My favourite Uffie track from the disastrous Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans, the Sebastien produced Difficult is getting released as Uff’s new single. The track features a video, and a remix by our favourites Azari & III (who are on fire right now.) Thanks to La.Ga.Sta, I get to share the amazing mix with you. Look out for the rumoured Sebastien remix of the track too.
Familiarize yourself with the new Melbourne band Strange Talk. Not only do they have a track on the new Kitsuné compilation, Kitsuné Maison Compilation #10, but said song is amazing. Climbing Walls is a synth pop, similar to other Aussie bands, Cut Copy, Bag Raiders and Ladyhawke but its still very refreshing. You can grab your free download over on Strange Talk Music.com, their minimal (to say the least) official site. Preview it below for good measure.
WE ARE FROM L.A have put together this trippy cut-and-paste music video (reminding me slightly of Hervé’s latest music video for La Musique by Yelle. You can probably watch it on repeat trying to count all of the celebrity cameos. You can grab her full single over at Beatport.
Kitsuné’s Crystal Fighters released their debut album Star of Love yesterday. The album features the Crystal Fighters tracks we know, I Love London, Xtatic Truth and In The Summer, combined with brand new ones, forming the full length album. The band plays with a few different styles (some dubstep in Swallow, and some tropical melodies in At Home) leaving I Love London and In The Summer a few of the harshest sounding tracks. You can buy the album over at Play.com and most likely on iTunes tomorrow. Pick up the album closer Follow below, and head over to Crystal Fighter.com to download the free Diskjokke remix of the track.
Also, in light of the Crystal Fighter’s being featured on Kitsuné’s Remix Album Volume 3, pick up the 80kidz of I Love London too.
I find it very difficult to see how the Miami Horror single I Look To You could be perfected, under any circumstances. Even a Memory Tapes remix wasn’t necessary. The nu-disco pop jam has been on repeat since their album came out in late August (wow, that was well over a month and a half ago already). That being said, Memory Tapes playfully flips it around and plays with Kimbra’s vocals as opposed to taking their usual mellow technique of smoothing songs over. It’s definitely worth the download.
Bag Raider’s spectacular self-titled debut finally sees its release today. The album has generated tons of hype ever since their lead single Way Back Home came out this summer. Check out the Not Over which is just as good, if not better, and order yourself a copy.
DFA’s Shit Robot borrowed a few friends for his debut album From The Cradle To The Rave. Label mates James Murphy, Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang lend their voices on different tracks, while Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor joins in on Losing My Patience. Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem)’s Take ‘Em Up is one of my favorites, joining the lead single Tuff Enuff?. You can grab the album on iTunes.
Edit: we were asked not to offer Take ‘Em Up as a free download, so please enjoy the Tuff Enuff single instead. Music video here.
There’s no questioning the Frenchness of both Balenciaga and Nicolas Ghesquière. However, I did sense something seriously British in this season’s use of houndstooth, the chunky flat shoes, the cut of pants and even in the spiky short hair of some of the models. Ghesquière traded in his signature bourgeois codes and futurism for something a bit more rebellious, with a reference to punk running throughout. That’s not to say he abandoned his aesthetic; it was present in the cut of the garments, the combination of traditional and experimental materials and his way of presenting a completely focused and organized vision.
There was a certain toughness about the woman Ghesquière envisioned on the runway. Fashion has recently been bombarded with leather and studs, however Balenciaga’s take was not a repeat of recent events. The looser trousers, lack of heels and cocooned silhouettes rejected the sexuality which pervaded street trends, made for a look that was far more intelligent (even critical) and resulted in an original point of view. In other hands the references drawn upon would have resulted in a cheesy, already been done vibe (think how easily houndstooth can go wrong). Ghesquière’s ability to cut back, cut well and stay focused, on the other hand, gives his shows chicness as well as directional appeal. In no way is the designer a minimalist, but he’s an excellent judge of when to stop.
As influential as Ghesquière is, I can’t see this collection having big, longterm ramifications for the direction of fashion. That’s not a bad thing, though. The clothes are commercial and I can see many of the items instantly turning into it-pieces. There’s just something really desirable about a cropped motorcycle vest, a pair of manly shoes or a jacket made of synthetic leather. Although Balenciaga has remained a highly influential brand and a highlight every season over the past decade, it has lost it’s insider status and some “cool” points (as do all labels that become popularized). Spring 2011′s collection sent the message that Ghesquière is not only concerned with bourgeois themes and innovative design, but also with manufacturing wearable items that will be put on waitlists before they even hit stores.
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