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  • One of the best things you can come across during a walk along London's winding River Thames this month is this installation by Ik-Joong Kang. On display for this year's Totally Thames, Kang's artwork Floating Dreams can be spotted hovering in the water between St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern art gallery.

    Sitting next to the Milennium bridge is a cube with a figure stood on top. Each side is gridded with drawings by people who fled North Korea during the Korean War. Kang collected 500 drawings by misplaced indivuals who recalled memories of their hometown and recorded it with a pencil, then reproduced on Korean rice paper hanji.

    The installation is in memorial to those who have been seperated from loved ones in the divided nation aftermath. Floating Dreams stands as a beacon of hope for the reunification of the country in the near future. 

    Floating Dreams is on display for the rest of the month. 

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    Ahead of a fundraising event at XOYO in London last night, photographer Shaun Bloodworth sadly passed away. 

    Shaun was awaiting a liver transplant but unfortunately died to due to infections and frailty. #RaveForShaun still went ahead, following his wishes and the blessing from his family. Friends, musicians, and fans alike partied in his memory and the lineup featured 20+ artists from the dance music world he helped document.

    Shaun captured portraits of DJs, MCs, and singers. He played a huge part in photographing Rinse FM, and London-born genres dubstep and grime. Shaun will be remembered as an inspiring creative who always exhibited the uttermost friendliness to everyone he met.

    A JustGiving page has raised over £9,000 to donate to charity and Shaun's family.

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    Taken from Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective

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    Everyone comes to Ibiza for the beautiful landscape and the infectious vibe that springs every step on the island, but us dancefloor inclined fellows live and breathe for those killer tracks we hear in a club.

    Whether it's while the evening is starting to heat up or five minutes till closing time, these are the clear favourites that have got all the endorphins and ice cannons flowing for the first half of the 2016 season. 

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    Danny Daze - Swim

    Kompakt

    'Swim' intoxicates you with its stabbing riff as it creeps onto the sound system. Massive one for plenty of DJs this summer from Jennifer Cardini and Kolsch to the mighty Sven Vath.

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    Emanuel Satie - Come As You Are

    Saved Records

    Frankfurt's finest Emanuel Satie so far this year has clocked up over 30 released tracks. His remix of 'I Get Deep' is still fairly large in Ibiza, but this track is its definite predecessor

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    Dubfire, Oliver Huntemann - Fuego (Julian Jeweil Remix)

    Senso Sounds

    Beast!!! Joseph Capriati is also called up to remix Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann but Julian Jeweil's touch is killer and will continue to be dancefloor fuel all through August.

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    Krankbrother - Circular Thing (Hot Since 82 Remix)

    Circus Recordings

    Little summer heater via remix work from Hot Since 82 on Circus. Label owner Yousef gave this is a spin during his ANTS visit, while Amnesia and Space have had its fair share of listenings.

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    La Fleur - Waves

    Watergate

    Enchanting melodic number for Berlin's Watergate Records. Sasha introduced this to our ears during his trip to Circoloco and he's likely been dropping it on Space's Terraza at Elrow as well.

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    Cirez D - In The Reds

    Mouseville

    Who doesn't love a bit of Eric Prydz?? Whether it's a bit of nostalgia from his 2000 hits, or material from his pseudonym artist names Pryda and Cirez D. Prydz always rules, his latest work under his techno alias being no exception.

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    Hector Couto - Get It On

    20/20 Vision

    "Let's get it onnnnn" we are told. On DC-10's terrace, in Amnesia or on the discobus at 7am. Alright, alright. The overlapping percussion and ascending bass notes makes this a catchy ride. Get on board.

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    Audion - Mouth To Mouth (Riva Starr Remix)

    Spectral Sound

    Marking 10 years since Matthew Dear's 'Mouth To Mouth' several artists have remixed it including Dense & Pika, c2, Guy Gerber and Dubfire. Riva Starr's is a frontrunner with its funky and celestial qualities.

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    Marc Romboy & Stephan Bodzin - Atlas (Adriatique Remix)

    Systematic Recordings

    Adriatique remix a monster track from two fine producers, doing it jusitce with gigantic synth chords that have ascended onto Space's cherished terrace during Carl Cox's last Revolution inside.

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    &ME - Shadows

    Saved Records

    Each year &ME has a standout track for the summer. It's still early days but this one from early 2016 is definitely praiseworthy. Davide Squillace took us to moody depths of 'Shadows' in Circoloco.

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    Raffa FL - How We Do

    Criminal Hype

    Club track sampling a hip hop staple from the 2000s. The year was 2004, it was a simpler time, flip phones and dial-up internet was the best of technology, while 50 Cent and The Game ruled the rap waves.

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    Jungle Brothers - I'll House You 

    Idlers

    Lastly, a 1990s bomb that has been brought to our attention thanks to Marco Carola, who drew for this at Music On and during his Circoloco appearance. We also caught wind of Luciano playing it at Cocoon in July.
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    Space celebrated 27 years of defining clubbing in Ibiza on Sunday.

    Space Ibiza originally opened in 1986 next to the waterpark in Playa d’en Bossa. Long before the towering hotels and lines of bars that we recognise today were built. The area would transform from family orientated to a clubber's heaven on earth.

    Pepe Rosello took over and re-launched the club in 1989, opening Space’s doors at 8am. A few years later the original open-air terrace went from a chill out area to a dancefloor. The three room club was the place to be, as Pepe recalls, "People started coming directly to Space with their suitcases, even before checking into their hotels." On Space's clock, ravers lost countless hours and DJ careers were born, even David Guetta rocked the terrace.

    Happy birthday, Space! Let's look back on the 27 years...

    Space from outside in 1990
    Space from outside in 1990

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    Carl Cox’s first DJ set on the terrace. Coxy recalled at IMS this year how the wind blew the Daft Punk record he was playing.
    Carl Cox’s first DJ set on the terrace. Coxy recalled at IMS this year how the wind blew the Daft Punk record he was playing

     

     

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    Glitterbox brings disco time to Space
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    Elrow at their Ibiza home

     

     

    Carl Cox on the sunset terrace during his final year inside
    Carl Cox on the sunset terrace during his final year inside

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    Although Space Ibiza in its current form is no longer after the closing party on Oct 2nd, memories, stories, and Space’s legacy will live on forever.

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    Circoloco celebrates 18 years in the game throughout the 2016 season. 18 years all spent at the ex-airport hangar in San Jordi, better known as DC-10. This year equals the Coming Of Age for the Monday session which has become an essential way to start a week in Ibiza.

    At the beginning almost two decades ago, Circoloco changed the habits of clubbers, who put their best fancy dress on to join the loco clown face, making the trip to DC-10 after breakfast. Licensing has changed since then, but you can still get a sunkissed rave on in the afternoon, dancing on the decking in the garden while music blasts you in the face.

    Circoloco opened its doors for the summer in late May, as per they invited heavyweight after heavyweight to play their part. However, sometimes it’s best to save yourself for a party on the near horizon, and the Monday just passed was certainly the right ticket. Final date in June enlisted the likes of Marco Carola, Davide Squillace and Marcel Dettmann to release their music goods on the cosmopolitan crowd.

    Upon arrival with a couple of hours to spare before midnight, I was struck by how much space there was in the courtyard and inside on the terrace. Ibiza gets busier by the day but we’re still pre-peak season. For us claustrophobic types at DC-10 or any club for that matter, quieter periods can bring better enjoyment. Also known as more space to break out your best dance moves.

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    Getting a taster of Jennifer Cardini's selection capability on the terrace was a pleasant surprise, before losing several hours in the grips of DC-10 like many before us have. Jumping between Damian Lazarus, Sasha, and Marco Carola. In the space of mere minutes, you could hear melodic techno from La Fleur on ‘Waves’, to solid jacking beats. Marcel Dettmann manned the main room, while those eager to see Carola in DC-10 were treated in the red-illuminated terrace to devour into proper party pumper ‘I’ll House You’.

    DVS1 meant strict business in the main room chronicling cosmic synth touches with forceful beats. It wasn’t until we caught the closing half hour with Davide Squillace that the true musical gems showed themselves. Davide masterfully lifted us from the moody depths of &ME - 'Shadows', raining dancefloor bombs on us such as 'Atto D'Amore' (Dub Version) by Serge Santiágo. It was a truly euphoric end.

    Circoloco reigns as a premier island hotspot to hear the best music from past and present.

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    Catalonia capital Barcelona plays host to Sónar each and every summer, starting today the three-day festival celebrates its 22nd event. One of the most popular in the European festival game rated for its use of various locations. Additionally, the highly regarded acts festivalgoers have witnessed at Sónar since 1994, previous guests including Jeff Mills, Orbital and Josh Wink. Sticking with their formula, the 2016 billing is teaming with mainstays across the electronic spectrum.

    The buzz around Barcelona is unmistakable this time of year as tourists, locals, and talent flock in. For those embarking to Sónar, we’ve whittled down the long lineup from both the Day and Night listings to five that will show you a damn good time. You can thank us later.

    From 1-11pm Sonar by Day takes off. Thursday is perfect to take a relaxed first gear into the festival away from the record spinners and set your ears on some diverse singer-songwriter acts. One of the best on offer is contemporary R&B vocalist Kelela visit to SonarHall in the early evening.

    On Friday things certainly heat up, with the likes of Four Tet playing a 7-hour set, John Talabot, and The Martinez Brothers. Our winning plan for Friday’s Night programme is to first check in with James Blake at 1am, who at an electronic epicenter, reigns supreme. Then 50 minutes after Blake finishes, head to one of the two B2B’s between selectors Ben UFO and Helena Hauff. Not one to miss as both champion techno beats with their skill behind the decks. Elsewhere, DSV1 & Rødhåd also join forces and pair up behind the decks in case that ticks a bigger box for you.

    Things come to a head on Saturday, June 18th, when our last two must-sees perform. In the early hours of Saturday grime king Skepta returns to Sonar this time without his brother JME, off the back of releasing his fourth solo artist album Konnichiwa last month which will be presented along with some BBK classic riddims. When the clock strikes 10:30pm, New Order grace SonarClub, their 1983 hit 'Blue Monday' is a first point of reference for dance music. Seeing the Manchester band is a once in a lifetime must for anyone who answers the call of house music.

    Connect with Sonar: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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    Each summer in Ibiza offers something different and has us anticipating  it like a kid trying to sleep on Christmas Eve. Ahead of the quickly approaching season new ideas and unique circumstances have combined, leaving us nothing less than certain 2016 will be the biggest summer this side of the decade. Here’s why.

    Space Ibiza is vacating

    Whatever happens to Space after this season when the Ushuaïa Group take the reigns from Pepe Rosello, whether they bulldoze the venue or build upon it, Space as we know and love it will never be the same again. Held dearly in the hearts of many, thousands of people of all ages shall flock for one last shindig inside during the summer. From June till October, DJs and dancefloor devotees are going to make sure that Space goes out with a bang. Whatever your musical affiliation, being part of Ibiza history is not one to miss. 

    Boundaries will be broken

    Ibiza 2016 quickly shaped up to be one for the record books. Firstly, this summer will be the longest season yet. Sankeys led the way with hosting their opening party three weeks earlier than normal on May 1st. Amnesia followed suit in challenging the status quo, bringing their opening date forward to May 14th, however they didn't live up to the promise and shortly after changed it back to the original date. Cocoon and Carl Cox's Music Is Revolution are in for a record-breaking season, both going for more dates than ever before. Elsewhere, Elrow will be shaking things up by enlisting their elrowcity residents to play all-night long on the Terrace at Space, compared to an average DJ shift of 2-4 hours.

    Exciting new parties

    As ever with a fresh season, there are a bunch of new parties landing, hoping to capture the affections of holidaymakers and summer-long attendees alike. Big and bold tech is expected on Maceo Plex’s watch as he heads to Pacha for his Mosiac residency on Tuesday evenings. London party brands Solid Grooves and ABODE will be stating their case, the first taking control of Privilege’s Vista Club on Thursdays, and the latter heading Sankeys’ Friday night slot. These are just a few of the new club nights, we’ll have to wait and see which parties triumph and win us over, and which simply burn their funds away.

    Coxy departing, tears at the ready

    Carl Cox has decided his Music Is Revolution residency is complete after a fifteen-year stint at Space Ibiza. In that time he has played a massive part in developing the club into the island hotspot it is today. His last year in the club before the keys to Space changes hands will be an unforgettable one. There’s no shortage in legends and exciting newcomers billed to play to a packed out crowd week in and week out. We’ll be exclaiming “oh yes, oh yes” with the man himself all season long and going for it well into the morning hours.

    We’ll be taken to the Afterlife

    When Richie Hawtin’s ENTER party announced it wouldn’t be returning to Space for its fifth season we were left wondering, just what would occupy the black shaped hole left dangling over the club’s Thursday night schedule? Techno lovers soon had their prayers answered. Replacing Richie and co are Tale of Us who will be taking us to the Afterlife. Joined by Innervisions’ Dixon, Recondite, and Marcel Dettmann, plus& many more. Completing the otherworldly musical experience will be live shows in the Sunset Terrace from Todd Terje, Howling and David August.

    Music diversity is celebrated

    House, techno and trance lovers are spoilt for choice every day on the White Isle. Finally, 2016 is looking to be the year other genres get their chance to truly shine. Sankeys shake up their schedule with acid house showcased at Dance 88/89, and hip-hop taking center stage during Applebum. Grime is increasingly celebrated at Ibiza Rocks while Craig David heads UK garage proceedings at the hotel. Cova Santa will play host to three daytime parties from Together in July, Chase & Status among acts to bring UK bass to the beautiful outdoor venue nestled in the hillside. 

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    Label founder PAWSA also remixes title track.

    Tech-house producer ONNO, certified with releases on prestigious labels from Moon Harbour to Saved Records, lands on Solid Grooves this May. Don’t Stop is a joint effort with Barcelona-based Reelow, their first music venture together promises tracks to work a dancefloor.

    Title-track on the Don’t Stop EP offers firm and tight percussion with trippy effects. Label founder PAWSA lends his production skills to the remix, upping the low-end. The real beauty comes with ‘University of Street’, starting off as your typical rolling house number but it implements alluring chords to keep the listener engaged.

    Solid Grooves is a baby in the house and techno realms, launching only last year, but this EP shows it has a strong foothold in the scene. Armed with these sorts of weapons, we only hope they find success with their Ibiza residency this summer. 

    Solid Grooves social links: Facebook | Soundcloud

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    Richie Hawtin unveils full details on his first mixer, launching it at Boiler Room

    Richie Hawtin is after a slice of the music gear pie and is in the midst of launching his first mixer. PLAYdifferently Model 1 was unveiled this week and introduced to the dance music world it shall be accommodating for. 

    Model 1 is an analogue mixer, comprising of 6 channels and features innovative technology to push the musical capability of DJ sets. It was developed alongside Andy Rigby-Jones, who was an engineer for Allen & Heath, the company who produced one of the market's current leaders and popular choice, the Xone 92. 

    "MODEL 1 sounds round, phat, and has the sound signature that I’ve been looking for. I call it The Beast.”  Loco Dice

    Richie debuted the mixer last night at Boiler Room in Berlin. He was joined inside Arena Club by Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Ellen Allien, and Dubfire, amongst others, who all gave a taste on what can be achieved in the booth with the mixer.

    Check out more of Model 1's features in the video below.

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    Nelson’s column scaled in protest directed at air pollution

    Greenpeace protesters climbed onto 17 London monuments in the early hours of Monday, April 20, planting gas masks on the figurine's faces. The stunt was in order to highlight high levels of air pollution in the city. 

    Two activists scaled the 171ft up to Nelsons Column, police were called to the location after 4am as six people were attempting to climb it. They came down at 9am and two people were arrested, a further six people were said to be arrested across London. Statues updated momentarily with the white masks includes Winston Churchill near the Houses of Parliament, Queen Victoria by Buckingham Palace, Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street, and Thierry Henry next to the Arsenal Emirates Stadium.

    Greenpeace campaigner Areeba Hamid said: "Monitoring shows that, if these statues were real people, many of them would often be breathing dangerous, illegal air. That's why we've given them face masks. Of course many millions of Londoners, including kids, are breathing that same air."

    "Kitting everyone out with face masks is not the solution; instead we need to see real political action from the new mayor. We need a clean air zone covering a large part of the city. Whoever wins the election has to stop the talk and start the action."

    Isaac Newton @ British Library's piazza

    Proposed ultra low emissions zone in 2020 only offers protection from dangerous air to residents and commuters in zone 1. Ms Hamid said: "At schools across London children are being forced to breathe illegal, dangerous air. Londoners need greener and affordable public transport, along with air pollution alerts and an efficient and adequate system to measure air quality.

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    Unusual restoration is dubbed a ‘disaster’ before bagging an architecture award.

    A castle located in Cádiz in the south of Spain, built in the ninth century underwent a restoration process last month which quickly brought about utter dismay. It received negative comments for the brutalist touch, and it garnered comparisons to a fridge and a car park. Now the rebuild has won the publicly voted for Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards. Before and after

    Carlos Quevado, the architect behind the project, says his aim was to give an idea of what El Castillo de Matrera would have looked like when originally built. The structure actually now matches the original dimensions, but to truly replicate what the castle looked like over a thousand years ago is more or less impossible. Instead, it's been stamped with a contemporary feel of buildings today, while preventing further deterioration of it.

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    “Wot do you call it? Urban?” Wiley so eloquently quizzed in 2004 on his debut single over his genre-defining eskibeat. Referencing the music style he helped craft as it floated through nameless space before being stuck with grime. 

    A decade on, grime has had a second coming, though it never went away as far as many people are concerned. Kids in the US are listening to Newham Generals, Canadian rapper Drake has inked himself with BBK in support of the crewdem Boy Better Know. Stormzy’s freestyle over Ruff Sqwad clocked up 28 million views and he's just performed in New York after giving a speech at Oxford University. Increasingly celebrated in the UK, it’s a far cry away from being a genre seemingly targeted by the Metropolitan police. 

    Newham Generals @ Forest Gate

    Celebrating the London music genre born out of FruityLoops, joint with clever and amusing wordplay is the Wot Do You Call It project. Two photographers, set about capturing rappers as they deliver potent lyrical ability, or simply out and about in their local area. The candid photos glisten with the community feel of grime and stand as snapshots of the culture in its raw essence. First uploading to Tumblr two years ago, the two responsible behind the camera QUANN and Marco, have recently had seasoned grime photographer Simon Wheatley contribute some images also featured in his digital photo book 'DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime’.

    Big Narstie @ Boiler Room

    Elijah and Skilliam @ Peckham

    Skepta @ Culture Clash

    Stormzy @ Culture Clash

    Springy P @ Empire LDN

    YGG @ Camden

    Jammer’s Basement

    Novelist @ Radar Radio

    The Vision @ Lewisham

    Cadell @ Bow

    Last Japan @ Bow

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    Jessy comes through with another album preview and the latest mix for FACT.

    Anticipation is building as Canadian songwriter Jessy Lanza reaches the last stages of readying her second album Oh No. It's due out on May 13th and like always, she'll be releasing on Hyperdub.

    We heard a taster back in January with 'It Means I Love You', and next is the follow-up, bright and punchy pop track 'VV Violence' laced amidst her trademark soft vocals.

    For her second LP, Jessy has embarked on a musical mission with Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys, who also co-produced her 2013 debut album. She's previously collaborated with Caribou and dropped EP You Never Show Your Love last summer with DJ Spinn & Taso.

    For an extra Lanza fix listen in on her mix for FACT below.

     Jessy Lanza social links: Facebook | Twitter

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    Brittany Wright’s food photography is a colour spectrum dream

    Displaying food in an attractive and appetising setting is something any Snapchat or Instagram user has ventured into. Brittany Wright, a freelance photographer based in Seattle, has mastered this art, creating gradient rich photos to show off the differing shades and shapes of food.

     

     

     

    Wright Kitchen puts on display her delicious work, presenting her passion and eye for food and vibrancy. Her work reveals the varieties food comes in, and the process it goes through while growing, cooking and decaying.

    Explore more and expect hunger pangs: Instagram | Website | Facebook

    [Photos: Brittany Wright]

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    The future of club lighting is here

    Brazil has the prettiest nightclubs of them all thanks to Guto Requena. 

    Newly renovated nightclub, The Year in Sao Palo has turned the lighting game upside down. This warehouse turned club in Brazil has an LED system installed to detect the movement and temperature of clubbers, converting this information into lighting patterns. Not only does it react to the party energy inside, it’s a colourful minefield surrounding participants on the dancefloor, connecting and amazing the senses.

    It's the brainchild of Brazilian architect Guto Requena, who has a reputation for innovative and futuristic designs. He won ‘Best in Architecture Brazil’ in 2010 for his work on another nightclub HOT HOT, have a flick through pictures here. Taking inspiration from Scandinavian designer Verner Panton and brutalism found in Berlin’s nightclub and sex houses, he transformed it into somewhere resembling Tetris.

    Guto is setting the bar high for club spaces incorporating technology to create outrageous lighting and interactivity. 

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    Patterns are everywhere in nature, from the veins on a leaf, the changing skin of a chameleon, to the intricate symmetry of a butterfly wing. 

    Jonathan McCabe has created ornate work based on Alan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis, which is the biological process of a cell developing its shape.

    Turing's theory basically states that biological cells differentiate and change shape, creating patterns in space. Shape changes in cells which don’t have a specific function before a cell is allocated a job within the body. The process is reaction-diffusion and these chemical reactions are the cells adapting to its surroundings to fit the needs of what the body may need in that specific area. 

    This bodily process is nature hard at work and Jonathon McCabe's work shows off the beauty of it all. Displaying a colourful array of various spirals and shapes. We find out how he gets these spectacular results purely from numbers.

    How do you get these images?

    “These images start off with the pixels set to random (pseudo-random because computers don’t do truly random being deterministic) values. At each pixel, the program ‘senses’ the average values of the neighbouring pixels, and updates the pixel value depending on this. After hundreds of updates, an image develops, depending on the update rules and the initial conditions.”

    Was it initially an experiment?

    “It was initially an experiment in 2009, you can see these here.”

     

    Where does your interest in morphogenesis stem from? 

    “I’m interested in spontaneous pattern formation in general, Turing’s theory of morphogenesis is a particular process that leads to characteristic patterns of spots or stripes.” 

    Has this been your main project over the years? 

    It has been a hobby of mine.

    How do you present these images in a gallery? 

    I have had a few shows where I have used a large format inkjet printer to print on canvas and show in a gallery. At the moment, I’m showing digitally online.

     

    Check out more of Jonathan McCabe's project: flickr | website | vimeo

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    The Big Smoke

    Londoners have recently voted air quality as the most pressing sustainability issue facing the city. How do the Mayoral candidates plan to respond?

    Returning anywhere after being away always brings new insight. Following a month in clear-skied Spain, London in comparison is once more blanketed in a smog cloud. Albeit bad weather is the least of a Londoner's worries. Air pollution in London hit the legal limit for the year, in the space of a week. Putney High Street and Knightsbridge prematurely in breach of the EU limit of nitrogen dioxide. Passing through the city, and it’s easy to recognise that the endless streams of traffic are accountable. Whilst factories emit unmistakable vapours of god-knows-what, yet not all hazardous fumes are visible.

    PM2.5 particles have been rising in 30 out of the 33 boroughs, with particles entering the lungs small enough to enter the bloodstream. PM2.5 pollution is largely blamed on diesel engines, and a big chunk is blown in from sources outside London. Drivers are encouraged to turn off their engines while stationary as engine idling is an unnecessary addition. Here’s a myth bust: 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting an engine.

    Back in December 1952, London was covered in The Great Smog for five days. A result of cold air meeting heat from coal fires, it wreaked havoc on the city and is thought to of led to at least 4,000 premature deaths. Nowadays with over a threefold increase in population and car users, nearly 9,500 people die every year in the capital due to the effects of NO2 and PM2.5.

    London Air Quality Network run by King's College London monitors levels of pollutants. The map below is taken from their site and displays peak recordings for a winter smog period, between the 19th and 21st of January. The gathered data is for all pollutants but when looking at individual ones, microscopic particulates PM10 and PM2.5 claims the highest and most widespread levels. The two 'very high' spots (10) are by Monument in the City of London, and by Brent Park. 

    These readings are of course a symptom of global warming. Leonardo Dicaprio used his long anticipated Oscar acceptance speech to pledge his support in fighting climate change on Sundaystudy from the World Bank compiled air pollution levels in the capital cities and those with a population over 100,000. In comparison with the rest of the world, London places in 2,516th  place, lower than New York and Berlin. Pakistan, Iraq and Egypt are home to the most polluted cities, as they frequent the top 100 of the list.

    There are already several schemes in place to better London's air and lessen its carbon footprint. Transport for London (TFL) under Boris Johnson have implemented the Low Emission Zone, which drivers of older industrial vehicles pay to drive through. On top of the Congestion Charge introduced by Ken Livingstone for road users travelling into Central London during the week. TFL are working to clean up buses and taxis, collaborating on projects with manufacturers for cleaner and hybrid engines.

    Londoners have voted air quality as the most pressing sustainability issue facing the city according to a recent poll by WSP Parson Brinckerhoff. With an upcoming vote on the next Mayor of London on May 5th, how do London mayoral candidates for the Labour and Conservative party plan to tackle this issue that's a growing concern for their electoral? Here are the most interesting ideas taken from their manifestos. 

    Labour’s Sadiq Khan named the housing crisis as his top priority but claims he’ll be the ‘greenest Mayor ever’ and promises to plant 2 million trees. Realising cleaner air and energy is a must he would look into locating land for renewable energy for a greener TFL, also backing research into the possibility of generating electricity from wasted heat on the Tube. 

    Cyclist Cyclist opts for a pollution mask

    Potential London Mayor from the Conservative party, Zac Goldsmith is looking to improve cycling infrastructure. Hoping to double the number of cyclists on London’s roads in the next ten years. On top of cleaning up public transport, Zac mentions the possibility of an electric car equivalent of Boris Bikes. London boasts a healthy number of parks and green spaces and Zac wants to ensure the green belt is protected from development. 

    Boris Johnson has planned an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, with both Conservative and Labour backing to roll it out in 2020. It would impose a £100 a day fare to the most polluting vehicles driving in central London. This would hopefully be more effective than the LEZ in stopping offending vehicles roaming the streets. 

    Road traffic snail paces along Oxford Street and Regent Street so slowly that it’s faster to walk the mile stretch than hop on a bus. Due to the diesel buses, Oxford Street is merited as the Earth's most polluted street. Both Mayoral candidates would like to pedestrianise the road. They would also both support a second runway at Gatwick over a third at Heathrow, lessening aircraft traffic inside the London orbital. 

    In a big city with hundred of roads and tall buildings along them, air pollution naturally becomes a problem. It’s not just up to the London Assembly to bring us cleaner air and lungs. Make use of the fantastic public transport links on offer in London. Ride a bike. Reduce your exposure to pollution by avoiding main roads in rush hour. City Air app gives alerts and routes to avoid pollution pockets, airText also displays live levels.

    Waiting until 2025 for air pollution to stay in legal limits is too far away. The extent of car use is stunting the growth of children’s lungs as they are surrounded by NO2 in inner London. Local authorities should be given powers to close or divert roads where pollution levels are high. Particularly paramount for busy roads near schools, urged a report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. 

    Fighting pollution is a hot political topic in London and elsewhere on Earth, as optimising our health and environment should be. Only time can tell how dedicated to the cause our future Mayor will be.
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    The return to Ibiza

    “Is Loco Dice any good?” Queried a girl to her boyfriend, sat next to me on the bus to Ibiza Town as we drove past a HYTE poster stating: ‘Loco Dice is back’.

    It was a question I had posed myself, before finding out during one of his terrace sessions for the new party on the island in Amnesia. During which a group had brought out a sheet marker penned with ‘NO LOCO NO PARTY’. Someone had a word and shortly after they were draping it on the balcony upstairs.

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    In answer to the question, Loco Dice is not just good, he’s fucking fantastic. His mixing was leaving me a little dumbfounded and during the set, I couldn’t help but worm myself to the front to get a close-up of him in action. His set-up of a Xone 92 and two turntables used to interject a red illuminated vinyl with a white one, looping grinding tech beats, with the odd Italian vocal or breakbeat section. Although he abandoned mixing hip-hop over a decade ago to then draw crowds at Circoloco and Cocoon, his turntablist roots are still there to be heard, a pleasing accent to any fan of the genre.

    The Tunisian-born German is a bit of an enigma. Following the last tune he seals the deal with a quick clap, acknowledging the blatant appreciation, barely cracking a smile, before turning to the packed out booth behind him. This guy’s got attitude. In case you didn’t work that out through the gritty selections he throws down and him wearing his cap backwards.

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    His loco (crazy) title was apparently given to him during his DC10 days, from summers spent as a raver on the terrace, and then resident from 2002-06. Going on to fuel Cocoon Monday's along with Marco Carola, the two forming a not-to-be-missed B2B partnership. After heading his own party Used + Abused for one summer, he took a break from the partying lifestyle in Ibiza, making just one appearance in 2014 at Space.

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    HYTE originally booked the co-bossman of Desolat for the opening, instating him as a bi-weekly resident thereafter, along with Maceo Plex, Pan-Pot and Mar T. They didn’t make the numbers week in, week out due to fierce competition from Jamie Jones’ Paradise party, and the atmosphere inside never quite measured up to Cocoon or Music On nights in Amnesia. But those shortfalls are minor when you see dedicated followers of the brand who have entrusted HYTE in various other clubbing cities.

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    Any doubt in HYTE’s party throwing capabilities was thrown out of the window when they hosted one of the biggest B2B sets of the season, being between Loco and Maceo Plex. During which Loco couldn't help but pump out sure favourite of his, Armand's Mission To Mars Mix of 'Insomnia'

    The closing party pulled in the biggest queue for Amnesia’s lista seen all season and the club was rammo inside. Thanks to competition at DC10 over by early September and a first-rate line-up. It goes without saying that Loco was the biggest draw for the night, and as long as they reinstate him next year HYTE shall up its worth on island. But who knows what will happen as he’s proved previously, LOCO throws his own DICE.

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    Seven eyewear pieces you need in your life

    Sunglasses not only provide shade to aid squinting at blinding sun rays. A pair can conceal your expression, a hangover, where your sight is currently lying, or should I say on whom.

    They are the ultimate face accessory. Over the years shapes and styles have been and gone, while some are everlastingly chic, others just had to go (ahem, adios aviators). Now we’re out of the Ray-Ban phase sunglass designers have upped their game to bring us contemporary and more importantly, killer products. 

    Following are seven showstopper shades for when that sun hits full blast.

     

     

    Yakbukey for Linda Farrow: Cherry Lips

    First up we have some pop art to cover your peepers. You get flirty and fun all in one with these shades. The loud glasses come in two colours, red and pink.

     

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    House of Holland: Pinky Promise

    Henry Holland's latest addition to his catchphrases onto eyewear series is a sure winner reading: 'There is more to me than meets the eye'. The marble effect frame and mirrored lens also give them a special touch.

     

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    Markus Lupfer: Flower Acetate Squared Sunglasses 

    Daisy flowers take centre stage in these glasses. Borderline novelty, but they can still be rocked every day. These come in black and pink, and also in a star design instead to see out of.

     

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    Quay Australia: Fleur

     
    A must feature would be some winged cat-eye shaped glasses as they are extremely complimentary. On these, the frame has a cool geometric design and the vibrant lenses in either pink or blue make life look like Instagram.

     

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    Shanghai Tang: Dark Tortoiseshell Mirror Sunglasses 
     
    While most the attention is on the eyebrow style, the bright lens and classic tortoise shell pattern completes the strong look. For a more toned down choice, check the Leonard style from Illesteva, which comes in at a lower price point of £122.

     

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    ASOS: Round glasses with sliced bottom
     
    Thick rimmed round glasses but with a twist of a straight edged bottom. Rounded glasses are best suited to angular faces, although the only fashion rule that should be followed is that rules are for breaking.

     

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    Christian Dior: So Real
     
    The suspended arched frame is the focal point, giving a more avant-garde feel to the otherwise classic style. They come in a range of colours, and the clear silver is the top pick for its minimalism and versatility.
     
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    Techno Heroes 25 January 2016 | Comments (0)

    HOUSE EVERY WEEKEND

    Na mate, all about techno every weekend. Wouldn’t say no on a weekday either. For those searching for artists to save/reap their soul next weekend, look no further... 

    Stephan Bodzin

    Grand Producer

    You can rely on this guy to produce the results. Classically trained musician dropped ‘Singularity’ on Life and Death, also featured on his third album Powers Of Ten, and DJs everywhere just couldn’t get enough.

    Go see Stephan reproduce his productions live in San Francisco at Public Works on April 29th.

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    KiNK

    Performer

    The least lethal of the lot. KiNK exudes style and grace. KiNK translates his music adventures via drum machines, synthesisers and decks in live shows all year round. Remaking his melodic stand-out track ‘Cloud Generator’ again & again.

    Scheduled in KiNK's packed live show calendar is taking to the slopes at a ski resort in his homeland Bulgaria for Horizon Festival in mid March.

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    Mind Against

    Knights

    Their armour shines and they have an inventory of dangerous weaponry and bombtastic tunage. Thanks to the discography they’ve built, their sets this summer were explosive, especially during the ENTER closing party. 

    Attendees to Awakenings in Manchester on February 6th can witness Mind Against close Room X at Victoria Warehouse.

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    Rødhåd 

    Slayer 

    It’s no secret that Rødhåd won over countless bodies and minds to the moody yet groovy sounds last year. His hypnotic sets are telling of an imminent Dystopian future where the drums are thrashing.

    Come February 27th Rødhåd will be bringing his evolving DJ set to London club fabric as they team up with Resident Advisor for the Saturday evening.

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    Makam

    Chameleon

    Makam tried his hand at UK Funky on ‘What Ya Doin’ in 2013, before some bass house with ‘loleatta’. Then in March 'A Night at Trouw’ stole every techno heart. The EP and single a tribute to the Amsterdam club which closed down, that he’d resided at.

    Makam joins one of the ample number of stages at DGTL Festival in Amsterdam, commencing on March 25th, with himself playing on Sunday.

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