By John-Paul Shiver Pulling from the influence of grime, hip-hop, electronic music, blog culture and jazz, Binker and Moses are among the pacesetters of the London based jazz renaissance happening now. ‘Alive In The East?’, their new live album slotted to drop this upcoming June, captures the drummer and sax player in full “shamanic” spiritual free jazz […]
Relax Kassin Luaka Bop By John-Paul Shiver What the hell is happening here? From the Star Wars font rolling the track name at the top to a floating headshot of Brazilian artist Lincoln Olivetti taking a trip past the nebula, this VHS video aesthetic comes in vivid. A frizzy-haired, sunglass wearing, tennis shoe clad gent […]
An evolving body of science suggests that VR immersion and interaction fires up your brain in ways a big-screen movie or a book can’t. That’s allowing studios like Baobab to drive the art of storytelling.
Innate Cavalier Alpha Pup Records By John-Paul Shiver Introspective thoughts about mortality are carried through an experimental soundscape on Innate, the impressive début by the 20-year-old producer Cavalier. The Long Beach native uses acoustic piano, pacemaker beeps, fuzzed vocals, guitar chords and warm percussive bass tones on the lead track Inward. This collection of sounds […]
By John-Paul Shiver Los Angeles based musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Kadhja Bonet is so expansive with her retro colour wheel of sounds on Childqueen, you swear it was playing on the crappy Radio Shack ceiling speakers at the local Gas & Shop during the early 1980’s. And that is meant as a compliment. Straight […]
Con Todo El Mundo Khruangbin Dead Oceans By John-Paul Shiver Khruangbin is a Texas-based power trio that uses dub, elements of surf music, and psychedelia to spread a contemporary version of instrumental global music. Thai-funk, middle eastern styled vamps or disco to go strut; all interwoven components in their global rhythmic assault. Call it ESG […]
Adrian Younge presents: Voices of Gemma Adrian Younge Linear Labs By John-Paul Shiver Musician and producer Adrian Younge writes his compositions in a visual language for the big screen, independent of whether it makes it there or not. His current project, Voices of Gemma, is an amalgam of David Axelrod orchestral bravado merged with Burt […]
NICOPANDA “Smells Like Queens Spirit“ Nicopanda London Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 London February 2018 Nirvana’s iconic album “Nevermind” (1991) and Lil Kim’s debut masterpiece “Hard-core” (1996) go toe-to-toe in Nicopanda’s FW18 runway collection. Equal parts 90’s Seattle grunge rock and East Coast hip hop glamour, these two epic music worlds collide in a mash-up of […]
Excerpt via New York Times Standing around Samsungs tech-filled event space in Manhattan in striped knit dresses and jumpsuits, miniskirts with wavy designs and leggings that went over their heels, PH5s models looked like disco-mod glam bots sent from the future. It was impossible to tell just by looking, but among the models at the […]
First look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball.
It’s a new year, new gear and a new fit. And as January closes out we have a playlist to recap some of the underneath-the-radar, slept-on music that maybe you missed the first time. These artists could be future Grammy winners or just performers who create songs that smack upside the head now…. and make you pay attention.
By John-Paul Shiver The Magnificent Moon Mildlife Research Records Mildlife, the Australian four-piece band and tasteful confluence of so many various musical textures, released the appropriate long deep dive of a real-time visual this week for their kaleidoscopic expedition in a groove called The Magnificent Moon. The single comes as an introduction to their highly […]
By John-Paul Shiver Yokaze Cognitio Renraku The seven-track EP Cognitio by Yokaze, slated for release on Friday, Jan 19th on Renraku, distills abstract mutations that electronic music can present when choosing to live between” gripping builds and drops.” It evokes a haunted energy that seeks buoyancy and eventually achieves it. From the shifting and fidgety soundscapes that produce […]
A Minneapolis-based outdoor clothing company unveiled a new business model to benefit the climate.
On December 12, entrepreneurs, creators, and makers including rock star fashion designer, DJ, and creative director Virgil Abloh gathered at Skylight Modern in New York City for the grand finale of the American Express OPEN Success Makers series. The event showcased the intersection of art and design with interactive art exhibitions created exclusively for the night. The feature […]
Excerpt via Dwell Bad puns aside, 2017 showed us that when it comes to shipping containers, the possibilities for adaptive reuse are near endless. The most arresting projects of the year, rounded up below, run the gamut from a surfers’ lodge in the Czech Republic, to an eye-popping home in Brooklyn, to a portable hotel […]