March 2011


Hassan Hajjaj moved to London form Morrocco when he was 14, as a second generation immigrant, his influences are a mix of Arabic culture and Western Culture. His work involves recycling hand crafted artifacts and turning them into art pieces, graphics, photography and furniture juxptoposing these influences. As an artist Hajjaj is best known for designing the ‘Andy Wahloo’ bar-restaurant in Paris. ‘Andy Wahloo’ acknowledges one of his favourite artists, Andy Warhol, but also refers to a Parisian slang term meaning ‘I have nothing’, adopted by Hajjaj as a way of describing his work. His store in Shoreditch showcases his work and great to check out if your in London. Hassan Hajjaj Shop. 30–32 Calvert Avenue. London E2 7JP

This film was commissioned by Hypebeast and Brownbook and directed by Chris Read

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Uzo Oleh has been humbly putting in work over the last few years, he’s travelled the globe shooting models, celebrities and ordinary folk, with the same vigour and energy. His style is thoughtul clean, and sharp, but full of emotion. You could stare at his creations for hours. Plus, he’s also one of the nicest blokes you’d ever meet. Visit UzoOleh.com to see more

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Turn it up: Africa Hitech

March 19, 2011


I first heard Africa Hitech’s mash up sample of Damian Marley’s hit on the CDR Podcast a few months back. ‘Out in the streets’ coming soon to Warp Records created by the gods Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313) and Steve White (Spacek).

Turn it up

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Bad meaning good

March 18, 2011

One of the early BBC documentaries ‘Bad Meaning Good’, primarily foucssed around west and South London. I remember when it came on BBC2, interesting to see a twentysomething Tim Westwood and Trevor Nelson. I would say they haven’t changed a bit but I’d be lyin. Shout out to Billy Bizinizz in the shell suit..eh eh eh!

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Loving this movie, shown at SXSW

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Prelude to a freestyle

March 17, 2011

I’m still unconvinced as to whether Jay is the second coming, having seen him perform live. However there is no doubting his ability to create a buzz around everything he does. Shout out to Jeymes Samuels who has a cameo in the vid. Tweet

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Nate Dogg

March 17, 2011

Sad news about the passing of Nate Dogg, the King of Hooks. Tweet

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Lost in Translation: Smily Culture RIP

March 15, 2011

Sad news about the passing of Smily Culture, a true pioneer of Bristish reggae. Cockney translator and Police Officer were classics of their time in the playground as a youngster. The circumstances of his death a rather bitter irony Tweet

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Uniqlo x Blue Note Records

March 14, 2011

Uniqlo and Blue Note have teamed up to create a series of tees which pay homage to some of the best designs from the Blue Note catalogue. Hopefully we’ll see some Miles and Hankocks soon, but these are a great look for the summer. See the full series here Tweet

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Nom de Plume: Mapping Rap Names

March 11, 2011

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Pop Chart Lab has already produced two stunning thematic posters and they are now working on their third piece. Looking at the list of rap names and the connections has created a really interest graphic visualisation Tweet

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