall festival is back for a second year, after successful first outing in 2016. Curated by the same teams that evolved Outlook and Dimensions from their boutique bass beginnings into their wildly popular current iterations, the curators are promising a “festival of two halves” that will appeal to those that regard themselves as being ‘in-the-know’ when it comes to electronic music.

Boasting bass music legends such as Ben UFO, alongside cult hip-hop icon Madlib, the lineup is as diverse as it is cherrypicked. There’s little filler and the Sunfall team haven’t booked based on pass through trends: the promised DJ sets of Move D, Larry Heard and Derrick Mary stand as testament to that.

Crucially, the lineup doesn’t appear to be tainted by any rose-tinted nostalgia – though figures from dance musics wilder past are scattered throughout, there’s new talent too: Helena Hauff; Romare and HAAi amongst them.

Ostensibly a day festival, held on Saturday 12th August at Brockwell Park, London, for those that can’t get enough, after parties are held throughout some of London’s most iconic dance-music venues after the daytime festivities wind down.

Alongside the dancing, merrymaking and general enjoyment, Sunfall are also hosting a music education and conversation tent, promising “a program of music creation and performance workshops, music focused talks, interviews and discussion with industry professionals and artists.”

And, for those who aren’t drooling just yet, there’s even an Independent Record Fair for those of you who won’t get so mashup you’re able to discern letters from figures and make salient decisions on those vinyl plates you just gotta’ add to the collection.

With so much on offer, all at 1883 can’t wait for the 12th August when the sun will rise – well, hopefully, it is England – on SunFall. For more information click here.

Words by Daniel Cave.


London Event Top Pick // FABRICLIVE: High Contrast & Critical Sound

FABRICLIVE preps for an evening of high octane drum & bass across both levels of the club. In Room One, Fabric welcome one of the scene’s best-loved players as High Contrast lands for an extended 3-hour set. Emerging in the early 2000s, High Contrast helped make Hospital Records one of the most recognisable drum & bass labels in history, and cemented his place as one of the sound’s most definitive producers. His productions consistently deliver a distinct liquid sound, and some of his full-length albums are considered seminal works within the genre. High Contrast returns to Farringdon for the first time in 2 years to play a special extended set in Room One. He’s joined by RAM Records heavyweights Culture Shock, as well as recent breakthroughs Turno and Mollie Collins. The Room One bill is rounded off by Bristolian TS2W, while some of liquid’s most essential MCs step up for hosting duties as Dynamite, Inja and 2Shy all join.

Over in Room Two, Critical Sound returns to EC1 in celebration of the label’s 15 year anniversary. Kasra and his cohorts will be marking the special occasion with the launch of their compilation album ‘15 years of Underground Sonics’ looking back on the label’s history. One of the most current and relevant drum & bass imprints, Critical has consistently produced some of the most forward-thinking drum & bass records of recent times. Having charted their journey closely through the last 15 years, we’ve also shared a close relationship with the label as Critical Sound has taken a firm place in the FABRICLIVE side of our programming. This spring sees them bringing Critical’s key players old and new to Farringdon to represent the full spectrum of the label’s sound. In keeping with their longstanding history with Fabric, Kasra and his crew will be taking over Room Two for the duration of the night. Locked in to join Kasra is techstep heavyweight Emperor alongside Bristolian champion Foreign Concept, as well as rising star Halogenix. Critical proteges Klax and Signal also line up for a special back-to-back set, as well as Shyun and Solah playing live. Taking over mic duties for the night are some of the most essential hosts in drum & bass as AD and Mantmast step up alongside MC GQ.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.


Midsommar Weekender

Nightlife pioneers Absolut and GFC partner to host the Midsommar Weekender, a brand new boutique festival in Åhus, Sweden

– Featuring performances by Floating Points, El Perro Del Mar, Flyte, Zebra Katz –

Think of the ultimate party, where the sun never sets and anything can happen; Absolut partners with Swedish festival pioneers GFC for the first ever Midsommar Weekender – a three day boutique festival that takes the traditions and rituals of midsommar and gives them a stylish twist to create the ultimate nightlife experience.

Taking place from 23rd – 25th June 2017, the intimate festival will bring contemporary music, food, mindfulness and lifestyle to Swedish and international festival guests on a unique journey through midsommar in the magical surroundings of Ovesholms Slott in Åhus, Sweden.

Midsommar Weekender takes the age-old Swedish tradition and fills it with new, exciting energy. Creating a modern progressive take on this important Swedish celebration of the longest day of the year, Midsommar Weekender opens the doors for people all over the world to come and experience the proudest and most unique Swedish holiday.

The music line up so far includes: Floating Points [UK], El Perro Del Mar [GB], Zebra Katz [US] and Flyte [UK]. To give the classic tradition of Midsommar a burst of new energy, choreographer Jerome Marchand will interpret the classic Midsommar maypole dance. Performance artist Angela Wand will guide festival visitors through a Midsommar lunch for 1,000 guests. In addition, the live music will be accompanied by activities such as flower crown making workshops, a drinks lab, tarot sessions and restorative yoga.

Artists ready for the Midsommar Weekender (more to come):

Floating Points [Solo Live, UK]

A neuroscientist by day, Dj/Producer/Composer by night, Floating Points knows no boundaries when it comes to creativity and expression. Classically trained from a young age and with a strong passion for Jazz, Floating Points has progressed into one of the world’s most exciting producers, as well as one of the club scenes leading Dj’s. At Midsommar Weekender Floating Points will perform his new solo live set. 

El Perro Del Mar [SE]

Last fall, El Perro Del Mar (a music project by Sarah Assbring) released albumKoKoro, her most ambitious and musically adventurous album to date, covering themes that speak to both big and small matters of the heart. With soundscapes that echo of Thailand, Sumatra, India, Ethiopia, and China, the orchestration of ‘KoKoro’ is unlike 

any of El Perro Del Mar’s previous releases. It features the Chinese string instrument Guzheng, the Japanese Shakuhachi flute, Asian flutes, Arabic strings, Dulcimer, and rhythms influenced by Ethiopian music.

Zebra Katz [US]

Zebra Katz is the alias of multifaceted artist Ojay Morgan. Inspired by Nina Simone, Andre 3000, Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill, Zebra Katz has cultivated a signature and unique presence all his own. He has made waves with his music since the release of his highly acclaimed first single “Ima Read” and has shared the stage with everyone from Diplo to Scissor Sisters, audiences around the world flock to his concerts. Not to be missed!

Flyte [UK]

The band spent the first few months of 2017 in Australia, where they completed their debut album along with ‘Courtney Barnett’ producer Burke Reid. In recent years they have released indie anthems such ad “We Are The Rain”, “Closer Together” and “Light Me Up” and reached over one million Spotify streams. Last year the band Will Taylor (vocals) and Sam Berridge (keyboard) covered Joni Mitchells song River on Facebook. This heart-wrenching interpretation kicked off a Flyte-movement, leaving fans wanting more. Their debut album will be released this year.

More news:

A never ending feast of summer flavours hosted by Party-General Angela Wand

Foodies have just as much to look forward to as music fans. The traditional lunch is an important part of the midsommar celebration and therefore also of Midsommar Weekender. Together with your one thousand new friends you will enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord containing a selection of classic Swedish dishes, shared at a long communal table before continuing with the nights celebrations. The lunch will be hosted by the talented Angela Wand – actor, comedian, writer, circus artist, director – ensuring guests are well fed as well as entertained.

One of the coolest traditions you’ve never heard of

The Swedish midsommar celebration is sprung from pagan rituals of ancient times and is connected to the summer solstice and celebrates fertility. One of the traditions during this important holiday for Swedes is to dance around a maypole. Choreographer Jerome Marchand; a rock star in the ballet world, will be joined by a dance company to create a modern interpretation of the classic Midsommar dance when the maypole is raised, continuing into the night.

Party and relax in the beautiful Swedish countryside

Absolut has been crafted with passion in Åhus in the south of Sweden since 1879. In this small region, Local Countess, Alexandra Hamilton, has offered the beautiful Castle of Ovesholm with its boundless fields, medieval barns, and stone buildings as the setting for Midsommar Weekender, creating a unique backdrop for a festival, rooted in the same history as Absolut. The Yoga Festival at Midsommar Weekender will be a chill zone and a place for recovery. A simple but physically demanding yoga session to evocative music that requires full presence in the moment will give participants a chance to look inward and recharge, setting them up perfectly to take in the festival to the fullest.

Flower crown workshop and tarot session

Midsommar Weekender brings a touch of funky street style inspired by Scandinavian minimalism in crisp summer white. The dress code is simple – trade your usual garb for a full-on white get up, topped off with a crown of flowers on your hair. A florist will be on hand, hosting flower crown making workshops with tips and advice for creating a stunning Midsommar wreath to complete your attire. For extra tips and advice, look no further than tarot card reader Linda Spåman who will be on hand to add to the magic that surrounds Midsommar Eve.

Summer cocktails

It isn’t an Absolut experience without amazing drinks. Midsommar Weekender cocktails are all about refreshing serves that are perfect for the night of the year when the sun never sets. In addition to classics like the Elderflower Collins, guests will also be able to learn to how to mix their own personal concoctions at the Absolut Drinks Lab.

More info about the festival:

Organizer: Grandin Flying Circus + Partners

Capacity: 1000 visitors

Location: Ovesholm Castle and its surroundings

Activities: Concerts and club, workshops and talks, yoga, run club, etc.

Tickets: Sold in the form of various packages. The packages include entry, breakfast on both mornings, the great common Midsommar lunch and accommodation at the festival glamping area – from £354 per person to £760 per person depending on comfort level.

Find out more and purchase tickets at midsommarweekender.com

Exclusive Acne Studios online Pop-up from Tomorrow

Ever wanted to own a piece of archive-Acne? Missed it the first time round and still thinking about it? Well you’re just in luck – Acne Studios will be launching its AcneArchive.com 48 hour online pop up shop on the 3rd May to 5th May exclusively to the UK

Offering a handpicked selection of Acne Studios classics, show pieces and exclusive items from previous collections up to 75% discount.

Customers can sign up via the link here – http://bit.ly/AcneArchiveUK


Salvatore Ferragamo debut capsule collection using “Orange Fiber”

Faithful to their motto, “Responsible Passion”, Salvatore Ferragamo is the first brand to use the exclusive Orange Fiber fabric. A twill that looks and feels like silk, the capsule collection is made from a patented Orange Fiber fabric, the first fabric in the world made with citrus fruits. It all started with the idea to create sustainable fabrics for fashion by taking the remains of citrus fruits after squeezing them for juice, which amounts to more than 700,000 tons of by-product in Italy.

This green-fashion project combines fashion and design with a virtuous production cycle, using solely sustainable fabrics of natural origins whilst reflecting those ethical values linked to research on sustainability and renewable sources

The Capsule Collection comprises of 17 RTW pieces including dresses, blouses and trousers, as well as 3 signature scarves; all pieces are enhanced by exclusive prints by the Florentine fashion house.