MUSIC

LISTEN: JAMIE XX BOILER ROOM – LONDON

[Jamie via Boilerroom.tv]

June 2014: Jamie XX on a rooftop in London spinning the best of old and new UK club music.

(Thanks for putting me on Monty.)

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ART/LIFESTYLE

WORDS #3

F*CK LE WORLD. Its 3:40 am. I literally just finished reading a blog post by a very talented friend of mine Cecile Emeke. Funnily enough I stumbled upon this article of hers strolling through the timeline, when I should really have been:

  1. Asleep
  2. Finishing off the work I was running away from

When she receives my twitter notification in the morning she’s probably going to think ‘why the heck is this crazy fella up at crazy o clock reading my inner musings?’ Or maybe just maybe, as a creative she’s up too. Who knows? Only time will tell, ironically.

Well back to the topic. There was a key theme within her blog post that really hit me, a topic funnily enough I was debating with my mentor, Natalie, earlier today. Quite simply I have turned into a perfectionist – which bluntly can be defined in other words, as a coward. I am scared. Yes I said it, I’m afraid. I’ve literally dedicated the past couple years of my life working on various projects which ultimately will not only act as a catalyst for where my life goes, but consequently shall also simultaneously shape what my friends, family, and familiars think of me. Everyone who truly knows me simply knows I’m a very secretive person; now it all seems to add up – I don’t keep things to myself due to the fact that I like to keep myself to myself. In fact quite simply, I’m scared of what people may think. How can a photographer who shares his work regularly feel this way you ask? Well you know what they say (whoever ‘they’ are), you never know what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody sees the indecisiveness attached to taking that leap to share your work, the countless ideas that never come to fruition, the opportunities you never capitalized on. Should I or should I not’s, will they like this, will they love it, will they even get it?

I truly believe that whoever ‘they’ may be, we need to point our middle fingers at them and tell ourselves that we actually don’t give a flying monkey about whatever it is they may or may not think, now truly is the time to take that leap. Literally, as Disney movie as it may sound, trust your instinct and go with your gut. I owe my art a lot in my life. I’ve come such a long way from a child. I suffered from some stupidly crazy eczema which had me questioning my very existence at times. It literally got to the stage where I would only wear long sleeve garments just to hide myself away from the world. Well now, can you imagine I’m a nude model (well I did it once and it was rather liberating so I guess I can claim that title.) Ultimately I believe everyone should become a nude model in their own right, whether that may be by doing something you couldn’t imagine yourself ever doing, or simply by speaking out when that inner urge within you wants you to. Don’t hold back. Your imperfections shape who you are so there’s no need to hide them. So now go back & scream the first three words in bold from this piece and smile.

Mathieu Ajan

(Mathieu is a friend of mine; This text was in an email he sent to me.)

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MUSIC

NEW MUSIC: KOJEY RADICAL

Bambu is the most recent release from London’s Kojey Radical, the innovative young man who floats effortlessly from writing poetic raps, to modelling, to creative directing/styling for fashion labels, and finally runs his own artistic platform, PUSHCRAYONS.

For someone who truly does it all, he is unflinchingly self-aware. While his words never fail to offer disarming insight into his mind and experience, they also act as a mirror, forcing us to look at ourselves and the world around us.

Listen. Think. Enjoy.

Kojey is on SoundCloud, Twitter, & Instagram

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MUSIC

LISTEN: KING KRULE FOR RINSE FM

Just over 2 years ago, Archy Marshall (DJ JD Sports, Edgar The Beatmaker, King Krule) stopped in at Rinse FM and curated a 2 hour slot for The Big Brunch – Archy cites all of this eclectic music as playing an important role in his life, and having a huge impact on his own unique sound.

In my opinion, this mix is perhaps the most enriching and diverse collection of sounds you will find anywhere on the internet.

You’re welcome.

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MUSIC, PEOPLE

WATCH: KANYE WEST @ THE BRIT AWARDS

Love him or hate him, Kanye West understands culture. He understands that in order to shift culture and veer public minds into futuristic thinking, you must take risks. He understands that if you want to connect with the youth, you need to use the youth; learn from the youth.

These last two months have been intriguing as we have watched him make his return to music with four very different sonic offerings – First it was the stripped back, melodic, and heart-wrenching Only One featuring an emotional Kanye singing, with Sir Paul McCartney on the keys.

He followed that with another McCartney assisted track, FourFiveSeconds, this time adding Rihanna’s fiery vocals to juxtapose the simplicity of the folk-infused instrumental.

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MUSIC

SONG OF THE WEEK

Glittery UK production duo Snakehips have joined forces with Canadian Singer/Rapper Tory Lanez for the latest #songsfromscratch collaboration. While staying close to their dreamy, synth-heavy roots, Snakehips show off their skill and diversity by offering a harder-than-usual R&B beat for the half rapping, half singing Tory to flex on.

This song goes off – Shout out to my boy Andy for sharing.

[Watch a behind the scenes video here]

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