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July 25, 2014

We Are Shining: Hot Love

Going Rogue on the Streets of London With Model-of-the-Moment Adwoa Aboah

Freckled beauty Adwoa Aboah loses herself to the beat-scattered, gospel blues of We Are Shining in their video for new single "Hot Love," directed by Simon Cahn. The London-based outfit made up of Morgan Zarate and Acyde, garnered attention with an early release on Young Turks (as The Shining), while their recent collaboration with breakout singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle, “Killing,” made waves with a flinch-inducing viral video capturing a dancer seemingly unaware of throwing knives narrowly missing her head. "There's a lot of experimental Afro, Latin and European music from the late 1960s to 1980s," Zarate and Acyde say of their current playlists. "In terms of production it's about putting yourself in another world and getting the music to sound like that place." Following a cosmic mix tape, Devileyes, today's ecstatic video by the Parisian filmmaker comes ahead of the duo's debut album out later this year on Marathon Artists. Its free-spirited protagonist Aboah, who has fronted campaigns for H&M and Henry Holland and is the daughter of Camilla Lowther and Charles Aboah, makes the ultimate muse. "I wanted her to be almost like Juliette Binoche in Lovers on the Bridge, which isn’t an easy thing to pull off," says Cahn.

"Hot Love" is released on Marathon Artists on September 8.

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The Acid: Basic Instinct

The Shadowy Trio Enlists Filmmaker Dugan O’ Neal and Art Troupe WIFE For a Spellbinding Music Video

The otherworldly movements of Los Angeles dance outfit WIFE cast a meditative spell over The Acid’s synaesthetic music video from filmmaker Dugan O’ Neal and the band’s Ry X. The Acid have so far built up a following as an anonymous totem of haunting vocals and dismembered electronics, but are today revealed as the LA-based singer-songwriter Ry X, Team Supreme collaborator and veteran electronic artist Steve Nalepa and Grammy-nominated British dance producer and DJ Adam Freeland. “I have always felt very connected to aesthetics in line with music—they are part of each other and the whole,” says Ry X of the singular audio-visual vision for this new musical collaboration. “When we came up with the idea for the video, we brought WIFE into the fold before all else.” Captured against the dramatic backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains at the end of last year, WIFE’s Kristen Leahy, Jasmine Albuquerque and Gabriella Vincenza Cataldo star as the choreographers, performers and costume designers of “Basic Instinct”. “I love creating visually dramatic narratives, but the one through line is a subtle sense of surrealism or magic,” says O’Neal, whose varied work joins the dots between web comedy series L.A Rangers and music promos for TV On The Radio, The Glitch Mob and Ellie Goulding. “Ry really pushed to make it as simple as possible and let the song be the narrative. It definitely reignited my relationship with music videos.”

Can you tell us about the serendipitous genesis of the band?
The Acid:
Ry X and Adam had known each other for years before we made an unlikely reconnection in Los Angeles. Steve and Adam already had a studio session booked just hours after. We all followed the flow of the synchronistic timing and jumped in.

What is your musical approach?
It can be a hard thing to strip something to its core. Musically, some people tend to be afraid of space, they want to put a lot of things in to hear it bigger and better. Most of the time, allowing space for the critical elements makes them much more potent.

How about the visuals for “Basic Instinct”?
We birthed the concept in the first days of being in the studio together, inspired by the photos that our friend Toby Burrows made for his Fallen series. From there it was a collaboration and the process took care of itself.

The Acid EP is released April 14 on Infectious Music and The Acid's live debut is London's Chat's Palace March 31 

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Petit Fantôme: L

Rosanna Webster and Charlie Sheppard's Archive Collage Accompanies the French Touch Renaissance Man's Poignant Track

“It’s a take on the extreme and feverish phases of love and heartbreak,” says artist and designer Rosanna Webster of the panoply of forgotten film excerpts that she and fellow creative Charlie Sheppard shaped into a dream-logic music video for Petit Fantôme’s lovelorn track “L”. “We gleaned the footage from a huge bank of amazing, beautiful and somewhat bizarre copyright-free material online. The task really was editing down and being selective as we trawled though reams of film, the highlight being some early how-to dating guides.” Inspired by internet art trailblazer Rafaël Rozendaal as much as Dada-era photographer and collagist Erwin Blumenfeld, the pair have also created an interactive version of the video, premiering here on the site of Petit Fantôme, AKA Pierre Loustaunau. The Bordeaux-based musician releases a new album with his full-time band François and the Atlas Mountains in March, before touring France with Metronomy in April under his solo guise. “Charlie and Rosanna totally matched the sentiment of the song,” he says of today's video. “The track tells a love story between two people with complex personalities, and they found the romance, poetry and longing that I was looking for.”

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