Since it’s getting colder out there, peep this stellar track from Moko, a 21-year old electro-soul/ r&b singer from South East London. “Freeze” is only one of five killer songs featured on ‘Black’ her eagerly awaited debut EP. The song brings back that early 90′s break beat / trip hop sound placing her right up there with Shara Nelson and what she did for Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’. I honestly just recently discovered Moko a few months ago from her slick vocal work with UK duo Chase & Status on their fantastic Top 5 single “Count On Me”. Now, she’s set to release a full length record sometime in 2014 with her already recognizable voice and signature afro-puff big tails, Moko will for sure be a tidal wave in music come next year.
MOKO – FREEZE
Check out this very unique take on the traditional Oxford from California based Thorocraft for Fall / Winter 2013. The Hampton-Mohawk is handcrafted from a woven cotton/poly blend that features a smooth pigskin inner lining and a raw un-dyed Vachetta leather detail on the heel that will wear nicely the more you get into them. Thorocraft is known for its modern footwear technology pared with bold style and classic silhouettes.
On this clear and sunny Autumn day here in Southern California, I present to you the latest from ex Cocteau Twins founder and bassist, Simon Raymonde and his new project Snowbird, the group he formed with singer Stephanie Dosen. Aside from running his label Bella Union which was originally formed to release Cocteau Twins albums and related projects after they departed the iconic 4AD label has changed direction once the “CT” broke up in 1997. Since then, Bella Union is home to an array of great bands – Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes and Beach House to name a small few. The debut album ‘Moon’ (also on Bella Union) will be their first album of original material set to be released in January 2014. The first track “Porcelain” will for sure remind people of his former band with Dosen sounding slightly Elizabeth Frazer-like but dreamier. “Porcelain” kicks off with a chilly piano intro while Dosen coos and drifts along throughout. You can’t help but stop and want to dream her dream as she sings…or shall I say, floats! Take a listen and see forever…
SNOWBIRD – PORCELAIN
As a kid I loved comics and all the superhero cartoons and sitcoms but never thought I’d be so excited about this potential Christmas gift item targeted for those that like to ride. Check out this Batman-inspired motorcycle helmet from Helmet Dawg. The “Dark As Night” helmet is crafted in a plastic molding with black-on-black design and features a full-face motorcycle helmet as its base. The design team has added the pointed ears and browline accents (all made with impact-resistant plastics). Based on the GM48S Platinum series full face helmet, this version is eye-catching and yet fully functional so you can ride like a pro and take down the bad guys in a city near you!
Welsh singer / songwriter Rod Thomas, better known as Bright Light Bright Light (or BLx2) has just released a new EP to support his latest single, “In Your Care”. His quirky way of mixing the old school 80′s vibe with modern pop music made his debut album ‘Make Me Believe In Hope’ a success on both sides of the pond. Written and produced with long-term writing partner Jon Shave of The Invisible Men, “In Your Care” comes from a place of him missing his family back in the UK and now residing in the States. Deeply heartfelt, the original version kicks with its emotional lyrics and driving dance beat reminiscent of what you might expect to come from an EBTG track. Here, I’ve featured the scaled down piano version that drives deeper into your heart for all those that are away from the ones they love.
BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT – IN YOUR CARE
Check out the clean and stylish menswear collection from Italian label Mauro Grifoni for Fall / Winter 2013. Grifoni’s “Blue Fall” collection showcases sportswear with a pleasant color palette that highlights shades of blue with pops of red, grey and yellow. Infusing a chic approach to menswear with a rustic attitude; checks, camouflage and plaids also contribute to his fresh take on the usual menswear attire. Tapered trousers, quilted jackets and shirt jackets add a practical touch to the line.
Ok, who remembers these jams from back in the early 90′s? Taking the dance music charts by storm is UK based alterna-pop band Bastille with their first number one single “Of The Night” – a fantastic mashup of “The Rhythm Of The Night” by Corona and “Rhythm Is A Dancer” by Snap!. Both tracks ranked high on the UK pop dance charts and Bastille’s frontman Daniel Smith breathes new life into this version, making it all his own. Could it be that 90′s mashups with current pop artists who were only babies back then, is on the rise? Perfect for your Saturday Night party prep…Let’s see who’s next!
BASTILLE – OF THE NIGHT
SUNSHINE DAY AND NIGHT
LA based artist Hadley Holliday states in her press release that her creative art process begins with a pencil line drawing of a precise geometric arrangement of radiating circles that grows outwards towards a horizon line. Slowly, she begins to disrupt the visual balance by slicing lines through the circles and erasing sections. The image moves further away from geometric accuracy as the circles begin to distort the original form. The underlying structure breaks down as puddles of liquid paint that flow from one section to the next. A mix of hypnotic kaleidoscopic patterns, Holliday’s work is stunning and looks quite different in the space of a gallery than it does once she’s finished each piece in her studio. Holliday just wrapped her second showing at the Taylor De Cordoba last month where she featured an expanded palette of new works with vibrant colors – incorporating hues of gray, pink and gold. Within these patterns, sections of raw canvas remained exposed and function as negative space and contrasting clouded or darkened areas of oil paint and metal leaf.
I’m so excited to find and here this new track from one of my favorite groups from 2011. Metronomy is back with an interesting new single “I’m Aquarius” from their soon to be released second album, ‘Love Letters’ out March 10, 2014. I love Joe Mount’s smooth, lazy vocals and catchy chorus while the British front man croons astro-speak about being an Aquarius (even though he’s a Virgo) over warm synths and a kickass back beat. Interestingly enough, the track is available via the Night Sky app for iOS for Android or on itunes. The app “provides a beautiful, magical way of identifying the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and even satellites in an awe-inspiring visual way,” according to a press release. In order to hear the song, you have to go outside, look at the stars and find the Aquarius constellation.
METRONOMY – I’M AQUARIUS
Maison Martin Margiela does it again with another stellar collaboration with Converse. Both the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi and Jack Purcell styles get remix in Maison Martin Margiela’s signature crispy white but with a twist…the kicks have been doused in brilliant white paint that creates a very cool wrinkle effect to showcase the vivid base colors — Crimson Red, Black, True Navy and Vintage Sunflower Yellow (a color exclusive for the Martin Margiela collaboration) underneath. As they wear, each will chip and peel differently to make an entirely unique shoe look unlike any other. The Maison Martin Margiela x Converse Sneaker Collection is part of Converse’s First String Collection available now – that’s so Margiela!
Cat lovers brace yourselves…Check out the wacky, new video for Melbourne’s Midnight Juggernauts called “Systematic”. Directed by Mrzyk & Moriceau, the video features an awesome mix of frisky felines flying, falling and strutting their stuff. Hopefully no kitties were harmed during this video…Just beware of the cat butt!! If you like Pacific!, Hot Chip or Fortune, check out their latest release ‘Uncanny Valley’.
Although summer is officially over, Flight Facilities is still pumping up the sunshine beats and on heavy rotation here. Their latest single, “I Didn’t Believe” featuring the lovely Elizabeth Rose on vocals is a groovy disco-like track that will make you move and shake! The Aussie duo made up of Hugo Stuart Gruzman and James “Jimmy” Nathan Lyell began mixing various songs by other artists in 2009 out of Sydney. In 2010, they scored an international hit with “Crave You” which featured Giselle. Take a listen and check out their vintage Soul Train video when you can.
FLIGHT FACILITIES – I DIDN’T BELIEVE FEATURING ELIZABETH ROSE
Autumn is finally here! Keeping warm is essential while still looking sharp. Take a peek at the Fall / Winter 2014 collection from David Naman. Naman introduces a collection that’s a fresh take on the contemporary essentials for menswear. Boasting rich autumnal colors and on-trend details, he focuses on it impeccable fit, smart blazers that feature narrow lapels and some color blocking. Super styled outerwear pieces like the dufflecoat are updated with quilted sleeves and the collection’s rounded out by knitwear in cheerful colors and cropped pieces like the trench – a solid and wearable line that’s not too fashion-y but delivers a sensible look.
Take a moment to listen to this lovely new track from Swedish crooner Erik Hassle. Not to be confused with the other curly haired, blue-eyed soul ginger (Daley), “Talk About It” is a spaced out r&b track that showcases Hassle’s silky voice which, this time around, pulls in a vocal hook sounding slightly reminiscent of what you’d expect to hear from Frank Ocean or Drake. Back in 2009, Hassle made waves in the UK and his native country with “Hurtful” another great song filled with emotion and top pop production was a hit with radio and music critics. Now, two years later he’s back with a well produced new single and hopefully a new LP in the near future – Lovin’ it!
ERIK HASSLE – TALK ABOUT IT
Check out these stunning kicks from HUF…The low-top sneaks feature canvas made construction and showcase the white polka dot design on navy with red sole to compliment. Fit with tonal laces, this minimal shoe says comfort with subtle style. Since this shoe is from HUF’s Holiday 2013 footwear collection, the shoes are inspired by skateboarders Dan Plunkett, Josh Matthews, and Peter Ramondetta and their respective sponsors: Thunder Trucks, Think Skateboards, and Spitfire Wheels.
I’m a sucker for a great mashup and here’s one for your listening pleasure…Check out Whinnie Williams’ awesome mix of two other worldly classics – “Bills Bills Bills” from the then baby diva threesome, Destiny’s Child and “Temps de L’amour” from iconic french chanteuse, Francois Hardy. Mixed together as an acoustic washed mashup, the British Williams soars breathing life into both songs with her 60′s-esque vocal stylings…Happy Happy Wednesday!
WHINNIE WILLIAMS – BILLS BILLS BILLS VS. TEMPS DE L’AMOUR
Martone Cycling Co. is making it much more fashionable to ride a bicycle. Check out these stunning bikes from Lorenzo Martone. You may know the name as he was once the fiance of Fashion Design powerhouse Marc Jacobs. The Brazilian PR head whose latest side project is a bold statement to your own personal style. The bikes are all monochromatic steel alloy and aluminum with red chains, his favorite color. Each style, one for men and the other for the ladies, comes with a handlebar basket for all your goods, puncture-resistant tires and a duomatic gear system that automatically changes gears for you – how innovative! Retailing for about $899 you too can own one of these ultra luxe must haves.
I’m absolutely in love with this new track from Laura Groves! “Easy Way Out” is a dreamy, lush sounding song that brings back that early 90′s Sarah McLauchlan style of female vocalist but in a much cooler way. Groves makes pretty music with light folk and electronic infused beats on her latest ‘Thinking About Thinking’ EP. Even with the late night Dif Juz sax that’s added works! If your a fan of Kate Bush or Groves past band the Blue Roses, Check it out.
LAURA GROVES – EASY WAY OUT
San Francisco-based Klari Reis took a personal health issue in her youth and turned it into works of vibrant, visual art! Reis had been diagnosed with Crohn’s Diease and from her curiosity with the interactions that her blood had to various chemicals in petri dishes, she pursued that interest through studies and experimentation by combining science with an exploration of colors and textures. Her artwork features unpredictable reactions as a representation of microscopic cellular work installed in circular or amoebic clusters that contain combinations of 150, 60, or 30 plastic dishes. The bursts of brightly colored powders, oils, acrylics and industrial dyes is stunning to the human eye and are quite beautiful in design but also alien in appearance. Also check out her daily blog of petri art!
Clemens Bacher aka Cid Rim, the producer, free jazz drummer, tutor and multi-instrumentalist has mad skills when it comes to creating a fresh sound of electronic music that stands out on its own. Hailing from Vienna, Bacher’s complex musical stylings are featured here in his video for “Fade” – a lively track that showcases Bacher and his drum set in a vivid display of mesmerizing, confetti-addled prowess. You can’t fight this groove of awesome!
For Fall / Winter 2013, Wings + Horns draw inspiration from the modernist youth movement of late 50′s London. The collection features customized knits, wovens and even tartans that marries textured wools and cottons with three seasonal colorways — oxblood, camel and deep sea blue to reinforce cohesiveness throughout. Originating between Vancouver and Tokyo, Wings + Horns was founded in 2004; aspiring to combine Canadian elements with Japanese quality and classic fits with a utilitarian style.
Here’s a lovely new Autumn track from UK mystery woman Fe. “Giddy Up” is a solo release following a slew of other silky, piano focused tracks featured on her soundcloud and facebook pages with a few DIY videos to match. “Giddy Up” is pure magic that’s sprinkled with a catchy hook and an easy breezy flow of hip hop beats and warm string arrangements. Of course you’ll hear comparisons to Lana Del Rey, Mazzy Star or even Fiona Apple – either way It’s infections and Fe is creating some musical witchcraft here! Not too much on Fe in the form of background or where she came from at this time but I’m hooked. Can’t wait to discover more.
FE – GIDDY UP
Originally launched as a denim line back in 1968, Sisley, the Italian design house was born in Paris and soon thereafter became part of the Benetton Group in the late 70′s. Since then, the brand has created a stylish voice for itself designing fashionable staples for men and women with a twist worldwide. For Fall / Winter 2013, Sisley showcases a modern, urban lifestyle collection that reads a bit of American rock and roll with a taste of chic, sophisticated European styling. You’ll see retro style frock-coats, skinny suits with tailored trousers, jackets with asymmetrical zippers and playful takes on classic versions of button up shirts, vests and accessories featured in bright splashes of yellow, green and blue…lots of blue! There’s even a few prints shown in traditional check and stripes for the more subtle dresser.
With all the Twitter drama floating back and forth between Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus, Check out this surprisingly gorgeous mashup by Robin Skouteris calling it simply, “Nothing Compares to Wrecking Ball”. Let’s hope this helps smooth things over between these two strong-willed Sagittarian Divas! You can download the version through his website for continuous play…Enjoy!
Another interesting collaboration from Swedish high street mega chain, H&M and French womenswear Designer Isabel Marant. Marant, who is launching a line of menswear, a first for her since she started her label back 94. Here, Marant features a limited line up of mens essentials with a twist - chunky knitwear with raw edges, plain but modern t-shirts, skinny detailed jeans, slim fitted leather trousers, bulky coats, slouchy suede boots and belts. The line for men, women and kids will be available at select H&M stores and online starting November 14th. Grab them while hot!
Stellar and genius are the words that come to mind when describing this great video from Toro Y Moi aka Chaz Bundick for his third single “Rose Quartz”. This just happens to be my favorite track from his album ‘Anything In Return’ and Bundick has ventured into new artistic ground with this ultra cool video that paints him in full, whimsical color on canvas – conceptualized, directed and painted by Lauren Gregory. Check it out…It’s that good!
So so def…Check out these stunning kicks from Maison Martin Margiela 22…The Premiere High Top is a rubber and leather sneaker that features small black pyramid-like studs throughout with black lace-ups, a tonal logo patch at the tongue, cut-out collar and off-white lining. I’m in love with these but they come with the Maison Margiela pricetag. Is it too early to ask Santa?
Happy Saturday! Check out this very Michael Jackson-esque track by Dornik called “Something About You”. The smoothed out, textured vocals and wave washing r&b like back beat makes me wonder if MJ was alive today, would this be have his future sound.? Although I wasn’t the biggest MJ fan, there was always an uplifting sweetness to his voice on his ballads that no one can deny. There isn’t much on the web about Dornik Leigh who hails from London, England but for now, all you need is this…If you’re into The Weeknd or Frank Ocean, this is a must!
DORNIK – SOMETHING ABOUT YOU
WHITE NOISE MIAMI
WHITE NOISE 3
Check out the stunning visual works from Seattle native, Cait Willis. Willis has been creating art since the early 90′s and upon graduating from Cornish College in 1999, has been quite active in the local art scene there. For her most recent set of work, She states that her paintings draw inspiration from pop culture and the rhythm of white noise as an investigation into the smart media gadgets of our time and their technical randomness. By giving name to these mediums through her art, Willis uncovers the deeper side of it all – as painting and pop culture collide, a loss of personal contact in our work and personal relationships is the result. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally at such galleries as Pop Santa Fe, 63 Bluxome Street Gallery in San Francisco and The George in Prague, Czech Republic. Currently Willis is gearing up for her next show entitled, “Glitch/White Noise” at the Ghost Gallery in Seattle set for September 12- October 7, 2013. Check it out!
Here’s a sexy Sunday song for you to chill-lax to…Check out Gent Mason’s stellar track “Eden”, the first single release from the London based singer/ songwriter. Gent (like Gentleman) Mason takes us on a sultry journey with “Eden”. The slick production and smoothed out r&b-esque vocals are a dream suited with a catchy, looped sample for the chorus. Not much info on Gent Mason yet but I’m for sure looking forward to hearing more from this guy soon. If you like The Weeknd, Inc. or Active Child, you’ll love this…Enjoy!
GENT MASON – EDEN
Have you ever wondered late at night in bed thinking: If a pig goes oink and a cow goes moo, what kinda of sound would a fox make? Well, check out this hilarious track and video from Ylvis, two brothers from Norway who have become a worldwide overnight hit with their parody video “The Fox”. Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker are a comedic duo who already host a popular late-night talk show on Norwegian television. Well known for creating ultra funny music videos and sketches with their TV guests in their native land, Ylvis has won 5 million views on Youtube and the numbers are rising! Check it out and be prepared to find yourself laughing out load on this one – it’s just silly good fun!
Check out the latest fashion collab featuring British model Anders Hayward shot for 3.1 Phillip Lim’s collection for Target. The line for men and women consists of an affordable range of apparel and accessories that are based on classic trends with an easy, stylish twist. Ranging in price from $19.99 to $299.99, the collection hits stores on September 15th…Get into it!
Move over Bjork…someone fresh is taking your spot! Introducing “Shape”, the latest release from Los Angelels native electronic pop goddess, Glasser aka Cameron Mesirow. “Shape” is a slick, haunting song with Mesirow’s icy lyrics and soaring vocals placed upon booming base and glitchy backbeats. The new album “Interiors” is slated to be released sometime early October. All of the album’s visuals, artwork, videos, and photos are a collaboration between Mesirow and artist Jonathan Turner and are inspired by her move from Los Angeles to living in New York and the city’s architecture and design – Beautiful.
It’s still all about the floral for Fall /Winter 2014 menswear collections. Here French luxury power house Louis Vuitton has collaborated with British designers The Chapman Brothers (Jake and Dinos) for their lush version of florals accessories for men. The duo was commissioned to create their own interpretation of a French baroque floral using hand painted watercolor artworks from the LV design vaults and married the print with intricacies of Himalayan traditional art. Okay. The result is what they are calling the “Garden In Hell” print – a wacky textile with evil eyeballs and screaming owls and other creatures alongside beautifully stitched vines and flowers. The Sac Weekend bag is a hefty soft calfskin suede leather that features a zipped closure with uniquely numbered lock, palladium finished brass metallic hardware, reinforced leather edges, calfskin suede leather lining and two inside pockets and only 10 are being produced. The Jacquard Floral Loafters feature the same print as their bags, scarves and other accessories offered for the season but with a twist, featuring a flash of subtle metal work on the heel.
Stop the Press! Excited to introduce you to Hot Natured and their killer new track featuring the one and only Roisin Murphy on vocals! “Alternate State” is fresh and one of the many stand out tracks on their soon to be released full-length debut “Different Sides Of The Sun” out on September 2nd. The Hot Natured boys – a collaborative house project featuring Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C. and Ali Love make polished house music and split their time and craft between Los Angeles and London (Sounds like me). Murphy’s vocals are pure magic as usual. Remixes please…
HOT NATURED – ALTERNATE STATE FEAT. ROISIN MURPHY
Don’t you love it when you hear a great song and it’s sticks in your head day in and day out? Well, this new track from Australian singer, Chela does just that! Chela first appeared on my radar a few years ago when she lent her sassy vocals to Goldroom’s lovely track “Fifteen”. “Romanticise”, her latest single is a catchy ditty with uplifting lyrics and a tad of 80′s pop with a great guitar riff and killer synths thrown in to keep it feisty. It’s a fun listen as she states, “…It’s shaking, it’s shaking the ground it’s a breaking. And you can’t control it, so own it and feel good” – you can’t escape this song! There’s also a grip of amazing remixes of “Romanticise” available on Kitsuné Maison (grab the Gold Field’s Remix if you’re a house head). If you are into Lykke Li or Yelle, check out Chela!
CHELA – ROMANTICISE
Loving this perfect back to school sack by J. Lindeberg. The Slick Nylon Print Backpack in royal blue is just what it says, it’s slick and cool. While featuring a very subtle floral print, the bag keeps it urban and sports upper pockets with zippers that can be folded down. Other details include a large back pocket, zipper close and three additional pockets inside, along with a double front buckle with a silver badge that showcases the J. Lindeberg logo…Oh and it also comes with leather and nylon back straps. Nice!
Better known as Cecile Cassel, the gorgeous French actress and daughter of French acting legend Jean-Pierre and half-sister to Vincent, Cecile is venturing out on her own musical journey as HollySiz with a stunningly sexy Flashdance meets Debbie Harry-esque video for her new single, “Come Back To Me.” This sizzling track shows Cassel’s dance moves and sultry red pout. The song is off her soon to be debut album ‘My Name Is’ which is set to be released in September. The video comes courtesy of French film director Hugo Gelin and is produced by Marine Dorfmann. Check it out…HOT!
Beautifully crafted and innovative, Vasa is the internationally known artist / sculpture Vasa Mihich whose creative work explores the three dimensional interactions of light and color. Relocating to the United States from Yugoslavia, Vasa works with cast laminated acrylic forms based on simple Euclidean shapes such as the triangle, square, circle and rectangle since the 60′s. These prisms of luminous construction are created by composing colored planes within these geometric forms. Now residing in Los Angeles, Vasa acts as a senior Professor of Design at UCLA and continues to create stunning displays of light from his studio.
I’m so very excited to hear that Jensen Sportag are back with a new song and that they are finally ready to release a proper full length album! Today’s pick is “Bellz,” a sexy, moody digital track that’s got a groove and a kick. As their first new single in two years, “Bellz” continues with their signature style of sultry, electro-r&b with minimal vocals that simply pulls you in. Not what one would expect from a duo based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Jensen Sportag aka Austin Wilkinson and Benji Craig call Cascine Records home and are label mates with some of the best music out there and also happen to be some of my favorites: Chad Valley, Shine 2009 and Southern Shores to name just a few. The new album, ‘Stealth Of Days’ is out in November. A must get!
JENSEN SPORTAG – BELLZ
Since its launch in 1995, Italian men’s and women’s brand Gaudi showcases their casual chic styling in their Spring / Summer 2013 campaign. Keeping up with the European lifestlye look, Gaudi presents a colorful and completely wearable collection of tops, jackets, shorts, pants, denim and an array of bags and accessories. Check out some of my top picks from the collection – Get into it!
One of my new favorite bands, the Brooklyn based electro/r&b/synth/nu-disco dance group Body Language is back with a fresh new look and video for their latest single “Well Absolutely,” a super fun and poppy track with a catchy back beat and gooey chorus hook that screams summer hit! Directed by Alexander Jorgensen and Matthew Young, the video features the band splattered with swirls of color and smoke while Matthew Young and the lovely Angelica Bess on lead vocals for a change, makes this song bounce…especially with all the lava lamp effects – you know they’re having such a happy, good time! Their new album “Grammar” is set to be release in September – can’t wait!
It’s not everyday you get the chance to be daring enough (or crazy enough) to take on the task of cycling from Central London to Paris – On a tandem bike for a great cause. Opening Doors London is a charity organization that supports over 800 older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender LGBT individuals across London and campaigns to change policy and raise awareness of older LGBT issues. Many of the older people are very vulnerable and a significant number are housebound. The project provides direct services such as matching volunteers with older people as befrienders and also supports them with tough issues that they have to deal with.
Unfortunately, unless a significant amount of money is raised by March, 2014 the project will have to be significantly scaled down. We’re just trying to do our bit. The idea, of course, was influenced by the song of the summer “Get Lucky” by the French electronic duo Daft Punk. Our “Daft Punk” inspired get ups are strictly for raising awareness and are in no way supported by the band. This is our own way of “Doin It Right” to make this charity organization that is close to our hearts, a little bit better.
Join in and please help us “Get Lucky” (if you can with anything no matter how small) on this 250 mile ride that will have us biking from London to Newhaven, across the English Channel on a ferry to Dieppe and then traveling on a traffic-free road to Paris marking our final destination on the steps of Notre Dame Cathedral.
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Brand new beats from the one and only Basement Jaxx! “What A Difference Your Love Makes” is a classic Jaxx tune featuring their fun, loud, party anthem style with a groovy house vocal by Sam Brookes. This is a pleasant return to the scene as last April, Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe released the odd single “Back 2 The Wild” which in my opinion, was honestly just weird with an even weirder video. The new record is set to be released September 30 and hopefully will have an array of great vocalists and killer tracks for the fall!
BASEMENT JAXX – WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOUR LOVE MAKES
Check out this handsome Old School Laptop Rucksak from Hard Graft. This new take on the classic backpack is made from premium leather and features great detailing and style to fit your 13″ or 15″ laptop nicely. With an easy access pocket on the inside and a zip pockets on the front for your wallet or cellphone, this bag is padded to protect your computer while traveling or just out for the night. The straps are adjustable and have reinforced wool felt for extra comfort. The line comes in a few colorways to choose from along with other great styles. Want!
I just discovered the amazing talent of Bristol based painter / illustrator, China Mike aka Mike Carr. Carr hails from Bedford, England and initially worked as a illustrator and graphics artist for record labels and clothing lines before venturing full time into creating his photorealistic paintings filled with abstract imaging and somewhat colorfully, warped visuals. Here are a few of my pix from his past works.
The world of great music and even greater videos just keeps growing! Check out the latest track and video from Russian Electro-pop group, Tesla Boy. Back with their second full length release “The Universe Made Of Darkness,” is a mix of vintage Howard Jones meets Thompson Twins with a twist! Their dream-wave synths married with Anton Sevidov’s sexy r&b-like vocals is a current trend in music at the moment but they do it right! Peep the video for “Undetected” which was directed by Noriko Okaku and based on photos by Vladimir Vasilchikov, This uber techy video is a good one to watch and the Tesla Boy album is definitely one to get!
Tom Ford, the multi-talented designer, producer, director and man of overall style has just launched his latest effort targeting men who want to look their best. The Tom Ford For Men Skin Care and Grooming line is banking on the fact that men are taking better care of themselves these days, stating that we should feel ok about primping and preening along with a free pass to “cover up your capillaries and age spots” and should be able to do so, regardless of your gender. The line will consist of bronzer, concealer and even mud masks are now available for the gents. The campaign features Juan Betancourt and showcases a few of the items. The line is pricey but not as outrageous as you might expect, ranging in price from $25 for a lipstick to $150 for the Skin Revitalizing Concentrate. Most items are around $40-$60. They are planning separate men’s and women’s counters.