Here’s a bunch of tracks I’ve enjoyed recently. Features new La Roux, How To Dress Well & Jessie Ware. Features two of my newer favourite acts in Years & Years & Jungle. Features a couple of gorgeous acoustic numbers – one from Karen O via the Her soundtrack, and a cover of ‘Melancholy Hill’ (Gorillaz) that I found. And features some other bangers, just because (I’m looking at you Ariana Grande).
Also features some terrible disposable snaps taken in May/June from a camera I got developed, for no reason.
Me and Stephen Bevan made a video short for French label/general party people Kitsuné, who were hosting their summer party at Village Underground. The night featured DJ sets by Maxxi Soundsystem, Clancy, Lxury, a special Gildas & Jerry Bouthier duo and also one of my favourite bands of the moment Years & Years. Who were awesome.
Be sure to check out our recent session with Cerebral Ballzy’s Honor Titus once you’ve finished looking at these beautiful photos.
I’ve let my photographic/artistic practice slide over the past year or so, so here I am on a mission to post something photography-related on a WEEKLY basis – either in relation to my own work (new or old) or something that inspires me.
It’s half an act of self-promotion in all honesty, and half an act of getting into the habit of engaging with photo-based art forms once again.
So my first post is all about looking back at a project based on my visits to Iceland that I’ve imaginatively titled: Iceland. I’ve been fortunate enough over the past three years to visit for Iceland Airwaves with the 405 (though I did not manage to take any photos last time due to video work), and used the opportunity to take photos not explicitly of the festival in a standard gig photography manner, but of the periphery of the festival with my medium format film camera. The people. The details. The city. The country. And of places I cannot pronounce.
It’s relatively broad in terms of imagery and not a hugely “tight” project as it’s based mostly in me having fun with my camera. Although having said that, my plan has been to convey an outsider’s perspective of the country by highlighting – even exaggerating – a cliched view that many of us non-Icelanders have of the island via these images; you know that ethereal quality, and charming as hell. Or something.
The full (well ongoing) project can be found on my website here – and below are a selection of images from it.
Let us go back to back to those halcyon days of exactly one year ago, 2013. The sun seemed brighter, Miley was but a shy Disney childhood sweetheart, Kanye wasn’t a God yet, and any other inaccurate/inane pop culture reference you can remember please do insert here.
Anyways. Last year saw Field Day and Primavera going head to head in a direct competition between choosing the easier, familiar, quotidian option, and the more exotic, adventurous option. Shovelling cultural snow versus an expansive freeform experience? I gut-wrenchingly chose the easy option (have you attempted to persuade five other humans to do the same thing and get them to spend more money?) despite wanting to do both. This year the festival fell on consecutive weekends so the excuse book was empty. To Barcelona! I also befriended better friends over the course of a year.
Now the great thing about Primavera, now in its 14th year, is that it’s in Barcelona as just mentioned. I, and it turns out many others I speak to, do the smart thing and turn the festival experience into a holiday of sorts – extending stays before and after the festival to give Barcelona the exploration time the ancient Catalonian city deserves. Our second floor apartment is right on the edge of the Gothic quarter down a sleepy, spindly alleyway that turns out will be of huge help for the week to come.
The bits before the festival proper – The Gothic Quarter, Hot Chip and Tinder
Although the full festival line-up begins on Thursday, there are still festival-related things to indulge in earlier in the week. After a mini-explore and a generous bowl-full of seafood paella, I venture out late into the night (getting the hang of this nighttime Spanish going out already) and catch Hot Chip‘s DJ set at the Teatre Principal in the centre of the city Read more…
It’s a fair indicator that the industry has earmarked you for greatness when the never ageing ‘happy’ hat-stand Pharrell Williams produces the title-track from your forthcoming EP. Along with the aforementioned Pharrell fighting her corner, she’s also been tipped for success by the likes of iTunes and Rolling Stone Magazine. Impressive.
Having grown up amongst the rich musical heritage of Liverpool, she began singing in local choirs aged eight. These humble beginnings lead to spells as a backing vocalist for the likes of Cee Lo Green, until late 2012 when she uploaded a video (shot on her iPhone) of herself signing ‘Start A Riot’ (her own track). This eventually led to the singer joining mega-label, Universal.
Jetta has become well known for her powerhouse vocal performances (anyone who caught her at this year’s SXSW can attest to that), however she reveals a more reserved and delicate side in her elegant rendition of ‘Operators’ for 405tv.
As always we recommend you sit back, relax and please watch in fullscreen 1080p HD whenever possible. We didn’t film this session on iPhones btw.
Created by Stephen Bevan & Tim Boddy
Sound Mix by Jake Murray