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Filippa K launch Soft Sport for Spring Summer 17

 Scandinavian brand, Filippa K are best known for their tasteful and artfully pared back designs for casual and easy-to-wear wares. And now for SS17 the brand have gone a step further and launched Filippa K Soft Sport, extending the scope with an increased focus on training and exclusive leisure wear.

To celebrate the launch for SS17, Filippa K have also released a video to show the collection in motion, inspired by movement looking at dance and streetwear where layering and proportions are key. The In Motion campaign captures the dancers of Stockholm 59 North rehearsing at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, a moving meditation of peaceful power, embodying the Filippa K Soft Sport state of mind.

Filippa K Soft Sport from Filippa K on Vimeo.

The New Filippa K Soft Sport is a collection of fashionable garments for training, traveling and time off with a distinct sensual, soft and feminine approach. Casual pieces easily integrated into the day to day look. The key is function and fashion, pieces that are both easy to combine and comfortable to wear, embracing individuality as well as exibility in style.

 The colour palette of Soft Sport exudes calm and the colours are mute and neutral. Almond beige, grey melange, midnight blue, mulberry red and powder pink are essential with Zesty Lemon yellow as the accent colour of the season.

The Collection is available to buy now from www.filippa-k.com

Notorious B.I.G. Lands in London

The sounds of New York in the 90s, the untimely death, the legacy and the rivalry, Notorious B.I.G. was one of the most influential rappers of the century. His tunes such as “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” from Life After Death with their tight beats and guttural sounds cemented Biggie as the Rapper of All Time. Its unsurprising then that 20 years after his death he is still as influential as ever.

 (Photo by Chi Modu/diverseimages)

To mark the anniversary of his passing, the Notorious B.I.G Hypnotize label are bringing a little of Brooklyn street-fare to Camden with an exclusive pop up shop on Friday March 10th – Sunday 12th March celebrating and lambasting the best of the best from Biggies short tenure as an artist with music supplied by London’s Hip Hop crew, Livin’ Proof.

Also available at the space is a limited edition t-shirt collab with London brand of the moment Homage tees as well as Instagrammable moments dotted throughout the space for a true Biggie experience.

The Notorious B.I.G. Pop Up Address: Camden Market Provender, Stables Yard Entrance Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH

I Attended a Hologram Popstar Show – Still Be Here: Hatsune Miku at the Barbican

Photo credit: Mark Allan

Imagine a world where the next big pop star is no longer found through talent shows, they are made to order. Imagine a completely synthetic pop character, perfectly crafted for mass appeal that can play over 100,000 different songs. The only rider they require is a power source and a laptop. This is not “Ex Machina 2: The X Factor Years”. This isn’t even science fiction. It is in fact, a “Vocaloid” by the name of Hatsune Miku. Celebrating 10 years of stardom, Miku regularly performs in hologram form to packed stadiums in her homeland of Japan.

Birthed in 2007, Hatsune Miku is the personification of a voice synthesiser originally produced by Yamaha and developed by Crypton Future Media. By licencing Miku with Creative Commons, the character became a fluid entity that anyone can programme to perform. As an avatar fixed only by only a handful of prerequisites, she is infinitely customisable, a projection of the collective fantasies of her own worldwide fan base. As her popularity exploded, she became something much greater than her creators ever imagined. When we heard that Miku would be in town as part of an unofficial hybrid art performance piece called “Still Be Here” at the Barbican, we had to go see what the vocaloid was all about.

Still Be Here is a collaborative effort between artists, musicians and choreographers to dive into the Miku phenomenon, featuring song performances, interviews and plenty of visual cheesecake. It is by no means a run of the mill concert. The diehard J-Pop/anime/vocaloid fans expecting back-to-back Hitsune hits will have left disappointed. But when Hatsune does sing, her sweet-yet-haunting voice dances over growling basslines and deep mechanical clatters courtesy of the brilliant Laurel Halo. We later learnt that the lyrics she performed were sourced form a randomised “word soup” of previous Miku works, folk songs, corporate slogans and fan mail. At times they are oddly poetic – “My heart and entire body are mirages.”

As the show progressed it explored the personification of the immaterial; the unsettling concepts of obsession, adoration and idolisation of such a fictional character. It’s uncomfortable but fascinating. At times, Hatsune turns to watch the big screens along with the audience as her creators discuss with apathy her own vacuous existence as a “character product… suppressed of life… akin to a sex worker” . They describe her as the mindless, doll-like product of the male-centric consumerist world. You start to feel sad for her.

Photo credit: Mark Allan

This introspection into Planet Miku seems to peer deeply into our own futures. With A.I. edging slowly closer and the line between organic and digital blurring, do we need to consider how humans find and direct their emotions in the electronic world? On the other hand, the Miku phenomenon does hold some light to human kind. While her pixels and soundwaves lack the soul of a living creature, she has something much more fascinating; an entirely crowdsourced spirit, protected and preserved by thousands; a cumulative projection of a million different imaginations, taking a piece of the users soul as her own every time.

Words by David March.

Still Be Here is a hybrid performance piece featuring Hatsune Miku, collaboratively created by five artists from various disciplines: sound artist Mari Matsutoya, composer Laurel Halo, digital artists Martin Sulzer and LaTurbo Avedon, and choreographer Darren Johnston.

Read more about Hatsune Miku here.

We look forward to many more boundary-pushing performances within the historic chambers of the Barbican Centre in 2017, here are our picks for the coming months…

Max Richter: Sleep – 6 May 2017
Max Richter brings his highly regarded “Sleep” experience to London. Drift off to sleep at the Old Billingsgate while your subconscious mind absorbs eight hours of ambient electronic music, soundtracking your thoughts and dreams. Click for info.

Jeff Mills: From Here to There – 8, 9, 10 & 12 June 2017
The godfather of techno brings a run of shows pairing live music, film and dance like no one else can. Click for info.

Wax Wings – On the Opening of London’s Printworks and more…

Photo credit: Alexandre Paganelli

We made our first voyage into London’s newest music venue, the 5,000 capacity Printworks, and spoke with rising talent Wax Wings about combing music, art and fashion.

After months of anticipation, our first trip into the cavernous depths of London’s new music super-space was everything we wanted it to be. It seems after a year of doom and gloom around London’s clubbing landscape, Printworks is quite literally a bright light at the end of a very very long dark tunnel.

Photo credit: Danny North

Every step of the Printworks experience is memorable; from strolling up to the Surrey Quays location at the crack of noon, to entering its steel-clad labyrinth, to the first time you witness the main halls amorphous, shapeshifting lighting rig. The rugged beauty of the space is contrasted only by the brilliant level of organisation that the London Warehouse Events (LWE) team provides; well stocked bars, lots of great seating for pit stops and street food for essential pre-dance carb-loading. You can tell this isn’t their first rodeo.

Our maiden voyage saw Maya Jane Coles bringing together an A-team of techno heavyweights, whilst also showcasing some exciting new talent. Our pick from the latter is upcoming DJ and producer Wax Wings. We met Wax Wings just after having our first taste of the venue. It was hard to stay focussed on discussion as we heard rave classics like Autechre – Nine and Orbital – Belfast rumble through the artists’ area. What we discovered underneath his monochromatic uniform was a multi-faceted creative in love with a world just outside of comfortable.

You just played the first set in the massive main room, The Press Hall, how is it sounding?
I am loving the space, loving the sound. It’s got a real Berlin feel to it. Someone said to Will (who runs LWE) “you’ve out-Berlined Berlin here” and he’s very much enjoying that quote. Printworks is the sort of place we need to compete with cities like Berlin and Amsterdam. When Fabric closed, it really seemed that for a while London was clutching at straws for places that had that industrial, raw feel that resonates so well with electronic music; even more so with the gritty mechanical sounds of techno.

Photo credit: Luke O’Brien

I know you have a penchant for the darker, heaver hitting sounds as well so you probably loved a chance to crank it up in there.
Yeah, just wait for the room 2 set later. I’m looking forward to getting intimate and weird right there.

Joseph’s second set didn’t disappoint. By the time we arrived in room 2, he already had the place packed out and locked in, dropping a slew of wonky and thumping tracks that would be just as at home on the terrace as in the dungeon.

How do you prepare for a set like this when it’s a daytime event? A round of shots seems a bit too strong for 10am. Do you have any rituals?
For me it’s a much longer process than just the hours before. My ritual spans the month prior to a set like this one with a hunt and search for tracks. I don’t pre-plan my sets but I like to come with a concept of how I want the set to flow. I want it to speak in a certain tone so I have to really get to know the tracks beforehand.

How did your association with Maya Jane Coles come about?
I met Maya when she did the Mixmag Live event at Village Underground in summer 2013. I met her through my manager, Steven Braines. You know how it is when you meet a manager; I wanted to know if he was legit. So he said “well come and see Maya then”… and that was proof enough for me, I’ve been a part of the team ever since!

Joseph is a managed by The Weird & The Wonderful who are a management company and record label, releasing his first two EP’s, “System” and “The Love Inside Me” in 2016. They refer to themselves as a more of a family than a business and alongside Wax Wings have also put out records from fellow signee Chelou, as well as managing Maya Jane Coles, Justin Martin, KDA and Catz ’N Dogz whilst previous clients include Tricky, Tale Of Us & Magda.

Photo credit – Justine Trickett

So you also went to Japan with Maya and you got to do some shows there, I hear you have a soft spot for the country?
Yes it began at an early age, drawing manga, being into anime and it kind of snowballed from there. For the past year and a half I’ve even been teaching myself Japanese. I got booked to DJ there in 2014 at Tokyo’s best gay party, FancyHIM and of course Maya is half-Japanese so everything just fell together nicely. Taking the family out there and doing a tour was just a dream and did I mention we’re back again in April for round 2! 楽しいい!

And sushi?
Love it, unagi has to be my top choice.

So you have talents in a huge range of arts; illustration, painting, photography, fashion. Do you like to combine those skills into one output?
I’m definitely a control freak. I think all artists should experiment with other medias because they all are interchangeable . The techniques you use in music are exactly the same as in other forms of art. You’re just layering a different medium. Layering sounds, like you’re layering paints, like you’re layering clothes… they all follow a similar equation. I think the time has passed where it’s just okay to coast by on one skill, by having more strings to your bow, you never know which thing might take you on an unexpected journey towards your goals. It’s more exciting that way in my opinion.

Have you ever considered combining everything into one experience?
It’s on its way. I want to combine the music, the art, the fashion all into one package. I do a lot of caricatures and I’m moving into animations soon so I can bring all my characters and drawings to life and let them speak for themselves.

Tell us more about these caricatures. I’ve seen a few on your Instagram (@josephicaro).
Some of them are of my friends, some are of me; they’re exaggerations of particular aspects of these people I meet. Some are fusions, you see a crazy person in town and that just totally inspires me to be like “maybe I combine this person with someone I know.”

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One that really stuck with me was a crazy head with a crown of candles?

Ah yes, that’s my party, Spin Cycle, which I do with DJ Anna Wall and Coco Cole. We do it bi-monthly at Dalston Superstore. That’s where I get to test out these characters in real life. So each event we book a host and I do the artwork to coordinate. The birthday candles figure was the host, Lewis Burton. He’s a drag performer, a crazy character. I made the birthday candle headdress, fully functioning; we lit them on the night!

What’s in the pipeline for Wax Wings in the rest of 2017?
There’s a couple of EPs which are being released which follow on from one to another. With every release I take a different tangent but they all come together as a package; a natural progression that builds up to the album, which is also forthcoming.

What can we expect from the EPs?
The next release is my Gracedace EP, a front to back techno collage, inspired by a lot of the clubs I have been playing in recently. Then the following EP resonates more with the album.

Finally, I saw you have an Abe’s Odyssey T-Shirt, where on earth did you get that?!
Speaking of, is this venue not just Rupture Farms?!

Words by David March.

Listen to Wax Wings on Soundcloud.
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See the full calendar for Printworks 2017 and buy tickets here.

New Fashion Film by Mother of Pearl for SS17

An ode to JANICE by MOTHER OF PEARL from Mother of Pearl on Vimeo.

Mother of Pearl’s release their beautiful new SS17 fashion film, to coincide with the launch of the brand’s new E-Commerce site last month.

The short film, aptly named ‘An ode to Janice’, shows three quintessential Mother of Pearl girls: quirky, sporty, and one effortlessly luxe, all wearing pieces from the brand’s SS17 collection. Dancing carefree in an empty hall, creative director Amy Powney wanted to play on the humour present within the collection, which was essentially an offbeat take on 80’s couture. Powney first found her starting point within incongruous dance scenes from films such as Band à Part and the hilarious music videos of Fatboy Slim.

Adam Clitheroe and Daryl Chase, the films directors, used vintage anamorphic lenses to evoke the luxurious but subversive spirit of Mother of Pearl. The look was inspired by the saturated, vibrant pastels of vintage Hollywood musicals and classic Elvis movies imbued with 80’s cult film, Blue Velvet. The textures and tones of the location conjure up the mystery and depth of David Lynch plus the uncanny yet rich sensibility of a Gregory Crewdson photograph; all of which are offset with Thomas Michael’s vivacious choreography.

Visit https://motherofpearl.co.uk/

Top London Club Pick: Critical Sound London – 15 Years of Underground Sonics

Friday 3rd March // Brixton Electric

2017 marks the 15th year of Critical Music and to celebrate the occasion the camp has busy putting together its most ambitious plans yet.

The 3rd March will see Critical taking over London’s Brixton Electric for their biggest ever event with a line-up second to none. With the enormous full squad now announced to perform featuring a who’s who of label friends and affiliates, the Critical Sound System will be out in full force as it rolls once
again into London town for what’s sure to be a roadblock show.

Keep it locked to the Critical socials for more info on this and surrounding events across the UK and Europe, plus details of some very special 15 Years releases due in 2017.

For tickets click here.

Robert Henke: Lumière III at the Barbican

Robert Henke, electronic music’s never-stop polymath, showcased his Lumière III show at The Barbican on Thursday 16 February.

Berlin-based Henke, who co-created DJ software Ableton Live and also produces under the Monolake pseudonym, reworked music-led-laser show, Lumière II, after it garnered critical acclaim in 2014.

Largely using scores lifted from his 2004 EP, Signal to Noise, Henke fine-tuned the first pair of Lumière shows: synchronising high-precision lasers to a mixture of bespoke sounds and previous EP and LP releases.

Henke explains that his inspiration for the third Lumière did not stem from disappointments with the first two but a desire to push himself to create electronic music for a concert hall setting. He said: “When I started with Lumière, I had only one experience of working with lasers, my installation called Fragile territories (2012). I collected more new ideas and wanted to push things further.

“I wanted to add more detail and complexity both on the visual and sonic side. Lumière III contains some material from the previous version, and a lot of new things.”

As is seemingly becoming pre-requisite before award nights and artistic performance, Henke preceded his hour-long show with an impassioned plea for humanism. Citing the rise of nationalism, right-wing ideologues and an ongoing refugee crisis, Henke laid out, in front of a sympathetic audience, his fears and hopes for a world that, as he argued, is appearing to lose its humanity.

Yet politicking only bookended the show’s beginning, as soon as Henke disappeared to his control-box, the lights dimmed and the first reverbs of the artist’s sonics filled the Barbican. Tron-like laser pierces shot onto a stage-dominating backdrop, emphasizing the blackness of the concert hall: forcing the audience to focus on individual laser specks as they hung in the air for uncomfortably long periods of time.

This is potentially Henke’s greatest achievement: putting his audience in an environment, albeit artificially created, that acts as a vacuum within the perennially distracted, multi-device modern age. Focusing on a series of scenes of spirograph lasers, all lasting for periods of time that modern-developed society is no longer used to concentrating for, forces the audience to slow down and centre on their own pooling thoughts; the pitch black providing sensory deprivation for the chronically overstimulated

Henke described the Barbican as the perfect setting for his performance: “Large screen, good spots to hang the lasers -you know it’s going to work. I can focus on the piece.”

What the Munich-born musician leaves out, in his dedications to the setting, is that his powerful laser-backed atmospherics turn the Barbican into something that contemporary London, for all of its development, increasingly lacks: a place to distil, and reflect upon, your own thoughts.

We look forward to many more boundary-pushing performances within the historic chambers of the Barbican Centre in 2017, here are our picks for the coming months.

Max Richter: Sleep – 6 May 2017
Max Richter brings his highly regarded “Sleep” experience to London. Drift off to sleep at the Old Billingsgate while your subconscious mind absorbs eight hours of ambient electronic music, soundtracking your thoughts and dreams. Click for info.

Jeff Mills: From Here to There – 8, 9, 10 & 12 June 2017
The godfather of techno brings a run of shows pairing live music, film and dance like no one else can. Click for info.

See the upcoming calendar and buy tickets here.

Words by Daniel Cave

Boomtown release Trenchtown line-up for 2017

Trenchtown, a celebration of Jamaican music and soundsystem culture, is at the heart of Boomtown, with its musical influence heard across the entire festival. Home to the UK’s biggest dedicated reggae stage, The Lion’s Den stands a staggering 40ft tall; an ‘ancient temple’ adorned with cascading waterfalls and explosive pyrotechnics, providing a jaw dropping setting for global reggae legends and homegrown talents. Boomtown’s additional reggae focussed stages include the long established Hidden Woods which transports to a woodland reggae beach party and the mighty Tangled Roots which takes soundsystem appreciation to another level, programmed by London/Bristol collective Lion Unit.

A global celebration of reggae and dub from all corners of the world, this year at Boomtown sees artists which represent each step the evolution of reggae; from the great influence it’s had on heavy hitters such as legendary ska headliners The Specials, political dub poet, activist and musician Benjamin Zephaniah, and Australian loop pedal extraordinaire Dub FX. Prolific artists representing the past, present and future in reggae with one of the heaviest Jamaican line-ups makes this a festival not to be missed for all inspired by the roots this genre has provided to the music scene.

For more information and tickets click here.

Read our interview with MC AJ Tracey, ft in new Timberland FlyRoam

AJ Tracey premiered his new video for Timberland, featuring their FlyRoam sneaker.

Fusing sport and style, the new FlyRoam Sneaker by Timberland is another innovative step forward for the brand. The new style adopts a minimal aesthetic to reveal the ultimate city sports-boot. At the heart of this is the aerocore energy system (lightweight capabilities) allowing the wearer the freedom to move and react with speed – as AJ demonstrates.

In the video for the new collection, the West London MC is followed around in his FlyRoam sneakers as he sends us floating through a trippy wind tunnel to showcase the lightweight and flexible DNA of the sneaker. The rapper looks relaxed, almost like he’s freestyling as he jumps in a 120mph wind tunnel.

1883 sat down with AJ to talk more about uniting music and fashion and the new FlyRoam sneaker.

Who do you look up into in terms of grime mc’s and role models? 

In terms of grime MCs, I would say I look up to Skepta and P Money. They’re who I grew up listening to and they helped me craft my sound. Outside of grime? Just my Mum. That’s my main role model.

2016 was commonly described as grime’s comeback year, but many have tipped you to have a career-making 2017. What’ve you got lined up for your fans?

Bigger live shows for sure, loads of festivals, unexpected collabs, and more music!

What do you like most about the Timberland Flyroam?

They’re mad comfy. I’ve always been a fan of comfy kicks and these ones here are good for man to do road in lol!

Roll Safe is one of the most popular memes of the year so far. How does grime’s sense of humor differ from hip-hop’s? Who do you rate more: RS or the Pengest Munch?

I think they’re both sick. I wouldn’t say one’s rap and one’s grime, neither would I say the humours different, maybe they just play on things specific to one culture or the other. But yeah both proper funny and good ideas.

‘Buster Cannon’ and ‘Luke Cage’ both reference TV shows. What’re some of your guilty pleasures when it comes to film and TV?

I like Rick & Morty, Adventure Time, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z & Jersey Shore. Oh and How I met your mother!

Discover the collection at www.timberland.co.uk

LFW AW17 – DAY 5 – Xiao Li – Front of House

Photography by Anne Laymond