Bless is the second album by Brooklyn-based producer, Portable Sunsets, released a little while ago via the brilliant Amsterdam based record label, Atomnation. While it took me a little while to actually sit down and listen to it properly, it’s safe to say that it has quickly become one of my favourite albums of the year. ‘Ledges’ and ‘Straylight’ are two of the most beautiful cuts from the album, inhabiting a fine space between soft aerated ambient music and languid danceability. The whole album is highly recommended.
During a recent Soundcloud dig, I came across the brilliantly crunchy and grimy house music of Melbourne’s Rudolf C and Silentspook. Both tracks have an incredibly strong focus and flow and would be perfect the dancefloor.
Despite there being an array of demos and snippets scattered across their respective Soundclouds, there is definite potential in all they do, so definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Seldom do you come by an album so seamlessly crafted around a certain aesthetic. However, 100% Silk’s latest signing, Brandon Knocke, a.k.a. Body-san has mastered just this in his forthcoming debut cassette, Corporate Interiors.The latest track, premiered here today, ‘Hotspot (She My Wifi)’ entices you with its hypnotically groovy pulse, extending the listening experience into an audio-visual one, whereby it transfers you into a world so perfectly captured in the image above. The vibes are mellow, but it’s incredibly hard not to be taken in by its infectious danceability. Corporate Interiors is definitely an album to look forward to. To get you even more excited, you should check out his equally brilliant track (and video) ‘KC VAPES’, which draws you even further into the strong visual dimension of his music.
Christian Tiger School are an electronic duo from Cape Town. It has been amazing to watch how they have progressed over the last few years, and their forthcoming release, Chrome Tapes, via Tommy Boy Entertainment, promises to be a really exhilarating and fresh listen. Their first single, ‘Chorisolo,’ is a shape-shifting punch of electronic dynamism that comes paired with a really outstanding dog-championing video.
Portland-based producer, Opaline, forms a mesmerising late-night synth drifter with his album, ‘Memory Drain‘. I’ve been sitting on this for a while, but have recently found it has taken up residency as my go-to late-night listen. Airy textures abound throughout, and he has a serious knack of instilling within his music this almost palpable energy. It’s a real stunner.
Brené Brown asks – “What would you try if you knew people would never say ‘this’ about you?”
One of the biggest struggles for any creative is how to handle fear. The fear of criticism, comparison and scarcity. Some may think it’s best to ignore the chatter and just shut those people out. Instead Brené takes a different approach…
Step inside the arena and find out how she handles the critics.
Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting is a video series dedicated to the ‘analysis of film form’. His episode on Nicolas Winding Refn’s use of the quadrant system in Drive was the first video that drew me in. Each episode does a great job breaking down and explaining the little details that are sometimes overlooked. It reminds me of the first time I discovered the hidden arrow and spoon within the FedEx logo. When you finally realize it’s there, you appreciate the art behind what we see in front of us that much more.
Other videos that grabbed my attention were David Fincher’s “not what I do, but what I don’t do” approach to filmmaking and the different ways text messaging and the internet are represented on screen.
But it was an episode on Japanese film director and animator Satoshi Kon that got me really stoked. This was my first introduction to the world of Kon and his signature editing style. Inspired by George Roy’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Kon’s use of matching scene transitions has also inspired other filmmakers and their films – Inception and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World are two examples that immediately come to mind.
Before passing in 2010, Kon left us with one last gem – Ohayo. His final piece covers something we deal with every day; the dreaded morning wake up routine – illustrated in the most beautiful of ways.
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