Michael Lau’s upcoming personal exhibition, CSBOOTH15 has been announced. The perennial star of the vinyl world has seen his work recently included in a pair of Nike Blazers designed in conjunction with the Chinese BMX Federation. No word yet on what CSBOOTH 15 will have in store for fans and admirers a-like.
July 5th – July 6th
11/F., Lok’s Industrial Building
204 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, Quarry Bay
I don’t exactly how I first heard about Jay Electronica but I suspect it might have been some small blog entry with maybe a sentence long description or maybe a recommendation from an achingly avant-garde hip friend of mine. Either way I have a disturbing small confession to make. I was almost immediately nonchalantly dismissive on the basis of name alone. I somehow began to conjure up images of loquacious word drunken nerd rappers who made what would be the hip hop equivalent of pretentious progressive rock. That is until I actually heard the man rhyme. I believe the first track I heard from him was the joint he did over the score to the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. Jay dismantled the drum less track with a crystal clear impeccable delivery and a cerebral assault on words mixing and matching abstract non sequiturs with a flow that can only be described as a much more coherent MF Doom.
I obviously wasn’t the only one floored by the 31 year old New Orleans native’s raw talent. Jay eventually caught the eye and ear of industry heavyweights such as Just Blaze, Erykah Badu and Nas amongst others who all have eventually collaborated with the MC all before he has even dropped an album. Although Jay has attracted the attention of several established artists his “do it yourself” ethics are obviously still intact as he pieces together clips from old films or old rock videos to provide a visual for his backing tracks. On “Drugs and Bitches” Jay spits a venomous attack at cliché conventional rap subject matter yet still keeping a self deprecating tone throughout. Needless to say I won’t be making any snap judgments again anytime soon.
LEFTFOOT Taiwan recently played host to controversial pictorial journey titled West End Girls Meets The East End Boys, featuring the West End girls of Taiwan’s Xi Men Ting area. The photos shot by Maco Hsu (aka MCP) also included a small number of t-shirts and a book. Next up for the exhibition is a showing at King Store in Xi Men Ting.
Originally revealed a few months back, a special Air Force 1 was in the works with the multi-talented Busy P aka Pedro Winter of Ed Banger. With no release date in sight and talks of the project being scrapped, the colorful Up Town resurfaced a few weeks back, making its way into a special video installations at the launch of Nike Sportswear in Beijing. Featuring strong written visuals all over, news has broke regarding the shoe’s release. On June 16th, the Air Force 1 will release exclusively at Paris’ colette with a suggested price of €200 EUR (approximately $311 USD).
For Californian watch purveyors Nixon, their full fledged collection of timepieces have matured in wide range of offerings. With their top of the line Elite Class shown here, the Swiss auto winding movements include subtle sapphire crystals. The watches despite their higher billing still keep true to Nixon’s clean and refined aesthetic which offer simple and crisp designs. With this higher-end elegance comes increased pricing as the Elite Class ranges from $650 USD to $1400 USD which are available only at Nixon’s top retailers.
In the most comprehensive look to date, visuals into the Nike Blazer designed exclusively for the upcoming Stussy x Neighborhood Boneyards Collection have been revealed. For the Blazer, its beginnings as a basketball performance model to its adoption by the skate community, a special aesthetic transformation was needed for it to fully capture the essence of the Boneyards Collection theme. With highlight colors reminiscent of the original Air Jordan I with red, blue and white, these colors revolve around a central dark theme of black. The Stussy x Neighborhood x Nike Boneyards Collection Blazer will hit a handful of Nike Tier 0 accounts and Stussy Chapter Stores on Saturday, June 21st.