Category: Music

ON|OFF returned for its 15th annual showcase at London Fashion Week 2017, presenting the seasons’ three most exciting international talents: Jack Irving, Luke Anthony Rooney and CAPLANENTWISLE.

To kick off what would prove to be one of the most diverse catwalks of the week, the ON|OFF showcase took on the invigorating atmosphere of a music concert, thanks live a performance from the equally rising talents of London based indie-pop band, Stereo Honey.

 

First out on the catwalk was the SS18 collection “Resort”, by CAPLANENTWISLE. Adam Entwisle and Emma Caplan joined forces after graduating from Central St Martins in 1999, going on to found not one, but two cult labels, Horace and Buddhist punk as famously worn by The Rolling Stones.

Now, the eponymous design team return, with a collection inspired by the reformed millennial attitude toward freedom and diversity. Oversized jackets, frayed hems and hand-painted denim infused the collection with that raw, unrefined sense of reckless youth. A mood surmised by the classic-cut slogan tee professing, ‘we are all colour here’.

Luke Anthony Rooney’s signature colourful designs followed on seamlessly. Less rough-and-ready around the edges perhaps, Rooney’s SS18 collection continued the relaxed vision of millennial society.

Silk slip dresses and easy-fit tailoring provided a sophisticated sense of elegance, light, airy fabrics creating a sense of movement, while the playful use of colour and simple hair and makeup styling, added to the youthful feel of the collection.

Jack Irving brought something a touch more extravagant to the catwalk. Having famously designed for Lady Gaga, Irving’s blow-up designs can certainly not be classed as ready-to-wear…

We can’t be certain where Iriving gets his inspiration for these avant-garde pieces, but whether he’s an avid deep-sea diver or got abducted by aliens as a child, his SS18 designs are nothing short of fabulous.

From metallic warrior-esque body-suits, to what looked like inflatable anemones, his models both shocked and commanded the catwalk in incredible platform heels.

There’s no doubt that ON|OFF presents has this year succeeded in promoting three soon-to-be dominating design talents.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

With the brand new Portugal The Man album out today, Who's Jack snapped up a chance to have a chat with the band on their recent trip to the UK, and here's what we found out...

Firstly, let’s start with the name of the new album, Woodstock, where did that come from?

It’s a small time in up state New York. We were referencing the music festival in 1969 - basically we had been working on a bunch of music over the last couple of years. 3 albums worth of material. Over the course of the weekend - we tried to write 100 tracks and pick the 10 best - but we’re super unfocused so we didn’t stop writing music, which was spiralling out of control! We loved so much of it but the loss of control was a bit much. We were up in Alaska and our friends dad asked what was taking so long. We explained it’s a little more than just recording and releasing; but he also showed us an envelope with a ticket stub in it. He’d given an old tool box to a friend and the friend was cleaning it out and found the old original ticket to Woodstock. Seeing a lot of similarities in the political and social climate to back then, we thought it would be appropriate. The ticket was only 8 dollars! What that festival meant to our parents, acts like Kurt Cobain etc - people on the streets with signs etc. So we scrapped the old record and went in and wrote a completely new one. The old album wasn’t right, so we took a few bits and made something new. We needed the album to say something about the current shit that’s going on with Trump.

Sonically this album has moved slightly away from your previous albums, were you ever worried that fans may not like the new music?

Never really worried about that. Our fans know we change drastically with every album. A lot of times old fans don’t like that but we always think of each album as practice. We’re a new band, this is what we do. We can’t try to make music for anyone else. We’re very involved with our fans over social media and in person. When it comes to music we have to be selfish. We can’t tickle each person individually. If an old fan doesn’t like it, he still has the old tunes. A new one might come on board from the new project! We won’t ever stop changing. We like to evolve. We’re never going to stay the same. 

You pretty much released an album a year up until Evil Friends, but there’s now been a four year gap between that and this new album. Was that quite jarring to the rhythm of the band, or was it quite easy to adapt to?

It totally fucked with us. We wrote more than an albums worth every year and we just had to do something different. 

You worked with Mike D and Danger Mouse on this record, how did that collaboration come about?

Mutual friends really. We worked with Danger Mouse on the previous record - he’s a really good friend and an incredibly smart and talented man. So we wanted to go back in with him. He’s always been very welcome with us coming to his studio. He really gets the best out of you and makes you do it yourself. Steering you in the right direction & motivating you in the right way. He brings that organic super cool vibe - he’s always got that style. 

With Mike, working with him was huge. We’ve been huge Beastie Boys fans for as long as i can remember. Working with him was so much fun because he made us get crazy creative. The craziest idea is the one that will work - the Beastie Boys could do whatever the hell they wanted and people loved it… we had to reign that in slightly. We were out in Malibu at Rick Rubin’s studio - it’s the most beautiful place, so it was very surprising and lyrically we were writing endlessly. Beyonce and Kanye recorded there, it’s amazing!

The video for "Feel It Still" is really interesting, it links to websites that fight Climate Change and fund planned parenthood, how did that idea come about?

We teamed up with an ad agency in Portland who are incredibly smart and incredibly funny people. We decided to make a video together and brainstorm. We knew we wanted something interactive and we settled on the duality of man - the dichotomy of the drug-ridden rockstar video and a bunch of hidden easter eggs that go to different causes - of things we find important. It’s a starter pack, a tool kit, to help you get involved with something - this is what we’re into. When we donate, when we do charity, this is what is important to us and what we would donate to. 

We’re from Alaska so we do a lot for the environment so we have seen climate change first hand. 

General equality... for races, genders etc. 

London - what do you think?

It’s awesome, we love coming over here. The history of music from UK and London. Going to places you’ve seen in pics. We’d look at The Beatles, The Stones, so many iconic things from London and i really love it. We love contrast - when you can see two very different sides all in one place - London is so like that. The tough parts VS the soft ‘proper’ parts. People trying to follow rules and people trying to break them - everywhere.

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Just because it says jack in it somewhere... "Full metal JACKet" by Stanley Kubric. 

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Becky Hill has been a busy pop star of late, impressing crowds at her sold out headline show at London's Scala and championing the airwaves with her new single 'Rude Love'.

The video follows Becky as she belts out the lyrics "you don't show me no love anymore" through an abandoned building, relying on dark colours and smart lighting for a stand-out sultry video.

Produced by MNEK and Dmitri Tikovoi, the track is heavily championed by BBC Radio 1Xtra, Annie Mac, MistaJam and more. There's certainly no stopping this firehouse singer and with  several live performances later this year - we can't wait to see what she'll do next!

Watch the video for 'Rude Love' below:

Words: Corrie Parris

To complement their programme of world-class music, woodland-theatre, forest parties, talks and famed chef line-up, Wilderness have curated a tranquil realm of Wellbeing, a festival within a festival.

In their seventh year, Wilderness brings new talent and the most prestigious Wellbeing partners. Think masterclasses from eminent yoga leaders, workshops from renowned health experts and specially designed programmes from celebrated centres of excellence.

Nestled close to the soothing sounds of the emerald swimming lakes is The Sanctuary. A shanti space for winding down away from the bustle of festival life and exploring new practices. Whether it’s trying Hot Yoga for the first time with Fierce Grace, or getting balletic with Xtend Barre, or a luxurious therapy with Neal’s Yard Remedies The Sanctuary will provide something for what ails you.

The Sanctuary garden will become home to healers, yogis, and holistic practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds and will offer more traditional classes for Hatha, Slow Flow, VInyasa, and Ashtanga, with plenty of options for all skill levels.

Acclaimed therapists from Neals Yard Remedies will offer their signature facials, deep tissue, and aromatherapy massage, which will leave you revitalised and ready to explore the wonders of Wilderness.

New for 2017, Carl Faure, the founder of renowned school London yoga studio Stretch, and Rocket Yoga’s Marcus Veda will be offering classes specially catered to men who might feel afraid to give Yoga a try. Adam Husler, will be hosting a workshop that aims to shed light on ‘The Real Reason Men are Terrible at Yoga’.

Cate Miller, founder and owner of Xtend Barre London, is at the forefront of the Barre movement. Her world-famous workout combines dance, ballet and pilates. At Wilderness, Cate will bring the classic Xtend Barre technique to Cornbury Park for a workshop sure to get your heart racing.

Further exciting highlights include partnerships with exceptional institutions such as The Life Centre, Sangye Yoga School, The Special Yoga Centre and Oxford’s Inner Space, each offering a unique style and experience.

Those looking to explore something new can try their hand at styles less familiar, including Hip Hop Yoga with Julie Montagu, super energetic and dynamic flow yoga to the more legendary hip hop tracks, to get your heart racing.

Nine Lives will be offering Acro Yoga, a workshop that seamlessly blends acrobatics and yoga. The blissful lake will host Paddleboard Yoga. Friends of Wilderness and Internationally acclaimed dance company Rambert will impart wisdom on the formal approach to movement and flow with their Movement Workshop.

Settled on the banks of the lake, The Wilderness Lakeside Spa is set to return for 2017. The Lakeside Spa has inspired many imitators, and remains the most stunning spot to relaxing a wood-fired hot tub by the clearest of lakes.

Wilderness provides a rare opportunity to experience the joys of a thriving arts community in resplendent surroundings, whilst cultivating your inner self.

"Where else can you have a fabulous massage and wallow in a hot tub in a field while a rocking' great festival goes off in the background?" 
The Tatler Spa Guide

“A weekend romping around the Oxfordshire countryside did wonders for the mind, body & soul” 
Women's Health

Wellbeing at Wilderness...
In The Sanctuary, the festival’s dedicated Wellbeing area:

Centres of excellence…
XTEND BARRE STUDIO / FIERCE GRACE
THE LIFE CENTRE / SANGYE YOGA SCHOOL / STRETCH / THE SPECIAL YOGA CENTRE

Masterclasses, Workshops & Talks from the experts...
YOGI ASHOKANANDA / JULIE MONTAGU / MARCUS VEDA / TANIA BROWN / G-LOVE / NINE LIVES / JEFF & JENNIE PHENIX / TAMMY MITTEL / AMBER SCOTT

Yoga Classes For Everyone…
HATHA / SLOW FLOW / VINYASA FLOW / ASHTANGA / YOGA NIDRA / JIVAMUKTI / KUNDALINI / RESTORATIVE & RE-ENERGISING YOGA / ROCKET YOGA
PILATES / MOVEMENT WITH RAMBERT / GENTLE YOGA

Try something new...
HIP HOP YOGA / ACRO YOGA / YOGA RAVE / YOGA LIGHT VIBES
PADDLEBOARD YOGA / FAMILY YOGA / YOGA BRUNCH CLUB

Massages, Treatments & Facials with NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES

Relaxation and Meditation...
MEDITATION WITH INNER SPACE OXFORD
MINDFUL EATING MEDITATION
OMMERSION
QOYA DANCING WITH YOUR WILD WOMAN in the forest
WOODEN STAFF WORKSHOPS, FANS AND MINDFUL MOVEMENT WITH TAI CHI LIFE
FOREST SCHOOL MOVEMENT
WILD FITNESS
WILD NUTRITION
‘THE REAL REASON MEN ARE TERRIBLE AT YOGA’ WITH ADAM HUSLER
NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES MASSAGES & FACIALS

To see the full programme so far, please visit:
www.wildernessfestival.com/2017-programme

A taster of the rest of the 2017 programme…

The Main Stage
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
GRACE JONES - BONOBO Live
FIRST AID KIT - MICHAEL KIWANUKA - TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
AURORA - RAY BLK
HUDSON TAYLOR - LOUIS BERRY - THE CORRESPONDENTS
THE TURBANS - SIGRID - THE SKA VENGERS - BRIAN DEADY
TEN FE - TENDER CENTRAL - CATHERINE MCGRATH

Long-Table Banquets
YOTAM OTTOLENGHI - NUNO MENDES - THOMASINA MIERS

You may be familiar with Dutch producer Saux, who recently placed on Spotify Netherlands' list of '25 most influential artists under 25, and if you aren't then his new single "For I Know" is the perfect introduction.

The multi-talented producer has a wide variety of influences, from Disco to Dancehall, however new cut "For I Know" dips into the 80's layering sensual R&B beats over an up-tempo rhythm.

Speaking exclusively to Complex UK, the producer said "For I Know is an '80s R&B / disco inspired track about finding your place in a relationship, and trying to prove yourself".

Start your weekend early and press play on "For I Know" below:

Words: Corrie Parris