Last night, Le Baron’s main level was converted into an intimate, temporary stage for another Encore! Live Session. The Monday night music series got off to a buzz-worthy start last month with HEARTSREVOLUTION and Theophilus London, but I was particularly anticipating LiveSession #3, The Virgins.
Evoking an attitude that New York perpetually longs to restore, The Virgins’ punky electric sound and casual recklessness transported us straight back to The Beatricecirca-2008. But this wasn’t a time for wistful reminiscing – their set list included a host ofbrand new songs with trippy, Pink Floyd-esque inclinations. The show ended with crowd-pleaser One Week of Danger, a fitting finale for a debaucherous Monday.
Damir Doma’s newest collection of wooden necklaces and chunky fur vests, titled "Bohemian Techno," still manages to reveal his futuristic leanings with some serious asymmetry. Like a cyborg with a fine arts degree and an affinity for unconventional travel, Doma’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection advances the trend of polished maverick.
Brand new from tropical provocateurs FRΞNCH ΞXPRΞSS is this luscious melody by Sweden's Jonas Rathsman, "Tobago". Starting off with a slow, smooth build up, get pulled into its afro-beat undertow with ripe, full, roiling island beats and rich, filtered vocals. It's getting colder out there, so warm up with this and the rest of the FRΞNCH ΞXPRΞSS catalogue.
Last night’s party celebrated the Ohne Titel & EASTON+COMBS installation for BOFFO Building Fashion 2011. Guests gathered at an industrial loft space in TriBeCa to enjoy a St. Germain cocktail-fueled opening reception.
BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 honors exceptional architecture andfashion with a sequence of collaborative retail installations. Ohne Titel, designed by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams, combines engineering with draping -- geometry with intuition. Eye-catching pieces from their F/W 2012 collection were hung from structures created by internationally-acclaimed architectural office, EASTON+COMBS.
Guests enjoyed music by Florian Sailer and a performance by TheBlackSoft as they mingled their way through this artistic wonderland at 57 Walker Street.
I hate the cold. Like, Madeline Kahn in Clue hate. The looming end of this spat of unseasonably warm weather we've had in NYC has made this reality even more apparent, and my urge to up sticks and move to Rio all the more appealing.
When I'm craving the summer sun, nothing helps more than blasting some Italian nu-disco; and when it comes to those mediterranean-inflected house jams, no collective does it better than Champagne Records. Afflicting me with a deep nostalgia for our days in Florence, they deliver the best in funky, electro-house beats with a splash of that Riviera caprice. Today, you can check out a sampling below, "Holidays in Forte dei Marmi" by Fossi Figo, from Champagne Records' "Parrot Bay (Vol. 1)" mixtape.
MUNK does a terrific job of transforming BC x Delivery's throbbing, anthem-y club track "Return to Me" into a veritable 90's throwback. As weird as it feels to say, it's almost got this Milli Vanilli-esque vibe to it (and I really mean it in the best possible way) that makes it oddly irresistable.
It's 1992 and I'm leaning across a banquette table, crowded with half-empty drinks and a smoldering ashtray, to light Naomi Campbell's next cigarette.
Marble Players are big on our radar at the moment - the rhythm peddlers behind Marble Music, Surkin, Para One, and Bobmo each have a unique sound but are clearly not against combining their powers to make something incredible. "Minute of Love" is just that - incredible. It glimmers into earshot out of thin air and holds you captive until you're lying in bed, a tangle of limbs, the last beams of sunset filtering across your naked bodies.
Here at District L, we've been doing some thinking.
In the past year, our focus has expanded to include not only fashion, but nightlife, a smidgen of photography, and last but not least, music. HOWEVER, the occasional "o here are some songz we think might get played on the runways but probz not lol" post is simply not cutting it.
So, without further ado, allow me to introduce JAM DU JOUR, our new daily (well, almost daily) highlight that showcases what we're currently listening to and why it rules. And it will always rule, without fail, because a) we have impeccable taste and b) we said so.
For our first edition, we've got a killer Justin Faust remix of Binary Music darling Fabian's "Last Flight". A perfect morning track if there ever was one, its gentle yet bustling melody will get you up, out the door, and into the clouds.
In NYE anticipation – yes, already– we have set a melodic tone to ring in the new year. At Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, Matt & Kim will be following Body Language for one last 2011 performance.
Brooklyn-based group, Body Language, released Falling Out this past September, featuring driving percussive beats and a hypnotic use of choral patterning. Their self-described “shifty disco” will harmonize effortlessly with leather skirts by Erin Barr, glitzyshort-sets by Cheng, or a daring deep-V bodysuit by Miguel Antoinne.