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Why the Barbican is Our Choice for Music This Winter

We run down the must-see shows of the next few months at London’s cultural gem, the Barbican Centre.


Photo: Max Colson

Every time you venture into the brutalist shell of the Barbican Centre, it’s as if you have stepped into an alternative universe where 2001: A Space Odyssey is a reality and we all live in bio-pods with servant robots with names like Steven and Harold. Whilst our real world may have advanced in a very different direction, the Barbican continues to push us forward with its contemporary music programming. This winter is no different, with the calendar bringing together music’s disruptors from every shade of the spectrum; from jazz innovation to audio visual experimentation. Here’s our top selects for the Barbican’s winter season of contemporary music shows.

Midori Takada + Visible Cloaks

In the world of 80’s minimalism and ambient music, a world filled with western male artists (Eno, Reich, Glass), Takada was a Japanese female composer with a penchant for Asian and African percussion. Her solo album Through The Looking Glass (1983) was heralded as a minimal masterpiece and has since gained such a cult following that a copy of the original vinyl is worth its weight in gold. Recorded in just two days, Takada explored all wonders of instruments, layering them over herself as she recorded. Interweaving rolling wooden percussion with ethereal recorders, cowbells and bird calls, she paints an enveloping universe of serenity and drama. After seeing a repressing to vinyl earlier this year, the album has once again been made available for more to discover. As part of the Barbican’s Transcender 2017 series, Takada will grace the Milton Hall for a live performance.

Transcender 2017

Wolfgang Voigt presents. GAS. Huerco S

Another ambient pioneer graces the Barbican Hall in October, this time from the 90’s; Wolfgang Voigt’s legendary GAS project. Voigt’s first 4 albums carved out his inimitable style, blending the tessellating rhythms of minimal techno with misty soundscapes as eerie as the Königsforst woods of Cologne that inspired them. From such ominous chords, GAS builds something undeniably organic in its presence. Even now, some 20 years later, GAS has lost none of its resonance. Celebrating two decades of the project, Voigt released a new album, Narkopop, earlier this year and returns to London for the first time in 8 years on the 8th of October. To top it off he is supported by the brilliant Huerco S, whose 2016 album For Those Of You Who Have Never was one of the best ambient albums of recent years.

Dasha Rush + LCC (Live AV)

Berlin-based techno experimentalist Dasha Rush debuts a new immersive live audio visual experience entitled Antarctic Takt. The collaboration with Russian VFX producer Stanislav Glazov will explore the desolate and chilling landscapes of the southernmost continent in a CGI world. All this soundtracked by the icy, vaporous techno undulations of Rush. Bring a scarf.


Nils Frahm

Looking further ahead to the start of 2018 and February sees the ‘neo-classical’ composer and pianist prodigy Nils Frahm return to the Barbican. His gift for reworking classical sensibilities for the dance music generation has seen him achieve deity status with both acoustic and electronic music communities. His live performances dance between elements of freeform jazz, progressive minimalism and the mesmerising techno rhythms of his home in Berlin. Frahm returns for 3 dates from the 21st February.

Find the full Autumn/Winter calendar of contemporary music at the Barbican here.

Words by David March.

1883 Lust List: The “Everyday” Shoe

Style vs comfort, or style and comfort? Do they go hand in hand? Well, we would like to think they do, and to celebrate the joyous change in weather here in the U.K. to dark, dismall, grey and rainy, we have put together our fav “everyday” shoes that provide style and comfort.

Clarks:

Once the stalwart choice for mums and school children for September school start, Clarks have certainly upped their game. From the Christopher Raeburn x Clarks launch a few seasons ago, to the reimagining of their classic desert boots for Clarks Original, Clarks have shown themselves to be a force to rival WITH.

1883 certainly have a penchance for their increcibly soft and durable shoes, and for AW17 the brand have launched Nature V. Channelling the spirit of evolution, the Nature V provides an ergonomic, asymmetric fit with an anatomically-formed footbed to maximise “responsiveness”; ie, providing a comfortable step for your everyday life.

Available from www.clark.com RRP £110

A Day’s March

Seasons change, but trainers will forever be a wardrobe staple for every fashion forward man. With this in mind, A Day’s March have launched their first three-pieve trainer collection; ‘The Marching Sneakers’. Designed with a classic silouetter the collection draws inspiration from signature Scandinavian simplicity. The perfect combindation of style and substance.

Available from www.adaysmarch.com RRP £145

Air Jordan XXXII

In the history of the Air Jordan lineage there’s always been a balance between innovation and style. The all new Air Jordan XXXII is a shoe inspired by the essence of the Air Jordan II, but filled with its fair share of more-than-meets-the-eye tech.

Formed with high –tenacity yarns, the Air Jordan XXXII’s Flyknit upper propels a new level of performance and comfort for a on court shoe. Double brownie points for an exterior that is F-L-Y.

Available from www.nike.com

Hummel Live

The latest pack from HUMMEL HIVE is a women’s sneaker inspired by the design aesthetic of Marselis Boulevard in Aarhus, Denmark. Within close proximity of hummel HQ, the striking array of high-rise buildings now features a stunning, newly built track court.

With faded shades of green and white lines, the court Boulevard lends to AW17 trends, easy wearbility factor all with a subtle nod to hummel’s revered sporting roots.

Limited to 200 pairs globally and will launch exclusively at HANON, Overkill, Black Rainbow and others.

Gola Classics

Gola Classics are the current go-to trainer for the fashion-set and for AW17 the brand have updated the Specialist – a low profile trainer which combines a sole unit and an upper from styles that were originally produced in the seventies.

This season sees the addition of great new colour-ways with contrast detailing, classic suede styles, metallic and crackle effect materials and the addition of this season’s Liberty Art Fabrics print to the upper of the silhouette.

Available from www.gola.co.uk

Summer whites

White accessories, and more importantly white shoes, are currently BIG on the streetstyle front. So where to go if you are looking for something comfy, easy to wear and in trainer form?

size? stock a variety from brands from Reebok to Nike, and in that sense are one of our go to high street stores for our favoured kicks. Currently lusting after the pure white Reebok Classics (in store now) and will forever lust after a pair of crisp white Nike Air Max.

Available from size? both online www.size.co.uk and in size? stores now with prices from £60.00

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