FOR Festival is now only 10 days away and we're sitting here restless, anticipating the moonlight magic that Erol Alkan will drop alongside DARKSIDE, Haim, Erlend Øye, Kelela, Psychemagik and more. The London based DJ has a heady history DJing bugged out sets, promoting his infamous club night Trash and running Phantasy Sound, the label that has fostered the careers of Daniel Avery, Chilly Gonzales and kiwi oddball Connan Mockasin. Here we reflect on one of Erol's finest recordings - an epic beauty that reworks Connan's bliss to go on and on and on and on and on. For more eternal moments, buy a ticket to paradise here.
Possibly the greatest movie never made? In the mid-70s, Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, the limitless imagination behind cult acid flicks El Topo and The Holy Mountain, dared to bring Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune to life. He set out to recruit his fantasy lineup, including genius French illustrator Moebius and Alien designer H.R. Grigor, cast members Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger and Amanda Lear, and animated prog giants Pink Floyd and Magma. Racking up millions of dollars in pre-production costs with a script that would result in a 10-hour film, the rug was pulled before a single shot commenced. A lapsed licensed then enabled David Lynch's grotesque vision of the novel. This fascinating walk through the doomed project's process will leave you sleepless wondering "what if?".
Neneh Cherry has been remixed by the cream of the crop over her lengthy career, with the likes of Massive Attack, Kevin Saunderson, Masters At Work, Lindstrom & Prins Thomas, Air and Fourtet all jumping at the opportunity to reinterpret her wonder. Falcon & Fabian had a secret weapon on their chill 90s breakbeat take on 'Buddy X' - a rare verse from none other than Biggie Smalls in one of his earliest features. Way to trump the rest. Hoping Neneh and her band RocketNumberNine play 'Buddy X' amongst the classics at FOR Festival, as the sun sets over the Croatian island of Hvar.
Vampire Weekend's bass-wielding Chris Baio has a musical double life, making melancholic dance music under the moniker Baio. His 2013 EP, Mira, leads with the title track - a 6 minute house jammer that is sonically continents away from his work in his Grammy Award-winning band.
Baio will be opening for our dudes Movement at their FOR warm-up show at the Ace Hotel in London on June 16th, and he'll also be joining Movement, and many others including Neneh Cherry, Kelela, Mark Ronson, and Klaxons at FOR Festival this June 19th-22nd. Tickets and more info here.
Cooked in the same kitchen as the fantastic and long running PIG magazine, Italian publication Alla Carta is a bi-annual of extended conversations with creative types around a table and a plate of food. Rather than being about food itself, the discussions revolve mostly around the people eating it, and in previous issues those have included the likes of Italian design titan Cristiano Toraldo di Francia of Superstudio, French fashion maverick Christophe Lemaire, photographer Marco Glaviano and Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The elegantly set magazine also includes recipes and tips from folks in the know, and dazzling photography from some of Europe's finest, all with the delicate balance of technique and flair you might expect from a learned Italian chef. Buon appetito.
Just remembered this happened! Psychemagik, the masters of soundtracking tropical paradises and lunar escapes, remixed LA sisters HAIM's undeniable anthem 'Falling'. What a coincidence that both acts will be playing our 4 day music experience FOR Festival, on the idyllic island of Hvar, Croatia. Buy tickets here and celebrate your greatest decision by revisiting Psychemagik's stellar Modcast.
Hamburg house music don Tensnake holds the lofty honour of being the only artist to have been on the bill for both the 1st and 2nd edition of the FOR Festival (ok so Nicolas Jaar is returning but this time as one half of Darkside). In recent years he's released some of the biggest tunes in house music that deftly tread the fine but beautiful line between the credible and the commercial, like the infallible 'Coma Cat', 'Something About You' and 'See Right Through'. Our love for Marco Niemerski though started with this moving cut from his outstanding release on Running Back in 2009. Simultaneously chugging and touching, it's tears of ecstasy all over the dancefloor. We can't wait to have Tensnake back on the island.
Fort Romeau, aka Londoner Mike Greene, has reverent love for house that finds him eschewing the moody attitude many of his contemporaries share in favour of warmth and emotion. After touring the world as the keyboardist in La Roux's band, Fort Romeau has released his soulful, gleaming productions on the celebrated 100% Silk imprint and more recently on Ghostly International.
A DJ with a deep respect for the craft, he couldn't be a better fit for the balmy Adriatic nights at next month's FOR Festival.
Check out his smooth remix of former tour partner Holy Other. Free download.
RnB's fastest-rising star Kelela links up with Timbaland-approved fellow young gun Tink for this collaboration. Kelela came up hard over the past year, with her 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape (also featuring FOR 2014 performer Bok Bok) finding shine across the four corners of the globe. Her icy vocals, paired with atmospheric, often-times skittery beats supplied by a vast Rolodex of Fade-To-Mind-affiliated producers (Kingdom, Jam City, Nguzunguzu), have won critical acclaim, and her streetwise style smarts have landed her pages of editorial in fashion bibles Dazed, i-D, Elle, V, the New York Times, and Oyster.
'Want It', produced as part of the Yours Truly 'Songs From Scratch' series, showcases that slinky nighttime voice of Kelela's, which will be on display when she performs at FOR Festival this year. For more info, and to buy tickets, head to for-festival.com.
Ron Hardy was the DJ supreme. A Chicago legend whose influence has resonated through generations.
Resident of the Musik Box from 1983-1986, Hardy's sets were unparalleled, mixed with manic style, accelerated pitches, heavy EQ and laced with absolutely bonkers custom reel-to-reel edits. He'd rock Philly Disco staples, hot off the press local acid, post-punk/new wave and housey Italo in ways you wouldn't imagine (sometimes in furious marathon sets that people have claimed clocked up to 72 hours). Passing in 1992, Hardy never allowed interviews, leaving his family, friends and musical disciples to tell his story.
Gritty bootlegs of his live mixes have been passing around for years but to coincide with what would have been his 56th birthday, Resident Advisor have dug up a previously unreleased, primo sounding session from 1987. Go forth!
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