My five fave finds & re-discoveries of the week.
(In no particular order)
1) Neneh Cherry - The Blank Project
Neneh Cherry has exemplified cool for me since 1989. Long before @badgalriri, Neneh was the queen of giving no fux. She was a style trailblazer (and part of the influential Buffalo movement), and she was also one of the first to expose the musical talents of Massive Attack, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, and the Notorious B.I.G., who appeared on the remix to her 1992 single "Buddy X."
The Blank Project, her first solo album in 18 years, shows that she hasn't lost her ear for cutting edge sounds. Produced by Four Tet, the album comes off like a female answer to Yeezus in its mix of raw introspection and electro minimalism. At times, it feels almost primal--just a woman speaking her truth over a drum.
2) The pop culture mash-ups of "drawerer" Justin Hager
3) The VH1 documentary "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop"
This four-part series proves, without question, that by living in the age of hip-hop, we've been witness to nothing short of revolution. I think my favorite episode was Part 3 on the '90s, when hip-hop became inseparable from mainstream pop culture. But you can--and should--stream them all here.
4) John Divola's photos taken in San Fernando Valley supermarkets in the '70s
5) New work from Androxx
Androxx is an artist who creates provocative images by pairing photos of hot model boys and girls with quotes and rock lyrics. He first got my attention with these sexy images of my favorite model Sebastian Sauve. But now he's back with a new series of images featured on the Schön! magazine website. I love how his work is polished yet still manages to feel raw. Can't wait to see more!
See ya next week!