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Vans – OG Era LX

July 23, 2014 – 12:57 in Fashion | Calum

Vans – OG Era LX

I’ve been hunting for some vintage Eras recently, essentially engaging in a degree of one-upmanship with every menswear bod rocking First String 70s Covnverse – which are undeniably great. And while these Vans Vault 70s reissues slightly differ in shape to the OGs, they carry all the nostalgic flavour that I was searching for. The subtle repeated vans print, accented by the pinstripe turquoise panels is absolutely perfect. I haven’t wanted a pair of Vans this badly since, well, last week (shouts to Foot Patrol for the Peanuts collab hook-up, they’re so on point). I know it’s that time of year where everything is labelled as “the perfect summer shoe,” but that’s mostly PR bluster. That said, if any shoe is to stake a meaningful claim to being a quintessential warm-weather classic, ideal for being paired with a pair of shorts, it’s the Vans Era.

Linkage. 

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Cav Empt Icon Crewneck

July 23, 2014 – 12:17 in Fashion | Calum

Cav Empt Icon Crewneck

I’m not going to delve into the origins of Cav Empt too much- fcknyh and this Heavy Mental interview with Toby Feltwell have you pretty well covered – but what I will say is that C.E is one of those entities you either “get” or you don’t. The brainchild of Feltwell and Sk8thing is multi-faceted, toying with concepts of hyper-reality, technology and the work of Baudrillard. This somewhat high-brow approach is juxtaposed with nuances that are indicative of British youth culture over the past two decades – which thankfully eschew dated clichés of mods and skinheads. The result of this plethora of influences and inspiration is a brand with exhibits genuine depth. The clothes themselves are intriguing, fresh and – as you’d expect with Japanese production – incredibly well executed. This ICON crewneck from the first drop of C.E’s Autumn Winter offering is a great entry-level item into the world of Cav Empt – I’m eagerly awaiting the long-sleeve t-shirt which utilises the same graphic later in the season.

See it here. 

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Nufonia Must Fall Live

July 21, 2014 – 16:07 in Music | Robert

Nufonia Must Fall Live

It’s kinda like a dream job, you know what I mean? I don’t have to just go on at midnight and play like banging tracks for an hour and a half, then go to my hotel room and think what does this all mean? We actually get to test the limits of what we can do in this show.” – Kid Koala

This could be the most brilliant as well as bizarre thing I have seen to date, and I saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show as a toddler in the late seventies. I haven’t listened to Kid Koala since his debut album Carpal Tunnel Syndrome back in 2000. Admittedly I found it overly conceptual when frankly I was thirsting for nothing more than a scratch DJ at the time. Fourteen years on and I find that the native of Canada has put in his fair share of work. He has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and just finished the Reflektor Tour with Arcade Fire. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper and The Great Gatsby. Solo releases include the brilliantly named “Your Mom’s favourite DJ” and “The Slew: Forging the new chapter of rock. ’100%’: The iconic rock turntable experience” which deserves it’s own post really.

In what now seems logical from the very beginning, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome came with a comic book as linear notes illustrated by himself, he’s also an award-winning graphic novelist – having released Nufonia Must Fall in 2003 and Space Cadet in 2011. Last month, Nufonia Must Fall Live made its world premiere at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. This live adaptation of the graphic novel unfolds via a real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stages and a cast of puppets. Kid Koala, real name Eric San, and the Afiara Quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings and turntables. Under the direction of acclaimed production designer KK Barrett (HerWhere the Wild Things AreAdaptationBeing John Malkovich), the performance is cinematically lit, filmed, and projected on a cinema screen. This set up sounds perfectly suited to The Roundhouse, or should that be the other way round? Kid Koala’s YouTube channel (kidkoalaproductions) has a couple clips that are well worth a watch just to put some sort of perspective on how all of this is going to work live.

She’s a lonely office girl. He’s an out-of-work robot struggling to find his voice amidst the noise of the city. Little do they know that destiny has programmed them for the greatest love story of our time…

As part of the Summer Sessions at The Roundhouse, tickets for this one-off show are on sale now and you can get yours here. The graphic novel, and accompanying CD soundtrack are available via Amazon.

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Label Focus: Modern Love

July 20, 2014 – 13:53 in Music | Morna Fraser

Label Focus: Modern Love

Established in Manchester twelve years ago by Shlom Sviri, as a collective where friends and artists could come together and release leftfield electronic music, Modern Love is a label which has traveled past its regional loci in the last decade. Beginning its journey with Mancunian artists like Andy Stott and Claro Intelecto, it has picked up the likes of Glaswegians Demdike Stare, and Berlin-based Move D along the way.

Having previously been a label associated with dub techno, its artists have come to warp and stretch the limitations of musical nomenclatures, allowing it as a label to continue to thrive and side-step away from the ever popular demands to pigeon-hole.

 

Here are my top 3 releases of 2014 under Modern Love:

1) Demdike Stare – Testpressing#005

2) Millie & Andrea – Drop the Vowels

3) Rainer Veil – New Brutalism

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