While taking over BBC Radio 1 for his regular residency, James Blake was joined by fellow artists Jamie xx and Lone, using the airtime to ask Lone some questions about his recent album and release new music from Lone and airhead, as well as some unreleased material of his own as well. Head here to check out the mix.
Nike Blazer Mid Premium TXT QS Black/White
For its latest retro release, Nike premieres the Blazer Mid Premium TXT QS Black/White. Although it’s name suggests a stark contrast between two polarizing colors, this model looks as if its built with a woven upper where black and white threads intertwine to make grey. To complete this Quikestrike release, white appears as a complementing color at its sole, Swoosh, heeltab, lining and lacing system.
Rae Sremmurd featuring Pusha T – No Flex Zone
Nicki Minaj did it, Juicy J did it, and now Pusha T has done it. Jumping on Rae Sremmurd’s street anthem “No Flex Zone” with a cover of his own, King Push maintains the track’s catchy hook and chorus, offering up fresh verses of his own but cutting things short with a stream that’s just under two minutes.
Nike SB 2014 Fall/Winter Lookbook
Here’s the official lookbook for Nike SB‘s Fall/Winter 2014 apparel. Filling a void not quite fulfilled by current offerings, the brand opted to engineer its pieces for the rigors of skateboarding. As such, the “Fit To Move” collection combines timeless basics – hoodies, T-shirts, lightweight layering jackets, and chinos – with hallmark Nike technology such as Dri-Fit. What’s more, the tailoring has been focused to accommodate a skater’s specific motions, with NSB adding elongated back hems and articulated sleeves to tops and bottoms. Check out some of the looks above – as well as the corresponding video below – and be sure to check out the “Fit To Move” collection in its entirety here.
Casey Veggies featuring IAMSU! – Backflip
On the heels of last week’s “The Boy” single, which was produced by Hit-Boy, Casey Veggies continues to build anticipation for his upcoming project, this time linking up with Bay Area rapper and producer IAMSU! for “Backflip.” Both West Coast rappers tarde sharp verses over a clever IAMSU production. We can only assume more records are in the works as a download and stream is provided by PNCITL and Veggies themselves.
Vans Pro Classics Kyle Walker Pack
This fall, both the Old Skool and Classic Slip-On silhouettes get the Pro treatment from Vans for skater Kyle Walker. Walker’s first Pro Classics pack sees both shoes with premium pig suede uppers, corduroy details and custom footbed artwork from the Oklahoma native’s longtime friend, Brian Nichols. Like all Pro releases, the duo comes equipped with ULTRACUSH HD technology, a DURACAP addition to the toe portion of the rubber foxing, and Vans’ legendary vulcanized waffle rubber outsole. Retailing for $60 and $70 USD respectively, Walker’s Slip-On and Old Skool are now available online and at finer skate shops worldwide.
Watch Kanye West Rap at Fat Beats in 1996
Years before Kanye West was the tabloid target he is now, he was a skilled struggling rapper like many others. This recently-released video footage of a young Kanye rapping at a Fat Beats record store get-together is proof. During the festivities for the opening of the Fat Beats on 6th Avenue in 1996, a hungry Kanye jumped in front of a crowd to spit a hardcore verse as a DJ supplied live boom bap behind him. The Kanye showcased in this nearly-20-year-old clip was nowhere near the monolithic Yeezus figure we see today, but even as a young kid Kanye had a great deal of talent. You can watch the entire footage of Kanye’s performance at Fat Beats above.
Raekwon – Could It Be I’m Falling in Love
Raekwon continues to cook up old-school odes for his Throwback Thursday series. Next up in line to receive the chef’s treatment is The Spinners’ 1973 classic, “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love.” The Wu-Tang veteran uses The Spinners’ widely-recognized backdrop to swiftly spit sharp-as-steel bars about a memorable fling. Listen to Raekwon rap over “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” above.
LES (ART)ISTS 2014 Spring/Summer Shirts
A French brand created by friends, LES (ART)ISTS made its first splash with a range of tees that were equal parts high-fashion parody and homage to their favourite designers. Now, the label returns bigger and bolder than ever with a new collection of graphic-driven woven shirts for Spring/Summer 2014. In either red plaid flannel or baseball-style oxford options, the designs feature the names and years of birth of designers or artists on the back of each garment, resulting in playful homages to some of the biggest names in the business. LES (ART)ISTS’ Spring/Summer 2014 shirts are available now.
Jeremih & Shlohmo – No More (EP)
After initially being slated for February, Jeremih and Shlohmo's highly-awaited EP has finally hit the 'net today. In addition to the previously released tracks “Bo Peep" and "No More,” the EP features four more fantastic collaborative efforts, including one featuring an appearance from Chance The Rapper. Peep the tracklist below, and to add the No More EP to your collection for free simply head over to the project’s official website and enter your email.
Jeremih & Shlohmo - No More EP (Tracklist)
1. “No More”
2. “Fuck You All the Time (Remix)” [Extended Cut]
4. “Bo Peep”
5. “Let It Go”
6. “The End” feat. Chance the Rapper
adidas Originals ZX 750 EQT White/Green
adidas Originals continues its strong summer selection with the latest offering being the ZX 750 EQT in white/green. The uppers are constructed with a mix of suedes, mesh and leathers in varying shades of white and grey with contrasting hits of green on the adidas Originals branding and rear guard. The midsole is then in a clean white with embossed adidas Originals detailing but juxtaposed with hits of grey again. To finish the shoe, a black outsole is incorporated along with classic white laces. The adidas Originals ZX 750 EQT White/Green can now be purchased at select stockists worldwide including AFEW.
SZA and Willow Smith Perform in Brooklyn
While taking the stage at Red Bull Sound Select’s showcase in New York this week, SZA surprised fans by bringing out Willow Smith to perform their previously unreleased partnered project, “Domino.” According to an Instagram post by SZA, Willow still has a lot more up her sleeve.
A Closer Look at the Club 75 x adidas Originals Stan Smith
Following the initial announcement of the Club 75 x adidas Originals Stan Smith earlier, we now have a closer look at the latest iteration to the low-top signature sneaker. Paris-based imprint Club 75 leaves the timeless classic relatively original but with a few subtle details here and there, such as an off-white rubber sole, embossed detailing near the heel, and CLUB 75 text on the lateral side. To round out the shoe, we have adidas’s own perforated Three Stripes on a premium leather upper and contrasting black accents on the heel tab as well as the tongue. The Club 75 x adidas Originals Stan Smith can now be pre-ordered over at colette.
Kanye West, Outkast, The Weeknd & More Set to Perform at Life is Beautiful 2014
Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful has released this year’s lineup. The downtown Vegas festival will run from October 24 -26, and ticket sales will begin on June 26. Headliners this year will include the likes of Kanye West, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, The Weeknd and more.
Jonathan Ive on Apple’s Design Process and Product Philosophy
Some three years following the untimely passing of Steve Jobs, Apple has continued to push the envelope of consumer technology. Under the leadership of both Tim Cook and Jonathan “Jony” Ive, the brand has held Jobs’ hallmark principles – innovation, focus and greatness – as its key mantles. For being such a large company, the brand attributes its success to the use of small, versatile teams. The New York Timesrecently caught up with Jony Ive himself, speaking to Apple’s head of design about the brand’s design process, work culture and philosophy. Enjoy a bit of insight below, then head over here to read the full piece.
What does innovation culture look like at Apple under Tim Cook? How has it changed, if at all?
Innovation at Apple has always been a team game. It has always been a case where you have a number of small groups working together. The industrial design team is a very small team. We’ve worked together, most for 15 or 20 years.
That’s a fairly typical story here: Creative teams are small and very focused. One of the underlying characteristics is being inquisitive and being curious. Some of those personal attributes and hallmarks haven’t changed at all.
Often when I talk about what I do, making isn’t just this inevitable function tacked on at the end. The way we make our products is certainly equally as demanding and requires so much definition. I design and make. I can’t separate those two.
This is part of Steve’s legacy. Deep in the culture of Apple is this sense and understanding of design, developing and making. Form and the material and process – they are beautifully intertwined – completely connected. Unless we understand a certain material — metal or resin and plastic — understanding the processes that turn it from ore, for example – we can never develop and define form that’s appropriate.
Steve established a set of values, and he established preoccupations and tones that are completely enduring – and he established those principles with a small team of people. I’ve been ridiculously lucky to be part of it. But Tim was very much part of that team – for that last 15 or 20 years.
I remember clearly a time when we made plastic portable computers, and Steve and Tim and I sat down and said we wanted to build an incredibly thin and light portable computer. There was a whole range of challenges from an engineering point of view: How it worked in a new material, titanium. That meant we had to completely redesign and discover new partners to work with, hire a whole new organization.
I’ve worked for the last 15 or 20 years on the most challenging, creative parts of what we do. I would love to talk about future stuff – they’re materials we haven’t worked in before. I’ve been working on this stuff for a few years now. Tim is fundamentally involved in pushing into these new areas and into these materials.
Over years you develop a process – we, a team, develop a process – that process is incredibly vibrant and healthy and continues to grow and evolve.