Ryan Hemsworth might be one of the fastest rising DJs and remixers in the game. The 22 year old producer certainly has his own style and sound. As opposed to the multitudes of heavily-layered, over manipulated trap-house artists, his style lends more to the shoe-gazing, half speed beats. He redid Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You” with snappier drums and a heavier melody. And, quite excellently, redid the TFIB favorite “Open” by Rhye into a heavier, speedier club jam. And for me, his mix for Diplo & Friends has been one of the better mixes of 2013, combining ambient, ethereal, and dubtrapr™ like few can.
Yet it seems like his remix of “Genesis” by Grimes might be one of the few tracks of this year to get the idea of a remix right. Upon initial listen, the track feels like a swirling reduction of Grimes’ iconic piano lines, her voice phased down to smack against the bass. But the drums kick in, then, finally, the heavy harmony in the compressed synths. Splicing the lyrics into pieces, the echo-drenched “My heart” almost never leaves the mix. It’s a crystallization, a focused reinterpretation of one of the best songs of 2012. Just as good as good on the beach as it is on the dance floor.
More evidence that kids in other countries have it made: the Penleigh and Essendon School. Forget that the school is located in Australia, where I understand that every animal and insect is poisonous and where, I’m told, spiders can fly, architects McBride Charles Ryan have designed the project around two courtyards that resemble a warped infinity symbol in plan. In section, the architects have subtracted entrances from the mass of the school, lining the arching entryways with warm wood that contrasts the dark, glazed finish of the projects exterior.
Our first ever Re-Covered Film Poster contest was certainly an interesting experiment. My overall feeling about the contest was that a number of the posters turned out looking like book covers instead of a poster for a film. That might might have been my fault, I may not have been clear enough about my expectations, but that’s ok, it happens. I was still really excited by the quality of the submissions and think that it was totally a success.
I’m often drawn to vibrant artwork with figures that look less than happy to be posing on the canvas. It’s this mix of joyful color and slightly perturbed characters that makes Nakazawa Kana’s work so delightful. An artist and graphic designer from Japan, Kana recently graduated from Kyoto Seika University and continues to create works that bring to mind cantankerous adolescents and moments of smirking observation.
I love the work of Spanish illustrator Sergio Membrillas. Living and working in Valencia, Sergio has a strong and unique style. His colors hum brilliantly on the page, creating a soft and warm palette that contrasts perfectly with the strong and sharp lines that make up his images.
I discovered Sergio’s work after he contributed pictures to Beck’s illustrated song book Song Reader. Checking out his site you can see that he’s worked with a great variety of national and international clients including Die Zeit magazine, Human Empire and Random House.