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Five things to look for at Ninja Tune Presents WHP

Ninja Tune – a London-based record label created by 90s’ dance-pioneers Coldcut – are stalwarts of experimental electronica.

Including Bonobo, Kelis & Run The Jewels on their roster, we are not surprised that WHP have offered the Ninja Tune boys their chance at curating a lineup on Friday 28th October.

With 2016‘s WHP season in full-swing, Manchester has already hosted thousands of pilgrimaging ravers within the almost-sacred Store St pillars – celebrating a decade at the location.

Championing diversity in dance music, WHP lineups offer underground sounds suiting all palates: from the legendary Laurent Garnier to Manchester’s own grime gremlins LEVELZ.

As Ninja Tune have their own very particular dance floor imagination, we’ve crafted the below preview-smorgasboard to guide tastebuds before next week’s main helping.


ONE: WATCH OUT FOR JON HOPKINS’ AUDIO-VISUAL MIND MELTERS Headliner Jon Hopkins’ singular career trajectory has earned him his current status as the softly-spoken, almost-unseen soundscape crafter who can score anything: from floor-shaking techno to wafer-thin and emotionally tensile film soundtracks. Hopkins’ last outing at WHP saw his set allied with visual backdrops and pastel-soft lighting which were synced with the emotional peaks and troughs of his music in mesmerizing entente. Look out for more of the same.

Bonobo’s social media output has promised new material in the coming months and the Brighton-born producer-come-DJ’s set should – if past performances act as a barometer – contain samples and flecks of yet to be released sounds. The potential for previews aside, the Los Angeles based musician has carved his own niche as a performer who is equally at home playing live or spinning the ones-and-twos. Expect his multi-textured approach to instrumentation to inform Friday’s set but don’t expect the Sunday-morning lie-in sounds of Animal Magic – Simon Green’s sets can bang!

Archie Fairhurst – more popularly known as Romare – is the cut-n-past London wunderkid who has sifted through samples from Blues and Soul to craft progressive dance toe-tappers. With new tracks Je T’aime & Who Loves You? maintaining Romare’s individual approach to production it’s not hard to see why Mr. Fairhurst has received the accolades of Bonobo and Gilles Peterson, amongst others. Previous DJ appearances – in the back rooms of pubs to European festival stages – have seen him draw on his encyclopedic knowledge of blues, soul and rock & roll to inspire sweat-inducing jiving. Whatever his set-listing, Manchester will be in for a treat!

Gilles Peterson’s Saturday afternoon radio shows radiate warmth as the softly spoken man from Caen effuses about his crate-digging experiences all over the globe. Pulling up niche tracks from the worlds of Ethiopian jazz to Alabama soul, Mr.Peterson will surely bring a slice of his singular summer warmth to autumnal Manchester’s concrete underground. With Gilles: expect the unexpected – in the nicest, warmest, happiest way possible.

The half-faded vocal samples and upbeat chord-stabs showcased on Maribou’s LP Portraits is the dance floor music with human qualities we’ve come to expect from the Hertfordshire duo. As their production can often be tinged with a hard-to-verbalise sadness, their set should act as an apt bridge between the organic and the synthetic; summer and winter; all out partying and introspection. A pair for the thoughtful party-going individual.

Words by Dan Cave.

Welcome to the ultimate festival in Dubai: SOLE DXB

Imagine: the heat of Dubai, the sun, the sea, the unabashed wealth, the money, the cars, the hotels and the culture. Now imagine all of that mixed with a street cultural festival celebrating music, design, fashion and style. From November 18 & 19, 2016, Dubai will be hosting the ultimate two-day festival, Sole DXB, illuminating Dubai’s unique style history in a region where swag has always been king. Welcome to the ‘City of Gold’.

This year the festival have launched a film that heightens anticipation of the festival, filming through the dusty back street of Dubai’s oldest neighborhood, Deira – a place where tradition meets necessity with sign simply marked “Al Souq”. Those lucky enough to have visited Dubai will know the marketplace is the cultural melting pot, singing with sounds of a bustling metropolis. In a nod to this cultural heritage, Sole DXB presents their 2016 campaign, a contemporary documentation of this age-old craftsmanship and how it continues to thrive in this present day.

Having begun life sneaker-focused five years ago, Sole DXB has grown into so much more. This year’s event is even wilder playing host to some of the biggest figures from across street industries, including key figures from music, sneaker, basketball and art scenes. 1883 are lucky enough to announce it first music headliners, getting us a tad overexcited. We can confirm that SOLE DXB 2016 will include Skepta, Little Sims, Dam Funk and BJ The Chicago Kid.

Day One will see Large Professor and Diamond D providing an exclusive live performance at the Sole x Cadillac Preview Night party. For those that know (and those that don’t) Large Professor produced for Nas, Busta Rhymes, Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane. Day Two gets crazy as North London hailing rapper and global rising star Little Simz headlines and Day 3 is when things get even more lit with the final night hosting none other than Mercury Music Prize-winning Skepta.

That’s not all. Over the two days a series of globally never seen-before-product is set to be unveiled from a host of participating brands such as adidas Originals and PUMA Select – and brand new additions to the 2016 billing: Leading footwear concept Level Shoes, New Balance and Nike. Level shoes is set to showcase a tight edit of exclusive and limited edition designer sneaker collections, a never seen in Dubai Maison Margiela Paris retrospective and select designer appearances.

 SOLE DXB will run from Fri 18th – Sat 19 November 2016 from 12pm – 10pm at Dubai Design District (d3).

Reigster at www.soledxb.com for free admission or AED 100 at entrance.

Video Collaboration with British Artist Katerina Jebb and Comme des Garçons


Sugar and spice and all things nice, this is not. The new fragrance from Comme des Garçons BLACKPEPPER instead celebrates a sensuality of the unknown, subverting the usual guises of olfactive convention and offering a scent that hints towards a sharper edge thanks to the dry Madagascan Pepper. But how does this translate to the everyday? CDG fragrances are known for their curious take on mixing notes, producing scents that linger and subvert as time passes – in this way they are distinctive, fluid, unisex. BLACKPEPPER sits quite nicely within this category but simultaneously breaks the mould by combining a familiar cedarwood note with the harshness of blackpepper that is unlike anything we have smelt thus far. It is curious, yes; sharp; perhaps questionable, but you’ll find yourself going back for more.

It is quite right then that such an idea, a smell and a memory might ignite further creative voices. And that’s exactly what’s happened here. To celebrate the new unisex scent from CDG, the brand has collaborated with British artist Katerina Jebb to launch a video rendition of the power behind BLACKPEPPER. Jebb has an unorthodox approach to image making, creating a mirror of our world filled with fleeting moments of escape. In this way her ethos are similar to that of CDG as a brand and likewise perhaps the reason why the two have collaborated for nearly twenty years so far. In answering how the new scent inspired the new films, Jebb puts it succinctly by saying, “Its lack of traditional aspects, and openness to communicating ideas in another way. The disappearance of language.”

In talking about the visual language of the film, with the sun, the sea, the earth, Jebb further translates how something sensual can power further idioms. “Life in chaos made me want to escape into an empty landscape. Here are three visual metaphors, concrete building blocks from which ideas are crystallized, alluding to the thought that perfume is an imaginative act. With perfume, we are spraying an emotional phenomenon onto our skin, something that permeates beyond language.”

The 1883 Weekend Shopping Guide

We’ve compiled our ultimate weekend shopping guide to help you get the most out of AW16. This week we are going for functionality, looking at some key pieces that will take you through the AW16 and the seasons to come. Read on with your credit card at the ready.


A fav of Kate Moss, the brand focused on skinny scarves before expanding to include some covetable denim wares for AW16. Part 70s rock’n’roll vibe thanks to the cuts, part Americana cool, the denim jacket from the range is the ultimate go-to saviour with a slim-cut silhouette.

Rockins Denim Button Down Jacket RRP £225 available from www.matchesfashion.com

Draw Haus

The team is always on the lookout for fun-loving accessories, and these scarves from new brand Draw Haus tick all the right boxes. Founded by print designer Tanya Rapaic and creative Conor Rua, the first ever capsule focuses on digital prints imposed on pocket squares and neckerchiefs for a well –thought out collection that will last you seasons to come.

Draw Haus Pocket Squares RRP £40 Neckerchiefs RRP £55 Available from www.drawhaus.co.uk

Nixon x Liberty

Combining two of our fav brands, Nixon have teamed up with Liberty London to launch a limited edition timepiece. A rose gold face with a tortoise acetate with pops of teal, this one is the ultimate hybrid between two established brands coming together to launch a piece that fits seamlessly into your wardrobes.

Nixon x Liberty Time Teller RRP £130 available exclusively at Liberty London and on www.libertylondon.com

Aquascutum x Supreme

The distinctive Aquascutum heritage check combined with the streetwear stalwart Supreme brings together unlikely but likeliest pairing of AW16 thus far. We love the custom fit waterpoor filey jacket to tackle those rainy days in style.

Aquascutum x Supreme is prices between £98 and £598 available online at www.aquascutum.com and at the Aquascutum Great Marlborough Street store.


Designed by Fragment founder Hiroshi Fujiwara, a globally influential designer and a pioneer of the Nike HTM line, the [Converse] Essentials x Fragment line consists of apparel mainstays including a crew and tee. Each piece is made of premium cotton in pigment dyed Black and features the “Fragment” word mark and logo in plastisol to ensure durability.

The limited edition collection will launch on Wednesday 28th September at END, Foot Patrol and Converse.com from £35 to £80

Axel Arigato

The Swedish brand have just opened their flagship store on Soho’s Broadwick Street bringing together style and funcitonaility to the heart of London. We have our eyes on the perfect blush pink sneakers for the years to come.

Axel Arigato prices start at around £125 available in Store 19-23 Broadwick St, London W1F and www.axelarigato.com/


Only a few sizes are left online, but the Finery Sloane Snake Leather Coat is everything we love about new season. Go online now to grab the last few left.

Finery London Sloane Snake Leather Coat RRP £395 available at www.finerylondon.com

Simple Things 2016 Preview: 7 Key Acts

For decades, Bristol has stood out as one of the UKs greatest musical melting pots; an understated incubator for innovative electronic sounds – from jungle to dubstep to trip hop. Simple Things music festival is the celebration this cultural hot bed deserves. Few UK events bring together such a mix of bands, DJs and live electronic sets. The spectrum begins with “Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon” and ends somewhere around the noise-rap aggression of Death Grips. Just by looking at the artists below, you will see how far the net is cast: Germany, Russia, Australia, US and the rest.

In the week leading up to the event, Simple Things EXT brings an extended programme of unique performances, talks and art installations to stimulate mind body and bpm.  A series of Planetarium sessions will feature otherworldly visuals sound tracked by the likes of Dopplereffekt, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and the British Paraorchestra. Alongside these are a set of panel discussions asking the big questions that challenge modern music culture and a set of Ableton masterclasses to train the next generation of artists.

We can’t wait to make the pilgrimage to the South West for this year’s event. In anticipation, we’ve put together a list of act we’re most excited to see.

The most promising alt-R&B artist for some time, the darkwave duchess made her name through DIY beginnings, writing and producing all her music from her bedroom in Atlanta. Her silky, reverbed vocals ooze over ethereal hi-hats and ice cold basslines. It’s a hazy and intoxicating mix. Watch out for this one in 2017.

Helena Hauff
After a series of storming mixes and an incredible recorded set alongside Ben UFO, Hauff has been at the top of our must see list for some time.  Her selections veer between thrashing, distorted techno and clean futurist electro. It feels old-school punk whilst also being an original change to the usual cookie-cutter, four to the floor techno set.

Dopplereffekt at the Bristol Planetarium. Space-age electro. In a planetarium. Just let that sink in.

Nina Kraviz
Kraviz has gone from the leftfield acid pixie to complete techno world domination in the past 2 years. Every week we see a new video blowing up our Facebook feeds with her dropping some unknown edit or unreleased dub and it always looks insane. Catch her at the top of her game.

Every time we have seen this London-to-Dubai based band perform, the show has enough manic percussive energy to leave half the crowd flinging their shirts above their heads. The band draws from a kaleidoscope of worldwide ethnic sounds and gives the whole blend a heavy dose of added psychedelia.

DJ Spinn
To cover the weekend’s higher BPMs, Simple Things have called upon the legendary Teklife crew to showcase their Chicago footwork sound. The highlight of this showcase is Teklife originator DJ Spinn. If you don’t know about footwork and juke music, this is your chance. Bring a towel, shit will get crazy.

Harvey Sutherland
This Melbourne born artist brings funky synth wizardry that’s up there with the likes of Fatima Yamaha. Expect a hip shaking show.

Buy tickets for Simple Things here.

Words by David March.




Clock Strikes 13 Season 2016 – Our Top 6 Picks

As the cold dark nights creep in, there is one glimmer of hope amongst the faded memories of summertime festivals and day raves. It is time to look forward to the winter clubbing season. One team that set the bar high last winter were newcomers Clock Strikes 13, with a range of nights showcasing artists sourced from the darker corners of music. Their second season sees a bunch of London debuts and special one-off shows hosted across some of London’s most enthralling music locations (Village Underground, Corsica Studios and the ICA).

We rate the CS13 nights for offering opportunities to discover new artists from previously uncharted territories. However, it can’t hurt to have some pregame pointers. Here are the sets we’re aiming to catch throughout October and November 2016.

Kode9 & Lawrence Lek – Live A/V
In our most anticipated event of the entire season, Hyperdub don Kode9 will pair up with visual simulation artist Lawrence Lek for a long awaited A/V adventure. Set in “an evacuated, fully automated, luxury hotel known as the ‘Nøtel’”, the show will loosely follow the soundscapes of Kode9’s recent album – Nøthing. We’re expecting a void of emotionless bass futurism and semi-utopian aesthetics. The unsettling trailer below sees the late vocalist The Spaceape take on posthumous holographic form. It is Metal Gear Solid meets Tupac Coachella performance.

Overmono (Truss and Tessela) – Live
Brothers in blood and eye-watering techno, UK siblings Truss and Tessela announced earlier this year a new collaborative effort under the moniker Overmono. Both are established UK artists in their own rights; Tessela’s Hackney Parrot is a legit rave anthem while Truss’s side project MPIA3 pushed the limits of violent analogue techno. We can’t wait to see how the two forces combine for a brand new live show.

The undisputed queen of the Jersey Club scene, UNIIQU3 has taken this US music phenomenon global. The Jersey sound combines a flurry of choppy sampling of classic or current hits with relentless bass onslaughts. She’ll tear apart everything from the latest southside trap beats to the UK bassline classic, T2 – Heartbroken. With the energy turned up to 11, it is music to throw down to, regardless of geography. Get to know when she comes to London for CS13.

Spooky / Riz La Teef / Mr. Mitch / Sir Spyro
The line-up for the Boxed x Local Action night is officially a health and safety hazard; way too much grime insanity for a single evening, I respect anyone who can make it through till 6am. Picking a particular DJ of note from this is like choosing a yacht on the docks of Monaco; you’d be happy with any of them. If we had to pick one, Sir Spyro’s latest release ‘Topper Top’ has been getting reloads all summer.

Andy Stott – Live
Andy Stott might not be a newcomer but the man has been constantly innovating and reinventing his own sound for the past decade. He has travelled the plains of dub, mastered depths of techno, and his more recent works play with haunting vocals and distorted thuds of bass. All perfectly set for the dark warehouse feels of his Village Underground set.

Total Freedom
With their own inimitable collection of RnB club edits and ballroom tracks, London’s Night Slugs crew and their LA counterparts Fade to Mind have been set on world domination for the past 5 years. This winter, the clans clash in London for the first time. Total Freedom is our tip of the bunch. His productions are manic, horror-stricken club destroyers while his DJ mixes blur the line between brutal and booty-shaking. Don’t forget to bring your gold teeth.

2016 Calendar

See full listings and buy tickets for Clock Strikes 13 here.

Words by David March

Gottwood 2017: Throwback Video and Pre-Registration

For those like us who were lucky enough to make it to this year’s Gottwood festival, there is now a flashback video to take you back to the forest wonderland. Smile, shed a tear and remember how the sun felt on your face, before returning to your office desk on this cold October morning.  For those who didn’t make it, here is your glimpse into what goes on under the watching eyes of Mother Owl.

Gottwood 2017 will take place 8th-11th June in its usual picturesque location in Gottwood Forest, Llanfaethlu, Wales. While demand for the festival has risen year upon year, the Gottwood team have refused to sacrifice quality for expansion, only offering 2017 tickets to people who have attended in the past four years or have pre-registered their interest.

Don’t miss out on a chance to experience the UK’s most unique festival. You have until 4pm on the 3rd October to pre-register for Gottwood 2017 tickets from www.gottwood.co.uk with tickets going exclusively on sale for those who have registered on Tuesday the 4th October.

By David March

Superdrug’s #FeelSuper Salon open till Today.

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Look super, feel super and indeed, do super too. Yes, now you can take part in a spot of pampering while helping Marie Curie Cancer Care by stepping into Superdrug’s #FeelSuper Salon.

From 21st September till 18th October 2016 inclusive, Superdrug will donate to Marie Curie Cancer Centre each time you buy from selected P&G products including brands such as Olay, Gillette and Oral-B. To celebrate the campaign, Superdrug and P&G are also opening a Pop up Salon in Soho where ‘one treatment = one donation’ to Marie Curie.

The Marie Cruie Cancer Centre is the UK’s leading charity caring for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.  Superdrug and P&G #FeelSuper Campaign are aiming to raise another £200,000 for the charity alongside their new celebrity ambassador, Frankie Bridge.

The #FeelSuper campaign runs from 21st-18t October, where one P&G purchase will trigger a donation to the charity. The #FeelSuper Salon is open until 30th September at 01-Zero One Hopkins Street, London, W1F 0HS

ASOS Fashion Discovery Finalists and Customer Launch

Earlier this year 1883 reported the launch of ASOS Fashion Discovery Initiative, the competition from the high street retailer offering a coveted 12-month mentoriship and cash prize. Five months later the brand have announced the 12 finalists from over six hundred applicants.

As of last week the twelve finalists received their own landing pages with the site, detailing information and inspiration as well as telling their story. In this way customers will be able to help the judge’s decision by scrolling to the bottom of each page and clicking “Love It”, “Would Buy” or “Not a Fan.

The customer facing moment will close on the 2nd, when finalist will then meet the judges [Nick Beiighton, CEO of ASOS; Julia Sarr-Jamois, Senior Fashion Editor at i-D and Sharmadean Reid of WAH Nails].

The brand shortlist:

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Elissa Poppy – http://bit.ly/2dCulE9

GF Hawthorne – http://bit.ly/2d96gUb

Hanger – http://bit.ly/2drdXD0

Liberty Rose – http://bit.ly/2d96ICe

Mormo – http://bit.ly/2cKCaFY

Sydney Davis – http://bit.ly/2cB4Z4G

Typical Freaks – http://bit.ly/2cKCrsG

We are Kin – http://bit.ly/2dz94YZ

Two – http://bit.ly/2cB5dbJ

Unknown LDN – http://bit.ly/2cB4Pu8

While the competition is UK focused, with brands originating from London to Belfast, the two selected will be sold globally.

Joshua Kane launches interactive video campaign ‘I Can’t Change’


Known for neo-dandy tailoring and his modern twist on the British-made suit, pioneering tailor Joshua Kane first made us stand up and take notice back in the London Collections: Men in June, when he showcased his SS17 collection at the stunning St. Leonards Church in Shoreditch.  

With a ’see now, buy now’ collection being all the rage this season Joshua Kane has taken it a step further with his new interacted campaign video entitled  ‘I Can’t Change’ which you can watch here.

Featuring his SS17 collection Kane has produced an interactive video which encourages consumers to actively engage and click on all aspects of the video which links to content from Joshua’s online shop, with the option to purchase.  The video sees Kane team up with Lab Series Skincare for Men who were the official skin care experts for the project. Starring Sasha Baily you can also buy the skincare products used in the video to achieve the same look. (see images below from his LCM SS17 show)

Sasha goes on to say: “Joshua’s intuitive nature and passion to break boundaries has meant that his skills in both technology and fashion have combined to create a ground-breaking campaign. I am honoured to be a part of his journey.”

The video follows on from the brand being nominated by the British Fashion Council at the Fashion Futures Awards for the ‘Beyond The Runway’ Category. This is the first we have seen on these interactive videos at 1883 and certainly paves the way for more brands to jump on this technology for next season