Text Callum Riley
Hudson Mohawke – Chimes
When Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke was touring the world alongside Canadian compatriot Lunice as TNGHT, Chimes was a regular feature in their live sets. As a result, fans all over the world rejoiced when it was revealed that Mohawke is to release his Chimes EP on Warp Records at the end of September. The track features the tweaked out synths that characterised the TNGHT releases, before unleashing a mammoth set of horns that has sent fans on Soundcloud into a frenzy. It’s Hudson Mohawke at his best and if we’re lucky then the rest of the EP will follow suit.
Gnarwolves – Smoking Kills
Brighton based punk rockers have exploded in popularity over the last year, touring with bands like Lower Than Atlantis and even securing a spot on the main stage at Reading Festival this year. Their particular brand of high energy, fun punk music has made them immensely popular with many, leading them to release their debut album, CRU. Smoking Kills is the first track released in support, and it’s damn good. With crunching guitars, brash drums and throaty vocals, it’s the perfect start on the band’s eventual path of musical world domination. If the music video is anything to go by, then punk’s not dead, it’s just spending it’s time drinking, skating and setting off fireworks on the beach.
SBTRKT – New Dorp, New York (Feat. Ezra Koenig)
In anticipation for his sophomore album, Wonder Where We Land, SBTRKT has premiered his latest work on Radio 1, titled New Dorp, New York. Rather than featuring his regular collaborator Sampha, this instead showcases Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend’s amazing ability to appear on literally any song and for it to be made 100 times better. Koenig’s signature vocals feel right at home alongside the relaxed beats, squelching bassline and cacophony of synths, hi-hats and drums that weave throughout the song. The song is a marked departure from SBTRKT’S first album, offering a more fun and bouncy musical style rather than the stripped back sound that characterised his earlier releases. Although as Aaron Jerome himself says, “It’s a funny tune in a way.”
Danny Brown – Smokin & Drinkin (Jack Beats Remix)
One of the highlights from Detroit rapper Danny Brown’s 2013 album, Old, was Smokin & Drinkin. Featuring production from JMIKE & Fool’s Gold label boss A-Trak, the song was a wild trap anthem. But now, a remix EP has been released, featuring remixes from Boys Noize, DJ Sliink, TroyBoi & Jack Beats, who have definitely turned in the most impressive work. They have transformed the original from party tune to a thumping techno banger, slowing the BPM and adding a myriad of acid synths and 4/4 beats. The result is that the duo have just managed to make one of the biggest tracks from one of the wildest albums of last year, both bigger and wilder.
Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979
Remember when Death From Above 1979 reformed in 2011 and then released no music? Well they’re finally back for real now, and it appears the 5 years they were gone did nothing to harm their skills in the studio. They’re still just as relentlessly brash as before, but there are telltale signs of evolution in their style, with those messy guitars being put to even better use, working seamlessly alongside surprising backing vocals, evidence of Dave Sardy’s production work. Trainwreck is everything you’d want from a Death From Above 1979 track, but with a certain refinement that was missing from You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, meaning Sebastien’s vocals are clearer and his drumming more on point; and perhaps Jesse’s time with MSTRKRFT led him to bring a more precise style of production to the group. Whatever they’ve done, it’s a winning formula and the group are definitely firing on all cylinders.
Photography Sebastian Henkel Styling Cathrin Sonntag (Bigoudi) Grooming Peggy Kurka (Bigoudi) Model Signe (ModelWerk)
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Shirt Diesel Black Gold Menswear Earring Björg
Coat Joelle Laederach Pants / Shirt Dries van Noten Menswear Shoes / Case Zara
Jumper Closed Glasses Maison Martin Margiela x Mykita Coat Joelle Laederach
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Suit Ethel Vaughn Coat / Shoes Joelle Laederach
At only 25 years old, Alexis Pazoumian is a versatile photographer in his own right. Alexis’ body of work ranges from intimate portraiture of locals from Armenia, India and Brazil (just to name a few) to more sterile landscapes and industrial areas. Having travelled far and wide the past few years, the Parisian journals his travels with a digital and analog camera in tow. The dynamic photographer started out 5 years ago with his father’s camera and has not looked back since.
What excites you most about photographing cities?
I bring along a digital camera (for series such as “Sadhu Hundred“) and my Old Minolta that serves as a sort of personal diary for my trips. I would like my photos to accurately reflect my journeys, allowing the viewer to partake in the trips as well. I capture what inspires me, from people to landscapes. I do not have a subject in particular, my main objective is to reflect my emotions at the time and I find that rewarding and exciting.
Share a fond memory from one of your journeys across Asia to South America.
My most memorable experience in India was in Haridwar, a sacred city close to the Ganges. My brother and I took part in an amazing ceremony there. Locals travel from all parts of India to swim in the Ganges as it is believed to wash the believer of their sins and the dispersal of ashes into the river can bring a better future or life. Some have walked from their hometowns to the Ganges River, and stay for an entire 1 month with statues of Shiva. That was a completely amazing experience.
Could you tell us more about your fascinating series ‘Subway?’ What do you intend to capture through the series?
This project was produced at night in the Metro. I discovered this place through a friend who practiced graffiti and explored the underground every night. My intention was to portray the serenity of the place. Prospects, lines and depth of tunnels intensify this feeling because the eye is automatically drawn to the vanishing points. Bergson once mentioned, “When we look at an object, usually, what we see are the symbols that allow us to recognize the object and distinguish practically another, for the convenience of life.” What really interested me was making others see beauty in a place that is traditionally not. When the primary function of the Metro is withdrawn and stripped of all its primary function, the real beauty of this place shows and that to me is fantastic.
Empty, remote spaces that seem almost hostile can be contrasted against your photo journal series that is more intimate with a human touch. Could you explain the differences or similarities in approaching both types of photography?
I do not like to do the same things everyday. I like to try different techniques and experiment with my work through different types of photography. When I’m travelling, I develop my photo journal series as I meet people and I like to keep a souvenir of my interactions with locals. And of course, I have another part of me that is more hostile.
Text Bridgette Hungerford Images Sari deMallory
Sari deMallory and Joshua Petherick are the owners of Melbourne-based independent book service, World Food Books (WFB). Since 2010, the duo have been presenting intellectuals and creatives alike with a comprehensive accumulation of art journals, contemporary publications and rare out-of-print books. World Food Books stocks titles in fashion, architecture, theory, as well as interior and graphic design. BITE recently spoke to co-owner Sari to learn more about the business.
So Sari, tell us a little about World Food Books. What was the inspiration to start such a niche bookstore?
Travel! We would travel overseas and discover bookstores and it was just such an experience. We would bring it all home, and look through all these incredible books and want to share it with people, but it sort of seemed ridiculous that this wasn’t available to anyone here. We would just be sitting on our hands in Australia waiting to go overseas to get some more books! Initially, Joshua was planning to start the bookstore in the foyer of his then Mitchell House studio, but it never really happened. It came together a little later in the form of a trolley at the Y3K gallery in Fitzroy where Josh and I both had studios. It was a real experiment in that space, just to put it there. We were all working very closely with the gallery then, spending a lot of time there. The WFB trolley was there for two years. When the studios and the gallery closed in 2011, by chance a space in the Nicholson Building came up through our friend Warren Taylor, who used to run The Narrows, and the bookstore organically grew together.
Where do you find most of the rare books and collectors items WFB specializes in?
Joshua is completely obsessed with finding and trawling through second-hand bookstores when we are overseas. When we were in Japan recently a friend of ours told us about this fashion movement in Tokyo in the 80s where particular design books became a fashion accessory, simply by placing the book under your arm as part of your outfit. It became such a phenomenon that bookstores were hard-pressed to keep up with the demand! Quite incredible, but it would account for some of World Food Books’ most wonderful, rare book discoveries.
Where are a few of your favorite places in Melbourne for those who haven’t been?
I love picking up a hand-packed picnic from the Stables of Como in South Yarra, and nestling up in a sunny spot among flowers in their gardens with Josh and a Jack Vance book. The Royal Botanical Gardens are just a few steps from our apartment, and is so hard to resist on a warm afternoon. Centre for Style in Fitzroy is a favourite store that showcases emerging and experimental contemporary fashion practice from both Australia and overseas. It also hosts exhibitions that present new types of fashion production and consumption. And, of course, World Food Books, that is housed in the beautiful old Nicholson Building on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street.
In a perfect world, if you weren’t living in Melbourne where would you be?
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania.
What was one of the first songs, films or artworks that really stuck with you?
One of the first films I can remember really sticking with me is Daisies by Věra Chytilová. I must have been eight or ten years old. I was flicking through channels on television, and stopped on SBS, which was playing this film about two girls. I remember being totally enthralled by their fashions and their surreal worlds, like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland. It made a huge impression on me at the time, and for years I couldn’t remember the name of the film but I would daydream about the banquet scene. When I eventually came cross it again (through Josh) years later I almost cried and watched it four times in a row. I could watch that film every day for the rest of my life!
Images Anders Haal FW 14 Text Hung Tran
Swedish-born designer Anders Haal launched his womenswear and eyewear label in October 2013. After graduating from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, he worked with Ann-Sofie Back and became her long-time first designer. Anders is influenced by surf, sports and subversive iconography. BITE recently spoke to Anders Haal about his current collection–a site of cultural clash and realism.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your current collection.
I wanted to work with the concept of freedom with a lifestyle approach, and the collection turned into a collage of different references and contexts. I wanted the products to create a story together, but let the wearer fill in the gaps. Putting together a leather trench coat with a peace sign towel and a pair of aviators, for example. I was tired of what was going on in the market, since everything has been extremely streamlined for a long time.
You’ve stated that fashion is sexual liberation. In what way? And from what has it freed you?
[laughs] I’m not sure fashion has freed me, but perhaps it could, in the way sex is close to your primitive self. It was a liberation to come to fashion in the beginning. Designing your world can be a very sexy concept.
Coming from a background in photography and film, how has fashion—which is a relatively static art form—changed the way you consider light, colour and movement?
In many ways I would say that fashion is the opposite of static, at least in the way I choose to work: visually and conceptually. All these things come together as whole. I don’t think fashion made me different, I can´t see how.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been told? And the worst?
The best advice I’ve heard is to be happy, but never satisfied. And the worst? I can’t remember.
Where would the HAAL girl be on a Saturday night?
It’s up to her, depending on her mood and desires. Perhaps in a club, or at home, or on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere.
Where do you see yourself in five hours, in five months, and in five years?
Maybe not in five hours, but you might see me taking a bigger step in the same direction. In five months I will release my new collection and hit stores. In five years I want to continue working with people I like, that feel relevant for HAAL, and my visions about the project will develop continuously as we go.