Urban Kultur on Hypnotic Groove // Box Frequency FM

So this week I was invited to play a few tunes on the Hypnotic Groove monthly radio show on BoxFrequencyFM. Hypnotic Groove is a great dance music channel based mainly via Soundcloud (but keep an eye on the Hypnotic Groove new website) showcasing the best local underground music talen in Scotland and beyond with a regular mix series, and of course, their own radio show.

I supported the HG top dog – Jay Dub – for an hour or so of house/tech-house before he moved in and played a seriously good and very eclectic set to take the show through to its conclusion.

You can check both sets below, and as always, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below, or on the soundcloud page.

 

Steven
UKB

Lichtenberg Totem mural from JBAK

I’ve not blogged for a week or two, but have had this one in mind for a while. Having heard a few months back about this mural, I’ve really been looking forward to the outcome. And just a week or so ago, JBAK completed the truly enormous mural in east Berlin off Landsberger Allee.

The guys completed this work in association with LOA (Lichtenberg Open Art) & HOWOGE, a housing association in the city, and is the direct result of a pretty stressful sounding application process.

Karl explained that following their initial acceptance, their first presentation of what they had in mind didn’t get the reaction they’d hoped for. “It did not go well, we left discouraged and feeling all the holes to our artwork for this project”.

But having done enough to persuade the organisers to chase for a revised plan, the pair went back, addressed the requests from the organisers and sealed it. Now just to paint all 32m of that bad boy…

It wasn’t plain sailing by the sounds of things. 12-14 hr days, 6 days a week, for 4 weeks. Oh, and chuck in a handful of lift breakdowns just to make things interesting.

The mural takes aspects of James and Karl’s individual work, as always, but this time there was a really different look to the piece. Maybe there’s more bright colour involved this time? With that sort of high contrast, saturated look highlighting some of the aspects of the bodies it almost looks as if the top layer of skin has been removed to reveal the colour beneath.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it looks different. Different but still great!

Anyway, enough of the chat, check the flicks from Just and Karl below. Let us know what you think!

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At the controls…

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Karl taking in the finished mural

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Toteam mural, Landsberger Allee, Berlin.

Steven
UKB

Malakkai // Artist Profile

Tucked in a driveway adjacent to Vesterbrogade, Copenhagen, was where I first saw Malakkai’s work in the flesh.

Opposite stood another painted wall, but it was the Spaniard’s one that really caught my attention. A sort of dream-like piece, with a large fox, a distorted character riding on his back, in a circle of trees with eyes. Off to the left sits a red apple…in a bear trap.

There’s quite a lot to take in - both in the painting itself and potential symbolism within. It’s a surreal trip!

After digging around to find out more about Malakkai (I struggled as much of it is in Spanish…) there’s not a great deal more I can say with certainty at this time. He’s Spanish, called Isaac, an illustrator, graffiti artist, and a cross-stitch maestro…according to his Facebook page.

I can’t really put his work into words and do it justice, so I’ll let his pictures do the talking. I’m excited to have discovered him for myself and by complete accident - he is such a talent!

Worthwhile giving him a like on Facebook too, his daily sketches are something else…

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Malakkai. Vesterbrogade, Copenhagen

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Malakkai. Vesterbrogade, Copenhagen

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Malakkai, Cristian Blanxer, Kerotoo. Gemona del Friuli, Italy.

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Malakkai & Danjer. La Rioja, Spain

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Malakkai & Rems. Gemona del Friuli, Italy.

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Carlos Gómez, Diam & Malakkai. Almeria, Spain.

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Malakkai. Hueral de Almeria, Spain.

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Malakkai, R.Jack & Ysco. Vidreres, Spain.

Steven
UKB

Images from UKB and Malakkai (www.malakkai.es)

Karl Addison’s 14 Tails mural, Berlin

Within the legendary Berlin street/urban art scene, Karl Addison and James Bullough (JBAK) have established themselves with a number of impressive works both in the city and beyond over the past few years.

The pair are due to start painting an epic 32m high building in Berlin on Monday, but before this, Karl had time to complete his own 100m long wall at the corner of Klosterstr. and Stralaurstr.14Tails_11 14Tails_13

Karl’s illustrations are among my favourite, and it’s always great to see these translated onto a bigger canvas.

Utilizing a mixture of the Screen Printing theory of trapping he uses for his drawings and the way he paints using Colour Theory, these colourful Koi Carp are really, really cool.

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Karl also runs the Idrawalot Gallery in Berlin,  a great space in Neukolln that’s recently started to offer artists a residency in the city.

The Program is a free one month studio and residency for a working artist, providing valuable resources and support for a working professional and emerging artist specializing in drawing, screen printing, painting, murals, urban & contemporary art.

The program is open to all artists of all mediums and disciplines. Think this might be for you? Find out more on the Idrawalot website and enter your application via Call for Entry.

Steven
UKB

UKB Guest Mix #20 – Boyfrmspace [UKB020]

Back where it all began…

Boyfrmspace, who back in early 2012 recorded the very first of the series [UKB001], now returns for the 20th to bring it back home and set the standard for the next round of podcasts.

Since February 2012 has been refining his sound, most recently evident in his mix for Hypnotic Groove Hypnotic Groove.

With this blistering 30 minute mix for Urban Kultur, he packs in a tight selection with a number of standout tracks and some solid bass throughout. This goes off from the very start and doesn’t let up!

With a deep knowledge of the many strands of the Berlin scene, 2014 looks to be the year Boyfrmspace introduces something of his own to the equation. With initial groundwork in place for an event, he looks set to be offering a UK-centric sound to the city in the not to distant future.

I’m sure it’ll pay to be in the know – keep your ear to the ground by checking back on UKB for info.

More from Boyfrmspace: soundcloud.com/boyfrmspace

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Tracklist

1. Visionist – Eye Try (Lit City Trax)
2. Mumdance & Logos – Proto (Tectonic)
3. Pinch & Mumdance – Whiplash (Tectonic)
4. Mickey Pearce – Instructions (Swamp81)
5. Perc – Take Your Body Off (Tessela remix) (Perc Trax)
6. Pinch & Mumdance – Turbo Mitzi (Tectonic)
7. Mickey Pearce – No Question (Swamp81)
8. Cooly G – Dirty (Hyperdub)
9. Trikk – Houx 93 (Truesoul)
10. Pearson Sound – Quivver (Nonplus)
11. Untold – Ion (Hemlock)

London calling – street art round-up (Pt. 2)

As promised in part 1 of the London street art update post, here are the pick of the rest of the flicks from my 48 hours in the city. Some more top work from Borondo, an excellent piece from Nick Kuszyk at the Village Underground, and a classic from Alex Senna.

As ever way too much to see in just 48 hours, but check out what I did manage to see below!

Firstly, I couldn’t resist taking a wander by this from Stik, I’ve always liked this piece and it’s just off Brick Lane so it’s easy to make a detour by. These guys are pretty much synonymous with London now, and have been cropping up around different European cities more frequently.

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Much has been made of Borondo lately by urban art websites and blogs, myself included, but these two interesting works really demonstrate his talent and also his versatility. Apparently created from painting the inside of shop windows and delicately scraping it away, they are quite different from his larger outdoor painted pieces, but no less impressive.

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Nick Kuszyk’s Village Underground effort was probably one of my favourite’s from the trip. In fact, it’s probably up there as one of my all time favourite’s at the Village Underground. Martin Ron’s giant robotic hand being another that had a massive impact. The vivid colours on this one really make it pop.

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Ever since declaring my favourite Latin American street artists in a blog post, Alex Senna has been one of the artists I’ve been keeping tabs on. His, usually, black and white works are really cool sometimes with an almost Dysney-esque innocence about them. This example was just along from the Old Street roundabout.

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The stencil paintings of Snik are really unbelievable. Multi-layered and intensely detailed. These two examples just off Brick Lane were drawing the attention of a large street art tour, whose guide was more interested in the larger scale Rone pieces a stones throw away.

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…and this is the Rone piece. These portraits of beautiful women and flowers from the Aussie were also on display at D*Face’s Stolen Space Gallery, a really nice exhibition. The huge green monster alongside another of Rone’s ladies is called Frank and is the work of Mysterious Al.

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Finally – another old piece from the inimitable Roa joined by another South American, Martin Ron. I really liked the 3D aspect of his photo-real break dancer.

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So, yet another great trip to London, there’s always a mountain of new work to check out. I’m already excited to go back in July and check out what else has gone up in the intervening months! What did you think? Have you seen any on the streets lately that you think should have been included? Get in touch!

UKB
Steven