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Deep Space Visits Brooklyn 4th of July with Francois K, King Britt, FaltyDL at Dekalb Market!

Tomorrow July 4th be prepared to celebrate your freedom to love all music. At Deep Space we take great liberty to explore a galaxy of music and mixing styles that have even the most remote connection to our almighty star of inspiration: planet dub. And while Deep Space is far from a dub party, we always pay our respect.

François K. tours worldwide for not only his soulful house dj sets, but also for his techno and dub mixes. He is revered as the co-creator of New York City’s legendary dance party Body&SOUL. Over the years he performed regularly at Paradise Garage, The Loft, Studio 54, Ministry of Sound, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, Roxy, Fabric, Berghain, and Tresor, to name a few. In great demand, François has gone into the studio to produce/remix recordings by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jimmy Cliff, Underworld, Eurythmics, Bunny Wailer, U2, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, the Smiths, Dido, Finley Quaye, Diana Ross, Cure, Mick Jagger, Fishbone, Talvin Singh, D Train, Erasure, Yazoo, Black Uhuru, Thomas Dolby, and Jah Wobble. In 2005 François was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Francois will live mix and dub out the live sax performance of ILHAN ERSAHIN, the creator and artistic guide for all things dubby, Middle Eastern, jazzy, sublime and truly crate-digging at the mecca we love called Nublu.

Based in Philadelphia, King Britt has been breaking the traditional boundaries and forging a unique path as a producer, musician, DJ, label boss and media revolutionary for over 20 years. King has always found a way to escape the strictures of any single category of music by working across genres such as deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech. King toured worldwide with Digable Planets – the Grammy award winning hip-hop fusion band. He produced Sylk130’s first album (ʻWhen The Funk Hits The Fanʼ) which sold half a million units through his own Ovum label. He has remixed for a diverse range of artists from Miles Davis, The OʼJays and Curtis Mayfield through to Macy Gray, Solange, Femi Kuti and Everything But The Girl and recently for Preservation Hall Jazz Ensemble feat. Mos Def, Glitch Mobb, Jay Haze and Dilouya.

The breakthrough with Brooklyn-based Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL’s tracks came when he dropped the tempo and allowed his beats to breathe, which found him a natural home on the British label Planet Mu, immersed in the possibilities of the dubstep underground. Centering on the rhythms of UK garage provided the key which unlocked Drew’s natural sense of the interconnectedness of electronic funk styles, the limber beat patterns allowing him to forward from UKG into dubstep space, back into NYC’s original garage and further back still towards disco. His the ‘Love Is A Liability’ album and ‘Bravery’ EP came just as the post-dubstep underground was becoming far more fluid, and his easy stylistic shifts provided the perfect bridge between the new garage of artists like Brackles and Geiom, the cosmic hip hop of LA and Glasgow, and those people who were falling in love with house music all over again.

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Festival Digest: May 28-June 1

Welcome to the Festival Digest, our new weekly column in which we give you the scoop on this week’s festival news, courtesy of our friends at Cultivora. Here’s what you missed…

Memorial Day Weekend saw not one, but two major festivals: Movement in Detroit, Michigan, covered by Rose Mardit (and for HiFi, Oliver Correa… pics coming soon), and Sasquatch! in George, Washington, covered by Laura Baker-Finch. Coverage will be posted through the weekend, so stay tuned for more.

Safa Jinje chatted with Club Cheval about their residency at the Paris Social Club for the second installment of Cultivora’s “Artists in Residence” series. And speaking of Paris, Marjana Jaidi stopped by the Levi’s Flagship Store on the Champs Élysées to check out their collaboration with James Murphy and Busy P.

Back in New York, Jason Rezvan and Marjana Jaidi ate their way through the inaugural edition of The Great GoogaMooga. Also in New York, New Music Seminar, which will take place at Webster Hall from June 17-19, has announced their first-ever festival.

Coming up… MUTEK is happening as we speak, and Bonnaroo will take place next weekend, from June 7-10.

Posted in Cultivora, Fashion, Festivals, Music News, Travel

HiFi Cartel Holiday Ho-Down TONIGHT

Join us tonight as HiFi gets in the festive spirit with a free ho-down on one of coolest dance-floors in NYC. We are very excited to bring along two of our favorite DJs, Ital & Jubilee, to spin tunes for the night!

ITAL (100% Silk/Not Not Fun/Planet Mu]
_Formerly on 100% Silk and freshly signed to UK electronic staple Planet Mu, Ital’s stock has risen tremendously in the past year, bringing an invigorating live show to Brooklyn and beyond. Before he makes an even bigger splash in 2012, we’ve invited him to play some records at our little get-together.

JUBILEE [Grizzly/Nightshifters]
_While Brooklyn’s bass sweetheart has moved to the sunny state of Florida, she’s always got a lot of love waiting for her here. We welcome back one of our favorite DJs for this special holiday one-off.

HiFi Cartel Residents


The awesome folks at THE MONOCLE ORDER are working with us to bring you the freshest perspective on a party. One half sunglass pop-up, one half burning man vibes, we are so thrilled to be housed under their roof!

THIS EVENT STARTS EARLY @ 8pm with a photobooth and designer sunglass mixer followed by wicked tunes for the night!


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Stepping Into the Creator’s Mind

“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.” Auguste Renoir

The Creators Project was the City’s best kept secret this past weekend. For those who are unaware, the Creators Project is an ongoing global arts and technology initiative created by Intel and Vice in order to support visionary artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expansion. The energy and intent behind this event was clear and successfully executed. Boundaries were pushed into unknown fields. Numerous exhibits visibly left participants lost for words and musical acts conjured tears of joy and appreciation.

Saturday was nothing less of a quintessential fall day. The abundance of joy from DUMBO’s sea of guests palpably radiated off their skin and into the cool October breeze. Vice and Intel had strategically planned out every underlining detail for the day. The crowd was the perfect size (you never had to wait in line for anything and could move around freely without ever feeling cramped), security was tight and on-point, all of the pop up spaces were flawless and original, VICE’s onsite team was hands on and helpful, and the event truly revolved around the art. A wrist band and email RSVP confirmation were required to attend the event (Saturday only). Once the blue band was secured, you were allowed to walk freely to and from the various buildings housing installations.

A few of photos from the galleries are displayed below, yet these mirrored images do not serve the sculptures justice. ORIGIN, for example, morphed into a glow in the dark rubix cube once the sun set in the sky. Hundreds of participants were found laying down on the floor of the installation, absorbing the vibrations of the sounds and looking into the sky of changing colors. ORIGIN is open through the 23rd of the month, we urge you to go check it out! The musical shows we were able to catch moved us beyond words. The archway was a treat of venue- hosting a very European, outdoor and natural aroma. The shape the arch created its own echo and captured lingering sound beautifully. The masterminds behind the soundboards knew how the manipulate this as A$AP ROCKY + CLAMS CASINO, Four Tet, and Florence + the Machine all hailed high from the stage.

This was one of the most put together, well organized, and artfully mesmerizing events I had experienced in a long while. Click here to check out the full photo gallery here. We can not thank VICE and Intel enough for the opportunity to be part of the Creators Project and we can’t wait for next year!

R&Dazzle is an asymmetrical, graphically camouflaged structure that hides within it an inverted kaleidoscope of color and fractured light. Using simple materials like wood and paper in their constructions, SOFTlab pioneered a new design practice that is perfectly in step with the future.

DISKINECT: By Team Diskinect
DisKinect explores the disconnect that exists between virtual and physical reality. Using a hacked Kinect controller, users contral a four-foot puppet suspended in mid-air. The puppet mirrors the user’s movements in an imperfect symbolic gesture that references the way our digital representations take on lives of their own.

SIX-FOURTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY By: Zigelbaum + Coelho
What if pixels could break free from the confines of the screen and into our physical environment? That’s the idea behind Six-Forty by Four- Eighty, an interactive lighting installation composted of magnetic, physical pixels. The pixels change color in response to touch and communicate with each other using the body as a conduit for digital information.

STRATA #4 By: Quayola
Quayola’s Strata series studies the visual language of classical paintings and architecture , using custom software to analyze and deconstruct the improbable tensions and collisions existing between the old and new. In this multi-channel immersive video installation Strata #4, he takes inspiration from works of Flemish masters like Rubens and Van Dyck, creating an unlikely harmonious dialogue between classic and digital aesthetics.

ORIGIN By: United Visual Artists, with music from Scanner
Origin is UVA’s latest work in a year-long project from The Studio, which begin with the re-design of Coachella’s main stage. There, UVA presented a moving mass of light, metal, and sound, before transforming the same sculpture into two more forms. Now, they present a 30-foot audio-visual cubic lattice- the largest interactive work they’ve ever created.

SOIL By: Cantoni +Crescenti
Soil is a multi-paneled seesaw from Brazilian Creators Cantoni + Crescenti. The piece is a reactive, aluminum floor installation composed of 50 planes that undulate as you walk across, throwing your world off-kilter. The duo custom design every component of their interactive projects-from nuts of bolts-creating pieces that are stunning to both see and physically experience.

Chairlift performing at the Archway.

A$AP Rocky + Clams Casino performing at the Archway.

The packed crowd at the Archway during Fourtet.

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Stop The Virgens: A Psycho Opera Co-Created By Karen O

Murmurs starting surfacing of Karen O’s psycho opera, Stop The Virgens, a few months back. However, details were kept to a minimum leaving curious imaginations to run wild. Karen O, best known as the front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and her for audacious fashion statements, has never been shy when it comes to expressing her true self. Musically, she has received Grammy and MTV VMA nominations for her work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs,  scored tracks for feature films Where the Wild Things Are and Jackass, and played alongside Bjork, The White Stripes, and The Strokes. But does she have what it takes to make a successful opera? This traditional classical music genre is rarely depicted in the main stream. Yet, the standard definition of an opera is ‘an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text and a musical score’.

Of course she has what it takes to make this perform piece phenomenal. Karen’s partner in crime, Christian Joy, is responsible for creating the costumes for the show. Her designs are imaginative, inspiring, and make you wish you could take a walk through his brain just to get a glimpse of how she views the world.

Karen stated: I have a pretty good idea of what the psycho opera is about but I wouldn’t dare try and put it into my clumsy words. I’m hoping to create an original live experience, it should feel like a psychedelic ride laced with catharsis. There is emotional cost to our narrative so we’re aiming to engage the audience, this piece isn’t aiming to be all about spectacle or abstraction though there is good helping of both in the production. It’s aiming to have all the good stuff of escapist entertainment with a few sucker punches to the gut along the way. I’m in the camp that needs to discover and take risks, sometimes it’s with the promise of something special and new, sometimes it’s to stay awake, either way it’s much more stressful with all the uncertainty but worth the pain in the end.

Stop The Virgens has been described as “an assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs”. The psycho opera is being produced by The Creators Project and will be taking place October 12-22 at Saint Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. Tickets start at $45. Click here to purchase tickets.

Co-created by Karen O & KK Barrett
Music Direction by Sam Spiegel & Nick Zinner
Directed by Adam Rapp

Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor

Choreography by Mariangela Lopez
Choir Direction by Debra Barsha
Costume Design by Christian Joy
Make Up and Hair design by Mike Potter
Projection Design by Darrel Maloney
Lighting Design by Keith Parham
Sound Design by Andres Velasquez

Posted in Art, Editorial, Events, Extracurricular, Fashion, Film, Travel, Up & Coming

Fool’s Gold Opening: N° 536

Last Friday afternoon, heavy rain clouds were pulling the sky down, far below my 26th floor office window, casting a black shadow over Times Square. I was sitting at my desk, praying the rain would hold off for just a few more hours, or better yet, hoping it wouldn’t touch down in Brooklyn. A few days ago, HiFi had received an email inviting us to the opening of No 536, Fool’s Gold’s first retail store. Luckily, I was the one who had the pleasure of attending the event. As the clock struck 5 o’clock, I rushed out the door and onto the subway, sporting a giddy smile. I switched from the F to L, and exited the Lormier stop just as the rain was beginning to hit the ground.

As the press release rightfully stated, this is “Your one stop for music, merch and more from the Fool’s Gold family of artists, including brand new product collaborations, collectable items, and surprises.” The store itself blends perfectly between its two neighbors, and from the outside looks like an old school saloon. Any other day of the week, I would have passed this clandestine store without a second glance.  However, on Friday, the sidewalk was over flowing with men in black clutching DSLRs and hipsters exhaling Marlboro smoke.

But rightfully so, since A-Trak himself was sitting only a few feet away, speaking into a camera on behalf of KarmaLoop TV. Right behind him, his brand new shop was bustling with life. I walked through the doors and was pleasantly surprised by the décor: simple, bare, minimalist, with a modern yet vintage touch. A yellow printed pastel paper plastered all four walls of this small room. The right wall hosted a series of framed vintage posters, strategically placed into an accidental pattern. The left wall was the home to the product. The first thing that caught my eye was the series of to-die-for graphic Fool’s Gold shirts, all custom made. Duck Sauce collectables and TMA-1 DJ Headphones. Adjacent to the first exhibit stood the gold. CDs, 6”, Vinyl (music in all tangible forms) were out in the open to be handled by the buyers. The antique checkout station along the back wall was giving away free cocktails made with the A-Trak friendly, Bushmills Whiskey.

The overall vibe was of pure optimism. A-Trak was also speaking about the up and coming web series, Tight Space. Fool’s Gold Records and G-Technology by Hitachi are partnering up for broadcast live performances by Fool’s Gold artists in this Williamsburg storefront. Chromeo, A-Trak, and Treasure Fingers will be giving the first performances starting mid-July. (Watch them live at

We are excited to see what comes next from the Fool’s Gold crew and wish them the best of luck with this new expansion of their brand. If you live in the greater New York area, we highly recommend you stop by this store and check it out.

Posted in Art, Editorial, Events, Fashion, Music News, Review

The Creators Project Event Series to Launch at NYC’s Milk Studios

On June 26th, Vice Magazine and Intel will kick off their Creators Project event series – a roving international celebration of creativity – at Milk Studios in New York City. The five-city tour will continue to London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and end with a three-day extravaganza in Beijing.

The Creators Project celebrates creativity across all media in hopes of connecting global youth through a common passion for creativity and technology. The program identifies leading artists and gives them the tools and platform they need to showcase their wide range of talents. Artists are carefully selected from a wide range of media, including music, film, fashion, visual art and architecture. The interactive website launched last month, and includes a listing of artists (or “creators”) with samples of their work. This page is definitely worth a look – each profile has a wealth of information about the artist through interviews, videos, photo galleries and more.

The New York City kick-off event will utilize Milk Studios’ massive eight-floor art gallery and performance space to host interactive art exhibits, film screenings, workshops, discussion panels, and of course, musical performances. Mark Ronson, Sleigh Bells, The Rapture and Gang Gang Dance are among those slated to perform live; the event will also feature DJ sets by N.A.S.A., XXXChange, Lemonade and more.

Admission is free, but you need to register in order to qualify for passes to this all-day event. CLICK HERE to sign up – this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Posted in Art, Concerts, DJ, Events, Extracurricular, Fashion, Film, Live Music, Local Flavor

When Fashion and Music Collide: Theophilus London

Between his Gucci-themed record with Chauffeur and his recent six-page photo spread for Complex Magazine, Theophilus London continues to walk the line between fashion and music.

The photo spread, which was shot in November and is being released in time for Fashion Week, adds a splash of color to the artist’s signature style. “Everyone wanted me to feel comfortable and let me do my own thing,” London says in the accompanying interview, “They kept reminding me—this is about you; be yourself; be you, let you come out in the photos, and I just did that.”

London also proves that style isn’t just about the clothes: “It’s just great to project my aesthetic in pictures, not just present myself in a photo. I wanted to present a statement without talking.”

That he does. Click here to read the full interview and after the jump, check out Complex Magazine’s exclusive video of the shoot, which is scored with TL’s own “Cold Pillow” and “Fatality” from This Charming Mixtape.

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Paint the Town Neon: Diesel’s Flash For Fun Hits NYC

Last week, New Yorkers flocked to the Diesel store in Union Square to pick up a coveted wristband from the mysterious “Baron” for the Diesel “Flash for Fun” party. The wristbands, which promised a secret location, special guest DJ and open bar, were selling on Craigslist for upwards of $100 apiece on the day of the event.

“Flash for Fun” is also the name of Diesel’s line of glow-in-the-dark apparel, which includes jeans, t-shirts, sneakers and underwear. The line was conceived for “those who play hard day & night, 24 hours non-stop, without taking time to change in between”.

Given the theme, Club Love – the aforementioned “secret location” – was the perfect backdrop for the party. Neon decorations and party favors, including balloons, glow sticks, glow necklaces, and light-up sunglasses, adorned the club and partygoers alike, while a make-up artist was on hand to decorate guests’ faces, complete with neon false eyelashes.

Spank Rock, the special guest DJ, did a great job with his selection of electro remixes. We have to admit, we were a little disappointed that he was selected as the “special guest”, only because he’s a local act that often makes appearances in New York City, and past Diesel events have featured performances by M.I.A., N.E.R.D., Passion Pit, Hot Chip, Lykke Li and The Roots. No matter, Spank Rock kept the dance floor alive during his entire set.

Diesel has always been known for their innovative approach to fashion and their fun and creative parties, two things that they’ve once again proven go hand in hand.


Posted in DJ, Events, Fashion, Local Flavor, Photo Gallery

When Fashion and Music Collide: Free Matisyahu Show by Kenneth Cole


Matisyahu is getting in the spirit of Fashion Week with a free show tonight at the Kenneth Cole store in Rockefeller Center. His performance is part of Fashion’s Night Out, a global effort to bolster the fashion economy. Participating stores will stay open until 11 PM tonight and host events that will help spread the fashion industry’s message.

This isn’t the first time that Matisyahu has collaborated with Kenneth Cole. In Fall 2008, he appeared in a commercial and print ad campaign for the designer. Tonight’s event goes from 8 PM to 11 PM at Kenneth Cole (610 Fifth Avenue). You can RSVP here.

Click here to check out Matisyahu’s Kenneth Cole commercial.

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