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Created to promote The Sydney International Food Festival last year. Brilliant concept by WHYBIN/TBWA, Sydney, Australia to use the iconic foods of each country to recreate its flag.

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The relentless reputation of the French when it comes to mixing/dropping the illest electronic tracks with utter fluency is once again reinforced with this fresh new banger. Jamaica, the Parisian duo formerly known as Poney Poney, recently released ‘I Think I Like U 2’ off their upcoming debut album, produced by Xavier de Rosnay (of Justice) and mastered by Peter Franco (sound engineer, worked on Daft Punk’s ‘Alive 2007’). The quality of the french  sound/production is immediately apparent in the track as is the talent and appeal of Jamaica’s Antoine Hilaire (vocals/guitar) and Florent Lyonnet (bass/vocals) who are currently working on finishing up the album with Rosnay and Franco.
 
 


Dubstep is making massive waves in the UK and is finally starting to garner some attention on this side of the pond.  And the latest U.K breakout dubstep artist/producer Rusko has gone in on Tupac’s California love, and by gone in I mean he has taken the best part of the song which is “Roger Troutman’s talk-box verse “California love” and turned it into a banger. Though not your typical dubstep track it definitely shows the growth in the genre in terms of adopting new styles and elements. It still retains the essence of a 2tep/dubstep track which is the dark bassline. For once I wish I was from Cali so I can sing along to this with pride.

 


In Michael Wolf’s “Architecture of Density” series he documents the complex urban dynamics of Hong Kong, one the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world. In his vibrantly colorful interpretation of the graphic architectural scapes he has created a beautiful swatch book of palettes. Palettes drawn directly from the highest density of civilization, a true indication that inspiration is all around us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The success of electro-pop phenomenon Hot Chip is no mystery. The English group composed of Alexis Taylor (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Joe Goddard (vocals, synths, percussion), Al Doyle (guitar, vocals), Owen Clarke (synths, guitar) and Felix Martin (percussion), has in the past decade established themselves as perhaps one of the most innovative and unique acts in music. Their eccentric approach to making music has not only redefined their own genre but also somehow transcended the barriers of genre and planted inspiration in all corners of the music world. Although Trendland previously featured Hot Chip in February, I couldn’t help but share this track with you all.
“I Feel Bonnie” is a collaborative remix of Hot Chip’s single “I Feel Better” between Hot Chip and Nashville folk/country musician Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (aka Will Oldham). The seven minute long piece is more a musical journey than a song, and the genius of Hot Chip is made obvious by their insane ability of making seven minutes seem like so much less.


 


 “I am on a 24hr champagne diet”











                              



In a world where people appreciate good design everywhere, cool mini hotel rooms are the latest ‘it’ trend. In Tokyo, the  Capsule Inn exemplifies the bare-essentials hotel rooms for brief use, and similar concepts are popping up at airports, train stations and downtowns around the world, replacing and mimicking the “day rooms” already existing at many airports.




Taking the next step in rest and space efficiency, Russia’s Arch Group designed the SleepBox. 
 


Logorama from Marc Altshuler - Human Music on Vimeo.


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Erykah Badu’s sixth album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) was released yesterday and one of the instant stand outs is the message laden and immediately controversial “Window Seat.” The song in it’s self is smooth, easy, soulful, and insightful. The majority of the controversy stems from the accompanying music video. The music video was “shot guerrilla style” in one take and captures her walking along a Dallas, Texas, sidewalk stripping off her clothes until she is eventually naked. Suddenly a shot rings out as the song ends and Badu falls to the ground close to the site where John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


The track “Move For Me” is a collaboration between Kaskade and Toronto native Deadmua5 (Joel Thomas Zimmerman ), two of the most illuminating names in house music. I think it perfectly reflects the potential that house music has to not only move you physically but also on an emotional level with it’s climactic progressions and infectious vocals. The production is top notch and in the right mood and surrounding the potency is infinite.



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