If you’ve been hitting rewind (you know what I did there) on Kelela’s breakout EP’s “Hallucinogen” and “Cut 4 Me” for the past four years, you are about to be delivered. The elusive artist announced the arrival of her debut album “Take Me Apart” – coming October 6 on Warp Records – plus dropped a first single named “LMK” last night and the socials were left aquiver.
“LMK” (Let Me Know) is a sensory overload of a bop that will honestly speak to everyone who has ever gone on a date (“It ain’t that deep by the way, no one’s tryna settle down, all you gotta do is let me know”).
In a statement, Kelela breaks down what we can expect: “Despite it being a personal record, the politics of my identity informs how it sounds and how I choose to articulate … Read More »
Mondays are for defining your week’s #mood and no better way than creating a new playlist. You need to be keeping your fingers occupied after deleting all your socials to avoid Insecure or Game of Thrones spoilers, after all.
FLOWER BOY – TYLER, THE CREATOR
Infamy precedes Tyler, The Creator releases like a purse does Bob The Drag Queen, and the 46-minute “Flower Boy” was already sending wigs flying with the leak of the “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004” lyric. “Flower Boy” presents a thoughtful and evolved version of Tyler that feels like a meditation, even at its most brazen. “Garden Shed” is a true standout, with guest vocals by Estelle, and lyrics that will stay on your mind for the longest. The vinyl will be released soon, meanwhile there are two gorgeous cover designs to pick from, one cassette-inspired design … Read More »
Even after more than a dozen plays, it’s still pretty impossible for me to pick a favourite song from 4:44, the lyrical masterpiece JAY-Z dropped last Friday.
I’ve already shared a very personal note on my Instagram page inspired by the “Kill JAY-Z” verses and now that physical copies (CD only for now) of the album are up for pre-order, I am very happy that Stefaan is letting me post the beautiful words he wanted to share on his own IG, here below:
(Image: Young Guru)
From Stefaan Pauwels:
A lot has been written about the new Hova. But I feel I need to add a lil’ something, too.
Listening to the new JAY-Z album feels important to me, personally, not only because of the music (which is great) and the lyricism (which is top 5 all time level), but also because it helps me fight something I have been struggling with … Read More »
2017 has already proven to be a great year for Belgian hip hop with artists like Hamza and Damso -whose rise in particular seems unstoppable with his video for “N.J. Respect R” being on the verge of 10 million (!) views as we speak- busting through the noise.
Two of our fellow compatriots just dropped new visuals, the first one being Darrell Cole giving us the beautiful and vulnerable “BOATS.”, which stands for “Based On A True Story”.
The video is gorgeously directed and animated by Remy m. Ndow and tells the story about young Darrell’s chaotic and brave journey from Sierra Leone to Antwerp.
Watch and subsequently count your blessings.
The second drop is from that other Antwerp gem Coely, who let “A Polaroid Story” ‘s Elisabeth Ouni earn her first full director’s credit on the video for her ode to her Mama called “Celebrate”, a song we’ve … Read More »
This weekend, we got to witness a piece of fashion history as the biggest group of masters ever graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Antwerp Fashion Department.
I warned our London visitor beforehand: “SHOW2017 won’t be what you are used to seeing during fashion month. This is a full 4(!) hours of looks.”
To be quite honest, even I, who had interviewed all 18 graduating masters for the Magazine (more on where to get your copy soon), was a bit worried about the sheer volume of work we were about to be presented with. But although I have no clue how Walter Van Beirendonck and his team pull it off and at the end I felt like I had been slapped around by the ghosts of couture past, present and future, the quality was high, time flew by and it was a pleasure watching the creations of both bachelors and masters. So a … Read More »
Fresh off the already classic Soulwax album “FROM DEEWEE” (you’re still replaying this record like it’s paying the rent, right?) comes the amped-up new video for the track “Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?”
Shot in Paris, the video was directed by Ill-Studio who – as Soulwax’s visual go-to’s – got free range to create what they envisioned. A quote from director Thomas Subreville: “This video is our visual interpretation of this idea of duality and contrast between your imagination as a teenager and the world you really live in.”
It gives you Magritte nods, Gustave Courbet’s “Woman with a Parrot“, power graffiti and general Eat The Rich shit-kicking. Excellent.
Directed by: Thomas Subreville (Ill-Studio)
Produced by DIVISION
Cast: Phénix Brossard
Read more about “FROM DEEWEE” here.
Amandla Stenberg decided that ready or not, it’s time to fully inform the world that next to acting, writing and showing the next generation how to be fully woke and fabulous; she has singing, directing and editing skills to boot.
Watch the pretty video she made for her Mac DeMarco’s (great interview on WTF btw) cover of “Let My Baby Stay” below.
And who knew YouTube comment threads don’t have to be awful?
Frank Ocean’s Beats 1 radio show ‘Blonded Radio’ is like a gift certificate for intermittent spirit pick-me-ups when you most need it. What started off with the release of personal favourite single “Chanel” and “Biking” featuring Jay Z and Tyler The Creator, has now been supplemented with the drop of Frank’s third solo single of 2017 called “Lens”.
The lyrics are somewhat cryptic as per usual, but no one but Frank could talk about being unabashed when faced with spirits ogling us with our pants down. The cover art is seemingly inspired by the work of the incredible artist Kerry James Marshall, whose work has been crucial in reflecting the visibility and invisibility of the black identity in society. A retrospective of Marshall’s work at the Met wrapped in January, which you can find out more about here.
Kerry James Marshall “A Portrait of … Read More »
The video for the inimitable Mykki Blanco’s “Hideaway”, directed by Daisy Zhou (“How To Be a Black Panther”), has dropped and it’s so important.
Made in collaboration with W Magazine (shout-out to W’s long-time style director Edward Enninful on the historic British Vogue EIC appointment!) and amfAR in honour of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the video sees a despondent lover fall to pieces in her room while Mykki shadows her in a couture gown. It symbolises the effect the HIV stigma can have on a relationship.
In an interview last year, Mykki Blanco crowned “Hideaway” as a personal favourite on the “Mykki” album, describing the song as “hard-core but also blatantly queer”. The video is accompanied by a candid interview that delves into the damage HIV stigmatisation can cause, as well as what we can do to keep the fight alive through grassroots activism.
Learn more … Read More »
Honestly The Mood™ has never been this strong. This. Girl. Gets. It.
The following little box of gems is yours to open and rummage through if a random meme on your timeline about problematic relationship patterns got too close for comfort and you need some soul relief, for instance. Or if you have even just as much as glanced at the news lately. Things to be here for, they do still exist!
MYKKI BLANCO “HIDEAWAY”
New Mykki is approaching, I can feel my skin clear up, I suddenly have 20/20 vision, there’s a glow upon me not yet before seen. Hyperbole aside, a Mykki Blanco video is something to take time out for and we’re lucky Mykki took a breath in between dangling from stage ceilings (don’t do it!) to create a new visual for the track “Hideaway” which drops on April 10, directed by … Read More »