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A graphic, fractal, ravey treat

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

I’ve been meaning to post the above video, No Brain by Ettienne de Crecy, for a while now but never got around to it due to work loads, so apologies if your thinking “this is well old news innit”. Really beautiful video if you have a thing for lines, grids and shapes like I do, with a great ending that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Visuals like this do tend to transport me back to the ravey, ravey, miss behavey days. Directed by the very talented Fleur & Manu via Division with post production from Mathematic, great name.

I’m a bit of a sucker for the ravey goodness produced by Mr Eitenne de Crecy and I was lucky enough to see his ‘Am I Wrong’ live show at Matter a few years back, which if you haven’t seen you can check a snippet of below. Enjoy

Highton’s got talent

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Forget X-Factor, Britians Got Talent and the rest of the mainstream Saturday night star searches for a second and read on. This is your chance to vote, promote and support a genuinely talented singer song writer who’s keeping true to his roots.

We’ve posted previously about Alex Highton when it was first announced about his forth coming debut album ‘Woodditton Wives Club’, well a few months on and the album is done. We’ve been lucky enough to have the pre-released album in the studio and can report back that it’s a warm, soulful record packed full of amazing lovingly crafted songs. The only problem we can see with this record is that it isn’t getting the air time or applause that it deserves.

So as Dermot would say on the X-Factor this is your chance, your pledge can makes all the difference. Now we’re not suggesting for one minute that you stop watching the aforementioned shows on Saturday night, all we ask is that you take 5 mins out of your busy day, head over to Alex Highton’s Pledge Music page and show your support by opting for one of the many great little treats on offer. Every pledge helps Alex get that little bit closer to his dream and I promise you the music won’t disappoint, in fact if you don’t fall in love with the album I’d go and see the doctor, because you’re probably dead inside!

Go on treat your ears, they’ll love you for it.

Rinse Presents: A Visual Feast

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Record covers are the main reason I became a designer and from a very early age that is what I wanted to do when I grew up, that and be an ambulance driver, but I’m going off point! I got very lucky and my first job straight out of uni was doing just that and I loved every minute of it.

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited the opening night of Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective, which in my opinion should have been called “A Visual Feast”, but I guess that would have been seen as boasting. I know from first hand how difficult it is to create within that 12×12 square format and what I gazed upon last night is a real testament to 17 years of lovingly grafted photography, art direction and design driven by a healthy musical obsession.

On show are some of the graphical highlights from DF chum Stuart Hammersley otherwise known as Give Up Art and I think you’ll agree it’s an impressive collection, one well worth popping along to see.

Also on shown is the equally impressive photography of one Shaun Bloodworth below, vastly underrated in my opinion, and together with Give Up Art their work has formed the foundation for a unique documentation of youth and music culture, with projects across both the UK and US, much of which will be shown alongside this Rinse FM exhibition.

The exhibition also falls on the 10th anniversary of London’s world famous, Rinse-afflilated, FWD>> club night, which is held on 20th August at a secret East London location.

The exhibition will be at the Truman Brewery Gallery – shop 14, Hanbury Street for 10 days from 12th to 21st of August, so if you do one thing this weekend get yourself down there and give your eyes a treat.

Ron Arad’s Curtain Call

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Last night DF popped down to the Roundhouse to see Ron Arad’s Curtain Call. As part of Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad has invited his favourite artists, musicians and friends to create unique work for his 360° interactive installation.

Curtain Call is an installation in which a curtain of white silicon rods, eight metres high and hanging from above, encloses the great circular centre of the building. The rods collectively form a 360° screen on to which are projected animations and films by some of Arad’s creative friends. Christian Marclay will ring the circle with piano keys, running vertically, played by giant projected hands. Mat Collishaw will show a gorgeous tropical landscape which is nonetheless “poisoned by diseased and malicious-looking flowers”. Ori Gersht will show crowds at a bullfight, putting viewers in the middle of the circle in the position of a matador, or a bull.

We were lucky enough to be invited to a stand alone event, which featured our friend Jude Greenaway’s work, which he did in collaboration with his brother and Ron Arad for the Curtain Call. This is what Jude had to say about his work: “Our response to Arad’s installation poses the silicon surface as a refracted mirror. Filmed and animated content has been specifically designed to match the curtain and its surroundings, literally reflecting the Roundhouse back onto itself. Utilizing the buildings former primary function of rotation the work and its environment are intertwined and juxtaposed producing interesting hybrid creations between architecture and moving sculpture, bringing the building to life. Set to a bespoke theatrical score the viewer is immersed into a seamless 360° audio visual experience.

We were well impressed with Jude’s work, and you should definitely get yourself down to the Roundhouse to check out the Curtain Call.

Great way to start the week

Monday, July 25th, 2011

This morning see’s the first glimpse of Noel Gallagher’s first solo offering “The Death of You and Me”. The first Oasis album “Definitely Maybe” still holds a big place in my heart and in my top 5 for lots of reasons, but mainly because it’s a bloody good rock n’ roll, heart thumping, ear bashing and it’s the sound track to my art college years.

I was lucky enough to see Oasis in their prime at Main Road in Manchester and in my opinion, Noel wrote some of the best b-sides ever put out in those first few years. Noel has mellowed somewhat over the years, who doesn’t, but having always been more of a Noel fan and I can’t wait to see what his first two solo albums have to offer. So check out the video above and see what you think, in my opinion not bad on a first listen hence the post!

BUG 26 – DF Video Highlight

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Last night DF were lucky enough to pop down to the BFI on London’s Southbank to experience BUG 26 superbly hosted by non other than our comedy hero Adam Buxton. We’ve wanted to go to BUG for ages but never got around to it as it sells out very quickly, but last night we finally pulled our finger out and popped along.

As BUG virgins we arrived giddy with anticipation and nervous that we’d built it up too much and where headed for a collective disappointment. Well DF is pleased to report that Mr Buxton and the team behind BUG didn’t disappoint one bit, funny, interesting, inspiring and entertaining don’t really do the BUG experience justice. So if you’ve never been to BUG then we can highly recommend it and I think DF will be regulars from now on.

Above is the unanimous video highlight of the evening, apart from Adam Buxton reading out Youtube comments. The music video for ‘The Greeks – Is Tropical‘ track, directed by Megaforce and well worth a watch. Prepare to be blown away!

Base, base, base, buttery biscuit base genius!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Here’s a little musical treat from the very talented Swede Mason, a must watch for any Master Chef fans, and if you like it as much as we do you can even download it here. Needless to say we’ve been banging it out in the studio all day. Massive respect has to go out to Grandbag’s for pointing us in the general direction.

Personally we think this is so good, the people in charge of the internet, may as well turn it off because it doesn’t get any better than this! Enjoy

Project Thirty Three

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Check out this collection of vintage record jackets that convey their message with only simple shapes and typography. Project Thirty-Three is the Seattle based Jive Time Records store owner’s personal collection and shrine to circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the brilliant designers that made them come to life on album covers.

Enjoy a bit of Village Life

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

DF came across a very talented and lovely chap called Alex Highton back in 2006 as one part of eclectic musical collective Mohanski. Since then Alex has been concentrating on his amazing solo sounds as well as performing around the UK and across the pond in NYC of all places.

Today sees the launch of his latest single Village Life/You Left Me In No Doubt, it’s the most lovely folky £1.58 you’ll spend on iTunes this week so DO IT!

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