Text Callum Riley
We Are Shining –
We Are Shining –Hot Love
Spacey gospel blues duo, We Are Shining, have released the video for Hot Love, directed by Simon Cahn. The two have somehow managed to stuff their band set-up into a tiny off licence and give it their all whilst British model Adwoa Aboah, struts in the middle of the street wearing a trenchcoat and bandana. The camera layering and Aboah’s “dancing” all sets the tone for a “carefree” vibe, but more often than not, she looks more than a little distressed. It is the perfect moody video to accompany the song, with it’s jagged synths, gospel vocals and lazy drums.
Rustie – Attak (Feat. Danny Brown)
Although Scottish producer Rustie & Detroit’s finest, Danny Brown, have collaborated before, it has never been anything like this. Directed by Peter Marsden, the video for Attak is disorienting, unrelenting and just outright trippy. Clearly the pair decided that the regular lyric video that usually accompanies a new song was simply not enough, instead opting to feature Brown rapping with the lyrics weaving their way around him, twisting around themselves and changing colours. It makes it almost impossible to discern what is being said. Lucky for us, it does not matter as it remains visually and aurally pleasing anyway.
The Weeknd –
The Weeknd –Often
After Abel Tesfaye made his return to music as The Weeknd in June with Often, we have been treated to the music video. Unsurprisingly he has somehow managed to sing lines such as “I can make that pussy rain”, but make it look and sound as smooth as you would like. Set in a dimly lit hotel that looks to have been ripped straight out of Lost In Translation, it features Abel surrounded by various attractive women. With anyone else, the described setting would seem potentially creepy and weird. Fortunately, Tesfaye’s sombre tone and soft crooning offsets that.
Action Bronson – Easy Rider
As the name suggests, this video is one big homage to Easy Rider, the 1969 Peter Fonda film of the same name. Produced by fellow Fool’s Gold Records labelmates Party Supplies, the accompanying video features our hero travelling the desert on his Harley Davidson after leaving hospital, and his various drug fuelled shenanigans that follow. The highlight of the video is definitely watching Bronson fight off 20 something bikers in a bar whilst tripping on acid that he obtained from a random woman he slept with earlier in the video. Oh, and then he goes and gets a guitar from a church (after being given the key by a Native American guy on a horse, obviously) and plays it on top of a cliff for a while. Seriously, Sons of Anarchy has nothing on this!
HAIM – My Song 5 (Remix Feat. A$AP Ferg)
The video for Haim and A$AP Ferg’s My Song 5 remix is a veritable game of “Guess Who.” Packed with cameos from fellow celebrities, the Haim sisters themselves and Ferg. It is absolutely hilarious and more than a little unsettling in places. The video revolves around a Jerry Springer-esque show from the 90s hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer, featuring fellow songstress Kesha being in love with her cat Mr Boots, Artemis Pebdani being absolutely terrified of cotton balls and Este Haim sexually excited by mimes. Ferg’s verse features him parodying the habit of many talk show guests to steal the mic at various points to shout at their other half, giving his girlfriend grief for having a girlfriend on the side. Watch out for Big Sean, Tone and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig in the crowd cheering and booing as needed, as well as Grimes eating food with Danielle Haim whilst wearing a cape in the cafeteria. This is definitely one of the strangest videos released in a long time yet so endearing you will want to watch it over and over again.
Interpol – Ancient Ways
Interpol has proved there is life in them with the new single released ahead of El Pintor’s release on September 9th. Ancient Ways is a ferocious attack by Daniel Kessler’s guitars and Sam Foginaro’s drumming, leaving Paul Banks’ vocals slightly in the background. This does nothing to detract from the song however, leaving a very satisfying prelude to a 5th album that has been promised to showcase a “reinvigorated” band.
Kele – Doubt
With the release of the first single from his upcoming solo album Trick, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has returned to dance music once again. Having lent his vocals to artists like The Chemical Brothers, Martin Solveig & Sub Focus, as well as Bloc Party’s third album Intimacy—leaning far more to the electronic end of their musical range—Kele is no stranger to electro. On Doubt, Kele has adopted a UK Garage style, very much in line with Disclosure and their fellows who are currently dominating the world’s airwaves. It is a stripped back, atmospheric track that showcases Okereke’s vocal abilities, and hopefully now, his solo career can finally receive the appreciation it deserves.
Phoenix – Bankrupt! (Gesaffelstein Remix)
To celebrate the release of their 5th studio album Bankrupt!, French rockers Phoenix have released a plethora of remixes over the last year, ranging from DJ’s like A-Trak to alternative rock outfit Dinosaur Jr., and now techno’s man of the hour Gesaffelstein has been let loose on what is apparently the last remix to come from the album. Gesaffelstein has taken the titular track and flipped it on its head, retaining the sombre piano chords and vocals from the latter of the track and infusing it with his signature menacing synths and more sinister atmosphere than a Phantom of The Opera performance. Thomas Mars’ floating vocals blend with Gesaffelstein’s sparse production, leaving us with a haunting remix that outshines the original.
Wu Tang Clan –
Wu Tang Clan –Ron O’Neal
After 7 years, we’re finally getting another Wu Tang Clan album, and we’re off to one hell of start. Named for the actor and director famed for portraying Youngblood Priest in Blaxploitation film Super Fly, this is the clan at its best. Horn heavy and with a bouncy drum beat, and even featuring Ghostface Killah talking about everything from Spongebob to bulletproof pajamas to snorting cocaine through a crazy straw, it is everything one would hope for, and hopefully the rest of A Better Tomorrow will follow suit. Watch out for RZA’s verse as well, he blows everyone else out of the water.
Run The Jewels – Blockbuster Night Part 1
Run The Jewels, the best team up in rap since Kanye and Jay Z spent 46 minutes shaking their matching “Best friends for life” bracelets at us on Watch The Throne, has returned to dominate the hip hop scene. El-P & Killer Mike pull no punches with their grand return on Blockbuster Night Part 1, showcasing their collective love of alliteration and themselves, saying other rappers are “doodoo, baby shit, just basic boo boo”. Just like on their critically acclaimed debut, El-P’s production threatens to impress more than the rapping itself, a thumping, distorted trip.
Images Pierre Folk
Across modern day Europe, the vestiges of the Industrial Revolution remain to be seen, heard and felt. With the burgeoning population in the 18th century, new technologies were developed to produce more at a faster rate and lower costs. The wave of radical changes culminated in the development of railways giving a much needed boost to the economy.
One of the greatest and largely unknown remnants of the Industrial Revolution lies in Paris. A 32km path surrounding the city, la Petite Ceinture is a derelict railroad track. Since the access to the tracks have been closed, Parisians and visitors are unable to visit its trenches. The rails cross the entire city in anonymity, belonging to a forgotten past.
Yet, la Petite Ceinture had its time of glory. In early 19th century France, the various Parisian railway networks were not connected, and transfers were horse-drawn; as at the time, the City of Light did not have large boulevards. The project became a necessity to facilitate the circulation of both goods and people. Its construction, seen as an invitation to progress, started in 1852. Traffic was already considerable during the very first years, and reached its apogee with the Universal Exhibition featuring the Eiffel Tower in 1901. However, its operation would not survive the automobile revolution, nor the advent of the underground system. As a result, la Petite Ceinture has produced nothing but silence from the 1930s onwards. Oddly enough, it has not gone to wreck and ruin.By The Silent Line, was produced by Parisian photographer Pierre Folk in large format photography using a 4×5 camera, from 2011 to 2014. “As a photographer, I have always been interested in the relation between society and its physical environment, thus I’m always looking for subjects to fit such interactions. I came across the line quite randomly in 2010 when walking with a friend in southern Paris where the line is elevated. When I started to document the line, I realised that it was suitable with my subject of interest and decided to produce By the Silent Line. This project is mostly about the notion of temporality and the way our society deals with its industrial and technological revolutions. It depicts our tendency to move on to something else in a heartbeat, regardless of the concept of waste. Not waste in the sense of throwing away, but in the sense of being idle. It is there, only with no real purpose. Indeed, I’d like to insist on the fact that the line isn’t abandoned, it’s just mostly unused,” Pierre explains.
“That’s what my work is all about: a place that is maintained in condition (with associated costs) for an uncertain future use that is yet to be decided. Of course, some parts are more damaged than others with the passing of time but overall it is maintained in its state. Potentially, it could be re-used for train circulation with just a bit of rehabilitation work. Indeed, a particular section was used for testing the new automatic underground system designed for line 14,” he continues. The 28 year old maintains that, “The tracks have become a boundary, almost on the fringe of society. An intimate place where the past and present make their acquaintance. At last, la Petite Ceinture is likely to be reclaimed by modern society. A handful of recent projects have the partial conversion of the tracks public transportation or linear parks, just like la promenade plantée de Bastille in 1988, which partly inspired New York’s High Line redesign. It is time for a farewell. This series, started in 2011, is a way of maintaining the memory of a landmark and its rebirth. Somehow, these are photographs that can never be taken again.”
Photography Mariona Vilarós Styling Nickque Patterson Makeup Mai Kodama Hair Fumi Maehara using Bumble&Bumble Model Alice (M+P Models)
I don’t play any musical instruments but if I could play one I would want to play the piano!
What is one meal/food that reminds you most of your childhood?
Mean Girls, 50 First Dates, Clueless
What is your one wardrobe essential?
If you were dating someone not from your hometown and they came to visit, where would you first bring them?
Photography Jana Clevé Styling Victoria Beck Grooming Jamal Musa using Chanel & Sexy hair Assistant Merle Hagelüken / Beate Hoffmann Models Nick (PMA Models) / Vilma (M4 Models)
Jacket and Shorts Wood Wood Shirt Burberry London (L) Top BDG Shorts Wood Wood (R)
Cap Wood Wood Shirt Worland Pants Shore Leave Jacket American Apparel
Text Bridgette Hungerford Images Alisa Beširević
Atelier Alisa Beširević is the namesake label of German born, and Berlin-based Alisa Beširević. The intelligent, and encapsulating Beširević has worked for several large names in fashion, including the likes of Damir Doma, Anne Valerie Hash and Maison Martin Margiela. BITE entered the world of the effervescent Alisa Beširević to discuss her Atelier, her life and the philosophy behind her label.
Atelier Alisa BeBeširević seems to work primarily with animal products, namely hides/ skins, fur etc. Could you tell us more about the decision process behind this—was it a deliberate choice or something that happened organically?
I don’t actually remember having consciously chosen to use furs and hides, it just came to me naturally. I have had these animal skins in my closet for a long time, some were also part of my interior. Once I found the perfect design for my backpack, it still felt too sophisticated to me, so I added the shearling. I always need to add something unusual, I don’t take myself too seriously and like to reflect that in my designs because I don’t like when women look dressed up. I believe beauty is natural, and mustn’t be forced or tuned up, I like effortlessness and relaxed silhouettes. Sometimes I even like to push it with a touch of humour.
I would describe Paris as an all over museum, wherever you go, whatever you’ll do, you’ll feel like you’re taking part in a movie. The architecture is breathtaking; buildings will carry those beautiful embellishments, which make every street look like a fairytale. It actually is a total cliché even when you live there for 10 years as I did. This impression never leaves you. But once you pass the building’s entrance, you’ll probably find tiny, stinky apartments, in really bad conditions, where young people pay a fortune to live in what others would describe as a closet. What kept me here the longest were my beautiful friends, and the excessive amount of culture you can gain here. Art exhibitions and events can be found at every corner, you can’t live in Paris without noticing them. The reason I relocated my brand to Berlin would be the quality of life. Space is a luxury and my brand has arrived to a stage where it needs this space, which is unfortunately impossible in Paris (for me). The first time I went to Berlin I couldn’t believe how absolutely adorable people were over there. I believe a city can have a big impact on people’s behaviour. Most of the people move to Paris hoping they’ll find a great job and live in a beautiful apartment. This ambition really shows in people’s behaviour, the competition is everywhere and people are very exclusive. I believe that’s what makes the difference in Berlin, as money doesn’t play such a big role, so people are more relaxed and satisfied with their lives. Maybe Berlin is missing a bit of this ambition for some, but I think if you have a goal in your life and know where you’re going, Berlin is perfect for you. Anyhow, I believe the most important thing is that one feels good with his or her life and based on that, one can live happily anywhere.
I honestly don’t like to define my work or aesthetic, just because I think it always feels a bit heavy and serious when people do that. I take fashion for what it is, and don’t believe I’m an artist in doing it. All I can say is that my work is an extension of myself, and whatever I’ll produce is something I deeply believe in. It took me a long time to understand and accept that, I have started as anybody else believing I could reinvent the world of fashion and dance on my own beat, but reality is that we have to sell to survive, which makes that sooner or later we become a slave of our own success. I also absolutely refuse to design for a particular kind of person, I just want people to feel moved when they discover my world. I like to appear in people’s life like a light and mysterious person, maybe also for the reason because there are parts of myself which I don’t know yet either. Of course I do sell a product in the end but I keep believing that there are still people who buy a product because they feel an emotional link to it and not only because it has been worn by someone they want to look alike, or because they feel they buy a certain status by purchasing a piece of a certain label.
I am currently working on my RTW collection, which is not sure to come out this or next season as I’m very busy moving my office to Berlin etc. I am also working on a current art project in collaboration with Olivia Foster, all I can say is there will be a lot of resin, marble, granite and other textures. When I started my brand, I deliberately chose the name “Atelier”, which stands for different talented creatives working on a common project. My goal is to collaborate with people who will take fashion out of its comfort zone in order to create something bigger than fashion. I believe working with another creative is a blessing, as one gets the opportunity to exchange and share the passion. These projects would not strive for production or selling a product, but stimulate people’s mind.
Photography Katie McCurdy Styling Courtney Raniszewski Grooming Dana Boyer Model Kai Hillebrand (Q Management) Location New York
Hailing from Düsseldorf, Kai Hillebrand enjoys ripping through the streets of New York with his trusty skateboard. Sporting a Jack Henry leather jacket throughout, the 24 year old’s infectious smile and easygoing demeanour is vividly captured through the lens of Katie McCurdy.
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart.
What is a must-have breakfast food?
Bacon, eggs, cheese, coffee and a cig is all I need!
I started when I was 13 years old.
What was the worst injury you’ve had so far?
When I was 15, I broke my knee which was the worst injury!
Who are your some of your favourite skateboarders of all time?
Gino Iannucci, Mike Carroll, and Florentin Marfaing
Japanese is a cool language – I always wanted to learn it!
List 3 characteristics you look for in a partner
I’ve got to trust her, a big booty (winks), and I need to have a good conversation with her.
Skating around with my board and the $1 pizza slices.
Photography Maxime Cardol Styling Lotte Bouws Grooming Esmee Helder Model Anna Rose (Micha Models)
Pants WEEKDAY / Top TOPSHOP / Coat ASOS / Slip-ons ZARA
Photography Mariona Vilarós Styling Nickque Patterson Makeup Mai Kodama using MAC Hair Fumihito Maehara Model Anna O (M+P Models) Location London
Polish women are well known for their remarkably good looks and Anna is no exception. The 20 year old maintains her lithe frame having had professional training as a ballroom (i.e. samba, cha-cha, salsa, rumba, woltz, quickstep) and hip-hop dancer for a total of 4 years. “As a result, the music and movement is still inside me. On the set, I have very natural instincts on how to pose and realise the team ideas,” she quips.
In fluent English, Anna continues, “I have never done any sports professionally but I am a very active person and I love taking up sports in a recreational way. I can swim very well in a few styles as I had compulsory swimming classes for 12 years at my school. Besides, I am a very good skier as it’s been 17 years since I’ve started skiing!”
What do you like most about your hometown?
My hometown is Częstochowa, the city where I was born as well. The best of my hometown for me is the area around my family house it’s a lovely place surrounded by woods and fields but at the same time just 15 minutes from the city centre!
List 5 must-see places for someone who has never been to your hometown before.
It is known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra, which is the home of the Black Madonna painting (Polish: Jasnogórski Cudowny obraz Najświętszej Maryi Panny Niepokalanie Poczętej), a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Częstochowa to see it. There is also a Lusatian culture excavation site / museum in the city and ruins of a medieval castle in Olsztyn, approximately 25 kilometres (16 miles) from the city centre. Nearby there is The Trail of the Eagles’ Nests (Polish: Szlak Orlich Gniazd) of south-west Poland, a chain of 25 medieval castles which the trail passes by between Częstochowa and Kraków!
If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in 3 languages, what would they be?
It would be Italian cause I love its singsong way of speaking! And Italian people are so passionate and expressive! Full of life and positive attitude. French cause is the most romantic language – the language of love!!! German as well because I want to study international business management and Germany is one of the most influential country in the business market. And the fourth would be Japanese! Guess why? Simply because it would be a very unique ability to be able to speak this language!
If you could be talented at anything, what would it be?
I wish I had absolute pitch so that I could be a great musician – guitarist, pianist or violinist! Oh and singer if I had a powerful voice!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received from mum or dad?
It would be: always be yourself, never give up, and especially from my mum: stay firm in your faith!