I wrote a piece about the use of field recordings in some of the best electronic releases from the past year (thinly veiled way of talking about how much better things turn out when we build bridges between different communities, at a time when so many people in power seem intent on doing the opposite…).
Also meant I had the pleasure of interviewing George Thompson A.K.A. Black Merlin, Nabihah Iqbal A.K.A. Throwing Shade and my good friend Dan Mitchell, who runs Island Of The Gods Recordings.
You can read the feature here.
Another FvF feature from back in December, but one I want to highlight because it’s probably the piece I’m most proud of when I look back over the last twelve months. I spent an incredible, inspiring, windswept, rain-soaked day with Amy and Daniel the photographer in and around Amy’s Hampstead home.
Read the feature here.
FvF snuck this out over Christmas when I was preoccupied with the beaches of Bali… I chatted with James Brown, the owner of Hostem who I’ve known for some years now, and John Alexander Skelton, the current darling of new menswear designers who I’ve known for many, many more years than that. It was a great chance to go beyond the usual cliches most profiles of ‘concept stores’ get bogged down in and chat about the great community Hostem is fostering under the radar.
Read the feature here.
Mr Porter were nice enough to give me a new monthly column to talk about whatever bits and pieces of culture I feel like, around a particular topical theme.
The first went live on Friday, ‘inspired’ in part by a certain inauguration taking place that day (albeit with some of my more forceful statements tactfully edited out…)
Read the piece here.
As is no doubt apparent from a cursory scroll through my site, things got rather hectic in the latter months of 2016… I was lucky enough to be overwhelmed with stimulating work for both incredible brands and some of my favourite publications. Rather than flood this section of my site with everything I published I thought I decided – in keeping with the general flood of listicles at this time of year – to do a general roundup of the pieces that I’m most proud of from the past 12 months.
You can read that roundup here, featuring work seen in i-D magazine, Vice, Freunde Von Freunden and Protein.
2016 was my first year of writing full time for a living – I’m frequently overflowing with words but will never have enough to convey my thanks to everyone who played a part in making it possible.
Spent an amazing day with the architect Asif Khan – who was recently commissioned to design the new Museum Of London at Smithfield Market – wandering around his (and my!) home neighbourhood of Hackney.
We discussed his relationship with London, his recent LDF installation and his ideas for future living: an inspiring vision built on continuous collaboration and inclusive communities. Both of which feel like they’re needed now more than ever…
One of the things I love about the work I do for Freunde Von Freunden is how little the commercial partners (in this case BMW/Mini) interfere with the creative side of things. You have a real opportunity to write something you’re proud of – something that doesn’t merely hit whatever points a company’s marketing team have dreamed up.
Read the piece on Freunde Von Freunden here.
I wrote two pieces recently for Vice which you can find on the electronic music-focused section of their site, Thump.
The first is an interview with Greg Belson and old friend Nick The Record – a springboard for exploring the strong connections atheists so often have with spiritual/gospel music.
The second is just in time for Halloween – I curated a playlist of genuinely terrifying songs and a playlist of fun, camp dancefloor songs with a horror theme…
I try to squeeze in pitches for this sort of article wherever I can between branding projects and larger scale commissions – they’re such a joy to write and indulge my failed-dj desires to impose my music collection upon a wider audience…!
Read my piece on gospel disco here.
Read about and listen to my Halloween playlists here.