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Following Vitalic’s recent LP ‘Flashmob’, ‘Poison Lips’ and a brand new track ‘Bluesy Tuesday’ have been packaged into an EP release. ‘Poison Lips’ is reminiscent of ‘Ok Cowboy’ content with some plucky disco bass. ‘Bluesy Tuesday’ is something a little new, it sounds like Vitalic with a sprinkle of Boy 8-Bit. Magnificent!

Vitalic – Bluesy Tuesday (Preview) [BUY]

Fan’s of Four Tet will be excited to hear that a new album is due for release on January 25th 2010. ‘There Is Love In You’ will be his fifth LP following nearly a five year span since Everything Ecstatic. A teaser track, ‘Love Cry’, was recently released as a super limited 12″ record. In addition to this Joy Orbison and Roska have produced remixes, which are set to be released on November 23rd. Here’s Joy’s version.

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I was getting my hair cut last week and this song came on the radio. Little did I know whilst listening to it that Riton & Primary 1 had collaborated again. Splendid saxophone sounding synths, pitch bend pleasure and light hearted video.

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Get A Room! is a brand new project by Rove Dogs and Jeff Lasson. Their initial three productions, as released on the ‘Small Time Cuts Vol.2′ EP, are re-edits of songs from the 80′s.

First is an instrumental edit of ‘Valery Allington’s – Stop’. An italo disco song brought right up to date with new drum and keyboard additions, bongo delight. Third is taken from a french movie Soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone, piano madness.

Get A Room! – The Valery Stop
Get A Room! – Dreamer

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more….to dream all the time.” Marcel Proust

French is a London based illustrator, known for his dark and often macabre drawings. Sourcing inspiration from his two greatest loves, Skateboarding and Death Metal, French’s work has taken him across the globe showcasing his talents in London, the USA, Denmark, France, Israel and Australia.

His Latest show “Blood Oath” at the Archipelago Works in Sheffield has so far received an overwhelming positive response, proving to the critics that he’s a talent to look out for in the future.

I recently met up with the man at his latest (and fantastic) show to talk about Skulls, Heavy Metal and London Pricks!

Tell us about you current show “Blood Oath” at the Archipelago Works?
The theme for this show is skulls, we’ve produced 12 different screen prints all of which are skull related and will be available exclusively through the gallery.

How have you managed to make each piece in this show feel unique despite the very specific theme?
I’m total fascinated by skulls. Their are so many different variations you can do on  one subject that will stop an exhibition from being repetitive. So even though the theme is specific I’m only limited by my imagination.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?
People like to fit me into the whole “Street Art/Skate Art” thing because i design skate decks but I’m an illustrator, that’s how i make a living. I don’t really know anything about street art or graffiti and am not particularly interested in whats going on today, i do however like all the old Santa-Cruz graff from like 20 years ago.

How would you normally start a new piece, would you approach a logo different to how you would a sketch or drawing?
I treat every piece i do as a sketch or a drawing, no matter who or what the piece is for. If, for example, i was asked to produce a logo, i would treat the letters as an illustration so the end result will look like a picture rather then a logo or a load of letters.

Did you study illustration at collage of university?
I have a degree in fine art, not illustration. That’s something I’ve taught myself, drawing and learning how to use computers to produce pieces.

Do you listen to music while you work, if so who are your favorites?
Oh so many, i grew up listening to Death Metal, in fact I’ve just got back from a metal festival in Helsinki. My favorite bands of all time would be Revenge, Bolt thrower, Blasphemy and Ozzy to name a few.

Who are you favorite artists?
I’m really into Derrick D’Beck and Murdock Stafford, his work is all skulls and stuff. As for more “classical art” i really like the work of Goya. I recently bought a book by an artist called “Bruegel” which is full of pictures of Hell and people being eaten by demons.

Would you say you were more influenced by the classic stuff?
Yeah, defiantly. I’m heavily influenced by dark religious art. I like pieces to have a lot going on in them.

Is their any kind of art you really dislike?
I can’t stand bland art, shit that looks like it could be selling in Ikea you know. It’s so non-offensive it’s offensive!

You’ve done a fair bit of commissioned work for Modular Records and other advertising agencies, how is the work process for a client different from private work?
The first time you work for someone it can be difficult, but once you’ve built-up a relationship both parties will know what works and what doesn’t work.

Would you let someone change your work if they were dissatisfied?
It would really depend on how big the change is, for example i recently designed a T-Shirt for the band WolfMother which had a crow sitting on a skull. the record label suggested that i changed the crow to a hawk to make the piece seem more 70′s looking. Small changes like that I’m fine with but you should be careful because whoever pays for a commission can have a huge influence on how a piece turns out.

Have you ever worked in 3D?
No, I’ve never made sculptures or anything like that. I’ve got a friend whose a fashion designer, he owns a little shop on Carnaby Street in London. I’m gonna be designing some belt buckles with him. My first design is a gas mask with horns coming out of it.

Are you living in London at the moment?
Yeah, with my girlfriend.

What do you both think about the illustration and art scene down their?
(French) I’ve done stuff with Stolen Space Gallery and have friends who exhibit in the capitol frequently, i always go to their shows but i feel separate from the London thing, East London especially is full of “Jazzy Cunts”

(Frenches Girlfriend) To be honest sometimes people can take themselves to seriously but their is a great art scene in  i can’t lie. East London can be very pretentious, French will go to his friends show but can’t stand the whole “trend” thing, he doesn’t suck up to anyone. If what the London galleries wanted matched what French wanted then he would do more shows there.

The prints featured in this interview are exclusively available through The Archipelago Works, there are twelve prints in total, six single colour and six multi-colour, all in an edition of six (666)!

To see more work by French (including his skate videos) you can follow his blog here.

Since first discovering Ital Tek (known to some as Alan) within the vast vaults of London’s Scala at spin off The Synergy Project’s hidden treasure night Future Music, the arena of dubstep and advanced electronic music has never looked the same. Immediately nestled within the ethereal plane of sound that washed over me, I was transformed beyond all measure of expectation, gently resonating with the inner workings of a fantastical musical structure. Then, in a surprisingly immediate and direct contrast to this world, entered the reality of surgical sword precision-like drums and an underworld of flowing, throbbing bass, effortlessly balancing the entirity of the track into a poignant internal dance music.

This was eighteen months ago, and since that moment I have saught after and followed everything that was to follow and sure enough late last month I found the latest release that I’d been yearning for. The EP titled Mako, surely recognised by some as the industrialised energy source in Final Fantasy VII’s Midgar, is another step forward for the Brighton(!) based producer.

The Mako EP containing four tracks is his first release on the Atom River label, and they’re all nothing short of his unique ultrasound that I have come to expect from his talent. The first song, carrying the same title as that of the EP, is a sweet reintroduction to a more electronic and climactic production stance, where as before he has quite comfortably kept an arrangement of captivating, highly rhythmic and dark atmospheric dubstep sound. Short and sweet, the highly complex layers of harmonising melodic energy are highly addictive and feature his trademark sweeping and diverse range of drum patterns. With mastery, Ital Tek continues to create other-worldly electronic music, that thankfully represents within a genre of underground popular music, too easily tainted with brutal, jaw shattering bass. Let us hope that he continues to take up the Buster Sword for a while longer!

The Mako EP featuers three other songs, entitled Chemical Temple, Manhatten and Topaz and can be purchased here.

Ital Tek’s debut album ’Cyclical’ was released on Planet Mu records in May 2008.

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Conrad Shawcross has been one of my favorite artists ever since I first came across him whilst studying at university. Although he is fairly famous for his light machines, I remember looking at a piece of work called ‘The Nervous System’ which was being shown at the Saatchi Gallery and i was massively bowled over. It was a large contraption weaving coloured rope into a double helix (the shape of DNA), and it produced something like 20,000 metres of this a week. It was just super.

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I was amazed at an artist fusing together these wonderful mechanical contraptions with science, something i wanted to achieve, but didnt quite have the knowledge to do!!

I then went to go and see his work ‘The Steady States’ at the Victoria Miro gallery, and it was even more fantastic than just seeing the images and reading the fluff about it. So since then i have been waiting eagerly for his next piece of work and finally its here!! But unfortunately i found out abit too late to see it (you needed to book tickets) and it finished yesterday! RUBBISH!!!!

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But still Shawcross has excelled himself whilst creating ‘Chord’. ‘Chord’ has been comissioned by Measure and is situated in Holborn. Its actually been built in Kingsway tram subway on Southampton Row, an underground tunnel which has been disused and closed to the public since 1952. He has completely utilised this space by building two machines that run up and down the tracks of the old tube station. As they go up and down the tracks, they are weaving a mass of chord, hence the name. Because of the location of the work, only 20 people are allowed to go view it at any one time, and they  go for an hour tour along the tracks. It almost like going to see a wild beast in its natural habitat.

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Hopefully some art god like Saatchi will buy the machines so I can get the chance to see them. If you want a bit more of Shawcross you can head to the Victoria Miro website who represent him.

Have a good evening.

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My friends in architecture design unit A at Oxford Brookes University have been producing artefacts that abstractly embody their manifestos as architects and are then required to sell them in a marketplace, thus selling themselves and their ideas. The featured work belongs to Chloe Dawber and is for sale on eBay (via the link below).

“Long before Derrida and deconstruction, the Talmud said quite sagely, ‘We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are’” - Elizabeth Wurtzel

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The artefact as small as the human hand embodies Chloe’s manifesto, which seeks to remind people of the surrounding natural phenomena that they are inherently part of, in turn attempting to recreate a lost sense of ownership and responsibility.

Recycled man made “pure” materials such as steel, tin and copper, extracted from nature’s raw materials, were de-galvanised through sanding and soaking in an acetic acid to reveal the vulnerability below. The materials were then carefully crafted into a pattern which hints at the order within nature.

Placed within the exterior built environment and exposed to the natural elements the artefact will continue to rust and erode, quietly contrasting with our constructed fake environment and gradually leaving its imprint on the paper below as a record of the process and a lasting reminder of the fragility which surrounds us.

BID ON EBAY

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Julian Callos is a Los Angeles based artist who creates beautiful dreamy water coloured illustrations full of flexible limbed humans and water washed backgrounds. His unique style has led him to exhibit widely across the globe from San Francisco to London, building an  impressive and consistantly brilliant portfolio of sculptures and paintings.

Julian is one of those artists who never produces a bland piece of work, I absolutely love everything he’s done so far and cannot wait for his next show over here in the UK. Julian recently took time out from his extremly busy scedual to answer our questions, heres what the talented young artist had to say:

You regularly blog ideas and early sketches of your work; how close do your finished pieces match what you aimed to achieve in you mind?

It really depends on the project…sometimes my final piece, after various stages of sketches and revisions, is completely different from what I had originally conceived in my mind. Other times I’ll come up with an idea that I’m happy with from the very beginning and just stick with it through the entire process. I just try to make sure that my final sketch is something that I would enjoy turning into a finished painting, regardless of whether or not that sketch was exactly what I had in mind in the beginning.

How long has it taken you to develop your style to where it is today?

Well I’ve been drawing ever since I was about three years old, and my style has evolved throughout the years along with changes in what inspires me, what interests me, etc. I guess what you see now has mostly been developed in the past couple years in college. I’ve really tried to take all the inspirations I’ve had in the past and the present — cartoons, comics, pop culture — and mash them up into my own thing. I’m still learning new things all the time, though; my tastes are changing, different things are starting to inspire me…I think these changes will certainly influence my work, as change has always done.

What is your typical work process and what conditions do you work under? Do you like to draw and paint to music for example?

I love to work while music is playing. Sometimes I’ll work with the TV on in the background, or with a movie playing. Other times I’ll work in complete silence. It really just depends on my mood.

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Looking on inprint.com i noticed that you will sell any one print in a varity of sizes and prices. How important do you think it is to make your art accessible and affordable to everyone?

I think accessibility and affordability, especially in this economy, is very important. And it seems like art prints are a good market these days…It’s nice to own something by an artist, but not everyone can afford an original, so it’s pretty cool when you can buy a print.

What has had the biggest influence on your work recently?

Recently I’ve been looking to a lot of indie comics for inspiration. Pen/brush and ink stuff. You can create such beautiful lines with a brush; combine that with bold colors and lots of contrast and you’ve got a stunning piece of art to look at.

One thing i’ve noticed from reading comments on blogs and various sites is how impressed the audiance is with your ability to create soft movement in your pieces. Do you have any plans of creating an amimation?

Actually when I was younger I wanted to be an animator because I love cartoons, but I never really pursued developing that particular set of skills. I’d love to see my characters in motion, though!

Do you have any exhibitions planned for the near future, either as a group show or on your own?

I’m in a few shows in different galleries coming up before the end of the year. Off the top of my head there’s a group show with Black Maria Gallery in Los Angeles called “Skip the Mall,” as well as “Paper Pushers” at Gallery 1988 San Francisco. If you follow my blog (http://juliancallos.blogspot.com/) I’ll keep you updated on any and all shows I’ll be participating in. And I’m hoping to have my own website up soon, so look out for that as well.

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You can check out more of Julians work at: http://www.society6.com/studio/juliancallos/