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River Island announces Ashish as latest Design Forum collaboration

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His catwalk show is one of the hottest tickets during London Fashion Week, the streetsyle outside legendary and the sequins galore exemplary. Now, Ashish has joined forces with high street kingping, River Island, to launch a capsule collection.

The 15 piece range will embrace the fun and playful quirkiness of Ashish designs across loungerwear, outerwear and casual piece. Ashish has taken a fresh approach to the initiatibe by being the first to promote a gender-neutral collection.

Ashish x River Island Design Forum collection is now available exclusively on www.riverisland.com with prices ranging from £30-£180.

 

Champions of Soho by James Massiah – Champion UK Store

Champions of Soho by James Massaish from Exposure London on Vimeo.

Champion celebrates Soho with poet James Massiah.

Champion, like Soho, stands for heritage – it is beloved, beyond trend and has never compromised. It is what it is, and it works with everything and every scene. At its heart is simplicity of style and a classic logo that has become a shorthand for design credibility. Its aesthetic combines athletic apparel, workwear and streetstyle, all at once. It is one of America’s most popular streetwear brands, and has attracted the most cutting edge collaborators from around the world.

The brand is the original originator of American sportswear and will celebrate its 100 year  anniversary  in 2019. It has also been synonymous with London street style for decades. This summer, the brand commissioned a short film featuring celebrated spoken word poet and DJ James Massiah, taking us through the heart of London and exploring who and what defines it.

Massiah is a man who is capturing the ear of a generation – he has performed his distinctive spoken word poetry at the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Houses of Parliament. Massiah’s film takes us on a journey through its streets, as the poet gives us laser sharp insight into the locals who define the neighbourhood both young and old. These, as he shows and tells us, are the people who have made Soho what it is, and what it will be in the future.

 

Bella Freud launched exclusive new fragance at Liberty London

To mark the launch of her new fragrance, Bella Freud will take over Liberty London windows for two weeks featuring bespoke illustrations by Sina Sparrow. A  limited edition fanzine also accompanies the launch (and beleive us, the zine is hilarious).

The fragrance itself has a delicate freshness with top notes of Neroli and Petitgrain. The warmth of the atmosphere and depth of the notes are lifted by a hint of Tobacco Flower, with deep, dense resins and a base accord of Cedarwood, dry Amber and dark Musks. Simply put the fragrance is a balance of two worlds; of subtlety and mystique.

“‘Psychoanalysis’ is the perfume of obsessive romantic love. A man so intelligent and deep holds your happiness but can never fulfil it. The smell of the leather couch is reassuring; the fragrance of cigars and orange blossom opens your mind and heart”. BF

Available to buy from Liberty London www.libertylondon.com EDP £165 (100ml, Candle £45 (190g)

Image of Bella Freud, Darren Gerrish

Fridays at Egg LDN: Röyksopp DJ Set, 22/09/17

On 22nd September, the legendary Röyksopp make their Egg London debut for a rare DJ set.

Hailing from icy Norway, the duo are known for musically delivering the opposite of their motherland influences. With their sound being referred to as “warm” downbeat electronica with combined elements of house and afro-american sounds, the Röyksopp machine has created, sculpted and influenced the electronic landscape in that part of the world, working closely with highly credited artists such as Robyn & Lykke Li. With internationally acclaimed tracks such as “Eple” and “What else is there’ under their belt, expect a carnivorously diverse show from some carnivorously diverse talent.

Listing Info
Event: Fridays at Egg…
Date: Friday 9th September 2017
At: Egg Ldn, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX
Times: 11pm-7am
Line-up: Röyksopp DJ Set
Tickets: From £5 Early Bird in advance online
Tel No: 020 7871 7111
Web: www.egglondon.co.uk or www.residentadvisor.net

A wildly wet weekend at the fantasy land that is Bestival

Moving from the Isle of White to the idyllic Lulworth Estate, Bestival is a must for any fun-loving festival goer closing off the season.

The XX, Pet Shop Boys and A Tribe Called Quest’s last ever gig all added to a raucous affair that kept the boutique festival in a sparkling state despite the persistent showers. Helping this was this years’ theme of colour creating a kaleidoscope of merriment – from flamboyant 60s hipsters to giant juicy fruit suits there was a concoction to contrast the gloomy sky.

Another highlight was the Raindance take over at the hedonistic temple stage perched high on the hill with stunning views over the beautiful countryside. One of the highlights was the Desperados Clubhouse playing classic beats and vibes from the likes of Hot Chip and Rob Da Bank who closed the show with his triumphant Sunday Best lineup.

Ratpack concluded the take over with the world’s largest glitter cannon showering crowd with a plethora of all that sparkles. All in all Bestival managed to wrap up the rapidly departing summer madness with its usual class and we’ll be back.

Watch out for next years tickets here.

Review: Lost Village Festival 2017

Somewhere in Lincolnshire, there are rumblings that a new(ish) pretender for the crown of the UK’s best electronic and leftfield music festival is making moves. It’s name: Lost Village Festival (LV).

In it’s third year, the festival – which took place 24th – 27th August 2017 – attracted a growing crowd of dance music savants in search of something a bit better, a bit more individual, a bit less drab on a summer festival circuit which can look bloated and stale.

Headlined on the Sunday by Moderat, playing their last UK appearance, Lost Village’s lineup certainly wasn’t geared towards this one special moment. There was certainly no filler on a lineup that appealed to electronic tastebuds of every persuasion.

Though Moderat were a personal highlight – the ‘supergroup’ of Apparat and Modeselektor have fine-tuned their live performances into a goosebump-inducing, eye-crinkling sing-a-long, techno-flavoured overload – there were few dull notes on a weekend of top-notch sets.

Crowd-favourite, Dusky, played a daytime offering that acted as an apt passage from late-afternoon to early evening fun whilst Black Madonna concluded a weekend of fun with a deep-in-the-woods set of house that glitzed as much as it glammed.

Dixon, who sits pretty at number one on the Resident Advisor list of top artists, also played a heads-down, locked-in set whilst the unmatchable Artwork bookended Sunday with two sets that displayed the true variety of LV: one sexy disco-tinted runthrough for the daytime whilst, in the Junkyard, deeper into the evening, he threw out darker, electronic rumblers.

However, whilst Lost Village’s lineup of artists was incredible – I fully reccomend looking at this year’s lineup in full to fully appreciate how varied next year’s lineup is likely to be – kudos has to be given to the production team and setting.

With stages nestled deep into the woods, and the walkways between flecked with sometimes-terrifying, sometimes-mind-opening set design pieces – not to mention, bars, actors and other stumbling festival goers – LV was as much about the feeling as it was about the music.

And, for festival goers everywhere – let’s be honest, we’re by and large, metropolitan, millenial ‘snowflakes’ who baulk at dirt and inconvenience – fears and can assuaged by the cleanliness of facilities, variety of food and drink on offer and the conception of an app that allows you to find friends, stages, food and message the LV team in moments of need, confusion and, well, if you want someone to chat.

Oh, and as an addendum: A surefire highlight was the last tent open every evening – dubbed the ‘hay tent’ or ‘indie tent’ – where ravers filtered to belt out rock and pop classics whilst throwing straw bales at each other and playing the in-tent piano . A leftfield winner, for a festival that foregrounded the best of left-of-centre music.

Images: Lost Village 2017 / Fanatic
Words by Daniel Cave

 

 

 

Lost Village Festival 2017

Lost Village Festival (24-27th August) is back upon us for a third time, with a line-up that teases as much as it bangs. In a late-in-the-year slot, the Lincolnshire-based festival will please electronic music fans who consider themselves to in the know.

Boasting bass-music legends such as Dixon, Nina Kraviz and Move D, Lost Village do not bow to pass-through trends, but they’re not scared of shwocasing new talent either: the bookings of Aprés, Shy Luv and Fakear stand as testament to that.

For ardent electronic-music connoisseurs there the headline booking of Moderat will tantalise. The Apparat-Modeselektor supergroup are performing in the UK for the last time for a considerable period – perhaps, forever – which for many village-goers will the pinnacle of the weekend.

Ostensibly a festival based in an abandoned woodland village, that promises to be “much more than a music festival” more a “land of discovery”, Lost Village will be an holistic experience before anything else.

There are Lakes of Tranquility, complete with hot-tubs, saunas and therapy pods, a line up of comedy at the Lost Theatre and a seperate hospitality line-up boasting a global variety of street food which promises to sell ‘Michelin star level food’.

At the end of last year, Jaymo and Andy George, curators of the festival said: “Next year is gonna be a whole other level, we’re going all out on this one! Bigger line-up, a deeper more intense experience with tons more characters lurking in the woods!”

It certainly looks like they weren’t lying. At 1883, we can’t wait to get there.

Click here to check out a Lost Village festival playlist, curated by Boxed In.

Moiré – Lost You feat. DRS
“I like the feel of this, it reminds of some of the old Bugz In The Attic broken beat tracks by Artwork and Seiji etc.. I was actually introduced this by George Fitzgerald. DRS’s vocal feels kind of unique in this setting. The whole album has a really specific moody vibe to it. This track stands out.”

Tomaga – Greetings From The Bitter End
“Tomaga are such an interesting band. The drummer is a girl called Valentina Magaletti, one of the best drummer’s around at the moment. They’re a two piece and are very much ploughing their own path. There’s a bit of Portishead and Can in there, but ultimately it’s percussive psych rock done in their own way.”

Motor City Drum Ensemble – There’s A Truth
“I DJ’d at Glastonbury this year, closing a stage at Shangri-La, 3am – 5am Monday Morning. It was hard deciding what to pick to play people who’d been partying for 4 days non stop. This is a nice track that bridged the gap between a few of the disco bangers. The whole record, Raw Cuts, is a nice listen. Maybe a bit too heavy a nod to Moodymann and Theo, but good nonetheless.

Nicolas Jaar – Three Sides Of Nazareth
“This track touches on many of my favourite styles of music. It’s got the nod to German electronic psych rhythms, Jaar’s classic deep gothy vocal style, and those synths. I listened to this record a lot while finishing the last Boxed In album.”

Moderat – Finder
“Really happy these guys are headlining Lost Village. I actually only saw them for the first time live at Glastonbury this year, but have followed them a while. The live show was incredible, visually and sonically. Their drum production pierces through in such a unique way.

Talaboman – Loser’s Hymn
“The whole album, The Night Land, carries a really trippy weight to it. This track in particular has a great psychy mood to it. It feels fit for outdoor listening, music for free parties, music for the hills or the forests.”

Flamingods – Junglebirds
“These guys were by far the best live act I’ve seen this summer. At the Crow’s Nest, a tiny tent at the top of Glastonbury, they played an hour of insane, psychedelic, instrument swapping grooves that borrowed from so many different cultures and genres. And somehow managed to make it cohesive and make it their own. You have to see them if you can.”

Floating Points – Kelso Dunes
“His latest release ‘Reflections, Mojave Desert’ is another step in the direction towards live instrumentation. There’s still the bed of electronics that his older more house and techno tracks are bathed in, but this has gone more “bandy”. I love this track, it’s got a Neu, almost Pink Floyd vibe to it. I still absolutely love his house tracks, but it’s interesting to watch him make bold steps with every new release.”

Carsten Jost – Platoon RLX II
“I’ve only come across him recently, been listening to the album this comes from – Perishable Tactics – a lot. Really nice, subtle deep techno. It’s got a bit of Aphex Ambient Works to it and also reminds me of french techno producer Isoleé.”

Loyle Carner – Florence feat. Kwes
“Really happy to see Loyle get added to the line up for Lost Village. This is my favourite down time track. Both Ben (Loyle) & Kwes are lovely guys and their vocal styles and production work so well together.”

Words by Dan Cave.

adidas Originals open doors to EQT Creator Studio in London

adidas Originals annoounce an immersive creative space in the heart of London with the EQT Creator Studio.

First conceived in 1991 as part of the adidas Equipment brand launch, the EQT has been recently refreshed and cemented its status as one of the most sought-after franchises of 2017. This month sees a new collection of EQT dropping in fresh colourways, alongside an EQT apparel collection.

The pop-up studio will launch to the public on Saturday, kicking off with a live performance from Jamie xx plus special guest and will remain open for 7 days of curated events designed to celebrate essentialism. Opening this weekend Saturday 19th August running until Friday 25th August at Victoria House.

Staying true to the ethos of the original 90’s EQT product range – stripping back to everything that is essential, nothing that is not – the events program will explore the essentials of design and creativity that apply to the cross sections of style, music, art and sneakers.

The EQT Creator Studio will play host to a series of additional gigs, talks and workshops with headline performances throughout the week, including appearances from Kojey Radical, GRM Daily, legendary designer Peter Saville and Director of SHOWstudio and celebrated fashion image maker Nick Knight.

The EQT Creator Studio opens on Saturday 19th August and runs until Friday 25th August, at: Victoria House, Southampton Row, London. WC1B 4DA

The full program will be revealed in the coming days and fans will be able to get tickets to all events at the Creator Studio via ticketing app Dice from Thursday 17th August.

Available on adidas.co.uk from Thursday 24th August

Blood Bother x Selfridges: Music Matters Capsule Collection

In response to the rate of music venue closures across the UK (an estimated 40% of London’s music venues have closed), Selfridges has decided to host a series of live gigs from a range of artists alongside music inspired capsule collections from brands around the world.

First up is Blood Brother’s capsule collection for the Selfridges: Music Matters series, takeing a nostalgic look back on some of the most successful parties they have hosted. Leaning on their brand ethos of togetherness, the parties they hold are a way of bringing together people and friends under one roof to celebrate and listen to music.

The collection consists of tees, hoodies and bag in a colour palette heavily influenced by early nineties rave culture, featuring acid greens and bright pink, white, blue and black. The graphics feature a retrospective of rave and club night flyers, referencing previous nights such as The Labyrinth Club in Dalston – the birthplace of The Prodigy – and archiving headliners such as Andre Lodemann and Sonny Fodera.

The collection launches August 14th, available at Selfridges. Prices range from £55-£160

Photographs by Crowns & Owls

Printworks London: Issue 002

BLACK COFFEE // 14th Oct // 12:00pm – 22:00pm

THE HYDRA PRESENT NINJA TUNE // 21st Oct // 12:00pm – 23:00pm

25 YEARS OF RAM RECORDS // 28th Oct // 12:00pm – 22:00pm

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Having laid dormant since Easter weekend, Printworks have allowed the dust to settle on Issue 001. It’s fair to say that Printworks went above and beyond our wildest expectation during its debut season of events. Week-to-week it just kept getting bigger. In a few short months Printworks went from being an ex-printing facility being used as an event space, to earning a reputation as a venue.

Although it remained closed for the summer months, Pritnworks are eager to keep that momentum going with another finely-tuned season of programming. Running from October to December in a genre-spanning 10-week run, Issue 002 will pick-up right where Issue 001 left off.

Printworks kick-off with full fanfare on Saturday 7th October. They’ve spared no expense on the line-up, and it plays to Printworks’ strength as an industrial temple of techno. Ellum Audio boss Maceo Plex heads things up, and he’s joined by an elite supporting cast. Berlin stronghold Dystopian’s Rødhåd and Monoloc are joined by London favourite Daniel Avery. In addition they’re delighted to be welcoming Italian brothers Mind Against back to Printworks. Rising Belgian star Charlotte de Witte is invited off the back of her sterling display at Junction 2 earlier this summer. Elsewhere Vril and Edward will be performing live shows. Expect plenty of dark, ominous tones with some mind-bending production & lighting.

Next-up Printworks are psyched to give South African export Black Coffee a 5-hour platform to showcase his deep sounds. After suffering paralysis down his left-side as a teenager, his story is one of perseverance and, ultimately, hope. He’ll be curating the lineup with some special guests soon.

Printworks are thrilled to invite back long-term collaborators The Hydra for another date on 21st October. During Issue 001 the London-based promoters sparked the curiosity of a new legion of followers whilst never venturing far from their sound. Their impeccably crafted line-ups included Floating Points, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Koze and Daphni amongst others.

On 28th October they celebrate 25 Years of infamous DNB label RAM records. Founded by the legendary Andy C and run alongside Red One, RAM’s decorated alumni reads like a who’s who of Drum & Bass: Chase & Status, SubFocus, Wilkinson, Bad Company, Delta Heavy, Frankee… we could go on. At the moment the line-up is a tightly guarded secret, but in true RAM fashion we’re expecting nothing less than to be blow away.

Sign up for priority tickets now at www.printworkslondon.co.uk