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!
Following on from last month's epicurean tips, we share some of our favourite day activities with you. From ancient ruins to a luxury bathhouse, our team brings you a variety of ways to spend your leisure time on the island around FOR Festival in June.
In Aarhus for the Spot Festival, one couldn't help but be drawn to the impressive red cube topped with a rainbow boardwalk taking up the skyline just behind the main stage, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Particularly when there's a gigantic banner hanging down the side advertising an exhibition by new American folk artist Wes Lang, this gleaming stature invites investigation. A somewhat controversial subject in the Danish press, Lang's The Studio exhibition presents a vast collection of the artist's paintings, illustrations, sketches and collages, as well as a scale recreation of his Los Angeles studio, a deep pose of his twist of middle Americana and indigenous iconography. ARoS is a hot tip for those travelling Denmark, a must for Wes Lang enthusiasts.
Multiple FOR Festival connections with the latest web video from Thursday night headliners Klaxons. In the tradition of their Radio Soulwax: Under The Covers concept, last year's guests 2ManyDJs have animated the stimulating Love Frequency cover art, syncing it with Chemical Brother Tom Rowland's mix. The epic remix will be released on Phantasy, the label run by Erol Alkan who'll also be DJing some after hours thunder at the Croatian paradise.
Morgan Geist first came to our attention as one half of Metro Area, with their single 'Miura' and their sole, majestic, self-titled LP, which if memory serves correctly was played on repeat at the Modular Christmas boat cruise of 2003. Since then he's released a string of quality singles, compilations and remixes under his own name and via his Environ Records imprint, more recently settling into the groove under the Storm Queen moniker. While the MK remix of 'Look Right Through' might have been the tune that took Storm Queen to #1 in the UK, if you really break it down then Geist's other Storm Queen singles reach equal, if not even higher states of consciousness. 'It Goes On' is a tough, detuned, minimal jack track, while 'Let's Make Mistakes' is a more ecstatic dancefloor burner, both with Geist's impeccable analog touch. Get acquainted!
Storm Queen is playing at FOR Festival 2014. Tickets available here.
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