Panos Cosmatos' 'Beyond The Black Rainbow' stands as one of the more spellbinding, unnerving sci-fi masterpieces in recent years - an even lower budget, even more indie, even weirder companion piece to Jonathan Glazer's equally exceptional 'Under The Skin'. Although the film was released in 2010, only now has the film's score, by Black Mountain man Jeremy Schmidt under the name Sinoia Caves, seen a release. Given time and space from the unveiling of the film serves to expose the score as more than just an accompaniment to the film and a neat piece of work in it's own right - an eerie, totally paranoid, faintly retro suite of haunting, instrumental synthscapes works seamlessly with the film but very nicely without. Just go easy on the green taking a toke of this one.
Melbourne duo GL make a show stopping entrance with their first two singles. Swim in the tepid pool of What Happened To Us' pitched down g-funk or shuffle along to the instantaneous underground pop hit Won't You See. The sultry disco vocals of Ella Thompson captivate as the glowing production seeps through subtly. The perfect prescription and one of the highlights of Movement's recent Australian tour.
Venezuelan avant-dance producer Arca steps out of the shadows with his new single 'Thievery', having worked in the lab on cuts for Yeezus and FKA Twigs. Electronic music with sincere human elements, this disorientating orchestration leaves you unable to anticipate its next move as it darts and shifts. Taken from the forthcoming album 'Xen', Arca will join groundbreaking artists Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb and The Birthday Party as part of Mute Records rich lineage. The release is adorned in the unmistakable artwork of his roommate and touring partner Jesse Kanda.
RBMA prime up for their Japanese semester with Diggin' Through The Carts, a series documenting the evolution of video game music. Episode 1 talks to zen reggae enthusiast and composer of Tetris and Donkey Kong Hirokazu Tanaka while Pacman's Junko Ozawa explains that her company feared she would be kidnapped by a competitor and ransomed for her expertise. With 8-bit and 16-bit music's undeniable impact infiltrating electronic-based genres such as hip hop, techno, dubstep and footwork, J-Rocc, Ladyhawke, Kode 9, Thundercat and Flying Lotus also share their stories. Episode 2 drops on Thursday.
Etudes Studio is a multi-disciplinary creative brains trust split between Paris and New York. Most visible for their bold, modern menswear collections, the collective also operates as a boutique publishing house and design agency.
On the fashion front Etudes cut clean contemporary lines, with each season's collection the result of their own evolution and a collaboration with a select fine artist contributing to their unconventional, vividly graphic series of prints.
Currently transfixed to the work of Brooklyn-based photographer and collagist Brian Vu. Vivid and saturated in colour, his images aren't as positive as they initially appear, often referencing heavier themes such as religion, the afterlife and human relationships with others and ourselves. The self-taught artist has described past escapist visions as "praying to god on an acid trip". Working with the bare essentials including a point and shoot, Canon 7D and his phone, much of Vu's brilliance is often the result of putting "accidents" through post-production.
Curated by Stefan Pietsch and Jason Evans, This Long Century invites an odd mixture of artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians and counterculture icons to share their highly personal ponderings, visions, influences and memories to an ever growing archive, as if no one was watching.
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood breaks down the context of her AW09/10 Gold Label collection, while Norwegian photographer Torbjørn Rødland captions a childhood photograph and Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance digs out the pure formative work that led to her debut exhibition. Other participants include artist Ricky Swallow, Einstürzende Neubauten's Blixa Bergeld, Berlin-Paris fashion house Bless and documentarian Les Blank.
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When we last riffed about Vancouver label Mood Hut, we never expected they'd raise the bar even higher with this street soul hit of the summer. With its inconspicuous vocal and sophisticated cyclical groove, Jack J doesn't over think it. "Absolutely spiritual". Put on some shades and walk the dog down to Mister Softee. Today is a good day.
Last week Club Mod teased Astre, the first taste of their newly relaunched label from under the radar UK talent Sharooz. The single has now been put under the head nodding trance of New York house/techno mainstay Marcos Cabral, a L.I.E.S. recording artist and former Runaway member. The Sharooz EP is out August 18 (preorder now). DO NOT operate heavy machinery while listening.
Perks and Mini do the world a favour by uploading their series of under the counter mix CDs to soundcloud. Recruiting the likes of 2ManyDJs, discretely billed as The Dee Wees, The Boredoms' Yamantaka Eye, Secret Circuit and Thomas Bullock of Rub N Tug, they have never been commercially available, traded like the underground currency amongst the inner sanctum. Sample 'Spa'z The Place' below, the slomo journey of unidentified objects pieced together by label head Jerky Perks and The Dee Wees, and explore more here.
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