Month: January 2016

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Embracing The Contradictions: Mono/Poly – Cryptic EP review (Hit+Run Records)

Today’s hip-hop exists in a paradoxical state. Rappers and beatmakers are expected to be raw and real, in line with hip-hop’s origins, “keeping it real” and “from the streets”. At the same time, hip-hop is probably the most influential genre of music on Earth, at the moment, frequently gobbling up the Top 40, dominating the clubs & charts, as well as a good chunk of our listening time and attention. That means, for all intents and purposes, hip-hop IS Pop. Likewise, Pop needs to come to grips with hip-hop, as can be heard from the twerking, jittering rhythms of Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach”. Rappers are expected to sing, singers are expected to rap, and producers need to be able to blend the raw and immediate with the high-gloss sheen of pop – sometimes in the same song – for people to really stand up and take notice. Cryptic, the follow-up to 2014’s well-received Golden Skies, from LA’s Charles Dickerson, finds the perfect equilibrium of raw and polished, creating a nuclear fusion of …

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Cherchez Le Garçon by Elodie Chapuis

“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.” — Wassily Kandinsky Portraits by Elodie Chapuis, Styling: Selim Conrad, Grooming: Isis Moënne-Loccoz, Hair: Kyoko Kishita, Models: Valentin Cuvecle, Camil, Harold and Kevin Cahay at Elite Paris. Wardrobe by LY Adams and hats courtesy of Yoshi Itu’