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Flying lotus — until the quiet comes

Written by Kieron Lee

Though Steven Ellison had built a healthy cult fol­low­ing after his first release under Warp Records the short but event­ful Reset EP, it wasn’t until the notori­ous tech­nicolor devi­ance of now legendary Disco Dale’s dance moves that Flying Lotus moved into the A-​List indie stra­to­sphere with his sem­inal release Los Angeles, a heady mix of bleed­ing elec­tron­ica and exper­i­ment­al­ism that leaned towards a futur­istic, keep up if you can, inter­chan­ging rhythms and syn­co­pa­tion which left the listener some­where won­der­fully lost in a Blade Runner meets outer space car­ni­val extra­vag­anza. That the pro­du­cer was so liked under­ground in Hip-​Hop and Electronica pre­vi­ously gave no pre­ced­ence to genre des­troy­ing trail blazer that was to come.

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Tame Impala — Lonerism

After the early prom­ise of the Dee Dee Dums and the swift trans­ition into the band that we now know as Tame Impala, with it’s self titled debut, the band has always seemed ref­er­en­tial in it’s influ­ences with music afi­cion­ados quick to point out exactly what song ‘this part’ sounds like, mulling through the fickle under­ground indie scene like a hot knife through but­ter and quickly becom­ing a mem­or­able staple in a music eco­nomy on the slide with new bands pop­ping up every week and no one buy­ing records. Tame Impala will never escape the ghost of John Lennon, but this isn’t neces­sar­ily a bad thing, given that Tame Impala are prac­ti­tion­ers of bliss­ful nos­tal­gia indu­cing psy­che­delia that swoops and swoons through a kal­eido­scope of tie died sonic sun­shine, they hone the energy, rather than imit­ate, of greats such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The La De Das, Love and The Beatles as well as more mod­ern con­tem­por­ar­ies, given that the sound is fresh and still full of a fair few spritely surprises.

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The Korean Eye — A Survey of Contemporary Korean Art at Saatchi

Force to Depth” by Hong Seung Hee. Image source: koreaneye​.org

Written by Natalie Miller

My aim was to report from the new exhib­i­tion of The art of Chess from the Saatchi gal­lery and unfor­tu­nately that same aim was far too early and hence the show is next week. In clay pigeon terms: the disc hasn’t even been released and you’ve shot your­self in the foot. Granted first idea was com­pletely flawed but the Saatchi never is. Instead I will tell you about the Korean Eye exhibit cur­rently on. In the words of any­one who owns eyes (not neces­sar­ily Korean) or com­mon sense then please go. It will not only enlighten you about world­wide tal­ent but if the style does not suit your taste then the skill is def­in­itely there to admire.

Gallery 1: A stark white feel which match the ceramic sculp­tures of Yeesookyung. The room is min­imal but is a fas­cin­at­ing way to start the exhibit tour. The sculp­tures are beau­ti­ful, and are such a mar­vel­lous throng between tra­di­tional and modern.

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Pop Art revival or nothing new?

Article and pho­tos by Kieron Lee

A couple of weeks ago, in one of many ran­dom encoun­ters with the cloak and dag­ger pop-​up art gal­lery scene, I stumbled upon an exhib­i­tion run by Belly Kids that was ded­ic­ated to the actor Bill Murray, with accom­pa­ny­ing col­our­ing book (yes col­our­ing book) and t-​shirts to boot. Lets face it, Bill Murray is an altern­at­ive icon, the Paul Newman of the fixie Mafia. A God among men. But what is it that res­on­ates with gen­er­a­tions of hip­sters (ugh) and the A-​List alike. It would be easy put it all down to world­wide fame via Ghostbusters through Groundhog Day and a revival sparked by quirky char­ac­ter fact­ory Wes Anderson. Yet some­thing all together dif­fer­ent is at play when your watch­ing Bill Murray, as if he under­stands it all, he has a self aware­ness not only of him­self in his set­ting but also the gen­eral ridicu­lous­ness of life itself.

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Love In L.A.

Alex on Pig 2005 ©BrytenGoss​.com

Written by Jackee D. Koerner-​Hintz

When I was 19, I lived in Los Angeles, California, the city of angels and dreams and in my case, of unre­quited love… we will get to the topic of art, I prom­ise. I moved there to study film, but spent most of my time wast­ing it. Coincidentally, at this same point in my life, I not only believed that I would become a fam­ous movie star, but that I would sim­ul­tan­eously meet and fall in love with actor, Jason Lee. For the record, this was well before Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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