ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

TIGHT FIT: FRANK OCEAN

[Frank in Supreme]

The other day I had a scary thought – What if Frank Ocean has completely quit music? His excellent debut album Channel Orange was released in July 2012, nearly 3 years and 4 months ago. In the current musical climate, that’s a long time to wait before releasing a new project. While the media and sources close to Ocean claim that his new album (reportedly called Boys Don’t Cry) is finished and will be out “soon”, November 1st is here and it’s still quiet.

Before completely giving over to this depressing possibility, let’s shift the focus to his incredible style.

While mixing high end fashion with streetwear is certainly nothing new (in fact now days it’s ubiquitous), seeing it executed well is still a rarity. Enter Frank; who in my opinion, wholeheartedly personifies this trend.

As a decidedly enigmatic figure in music and beyond, Ocean hints to aspects of his personality through his style choices. Continue reading

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MUSIC, PEOPLE

NEW MUSIC: LOUIE KNUXX

My friend, Auckland-based rapper Todd Williams (aka Louie Knuxx) is looking to release his new album Tiny Hearts within the next month. And now for the really exciting bit – YOU can be a part of ensuring that this project sees the light of day by contributing to his Boosted album campaign.

Here are a few words from Todd:

My third full length project Tiny Warm Hearts will be my best yet, my magnum opus as they say (do they say that?). 

Ten tracks of progressive romance rap brought to life with the assistance of Mzwetwo, Haz Beats, Fortunes and many others oh and YOU! 

You can be a part of NZ rap history, by contributing to my boosted campaign you can ensure this project actually see’s the light of day and attention it deserves.

I always put my music up for free and I would like to keep it that way but it does make it difficult financially when it comes to winding up the process and getting the music mastered, getting the art work done and all those other costs that come into play. Labels and funding bodies don’t get me but my listeners do, this is why I am appealing to you the audience to be apart of this.

What I plan to do to make this interesting for all is document as much of this process as possible. We are looking at releasing the album in mid November and up until that point (and after) I want to document as much of the journey as I can and share it with you. This is exciting for me because I love when artists do that shit.

In addition to this when we hit certain goals I will release things like songs, videos, artwork and a tracklisting, 

Anyhow it does feel a little odd to call on the generosity of your listenership  but I guess this is for the lovely souls who insist on paying for my music even when I tell them to get it for free (which you can do on my Louie Knuxx bandcamp btw).

Thanks so much!

Louie Knuxx

Because the campaign has now reached (and surpassed!) 50%, Louie Knuxx has released a heartfelt and stirring new single, Mercury Plaza.

Check out the single below and if you like what you hear, head over to Boosted to support the cause.

Louie Knuxx is on BandCamp, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, and also is part of a killer team who release a weekly podcast called ‘How Not To Be An Asshole’ which you can check out here.

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READ: RYAN HEMSWORTH INTERVIEW FOR ACCLAIM

I interviewed Canadian producer/DJ, Ryan Hemsworth just before his epic performance at Melbourne’s Listen Out festival. Click here to check it out via ACCLAIM magazine.

ACCLAIM mag is on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram

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READ: FLYLO SPEAKS ON BRAINFEEDER FOR THE FADER

[Flying Lotus via The Line of Best Fit]

“I feel like I’m attracted to artists who are looking for the meaning of life, people seeking to understand the universe through their work.” – Flying Lotus

Great feature on an empire/record label called Brainfeeder, built by Flying Lotus, and cultivated with a little help from his friends. Read full article via the Fader.

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ART/LIFESTYLE

EVENT: HUGO MATHIAS ART SHOW @ E55

[Hugo at work via Instagram]

“I have created a series of works exploring themes of age & wisdom. Translated from my head to the canvas, I have created characters who haven’t had the best of luck. For them, most things haven’t worked out. They’re old boys with old stories. They’re pensive pensioners. The seen-it-all seniors.
Painted with vibrant colour and composed in the historical tradition of portraiture usually reserved for important people, I have tried to convey the importance of society’s unimportant, and the value of their wisdom that can only come with age.” – Hugo

Most Things Haven’t Worked Out:

Opening Night 9th September, 2015 at 6pm
E55 Bar, 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC

Come early for the complimentary Tomoka Beer. Special guest DJ Pranav will be manning the turntables and playing sounds to drink and move to all night. There will also be an intimate performance by Sean Kirkwood.

See you there!

Note: The paintings will be hanging until the end of September. If you’re interested and you can’t make it, please email hugo@hugomathias.net for a catalogue with details and pricing.

Hugo Mathias: Website, Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter

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HAPPY BDAY LORD WILLIN’

Today in 2002, Virginia’s Clipse (brothers Pusha T & No Malice) released their debut album, Lord Willin’.

A special body of work for many reasons, most notably the production, carried out entirely by The Neptunes. (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo)

13 years later, this album still bumps – Happy Birthday Lord Willin’!

CLIPSE + NEPTUNES FOREVER

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INTRODUCING: ENOxDIRTY

[Friday night with Eden & Manu]

It’s a freezing Friday night in Auckland City and I’m on Ponsonby Road waiting to meet Eden and Manu aka ENO x DIRTY, Central AK’s latest addition to the thriving New Zealand music scene. Their EP, Easter Eggs & Good Sportsmanship was released last month to resounding, positive feedback. Noisey premiered it stating that the sound was something ‘both familiar and unique.’

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