The Nordic Pairing’s Dark Disco Fuels a Luminous Imagination
Neon waves of post-punk disco ebb and flow over homages to 1980s screen classics in the video for “TNR” by Kasper Bjørke featuring Jaakko Eino Kalevi. “I have always been a sucker for producers like Vangelis and Giorgio Moroder, who both made brilliant soundtracks to some of my favorite movies around that time,” says Danish artist Bjørke. “I was lucky to work with my dear friend Kurt Uenala, who co-wrote the latest Depeche Mode album and that had an influence on the overall sound.” Finnish pop experimentalist Kalevi’s androgynous vocal haunts the shadowy club track, taken from Bjørke’s forthcoming album, After Forever. “I think that Jaakko is one of the most interesting acts to come out of the Nordic countries in a long time,” says Bjørke, who enlisted Amsterdam’s Alpaca Animations to conjure visuals pooled from Miami Vice and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video among other references. “It turned out though that both Kasper and us were big fans of David Hockney and Tron,” explain Alpaca’s founders, David Lamain and Martine Rademakers of the roots of the video’s inspiration. “We took big felt pens and started drawing; the camera captured the ink leaking through the paper, and we combined it with stop-motion and puppet elements.”
“TNR” is taken from Kasper Bjørke's forthcoming album After Forever released September 22 on HFN Music
Backstage at Coachella with Harlem's Most-Wanted Hip-Hop Mobster
“Trap Lord, The Fergenstein, Dark Caesar Line, Egyptian God”—A$AP Ferg fires off his roll call of pseudonyms in Wrinkled $ilks, Barbara Anastacio’s energetic short filmed at Coachella 2014. Like his A$AP Mob clan-mate Rocky, Ferg is a lot of things to a lot of people: party starter, a fashion icon, a pierced-eyed purist and vibe machine. “Trap Lord is like the gritty, grime-conscious hood person and Hood Pope is like the person who comes out of the hood with all the hope in the world,” says Ferg. “I look at Obama as a Hood Pope.” His debut LP Trap Lord is a hallmark modern age hip-hop moment: all slow-mo vocals, builds, drops, fizzing high-hats and rumbling 808 basslines. The sartorially focused artist’s latest project sees him modeling London menswear designer Astrid Andersen’s summer streetwear collection for Topman. “I’m continuing the legacy of my father Darold; he did the Bad Boy logo and helped [Def Jam co-founder] Russell Simmons with his Phat Farm line,” says Harlem native Ferg, who launched the Devoni Clothing line in 2005. “Fashion is important to any rapper. It’s like seeing yourself as the person you think you are. The clothes give you the hope, so you can turn into whichever superhero you want to turn into.”
Sparks Fly for Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010
The sequined tailoring of Dolce & Gabbana’s triumphant spring 2010 menswear collection glistens against the sunrise in Belgian filmmaker and fashion photographer Pierre Debusschere’s new film for AnOther Man, featuring 23-year-old British actor Robert Sheehan (star of UK TV series Misfits and upcoming films Killing Bono and Season of the Witch). Conceiving the short movie as a “hyper-real” celebration of Dolce & Gabbana’s bold spring statements, Debusschere enjoyed hours of alchemic experimentation shooting in north London’s Spring Studios, where he and Sheehan got creative with sputtering firecrackers, smoke bombs, strobes, and brilliant, emerald-hued lasers. Phosphorescent and dramatic, the film is a fitting showcase for the shiny surfaces and grand Italian opulence of the clothes, which the designers describe as a manifestation of “extreme beauty.” Helping to set the otherworldly tone is an explosive instrumental soundtrack by Australian experimental rock band Pivot. The film is accompanied by a still photo story in the new AnOther Man, out March 18.